Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Beer -> vitamin B6 -> more available iron -> more hemoglobin -> more oxygen -> PRs
Good stuff over at the Beer Runner, who also told me that I can have 142.8 cans of PBR after Hardrock next year and I won't gain any weight.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Best Gazette comment so far: "What "Daddy Mason" forgot to mention in this "heartbreaking" story was how many late night alcohol fueled blowout fights this officer had with his wife while his "son" sat outside barking all night long-I know this because I was fortunate enough to be one of this man's neighbors-we really miss having you in the hood, almost as much as we miss having you on the force."
Unfortunately, sometimes violence against a woman is justified, and Katie is gonna get pistol whipped when I get home tonight for trying to sneak seafood into my lasagne. Sometimes you just gotta put a bitch in her place, yo!
Tues AM - 4 x 8 minutes, 4 minutes rest in between. Tired legs but still got in 8.1 miles.
Sitting at 3174 miles for the year. Still have a good shot at 3200. Also at 313.3 for the month. My highest month for '09 is 313.5. If I were Wiley I'd go run around my building for .21 miles right now, but I'll just wait 'till after work and get a few more miles in.
Monday, December 28, 2009
This is what has happened there just in the past month: "In early December, a man was almost hit in the face by a bullet that went through his windshield. Less than a week before that, police arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly threatening the club’s security guard with a knife. On Nov. 29, two men were stabbed during a large disturbance outside the club just after closing time."
Garbage. Why is that place still open? Oh yeah, because it's downtown. Cowboy's, RumBay, Blondie's (which has also recently changed it's name). Violently horrible shit happens at those places every weekend, and yet nothing ever happens. Guess the owners of those joints know the right people to bribe.
Not that downtown offers the only violent bars in the Springs. The Golden Cue has been in the news quite a bit recently for all the wrong reasons, this being the latest. Funny, the owner of that place continues to say the police have it in for him.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
So much for ending the double workouts, as I'll still be doing the Incline tonight. Been a down week for the usual crew's lame excuses, as everyone is blaming christmas for bailing. They usually blame their vagina.
According to Runner's World, training for Boston should start next week. I didn't get the memo and started back on November 1st...
Guess some people noticed the good words my friends and I said about Tulsa after our recent road trip. There's now a movement to bring the 2020 summer Olympics to the lovely town. Seriously, I'm not joking, check it out here. Go ahead and pencil me in as an early favorite for the marathon gold medal if Tulsa gets the games, since I know the course pretty well.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Running - I had one of my most fun filled years of running in 2009, chasing 3000 miles. It was a perfect balance that allowed me to get into great shape while having time for a social life. I'm gonna shoot for 3,100 miles in 2010. I'm already over that in '09. Have some other goals in mind for certain races, but I'll get to those later.
Yoga - Started dabbling in this in '09 and it has done wonders for my hamstrings and lower back. And I swear the reason I keep returning has nothing to do with all the hottie CC gals. Going to go to at least 100 classes in '10.
Books - In an earlier post I set the number at 10. I've already cheated on this, as I've started "The Last Season" and since I won't finish 'till next year I'm gonna count that as book #1.
Commuting - Every day I drive to work I put 20 miles on my truck. About 14 to and from the office, and another six to and from the gym. That's just short of a gallon of gas. In 2010, I'm either gonna run, pedal, or take the bus to work at least 20 times. That will save me just over a full tank of gas. One less car!
Diet - This area is always a struggle for me, as I loves me the junk food. But as I have slowly improved in this area, I feel worse and worse every time I give in to fast food. So I'm giving it up. Besides, the fact that I make fun of fat people and then think nothing of going to McD's or Burger King makes me somewhat of a hypocrite. This is a very difficult goal for me since the only places open late at night when I'm drunk are fast food joints. Note: this does not include the ocasional frosty from Wendy's or a blizzard from DQ. And it certainly doesn't include King's Chef or any research into the ongoing Burger Wars.
Other lists - Yeah, I keep a lot of lists. I've currently bagged 25 of Colorado's 14ers, and I'd like to get that to 30 in the next year. That's very doable, since there are still some of the Collegiate Peaks I haven't hiked. My 50/50/50 plan? Due to my schedule I'll probably only add Massachuettes and hopefully Arizona. Possibly Wyoming. Maybe more if I get into JFK. One last thing I've notced is that my push up ability has gone to crap since I traded the climbing gym for a normal gym. So I'm gonna go back to my old standby of 100 push ups a day.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Awesome weekend out in Salida. Stayed in a house right by where the Salida marathon changes from paved to dirt road. Sunday morning I headed up to the half marathon turnaround, then headed another mile out on the ATV trail. Wanted to take that trail the rest of the way back to Salida but there was too much snow. Twelve miles, just over two hours. Awesome effort after yesterday's 21 miler. Finished with some Moonlight pizza and a PBR in the hot tub.
81.5 miles for the week. I already have more miles in this month than I had all of last December.
FYI, the sticker above is on a window at the Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista. It's less than a quarter mile from the finish line of the Collegiate Peaks 50. The mountains in the pic are actually a reflection of the real mountains.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Speaking of Boston, I'm getting my plane tix today. What days is everyone going? Anyone interested in nailing Mt. Greylock with me?
7.9 miles last night, up the Incline and then a bonus workout up Red Mountain. Good times!
Getting in a good long run tomorrow and then running the Salida half marathon course on Sunday.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Good article on the harmfulness of certain drugs and how our laws do nothing to reflect that fact can be seen here. The above chart was made with data from Britain and those wackos seem to use different drugs than we do here in the US. If I had to make an educated guess, the top three most destructive drugs here in the Springs are meth, alcohol, and prescription painkillers.
Woods's reply: "Always. Always. It has been great actually. It has been the best thing that ever happened."
From an interview on Nov 17th, Tiger Woods's last interview before his car accident.
And now it looks like he's tied up in a steroid mess as well. How the mighty have fallen. No truth to the rumors that Woods has been getting advice from Ted Haggard.
But it must be tough for the guy. To have to spend all day toiling on a golf course, then have to go home to this:
I'm not sure I could deal with such hardships either.
Wed AM - easy 10.2 miles through the Garden, 1:40:04. Last week's morning run through the Garden had me worried about frostbite, today it was 45F when I left the house at 5AM.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
That being said, I recently rated King's Chef and the Cherry Cricket as the top two Colorado burger places...
Monday, December 14, 2009
But at least I defended Colo Springs against those posers up north by whooping this guy!
Started off quickly. Only about three or four of us able to keep pace, though it wasn't very long before Gerald took off. I tried to put the hammer down early to drop Brandon. Figured I'd hit the mile in 5:45. But when we finally got to the mile mark my watch read 6:10. WTF? Sure that was long.
Crossing a bridge at the one mile mark, there was a runner right behind me and I assumed it was Brandon. I decided to see if I could catch up to Gerald, who was probably ten seconds ahead. I knew if I caught him he'd drop me again, but I thought it would be cool to see if I could get up to him. I picked up the pace but couldn't get any closer. As we crossed the bridge near Colorado College, I saw that the guy behind me wasn't Brandon. I assume at this point he was lying on the course in the fetal position way behind me. The free lunch at King's Chef was already mine.
Continued to push back down the Santa Fe trail. Got a little gap on the third place guy. Couldn't see Gerald anymore, but I was still running hard. Then I hit the two mile mark in just under 13. And the two mile mark was the same place as the one mile mark. So I kinda knew the course was off.
Ran hard the last mile but ended up running out of gas just after I passed the CRUD guys. I tried my best to hang on to second place but the guy behind me just had much more speed over the last quarter mile than I did. Doubt I could have beaten him even if I was fresh.
Finished in third place, 19:10. Then I ran home and got a shower, took a nap, and returned in time to see Brandon finish in 20:50-ish. Didn't know the clocks went up that high...
I was horrified at the 19:10, but everyone with a GPS I talked to said the course was 3.2 miles. So my 5K time was probably somewhere near 18:40.
See Brandon's blog for a report on King's Chef and the Incline.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Kudos to PPRR President Johnny G for his 3:40:46. Think he was trying for that 3:35 BQ though...
Friday, December 11, 2009
Fri AM - Four miles to work. Won't give the time, let's just say that drinking a ton of wine doesn't help my training.
Feel good about my chances in tomorrow's "Scuffle at the Shuffle." ESPN arrived this morning to start setting up...
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Wanna read ten books in 2010. Here's what's on my list so far:
-Stones Into Schools (the sequel to Three Cups of Tea)
-Where Men Win Glory (yeah, I'm a big Krakauer fan)
-The Last Season (my sister sent me this book a while ago, looks pretty good)
-The Greatest: the Haile Gebrselassie Story
-Running With The Buffaloes (if I read it quick enough I can gank it from the CRC bookshelf and return it before anyone knows it's missing)
-Endurance (got this for $2 when I still lived in Austin, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet)
-Again to Carthage (sequel to Once a Runner)
-Atlas Shrugged (just kidding, no way I'll ever read more than the first two pages of that)
Any other suggestions?
Tried to take some pics of Pikes Peak, which I hadn't seen since Sunday afternoon, but the camera wouldn't turn on.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Not sure Coach Bowerman ever endured a stretch of shitty Colorado winter weather. Still getting out, though for slow and low mileage. 3.3 miles at Trinity last night 30:03, and another 5.3 miles in just over an hour this morning. My mouth freezes immediately as soon as I go outside and things don't get any better from there. Ugh. Supposed to remain crappy until Thursday.
The streak is up to 13. That's the only thing that got me out of bed this morning, when the temp in Manitou was 1F.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Tues - 7.2 miles out and back on the Animas River trail, 66:08
Wed AM - 8 miles, 1:33:14, on the Colorado Trail up to Gudy's Rest.
Wed PM - 7.1 miles, 1:10:03, Animas River trail.
Thurs - 5.8 miles, 50:47
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
I am open to wagers on all of these races. First up is the Stocking Shuffle. Team Shart, loser buys lunch at King's Chef!
Woohoo! Could be a heck of a year!
Dec 5 - Rock Canyon Half Marathon
Dec 12 - Stocking Shuffle 5K
Jan 1 - Rescue Run 10K
Jan 9 - Winter Series I
Jan 23 - Winter Series II
Feb 13 - Winter Series III
Feb 27 - Winter Series IV
Mar TBA - Salida Marathon
April 11 - Platte River Half Marathon
April 19 - Boston Marathon
May 1 - Collegiate Peaks or Greenland 50K
May 8 - Grand Canyon R2R2R
May 22 - Jemez Mountain
May 31 - Bolder Boulder 10K
June 13 - Garden of the Gods 10 miler
June 17 - Bighorn 100 miler
June 26 to 28 - Leadville Training Camp
July 3 - Leadville Marathon
July 4 - Leadville 5K
July 12 - Hardrock
July 31 - 24 Hours of Leadville
Aug TBA - either TransRockies or Leadville 100
Sept 24 - Bear 100
Nov 20 - JFK 50 miler
Feb 2011 - NOLA Marathon
May 2011 - Eugene Marathon
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
10K - 42:04 (53rd place)
15K - 1:06:50 (39th place)
Half - 1:31:52 (33rd place)
27K - 1:56:48 (30th place)
32K - 2:17:48
Finish - 3:03:37
Finished 21st overall. 20th out of 752 men. 5th out of 80 in the 30-34 age group. Hit the second half in 1:32:05, not too shabby. I'm now listed as second place in the clydesdale division, though the guy their listing in first place ran 3:17:08.
I'd also like to note that I had to hit the port-o-shitter at the 5K mark to take a piss. I would say this stop cost me exactly 32 seconds, so that woulda put me across the line at 3:03:05.
You can see the race pics of me here. Ladies, feel free to order a life size poster for your bedroom, but an autograph is gonna cost extra.
For the year, I'm at 2813 miles.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
More good news on the running front: I was voted in as a board member at large with the Pikes Peak Road Runners last night!
Currently relaxing with some 180 orange energy drink (it was free after the race) mixed with sweat tea vodka. In a few minutes I'm off to hash with the Tulsa H3. Good times!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The guy chain smoking and drinking hard sitting next to me noticed I had a running shirt on. So he started telling me old stories of his running days. Turns out he was the former school record holder for the mile at the University of Colorado. He ran 4:00.04 way back in 1959, only five years after Roger Bannister first broke the four minute barrier. He said that during that race he had outkicked Wes Santee. He joined the Marines once he graduated and headed up the physical fitness department at Quantico. But once Vietnam kicked off, he gave up running and went over to do what jarheads do. And the guy never gives up, as someone at the meeting told me he had punched someone in the mouth at the last meeting who called him a "chickenshit Marine." The punchee required stitches.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Hit the Red Rock Lounge afterwards. Lots of entertainment. Thought I was gonna get to see a bar fight until the bartender threw a few people out.
This morning was a brisk 22F at 5:30AM for my easy run through the Garden. 5 miles, just under 49 minutes. Woulda been a little faster but I had to stop to drop a deuce. No sharting for this runner.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
After basically taking October off (I took 15 rest days that month), I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. I've run 15 of the 17 days of November.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Hooker is tiny, but their civic good sense is big. Signs welcoming you at the town borders feature paintings of 19th century prostitutes. The town's American Legion baseball team is named the Horny Toads. Bumper stickers and T-shirts for sale boast slogans such as "Not your typical Hooker" and "I could've been a prince, but it's more fun being a Horny Toad." And as you leave, a sign encourages "Why don't you come back and see us sometime?" Well done Hooker! Our only suggestion: add the word "Kwikee" to the sign in front of the "Klean Kar Wash."
Pretty decent week, got in 73.1 miles. Sitting at 2749 miles for the year, probably hit 2800 at some point during the Route 66 marathon.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Here's a description of the beer:
XXXXX. Imperial Stout. Just in time to keep you warm during the colder
months of winter! It’s body is huge, it’s dark malt character is huge, it’s hop
profile is gigantic, and it’s ABV is enormous. It’s basically everything that you
would expect from a noteworthy Imperial Stout, and more! We age this beer
on fresh Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Dagoba Cacao Nibbs, and French Oak. 10.5% ABV
Any suggestions I get from the peanut gallery may receive a sweet Soul Runners t-shirt.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Over 2700 miles for the year. 50 days to do 300 miles, no problem there. Starting to wonder what number I should go for next year?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I love "The Purpose" section of the description, and will be amending it into something I can send to all the team-in-training types who hit me up for money so they can go run the Sydney marathon or whatever vacation they want me to fund under the disguise of curing some disease.
However, it should be pointed out that Katie and I once discovered PBR Light in the back of Mr. Skurka's truck while parked in Leadville (I swear we weren't stalking him). What the hell is up with that? The guy hikes thousands of miles all over the globe and still prefers light beer?
Monday, November 09, 2009
I volunteered only using my Army background, but a few days ago I finally received my honorable discharge from the Air Force. Few years late, but better late than never I guess.
Great time afterwards, we killed two kegs of Bristol and then headed to the brewery until they kicked us out at 6PM. Awesome way to spend a Sunday!
Friday, November 06, 2009
First time up the incline for a while for me. Dare I say I've become so lame that I haven't climbed the railroad since before Hardrock? Yikes, no wonder my vagina has been bleeding so bad lately.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
The usual suspects skipped this workout to stay in bed. Paul D, Fast Eddy, Keith, Justin. Look for me to have a big year against those slackers!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
But I'll always remember, there's only one real race on Thanksgiving day!
Other good pics:
Best half marathon - Platte River
Best non-ultra trail race - Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent
Gotta question the best ultra pick of Collegiate Peaks (and Greenland 50K last year?). No problem with either of the races, I've done them both several times and will probably do both again this year. But they're hardly the highlight of the season. Though CP will improve this year due to Eddyline Brewing opening up right at the finish line. The voters aren't too out there though, Leadville and the San Juan Solstice have won this award in the past.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
From the Gazette:
In the Ward 3 race, runner Matt Carpenter was winning easily. Carpenter had 77 percent to 29 percent for his opponent, innkeeper Karen Cullen.
Carpenter credited his victory to literally running the ward.
“I thought it was a small enough ward that I could go around and talk to constituents and see what they were feeling,” Carpenter said. “I didn’t pull a list of registered voters; I wanted to talk to everyone.”
Carpenter noted the defeat of ballot measure 2C, which was losing by about 2 to 1 in early returns in Colorado Springs would affect Manitou as well.
Looking toward January , Carpenter said he really thought he could “hit the ground running."
"I’ve been going to council meetings forever," he said. "The only thing that will change is which side of the dais I’m sitting on. My number one thing is to get back to where everybody in Manitou has a voice again.”
And in other mountain town election news, Breckenridge has legalized marijuana!
Included in that fun was this epic video I took of the heavyweight fight between BLOS and Brooks at Nacheaux's house around 3:30AM.
Tues AM - nice ten miler with the PPRR Sunrise Striders. 7 miles at a slight tempo pace through Bear Creek Park, then three miles cool down. 1:21:35. Still not feeling 100%, but improving with each day.
Damn, that stupid punch was rough!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Lots of crap going on in Colorado Springs. But it was relatively boring in Manitou. I didn't even get to vote for Matt C, since I don't live in his ward.
No idea how far I've gone since I started running back in 1989. If I had to guess, I would think I've averaged at least 2000 miles per year since then. That's less than 40 miles a week, so that number is probably higher, but I've never kept a log until recently. So maybe just over 40,000 miles?
6.2 miles, 1:19:28, 204th out of 217 men. Ouch!
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
-Mitch Kunce, brewer at The Library Sports Grille & Brewery in Laramie, WY
Gonna hit quite a few breweries on my way home. Silverton brewery. Ourayle house. Colorado Boy. Horsefly. Gunnisson. Rumor has it that there is a new brewery in Ridgeway, and I will be looking into that as well.
And, of course, I'll be drinking PBR at Moonlight Pizza.
Life is good.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
October 31, 2009 - not racing in Boulder, as there isn't any racing allowed
November 1, 2009 - Fall Series III (10K-ish)
November 8, 2009 - Canya Canon 6K
November 15, 2009 - Fall Series IV (7 miles)
November 22, 2009 - Route 66 marathon
December 5, 2009 - Rock Canyon half marathon
January 1, 2010 - Rescue Run 10K
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Tuesday - 6.6 miles, 1:02:41. Beautiful sunrise in the Garden.
Went over 2600 miles for the year this morning. I need to average a 10K per day for the rest of the year to hit 3000.
Monday, October 26, 2009
1.) An insanely bad-ass long run that tests the mental toughness of the world's finest athletes; A supreme test for athletic prowess
2.) the hardest thing a human can do
3.) a run longer than 26.2 miles, although most "ultras" are 50 miles, 100 miles or 100+ miles
"He ran an ultramarathon, you've only climbed Mt. Everest once"
"There are more Harvard Phd's than Ultramarathoners"
It's the first time I've ever gone to urban dictionary for information not related to disgusting stuff to do to the ladies in bed. Like a dirty sanchez, arabian goggles, or the infamous Cleveland steamer.
Not quite an ultramarathon, but kudos to Nick for bustin' out a 2:42 at the Dublin Marathon today!