My miles are low and I am not as fit as I have been in the past; however, I have elected to run what might be my last Boston Marathon. I have not trained well for this one, but I will do what I can do. With low expectations comes very little pressure. That said, I ran into one of my favorite pro female runners today in Susan Loken. She is a fantastic person. I love her story and attitude toward Believing.
I have elected not to enter the Philly Marathon on November 17th. The change has impacted my training a bit, and thus I am not ready to do what I feel like I am capable of doing. I did place 33rd out of 1900 runners in the Maine Half-Marthon two weeks ago, but still, I need more time. I will stick to some base running until mid December. Then, I will gear up for a spring half-marathon race and the Boston Marathon in April. Today was a nice run, I must say. Nothing too hard. 9 miles at a 7:10 per mile pace. 5 of those miles were around a 6:45 – 6:50 pace.
I need to hit a BEST this year. Looks like I am headed back.
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I am interested to see how my running will continue in North Andover. I accepted a residential faculty position in the history department at the Brooks School, a well-established boarding school just north of Boston. I believe I will be okay, though the new faculty position with my coaching and residential responsibilities will force me to be even more disciplined. I am pretty good about getting up very early to get my AM miles in; I am also good about my PM miles on days in which Karl scheduled a double. I suspect the new challenge will be fine. I am looking forward to it as I hope to up my miles to an all-time high. My body is ready for it.
As for the Boston Marathon 2014, it will be my 4th after qualifying in Dallas and again in Boston. And living up the road from Boston makes travel simple. I am – 4 min 52 sec in my qualifying time. I ran into problems in both of my last two races. The big question will be winter training. I am set to log a number of miles on the treadmill. No worries there. I already log a number of miles on that darn thing at times.
While leading a history institute in the state of Oklahoma, I discovered for the first time that I had up to three male participants who love to run. After day one, I joined both Mike and Ton for an easy 10 mile run. We did not push the pace too much seeing that we started at 5:30 and it was still very warm. Today, my sessions were cancelled due to a crazy storm that brought winds up to 80 MPH. That is some crazy stuff there. So, my new buddy Tom elected to join me for a mid-week medium long rum. Tom is faster than me, and he is far more experienced. He has done and won ultra marathons, as well as competed in a number of road races.
The goal today was to do 13 miles at 7:24 pace. And that is what we did. If you throw the 1 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down, our run total was 15 miles; we hit the last mile at 6:58 pace. I bit fast but it felt great. Getting some of these runs in now feels great as I gear up for the Philly Marathon (I think) in mid November.
I have picked up the miles as I get set to start another racing season. I have not raced since the Boston Marathon on April 15th, though I did enter a race (10k) less than 11 days afterwards. I was still way too tired to finish that race. I think I dropped out at 2.5 miles in to it. Two of my elite high school runners kept going after I dropped out. Both took 1 & 2 in their division while placing in the top 10 overall. I would have placed in the top 10, but I would not have placed in my division seeing that the 2nd place runner won the division with a very low 30 minute time. I hope to get somethings worked out in my life so that I can map out my racing season. As of today, I do not know when I will race again.
I ran my 3rd Boston Marathon in what I thought would be an ideal race. My training went well. I was not tired nor fatigued. The temps were ideal though not perfect. As I ran this race, all I could think about were my splits — as noted below.
However, after hours of thinking about what transpired at the finish line yesterday, my thoughts turned into anger regarding the bombings. The picture above was no more than 75 yards from one of the explosions. Janette was about 100 yards from the explosion, though we had left by that point; I had crossed the line and was already cleaned up and at the airport when I heard of the attack. I suspect this was the work of amateur domestic terrorist. Maybe right-wing members of some anti-government group. It is very strange in that all I could do after the race was reflect on how poorly I ran. I wanted to go out slow before dropping the pace — which I did, but I just did not have the strength to wrestle my way through the last set of (Newton) hills. I suspect the cramps were indicative of my training; it is very hard to simulate Boston when you live in Houston. But, in the end, no one will really care about how they performed in this race… not even the winners. The 117th Boston Marathon will be placed in the same category as the 1996 Olympic Village bombing that transpired in Atlanta.
Below are my splits at each mile marker. My goal was to start slow then drop the pace. In the end, I could not negotiate with the demands of a course that operates like one big roller coaster ride. And once you survive the first part, you have to deal with the Newton Hills. By then, if you are me anyway, your legs are trashed.
21. 8:16 My first set of leg cramps.
22. 8:01 I was still recovering from cramps.
23. 7:54 I thought I had a gear left in me but I was done.
In the end, I was frustrated with my performance. A 3:14 does not cut it, especially when one looks at my other times. I will regroup and bounce back for my next shorter distance race sometime this summer. Until then, I will reflect on my fortunes and the shameful event in Boston. I do appreciate the number texts, calls, and notes from everyone.
Like so many people, the above image is now planted in my head. I hate cowards!
I am mucho behind on a number of race reports. I hope to get caught up soon. Here is a victory picture of me winning the Moody Garden’s Half-Marathon on November the 18th, 2012. I was the overall winner for the first time in a race of this distance. I will say more about this later.
Above: Giving the crowd my post-race thoughts
Above: Accepting my award
It ways warm as I raced the last 300 meters. It was not the most competitive race. I found myself running alone and out in front for 10 miles. It was nice being treated like a rock star — I must admit; and seeing that I am only getting faster (the name of my blog), I do believe I will win again. My focus is now is to correct my short comings. The course had a number of turns seeing that it was in Moody Gardens. And, I am sure it was a short course. Thus, I had to make some time adjustments. In the end, this was a race to prep for the Dallas Marathon. I will not be winning that race.
Great training week last week. The two high lights were the progression run and my long run. I blogged a bit about my progression run. My long run was not overly difficult, but it felt good to complete. I am not sure I really consider any run under 17 miles a difficult long run. My body has adjusted easily to high volume weeks and workouts. I am more than convinced that I could easily manage 100 mile weeks.
As for the long run, I ran the first 10 miles at 7:55 per mile pace. I then hit the last 5 miles roughly around a 6:55 pace. I easily and quickly recovered from that workout. Traveling home a great deal of late due to family matters adds a bit of pressure to the weekly miles; however, running seems to be the one thing I get planned in advance (not really). The rest of last week was made up of a number of easy recovery runs. I did hit the track on Tuesday (Oct. 25) for 5 x 1 mile repeats at 6:15 per mile pace. No problem with that workout.
I entered a 5k race recently. I do not do too many of these; however, I am making every effort to do more. In truth, I avoid them due to cost. They are way too expensive for my taste. They do serve as a great training run for other distances — I will say that.
It was not the most competitive field with so many folks training for other distances, but there was enough there to make it worth while. I was a bit frustrated about a few things here:
- Race coordinators failed to explain protocol when lining up at the starting line. I had folks lined up beside me that should have been in the back. This caused some congestion at the start. Knowing this, I let folks sprint out ahead of me in hopes that I could space my way around them later.
- The course was not marked correctly. At the end, the top finishers all gathered to compare splits and distances per our GPS watch. I realize GPS watches are not 100% accurate and I also realize that courses are marked along the tangent — but still, this was a very long 5k course. Afterwards, I learned that this is the complaint every year about this particular race. That did not stop the winner from running a 15:48 time on a long course.
- I placed 5th overall and 1st in my division. During the awards ceremony, I was given a 2nd placed award. They gave the 2nd place winner my 1st place award; I let it go.
I was pleased in that I ran mile one at 6:02; mile two at 6:03; mile 3 at 5:53; and I finished the.1 at 5:25 pace. This calculated to a 5:57 pace. Oh, I held back a great deal too.
On Thursday, I did a 10 mile progression run with two of my stronger cross-country runners. Because they are not used to the distance, they were a bit freaked; however, both finished very strong. We hit the first mile at 8 min 15 sec per mile pace. Afterwards, we dropped our time 15 seconds per mile. The goal was to hit mile 10 at 6 min per mile pace. Again, the distance with the speed was a bit much for cross-country runners who are not used to that distance, but they held in well. Our per mile splits: 8:15, 8:00, 7:45, 7:30, 7:15, 7:00, 6:45, 6;30; 6:18, 6:45.
This type of training run is great because it conditions your legs when they are tired late in a race. It was a great training run.
Wow!!! I have been MIA for a bit; I will try to get back on the ball here and post more. I need to thank my buddy Dan and Jason for reminding me that I do have a blog. Mucho stuff has taken place since I last posted a piece. I Hope to publish my last two race reports: Boston 2012 — the really hot race, and Buffalo 2012 — the race that I had to quickly enter just to qualify for Boston 2013. Speaking of Boston 2013, I have submitted my application and should hear back soon as to if I got in or not; I am pretty sure I did. Did I say that I am running the Dallas Marathon on December 9th? I am. I am hoping that this is my breakout race. We shall see; it will be very interesting. It will be my 9th marathon and very first one in the state of Texas.
Tuesday workout was really easy. I did 6 x 800 meter repeats at 3 minutes each. I was not pushing the pace too much with more miles to run and a 5k race this Saturday. I am thinking that was roughly a 5 min 45- 50 sec pace. A bit slower than usual.
Back in January, I ran a great half-marathon time on an Austin course that simulated to some extent the one I will face in Boston come April. Thus, with 4 more weeks of training, I felt great about the New Orleans’ Half-Marathon. Janette and I arrived late Friday night to a city that I had not visited since my junior year of high school. I was most eager to see what the city had to offer in the post-Katrina age. I must admit, things seemed well in tact.
We spent Saturday morning taking care of the mundane stuff that must be done before a race, such as visiting the expo, picking up our bib numbers and race materials, as well as organizing race-day parking. Oh, and making sure we know how to get to the starting line. I was not terribly excited about competing in a Rock ‘n’ Roll race due to the commercialization of it, but after giving my choice more thought, I concluded that it allowed us a chance to visit New Orleans. This also meant that I would not compete in the Little Rock Half-Marathon, which took place on the same day. The expo was nice, but you could not help but note the corporate feel. In defense of Competitor Group (race sponsor), I am not sure there are any competitive venues left that are not corporate. Just watch the Super Bowl or the NCAA Bowl Championship Series.
Once all of our pre-race day business was taken care of, we spent most of Saturday touring the city. I found even the run down and older sections of the city to be attractive. I loved the modern mixture of buildings mixed in with the older sections of town.
Bourbon Street is always cool, but I was amazed at what the peripheral parts of the city offered. The food choices made my day very interesting seeing that I needed to avoid 99% of it; I even avoided their famous beignet. After mucho touring and sight seeing, we did settle on a pre-race meal at a pretty cool Italian restaurant. Because the restaurant was so popular, we had to eat outside in the cold. I was cool with that. The food was great. And, I avoided the alcohol temptation. I would never drink wine the day(s) before a race.
We arrived very early to our designated parking area. I was happy to see that the heavy winds had calmed down a great deal. They were coming in at 16 MPH on Saturday, but had been reduced to 6 – 8 MPH by race day. Temps were good, which is always a concern for me.
As I headed to the front of the starting line, I felt a small sense of panic since my GPS watch was struggling to find a satellite signal. I assumed 10 minutes in advance was ample time, but I was proven wrong. The gun fired and I was off; I could feel the early nerves as I looked around at the rest of the field. It is not unusual to start too fast, but when I saw folks passing me, I thought am I going too slow. My Garmin GPS watch had yet to get set; it was telling me that I was running a 4:50 per mile pace. I was clearly frustrated in that I feared going out too fast. But, I had no idea I was running 30 seconds slower than I wanted to run. By time I hit the mile one marker, I asked a p runner for the 1 mile split; he told me 7 minutes. Darn!!! Afterwards, my watch had regulated itself and all was good. I was not sure I could make up that time, but I elected to stick with the plan.
Mile 1: 7:00
Mile 2: 6:30
Mile 3: 6:31
mile 4: 6:32
Mile 5: 6:29
Mile 6: 6:31
Mile 7: 6:32
I was feeling great. The pace seemed too slow at times, but I stuck with it knowing that I still had more miles to go. Much of the first 7 miles were an out and back along St. Charles Avenue. The long stretch was nice because it allowed me to find a pace and stick to it. The lack of turns helped out too. By time I finished mile 7, I dropped my hat. I could feel the temperature increasing, but it was nothing uncomfortable. The next stretch of miles took us toward the French Quarter. Magazine, St. Peter’s, and Decatur Streets coalesced into another nice stretch of runway. I was able to maintain a pretty even pace knowing the end was near.
Here I am cruising along mile 10 at a 6:24 per mile pace
Mile 8: 6:32
Mile 9: 6:31
Mile 10: 6:24
Knowing that I was in the final stretch of the race, I sought to find another gear; in doing so, I discovered that my legs were a bit tired. The last set of miles took us down Esplanade Avenue, a nice long stretch of highway that offered no turns. I could hear the announcer calling names as they crossed the finish line. I was elated to be done, but frustrated at my inept mile 1 start. Regardless, I had a great race. I was pumped. I knew I would recover very quickly from this race in order to get my eyes focused on the Boston Marathon.
The final stretch was in view.
Mile 11: 6:32
Mile 12: 6:30
Mile 13.1: 6:18
The last 1.1 mile stretch was my fastest split of the day. I felt pretty good and was happy to be done. All I could see in my head was a nice juicy burger and a tall cold glass of beer. I must say that I was pleased with this event. It was well organized and managed. Once Janette crossed the finish line with after running a 2:10.28 (9:55 pace), we headed to the race shuttles. Because this is an out course, all runners must be transported back to the starting area. I think this is a great course to run a fast marathon on, but be warned, this is the city of New Orleans. The weather is hard to predict.
How did I do?
I guess it is onward to Boston now.
* I ran a 1:25.42 (6:32 per mile pace).
* I finished overall at 93 out of 13,093
* 8th out of 803
I got this data from coach Karl; it was part this article regarding the heat and times at the 2012 Boston Marathon.You will notice how much slower the field was this year in comparison to 2011.
|1000th place||3:09:37||2:55:41||3:17:51||approx 3:24|
|3:00||530 runners||1,519 runners||320 runners||415 runners|
|4:00||8,646 runners||16,209||5497 runners||na|
|Avg Time||4:18:27||3:49:54||4:13:02||not known|
|Starters||22,426||98.1% of above||virtually all of above|
|Finishers||21,554||96.1% of above||97-98% of above|
With temps approaching record highs for Monday’s race, the B.A.A has implemented a deferral policy for 2013. I suspect their concern is that 20% of the field consist of runners who did not qualify and hence may not be fit for the conditions. I see this race now as an interesting challenge.
CBS Boston even put me on the news and quoted me a bit in this news piece. Click here and then hit play.
From the B.A.A:
BOSTON MARATHON WEATHER UPDATE
Due to warm weather in Monday’s forecast, a deferment option has been introduced.
Due to the unusually warm weather forecast for the Boston area on Monday, the B.A.A. will defer the entry of those official entrants to the 2013 Boston Marathon for participants who decide not to race.
This applies to official entrants (including charity runners or other waiver runners) ONLY, who either have claimed or will claim their bib number packet at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo through Sunday evening at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston.
RULES FOR DEFERMENT:
- Runners must claim their bib number for deferment to be an option.
- In order to receive a deferment for 2013, race participants may NOT start the race.
- No refund for the 2012 entry will be given. All entry fees for 2013 must be paid.
In addition, the B.A.A. will keep the finish systems open an additional hour on race day. Whereas the finish systems generally cease just prior to 5:00 p.m., this year the finish systems will remain open until approximately 6:00 p.m.
Once you have fulfilled these rules, you will be notified after this year’s event regarding how to claim your position in next year’s event.
Note, this is NOT a free entry into the 2013 race, but simply a reserved spot in the field. You will have to pay a 2013 entry fee.
The B.A.A. thanks all participants for their cooperation in this matter.