Monday, January 31, 2011
Tonight I ran with the Ipod, and enjoyed the Dave Matthews radio on Pandora the whole way.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
- 10 AM start
- Oldest 8k in the State
- Long Sleeve microfiber shirt
After that, I was excited to see how I stood after only a few runs, and over a month off of no running.
I was very judicious with my time in bed, as I tend to be, and as a result didn't leave much time for error. I arrived at my destination via my GPS cooridnates right in the middle of the campus at 9:40 and parked. Where the race was, and where the joggers were I was not sure. All I did know was that I was told I had until 9:45 to pick up my race number, and that that location was in a gym. I then began jogging around the campus looking for a gym, or signs of participants, but my immediate luck was not. After 2-3 minutes, I found a human and she told me it was across the street. Once I started looking across the street, I saw a few joggers, and then they were able to tell me how to get to the gym. I picked up my race numbeer at 9:50, and was very glad they didn't decide to close down shop any earlier.
I stashed my bag, gave Ryan Woods a hello, and headed to the start line. I could tell that the race wasn't as large as I anticipated, but given the perfect weather I was excited to get going. The gun was off, and so were we. My goal was to break 34 mins, thinking I would be around 6:45 pace. I could tell the first mile was going faster than planned, but I decided to go with it and see what the split was and adjust from there. I clicked through in 6:08, and while I was not feeling as comfortable as one should after the first mile in an 8k, I was mentally ready since it was only 4 more miles. My mentality is still on marathon mode, so I knew I could push through it.
As soon as the second mile started so did the courses first large hill. I didn't mind the hills during the course, and in fact I found the windy conditions to be more of a struggle. After the hill climb, we turned off the main road and cut through a neigborhood that let out on a country road. I splite 6:26 definitly feeling the fall off.
Again, at the start of the third mile another hill awaited, and on we went. I could still tell that I was slowing some and I prayed that it wasn't drastic and that I wasn't going to wallow the last half of the race. I split 6:36 here and, while it was slower again, knew I was way in front of my 6:45 goal pace by a comfortable margin, and figured I could get in 2 more miles without completly dying.
Another new mile another new hill. Once I crested this third hill, I was approached by an older runner. At first, he kept his pace as I was slowing still, but that's when I woke up. Since the first mile I had been slowing and slowing, but as soon as he got on my shoulder I decided to try and go with him. As soon as I matched his stride, I was able to find a rythm with him and soon get back in front of him. He didn't seem to mind, as he settled behind and drafted off me - dodging the wind from my large frame. After a little bit of this I began to get annoyed, and slowed to see if he would make a move. He was reluctant, but if I insisted he would, and then I would work with him. He and I played this little back and forth cat and mouse game until around 600 meters left of the race. Working with him, and fighting him, definitly is what I take away from this race in terms of not giving up and actually RACING. Even though my fitness and wheels were not there, I was encouraged with the fight I put up.
During the the last half of the last mile I was able to break away and started my kick. We were let into the college track "stadium" to finish with a lap. This was a nice touch. I was able to see the clock tick as I crossed the line well under my goal. I was handed a notcard with a 22 on it, indicating my place, and immediatly worked on getting my wits back about me and didn't bother to do anything with the card except ball it up and throw it away. I dont remember getting instructions when I was handed the card, but looking back I should have known better. Since there was not a chip for this race, they were scoring manually - and having run many cross counutry races with the note card system, I missed out on being officially included in the offical results. Once I realized this, I emailed the race director, and he said he was going to correct the situation. Maybe he will, maybe he wont. (He did, sort of - you can find me as Daniel Eggert - Results
Place: 22 out of 260, 4th in age group 25-29
Pace: 6:20 (splits: 6:08, 6:29, 6:36, 6:26, 5:58)
Friday, January 28, 2011
The first trail lead me up a mountain, where I climbed 20 mintues before turning arounud to come back down. I approached a summit, not sure it was THE summit, but set off back feeling pretty good about the climb where I kept the pace easy and light.
Approaching the bottom in a cumulative time of approximatley 35 minutes, I decided to set off and run a lap around the lake to bring me to a close in the mid 40's - time wise.
Again, the setting was awesome, weather perfect, and the trails were a treat. Sure makes me miss what I had every day when I was running for Appalachian State University!
Miles: > 6
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Chris McDougall, the author, states that when the running boom took off with shoe companies designing more cushioned shoes, all it did was promote heel striking and over striding - two culprits encouraging injury. The shoes prior to these pillow bottomed shoes, were ones that were basically leather bottomed slippers.
It's all interesting food for thought, and if you haven't read the book I highly recommend it. So anyway, tonight's run I found my self paying extra attention to my stide and how I landed with each footfall.
Pace: ~ 7.45
Monday, January 24, 2011
I really was thinking about my upcoming run while I was at the office, and even told Drew, my friend and colleague, that I was excited about getting my run in once I got home. Useually the joy is after the run, not before - so this was a nice feeling.
Came home, put on my running clothes and set out towards Huntingtown Farms, where, once I hit 22 minutes I was going to turn right around and come home. I picked it up a little on the way back, and focused on a smooth stride and getting back used to the hills that comes with running around where I live.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
As I felt somewhat under the weather yesterday at work, I was debating on taking the day off. But, thinking about the 20 minute rule, I figured that 20 minutes might actually help out my body. Also, it was the warmest day of the week (low 50s) so I wanted to take advantage.
Nice run and felt good during it. Nice to get another day on the books.
Also, I definitly felt back to normal afterwards.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Of course, right when I set out for the run it started a light rain. Temps in the mid 40s is fine, but through in percipitation, and it's rather uncomfortable. Still, I knew I would be okay. The rain shifted to a dull mist, and from there on I was fine.
I started the run moving pretty well, probably around 730 pace, and during the slowest part - the middle - I was around 8 mins. I closed my last mile in 7:50. During the run, I found myself thinking about how I want to keep on running throughout the year, so I can hop in a variety of races, and not have to go through a long process of rebuilding.
Even though it's quickly approaching, I am looking to take part in the Winter Flight 8k. Despite not being anywhere near respectable race shape (by my standards), I enjoy the whole experience of a road race...and this is the oldest one in NC. I would love to check that race off my list. Lastly, it would do nothing but keep me in the direction I aim to go for 2011.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
I haven't run in a while due to everything that comes with a baby. But I found a break in the afternoon and went for a little jaunt around the neighborhood. Felt pretty slow, but I enjoyed it. The sun was out, and it was just what the Dr. ordered.
Distance: < 3
Sunday, January 2, 2011