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Monday, September 27, 2010

Bib #25501 ; Blue Wave #2 ; Corral #25 ; Start 10:10AM

Marathon #3 comes into focus more and more every day.  I officially received my information for the ING NYC Marathon and can't wait for the task ahead.  I started out this journey with a few doubts, wondering why I was trying to do 2 marathons, and wasn't really sure I wanted to do it in the first place.  Now I am seeing the special opportunity I have in front of me and am excited, ready, and willing.  It's not every year that you get the opportunity to run 2 of the 5 World Marathon Majors with the best runners in the world.  I can't wait to see the sights and sounds of both Chicago and NYC while participating in a sport I have grown to love so much.  I will never take for granted my health and ability to do these things.  It's a true blessing to have this opportunity.  I am very thankful.

I do realize I still have this little race in Chicago in 12 days, but NYC keeps popping into my head.  Everyone I have talked to says that NYC is something special.  Even before I became a runner, I remember seeing the highlights of the NYC Marathon on NBC.  Now I will be in those highlights.  Sure, I probably won't be on TV, but I will be there living the moment.  I will be running in the footsteps of the marathon world record holder.  I will be running through all five boroughs and seeing the city from a whole different perspective.  I can't wait to see the throngs of people lining the streets and experiencing what many call their favorite weekend of the year in NYC.  It should be a very special experience.  I am not sure what I did to become so lucky, but I know one thing for sure, I will continue to work hard to take advantage of these opportunities when they are given.

Here is the latest update for 10/10/10 for Chicago.  Looking cold and blustery!


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

20 Mile Success - It's Taper Time!

Yesterday marked the first 20 mile training run I have ever done in my short-lived running career.  It also marks my longest run of the year and a great confidence boost for Chicago marathon.  We are now 2 weeks away from marathon number two!

I was really nervous going into this run because I had a lot of aches and pains going through my legs on Friday.  The knee wasn't perfect.  My calves were really tight.  My hips were sore.  I really didn't know what to expect honestly.  At this point in my training last year, I was hobbled, praying to get better in time for my marathon, and spending a lot of time inside on the elliptical and stationary bike.  I am so thankful that this time around I was able to actually log a 20 mile run in my training schedule.  Sure, it wasn't perfect or even at the ideal time, but I was pretty pleased with the results yesterday.

The weather actually turned out to be pretty nice.  Temps in the low 60s and no wind.  The clouds even did us a favor and blocked the sun for an extra 30 minutes to an hour after sunrise.  It was a perfect way to mark the end of a hot, humid training schedule.  I am such a happier runner when I am not miserable and hot.

For this run, my Chicago counterpart and I met up with the Oklahoma City Running Club, affectionately known as the Land Runners.  They did a course very familiar to all OKC runners.  We left from Nichols Hills Plaza and ran towards Lake Hefner and utilized part of the Hefner Trails to supplement the road running.  A portion of this run is also a part of the OKC Memorial Marathon course so it's nice to run part of the course from time to time. After Hefner, we backtracked to Nichols Hills and then went out and back for another 3 miles.  The reason for the out and back twice was that the local Redman Triathlon was being held yesterday so most of Lake Hefner was being used for that event.

For the most part this was a rather uneventful run.  In my opinion, you can't really complain when you say you have an uneventful 20 mile run.  Running with Katie helped pass the time and the knee only gave me minor problems throughout.  It would hurt for a bit and then I would push it out of my head.  It would try to sneak back in, but then I would change my thoughts.  It's manageable so that's all I can ask for at this point.  The scaled back schedule has definitely helped and the 20 mile run added another level of confidence for Chicago.  I am excited and ready.

As far as pacing goes, Katie and I ran pretty well.  Our pace ended up averaging 9:06/min miles and that included all of our water stops and my bathroom break.  On race day, my water stops will be much shorter and hopefully I won't have to stop and use the bathroom.  We both felt pretty decent after it was over and left feeling the sub-4 hour marathon was a real possibility.  It was just what I needed to round out the build phase.  It's now taper time.  Only a few runs left the next two weeks and we will be toeing the start line.

Is it too early to start obsessing over the weather?  I hope not, because you are going to get updates on my blog with every post.  My official source will be Accuweather due to their 15-day forecast.   Today was the first day that 15 day window included Oct 10, 2010.  Here you go.  Looks like great running weather to me!


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Friday, September 24, 2010

20 Mile Eve

I'm a little nervous.  Not going to lie.  Tomorrow I will be meeting up with Katie, my Chicago counterpart, and the Oklahoma City Running Club for an early morning 20 mile run.  The weather is supposed to be decent:  temps in the upper 60s and light winds.  There will also be water stops about every 3 miles and hopefully a group of about 50 or so people to hang out with along the way.  It will be my longest run this year and also my longest training run ever.  After last week's struggle on the 16 miler, I am just praying that all goes well.  It would be a big boost to my confidence if I can pull this off without too much pain.  I have a feeling it's going to be painful though.   Just a hunch.

Thursday's run was my first run this week and the entire run was in the rain.  Eight lovely miles in the rain.  There is something really nice about running in the rain.  For one, I am usually on the trails with very few people.  It's peaceful and helps clear the head.  It also takes away most of the heat element.  This wasn't one of those cool fall showers though.  The temps were still in the upper 80s, but it was still nice to get a break from the sun.  If you could figure out a way to keep your shoes and clothes from weighing 20 pounds heavier, it would be nearly perfect.  The eight miles was fairly uneventful.  The knee hurt a little during the run, and after it hurt like crazy for a few hours afterwards.  The calf muscles also showed their first sign of tightness.  That old familiar feeling from the first marathon came creeping back into my head.  I am using the stick and the trigger point quite a bit lately on my hips, glutes, and calves.  I hope it can work out the knots and keep them from tightening up too much during my run.  Other than that, it's just that point in the training where pretty much everything has a tweak.  After tomorrow's 20 miles though, I will be hitting my taper and mending all of these wounds.  Of course I will still have a few runs left, but nothing of this significance.

Signing off for now.  I hope to report back with a great 20 miles in the books.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bib #7773

Woo hoo!  I received my confirmation packet from the Chicago Marathon yesterday!!  My bib number is #7773 and I am assigned to start corral D.  It's all coming together.  Now it's time to sneak in one more long run this weekend and then taper like a champion.

The plan this weekend is to get together all the information I need for the expo, getting to the start, maps of the course, and anything else I might need for race weekend.  Hopefully I can also get together some information for my parents and friends who will be in town as spectators.  I want to make it as easy as possible on everyone involved.

I jumped on the scale at the gym today just for the heck of it.  Last time around when I was training for the marathon, I actually gained a few pounds.  To my surprise, this time around I have lost 5 pounds.  I haven't been the token child of good nutrition lately either.  I have been logging a lot more hours in the cross-training categories and my overall training time has increased dramatically though.  I guess I should have expected some weight loss.  My ideal racing weight is probably about 10-15 pounds lighter than my current weight, but it's been years since I have even sniffed that level.  Hopefully during the offseason I can work on leaning up and focus on functional strength training.  I need to get rid of these imbalances that are leading to injuries.  It will make training much more enjoyable.

If anyone out there has any suggestions for things to do, places to eat, and any other "musts" in Chicago, please let me know. I am excited my parents are going to join me on this trip.  It will be nice to hang out, see the sights, and have them there for marathon #2.  The first one was something I will remember the rest of my life.  I can only hope #2 will be even half as cool.

Monday, September 20, 2010

20 days until Marathon #2

Yep, it's that close!  Wow.  Time has really flown by the past month.  For so long, it seemed like the marathons were an eternity away.  I guess when I signed up for Chicago in February, it really was an eternity away.  Then, 2 months, later I won a lottery spot in NYC.  Now, here I sit with less than 3 weeks until Chicago and only 7 short weeks until NYC.  I can't believe they are both just around the corner.  I looked at the calendar today and realized I better get these next few weeks figured out before they completely fly by and I don't get all of the "to-do" lists completed.

Last week was a blur, thus the reason for no blog posts.  Sunday afternoon I flew out to Chicago for a work conference.  I spent the next few days visiting with customers, eating great food, enjoying perfect weather, and really wondering why I was flying back to Oklahoma.  It was so nice in Chicago.  I really love that city.  Then again, everyone there told me to come back in 3 months and try it again.  They said I wouldn't love it as much in the winter.  However, I am a cold weather boy so it's not a foregone conclusion that I would hate Chicago in the winter.  While in Chicago, I had the chance to get in my long run since I was attacked by food poisoning a week ago, Friday.  I was scheduled to log 14 miles with my Chicago partner, but had to skip it and sleep in so I could get better before the business trip.  It actually worked out really well.  I hate being sick, but it forced my obsessive compulsive side relax a bit and reschedule my long run.  For those that know me, I don't mess with the schedule much.  If it says run 14 miles on Saturday, by gosh, I am going to run 14 miles on Saturday.  As I have become more "experienced" in the world of endurance sports I am becoming more accommodating to schedule changes.  Chalk that one up to the injury bug forcing me to roll with the punches.

I left Chicago really pleased with my run and a renewed confidence that everything was going to be ok.  I am still not predicting a huge PR at the full marathon distance, but I am confident I can make it work and hopefully finish in a time I think is representative of my current physical state.  I expect it to be better than Dallas, but not a shattering of records.  My knee isn't perfect, but the recovery time after runs is getting less and the pain during my runs is much more manageable.  I hope it continues to get better with my scaled back mileage the next 2 weeks and I can hit the streets of Chicago with one less burden.  It's not like 26.2 miles aren't enough to make you second guess every little ache and pain.

On Wednesday I flew back to Oklahoma and dropped in the office for an hour or so before heading off to Tulsa for the annual sports tournament of the statewide natural gas industry association.  It's always a really good time and it provides an excuse for all of us to get together, have a few drinks, play some sports, and enjoy not being in the office for a day or so.  It's also held at the Hard Rock hotel which is actually quite nice. I even got upgraded to a suite so I took full advantage of an ice bath in a whirlpool.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!  Wow, I wish I could make that a routine for my ice baths at home.  The reason for the ice bath was a very hot, humid, and hilly 9 miles on Thursday morning.  I ran in the backwoods of Catoosa, OK, and really needed an ice bath to calm the legs before going bowling.  Speaking of bowling, I actually won high male bowler for the tournament.  Go figure.  I did bowl really well, but I am not a great bowler usually.  I play in a beer league during the winter, but we never take ourselves seriously.  I usually average in the mid-100s.  Maybe all that beer league finally paid off.

After recovering for a night, I hit the weekend knowing it was going to be a blur.  Saturday morning started off with Team-in-Training practice in the lovely hills north of Edmond.  I felt so sorry for those ladies.  It was hot, sticky, and hilly.  In other words, I was glad I wasn't running that course.  After TNT practice, I showered and headed up to Stillwater for the 3rd consecutive Oklahoma State University home game.  We throttled the University of Tulsa and it left me ready for Big 12 action.  I can't wait to see how my 'Boys shape up against the rest of the conference.  I think we might sneak up and surprise a few people this year.

Sunday was my long run.  I was scheduled for 14 miles again, but since I haven't ran more than 15 miles this training season, I decided to go ahead and do 16 miles since the knee was feeling better.  Man, I really wish I hadn't felt like an over-achiever and had stuck to the 14.  The weather sucked.  I know I complain about the weather a lot.  I apologize to those of you who are annoyed.  I hate heat.  It makes every run miserable.  For starters, I must have left my handheld water bottle at one of my hotels because I no longer have it.  Secondly, I am not a fan of 4 full bottles on the Fuel Belt.  I do run with the Fuel Belt on occasion, but I usually only fill 2 bottles and wear them on the front of the belt.  Due to the lack of the handheld, I knew I needed to try and run with 4 bottles b/c otherwise I wouldn't have enough fluid.  I sweat a lot.  When you add on the fact it was 80+ degrees with 70%+ humidity, I sweat A LOT.  There was no way that 32 ounces of water/gatorade was going to be enough for my run.  Luckily there were a few water fountains along the way, but even then I couldn't keep up with my hydration.  By the end of the run I was over it.  Completely over it.  I was drenched.  Salty.  Weak.  Thirsty.  Hot.  Hating life.  I was so ready to be done.  I also started battling with cramps late in my run.  I attribute all of this to summer.  I hate you summer.  Go away.  I was happy to get in my longest run for the year and just pray that this weekend is much cooler.  Katie and I will tackle our 20 mile training run this weekend and I will be scouting the local Redman triathlon to make sure it's "the one" for my quest to become an Ironman.  After that, it's taper madness and final preparations for marathon numero dos.  

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Quick Update - Home from Chicago/Tulsa

I am finally home after a week full of travel for work.  I wanted to throw out a quick update and let you all know that I have now had 2 runs that have gone really well.  On Monday, I had the afternoon free in Chicago and had the awesome opportunity to run in great weather along the Lakeshore Trails on Lake Michigan.  I logged a very nice 14 miles and the knee held up really well.  It wasn't perfect, but it reassured me that I can get through this injury.

Today I was in Tulsa, OK, at another work function and went for a 9 mile run around the Hard Rock Hotel area when I had some downtime.  It was humid and hilly, but I was very pleased with the way I felt.  The knee again only showed small signs of wear and tear and I really think the KT Tape application I have mastered is making a huge difference.  It gives me support without being restrictive at the exact site of the pain.  I am very pleased with my progress and will go for another long run this Sunday.  Only a little over 3 weeks until Chicago.  I hope to get in one 20 miler the weekend of Sept 25th before a taper of 2 weeks heading into the marathon.  It's crazy it's so close.  I can't believe it.

I will update more about my trip to Chicago and the upcoming weeks at some point this weekend.  Right now all I want to do is take a shower, lay in my own bed, and sleep.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Can't Seem to Catch a Break

So, this whole marathon training has gone way off course the past few weeks.  First the knee injury.  It's been a constant struggle to stay on top of it and still get in some sort of mileage that will make me "marathon-ready".  I have been religiously following orders and trying to nurse this thing back to health.  My knee actually felt pretty decent yesterday when I went for my run.  I was pretty confident going into the run and had applied KT Tape in a combo application for IT pain and runner's knee.

I have really had problems with runs before work because I never have time to properly warm up and cool down.  For this reason, I opted to take my gear with me and get my run in after work.  The day started off innocently enough.  Cloudy skies, mid-70s, and light winds.  By the time the afternoon rolled around, it was in the 90s, sunny, humid, and windy.  Yuck.  My running has been very limited lately and the few runs I have gotten in have been mostly inside on the treadmill.

The run started off decently.  I could tell my knee was feeling much better than it had the past couple of weeks so I was confident the mileage was going to be doable.  My schedule called for 9 miles which is basically one loop around Lake Hefner where I do most of my runs.  The first 3 miles went really well.  I was running pretty conservatively and had my Fuel Belt on with some Gatorade Endurance and Powerbar Endurance on hand.  I also had my handheld full of H20.  I felt prepared.  After 3 miles the wheels started to come off.  I started to get dizzy feeling and my legs felt weak.  I really struggled through the last 6 miles of my run.  I was having to take walk breaks and find shade when it was available.  At first glance, I thought it was the heat.  Now that I am laying on my couch writhing in pain from stomach cramps, I am pretty sure it was my body telling me that I was about to get sick.  After I got home from my run, about 2 hours later the cramps kicked in.  I think I either got food poisoning or have caught a stomach bug.  I went into work for about an hour this morning to get a few things done and then took only my second sick day ever since I have been employed at Chesapeake.  I just don't get sick.  On top of that, the knee apparently didn't like the 9 miles and is hurting at the moment.  The last 3 weeks of training have been very frustrating.  I am trying to stay positive.

So, here I am contemplating my next move.  I was scheduled to run a 14 miler in the morning with my Chicago partner, but that isn't going to happen.  Sunday I am flying out to Chicago for a work conference so I won't be able to run Sunday morning either.  However, this may actually work out to be very, very cool for me if I can get back to no cramps and the knee feels ok.  I have Monday afternoon free in Chicago.  I think it may work out for me to get in a long run on Lake Michigan if all pans out.  The weather forecast looks decent.  Hopefully it works out.  I could really use a boost.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Adapt and Persevere

It's my motto for now.  Adapt to the circumstance and persevere.  I haven't done myself any favors by getting injured the past couple of weeks.  My running has been very hit and miss, but I am still logging my mileage in some way, shape, or form.  It's  not ideal, but it's going to have to work.  I have been forced to adapt to a left knee that just doesn't want me to run at the moment.  A couple of "light" weeks has definitely helped, but I am at that critical part in my training plan where I should be doing my highest mileage in preparation for a successful taper.  The game plan has changed and thus my goals are beginning to change along with it.  I am no longer focusing on "killing" Chicago and am now focusing on getting to Chicago in a semi-healthy state and enjoying the beauty of the sport I love.  Sure I will be disappointed that I can't set that coveted PR goal, but this isn't a one and done deal for me.  I love this sport and I am not going anywhere anytime soon.  I am here to stay and I will continue to build myself into the best marathoner my body will allow.

In the meantime, my schedule will now consist of a day of elliptical, a swim, a medium run, and a modified long run schedule.  I was originally scheduled to run 18 miles this weekend, but after consulting with my coach, we are adjusting that run to 14 miles.  Next week will be much of the same: elliptical, swim, medium run, and then 14 miles.  The hope is that I can get a little healthier and will still be able to log my 20 mile run the following week.  That will put me in taper mode for 2 weeks and then it will be race day in Chicago.  I am not sure how the body will react.  I do know it won't be comfortable.  However, I am pretty confident I can make it work.  I am being very diligent about my stretching, icing, and recovery.  I am avoiding stairs at all costs and trying to avoid downhill segments in my runs to help alleviate some of the runner's knee pain.

One last thought for the night:  On Sunday I drove from my apartment in Oklahoma City down to my grandparent's house near Wynnewood.  I have made the drive several times and have never really paid attention to the distance.  I had filled up my car when I left my apartment and reset my odometer before I pulled out of the station.  When I exited off the interstate to go to my grandparent's house, the odometer read 70.3 miles.  I smiled.  It really puts into perspective what you are asking of your body when you sign up for a half-iron and Ironman distance event.  I got excited and immediately started envisioning myself swimming, biking, and running that distance next year on my journey to become an Ironman.  I will just keep telling myself, "It's only a trip to Granny and Grandad's.  Suck it up and train."

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Labor Day Weekend : OSU Football

It's that time of year again.  The time when all of my good nutrition, less drinking, and adequate rest go flying out the window.  I thought going into this weekend I was going to be more disciplined.  I thought I could resist the temptation to eat all day and only have a beer or two.  Football season is the downfall of my healthy habits every year.  Too much beer, too much food, and too much time not resting, training, or doing something training-related.  I will admit that for opening weekend I was much better behaved than previous years, but I still was no poster child for physical fitness and healthy living.

Yesterday started innocently enough as I helped the Team-in-Training crew log their long run for their upcoming marathons.  I even ate a healthy breakfast and lunch before I left in hopes of continuing the good habits the rest of the day.  It's like the moment I hit Stillwater I fall back into college mode.  Everything fried and nasty sounds delicious and beer immediately becomes the only form of liquid that even seems palatable.  Stillwater brings out the party in everyone.  It's just something about that small college town atmosphere that conjures up all of these bad habits.  Game day.  Oh how I missed thee.

I remember last year that I experimented with marathon training through the entire football season and was constantly teetering on the edge of overtraining due to lack of sleep and poor nutrition.  This season I will only actually be training for the first 2 months of the season and I have vowed to not spend weekends in Stillwater until after the marathon season is over.  I just can't even fathom putting my body through the same gauntlet as last year.  I will try to take positive influences to the game with me so I can easily resist temptation from the old college buddies.  It's imperative that I stay on top of my physical condition with the 2 marathons just around the corner.  I may have indulged yesterday, but don't count on that becoming a habit.

Today was my scheduled long run for the week so I set the alarm for 6 AM so I could get out and hit the trails before the heat settled in.  It was actually a little chilly this morning which was amazing.  I believe our low temp last night was around 56.  Perfect.  I am so happy we are going to be breaking out of the nasty summer soon.  I had full intentions of actually trying to get in my full 12 miles this morning, but again wasn't sure how the knee would hold up.  I applied my KT Tape for lateral knee pain last night before I went to bed and as expected, it helped out tremendously with my IT pain.  However, my runner's knee symptoms flared up pretty bad today.  I had a constant pain under my knee cap that just wouldn't go away.  I mixed in more walking like  I have all week to break up the constant pounding on the knee. I have found that a 9 minute run/1 minute walk pattern seems to help with the knee so for now I am going to stick with that until I get back to 100%.  After doing 6 miles, I decided to call it quits because the knee wasn't getting any better and I really, really don't want to screw something up where I can't run the marathon.  At this point the knee is at a point where I can definitely run the marathon, but not in the PR form that I had hoped.  It's not going to be comfortable running if things don't improve, but marathons aren't supposed to be comfortable.  I just wish the uncomfortable part was from me pushing to get the best out of my body, not my body pushing me to lighten up.  Regardless, I have seen progress and I will be keeping with my training at a reduced rate mixed in with lots of cross-training to try and maintain my current base.  Fifteen miles is my longest run up to this point.  I have 18 miles scheduled this weekend and 20 miles scheduled in 3 weeks.  It will be a game-time decision on what my actual mileage will be on those days.  I am confident in my cardio fitness and my ability to pull through on marathon day.  I just need my body to cooperate as well.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

200th Post!! Midweek Update

You would think with this being my 200th post I would have some big announcement or giveaway, but I didn't realize this was number 200 until I hit "New Post" just a few minutes ago.  Maybe for number 300 I will do something extra special!

Nothing too crazy to update so far.  I ran on Tuesday, but only got in 2 miles on the treadmill until I decided to pull the plug.  The discomfort in my left knee started almost immediately, but it wasn't debilitating so I went ahead and kept running for a bit.  After 2 miles I decided no good was going to come from that run so I jumped on the elliptical and finished out my scheduled 4 miles.  The pain is definitely ITBS with a little extra umph from something in my knee.  I am still able to run, it's just really uncomfortable.  It's definitely not what I was hoping for after taking all of last week off from running.  It was much better than my attempt last Thursday though.  The good news is that it didn't feel awful the day after (today).  I am able to move it without catching which is a step in the right direction.

Today I went for a swim at my work gym.  I have officially rededicated myself to swimming since my Hotter 'N Hell training days are finished.  I don't have any other triathlon or cycling events planned for 2010 so I will use swimming and biking solely as cross-training for my 2 marathons on the horizon.  Today's workout was the most I have swam in quite a while.  I logged a nice little 1950 meters and felt pretty decent doing it.  I am by no means fast in the pool, but the fact I haven't swam in a while and can still knock out a half-iron distance swim is pretty exciting.  Now if I could just grow fins or something to make me faster.

I will attempt to run again tomorrow.  I have 9 miles on the schedule but I highly doubt I get even close to that number.  It will probably be a repeat of Tuesday.  I will run a few miles and then jump on the elliptical to finish it out.  If things don't improve soon I will have to start rethinking PR goals for Chicago and maybe make NYC my "A" race.  It's amazing how one bad run can ruin even the best laid plans.