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August 30, 2009

Too conservative 1st half but I got a negative split

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I just finished my 21st half marathon which was the 2nd Annual Spirit of Columbus half marathon. I ran the first one last year which was a debacle. Last year’s race started 35 minutes late (8:35 am) and I finished in 2:25 in searing heat. This time around, the organizers were slightly better. They started only 7 minutes late at 7:37 am. The course was laid out better. However, they ran out of water at the mile 5 and mile 6 water stations.

Due to the lack of water, I ran the first half conservatively and crossed mile 6.5 between 1:09 and 1:10 (I forgot to bring my watch and they were only two clocks in the entire course). The second half of the race had water, thank God. I was feeling strong in the last 2 miles and finished the last half in between 1:02 to 1:03. Unofficial finish time is 2:12:58, which was 12 minutes faster than last year and 2:49 minutes faster than my last half marathon a couple of weeks ago.

I think this was my first ever negative split half marathon. I did not plan to run a negative split race but the lack of water in the first half accidentally forced me into a negative split. Boy, this negative splits really are something. At the end of the race, I felt strong and was accelerating in miles 11, 12, and 13. I probably could have run an additional 3 miles at 10 minute per mile pace because the weather was good, my body was strong at the end, and I started conservatively.

Now the real trick is how to put together two 6.5 mile runs at 1:04 each so that I can get a PR. I will try to go for a 2:08 PR on Sept 19 in the Air Force Half Marathon in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio weather in mid September is ideal for running a long race and I have run this race three times before so I know the nuances of the course inside Wright Patterson Air Force base.

Next up for me are two half marathons in the Chicago suburbs during next week’s Labor Day weekend. There was another half marathon in Indiana so I could really do 3 half marathons in 3 days but that’s for 2010. I doubt if these races in Batavia, Illinois and Oak Brook, Illinois are suited for me going below 2:10 since they are in hilly unfamiliar terrain.


August 29, 2009

120 hours of work, 15 miles of running

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Over the past two weeks, I’ve worked about 120 hours but only was able to run 15 miles.  Tomorrow, I will run my 21st half marathon from Dublin, Ohio to downtown Columbus, Ohio.  This is going to be an adventure.  My body is tired from the work and not really in good shape due to the lack of running over the past couple of weeks.

August 28, 2009

Last Weekend’s Relays

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My favorite events to watch at track and field meets have always been the relays.  In the US, the IAAF World Championship was shown almost every day in the Versus cable channel and NBC carried some key events during the weekend.  Enjoy the various relay finals from youtube.

Women’s 4 x 400 meter relay

Men’s 4 x 400 meter relay

Women’s 4 x 100 meter relay

Men’s 4 x 100 meter relay

August 26, 2009

Rest In Peace, Ted Kennedy

Filed under: Uncategorized — workaholicrunner @ 11:25 am

The great man passed away today.

August 25, 2009

Opportunity cost of running

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An economist tackles the question of the opportunity cost of running.

Races in the Philippines during last half of December

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I am absolutely excited to visit the Philippines from December 18 to January 2.  This is my first time back to the Philippines in over 19.5 years.  I know that there are quite a few Philippine based run bloggers who sometimes read this blog.  To the Philippine based run bloggers out there, are there an races to join in the later half of December?  I don’t think I can handle a half marathon or marathon in the Philippines due to the heat but I would be happy to run a 5K or 10K.  Please advise.  Thanks.

August 20, 2009

Olympic Golf for my Filipino run blogger friends

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There are big changes happening this week in the Olympics (because Tiger said so). It seems that golf will finally become an Olympic Sport in 2016.

Here is how the Olympic qualification will work.

1. Top 15 golfers in the world qualify automatically regardless of country.

2. For spots # 16 – 60, qualification will be based on ranking. However, there will be a maximum of 2 representatives per country for spots # 16 – 60.

Out of these 60 players, anyone can win the gold, silver, or bronze depending if you play well for 4 rounds. Golf has many variables and it is unlike track and field where the best Filipino athlete has no chance of beating Usain Bolt in 100 meters or Michael Phelps in any of the swimming events.

There will be two events – mens and womens. Under the suggested format, Philippines’ Jennifer Rosales who is ranked # 153 in the world would get spot # 40. Lots of Korean, Japanese, and American women would not qualify even though they are ranked higher than Rosales due to the second rule proposed. Korea would have 6 golfers, the US would have 5 golfers, Australia would have 4 golfers, and a handful of countries would have 3 golfers that would get into the Olympic tournament based on current rankings.

If Dorothy Delasin (ranked # 220 in the world) chooses to represent the Philippines instead of the US, she would also qualify and the Philippines would end up sending 2 women to the Olympic golf tournament.

2 out of 60 golfers in the Olympics is a decent representation. If one of them has a good 4 days, she could win a medal or even the gold.

August 18, 2009

Benefits of running to your knees

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The New York Times strikes again with another god article about how running can actually help your knees.  Here is the link to the relatively short and well-written article from their Sunday Times magazine.

August 16, 2009

On my reading list as of August 16, 2009

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At last … a relaxing Sunday after a half marathon Saturday where I can read. Friends and family keep giving me books of which I am thankful. I’ve been busy at work and with running that I have only had the time to read a few pages per week. Here is the pile of books on a chair in my bedroom that I am planning to read over the next few months. I’m also including some short blurbs about what the themes of the books are. The subject matter is diverse.

Books Almost Completed

1. Running From The Devil by Jamie Frevelletti (Fiction) – ultramarathoner in a plane crash in the jungles of Colombia trying to avoid violent drug carters

2. The Rising Sun by John Toland (History) – WW2 and its origins from the Japanese point of view; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in the 1970s

3. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (Economics) – yet another book about behavioral economics

4. Hitler’s War by Harry Turtledove (Science Fiction) – alternative history book about what if Neville Chamberlain did not appease Adolf Hitler in 1938

5. The Path To Power by Margaret Thatcher (Autobiography)

Books Not Yet Started

6. Starbucked by Taylor Clark (Business) – book about coffee culture

7. Pour Your Hear Into It by Howard Schultz (Business) – founder of Starbucks talking about his life and the rise of his company

8. My Life On The Run by Bart Yasso (Running)

9. Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes (Running)

10. I Run, Therefore I Am Nuts by Bob Schwartz (Running)

11. Paths Of Glory by Jeffrey Archer (Fiction) – fiction based on the life of famed mountianeer George Mallory

12. Anthony and Cleopatra by Collen McCullogh (Fiction) – historical fiction set during the aftermath of Caesar’s assasination

13. Imperium by Robert Harris (Fiction) – detective story set in ancient Rome during the heyday of Cicero

14.Vietnam At War by Phillip Davidson (History) – Vietnam’s wars from the Vietnamese point of view

15. Dark Sun by Richard Rhodes (History) – development of the hydrogen bomb

16. The Aeneid by Virgil (Clasics) – read parts of this in college but I got it as a gift so might as well read it.

17. My Life In France by Julia Child (Autobiography)


Filed under: Uncategorized — workaholicrunner @ 1:03 pm

I participated in a lot of sports from the time I was 6 to 17 years old. Then, there was a long couch potato era from 18 to 32 years old. 14 long years of nothing. I was 33 years old when I ran my first half marathon. I just turned 37 last month and have now completed 20 as of yesterday and also 6 full marathons. Oh, how I wish I started running when I was 18. I probably would have completed 100 already. But it is never too late and I love participating even though I am typically at the back of the pack.

I listed the 20 half marathons I have completed and ran the calculations in Excel. My average time is 2:16:27 for an average pace of 10:24 per mile. this is funny because my first race half marathon was at 2:16:00. That means I am unusual among runners because, the more I race, the slower my average time gets! My (lame) excuse is that I work 60 hours a week and have really no time for speedwork.

Nonetheless, statistics are useful. I have already scheduled my 21st, 22nd, and 23rd half marathons in late August and September, I will keep in mind the 2:16:27 average as I try to bring it down with every race. Ideally, after 20 more races, I can get it to 2:11:00 which is about a 10:00 minute per mile pace.

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