Sunday, May 4, 2008

Mission Accomplish!!!
Today was a great day!  I completed the first event of my Philly Trifecta...the Broad Street Run.
I wasn't the fastest, but I wasn't last either

My goal was simply to complete, which was a lofty goal considering I had not ran a 10 mile run since last November.  My goal was simply to finish...I hoped to possible run it in at lease fastest 10 miler prior had been 2:20:26.  
My official time was 2:14:15!!!  I am very happy with my achievement.  I feel relatively good, although my right knee hurts a bit...

I'm back to a 10 mile long run.  I'd like to maintain 22-25 mpw until I begin my marathon training in July

Until next time~

Sunday, April 27, 2008

On to Broad Street..!

It's been a while...
I have not been able to run any real  decent mileage sine I started my new job in January.  I had a few injuries, but mostly it just been due to schedule. Although I have been very busy, and enjoy my new job, I have, in the process forsaken one of my major goals for 2008...running the Philly Trifecta.  After much debate, I realize that I need to stop the excuses.

The 1st run of the Trifecta is next Sunday May 4th...the Philadelphia Broad Street Run.  I decided no more excuses.  I don't want to face the feeling of disappointment of not running the Broad Street yet another year...

My longest run in a while has been about 3 miles.  I decided to see just where I was as far as mileage I could handle.  I want to do Broad St, but don't know what mileage I could handle.  My goal today was to see just how far I could run.  

I headed out on my 10 miler loop, hoping to at least get close to 2.5 miles before heading back home, giving me 5 miles for the day...then I would decide if I could manage the run next Sunday.  So, I  managed to push 4 miles before heading back, and the ran another 2.5 miles for a total of 6.5 miles for the day, and feel pretty confident with God's help, and the adrenaline rush that comes with race day, I will be able to complete Broad Street next Sunday.  It may not be a PR, but I will run it.

So...a few hours ago, I registered on-line

I'm back on track, and looking forward to getting my t-shirt~

Stay posted on the details!
Until next time!


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Kickin' it up a notch!

It's been a challenging 6 weeks!  I have had to travel to Dallas 4 out of the last 6 weeks.  Although they had a treadmill, since I had injured my leg, it's been a slow progress.  Eating out mostly, trying to make healthy choices, but was not always successful with the given choices.

I am back up to 239lbs and very disappointed...

There are exactly 8 weeks until the Broad Street 10 miler.  I am up to 3 miles, and believe I can get up to the mileage I need to be.  I hope to kick up my metabolism with adding circuit training on Mon & Fri, along with running T, TH, WEDS, SAT, SUN.

I would like to be at around 220lbs by the time of the race.  My main concern is just getting back into a rhythm  in running and eating right, and the weight will take care of itself...

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Break a leg...?

Man...its good to be back!
On Feb 13th I fell and almost snapped my left leg just below my knee.  I had pain in my knee and ankle, and walked with a limp for 2 nearly 2 weeks.  On 2/25 I finally felt well enough to start running again.  I've gained some weight, though I'm not sure how much.  The important thing is that I'm back!
Currently in Dallas for training with my new job.  Running on a treadmill...still planning on doing the Broad Street 10 miler on 5/4.  If I increase 1 mile on my long run per week.  I'll be back on track.
It's good to be back!

Until next time...
It's good to be back!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

"Looking to 2008"

"You have to do the best with what God gave you...!" 
Mrs. Gump

Well, here we are...
The end of another year.  A year with ups and downs, highs and lows...a year than can be summed up for me in one word...perseverance!

My major running goal for this year was accomplished.  To run the Philly Half Marathon.  Now onto 2008...

This coming year, I have some short term/long term running the "Philly Trifecta":
  1. Broad Street 10 mi May 4
  2. Philadelphia Distance Run Sept 21
  3. Philadelphia Marathon November 23
maybe some 5-1ok's mixed in...

Other goals:
  • Weigh 200lbs by May 4th, 175lbs by Nov 6th
  • Run at least 1,000 mi for the year
  • Stay healthy and consistent
I've taken a few weeks off from running of any kind so my legs/knees can completely heal.  Plan to hit the road again and resume training on Tues 1/1/08.

Stay posted...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Mission Accomplished: "I am a Half-Marathon Finisher!!!!"

11/18/07:It was a cold morning...I had set out everything the night before. I got about 6 hrs of sleep. Race time was 7am. The alarm went off at 4:30am. My wonderful wife got up and dressed our daughter. I had a toasted bagel with peanut butter, a banana, and water. We were out the door by 5:10am and on our way to downtown Philadelphia...

There were almost no cars on the road, and we got a great parking spot close to 22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We made our way to the starting area. I hit the porta johns and began to stretch. I could not believe I was here! Two years ago we were there on the exact same day, but I ran the Rothman Institute 8K. I started off too fast, and it was hard. I told my wife that "one day I would return and run the full marathon. Last year they added the HM, and this year it became my goal. To complete the Philadelphia Half Marathon.

My goal was simply to finish, have fun and come in under 3 hrs...2:45 preferably). My strategy was simple...on race day, I was just going to wake up and run for 3 miles (a 5k). no problem...the plan was that after 5k, I'd be in a groove and the rest wouldn't seem so difficult. It worked. I wanted to start out slow and hopefully have enough in the tank at the end for a push to the finish...The first 3 miles FLEW by, and I mean FLEW!!! I couldn't believe how great I felt. no knee pain, nothing...I had Cliff Shot blocks electrolyte chews and drank water an a Gatorade at every stop. It was working...!

This continued all the way to mile 10. the first 6 miles were beautiful and scenic...the last half were hilly. I just ran with my iPod, and for the most part, it felt like any other long run. I would pause the music when approaching a cheering crowd of spectators so I could enjoy the atmosphere. They really helped push through the later miles. At mile 10 I verbally said, "I got this!" then it was just getting to the finish. I got choked-up several times at the late stages in the race. One time was when I saw a Vet holding a sign that simply said, "Dig Deep!" that said it all...

As I approached the last hill at mile 12.5...I began passing people. The crowd was getting bigger, the cheers were louder, then I saw the goal. My wife in her blazing orange winter coat (so I could easily spot her) and my little girl holding up signs and screaming and cheering, "C'mon hun, you're almost there...Go Daddy...GO!!!!!" Another motivation was a dear friend of the family, Allan who had suffered a stoke (or "set-back") as he calls it, on Mother's Day of this past year. He's made great progress so far, and we expect a full recovery. I told him I was going to run it in his honor. If I can finish a 1/2 Marathon...With God, ALL things are possible!!!

As I crossed the finish line with a last push, arms outstretched, looking towards the sky, I said "Thank you Jesus..." I had done it. Chip time of 2:43:59 (36.6% in my age category-3,657 over all)

With God's help...I had succeeded in accomplishing my goal...

"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Is 40:31

I owe alot of thanks to my wife for pushing me and encouraging me to go for a run when I didn't feel like it. I also owe a debt of gratitude for all my friends in the forums. Their encouragement and advice allowed me to have the confidence and form the plan that got me over the finish line.

I took Thanksgiving week off from running, and plan to start back on Tues 11/27. I've been thinking about my next running goals and I believe I'll maintain 20-25 miles through the winter, and find some races between 10-13.1 miles for next year...then return to Philly next November and run the full Celebrate my 40th birthday

Until next time...


Saturday, November 17, 2007

The eve of breakthrough...

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
~Mark Twain we are. The eve of the Philadelphia Half Marathon. The culmination of ten months of training and planning...the eve of breakthrough...
I've done everything I can do. I've trained, ate properly. I've experienced set backs, but I won't be denied!
When I injured my knees, first my right, then my left...all I could do was rest...I had a thought of discouragement that, "oh well...maybe next year!"
This is MY time to shine! This is my year of open doors! I will wake up early tomorrow. I will get to the race on time. My wife and daughter will be at the finish line to cheer me on. I WILL FINISH THIS RACE!!!
"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."
Is 40:31
Stay tuned for the details of victory...