Friday, December 12, 2008

Fat People Are Harder To Kidnap

Greetings Fellow Runners

I went out on my weekly long run last night to cover a distance of 13.1 miles (or a half marathon). The run started out great and I was feeling super. At around 2 miles in it did start a light sprinkle and was getting very large gusts of wind comming right at me (nothing like hard winds pushing rain onto your face making it hard to even look upward) Luckily, the rain and wind gusts only lasted about a mile or so. After that I was feeling great, and my times at each mile were looking equally as good. I then ran by Hercules fencing on Maricamp. Most people know this place by there interesting quotes on their sign out front. Last night there were two more that were odd and funny. The first one (which was the title of this blog in case the title had anyone confused) was "Fat people are harder to kipnap" and the second one was "Many husband go broke from the money their wives save on sales". These were some interesting quotes that both gave me a little bit of a needed chuckle about 5-6 miles into my run.

At about 7 miles in, things started to get a little worse. My stomach really started to hurt and I needed to use the restroom. After about another mile, I finally ran upon a gas station or my my mind thought about it at this point, "a life saver". Ten minutes later, I was back on the road and was feeling good again.

About a half a mile later, I was running on the shoulder of the road. Apparently, there was a part of the shoulder that was uneven but it was dark outside and I could not tell. My feet got tripped up on this, I twisted my ankle, and then BOTH of my feet flew up about 90 degrees and my entire body was airborne at about waist high. My body fell quickly as I landed directly in the road right on my hand, hip, and shoulder. Man was I hurting here!! After shaking this off for about 30-60 seconds, I knew I had to finish my run even though I still had a good 4-5 miles left to run. I obviously was not running as fast as I was prior to my fall, but all felt OK (or maybe I was just telling myself this as my ankle and hip were both hurting like hell. I kept going though and was gonna finish this thing (not that I had much choice as I forgot my cell phone at home). At around the 12 mile mark I was going into the home stretch and was ready to finish this thing off. I turned a corner, and in the dark I could not see what was in front of me. To my suprise, I ran right through the middle of a huge puddle that was at least a good 6 inches deep. Nothing like running with soaking wet shoes and socks for the last mile of a not so pleasent run! Eventually, I finally got home and my adventure was over. I finished my 13.1 miles in a time of 2:07:18. Not to shabby of a time I felt for having everything happen that did to me. I hope I am well on my way of reaching my 1:59:59 goal I have set for myself at the Ocala Half Marathon on February 1st.

Run Stats

Distance - 13.1 Miles
Time - 2:07:18
Avg. Pace - 9:43 Min/Mile
Speed - 6.17 MPH
Cal Burned - 1,500

Hope you enjoyed the adventure

Til Next Time

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Attack of the Dogs

Greetings Fellow Runners

Well, yesterday was going to be my LSD run day. Howvwer, when getting ready to go out, I could not find any of my running shorts that had pockets (I need pockets during long runs for my Sport Beans and my cell phone). So, without them I decided to go out on a shorter run instead and move back my long run to Wednesday or Thursday.

My run yesterday was a course I have done numerous times and is what I basicly call my "dump run" as I do an out and back course that simply goes from my house out to the dump, and back home totaling 7 miles.

The first 4 miles was going great. Had perfect weather, was super relaxed, and listening to Phedippidations episode #164. However at around the 4 mile mark, I was encountered by a large dog (somewhere around 80 lbs or so). This dog was NOT happy to see me. He came running towards me and was barking up a storm. Once he got a little closer to me, he came to a stop and started growling at me. I obviously had came to a stop at this point. I realized that my blinking safety light did not seem to be helping me get rid of this dog so I turned it off. I started walking VERY slowly to get away from the dog and luckily after about 2-3 minutes I heard someone open their house door and yell at the dog, and he quickly turned and ran back to the house. Now that my heart rate was through the roof, I continued my run, and turned my light back on. With my mind going crazy from the encounter with the dog, I somehow missed a road that I needed to turn on to. Wanting to keep my distance at 7 miles with an accurate time though, I decided to stop my clock and walk back to the road and equally that many steps down the next road (was about 190 steps each way)

The run was finally getting to an end when I ran upon ANOTHER dog. This one was actually in my own neighborhood, but I did not recognize him. He was right at the corner of where the road curves and was barking at me from the other side of the street while giving me the stare down. I decided once again to turn my light off, and I cut through the yard on the corner and slowly made my way past him before sprinting it in home to finish my run.

My finishing stats were:

Distance - 7.05 Miles
Time - 59:26
Avg Pace - 8:25 Min/Miles
speed - 7.12 MPH
Cal Burned - 807

Well hopefully next run my heart can relax a little more and I can run fog free.

Til Next Time

Monday, December 8, 2008

31st Annual Reindeer Run

Greetings Fellow Runners

I ran in Ocala's 31st annual Reindeer Run on Saturday evening, and to put it nicely, I did HORRIBLE. I finished in a time of 25:55 (PATHETIC). Sadly though, I did finish in 3rd place in my age group (man my age group must have been bad this year) I finished in 3rd in the Male 25-29 year old group out of 8 runners, 138th out of 225 males, and 173rd overall out of 413 runners

My mind was just not in the race as it was totally on the SEC Championship Game in which the Gators beat the Tide and secured a spot in the BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. I also got a VERY VERY BAD side stitch at about the 2 mile mark and it went horrible from there. I guess at this point I have better luck on longer runs.

We did have a lot of phone at the race though as were being stupid and doing group pictures of us all.

Oh well, I shall do better on the next race on January 24th as I run the Daytona 5K directly on the Daytona International Speedway.

Til Next Time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Long Time no Blog!

Greetings Fellow Runners!

Long time no blog!

Sorry for the delay since my last blog. I have just not gotten around to it lately.
I also want to get my running back up. Lately, all that I have been running was my one weekly long run.

My November totals ended up being
Total Runs - 8 (that is pitiful)
Total Distance - 71.4 miles
Avg. Speed - 6.3 MPH
Avg. Mile Pace - 9:33 (Remember these were mostly all long runs only)
Cal. Burned - 8,171

Well I did get out for my long run yesterday to get December started out.
Yesterday's Run

Distance - 11.18 miles
Time - 1:51:10
Pace - 9:56 min/mile
Speed - 6.03 MPH
Cal Burned - 1280

Yesterdays run was a nice run. At the begining of the run I was COLD!!! But after going about 1.5-2 miles my body was plenty warm enough and felt great the rest of the entire run. I will emphasize that Jelly Belly Sport Beans sure do wonders to get me through these long runs!

I now am getting ready for my big weekend. This weekend (Saturday) includes the 31st annual Ocala Reindeer Run which is ran down Silver Springs Blvd on the path of the Ocala Christmas Parade and takes place right before it starts. This is a 5K run that is great with awesome fan interaction as the ENTIRE course is lined with tons of spectators. The other nice thing about this run, is that it is so different then every other 5K because 1) it has like no turns. It is pretty much run 1.55 miles out, turnaround and come back. and 2) Unlike every other race, this one starts at 5PM so I do not have to wake up at the crack of dawn for it.

How ironic is it though that even though I love an evening race, this is the 1 time that I wish it was a morning run as it takes place at the same time as the SEC Championship game between my beloved Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide. This is a HUGE game as it not only will determine the SEC Champion, but also, odds are very good that the winner will be playing on Jan 8 in Miami, FL in the NATIONAL TITLE GAME !!!! So unfortunatly I will miss a good amount of this game (Even though i am TIVOing it)

All righty, well I better wrap this thing up now as I am at work

Til Next Time (which hopefully is not as long as the last time I said that)