Saturday, May 30, 2009
PNB's Directors Choice
May 28–June 7, 2009
Dances at a Gathering
(Frederic Chopin/Jerome Robbins)
After the Rain pas de deux
(Arvo Pärt/Christopher Wheeldon)
Symphony in C
(Georges Bizet/George Balanchine)
Let me start by saying that I really don't much care for unaccompanied piano music. Such things can be very pretty and/or energetic but I'll still drift off into the land of nod no matter what is happening on the stage. Brahms is the worst for me and I can feel the air close in around me. Given this propensity I
Friday, May 29, 2009
21.5 hot, long, hilly miles today and I am very, very happy. Managed to get lost, back track, discover a G.A.R Cemetery and a park I've not been through before. Pretty cool and I am flush with victory. (OK, Mb gives me 22 but RunSaturday says 21.5)
Tried Accel Gel's today which have protein and caffeine in addition to carbs. I like the taste, they are more liquid than gels seem to be, and I could feel the caffeine hit pretty rapidly. 4 gels at 5, 10, 15, and 20. Also had a fuel water bladder in my pack with sports drink (added a bottle of Gatorade at about the 13-mark) and a "Bonk Buster Bar" (PB&J) which I did not like. I should take something solid at the half mark though if today's run is any indication of what is likely to happen to me during the marathon.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
A little nervous this evening. :-)
Coach has scheduled a really cool (and new) trail run out at Mount Si on Sunday and I really want to go but I also have to run a 20-22 miler this weekend.
I've decided to take Friday as a long-run day and work on Saturday (except for a report that is due by 5:00 on Friday) and then run 11-ish at Mount Si. The weather this weekend is supposed to be spectacular.
Not sure what route I will do. I am thinking of this after rejecting this (not sure how he got across the Ballard railroad bridge actually). Both runs would have elevation profiles that are tougher than the Seattle R N R.
Hope to get an early start in the morning. Yoga this evening was good but that is going to make running a bit harder than normal (it always does).
Wish me luck.
30 Days until the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon and I am feeling just fine!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
What a great run!
Nine miles on the Discovery Park Loop Trail, three loops.
Supposed to be an easy run but I was feeling so strong that I just hammered the run, flying into the finish with a ecstatic yell escaping.
Coach T was out running with a couple of folks as I started my third loop. He asked how I was feeling as I went by. "Strong!" I said, "Really Strong!" He roared as I went. I should have said "Monster Strong!!"
It felt good to uncork on this run as I've spent so much time over the past couple of month running so slowly. At times it felt that my body has forgotten how to run fast, as in as "Winter Grand Prix Fast". I think I rediscovered my down-hill trail legs too, something that has been missing in my running since last summer. Cougar 7-miler, here I come!
31 Days until Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon (I am getting excited)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Lots of LSD ("Long Slow Distance" for the uninitiated) over the past few weeks.
This past week (5/18-5/24) I ran 55.64 miles in six runs including back-to-back long runs of 15 and 17 at the weekend. The week before (5/11-5/17) was a cut back week of 33 miles in four runs with a long run of 20 miles on the SVT at the weekend. The two weeks before were 47 and 46 miles respectively.
An interesting thing is turning up. Around 8 miles or 1:30, whichever comes first, I start feeling really woozy and wobbly. I've also noticed that both my hands, the finger tips really, get quite numb. At first I thought the woozies were simply a fueling issue and started gelling a little earlier than I normally do (at 5, 10, 15, and 20 instead of around 7, 13, and so on). But that did not stop the problem. I eat well the day before and started the run well-fueled. That also did not help during the long runs (it is a little less noticeable on the short duration runs).
What could this be? Some theories:
- I may be eating a lot (not losing or gaining weight at this point) but maybe not the eating the right things?
- The gels I take, Gu's, may not have what I need during the run. They are just carbs and it could be that I need some protein
- Blood Iron deficiency? (Won't know until I get tested in a bit)
- Body shifting from immediate fuel stores (gels, etc.) to stored fuels. I remember reading something in Peak Performance about this happening (and being a good thing too). Time to look at my archives
- This is all in my head
In any event. This has me scratching my head. Could this all be in my head? It made my long runs this weekend a bit interesting.
34 Days until Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Getting sick and tired of how slow and unresponsive Motionbased has been over the past few weeks?
I sure am and so, it seems, are many more users. And, as slick as connect dot garmin dot com actually is the fact that I cannot upload my own stuff from my own watch is frustrating. Add to that the fact that my last encounter with Mb tech support resulted in a polite message saying it was pretty much my fault (no, it isn't and it hasn't been) has me looking for something that does what Mb used to do really well only better and without the frustration.
Someone on one of the Mb forums suggested RunSaturday as an alternative, a comment that PuddleThumper passed along. I've been mucking about with it over the past day or so and so far am impressed with what I am seeing.
- Speed—the site uploads from my Garmin 305 really fast, much faster than Mb currently does without all the hanging, time outs, and errors
- Social Networking—this combines your data with a social networking profile, allowing for what seems to be an easy way to exchange information. I could see how people could ask for advice on a particular course or make suggestions of their own
- Data Analysis—Interesting scatter plots etc..
The "I am not so sure about" category (stuff I haven't figured out quite yet):
- Time—Not sure but all activities get ported in using a time zone other than my own even if Lat-Lon comes in right. Is this GMT? Manually correcting this is kind of a pain and I haven't figured out if there is a setting
- Total Time v. Moving Time—I have to compare what data is pulled in
- Importing records from a database (i.e., how could I bring in my records from Mb)
- Automatic weather—nuff said
- Changing units of measure—We are kinda stubborn here in the US of A and haven't caught up with the rest of the world (some of us like to measure in cubits still apparently). How to change.
Still this is an intriguing site and I look forward to discovering its capabilities.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Well, I recently committed to the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon on June 27th but plunking down 120-odd Simoleons. It is for real now.
Tomorrow is my first 18-miler, a long run on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Combined dirt and gravel it is relatively flat until it starts climbing up towards Rattlesnake Lake. I've run this trail quite a bit, the first time with De as she helped me train for my first Seattle Half way back when and generally as part of a distance training regimen. I've even raced on it, twice, is the Mt. Si Relay.
I don't mind saying that this run has me a bit nervous. The furthest I have gone so far is 15 or 16. This past Tuesday I ran a 7.65 mile trail run with 2.5 miles of all-out running and then a 13-odd mile hilly commute run from TLF to home. The first 8 miles or so went really quickly (mentally) but I ended the run wondering if I had another 13 in me. It turns out that I didn't.
I guess that it is THAT phase, as belovedrooster put it in an SMS, and I really need to ignore that voice behind the curtain. PuddleThumper also suggested that I get out of my head and just focus on how strongly I seem to be running, two strong difficult runs in two days is nothing to sneeze at. Both of them are right of course, but it is really hard not to succumb to the voices of self-doubt.
It is also kind of hard to be blasé about these distances even though I have run such distances before and I have been training. These distances are significant undertakings—26.2 is a long way to go, so is 18.
Why is it so hard to balance these mental demands? The physical demands are relatively easy, and I do mean "relatively". You back down if you need to, ice, etc. but the mental stamina is the really hard part.
I guess it really is, getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other. Good thing I got new kicks. :-)
What do you do?