Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
When all else fails...blame the weather! Actually...Mother Nature pile drove me into the mat and walked away laughing. Warm and windy was the theme this year. Temps in the low 70's, humidity at 70%, sustained winds of 25mph with gusts well over 30mph. I knew it would be bad when I woke up and the flags outside of the window were whipping. Walked into the corral and started to cook. Temps were around 68 when we started and did nothing but climb. I don't remember the wind ever being at my back. Always a head wind or a side wind. My hat blew off 3 times during the race! When we reached the 4 mile mark I was already boiling, my head looking like a cherry tomato with seeds ready to spray everywhere. It took everything I had to keep a 6:24 pace, which should have been easy. At the 10 mile mark I was done. I went to Dallas to run a PR or near PR...but there was no way that was going to happen. I backed it down as we started around the lake but the wind got worse! (photo proof above) My spirits were really at an all time low when I reached the half marathon mark. So much so that I stepped off of the road, took off my number, and walked over to the relay runner bus. I sat in the grass for about 20 minutes and watched everyone run past the half mark. It hit me that I should stop being a baby and just finish....like everyone else. So with blanky and binky in hand, number pinned back on, I jumped back in and slogged it to the end. I think the wind was the worst between miles 14 and 18.
I would like to run this marathon again sometime down the road. Everything was fantastic except the weather.
Splits according to the chip timing system
Start to 6 mile mark: 39:46 (6:24 pace)
6 mile to 13 mile mark: 48:26 (7:02 pace)
13 mile to 20 mile mark: 1:11:12 (10:19 pace)
20 mile to finish: 51:29 (8:17 pace)
Final time: 3:30:53
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We have cracked the top 10 list in the Photography category on the iTunes App Store. Our paid version is at number 8 and our free version is at number 9. Here is a nice little movie one of our users made.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The temps look good for Sunday. Low of 53 high of 67. Lessons learned from Columbus in place. I am going to enjoy this trip.
Mon: 8-10 miles easy
Tue: 12 x 400m @ 6:10 pace
Wed: 6 miles easy
Thu: 6 miles easy
Fri: 5 miles w/ 6x100m strides
Sat: 3 miles with Clif Bar pace team / Darris B
Sun: Dallas White Rock Marathon
Monday, December 1, 2008
The Dallas White Rock Marathon is quickly approaching. I am feeling really good and can't wait for this trip. The basic agenda has been set: arrive on Friday, early morning run with the Clif Bar Pace Team / Darris on Saturday morning, expo on Saturday, marathon on Sunday, Giants vs Cowboys on Sunday night, return Monday. We are staying one block from Dealey Plaza. Should be an interesting, fun, and educational trip.
Training Schedule for the Week
Mon: 1 hour easy
Tue: 8 x 1 mile repeats @ 6:10 pace
Wed: 14 miles - group run
Thu: 5 miles easy
Fri: 1 hour with 2 x 2 tempo / group run
Sat: 1 hr 20 min moderate
Sun: 1 hr 30 min w/ middle 30 min @ marathon pace