Thursday, January 7, 2010

One of "those" runs . . .

Today I had one of those runs that reminded me why I love running as much as I do and why it is as big a part of my life as it is.

I've decided to work through one of Higdon's Marathon Plans which should ready me for a run sometime in May. Which one? I am thinking of three: Eugene, Big Sur (all uphill but pretty), and Avenue of the Giants (really remote but pretty). I still don't know and am temporizing. What would you do?

In any event, so far (and we are only in week 1), I am liking this plan. It spreads a variety of running throughout the week (a nice change from loading the distance runs around the weekend). Simple too.

Today it was hills (as if I don't get enough hills already). A good opportunity for me to actually sharpen up. Couple of miles warm-up and then 3 X Hill (200-400 meters), and then a cool down. Total of around 5 miles.

It was a nice day for trails but I wanted flat too so off to Magnuson I went.

Normally I don't listen to music when I run but today, today I decided to bring my iPod along and just cut loose. It made for a nice change of pace.

Ran first along the waterfront hitting every puddle and rocky beach that I could. Then into the dog off-leash area. That was fun. Two dogs started chasing me though, a Scottie and a Poodle. Nothing more than worrying though. Finished running through and hopped a fence and back out in the fields. More mud and some small hills before heading over to Kite Hill for the repeats.

The repeats were hard but good practice for the 3000 Meter XC Race this Saturday—I ran the same path in 2:45 and 2:41 (for .30 miles) and 2:37 (for .28 miles)—a pretty steep hill.

Then around and around through more puddles, getting thoroughly wet and muddy. It was simply a blast and I've been carrying around an endorphin high since I finished (went flying through Yoga class this evening).

I hope. I hope. I hope that more runs like these are in my future. :-)

Play List?

Sure!!

  • Finale-Igor Stravinsky
  • Every Day I Die—Gary Numan
  • Dread Rock—Paul Oakenfold
  • The Dusty Miller—The Chieftains
  • Within A Mile of Dublin/The Old Blackthorn—The Chieftains
  • Cars (Rush Hour Skadiva)—Techno Army Featuring Gary Numan
  • Freeways (Euromix)—Men Without Hats
  • Tá An Coileach Ag Fógairt An Lae (3 Pipes)—The Chieftains
  • Where do the Boys Go (Extended Version)—Men Without Hats
  • Working Overtime—New Order
  • Masters of the Universe [Eternal Basement Remix]—Juno Reactor
  • Friends (Pure Version)—Gary Numan
  • Pulstar—Hypnosis
  • Om shanti om (Medley Mix)—Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone & Shreyas Talpade
  • Deewangi deewangi—Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone & Shreyas Talpade
  • Destination Unkown (TV Mania Remix)—Missing Persons
  • Nine Lives of Miss MIDI—Saga
  • Turn Up The Radio—Autograph
  • Domino—Genesis
Oh yeah, the run data: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/21889848



3 comments:

Slomohusky said...

Wow, what a mix of taste you have. Keep the postings coming on this Marathon plan. Another blogger has used it, I am curious how it goes for ya. As you know from my blog, I have no set plan. I mix long, easy, tempo and hill work in with whatever my body (especially my ankles) can do these days.

PuddleThumper said...

I'm picturing an Oliver-sized poodle chasing you. That would alarm me.

Isn't it nice to have too many marathon choices? I think you can review Higdon and I'll review Daniels marathon plans in mid-may. ;-)

rpd said...

@ Slomohusky, I tried the doing what I want and found that I was backloading all my long runs to the weekend and then getting so tired that I couldn't do the speed work that I needed. This just got worse the longer it went on. We'll see how this goes.

@ PuddleThumper, Oliver-sized? Just a little smaller. You can tell when dogs are playing and when they are seriously trying to hurt you. This was the former.

You've formally decided on the Daniels plan eh? You're on! We'll compare in mid-May.