Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Record Setting Performance!

On 7/26, the final RVRR Summer Series Cross Country Race was held. All I had to do was not get beaten by the other Master's Division (40 - 44) runner in contention for the Overall Master's Division winner by about 90 seconds. My right calf was feeling awesome, but was still cautious. I warmed up with a 1.75 run and felt no pain. I stretched and did a couple of strides and still no pain. The start was fast, but I decided not to jump up with the lead pack as I did in the past. I stayed steady for the first mile, which I was surprised to complete in 6:10. My calf was feeling fine and got into a rhythm. The only issue was my mouth was so dry! I completed the second mile in 6:19, but still managed to pass a few runners. I held on to complete the third mile in 6:21 holding off the runners I heard breathing down my back! I finished in 19:33 (6:17 pace). I came in 2nd in the Master's Division, but it was his first RVRR race. He beat me by 8 seconds! Mission accomplished! I won the Summer Series Master's Division in record-setting fashion! The RVRR has held the Summer Series at Buccleuch Park since 2007 and the previous record was 1:00:06. I lowered the record by 1:28 to 58:38! And I had no pain in my right calf!

Weather:
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara (lime).

Now to concentrate on the Niagara Falls International Marathon!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Rehab!

I decided to resume running after 3 days of rest and massages, but this time to run on the treadmill. I recalled that I did a lot of running on the treadmill in preparation for last April's Boston Marathon. If I couldn't run past 2 - 3 miles, then I would use the elliptical to maintain my cardio fitness. It seemed to work as I logged over 21 miles on the treadmill with virtually no pain!

7/18 - Marlboro Retro Fitness (MRF). Ran 3.1 miles in 25:23 (8:10 pace). No pain, but decided not to go further. Completed 2.5 miles on the elliptical in 20:00.
Weather: Indoors.
Weight After Run = 142.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

7/19 - MRF. Ran 5 miles in 39:11 (7:50). Felt much better with no pain. Decided not to do the elliptical.
Weather: Indoors.
Weight After Run = 142.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

7/20 - MRF. 1-Hour Run. Started real slow at 10:00 pace slowly increasing the speed as I felt real good. I had no pain throughout the run and decided to push it. I was feeling great until 7.85 miles when I was at about a 6:05 pace. My right calf developed a sharp pain and I significantly reduced the speed back down to 10:00 pace! Ugh! I stretched it out and massage Tiger Balm that night and later wore the compression sleeves to sleep.
Weather: Indoors.
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

7/22 - MRF. Massaged Icy Hot into my right calf before the run. Ran the first 4 miles in 32:00 (8:00). I was feeling great when I pushed the pace for the next 28:00 in which I covered 4.24 miles (6:36 pace) with no pain! My confidence is much higher, but still cautious. Massaged Icy Hot and later wore the compression sleeve to sleep.
Weather:
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara (lime).
7/24 - John A. Phillips Park. Easy Run with Strong Finishing Final Mile. Ran 6.2 miles in 44:30 (7:10 pace). Last mile was in 6:33. No pain! I think I should be okay for the final RVRR Summer Series Cross Country Race on 7/24.
Weather:
Weight After Run = 141.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

TOTAL MILEAGE = 30.54

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rehab!

I continued to rehab my right calf. I didn't run the 3rd RVRR Summer Series Cross Country Race, which was on 7/12. I attended it to cheer runners and take pictures. It's a weird feeling to be on the sidelines and not racing! It was also hot and humid, so maybe it was good I didn't run because I might have aggravated my injury even more. I resumed running on 7/14.

7/14 - John A. Phillips Park (JAPP). Easy Run. Ran 4 miles in 27:44 (6:55 pace). Right calf feels better, but not 100%. I didn't push it even though I felt I could've gone further. It was a bit sore after the run.
Weather:
Weight After Run = 142.
Shoes = Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

Continued RICE, but no ice. Didn't run the rest of the week.

TOTAL MILEAGE = 4.0

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Injury!

Ugh! First injury in years! I was hoping that it was just a sore right calf, but it persisted and I couldn't push off on it. I used Icy Hot (CVS brand) and Tiger Balm daily as well as wearing my compression calf sleeves at night. My wife even massaged it. It still was bothersome at the end of the week!

7/03 - John A. Phillips Park (JAPP) - Easy Run. Ran 7.18 miles in 51:31 (7:10 pace).
Weather:
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

7/05 - JAPP - Easy Run. Ran 7 miles in 49:02 (7:00 pace). Just after the sixth mile, my right calf began to feel sore. I kept pushing through thinking nothing of it. Then towards the end of the run, it became bothersome. I stretched it out after my run and the soreness went away that night.
Weather:
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara (red).

7/06 - JAPP - Easy, Frustrating Run! Could only run 3 miles in 21:49 (7:16 pace)! Right calf felt okay in the beginning, but felt the initial pain at 1.5 miles. I continued to see how far I can go, but couldn't go past 3 miles! Right calf was so sore I couldn't push off properly.

RICE - Rested, iced, compressed and elevated leg for the next few days. Applied Icy Hot and Tiger Balm and my wife massaged it. It felt better as each day went by.

7/10 - JAPP - Easy, Frustrating Run...Again! Same thing that happened on 7/06 happened again today! Ran 3 miles in 21:41 (7:13).

Again...RICE - Rested, iced, compressed and elevated leg for the next few days. Applied Icy Hot and Tiger Balm and my wife massaged it. It felt better as each day went by.

TOTAL MILEAGE = 13

Sunday, July 3, 2011

RVRR Cross Country Summer Series 5k Race #2

Race #2 at Buccleuch Park (same course). I thought I would run a faster race today, but ended up five seconds slower than the first race. I was on pace during the first two miles, but struggled during the last mile. Warm-up with strides for 2.1 miles, 5k race, cool down of 2.1 miles. Ran the 5k in 19:35 (6:18 pace). Splits = 6:08, 6:07, 6:24, 5:23. Won the Master's Division (40-44) and finished 11th out of 111. Total Miles = 7.3

6/28 - RVRR Cross Country Summer Series 5k. 19:8 (6:18 pace).
Weather: 80/82/64%, SSE7, Mostly Cloudy.
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara (red).

7/02 - John A. Phillips Park (JAPP) - Moderate Progression Run. Ran 7.0 miles in 54:47 (6:32 pace). Splits = 6:57, 6:53, 6:41, 6:36, 6:25, 6:16, 5:53. Felt sluggish during the first 3 miles. Also, right index and right thumb tingled from the 3rd mile to the finish.
Weather: 69/69/73%, NNW2, Moslty Sunny.
Weight After Run = 142.
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara (lime).

TOTAL MILEAGE = 14.3

Monday, June 27, 2011

More Intense Training

Training for a 5k is harder than training for a marathon!  That's my opinion because there's more speed work I need to do with more intensity. I decided to run a double on one day this week and did well.  I incorporated some speed workouts (progression runs) along with a hill workout session on the treadmill.

6/20 - John A. Phillips Park (JAPP) - Progression Run. Ran 5.0 miles in 32:48 (6:33 pace). Splits = 6:59, 6:41, 6:28, 6:25, 6:11, 4:50.
Weather: 78/78/47%, SSW7, Partly Cloudy.
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide +2 (orange).

6/22 - JAPP - Steady 1-Hour Run. Ran 8.88 miles in 1:00:24 (6:48 pace).
Weather: 69/69/81%, SSE8, Mostly Cloudy.
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara (red).

6/24 - A.M. - JAPP - Progression Run. Ran 5.50 miles in 38:00 (6:54 pace). Splits = 7:23, 7:13, 7:04, 6:58, 6:18, 6:03.
Weather:
Weight After Run = 142.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

6/24 - P.M. Marlboro Retro Fitness - 6's & 7's. Ran 5 x 6's & 7's at marathon pace with 0% recovery at 10:00 pace. Followed that with a 3-mile progression run topping off at 5:00 pace for last 1/10th of a mile. Felt great! Total Miles = 7.68 in 1:00:00 (7:46 pace).
Weather: Indoors
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara (red).

6/26 - JAPP - Hard Progression Run. Ran 5.5 miles in 35:24 (6:26 pace). Splits = 6:49, 6:39, 6:30, 6:20, 6:04, 5:58.
Weather: 76/76/57%, WSW6, Mostly Cloudy.
Weight After Run = 142.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

TOTAL MILEAGE = 32.56

Sunday, June 19, 2011

5k Racing is Hard!

Yes it is!  I feel that racing a 5k is harder than running a marathon! It's more intense, it requires more speed and there's no room for error.  Go out too fast and your run out of gas in the end.  You start out too slow, it'll be too late to cover ground. It's very tactical!

6/14 - RVRR 5k Cross Country Summer Series Race #1 - 1.5 mile warm-up with strides, 5k race, 2.6 mile cool down. Total Mileage = 7.2. 5k Splits = 6:15, 6:05, 6:15, 5:18.
Weather: 63/63/78%, NE6, Cloudy.
Weight After Run = 141
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara (red)

6/17 - John A. Philipps Park - Progression Run. Set Garmin to "off" for Auto-Lap.  I wanted to run without being a slave to pace per mile.  Ran a successful progression run without the sound of the beep at every mile.  Ran 6.2 miles in 40:51 (splits = 7:17, 6:44, 6:31, 6:29, 6:24, 6:11, 5:55).
Weather: 68/68/90%, SSW4, Coudy.
Weight After Run = 140.
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide+2 (orange).

TOTAL MILEAGE = 13.4