A new PR!

After a little debate, I decided to go for a run tonight and ended up with a PR for 5k distance!  So awesome! I think this was just what I needed to get myself psyched back up for running and training!


Playing catch-up

Well, it’s been a while (yes, again) since I last wrote and other than the Baltimore 10-miler, I haven’t done any running… which is bad.

Here’s a quick recap on the Baltimore 10-miler.  It was hot and it was hilly and that’s all you need to know.  Honestly though, it was a pretty decent run and since I really like Baltimore, I enjoyed the scenery – especially all of the crack houses!  I’m slightly disappointed with my results, but having not run more than six miles in any training runs I guess I can’t be that upset.  My chip time was 1:55:40. Oh and I had bloody nipples thanks to the new shirt I bought a couple days before the race; it’s the only shirt I own that’s ever done that to me… ever!  I’m thinking that’s the one and only time I’ll be wearing that shirt.

Me after the race

Baltimore 10 Miler is Tomorrow!

Well, tomorrow is the Baltimore 10 Miler and I’m ready, even though I’ve got a small case of the pre-race jitters. I’ve got my bib pinned to my shirt and my visor ready. I can’t wait to tear those free beers off my bib and turn ’em in!

I’ve also got my breakfast and my fuel belt all set to go. Now it’s time to set the alarm for 5:30 and on the road by 6. I’m excited to get through the race, home and take a nap. How lame is that?

Eating habits

So, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how they’ve adopted the idea of eating to fuel their body more than to actually enjoy what they’re eating. How does one do this? Does anyone have any suggestions? I’ve lost a good chunk of weight in the last year and I’m ready to make a change like this.

How does a person change a habit they’ve known their whole life?

Leave a comment, I’m interested in seeing what you have to say.

Yesterday’s Run

Just wanted to say that despite jumping a bit too far in milage with yesterday’s long run, my knees are feeling great today though, my muscles are definitely still in recovery.

Onward and upwards, my friends!

Heat Wave

Wow, it’s been quite a while since the last update; sorry to those of you who are following me. Wait, how many of you are following me, anyways? Do I need a poll? I think I do!

Baltimore 10 Miler Bib

So, here’s what’s been going on since the last update. The race is this coming Saturday and not only that, but my Mom is visiting! I’m very excited for Mom to visit. I haven’t seen her since Christmas and, I’m thrilled that she’ll be able to see me run a big race! Anyways, Friday night, after work, we drove up to the Road Runner Sports store in Columbia, MD to pick up our “packets” for the Baltimore 10 Miler. I put the quotes around packets because, well, it was really just the bib. We get our swag and two free beers after the race. I love beer and I love free beer even more.

I’m looking forward to a week of easier training and the race to be over, but have to keep my eye on the Marine Corp Marathon on October 31. Training is going to have to really ramp up once this race is over and after I have a few days off ;-).

In other news, while at the Road Runner Sports store, I scored a sweet Orange CamelBak. I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now and with the discount I get for being VIP at Road Runner Sports, I got it for $36!

Check it out…

I ran with it tonight and loved it! I was a bit concerned that it would jostle around and annoy me, but I was quite surprised that it stayed in place and did it’s job. Speaking of tonight’s run, wow, it was rough. I think the temperature was still around 89° when I left, and even though it cooled down some while I was out there, it was still HOT! I guess I don’t really mind running in the heat, my body will adjust, but before it begins to adjust it royally screws up my time! Check out how bad my timing was tonight over on my RunKeeper profile (link).

Slacker reaches milestone

So, I’ve really been slacking a lot lately.  I mean A LOT!  A big part of it was because I’ve been trying to figure out how to balance life, work, softball (I joined the company softball team this season) and running; I was worried that I’d have to quite the team so that I could keep up on my training schedule.

Well, the other day I was thinking (I know, scary thought) and I came up with a way that I could change my training days to accommodate softball.  Historically, my running days were Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday with Saturday being my long run.  So, now I’ve changed my running schedule to Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Sunday with Sunday being the long run.  I think this’ll work out well, but I sure will be busy.

So, what about that milestone?  Well, since August 2009, I’ve run 201.46 miles!  I’ve surpassed the 200 mile mark!  This is great news!  Now, my next goal is to get those miles racked up even more as I progress in my marathon training.

Don’t forget to check out my run tonight on RunKeeper: http://rnkpr.com/a5myba

Beautiful weather!

Well, I ended up going for a run tonight.  The weather was almost as amazing as the scenery! I have to say, though, that it’s amazing how quickly my muscles tightened up after not running consistently over the past month.  It pretty much sucks, but once I get back into the swing of things, I’ll be good to go!

Oh, I also took a photo around mile 2…

Have a look at my RunKeeper page for the tracking details! (link)


I have been so lazy lately.  I haven’t done any running or any other from of exercise.  I’m hoping to change that tonight and get a run in.

decisions and actions

I’ve finally decided on a training program the marathon.  It’s detailed in a book called “The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer” recommended by my friend Carlos.  Carlos has run several marathons, so I trust his recommendations.  What’s great about this program is that it’s not just a physical training program.  It helps you overcome the mental obstacles that a lot of people have when attempting to run long distances.  Since I’ve already run a half marathon recently, I’m not concerned about staying true to the beginning of the program.  I am going to start off with shorter distances, 3-4 miles for the first couple of weeks, just to get back into the swing of things, then go full force into the program.

I’m feeling pretty good about things so far and I’m confident I can actually complete the marathon.  My main area of concern is the pain I’ve had in my knees.  I’m hoping that the cross training I’m doing in conjunction with the running will help.  We’ll see.

Tonight, I did a short run of approximately 3.16 miles.  Here’s a link to the run on RunKeeper – http://rnkpr.com/a53bot