Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Bonus run!

Day-off run ... with the girl! A few months ago I may have suggested all four of us would be running the 5K this Saturday, though it has appeared more likely to be just me. The wife has been training with Couch To 5K and quite successfully but is not at that point in the program yet, and neither is the boy.

I try not to press the girl to run with me, rather leave the invitation open. It's not as though she doesn't exercise, she's a hardcore soccer player (her hero is Hope Solo, and yes, she knows) but running is different. She has had great difficulty getting past the "stitch" phase and can be very resistant to advice.

I mean, she hears it, it's obvious that she hears it. Today it was apparent to me that she had taken in every suggestion we have made because I could hear hear her using them while running and couldn't wait to tell me about how well it had worked when she had finished.

In fact, it was she who suggested we run a mile today. And just as we were reaching home she said she wanted to run another mile. So we did. And now she says she wants to run the race on Saturday.

But I must be careful. She may try to run tomorrow, forgetting how challenging it was for her today, and become discouraged. Because that's a thing that happens.

Distance: 2 miles
Avg Pace: 9.33
Route: Topsail Beach

Last night the four of us watched the match at Gallagher's - the same place the wife and I watched the men's USA v GER game last year. The women win.

Temperature: 79°
Climate: bright, hot and breezy
Hydration: I think.
Stretches: yes, both of us.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Run for cover in the temple of love.

Our first full day was one of happy excess, dinner that of loaded macaroni and cheese and alcohol found in surprising places. An aging individual, I find more and more that consumption of alcohol in any amount makes me restless, these past two nights I have found myself awake in the middle of the night.

Fortunately for me, modern technology has provided a backlit reading device with which I can while the time until again I drowse and so my three a.m. alertness does not bother me. It helps to know I have absolutely nothing to do the next day. Nothing at all.

However - and this is a trick I have learned on my journeys to New York - I always fare better when I force myself to rise and take that run. It makes the rest of the day just that much easier. But I will need a nap later.

Distance: 5 miles
Avg Pace: 8.06
Route: Topsail Beach

DID YOU KNOW ..? You can program specific BPM into Spotify? Okay, maybe you did, I just figured that out. MMR says I was just over eight minutes, but the lady told me my split pace was 7:57 as I finished, so I will imagine that to be correct.

Running at 165 BPM, I need to find out if that is eight minutes on pavement. It's probably much faster.

Temperature: 79°
Climate: sunny! breezy!
Intake: yogurt & granola
Hydration: yes
Stretches: yes

Running out into the morning sun, heading back into the wind. While they each slowed me down a bit, they also have their pleasures. Also, running in the morning means not having to dodge all the other beachgoers -- and they don't have to deal with ME.

Wore proper shoes. Feet feel great.

What's That Lyric?
Temple of Love - Sisters of Mercy

Monday, June 29, 2015

I walked down to the beach.

Relaxation requires too many choices. We slept cool, I had gotten up in the middle of the night to drink water, read for a bit. My sinuses were totally clear thanks to yesterday's enforced salt water bath. I rose late - for me - after eight a.m.

It was already hot out on the deck, I wrote and read. Every time a runner went past I thought, hmn. I should do that now, before it gets too hot. But then, fuck that, I'm writing.

The boy and I went out on the pier to fish for two hours. He has grown so much since we first did that. He is less antsy about actually catching the fish, he sits and we talk. He handles the rod as well as I do now, I feel less anxious helping him manage it. We relax deeper.

Also: there were dolphins. A pod of dolphins.

It's afternoon. I do not wish to wait until this evening to run. Three miles, in bare feet. I have to remember to go slow.

Distance: 3 miles
Avg Pace: 8.48
Route: Topsail Beach

Also: remember to lift your toes. Always. I just scored blisters on each of my big toes. However, I regret nothing, that was delicious.

My thigh continues to trouble me. It's my gas foot, driving several days irritated it terribly, now it just pains me constantly.

Temperature: 82°
Climate: bright and hot
Intake: banana
Hydration: yes
Stretches: yes

What's That Lyric?
Blue Monday - New Order

Sunday, June 28, 2015

There is no way for you to win this race.

We have arrived in North Carolina, and we had barely unpacked before I set out for my prescribed 10 mile run. After ripping my feet up three years ago - running barefoot on the beach for four miles - you would think I know better.

I was wearing shoes, but not the right shoes. I brought the green clown shoes, for fear of damaging my new UA slippers. This was not wise, as they no longer fit very well. I have two blisters on the tips of my second and third toes on my left foot.

But oh well. Seriously, no big deal. What was truly debilitating was the wind. It's been stormy here as it has been everywhere else. That was part of the reason I wanted to get out as soon as I could, I wasn't sure if it was going to rain or not.

Three miles out with the wind in my back ... ten five miles into the wind. Five miles. Into the wind. At mile six, my wife ran out to the beach with a bottle of water, which was awesome. I probably should have packed it in right there, but I figured, hey. Two more miles into the wind, what's the big deal? And then the final two with it at my back.

Sure. Tell yourself anything. Just get there.

Distance: 10 miles
Avg Pace: 8.32
Route: Topsail Beach

The final mile I took off my shoes and ran in the surf. I had looked forward to it, but it felt more desperate than joyful. Sorry. Anyway, if the weather holds the rest of the week will be considerably more pleasurable.

Running into the wind, right next to the ocean, my sinuses opened wide and I was just drooling wet snot for most of the run. I received a great deal of positive comments from the family when I finally staggered into the beach house, but I think I looked like a man on the verge of a coronary. I'm not being flip.

Anyway. Vacation!

Week Two Total: 25 miles
Training To Date: 49 miles

Temperature: 84°
Climate: windy!
Hydration: yes!
Stretches: no.

What's That Lyric?
Sofi Needs A Ladder - Deadmau5

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pull a damn hamstring.

Click on to enlarge.
This is the map for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. We round several small lakes, both banks of the Mississippi, and passing just two blocks north of my brother's house on Summit Avenue!

Distance: 3 miles
Avg Pace: 7.22
Route: Boulevard Loop

Flipped the schedule a bit, today was to be a day off but as we will be traveling, why not run today and make tomorrow off? See, that's how we manage these things.

Seriously, though. Look at that map. That's awesome.

Temperature: 61°
Climate: cool!
Weight: 158.5 lbs. (-1.5)
Intake: banana
Hydration: yes
Stretches: a little
Upper Body: packing the car

The week I hope to concentrate a bit more on proper stretching. The pain in my right thigh persists, and I am not sure if or when it will subside. I have tried a variety of stretches, but since they all hurt, it is difficult to know which is best for relaxing the muscle.

What's That Lyric?
The Whistle Song - Flo Rida

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A man in my shoes runs a light.

Long runs taking their toll as thighs retains an ... awareness, let's say. Not pain, it's not intense enough for pain. It's also not stiffness. Just ... hello. We're your thighs. Never forget we're here.

Yes, I have been working out with a free weight, nothing major. But she asked me to do upper body exercises, and now I am in the habit of doing them. Perhaps in the end I will become a complete person.

Distance: 6 miles
Avg Pace: 7.22
Route: Cain Park Loop

As I begin taking longer runs, can I continue to break 8 minute miles? That's really the goal, 26.2 eight minute miles, back to back, and I keep it under four hours again with ten minutes to spare. But will I be able to keep that pace? Summer may not be the best time of year to tell.

Keep forgetting to eat before heading out. Last night we went to Tommy's where I had a milkshake, fries and the dreaded Curtburger. So I lost a pound.

Temperature: 64°
Climate: downright cool.
Weight: 157.5 lbs. (-2.5)
Intake: none
Hydration: yes
Stretches: yes
Upper Body: 140 reps

This weekend we will be in transit, which throws my training schedule into question. Three miles on Saturday, and then ten on Sunday. I may wait until we are all settled at our destination and take that long run on Monday. It is a vacation, after all.

How will I eat on vacation? How will I drink? What am I going to do? I have two months to complete the first draft of a new play, will the writing happen this week? I have a book to read, another waiting for my attention. What will happen?

What's That Lyric?
Ghost In You - Psychedelic Furs 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

We're always running round this town.

My wife discovered an app, one which - if you find the correct chair in which to sit - can make you travel backwards in time. There is a Siri-like AI you speak to, providing as many details as you are able, most specifically time and place, and it will transport you there.

We each had our own chairs, I cannot report where she went went, but I was successful at traveling twice. Each time I walked about, search for those I wanted to find but with no success. At first I was self-conscious that I would be recognized and then I realized that was impossible. Seriously, if the present day you walked past your younger self, you wouldn't even notice you.

Though I was confident each time that I had in fact returned to those moments, each over twenty years ago, and was in more or less the right place, I was merely wandering in a melancholy memory, alone in bleak daylight. Returning to a place was no more like peering at a still picture of the location of a party the day after it has ended.

Distance: 3 miles
Avg Pace: 7.31
Route: Boulevard Loop

Lightning storm. Woke at 4:30 am, it was like a angry disco in my room. Figured the run wouldn't happen but by 7 am the rain was gone and the sun was coming out. Beautiful run. Hot, yes, but bright and sweet.

I really should eat and stretch before running. Feeling rushed, taking care of the boy on my own. Tomorrow is a break, then the women return. Breathe and relax. It will all happen.

Temperature: 72°
Climate: sweaty and beautiful
Weight: 158.5 lbs. (-1.5)
Intake: none
Hydration: yes
Stretches: no
Upper Body: 100 reps

What's That Lyric?
 The Look * - Metronomy