Friday, October 31, 2008

Under the weather...'s the last day of October and wow, do I hope that November is better!

Running update:  uh, there really isn't one.  Ran a whopping 55 miles in October (and 26.2 of those were in Chicago) and I'm now 25 miles behind my goal of 1500 for the year.  Not sure if I can make that up or not, but we'll see.

Personal update:  wouldn't you know it but T brought home some sort of virus and now we're both feeling less than 100% - yet another reason I'm hoping November is better.

Lastly...Here is a link to one particular post of a blog I read (feel free to poke around and read her other stuff, it's quite entertaining!) that I think makes a pretty damn good point.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Not The Best Start

Tuesdays aren't a favorite here...T has an 8 am class which means a 5:30-5:45 am wake-up.  Normally I get up with her, but for some reason I stayed in bed this morning and forgot to set an alarm for me...

I'm not going to be late for work or anything but I didn't get my arse out of bed with enough time to run this morning.

Great way to start that new training plan.

If things go well today though I might make it home early enough to get the run in on the treadmill before dinner.  Maybe.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Regrouping is done.  Toledo, here I come.

I've got a plan in place and part of that plan is to address some holes in previous half marathon/marathon preparation attempts.

The real question is will it be like previous attempts or will this one truly be successful?

I'm hoping for the latter.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I've taken this past week off from running completely.  Zero miles.  Helped some people have a great weekend/race here in Grand Rapids, but besides that I have pretty much been a lazy slug since Chicago.

And it's what I needed.

I looked at my training log and I think I can safely say that a fall marathon was probably not my smartest move.  My training seemed off after Grandma's and I struggled to hit the same paces that I was cruising at before June.  Then I got sick which took another chunk out of my training.  I struggled all fall to get my feet back under me, plus I still haven't addressed some areas that will show dividends in if I improve in:  such as flexibility, core strength, etc, etc.

So I'm closing the books on a less than stellar few months and putting it behind me.  Time to look forward and build a solid foundation so I can get myself ready for the next big race.  What will that be?  I'm pretty sure I know when it will be, but not what distance yet.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A warm one...

The weekend started out great thanks to Oache’s hospitality – nice dinner once we got to the Chicago area and great beer, always great beer. 

Headed into downtown on Saturday to hit the expo and meet up with everyone else.  We managed to see our friend Jessica who was running her first marathon with Team In Training at the expo, snap a few quick pictures and then headed in to get my packet/goodie bag.  Holy big crowds in the Nike portion. 

Biggest challenge at the expo was figuring out how to get to the restaurant where we were meeting the rest of the 30s gang for dinner.  Managed to make it almost on time…fabulous food and great company.  We personally got to see Voodoo try and regain his Clydesdale status with one meal.  Said our good-byes and headed back to the train station to make our way back to the ‘burbs, only we had to wait for an hour for the next train.  Finally made it back to Casa Oache with enough time to get my stuff together and get some sleep. 

The train ride in to the city was uneventful and provided quite the opportunity for people watching.  We walked over to the hotel where the rest of the crew were staying and then headed over to the start area…Holy mass of humanity. 

It was interesting to see people next to us in the open corral with bib’s that indicated they were supposed to be way up ahead with the rest of the speedy folks.  It was also interesting to see the jackass sitting down in the middle of thousands of people – I know he was trying to stay off his feet, but how he didn’t get trampled as people tried to move forward is beyond me. 

Last words of encouragement were exchanged between Maria, her brother and sister, and I and then we were off… 

I missed the first mile marker but I felt pretty good.  Made sure not to go out too fast.  I followed the advice of Baggs and took a bottle of Gatorade with me and I’m really glad I did.  The first two water stops were a madhouse of people, plus the race was still congested from the start but I was able to somewhat navigate my way through – one guy cut in front of me so hard I actually stepped on the back of his leg and almost went down…about five strides later another person did the same thing but I was able to miss them.  I blurted out pretty loudly “SERIOUSLY?!?!” and a woman moving past me on the right looked around.  I said “not you” to her and her reply?  “I know, I saw the other guy as well!”  The one thing both of those asshats had in common?  Wearin’ their iPods. 

I was still making good progress through about mile 9-10.  I was starting to feel the heat though, and made the mistake of not drinking enough water at mile 10 when I took my second three shot blocks – all the Gatorade and the blocks, and the heat made my stomach less than 100%. 

I saw T, Brandy, and Maria’s family at mile 12-ish, stopped for a few minutes and then pushed on.  I crossed the halfway point in 2:18:56, well off the pace I’d hoped.  It was about this point that the sun really started bearing down on us.  I was doing the best I could but could tell that I’d need to slow down a bit more to make sure the wheels didn’t completely fall off. 

Around mile 16 I noticed that the “Moderate” warning level had been changed to “High”.  I walked a good portion of mile 17 then tried to push on from mile 18-20.  From there I pretty much alternated running a mile and walking a mile and I was trying to figure out in my head which miles to run/walk so that I’d run the last one in to the finish. 

As I approached mile 26 I got ready to push to the end.  See I wasn’t going to walk any of mile 26 for one reason:  the name on my bib.  As a tribute to duckgeek’s nephew who tragically lost his life last week I inscribed “Mitch #10” on my bib, and since the race didn’t put the runner’s name on it I only had “Mitch #10” on there…every time someone from the crowd or aid station would look at me and say “doing great Mitch!”, “going strong Mitch”, or “Almost there Mitch” it would push me on a bit more so there was no way I wasn’t going to finish simply because I wasn’t just running for me, but I was running for Mitch as well. 

About a half mile from the finish I saw T and Brandy again and they gave me the update on Baggs and Maria and then I pushed on to the finish. 

It wasn’t the day I’d hoped for, but the fact that I was able to persevere and finish is a big accomplishment. 

Thanks to everyone for the texts/emails/phone calls checking in…it meant a lot.

I'm planning on taking the next day or three and breaking down yesterday and my training leading up to it so expect to be bored with all of that.

Our tribute to Mitch...

Thursday, October 09, 2008


2 Days, 11 hours...

I've been trying to do this post for the last two days, but due to internet issue (damn Team in Training website) I wasn't able to get the link until now.

This webpage is for a friend of mine.  She's running Chicago this weekend and it will be her first marathon.  In and of itself that is a big deal...but what she is trying to accomplish is an even bigger deal.

I know times are tough but if you're reading this and your life has been touched by that goddamn scourge of cancer do what you're capable of...

it's touched us all in one way, shape, or form.  I'm really looking forward to watching her cross the finish line and join the club.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Days to race day (well 4 days + 23 hours according to the website) and 4 miles this morning.

Perfect conditions this morning...great temp, nice sunrise, all in all a good run.

More incessant weather checking:
now the forecast is calling for a low of 60F overnight and a high of 77F on race day.  Uh, forecast people?  I liked yesterday's better.

Monday, October 06, 2008


And it begins.  Just checked the weather for Chicago on Sunday.  Guarantee it won't be the last.

Currently says:
Saturday overnight low of 46F with a late shower possible.
Sunday high of 60F, rather cloudy with a bit of rain.

We'll see what it says tomorrow.

Time to make the lists.

Sunday, October 05, 2008


Things are steadily moving towards race day...was supposed to run my last double-digit run before the event today, but as for most of the week that uhm, didn't go according to plan.

I did run though, and like I told someone a few days ago, the hay is in the barn now.  I can only take away from my preparation in the last week, not really add to it, because as an astute Kickrunner friend mentioned not too long ago - there is no cramming in running.

I did get the chance to put the shirt I'm wearing on Sunday through a practice run and it is going to work perfectly.

Oh, and to those of you who struggled through the Twin Cities Marathon today (Brandy, Dom, and Cindi especially) great job...oh, and Cindi?  Welcome to the club.

Friday, October 03, 2008


8 days and 15 hours as of right now (according to the Chicago Marathon website) until the race, and let me tell ya it's been a stellar week in KP-land.

Between real life getting in the way and a dark cloud of lethargy settling in over me it's really put a crimp in my running plans.

Look over to the right there...see that running log? Anything stand out? That's right! Even if I had gotten around to log the run I did on Wednesday then it would list one run this week. That's a taper alright.

The only positive thing right now is the shirt that I ordered arrived yesterday, so I'll be able to give it a test run on Sunday when I get my last double digit run in before the big day.

This weekend has to be better.