I started a marathon training plan 11 weeks ago, so it was bound to happen: a new record for longest distance. I beat my previous distance of 13.3 miles by .7-.5 of a mile depending on what platform you check. I guess GPX files from one site transferred to another adds distance? Who knew.. Today I ran 14.07 miles and while I was tired and really had to use the bathroom, I felt that I could have gone on for a number of miles further. Continue reading Longest Distance (New Record)
My training for the longer races near the end of the year continues. I’ve added a camelbak HAWG to my training gear and when I run I have 10lbs added to the backpack. Soon I will add in 5 additional pounds and continue to add in 5 pounds every week until I hit 40 pounds. That should get my legs, core and back ready for the hurricane heat in early August.
I’m a few days away from my Marathon weekend (Spartan Beast on Saturday and Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday) and I’m not in top form! I’ve lost all of the holiday weight that I gained, but some how managed to get a knot in my left calf and take a small chunk out of my right heel. Thankfully my wife has dramatically reduced the knot in my calf, but the chunk is still giving me grief, While testing out the Reebok All Terrain Super shoes this past weekend, the back of the shoe rubbed against my heel in bad ways. I shouldn’t have used the socks that I did as they are a little too long for me feet and bunch up at the back. My training running shoes do not have this issue, but what’s done is done. I just hope that it heals as best as it can and wrapping my heel will help. A test run on Friday will let me know if the wrap is doable.
Today I completed the 111 day half marathon training that I used from the RunKeeper app. A few weeks ago, there was a 13 mile run that I decided to make my first half marathon run. I mean, I’ve already ran 99% or more of the way, just go an extra .1 of a mile. This was an easy choice.
Today, I dropped about 8 minutes off that time.
During my run, my mind wanted to quit, change routes and I told my mind to STFU. I ran my planned route and completed the planned distance.
I am determined. I will not derail my progress or dreams.
I’m now tapering down from the half marathon training as I am on day 108 of 111 (Thanks RunKeeper!). This Saturday is 13.1 miles! This will be only the second time I have gone that far running without stopping.
For The week ending July 6th
Total Miles: 27.5
Time Running: 4:26:12
Average Pace: 9:18 per mile
For The week ending July 13th
Total Miles: 20.6
Time Running: 3:16:03
Average Pace: 9:20 per mile
For The week ending July 20th
Total Miles: 11.6
Time Running: 1:43:09
Average Pace: 8:49 per mile
I finally ran a half marathon. I never imagined that I would be able to do this when I first started running. I thought, maybe at most, I would do a 15k, but a half marathon, that’s just crazy go nuts! Well, thanks to my RunKeeper Half Marathon training plan, I have built up my endurance to run a half marathon!
In truth, I was supposed to stop at 13 miles, with the full half marathon is to take place in two weeks. But I had already gone 13 miles, what’s another .1? Besides, now I have a PR to beat when I do finish the training plan.
Total Miles: 14.2
Time Running: 2:07:57
Average Pace: 8:57 per mile
Artist – Album – Name
Alice In Chains – Dirt – Would?
Anthrax – State Of Euphoria – Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
The Birthday Massacre – Walking With Strangers – Looking Glass
Bleeding Through – Bleeding Through – Drag Me To The Ocean
Candlebox – Candlebox – Don’t You
Candlebox – Lucy – Become (To Tell)
Charon – Songs For The Sinners – Deep Water
Charon – Songs For The Sinners – Bullet
Deftones – Around The Fur – Headup
DevilDriver – Pray for Villains – It’s in the Cards
Dope – American Apathy – Always
Drown – Product Of A Two Faced World – The Day I Walked Away
Elemental – Geisha – (de)Void
Eminence – The Stalker – No Code
Fear Factory – Archetype – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
Feed Her To The Sharks – The Beauty Of Falling – Extinction / Resurrection
Feed Her To The Sharks – The Beauty Of Falling – Fear of Failure
Feed Her To The Sharks – Savage Seas – Shore of Loneliness
Feed Her To The Sharks – Savage Seas – Save Yourself
Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose – Honor Never Dies
Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose – Own Your World
Hatebreed – Supremacy (iTunes Version) – Destroy Everything
Hatebreed – Supremacy (iTunes Version) – Supremacy of Self
Killswitch Engage – Disarm the Descent (Special Edition) – Blood Stains
Lamb Of God – Resolution – Invictus
Machine Head – Supercharger – All In Your Head
Moonspell – Alpha Noir (Deluxe Edition) – Lickanthrope
Poisonblack – Lust Stained Despair – The Living Dead
Poisonblack – Lyijy – Down The Ashes Rain
Poisonblack – Lyijy – The Halfway Bar
Scar The Martyr – Scar the Martyr – Soul Disintegration
Soilwork – Stabbing The Drama – Distance
Spineshank – Anger Denial Acceptance – After the End
Spineshank – Self-Destructive Pattern – Beginning Of The End
White Zombie – Astro-Creep: 2000 – More Human Than Human
36 Crazyfists – Bitterness the Star – Bury Me Where I Fall
36 Crazyfists – The Tide And Its Takers – The All Night Lights
To me, running is … boring. I do not like hearing myself breathe for 30 – 60 minutes so I always run with headphones and my iPhone (yes, still using 4+ apps while I run). As I mentioned previously, Zombies, Run! controls the adventure and music while I run. It’s a great motivator for me, as I want to continue the superb storyline they have running, now in it’s third season.
This months playlist is the following: Continue reading What do you listen to, if anything, while running?
Today marked day 21 of 64 in my Beginner Half Marathon training from RunKeeper. It’s a great feeling that running 4 miles does not seem that long and I can keep a 9:15 minute mile pace. Onward and upward!