Wow sorry guys. I was so excited to write about my 5K, but remember how I live in the early 90’s and don’t have the internet at my apartment? Well I have been using my girlfriends internet to get my blog done each week (thank you by the way=)). Last Saturday luck would have it that a combination of her internet connection and my crappy old laptop did not create a conducive blogging environment. So I told myself that I would do it Monday. Obviously that didn’t happen so here I am a week later trying to get this out. This is what I wrote on Saturday last week:
“Yesterday I officially checked the first run off of my 2012 running goal list. I did the Freeze Your Buns Run 5K. The name of the race was appropriate because the temperature positively freezing. My goal was to finish the race in less than 30 minutes. My finish time was 27:03. I am really happy with that time, but I think that I could have done better. I feel like I did everything I could to prepare physically for the race, but failed at ensuring I was properly fueled. I have been drinking lots of Coke and other drinks lately . Also I have not been super diligent with healthy eating. Well Friday the day before the race was no different. I had my daily Coke and went out to lunch with some co-workers, and ate a less than healthy meal which probably involved a sandwich that consisted of pulled pork and brisket… o ya and french fries. I didn’t really eat dinner on Friday, and for breakfast on Saturday I had a granola bar. So I didn’t have much energy when it came down to race time. I just didn’t have the energy that I needed to get the best time possible. But I did accomplish my goal and got the best time possible given the circumstances.”
That was all I got typed before I let the internet win over my desire to get my blog out. Something that I want to take from the race last week is the importance of proper fueling before a race. So I have made goals to not just before race day, but everyday to: stay hydrated, eat healthy foods, and get a reasonable amount of sleep. There are many other things that I could do, but that is where I want to start and will build from there.
This post feels rushed and I guess that it probably is, I just want to get it out so I can move on to other topics. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog. I intended it to be a way to hold myself accountable to my training. I enjoy getting comments and feedback. That being said… What do you guys do to prepare for a long run? Are there any foods or supplements that you use?
I am not really sure what I want to write about today. I will be going running at the gym ( yes that means treadmill) when I get off of work tonight. But I have accepted the fact that winter has finally come to Southern Utah and I better get use to doing some treadmill running.
I have my first race of the year/first race since my half marathon coming up on Saturday. It is only a 5k, but I am still a little nervous for it. I guess nervous really isn’t the right emotion. Maybe a combination of nervous/embarrassment. I know that it is stupid for me to feel like that, but I hate knowing where I was at in my running two years ago and a 5k was a distance I warmed up with not a goal. That being said I am excited to be back into running and I hope to finish in 30 minutes or less.
One issue that I have been experiencing lately is with my running nemesis. Not the one I wrote about earlier this year. This nemesis is pure evil. He breads doubt and weakness into my every run. It is easy to compete against other people. I can handle that. It is hard competing against someone who knows my weaknesses and uses them against me. My true nemeses is myself. I compete against myself almost every single day. I know how fast I was able to run races in the past. I am always thinking about how easy running four mile use to be or how my 5k time was closer to the 20 minute mark instead of the 30 minute mark. Sometimes it is hard, but I just have to forget my past accomplishments and focus of where I am right now. I feel 100% better physically than I did a month ago and for that I am grateful. I look forward to getting stronger and faster until I can beat crush my old times and my nemesis in the process. I don’t know if I will ever stop competing with my past times, but I think that until I get some races under my belt and create some new times I will continue to compete with my own too personal nemesis. (Zombie Beau=the past Beau I compete with)
I want to do a quick shout out to The Marathon Training Academy http://marathontrainingacademy.com/. I am using their training plan to train for my marathon and it rocks. I also listen to their podcast every week, and download a past podcast to listen to during my long runs on Saturdays. If any of you are interested in training for marathons or half marathons I highly recommend giving these guys a listen they are great and I have learned some really good tips that have helped me with my training this time around.
First of all I want to apologize to all my readers for slacking on post over the last couple of weeks. I have been in the process of moving and have just gotten settled. My new apartment is great. The one downfall is we don’t have the Internet. I am going to have to find an easy way to continue posting. I never thought that I would miss writing my blog but I do. I like being able to sit down and write. Especially when I know that it is helping other people achieve goals that they have. So until I decided to rejoin the 2000s and have the Internet in my house, I will just be posting whenever possible.
Moving on the the reason all of you are reading this. Lets talk about running. I have set five running goals for 2012.
1) Kanaraville 5k
2) Kanab 10k.
3) Red Rock Relay in Moab.
4) Bryce Canyon Half Marathon.
5) St. George Marathon.
I am not limiting myself to only running in these races. I will try to do others in-between. I decided that I would start over on the marathon training I have done so far since sickness and the holidays disrupted the schedule anyway.
Had a great run today. I was suppose to do four miles but I ended up doing closer to five. It felt great to get out and run. It has been too long and I can tell that it has been a while.
Today’s run was pretty killer. It was my “hill” day. Which means I needed to run on hills as much as possible. My normal running route by default is pretty hilly so I am use to minor increases and decreases in elevation. Last night I was driving home from work and noticed a light near the top a mountain near my house. I thought “I want to run there”. The light ended up being part of a golf course sub-division. I mapped out the route and went to bed excited for the challenge. Despite being chased by a dog and running through two herds of deer it was a really good run. I think I will continue to use it. I will just avoid the road with the dog. haha.
My run today was great. It has been a while since I have done all of my runs during the week so it felt great to start off the new year strong. It was a good run and it felt great to be running outside. The temperature was perfect and the sunshine felt great. Although not fifteen minutes after i finished my run it turned freezing and snowed. Guess I lucked out. So there is a new running gadget that I want to buy. I’m not sure if it is a necessity but it seems awesome. It is a Garmin running watch. My brother got one for Christmas and I have been researching it and I WANT ONE. It tracks miles, pace, and maps your course. The part I am most interested in is that it will track how far I have run. I hate having to drive the streets watching the odometer, trying to find the route that will get my mileage. I keep thinking of all the freedom I would have with a watch that will tell me how far I have gone. The problem is that it is pricey. More than $200 pricey. Too bad Santa will not be coming around for a while.
I don’t know why I didn’t write about this sooner but I have officially registered for two of my five running goals. I registered for the Kanaraville “Freeze Your Buns Run” at the end of January. I am also signed up and on a team for the Red Rock Relay in Moab in May. I am really excited to have these races to look forward too. It will help me to stay focused and really motivate me to train harder. Especially now that I am part of a team. The last thing I want is to be the weak link. On that note I missed my run today. Yesterday I drove four hours to surprise a friend for their birthday and did not get home until late. I planned on running when I got off work, but I had to work late. What can you do. Shiz happens and you have to deal with it. I hope that all you runners took advantage of the perfect running weather last week, because I think we will be in for come cold runs for a while.