Inspriation

02Feb07

There are many who repeat that hackneyed expression ‘while there’s life there’s hope’, as if hope were an excuse for ambling along through life without too many complications or worries on one’s conscience. Or as if it were a pretext for postponing indefinitely the decision to mend one’s ways and the struggle to attain worthwhile goals, particularly the highest goal of all which is to be united with God.

If we follow this view, we will end up confusing hope with comfort. Fundamentally, what is wrong with it is that there is no real desire to achieve anything worthwhile, either spiritual or material. Thus some people’s greatest ambition boils down to avoiding whatever might upset the apparent calm of their mediocre existence. These timid, inhibited, lazy souls, full of subtle forms of selfishness, are content to let the days, the years, go by sine spe nec metu,* without setting themselves demanding targets, nor experiencing the hopes and fears of battle: the important thing for them is to avoid the risk of disappointment and tears. How far one is from obtaining something, if the very wish to possess it has been lost through fear of the demands involved in achieving it! (Friends of God, 206-207)

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Resolution Run

03Jan07

The Resolution Run 5k on New Years Day was held on a cold blustery morning. Even though the race didn’t start until 10:00AM it was still chilly. About 45 degrees with a windchill in the lower 30’s. Unfortunately for me when I strapped on my Garmin before the race, it came up “Low Battery” then shut off. My forst race with this great technology and I had a dead battery.

Without the watch I figured i would just cruise with the pack and see how I faired. I was about 20-30 seconds back from front when I crossed the starting line. I felt pretty good for such a cold morning so I pushed the pace up 1st avenue to the top of the bridge over the Cumberland. I had been practicing running downhill so I pushed it even harder going over the other side of the bridge. That is one of the good things of having trained with a heart rate monitor. When running down hill even if you think you have a good pace, your HR drop quite a bit. From this I realized I could push harder downhill then I normally did.

The timer at 1 mile yelled out 7:30 as I passed where he was standing. That would put me as around 7:10- 7:15 for the first mile. That was a bit faster then I normally run. I maintianed a decent pace on the other side of the Collesium until Don Barnnet cought me at about the 1.5 m mark. He usually beats me by a minute or so. As I hit the 2m mile mark they were yelling out 15:00. So my pace slowed to about 7:30 on the second mile. Still ahead of normal pace. After the finish line for both the CMM 1/2 and full marathon, the pedestrian bridge was looming ahead. From the bottom you can see where the first 100 yards of the bridge has a much steeper grade then the last 200 yards. So you tell yourself if I can just get to the part where the grade levels a bit I will be fine. Well by the time you get to the change in grade the brigde has already taken its toll and the rest of it is shear torture.

I tried to keep my pace by increasing my stride frequency and shortening my stride. I wasn’t really working and you could feel yourself lose momentum almost immediately. As I struggled to the top where it actually was flat, I was on the verge of losing my breakfast. Fortunately I skipped the morning bagel. The last part of the run was down hill al the way to the finish. Once again I pushed the pace going downhill. Just a quick left then a quick right and then the finish line was in site. I started to pick people off one by one unitl the final stretch with one more person whitin reach and I pushed past him with about 15 yards to go. I crossed the line at around 23:24. Not knowing what my actual chip time was I figure I finished at 23:00.

After what seemed like an eternity in the cold wind they finally publishe d the results, They apologized for the delay and said they were having problems with the equipment. I looked on the list and it saod I ran 23:01. I was pretty happy with the effort considering the elements and the course. My best up to that point was at the O-fest run on a much flatter course 22:56.
Yesterday morning when I got to work I logged into the Strider’s website to see the corporate results. We finished second to the Vandy team. BUt to my surprise the revised results showed that I had ran the 5k in 22.53. A PR by 3 seconds! Totally unexpected. I am glad I showed up!


The Day After

26Dec06

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I am glad for the time off and the chance to get away from work far a few extra days. But today mark the beginning of the training cycle for the Country Music Marathon. I have done a few runs off and on since my last post. I seemed to have recover from my case of shin splints. They are still a bit sore but it is gradually going away.

I have come to the conclusion most of the probelm stems from poor running form and gettting sloppy at the end of a hard run. I picked up the book Chi Running. I was a bit sceptical at first, but it seems to have worked for me. By concentrating on increasing my forward lean and landing on my midfoot instread of heel striking, I have not had the shin pain when I run. I did 9.5 miles this morning and had no problem.

I am thinking of getting a running coach to evaluate my running motion to see if I can improve even more. I would rather run a bit slower and avoid the injuries then run fast and on the edge of injury. I guess it is the fact that I turn 46 in a few days. I don’t want to spend my time injured. I don’t recover as fast as I once did.

I have also kicked around the idea of doing some ultra events (longer then a marathon) after the CCM. I also wanted to use the opportunity to raise money. I got the idea from Lisa Smith-Batchen website


Solid Run

14Dec06

Had a solid run yesterday. 6.7 miles at a 8:30 pace. Felt strong the weather was perfect. The Garmin is dropping out in a few places, but I want to see how it does over the long term. I understand it hasd to learn the positions of the satellites over time. Will see how it does in the same area around Vandy today.


I ran 6 miles (5.71 on the Garmin) yesterday. I took it easy. No ill effects today. I did some stationary bike and weight today. tommorrow I will try a long run and see how the legs feel then. For now I will avoid running two days in a row until I feel reasonably sure the shin problem is under control.


One more day

08Dec06

Tomorrow is the big day. Hopefully I will get an idea of how my shins have recovered. They feel fine for the most part and I think I have given them adequete rest. The weather should be warmer adn I can take my time, maybe incorporate some walking as well.

I have really noticed a rise in my stress levels since I had to take this sabbatical from training. I didn’t realize how important running was to managing my stress.


Lite work

07Dec06

Yesterday and this morning I didn;t do much in the way of a a workout. Yesterday i stretched a bit, but not much more and today I did some Leg presses and Calf Raises to maintain some strength. Hopped on the tread mill for a few minutes but felt a bit of pain in the usual places on my shins. The weather is turning too cold to run outside for the next few days so it will be Saturday or Sunday before I can run again. Probably a good thing.