Monday, April 30, 2012

Brick City 10k

I didn't realize it, but this was my fastest road 10k in almost 5 years!  It was also my only road 10k in almost 5 years.  (Insert sad faced emoticon.)   I finished in 40:15.

We had a great time in Sanford yesterday morning.  Andrea did awesome, pushing both boys in the double jogger for the 5k to win her age group in under 26 minutes.  She's such a stud.

We met up with our friends, the Halls for good lunch at hometown Yarborough's.  We spent the rest of Sunday exhausted.

The end.

Friday, April 27, 2012

May Events

Once again, the Titus van Rijn Raleigh Classic will take place on May 6th.

Past coverage here, here, and here.

Location Martin Middle School (same as last 2 years), time-7:00 a.m. New twist this year. Each runner is asked to bring 2 of your favorite cherry sodas to share.

In addition, the Memorial Day Mile will be May 28th.

This event is selfish in nature in that I want to run a sub 5:00 mile and wanted company. I'd love for it to be the venue for others to set pr's or go after time goals: sub 6:00, 7:00, 5:30, etc. We'll probably do a men's event and a women's event. I hope to have a few prizes, but ask that each runner bring 2 of your favorite post mile race beverages to share.

RSVP via email or facebook event.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I'm running a race!

It seems like forever since I last pinned a number on.  In reality, it's only been 3 months, but it feels like much longer.  The last time I "raced", I covered 40 miles, on trails, each step painful thanks to a knee issue that flared up two weeks prior.  It was disappointing, to say the least.

The last three months have been a restless mix of recovery, regression, training, un-training, working, resting, living life.  Grand plans, revised too many times to count.

But this Sunday, in Sanford, I'll run in a 10k race.  I have no expectation, but want to put in a good effort, sweat a little, rest afterwards and watch the boys play at Depot Park.  I spend a lot of weekend mornings watching (while working) others run races.  It's going to feel good to be one of them this time.

I you put your number on your front or back???

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Task at hand. Task at hand.

Just focus on one thing at a time.  I have a hard time with that concept.  Just a few weeks ago, I decided to train for an attempt at a fast mile in hopes of breaking 5 minutes (attempt scheduled for Memorial Day).  Now, I'm entertaining running a 200 mile race this summer?  WTH?

I admit I have a problem with focus.  There, that's the first step, right?  Admitting I have a problem?  Now, what to do about it?  What to do...what to do...

Focus!  Ok, so mile is 5/28.  Focus on that until then.  Twice weekly speed sessions.  Intervals and tempo.  And bike to work.  Why?  Because 1. I enjoy it. and 2. Leg strength and turnover.  Gradually increase a weekly long run (currently at 11 miles, relatively pain free).  Working the long run up to 20 miles by the end of May.

Just in time for my birthday 34 miler.  Which is good timing for the 200 miler a month later.  Which will probably cripple me.  So, I'll be accepting donations for a 3 month City of Raleigh pool pass for swimming.  Because I doubt I'll be able to run.  Such is my life.  Awesome!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 Goals, March Review

February update here.

March was pretty similar to February.

In short, my goals were:

1. Bike Commute More - March was a much better month, helped, in no small part to the amazing weather we've had.  I biked to work 10 days in March. My knee no longer bothers me much at all when I bike, so I hope to keep this up all April long.

2. Run a sub 20 minute 5k each week - I was 5 for 5 through January and haven't done one since. Still haven't run one since January 29th, but my running is becoming less and less painful, so I might be able to run one towards the end of the month.

3. Do sit-ups every day - Fail.  No change here.

4. Pay off $10,000 in mortgage principle - We're up to $1,935.64 of principle paid off over the first 3 months. Hopefully the side work will pick up and I can throw more at it.  The re-fi didn't come through since the appraisal came back really low (as in less than we owe on the house.)  I respectfully disagree but we're in a holding pattern now until we get more principle paid off.

5. Run more and aim for 3000 miles - Fail. Total of 72 for the month, up to 328 for the year.  Yikes.

Not a lot of other details for March.  Was a slow month side-work wise and was mostly recovery for the knee exercise-wise.  I did buy a new weight bench that I can lift on without fear of collapse.  And then, posted a new "post college" pr.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Inspiring others... not necessarily my strong suit.  However, from time to time, I hear that others do things because "you inspired me to...".  It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I am floored by the power of it.

I don't make a big deal out of the running or cycling that I do.  I never finish a run and announce to the world that my pace for 10 miles was X:XX per mile.  Because NO ONE CARES.  But, people see me run.  They see me get to work on a bicycle.  They see me running from the bus stop and then they know that it can be done.  Because they saw someone they knew do it.  It's no longer a foreign concept to them.

Hell, if Brad can do it, I can do it.  That is certainly an honest observation.  If I can do it, anyone can do it.

I've had a past, overweight, co-worker start running marathons because they saw me do it.  And, rightly figured that since I could, he could.  I've had co-workers bike to work and run to work, because they saw that I've done it.

Just last week, my boss came blasting through the door in our office, smiling ear to ear, and breathing hard, because he rode his bike to the bus stop, bused to the bus station, then biked to the office from there.  He was incredibly proud of what he'd done.  I was too.  This guy is not the picture of fitness, yet he took a shot of courage, and did it.  And thanked me when he got here.

I smiled all morning, especially when he announced to many others, how great he felt and how FUN it was.  It's moments like that, that I don't ever plan on happening.  But when they do, those moments inspire me back.

Set a good example, put in a good effort, you never know who's watching or who you'll inspire.