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March 29, 2009

Cleveland out, Los Angeles out, San Francisco in

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At the start of the year, I was seriously considering running a marathon in May.  The candidates were either the Cleveland marathon on May 17 or the Los Angeles Marathon on May 25.  After reviewing my future work schedule (May is a killer work month for me) and my current fitness level, I decided to pass on Cleveland and Los Angeles and instead register for the San Francisco Marathon.  I filled out the paperwork today.  I’m in.

Airline tickets from Columbus, Ohio to San Francisco, California dropped by over $100 this week from the last time I looked over a month ago.  That is an added bonus.

For the San Francisco marathon, I will use Hal Higdon’s training Intermediate-I training schedule.  I purchased Higdon’s book “Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide” from a book sale recently.  I will post my progress versus the training schedule in this blog  each week and see if I have enough discipline to stick to the plan.


March 27, 2009

Getting my feet wet

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Last weekend, I ran the Suntrust National Marathon in Washington, DC with about two weeks of (non)training.  I ran the first half in a 10 minute mile pace but then ran the last half at an 11 minute mile pace.  Final result was 2:17:45 which was a 10:31 per mile pace.  This was my first race since November’s 5 mile Turkey Trot after the long winter.  I realized that I did not have my endurance at “normal” levels yet after the winter break so this relatively slow pace was ok for the first race of the year.

I was also a bit surprised by the hilly terrain around Washington, DC.  Many ups and downs.  I did not expect that at all.

Scenery was great especially as we passed by different government buildings and monuments.  The half marathon was sold out.  Organization could be improved as they ran out of cups in the water stations and did not have enough fluids at the finish line.

Over-all, it was an average training run for me to see where my endurance level is.  I did not expect to post a great time but just wanted to see where I stand post-winter break and get my feet wet.

I’m considering another half marathon a week or so from now just to get used to the longer, more strenuous runs.

March 16, 2009


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On ABC News this evening, they featured an attempt of a group of runners to run seven marathons in seven days in seven continents.

Here is the video.

March 15, 2009

Consistency makes you stronger

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A few weeks ago, I was struggling to run 10-12 miles in the snow.  I even took 5 walk breaks during one painful 12 mile run.  My endurance was below normal because I could only take sporadic long runs (perhaps one every three weeks) due to the cold weather.

Well, spring seems to be really upon us.  Last weekend, I ran 13+ miles in 70 degree weather.  This weekend 14+ miles in 52 degree weather.  No walk breaks at all the past two weeks.  Better yet, no pain!  As long as I am able to do consistent long runs, I am feeling my endurance come back to normal.

March 8, 2009

US vs. Jamaica sprint showdown

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I hope this happens.  I also hope the US challenges Kenya and Ethiopia to a long distance dual meet including a Japanese Ekiden.  They can also invite Japan.  It is always healthy to try to compete with the best even though chances of winning are small.

Story from the BBC website:

US want Jamaica sprint showdown

The United States Track and Field team has proposed a series of sprint team meetings with Jamaica to determine which country has the best athletes.

Jamaica, led by triple gold medallist Usain Bolt, dominated the sprints at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

USATF chief executive Doug Logan said: “It would be a thrilling addition to the schedule, not just for our athletes and fans, but for global athletics.”

Two competitions, one in each country, have been proposed for May and June.

In Beijing, defending 200m champion Shawn Crawford could only take silver in the wake of Bolt’s victory, with team-mate Walter Dix getting the bronze.

Dix also trailed into third-place in the 100m, which had been a surprise as the US had emerged with the top sprinters at the 2007 World Championships.

And Logan, in a letter sent to International Association of Atheltics Federations Council member and area representative Neville McCook of Jamaica, feels that the US are ready for the task.

“Our sprinters are not ready to concede Jamaican dominance,” he added.

“It was obvious to everyone (in Beijing) that with the rise of your country’s great sprinters and hurdlers, a compelling rivalry between Jamaica and the United States had developed.

“Let us not forget that less than two years ago, it was the United States on top of three of the four short sprints and both sprint relays at the 2007 World Championships.”

The plan would consist of three or four competitors from each country participating.

They would be the 100, 200 and 400 metres, the 4×100 and 4×400 sprint relays, plus the long jump and hurdles races (the 100m hurdles for women, the 110m hurdles for men and the 400m hurdles for both).

Jamaica underlined their quality in Beijing by winning six of those events – the men’s 100, 200, 4 x 100 relay and women’s 100, 200, 400 hurdles.

The US, meanwhile, won five events – the men’s 400m and 400m hurdles, 4×400 relay and women’s 100 hurdles plus the 4 x 400 relay.

“This seems to be a very interesting proposal, but until this is properly vetted by the executives of the association, I wouldn’t be so inclined to speak further on the matter,” said Garth Gayle, general secretary of the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association.

March 7, 2009

70 degree weekend

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Finally, the snow seems to be gone.  I went out for a 13+ mile run today in 70 degree weather on Saturday afternoon.   I am slowly getting my endurance back.  Three weeks ago, I ran 12 miles and took three or four walk breaks.  This time around, I did not have to do any walk breaks.

Tomorrow, the weather will be in the 60s.  to take advantage of this glorious weekend, I may do another 13 mile run tomorrow.  This would be a good dry run weekend for the May 2-3 weekend.  On May 2, there is a John Bingham sponsored half marathon in Columbus, OH.  On May 3, there is a Flying Pig marathon and half marathon in Cincinnati, OH.  I am tempted to do both half marathons.

March 1, 2009

February Mileage = 92 miles

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Now that February is complete, my total mileage for the month was 92 miles or about 23 miles per week.  My goal was to get 90-100 miles this month.  I was at the low end of the goal.  But considering that it has been below freezing temperature for most of the month, I am not that disappointed that I was not able to run more.

The weekends have been very cold which has severely affected my Cleveland marathon preparation.  The Cleveland race is 11 weeks away.  I don’t think I will be prepared to run the full marathon for that one.  Perhaps I will just run the half marathon in Cleveland.  It’s a good thing that I have not registered yet.  I am considering the Los Angeles Marathon on May 25 or San Francisco Marathon on July 26 as an alternative race to Cleveland.

March is upon us which means spring time.  I am going to shoot for 100 – 110 miles this month.

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