Monday, November 10, 2008

Fridays (short) Run

Greetings Fellow Runners!

Friday tends to be my shorter run day as I get out of work earlier then norm, so I come home and do a "short" run before I go pick up Aaron from daycare.

Run Stats

Distance - 4.52 Miles
Time - 38:08
Pace - 8:26 Min/Mile
Cal Burned - 517

WEEKLY TOTAL - 31.04 Miles

Again, as I said, Friday tends to be my short run day based on time available to run.
Not much else to say on this days boring post other then as always it was a nice enjoyable run with great weather. I ended my Run getting ready for the Gator game on Saturday vs Vanderbilt where they could clinch the SEC East title and hope to move up in the BCS.

(As it turns out, not only did UF win 42-14 and win the SEC East, but Penn St got beat also. This moved UF to #4 in the latest BCS and got rid of another undefeated to help improve their odds of making the title game in Miami this year!)

Here is the run details

Til Next Time

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday Night

Thursday Night Run Stats

Distance - 7.03 Miles
Time - 1:00:43
Pace - 8:38 Min/Mile
Cal Burned - 805

Greetings Fellow Runners!

Well last night I went ahead and ran the identical course to what I ran on Wednesday night. I will say I was pretty consistent. For a seven mile run last nights run was 15 seconds faster then the night befores run.

Again this was a very nice and relaxing run for me and the weather has been super for me lately. I am anxiously getting ready for my first ever half on February 1.

My iPod was tuned to Phedippidations episode 25 "Revolutions and Resolutions" from 1/1/2006.

Maybe one day I can get some fellow members of my Central Florida 5Klub to slowly increase their distances and they can sometime go out for a longer run with me.

During my run, I was thinking about how at work everybody was saying how you can not "relax" when at work. I feel that I am about the only one there whom does not agree with this. I do not get overly stressed (I barely get stressed at all except for when I am watching my beloved Gators play) I know they all think I am crazy, but I think they too could have a little less stress in their day if they would just take up running. Running more then anything seems to both relax the mind and energize the body. Well that is enough philosophy from me for the day

Til Next Time

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday Run

Greetings Fellow Runners!

Here are my Daily Run stats

Distance - 7.03 Miles
Time - 1:00:58
Pace - 8:40 Min/Mile
Cal Burned - 805

Well I went out for a 7 mile run last night. It was a simple out and back course that went from my house out towards the dump and back.

On this run I listened to Phedippidations episode 22 "Gadgets & Gizmos".

I am still learning that I am really enjoying these night runs as they are very peaceful, especially when you combine it with this beautiful weather that we have been having. The worst part about this run was the smell. The smell from the dump was a lot worse then normal. I guess this must be due to the weather getting colder or something, Who knows. Really, all my mind was thinking about on this run was how great it felt to be out there, and how I really do need to start increasing my mileage to about 25 miles per week (at least). Also, I did spend some time thinking at least Obama said 1 thing that I liked during his ENTIRE campaign, and this was said the night before the election during his interview at halftime of Monday Night Football. He couldn't have been more right then when he said that it was time that college football had a playoff system. If he could just get this one thing to pass and not ruin us on everything else, I just might be OK with his presidency. Unfortunately, I do not think even the president can get a playoff started in college football.

Til next time

(here as I will end each post is the details of my run)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My Day before the election LONG Run

Happy election day everyone!

Just giving everyone (or nobody) a quick update on my Long Run last night.

Monday for me is labeled as "Monday Funday Runday" as this the the day of the week that I do my long run each and every week.

Last night I went out for my Weekly Long Run at about 5:30pm. I ended up completing my longest run to date, at a distance of 12.46 miles. I was also pretty happy with my time considering I was not trying for any special time just to complete it and build up my stamina for my FIRST EVER half marathon on February 1st. (my goal for the half is to break 2 hours) I ended up with a time of 2 hours 2 minutes and 38 seconds (a 9:50 pace). Calculating that pace out over the entire 13.1 would be a time of 2 hours 8 minutes and 49 seconds. Which is only about 9 minutes short of my goal time.

This was an interesting run for me as the time has just changed so the vast majority of my run was in the dark while trying to avoid cars. I will say the night time provided a very peaceful backdrop to my run while listening to my iPod. I always enjoy my long runs listening to the podcast Phedippidations. This is a wonderful little podcast by Steve Runner that he does where he gives his "thoughts, opinions, observations, and rambling diatribes during distance long runs". On this run, I listened to episode #159 "Responsible Shoes". Also I spent some time on this run thinking about the election on Tuesday and of course on how things are looking like they might shape out greatly for my beloved Florida Gators football team which is now up to #5 in the latest BCS standings released this week.

Tonight I will be taking off from running as my day of rest after my long run. Instead I will relax at home and keep up with the election results and hope things work out like I want them to.

Here is the detail of my Monday Run straight from my training log at

Hello Everyone

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to give a short welcome to everyone visiting my blog.

My name is Matthew S. and I am new to the blogging world. I am a 29 year old male who has been happily married for 5 years+ now to my adorable little wife Crystal. I also have two wonderful sons, Aaron whom is three years old, and Benjamin, whom is 6 months.

This blog will be about my various running stories, training, and just plain ol' thoughts that go through my head while running.

I hope everyone enjoys.