Thursday, April 29, 2010

Trust The Program "Or Else!"

Tani will tell you that I spend the 2 weeks prior to every race raising every point of self doubt that crosses my mind.

1. Did I train right?
2. Can I handle this distance?
3. What is that twinge?
4. Am I injured?

Any way, you get the point. I am not sure if there is a name for this but whatever it is began again about a week ago with TNF's 50 Miler at Bear Mountain coming up on May 8th. I have only run 4 ultras to date including my first last year at Bear Mountain (50k). Based on that experience and what many more seasoned runners have told me, this is one of the toughest courses out there, with over 7000 feet of climbing and very technical terrain loaded with rocks and roots. With that ahead of me I felt like I really needed to train more than I have. Coming off the Umstead 100, my first just 5 weeks ago this time has been more about recovery. I have not run more than 12 miles in a single training run since (Under trained?). Tony Portera who successfully ran many back to back races like this last year has assured me its just the way it is. You need to recover and by the time you feel ready to ramp up again the taper has arrived so you are naturally limited in training time. Race.....Recover.....Taper?

This is very unnerving for someone like me who plans out training routines very specifically, but in this case I really had no choice. So I went with it until this past Saturday when I decided a short 8 miler was not enough and despite a nagging but tolerable pain in my leg (Am I injured?) I pushed this run hard, running around 7:15 pace for the middle 5. The plan Sunday was to run about 15 with Tony and David but when we hit the first couple of hills I knew something was wrong. As we got further into the run the tolerable became painful and I was done after 6 miles walking the hills. 4 days and 1 gym workout later there is some bruising around the back of my upper thigh just below my butt. Not good. I have had many injuries while training but never this close to a race. Not sure what to do other than rest and wait to see how I feel next week. I did schedule an appointment just to be sure at ISK. These are my doctors of choice. They have many great people there all with varying specialties and I have seen half of them at this point for my foot (surgery), knee (nothing), hip (PT) and ankle (PT). So we will see what they say.

Good lesson for me on this one. Follow the program and trust your training. One workout won't make you but I think it could screw it all up.

Peace

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The MMRF Runs Boston

Yesterday morning 25,000 participants took part in the 114th running of the Boston Marathon. Among the many running for charitable causes, eleven runners were out there to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

The training alone is a long and grueling adventure and one of your rewards is the completion of the 26.2 miles. However, I am sure the greatest prize is how proud you all must feel knowing your efforts have helped a much greater cause. You have all participated in an amazing event and raised nearly $50,000 for MMRF.


2010 Boston Marathon Team Members

Brooke O'Reilly 5:11:16

Melissa Babiarz 5:00:12

Derek Blair 3:54:12

Philip Yazbak 4:02:19

Heidi/Keith Mitchell 3:59:26

Ted Green 4:52:55

David Lamoureux 2:58:35

Caren De Filippo 4:43:28

Bill Engro 3:38:42

Tiffany Patrick 4:52:39

Congratulations to all of you for participating and completing the 2010 Boston Marathon for the MMRF.

I also want to recognize Alicia O'Neill and Jane Hoffmann who tirelessly run the Marathon Program offering endless support to all runners who join around the country.

As many of you know the MMRF is close to my heart and I run to support this cause as I have been inspired by so many who live so courageously. The MMRF relentlessly pursues innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.

To make a donation please click here.

Peace

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

100 Miles! Answers to the many questions.

It has been over 2 weeks since my first 100 miler and I have detailed my experience for anyone who has expressed an interest in the story. It has been an interesting couple of weeks but often difficult to summarize many things in any one conversation of 2 minutes or less. So as I have done in the past I thought I would put together a quick summary.

The Course:
12.5 mile loop on groomed trails 8 laps for a total of 100 miles
Elevation:
1,000 feet per loop for a total of 8,000 feet.

Pre-Race Nutrition:
40 oz water
2 packets raisin spice oatmeal
1 banana

Estimated Race Nutrition (tough to remember exactly):
300 oz water
100 oz water /5 servings Perpetuem
300 oz Gatorade
11 servings Hammer Gel
3 servings Shot Blocks
2 bananas
Several slices of cantaloupe
2 potatoes rolled in salt
3 cups chicken noodle soup
1 cup chicken rice soup
2 PBJ sandwiches
1 bite of pizza (nearly tossed my cookies)
1/2 hamburger w/ketchup
2 S-caps
1 chocolate chip cookie

Post Race Nutrition:
2 Pancakes
1 glass OJ
40 oz water
1 Becks Dark
After several hours of sleep my lovely wife bought me Wendy's.
Weight Loss:
Not sure about during the race but I dropped a total of 6 lbs (4%) during the week following the race with almost no exercise (I think I gained it all back after tail gaiting at the Cuse game and BBQ with Matt and Cori this past weekend).

Clothing:
The temperature was varied from the low 30s to the mid 50s, so my clothing varied too from shorts and singlet to several layers, jacket, hat, gloves and pants. I wore 2 different pairs of shoes and socks as I thought it would help with blisters.

Recovery:
It has taken me over 2 weeks to feel nearly fully recovered. My legs are still tired but ok other than what is becoming a nagging upper leg pain.

Will I do it again?:
:)

Peace
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