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July 31, 2009

Debacle by the Bay

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I am back from my San Francisco Marathon debacle. I finished in 5:45, my slowest marathon. First 16 miles were ok at a relaxed 11 minute per mile pace. Then, the entire body stopped functioning somewhere in Golden Gate Park. I had to struggle and walk the last 10 miles.   I thought I would not finish.  I seriously considered going over to the half marathon finish line and calling it a day.  But I might as well enjoy walking around the city for 10 miles.   It was one of those horrible days.

Now, I want to redeem myself from the debacle by the Bay. I will probably be back to run the SF half marathon in the next 2 years and the full marathon within the next 5 years.

The last time I had this sort of debacle was in the 2007 New York City half marathon. However, I came back to redeem myself in the Air Force Half Marathon 6 weeks later by cutting my time by 13 minutes. Because of this debacle, I actually want to run Chicago and another marathon in 2009.

But it is time to move on. The Chicago Marathon is only 72 days away. My body is healthy and I’m ready for a long run early Saturday morning.


July 18, 2009

New York Times cooking with Deena Kastor

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Recent cooking interview of Deena Kastor by New York Times.

Father’s Challenge – 50 marathons or half marathons, 50 states, no time limit

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Last night, my father saw the DVD of Dean Karnazes’ 2006 odyssey wherein he ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. See link below.

To my surprise, my father gave me an early birthday gift today. He gave me two books: Dean Karnazes’ “Ultramarathon Man” and Bob Schwartz’s “I Run, Therefore I Am —– Nuts!” The subtitle of Schwarzt’z book is “Why we carbo load, fartlek train, hit the wall … and love every minute of it.” Hopefully, I’ll get some time to read both books soon since I am still in the midst of reading three books at one time (that “Running With The Devil” reviewer’s sample that TK a.k.a pigtailsflying sent me, John Toland’s “The Rising Sun” about WW2 from the Japanese side, and “Predictably Irrational” which is another behavioral economics book by Dan Ariely).

After giving me the two running books, my father challenged me to run either a marathon or half marathon in all 50 states no matter how long it takes starting with the San Francisco marathon next week. This sounds like a good but rather expensive idea to me. But oh well, I might as well try.

It looks like for the rest of 2009, I will probably be able to complete races in 4 states:  California, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana.  There is an outside chance that I may add a couple of states such as Virginia or North Carolina in the mix.

Finished my first 10K

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The weather gods were cooperating. Rarely do you get a July morning in Ohio with 60 plus degree weather. It is usually in the mid 80s. I finished my first ever 10K race this morning in 59:51 or 9:40 per mile. My goal was to finish in less than 1 hour so I am pleased but I think I can do better next time. When I did my only trial run earlier this week, my 10K time was 1:06:29. Therefore, I was scared that I would not finish within 1 hour.

10K races are quite rare these days. In Columbus, there are probably 3 or 4 a year compared to a 5K race almost every week. Half marathons and marathons are plentiful throughout the country.

In practice, my fastest time was a shade under 54 minutes last January in a treadmill. I think if I race some more 10Ks, I could probably get it down to below 56 minutes.

My brother also finished his first ever 5K. I’ll post pictures of him huffing and puffing at the finish line.

Tyson Gay 9.77 in Rome

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Usain Bolt 9.79 in Paris

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Watch the slow motion of how Usain Bolt flies though 100 meters.  I can’t wait until the showdown between Lightning Bolt and Tyson Gay in a few weeks.

July 15, 2009

Entered my first 10K and my brother’s first 5K

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I have completed three 5Ks, one 10 miler, nineteen half marathons, and five marathons. I have never participated in a 10K race. I did participate in a 10K walk four years ago. This Saturday will be my first ever 10K race at one of the more famous running trails here in Columbus called Antrim Park. I will run the 10K race because my brother will run his first 5K race. The 10K starts at 7:30 am while the 5K starts at 8:00 am. I hope to finish around the same time my brother finishes to give him some support. I don’t think this 10K race will have any negative impact on my taper off schedule before the July 26 San Francisco marathon.

The practice run today was not too impressive since I had a business dinner an hour before the run. With a heavy jelly belly, I ran 6.2 miles in 1:06:29 for a 10:43 per mile average pace. This is about 12+ minutes slower than my fastest 10K. Tomorrow, I will try another 10K before dinner. Hopefully I will do better than the 1:06:29 from this evening without the heavy jelly belly.

July 12, 2009

18.2 miles then a rain delay

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The plan was for 20.0 miles on Saturday morning. I woke up at 5:00 am and was on the trail at 6:00 am. It was a hot and humid Saturday with rain on the forecast for most of the day. I was fortunate that I was able to run 18.2 miles or about 91% of the goal. Then the downpour came. I could have continued on a treadmill since my local gym was less than 3 miles from the running trail. But barbecued short ribs at home were tempting me. So I called it a day and instead of finishing the last 1.8 miles, I finished up three fantastic pieces of short ribs.

July 10, 2009

Another great NY Times article on running

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Brain Surgery Frees Runner, but Raises Barriers

SEDALIA, Colo. — In the middle of the night, Diane Van Deren will leave her house against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She will cut west through the dark canyons with her running shoes and a headlamp, but without a kiwi-sized part of her right temporal lobe.


More on this story …

July 9, 2009

Heeding prometheuscometh’s advice again

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I was planning to run two more 20 milers before the San Francisco marathon in 18 days. I already did one 20 miler a few weeks ago and I hoped to do at least three in preparation for the race. According to prometheuscometh, I should only do one more 20 miler and have fresh legs for the race. I am inclined to follow his advice.

Today was my first run after 6 days of inactivity due to various social commitments. It was only 5 miles but I sure was flying even in 80+ degree heat. Running is so much more easy after a few days rest. Therefore, I think there is a lot of wisdom in prometheuscometh’s advise. Second and last 20 miler will be my goal for this Saturday morning.

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