Thursday, January 28, 2010
Some think guts is sprinting at the end of a race. But guts is what got you there to begin with. Guts start back in the hills with 6 miles to go and you're thinking of how you can get out of this race without anyone noticing. Guts begin when you still have forty minutes of torture left and you're already hurting more than you ever remember.
- George Sheehan
Hell yeah, anything to take the focus off the last 100 meters of a race, as sprinting ain't exactly my strong point.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Tues AM - 7 miles with the PPRR Sunrise Striders. 63 minutes total. 4 miles of tempo in Bear Creek Park. Guys I normally beat crushed me today. Hell, girls who never beat me crushed me today. Yeti even finished in front of me. Thank gawd John O didn't show up, he probably would have beaten me as well.
These two stinkers on top of a sub par race on Saturday. Been running a ton of miles, for me anyways, and it's leaving me stale on the faster paced stuff. 340 miles in December was my biggest month ever, and it looks like I'll top that this month. Probably go for another huge month in February before backing off to work on my sub-three speed for Boston. Might have to hit the track a little more often though, while I'm happy to be building a great base for the upcoming summer, I don't want to go getting too slow.
"Stay at the Start" has established a network of just over 40 families in Hopkinton (where the 26 mile Boston Marathon starts) that want to provide accommodations in their home during Boston Marathon weekend to registered marathon runners. “Stay at the Start” is matching registered runners interested in staying in Hopkinton with these host families.
There is no charge to stay in a host family’s home as a guest. In exchange for a stay of up to 4 nights, “Stay at the Start” is asking for a donation to help support the community based Hopkinton Food Pantry that services families in need.
“Stay at the Start” is an all volunteer, not-for-profit organization. “Stay at the Start” is about building community. Our goal is for both the runners and host families to have an enhanced marathon experience, for this to become part of the Boston Marathon tradition, and to raise much needed money for the Hopkinton Food Pantry.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Forgot to mention that at the last PPRR bored meeting, Mailman John raised the possibility of having an ultra on the Ring the Peak trail. We're gonna have meetings 'n shit (hopefully at a bar) to discuss it. Any thoughts on this?
Not related to the south slope, but more good reading from the Gazette here. Aren't these guys up in GZ's neck of the woods?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Thanks to the Colorado Running Company for getting these in. When I started begging John O for these they weren't available to the public yet. Then I waited so long to go pick 'em up they're everywhere now.
My Sportiva Wildcats went over 1100 miles on this run.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
-author/professor RICHARD PETERSON
Great article by Mr. Peterson about the Pirates, anabolic steroid use among masters runners, Gene Kelly, the Pittsburgh Marathon and more can be seen here.
BLOS has his Disney report up. Great job by lots of locals down there. But you couldn't pay me enough to visit Disney World. When I do my Florida marathon, which I'm in no rush to do, I'll probably hit Miami so I can also go for a run with this guy.
Gaylord is in for the Salida Marathon. I'll bring extra PBR to the finish line, since it's gonna take him a long time to run that course.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Currently at $3.74 per mile. Trying to get in a bunch more miles before I have to drop $30 for the Boston "special bus" and another $80 on a new pair of Sportiva Wildcats.
Boston colors look pretty sweet this year. See the jacket here. I was really conflicted on whether or not I'd wear the schwag if it were a flamer color like last year. Looks like that won't be an issue since they went with Pittsburgh colors for 2010.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thinking of heading up to Barr Camp tomorrow. Haven't seen Neil and Teresa in a while. Plus, it'll make GZ insanely jealous if I get up that high in January.
Rego info for the Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon is over here. For most people the date to sign up is March 17. I love, Love, LOVE the fact that the Ascent costs more than the Marathon!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Quality road wins* by AP top 25 teams not named Pitt: Eight
Quality road wins by Pitt: Three
(* I'm defining a quality road win as one against a top-60 team in the Pomeroy Ratings, in that team's home gym.)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Wed AM - Easy run in the Garden. 8.2 miles, 1:15.
Finally hit yoga for the first time this year. 1.5 hours. It had been three weeks since I went and I could tell, the heat crushed me. Little bit behind on my goal of 100 times this year but I'll catch up.
It's been over two weeks since I've had fast food. I don't feel any better or any worse. My blood pressure is still the same. I am down about two or three pounds this year, but that might be more from running (averaging over 10 miles a day so far this year) than the diet. Have a hash weekend coming up at the end of the month (Durango Snowdown) and I'm sure I'll be tested down there. Might have to get Nacheaux to make another Bacon Explosion to keep my stomach full. Or maybe take the long way down through Salida and pick up a few Caveman pizzas!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
FYI, my current Wildcats went over 1000 miles last night at the Trinity run. As of now they have 1015.0 miles logged on 'em. A whopping $.08 per mile.
Shaping up to be a much better week as I already have 22.5 miles in, with a few more to come tonight before yoga. Good run this morning, 5 x 5 minutes hard with 2:30 RBI on the Santa Fe trail.
Looks like my days in Manitou are numbered. Katie is close to buying a house on 31st street. Hate to leave Manitou but I'll be much closer to the Garden and Red Rock Canyon, as well as closer to a bar (.25 miles from the front porch to the Red Rock Lounge). Still within running distance of Memorial Park (about 2.5 miles) and biking distance of the Townhouse/Royal/Kinfolk's.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Thurs PM - Incline happy hour. 5.5 miles, almost two hours due to trying to come down Barr Trail on two broken yaktrax. Well below zero at the summit.
Fri AM - Very easy three miles out to the skate park and back. Legs were very heavy due to Wed and Thurs workouts. -4F with a wind chill of -16 in Manitou.
I'm going to have heat stroke this weekend, it's supposed to get up to 50F.
Kudos to PPRR Sunrise Strider Kerry Page for winning the Disney 5K this morning.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Anywho, this is one of the funniest sports signs I've ever seen. It's at the El Arroyo on 5th, near MOPAC. Nothing makes me hungrier for Mexican food than talking about a gal's period.
Lots of talk about the Ultra Runner of the Year. Geoff (yes, he's fast), and Karl (yes, he wins a lot) are up there, but in my book neither of them can hold a candle to John DeWalt! Watching him finish Hardrock, hunched over in pain and using a tree limb to keep from falling over, was probably the most inspirational running moment I've ever seen. And the guy is in his mid-70s!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Little different this year, as they have you meet at the Salida steamworks instead of the park. The start of the race is in the same place, not sure if the finish is in the park or the steamworks. Either way, it's close to the bars so I'm not worried.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Rescue Run - $18
Winter Series (4 races) - $40
Boston Marathon - $130
Boston airfare - $300
Counting Boston even though I paid for it last year, and the plane ticket was actually my christmas present from my folks, but I'm curious to see what a year of this hobby costs. Does anyone know if that's the correct price to rego for Beantown?
Not doing too well so far. Spent $488 to run 45.0 miles, or $10.84 a mile. That will go up significantly once I start shelling out the loot for the 2010 ultras. I guess I should go run more to make this sport appear more affordable.
Try to keep it specifically on running expenses. Won't count yoga ($90 a month) or the gym ($25 a month), even though if it weren't for running I wouldn't do those. Also won't count the distance I drive to the Tues/Thurs workouts, since those miles are not significantly farther than driving to work, and I'll recoup those costs by alternative transportation at least 20 times this year. Also won't be counting alcohol, which is a big part of my running but is something I'd be doing regardless.
Doing very well on the shoe front, which my training log at runner's world tracks. I'm currently rotating between two pairs of shoes that have serious mileage on them. My Sportiva Wildcats are currently at 939.8 miles on 'em (picked these up at CRC for 80 bucks, currently running $.09 per mile). The Saucony Progrid Guide Trail, which I bought for the Austin marathon last February, cost me $72 and have 678.7 logged miles ($.11 per mile). I also have one Imogene (one shoe, not one pair) that only has 523.1 miles on it, and when I find the other one I'll start using those for a few hundred more miles. And I still have high hopes for the Nike Pegasus I got on the bargain rack at CRC for $60. They're practically brand new at 278.7 miles.
Of course, if the people still on the dating site were so beautiful, they wouldn't need internet dating, but I digress...
Monday, January 04, 2010
Pitt is on ESPN at 5PM mountain time, taking on Cincy.
Started a new routine at the gym, only using dumbbells. I have to constantly change the routine in there, as I hate working out indoors. One thing I did think about is that I've already slipped on my resolution to do 100 push ups a day. I've done 50 today so far, but it's the first time this year I pushed the ground. I'll catch up.
Jillian from the Colorado Running Company started a new photo blog over here. Unfortunately, after today's super awesome picture, the thing can only go downhill. Unless she manages a picture of plastic gin, but I doubt she's that kind of gal.