Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Split Times For My Half

I just wanted to post these for the record.  I was pretty steady during the entire race and had a few faster miles in the middle.

Mile Pace
1 11:43
2 11:41
3 11:56
4 11:30
5 11:28
6 11:01
7 10:58
8 10:50
9 11:05
10 11:01
11 11:29
12 12:03
13 11:52

Monday, October 29, 2012

You Ate What the Day Before?

Let me start this post by thanking all of my Lunatic Fringe friends that have encouraged and motivated me over the last few months.  A year ago, I would never have thought about running a half but now my first one is in the books.  I had a blast!  Coach Ricky Ford was kind enough to pick me up and let me ride with him down to the race location.  Just before race time, we parted ways and I didn't see anyone I knew until I was past the 5 mile mark.  I noticed that I was meeting runners coming from the other way.  I was looking for Coach Ford and out of nowhere comes Jimmy Johnson.  It was good to see someone I knew.

As I came around the final turn, going down the hill and approaching the finish line, I saw my biggest fan.  Lillie was cheering the other runners.  When I got closer she started yelling, "Daddy!! Daddy!!"  When it was all said and done, I finished in 2:29:33.  That's an 11:25 pace.  I was so proud because I thought I'd finish around 2:40.

I want to back up now to Friday.  My diet wasn't the best but it was so good!  When we are near an Olive Garden, I have to carry the wife there sometime during out visit.  We decided to eat lunch there on Friday.  I had just spaghetti with meatballs and it was really good.  It wasn't too much and not too little.

My supper was really bad but tasted so good.  Five Guys was just across the street from our hotel.  I walked across that street and brought back some burgers.  This was only the second time that I had eaten at a Five Guy.  The first time I didn't know that a regular burger has two patties on it.  I had a Little Bacon Cheeseburger with mustard and lettuce and some fries.  I know it wasn't the best choice for supper on the day before a half marathon but it was worth it.

My other runs this week were on Wednesday, 9 miles, and Sunday morning, 5 miles.

That's going to do me for this week.  Thanks for stopping and I'm looking forward to running my second half in just under two weeks down in Tupelo.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Some Things Can't Be Bought

This past week was a really good week.  I ran the Baptist Memorial Hospital 5K in Booneville, MS, and ran a new PR.  I wasn't really trying to do it but I got it done anyway.  According to my Garmin I ran the course in 32:07.  The official results haven't been posted as of this writing but I'm sure that is close.  My old PR was set way back in April 2011 when I ran my very first 5K in 33:50.  I guess running on 350 all summer has really paid off.

I was reading the tweets yesterday on Twitter and came across this:

"Never give up. In the end it is always worth it!"

When I first began this journey, I would often wonder if all of this walking was worth it. I've known for a long time that it has been worth every single step. What was it worth? You can't put a price on the things I have gotten. My health. My running friends and the relationships I've built. Those things just can't be bought.

I know this is short and sweet but I hope I have made my point.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Better Than You Were Yesterday

Just over a week ago, I posted this on Facebook:

"It's not about being better than someone else, it is about being better than you were the day before." -Unknown

I have been thinking about that statement since then.  I had this to post while I was out for my usual Sunday morning run and didn't think anything about it again until that night.  I had been trying to get some inspiration for what I was going to write here last week but I just didn't get any.  Most of the time my ideas come while I'm running.  I didn't come up with anything, so I didn't write anything last week. I could have but it would have been rushed and I wanted it to be good.

Now back to the statement above.  I did think about the statement a lot over the last week and realized that it can apply to any part of your life, not just running.  We train over a period of time to help us to be our best on race day.  During that time, we do become better than we were the day before.  We strive to go farther and/or faster.  The greatest thing about running is that we don't have to compete with anyone.  It's a competition against ourself.

I've been listening to a podcast by a guy named Andy Andrews.  I've also read a couple of his books.  He put things in a way that make you want to be better.  The name of the podcast is "In the Loop".  One of the podcast was about his father dying when he was 19 years old.  He talks about how he didn't know much about his dad.  What he liked, what kind of books he liked and thing such as that.  If you can, listen to some of the podcast and you will be better.  Be sure to go here and listen to him singing "Amazing Grace".  You will laugh out loud.

Over the last few months, I have made many new friends out on Highway 350 and I can tell you that they are all about being better than they were the day before.  They are a great group of people.  Most can run faster than I can they still tell me, "Good job!" when I come dragging in after a 12 miler and they past me three miles back.  It makes you feel good!

My first run out on 350 was back on June 2nd and Jeff where there with me every step of the way of that half marathon distance.  I've told a few people this, including him, but I want to put it in this post.  If it hadn't been for Jeff getting out there with me, letting me slow him down, and giving me all of the encouragement, I don't think I would have progressed as much as I did during the summer.  Thanks, Jeff!

I've still been busy getting my miles in that last couple of weeks and have even had the opportunity to "pay it forward".  I ended week before last with just over 30 miles (my best ever) and last week only got in 19.8 because I only got to run two days.  On Saturday, Jamy and I just met downtown and headed out.  I decided to not get up early and just do my last three miles solo instead of the first three.  My run ended up being just ten but it was all good.

Last Sunday, my running buddy, Jamy, brought along Christina.  She has been running about nine weeks and she came along to run the Coke route with us.  I got an early start and had already ran almost 4 miles before I met them on the course.  By the time we got back downtown, Christina had ran her farthest distance.  It was a great run all in all.  Slowing down help her and me too.  I needed to slow my pace to recover from my run on Saturday.

That's going to do me for this week.  I have a 5K coming up this weekend so will tell you all about it next week.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Two Years After a Decision

Two years ago today, I made the decision to start a healthier lifestyle.  I know making a decision is kinda like the five frogs but I actually got up off my rear and went for my very first walk.  It was a 1.7 mile walk in 30 minutes and I burned just 230 calories.  It wasn't much but it was all I could do at the time.  The next day I walked 1.6 miles in 31 minutes. When October 2010 was over I had walked 22 times and 48 miles.  I was so proud!

Now two years later, I logged 102 miles in September.  That was a record for me.  When I started this journey I would have never thought I would be running 3 miles at a time.  Now here I am running up to 15 miles at a time.  This has been a great journey and the lifestyle change has made all the difference in the world.

I didn't do this all alone.  I have had quite a few people that have come into my life and encouraged me and given me advice.  As I look back on some of my most recent group runs, I can remember some of the other runners standing around chatting and when I got back they would say, "How many did you do?"  I'd tell them and they'd all say, "Good job!"  It didn't matter if they had done the same amount as me in a lot less time it was still an accomplishment for me and they were truly proud too.  That's is what is so awesome about this sport.  I doesn't matter how fast your are or how long you went, there will be somebody that gives you a "Way to Go!"  It makes you feel good!

This last week, I had to slack off during the week because I my work schedule was really busy.  I got in a bad 2.25 miler on Friday afternoon but then Jeff and I got in a great 12 miler on Saturday morning.  I got up on Sunday to get out but then I decided that I wasn't going to go because I just didn't want to go.  This is the first time that I have actually not gotten out when I just did want too.  There are times when I just don't want to go that I get up and go anyway.  After it's done, then I'm glad a did.

I have less than four weeks until my first half and as I watch the days until get smaller and smaller I get more nervous.  I see the number of days and I get butterflies in my stomach and I wonder, "Can I do this?"  I'm sure this is normal.  The same thing happened as my first 5K was approaching but this race is much longer.  I've trained for this and as my friends, Jeff and Rob, say, "I've got this!"

That's going to do me for this week.  Hope you all have a great week and I'll see you again next week.