Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This is going to fit in perfect with my new all-meat diet, which my personal dietician has approved!
Article by Mr. Yasso that estimates marathons cost about a grand. He tends to travel first class and stay in five star hotels, whereas I tend to drive my truck and sleep in the back, so my fees are a bit lower. For the year I've dropped $1793 on the sport, and covered 1046.9 miles. $1.71 per mile. Smut is gonna owe me a beer soon.
Speaking of marathons, thinking of heading down to the Silverton marathon in late August. Looks like a cool course.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I'll be looking to boulder outside in the Garden and/or Ute Valley park soon...
Monday, March 29, 2010
Median time for a marathon finish in the USA last year? Male was 4:13:36. 4:41:26 for the ladies.
Boston still looks like a fast marathon, with the median finish being 3:44:04 and 69% of the field breaking four hours. I bet those numbers will get weaker once Brandon runs it...
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Anywho, no run last night and an easy five miles this morning. Should still hit 90 this week and get to 1000 for 2010 on Sunday. Maybe the rest last night and this morning will bode well for my attempt at a sub 13 5K on Saturday.
Any plumbers out there know if Liquid Plumber can be used for preventative maintenance, instead of only when there's already a clog? Maybe dump a container down the drain every time I leave town for a hundred miler?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Total was 8 miles, approx 70 minutes.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Just finished up book #4 for the year. Averaging over 1.33 books per month so far this year, I think that's about what I usually average for an entire year. I'll be sure to thank all the small people when I win the national reader of the year award.
Pretty good read about the Boston marathon course. It's written (wrote? wroted? wrat?) by a native New Englander who bandited the 100th running of the race. Each chapter describes a mile of the course. Good intel to have with less than four weeks 'till race day.
Went on a rant at Trinity on Monday about the erosion of the standards for the race because of the fundraising way in. Think I even pissed some people off when I ripped the current Iraq marathon that allows any finisher to run Boston. Oh well. For those that don't know, I did do six years in the Infantry, including a year in Iraq, and at no time whatsoever did I think that entitled me to run Boston without a real qualifier. I think it's great that all these people are getting off their asses and getting into shape, but go run Chicago or Marine Corps or some other big time marathon, and leave Boston for the people who are willing to work their tails off to run fast!
Next up on the book list: Dick Beardsley's "Staying the Course: A Runner's Toughest Race." Yes, another Boston book. That'll put me halfway towards my goal of ten books for the year. Hope I'm not overworking my brain.
Easy run this morning, 5.3 miles in 53 minutes. Lots of snow and ice on the ground, so it was nice to take it easy. Was hoping to get in another Yasso workout tomorrow, but I'm guessing the Manitou track will be under snow.
Should hit 1,000 miles for 2010 on Saturday. Since December 1st I've been averaging over 340 miles a month. Had 1026.7 miles in Dec, Jan, and Feb. Should be over 350 this month. Far and away the most miles I've ever run. Great base is laid down, looking forward to having that pay off over the summer.
Gaylord has his final Salida recap over here. I think I've finally got all the alcohol from that weekend out of my system.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Still, I'll be gunning for that A wave qualifier this Saturday...
Tues AM - Awesome fartlek workout with the Sunrise Striders. 4 x 8 minutes hard, 4 minutes RBI. Really pushed it today. Harsha and Rick H were talking lots of smack on the last one, but by the time they finally shut up and noticed I had pulled away there wasn't much they could do. Twelve miles total, 1:42:34.
My 25th anniversary special edition Nike Pegasus that I bought on sale for 60 bones from the CRC last November went over 600 miles last night. Probably won't last much longer, they're literally starting to fall apart, the upper is separating away from the sole. Won't even be able to use 'em as hash shoes. Think they just might have one last long run left in 'em though.
Ended this mornings run in the parking lot where I work, and there was a USA Olympic van there around 7:30AM. And two guys standing outside, with a stopwatch and clipboard. They were there with USA Boxing. A few seconds later, the Olympic boxing team turns the corner and runs by, all wearing baggy sweats with the hoods up and shadow boxing as they ran. Pretty cool.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Still debating on whether to do Collegiate Peaks or not. It's only eleven days after Boston. Not sure if that'll be enough time to recover or not. I recover from ultras in much less time than that, but road marathons tend to hurt me real bad. But I'll be in great shape, and my current 50 mile PR is on the CP course. Plus, my Grand Canyon R2R2R is the week after CP. And oh yeah, Eddyline Brewing is now open very close to the finish line.
I am now going to go kick my own ass for having a Shakespeare reference on my blog.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
This run takes me to 91.7 miles for the week. Very well could be my highest non-race week ever.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Beautiful run! Red Rock Canyon to the Intemann Trail to Section 16 and back. About eight inches of snow on Sec 16. Great workout, minimal pounding thanks to all the fresh powder. 13.1 miles, 2:30.
Think the next CRUD eating contest is going to be pancakes. Stay tuned...
It's 10AM, time to start drinking to get ready for the hash!
Friday, March 19, 2010
For those looking to see if I'd finally break 13 for the 5K distance tomorrow, you'll hafta wait. The Run for Rachel isn't until next week. I called Brooks to set up another challenge and he told me the correct date. Sure glad I talked to him or I woulda shown up tomorrow. Of course, this will throw off my taper and could cause me to lose a good six minutes from my goal pace.
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Also knocked out 10.7 miles this morning, 93 minutes. We were supposed to get eight inches of snow, but unlike the women of my life I wasn't disappointed when it came up way short...
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Shad is gonna make a return trip to Hardrock with me and tag along from Ouray to Maggie Gulch! It'll be his last big long run before Leadville.
Sean O is gonna hammer the Ascent and then come out to accompany me from Treeline to Tabor boat ramp.
Awesome to get that out of the way so far in advance!
Still looking for Bighorn and Bear though...
Anywho, since it seems that every single race in Colorado is on that weekend, if you're "only" doing the Ascent you will be expected to pace at Leadville.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
#10 - Denver/Aurora (probably lost a few slots after GZ injured his calf)
#4 - Colorado Springs
#2 - Boulder
#1 - Fort Collins/Loveland
I really have a hard time believing the obesity rate of the Springs is 17.2% though. Seems like there a lot more fat people than that around here.
Mon PM - 10 miles on the Garden trails with Pete, 1:45.
Tues AM - Decided I needed to catch up on sleep so I bailed on the Sunrise Striders. Headed to Section 16 tonight at 6PM if anyone wants to join me.
Monday, March 15, 2010
BLOS's report is over here.
Not trying to stir up anything here, but using standard XC scoring CRUD crushed an all star Fort Collins/Broomfield/Boulder squad 45-72.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Brooks ran really well, as I was only able to finish two beers while waiting on him to come down from the mountains. I believe he will be footing the bill at the Trinity run tomorrow.
Lost the bet to Nick, as he crushed me by almost 40 minutes. Ouch. Think he only got to drink one of his beers after passing out brews to all the runners at the hostel.
Pics to follow. Great seeing everyone out there!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
A jogger was attacked and stabbed twice in his torso Tuesday night during an attempted robbery in west Colorado Springs.
According to Colorado Springs police, the man was jogging on a trail behind King Soopers at 815 Cheyenne Meadows Road about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he was approached by two men who asked him for money. When he didn’t give them any, they attacked him and stabbed him twice. He was taken to the hospital and admitted. His wounds are not life threatening, according to police.
No truth to the rumors that I stabbed Muzzy to take him out of the Salida marathon, or that I was just practicing to make sure Brandon can't make it to Boston. But if I were Nick, I'd watch my back...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Not sure what this place will have to do to actually lose their license. Multiple deaths? Trinity got shut down for two days for selling someone else's beer in a growler. I'd love to hear the logic of the liquor control board on this issue.
FYI, the place is for sale on craig's list. For a "FANTASTIC BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY," click here .
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
One of my new neighbors, Rich M stopped by last night with a "welcome to the neighborhood" present of a twelve pack of PBR. Very nice, but I'm still not going to show him any mercy at Salida. But he's much more friendly than my other neighbor, who hasn't brought any booze over yet.
Keith and I now have a twelve pack bet at Leadville. He wanted four hours. I asked him when he lost his manhood, since that much time would mean he's not going for the big buckle. So he came down to 30 minutes. He then proceeded to knock out a bunch of NoCRUD push ups (aka, girl push ups) on his knees.
Monday AM - 6.5 miles (1 hour), PM 5.5 miles (42 minutes).
Tuesday AM - 10 miles (1:25:25), PM 3.9 miles (34:26).
Monday, March 08, 2010
Incline last night before hitting Chucky's Air Force retirement happy hour, then an easy 6.5 miles this morning. Currently sitting at 758.1 miles for the year.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
My favorite so far:
"Anton is a douche bag. He posts the weird bands on his blogs so people will talk about how cultured and unique he is or how hardcore he is. He runs ultras for the same reason. He wants people to go "man that Anton guy is nuts, he did an 100 mile run at 36 minute mile pace" he has a blog so that we will do exactly this. Anton is a pathetic runner who needs dragged in an ally and shot. He thinks he knows everything about everything. i'll beat him in any race, spelling bee, weight lifting competition, hygene, picking up girls and just life in general. what a douche rocket"
I am going to use the term "douche rocket" as much as I can from now on!
I was very lonely at Incline Happy Hour last night. Seems like the nice weather down here has caused all my buddies to sprout their spring vaginas.
Biking to the hash on Saturday. Meet at $100's house at 1PM if you wanna tag along.
Kudos to Nick for throwin' down against just about everyone short of Haile Gebrselassie over here. I bet he won't be talking so tough after Salida...
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Unofficially moved into the new crib last night. Great place. Look for details of the housewarming party to be announced soon...
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
FYI, it's much better than this lousy photo blog.
Tues AM - 2 mile warm up, 14 x 400m cruise intervals, 200m RBI. I usually ignore the "cruise" part of these and hammer each one, but for some reason my legs were still feeling like crap. So I averaged low 90s for these. Felt much better afterwards.
Wiley has started aqua jogging. Please try not to laugh. Maybe next he'll take up bingo as cross-training.
Monday, March 01, 2010
Course conditions. The half marathon course is 90% dry as of today 3/1 a.m. There are a couple snowpacked sections of road starting at mile 4 that we expect to melt out and just be wet (if that) by race day for the half.
Marathoners will very likely encounter sections of mud and snow and perhaps ice between miles 8-24. Miles 0-17 have been plowed, but there are sections of hardpack snow on these that will not disappear before race day. Marathoners can likely expect to probably encounter significant sections of mud and deeper snow between miles 17-24. As of March 1, some of this snow is 10” deep and likely not to disappear completely before race day.
I had given up yaktrax for the year a few weeks ago, and as of Black Forest I've given up long pants until next winter. Bring on the warm weather!
I've done yoga 17 times for 20 hours. Right on pace to hit my goal of 100 times for '10.
Pretty much entered all the races for the year, and I've spent $1,673. Comes to $2.42 per mile. That should be significantly lower come April. Should easily get that under a buck a mile once the year ends.