Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Decent run up to Barr Camp today. Saw lots of friends I haven't seen in a long time: No Name Creek, 7.8 Mile Sign, Neal & Teresa.
After visiting San Fran and seeing the layout of the city, as well as remembering how much shit I've talked about the Ascent, I've dropped SF to a B race and will concentrate on Barr Trail the next 1.5 months. Not sure when I'll get another shot to PR the Ascent, so I need to take advantage of it. Will still shoot for a sub-3 in SF, then work on getting a new PR at Wisconsin Dells.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The lord works in mysterious ways. From Ryan Hall's twitter page:
"I think some crazy drunk college kid that was running in Eugene and decided to push me over broke my elbow."
Should lead to some interesting letsrun troll comments, here's the link.
For the record, I was in San Fran all weekend, nowhere near Eugene. Says something about American distance running that our greatest talent can't outrun a drunk college kid.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Using a race for fundraising is one of my big pet peeves. I keep getting e-mails from Sophia Bush and the San Francisco Marathon asking for loot for some celebrity cause. There are definitely things I'd pay her for, but saving the trees isn't one of 'em. To make it even worse, I find out today that she's not even running the marathon. She's only doing the 5K. Ugh. Hell, Valerie Bertanelli at least ran Boston (I crushed her, FYI).
So no, I'm not going to pay several hundred dollars to attend some pasta fest with Ms. Bush, whom I assume is some reality TV star. However, maybe post race I'll pull one of these and get some good views...
(Sorry, I just had to work that Boulder article into a post somehow)
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
13:34:30. Went really, really hard on the uphills. Went really, really easy on the downhills. Just didn't feel like racing that day, so I didn't. Only had one bad stretch, the new dirt road along Lake San Cristobal, but at the end of that section someone handed me a Ranger IPA so it was all good.
Hoping they post the aid station splits. To say I wasted 90 minutes on the day goofing off at aid stations might be too little. I remember checking into Vickers at 11:59, then covering the final 3.5 miles to finish in 13:34. That included a stop at the Packer Saloon about 200 meters from the finish line.
Still, had a lot of fun being in the mountains and BSing with the MOP guys. I'd be more than OK with a year in which I only got to race twice - San Juan and Hardrock.
Best part of the weekend was the post race pub crawl. Packer Saloon, Restless Spirits ($2 bottles of Dixie!), and the Depot. Good times!
Action shot of me during the race. You can tell I'm in a hurry.
That idiot who rode his bike into the back of a parked city vehicle settled for 50 grand. Read about it here. What a country we live in.
Almost had my truck hit by a cyclist on Cimmaron Road (highway 24) the other day. No bike lane and lots of traffic. Within two blocks of HWY 24 we have Colorado Ave (has bike lanes and much less traffic), Pikes Peak Ave (almost no traffic and more than enough room for bikes and cars), and a brand new paved hike-and-bike path. Unbelievable.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Lots of stuff going on this weekend. San Juan, Bighorn, Mt. Evans. Good luck to everyone running!
Training has been low the past two weeks. Life getting in the way. Just looking forward to spending some quality time in the mountains this weekend. Haven't even bothered to check out the new course, and only using drop bags for my iPod pick up and drop off. If I feel good on Sat, I'll go for it. If not, I'll enjoy a nice, long hike. Either way it's gonna be a blast!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Easy run to work this morning. 5.3 miles, one hour. A few of those minutes were spent grabbing breakfast. For the run home I'll check out how far along they are on the new hike and bike trail going in along Cimarron. When it's finished it'll run from America the Beautiful Park in downtown Colo Springs all the way to Manitou.
Manning the CRUD aid station out in the middle of nowhere tomorrow. Mile 31 of the Ring The Peak Fat Ass 100k. Yes, there will be PBR there. And all who DNF at my truck will be forced to stop at Bierwerks on the ride home.
Saturday night will be spent in my yard drinking beer and watching the Starlight Spectacular roll by.
Sunday morning I'll be volunteering at packet pick up for the Garden 10 Miler. I'll be running as well, shooting for a 69:59. On that course sub 70 is a fairly decent tempo run for me, but not quite a race effort.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
AM - Wanted to hit the final PPRR Garden run of the year, but had to bail in favor of 30 minutes with the dog around Woodmore Park. Found out the guy who always carries the POW flag in local races lives in Pleasant Valley. Good addition to the PV cross-country team with me, Kyle, Muzzy, and Kute. Plus, we've waiting on the trade of the century - Jillian for O'Day - to go through...
1400 miles on the year.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
AM - Overslept, which has been a common theme lately. Had to fit in a quick workout, so after I did a 1.5 mile warm up I ran 2 x 2000m with 800m RBI. Hit 7:22 and 7:18. 1.5 mile cool down.
PM - Section 16 with Pete and the dog, untimed. The dog is pretty slow in this heat.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Signed up for the Las Vegas Marathon.
After San Juan, I'm going to concentrate on the shorter stuff and take a stab at a 2:49 three times this year: San Fran, Wisconsin Dells, and Vegas. Will probably fail miserably, but I won't know unless I try. It's already been a great year with a new marathon and 50 miler PR, so even if no more races go my way I'll still be happy with 2011.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Prolog for the Quizno's bike ride thing. Passes two blocks from my house. Read about it here.
I believe the upcoming Starlight Spectacular short course goes down 31st Street. I'll be out on the lawn drinking beer, watching all that spandex pass by. Stop by for a drink if you're riding.
Also gonna be grilling after the Garden 10 miler on Sunday. Feel free to drop by.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Started slow, mediocre through the middle, slow through the end. 6:19. More of a good long run than a poor race though. Been pretty beat up since Collegiate Peaks, gonna enjoy this next two weeks of low mileage. Can't complain about this Dirty Thirty too much, I had a good race last year and finished in 6:41. Something I'm doing seems to be working.
Really love this course, I'd put it up with San Juan as my favorite non-Hardrock trail race.
Friday, June 03, 2011
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Hooray! The new gov't food guide is out! Looking forward to hearing what Digger and Meredith have to say about it...
MyPlate is/was the old Lance Armstrong Livestrong thing. Wonder if they're all getting ready for something?
In case you don't trust the leaders of a country where 66% of adults are overweight or obese telling you what to eat, I have also updated my personal dietary plate schematic thingey:
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Solid month. 321 miles. Think I raced about 241 times. Two mountain 50 milers. Two marathons. 10K, 4 miler, 5K. Even beat Amanda E to the choc milk isle last night at King Super's.
Not a good month on the green monster front. Up to 43 on the year.
One last hurrah at the Dirty Thirty this Saturday. Going to go out too fast so I can suffer over the final 15 miles, good training for San Juan. Entered in the Garden 10 miler as well, though I'm volunteering at packet pick up so I'll probably start the race a few minutes late.
Awesome workout this morning. 20 minute warm up to the CC track, 6 x 800m with 400m RBI, 15 minute cool down. Wasn't looking for anything special and originally wanted to average 3:09 just to keep the legs spinning. Ended up going 2:59, :55, :51, :47, :41, :41. Not sure where the last three came from, think 2:41 is about the fastest I've run since college.
Happy National Running Day!