Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2 5k's and 1 marathon

The past few weeks I won another 5k. I'm not a person that cares about winning on the overall results because there is always some of my running friends there that can beat me by over a minute and it's compleatly fine beucase my diet and training is no where as good as theirs. But there was a relatibly flat 5k that I found online and to my luck there was no fast runners, second place was over 30 seconds behind me. I finished the race at 18:58 which is my best time of the year and I felt great, could've pushed it a little more but the week after I had the Marine Corps Marathon.

A week went by and I was ready to run with over 25,000 people. My goal besides finishing was to get under 3:45, I would've liked it to be on the 3:20's but wasn't pushing for that. The race as an experience was awesome, people were so supportive and the environment was great. The weather was amazing, probably one of the best running days I have ever been part of. I finished the race at 3 hours and 36 minutes which is over 39 minutes faster than my first marathon. I was very content with that and I know with a little bit more training I can get a sub 3:30 marathon. I want to thank my place of employment, Navy Federal, for helping with package pickup and before, during, and after the race.

This past weekend I did a cross country 5k with my girlfriend, it was very windy and cold but a great little race. The course came to be about .12 longer than a 5k and I finished second overall at 21 minutes flat and my girlfriend, Elise, came in third place overall for the ladies. My time was not the best, but nothing to be ashamed of. The course is hard but a great training run.

Coming up this weekend is another 5k and on November 16 the Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon.

-Keep Running_

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Motivation

Check out this great comic about running long distance here, by theoatmeal.com.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Where to begin...

For the pass year I have abandoned updating my blog. Just updating my race schedule and moving on, but tonight I finally found time to update it fully.

I've done a few races and accomplished a lot of my running goals. In the year 2012 I finish my first marathon and decided that it was time to do an ultra marathon. Most people do a few marathons before running anything above 26.2 miles but I felt that if I can do a marathon in 4 hours then I can run a 50k in under 9 hours. And in December I signed up for The North Face Challenge 50k.

I had 6 months to train and tried to follow an ultra training plan, but I hate when others or an app tells me what to do with my running. We are the only ones that truly know our body, so I ditched the plan and started running whatever I felt like for the week. I don't recommend this because my longest run was a 21 miler follow by a 4 miler the day after so that meant that I would run +31 miles without really knowing how my body would react to high mileage.

Race day came and I average around 28 miles per week, very low, but I felt ready. My knees and hip have been behaving really well and physically and mentally I was at the best shape I have ever been. The race was very hot, around 91 degrees but it was mostly in the shades which helped a lot. The volunteers were great pouring water in our heads and taking care of all our needs. I had my beautiful girlfriend as my aid station crew, she waited at mile 12 and 19 for me and it really motivated me to finish the race. I didn't hit the wall till mile 26 which I was very proud. The wall was nothing to what I hit on mile 20 in the marathon, I felt like I couldn't move at all and my whole body just weakened. I couldn't get any food down. There was supposed to be an aid station at mile 26 but it was marked wrongly and it was at mile 27. 1 mile at that point with no water felt like hell but I made it and it gave me the energy needed to finish. I found out chewing ice and eating pretzels at the same time really help me get some salt in my body. I finish the race at 7 hours and 12 minutes.

The race was truly the most amazing experience in my life, I meet some really awesome people and finish the biggest running accomplishment so far in my career. By the end of it my body couldn't get any food down and I felt like puking the ride home; only my muscles felt tired but not injured.

Now it's time for a new challenge which I haven't decided what it will be.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Need to update this more often

So I pretty much neglected this blog for over a year. It's time to get back on track.

2012 I finished my first marathon and signed up for my first Ultra. The North Face 50k on June the first.

2013 so far I've done a few small races and got into the Marine Corps Marathon.

I will try my best to put more info ASAP.