February 16, 2009
Today was another good day. The weather was superb and I was running on all 8 cylinders. It is amazing on how much more enjoyable a run is when conditions and body are spot on.
There are two of the washes that I crossed that are running from the snow melt @ higher elevations. If I was hiking it would of been a good time to take a break and listen to the running water. Something about that sound – very peaceful. I also came across a contractor friend of mine who was on his mule named “Midnight.” What a good looking mule. He is currently training her for future hunting expeditions. There seemed to be more people on horseback today than on foot.
I might try and throw a 4 or 6 miler in tomorrow instead of taking the day off completely like I have been doing. My body is getting used to the additional miles. Stay tuned.
Total miles logged: 15
Saying of the day – “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, The farther you get.” (Michael Phelps)
February 13, 2009
Today was a good day. I changed my route somewhat today. The Saguaro National Park has quite an extensive trail network. I am truly blessed to live only 5 miles away. If my only option was asphalt it would be much harder. For those of you that have never experienced the desert in the winter, it is a must. Especially if you are in cold country. Today was in the 60’s with a slight breeze. Perfect conditions for a hard effort. I ran into a couple different people on horseback – even the horses had a smile on their face.
Reality is sinking in on the fact of my attempt to complete this 100 mile race (third attempt). Like I said before, the first attempt was when I was 40 years young and now I am 53 years old. When I look back, I could kick myself in the ass for not getting this over with many years ago. For right now I am extremely driven to make sure the training is on track as to insure a successful race. Still have 6 months to go. Staying motivated will be a challenge. Running 80-100 miles a week can take a toll on your body and mind. Realizing if I do not finish, it would be necessary to go back in 2010. NO WAY!!!!
Total miles logged today = 13
Saying of the day – “There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is being superior to your former self” (Unknown) This is one of my favorites
February 10, 2009
Today winter has come back to the Old Pueblo !!! There is supposed to be up to 1 foot of snow @ the top of the mountains. Snow is critical to plant life out here. As the snow melts it actually percolates into the ground. When it rains most of the water just runs off. In a typical year Tucson gets less than 12 inches of rain a year. Every drop counts.
Just to let you know I logged 11 miles on Friday and 13 miles today (Monday Feb 9) even though this post says Feb 10. This weekend was a bust. For some odd reason my butt would not get off the couch yesterday. In previous posts I told you how important it is to start upping my weekly mileage. Still nursing some minor aches and pains. Can’t quite figure it out – Don’t know if I am doing too much too soon or just getting old.
As I was running today I recalled several times in my life when someone would ask me what I am running from. My normal response is PEOPLE. It is such an awesome feeling knowing when I am out on a run that no one is able to bother me. No cell phone to answer – no employees whining – no customers complaining. Am I being selfish ? Maybe – but the alone time is important because it seems it is just God and me. The more time I spend with Him the easier it is to love someone. The easier it is to let words go that would normally offend me. No temptation to flip the guy off who won’t get off my tail. Anxiety lessens. It’s a beautiful thing. Recently I passed the 81,000 mile mark running. I’ll bet you that no more than 2,000 miles at most were run with another person. When I was a road racer no one wanted to train as hard as me. And now no one wants to run as far as me. That’s ok, I prefer the solitude anyway. I have seen things that most people will never see. It’s kinda sad for me. The great outdoors is spectacular. Everyone should do some exploring.
I’ve also had people tell I am addicted to running. They are absolutely correct. For some it is cocaine for some it is alcohol for some it is golf. Maybe it’s the adrenaline – not sure. Sorry for rambling today. Hope ya all enjoyed it.
Saying of the day – “Pain is your friend. Remember this and you will never be alone” ( Unknown – probably a long distance runner )
February 5, 2009
Didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday, so here’s the scoop. Went out yesterday to Saguaro National Pak for a 13 mile run. If any of you exercise there are days when you feel like you are having the best day of your life. Well, yesterday was it. Finally it seemed like the effort was much easier. Lately to tell the truth has been really hard to get motivated. I’ll tell ya what – when everything is clicking you just don’t want to stop.
If there are more days like yesterday, this will be an enjoyable journey. Say your prayers for me, I need them. Pretty soon 100 mile weeks will be a normal week. That sounds crazy, doesn’t it ?
Until my body gets used to this higher mileage, I am still running every other day. I’ve been thinking maybe next week after a high mileage day I will run 4-6 miles the following day. Stay tunned.
Saying of the day – “If someone says, Hey I ran a 100 miles this week, how far did you run ? Ignore him ! What the hell difference does it make? The magic is in the man. not the 100 miles.”
( Bill Bowerman )
February 2, 2009
What a blow to The Arizona Cardinals. They played their hearts out. You can never count Roethlesberger out – what a competitor. If only………….
Back to my training for the 100 mile Leadville run. Thursday I logged another 11 miles and then today (Sunday) I logged 14 miles. Hope you wouldn’t notice that there were two days off. Kinda of a slacker huh ? It’s funny b-cause if you have read this blog since the beginning you know that I am not that excited about running a hundred miles without stopping. It is only because I have attempted this race twice and was not able to complete it. The only other race that was not completed the first attempt was The Phoenix marathon b-cause of blisters. It took two years to get back, but I finished it. Why in the world did I think a 100 miler would be cool ? And then to pick one of the toughest 100’s out there. Leadville has only something like a 42% finisher rate. That really sucks !!!
Eventually I will be running about 90 to 100 miles a week. You will see this is going to happen sooner than later. Will probably be running 15 miles a day for 5 days a week and then a 25 to 30 mile run on the 6th day with the 7th day a rest day. I also plan on running a few 50 mile races before Leadville. Like I said previously there are not any health issues what so ever. My knees, hips and ankles feel as good as they did when I was 20 years old. After logging over 80,000 miles running it does get harder to stay motivated. And being older my times have slowed somewhat. Not too bad though.
Saying of the day – Human beings are basically lazy creatures. Like water which follows the path of least resistance so do we. It is only the individuals who have great mind, body, and soul that achieve the highest of goals. ( Tom Dobosz )
January 28, 2009
What a relief. Back to running is such a blessing. It seems my whole outlook has improved. I am normaly such an upbeat person, but not knowing what exactly what was going on had some down moments. Everything is much mo betta now.
I am still taking some precaution not to re-injure myself. After taking a long run I am resting the following day just to make sure not to over do it. Pretty smart huh ? Sometimes panic sets in and that’s when you have to be careful. The weather has been so ideal and being my favorite time of year to train I have a hard time holding back.
I logged 11 miles on Saturday, then took off both Sunday and Monday. Then yesterday (Tuesday ) I ran a very challenging 9 mile loop @ altitude. Will be taking today off and if I feel good then I will get back to running 6 days a week and only one rest day starting next week.
Getting excited about the super bowl. All the meat is marinating and the plans for a great time are in process. Go Cardinals !!!
January 23, 2009
Back on the trail. My injury is completely healed. I thank God that I am finally able to run again. It’s wonderful how fast everything healed up. To tell the truth, this injury actually had me quite concerned. The pain was so intense it felt like my leg was on fire. For 3wks it did not seem to be getting any better, then on Tuesday I wanted to see what would happen. Guess what ? I ran 11 miles. Isn’t that awesome ? And then today I went for 10 miles and still no pain. Not even any discomfort.
Like I said before, the bike is ok and certainly is better than doing nothing at all. It is hard to ride and not run knowing that in 8 short months I will be running a 100 mile race @ altitude. The best training is being on your feet for long periods of time. I declare there will be no more injuries here on out.
Today was another beautiful day in the desert. It was raining lightly – my favorite. This last week had high temps @ 80 degrees which is ridiculous for January. For those of you experiencing extremely low temps, 80 degrees probably sounds like heaven. The average high temperature is 65 degrees fot this time of year. That would be preferable. I will be going for another 11 miles tomorrow.
Miles logged: Tues = 11 miles Thurs = 10 miles
Saying of the day – “Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.”( Og Mandino )