Wednesday, September 26, 2012

9 24 to 9 30

mon xc meet
tues worked on the xc course. this time i washed off my legs before i got sweaty from running. last time i worked on the course, i ran first and ended up with the worst poison ivy of my life. i did 12 in 1:20 (tempo 10 in 65) calf really sore after, kept me from finishing off the run the way i usually do. still a solid time considering i havent worked out in like 6 months. id like to do the ksc invite but it depends on how loose the calf is on saturday.
weds 3 calf is killing. limp jogged it. hurt every step even though i had a heavy duty velcro compression sleeve. it feels like theres a knife sticking into it when i land and push off. foam rolling is even more painful than that, and its way too tight to stretch. also, still no phone. i think im gonna have to break down and buy a new one. id consider activating the i phone matty p gave me but i dont want to pay a huge monthly bill, especially since right now it doesnt cost anything to use it as an i pod.
thurs 3 maybe slightly better than yesterday, probably because of the advil. only lost at bowling by 21. i was down by 67 after starting off with scores in the 120s. before i started, i decided to stick with curving it no matter what but i was sucking so bad i was about to switch to throwing a straight ball. then i got a strike and everything changed. i checked the speed and saw i had thrown it faster, so i decided id try to do that every time. it worked. i got 4 strikes in a row in each of the next 2 games (187, 191). i still suck at picking up spares, but theres a lot to feel good about.
fri 3 calf is still bad. im starting to get sore in other places, probably from limping. i think ill give it a few days off so i dont get injured somewhere else too. i dont want to take time off but im not making the olympics so whatever. ill try advil next week and see what i can do.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

9 17 to 9 23

mon took the day off from work. walked a couple miles. probably couldve run, but no need to hurry a recovery week.
tues 2 miles at practice. felt fine, not too sore, just tired.
weds 3 at practice, felt good. 2 more when i got home.
thurs 6 calf really sore at first but loosened up after a couple miles. got killed at bowling, again.
fri xc meet, also lost my phone. not good.
sat wood stacking world record, hermathon, adult conversation
sun 7 in 48 min. beech hill and concord rd. felt great so i ran fast. the 2 mile climb went by fast and easy. i forgot how good it feels to run on fresh legs. that wont last long though. next week its time to start gettin after it again.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

9 10 to 9 16

took a really easy week. all short runs 3 to 5 miles. a couple days off.
thursday bowling was not a good night for me. neither of us were tearing it up, and i was just little bit worse than naj thru 4 games. then we played the 5th one and i was a lot worse than naj. he got hot and rolled a 224 to put him ahead on the night by 119 pins and 104 overall. ugh! i need to figure out how to get more consistent hitting the pocket and stop missing easy spares.
sunday was the pisgah 50k. i went into it with the best training ive ever had, but still i did not have the speed that i had a few years ago. i expected to run about 4:45, way slower than my best time of 4:22. all i wanted to do was run steady the whole way and then finish strong, instead of falling apart like last time. i started off very slow, forcing myself to keep it under control. i felt good for the first 8 or 9 miles, climbing well with minimal effort on dogwood and up the steep road to the reservoir. for some reason, my hamstring tried to cramp up. the thought of running over 3 more hours with a leg cramp didnt seem enjoyable, or likely. it went away quickly. sweet. at about 1:20 i took a gel and headed up chestnut. i was still feeling pretty good on reservoir all the way to the start of the ridge. i had been fighting the urge to stop and piss for at least a half hour, but i reached the point where i couldnt hold it anymore. i didnt want to stop because i felt good, so i tried to let it out while running. not smart. i tripped on something and went down. as soon as i stopped rolling, my hamstring cramped again. i quickly straightened my leg and got it to loosen up. i got up, finished my piss (standing still) and pushed on. the good news was that somehow i didnt wet myself when i fell, but the bad was that i tweaked my hip flexors when i went down. it took a few minutes until i felt loose again. i felt tired for first time, so i took another gel. the caffeine kicked in and felt i strong again. i passed two people going up the ridge and two more on the way down. i hit kilburn at 3 hours, and felt like i could hold my pace all way to the finish. i got a little hungry and had a slight bonking feeling at about 3:20, so i ate a clif bar and i was fine again. i drank some gatorade at the final aid station and climbed up to parking lot still feeling good. i took a gel and got up davis no problem and still had energy to manage the technical descent without issues. i took my last gel right before the gate at about 30 miles. i was shocked to hear footsteps behind me. this guy (not al t) was coming up fast. i had to do something. i sped up a lot and battled him. we passed hammetts house and i got a huge shot of adrenaline from everyone out in the road screaming at me to go. i was running outside myself, and had no clue if i could hold it to the finish. we hit the hill and the other guy surged. i wasnt willing to give in and stayed even with him. i got about halfway up and the adrenaline was gone. i went from 6 minute pace to about 10. once i got to the top i was able to hammer again but i couldnt reel the guy in. if i hadnt stopped early in the race to tighten my shoes, i wouldve beaten him. no big deal tho. i ran as well as i could, finished in 4:35. way faster than i thought. solid hermathon after. greg got his course record back, jen and jonny pr'd, glenn ran great, and james kicked ass in the 50k on his 50th birthday. awesome day all around. wow that was a lot of typing. no way i am checking for mistakes. church.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

9 3 to 9 9

tues 13
weds 12 ordered new kinvaras. need them bad. feet and joints starting to get sore.
thurs 14 (10 miles hard effort) and bowling vs najem. i went into it down 96 pins after the first week. i was thinking if i got back 4 pins each week i would be back in it by springtime. i was far more fortunate than that. i had a good night and naj didnt. he didnt get many breaks. he rolled better than what his scores show. results: scores- me 175,162,202,171,196. naj 165,150,148,182,150. total pins- me 906, naj 795. best 3 in a row- me 569, naj 480. wins- me 4, naj 1. averages- me 181.2 naj 159.0 dickout gutterballs- none. i made up 111 pins, and after two weeks im up 15. i couldve done better though. i missed a lot of easy spares and struggled to hit the pocket at times. hopefully i can fix that next week.
sat 21 in a downpour. a lot of fun. only 8 days to go until the 50k. this was my last run of any significant distance, and it was easy. finished fast the last two miles and felt great. i think its a good sign that im ready. in shitty news, my car wont start and i have poison ivy everywhere from the knees down. the silver lining: at least its not everywhere from the waist down.
sun 10 poison ivy is spreading, but at least its only made it halfway up my quads.
total- 70