Grew up outside Chicago and joined the blog while I lived in Salt Lake City. Now living outside Birmingham. I am married with two daughters. Wife thinks I'm crazy for doing marathons. And yes I am crazy I'm a scientist for a living...
The next few weeks are going to be busy so the focus of my "training" will be maintaining a balance between the demands of this and staying healthy. Today I worked 5:30am-5:30pm. Managed to get home for family dinner and some playtime before bedtime. Then just did the treadmill. I did my favorite treadmill workout which is an acceleration run. Started at 8min pace increasing 0.1 mph each 0.1 mi up to 11.4 mph.
Wow was this a week... Survived it but it sure was busy. Part of the problem with setting your own workload and having a lot of ambition I guess. Good news is I can also have flexibility with my hours so I went home early and took both girls on my run today. We did the Suicide Rock loop but stopped at Dog Park for them to play at the playground for a while before heading home.
Had to work this morning and will have to work more today. But took a long break in the late morning with the family for a run to the Memory Grove overlook. On the way back we stopped both at a playground for a little and had brought a kite with in the stroller and stopped to fly that for a little as well.
Well the weekend caught up with me and I have a little of my wife's cold. Good news is that I don't feel as bad as I sound. The day went very well and got some good experimental results so that is always a plus. Finished the day doing the Suicide Loop run with a friend from work. Either still the fatigue of the weekend or the fact that I was running with someone else but it sure felt like I was pushing it some today.
Utah Valley Half Marathon (13.14 Miles) 01:16:37, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 1
Marathon Pace Miles
VO2 Max Miles
Trainer 1 Miles
Trainer 2 Miles
Overall I’m very happy with this weekend. After the girls
went down on Friday I drove down to Provo for packet pick-up. On my way out I
saw Jeff and caught up with him for a while. I even got to meet his family. I
then slept at a friend’s parents’ house. It was nice being able to sleep into
3am on Saturday. My head hit the pillow and I was out until my alarm went off.
The morning was good and I was up near the start with plenty of time to spare.
The start area was well stocked with port’o potties though for the first time
in history I had a zero star race. This had me nervous how my guts would
respond to the descent. I saw James and Fritz at the start, but knew I would be
hanging way back from them. In fact I had no idea what I was doing. I
realistically thought anything from a 1:15 to a 1:25 was possible and expected.
I was hoping to at least hit the 1:20 mark and would be happy with anything
under that. However I did not go into this race with a game plan other than to
enjoy being at a starting line with a fun race ahead of me. I did about a mile
of warm up.
The gun went off exactly at 6:00 am and we were off. I knew
this course was fast as the last time I raced down this Canyon I ran a 1:12
(Provo River ½ 2008). So I just hung back and watched the lead pack take off. I
found myself in a group of about 3-4 other guys with one lone woman (I think
Andrea) in between the leaders and us. Two of those guys started to go so I
went with them. One soon dropped off and me and the other guy passed the women
but the other guy soon left me as well. I counted about 9 runners ahead and was
happy to be running in ~10th place. I ran on my own for a brief
moment until a BYU student (Michael) caught me and asked what I was shooting
for. I told him about 1:20 and we ran together for a couple miles chatting most
of them. However, the canyon and the need to push myself soon took over and I
started to leave him. I was solo running from that point on until about mile
10. At that point an SUU runner caught me. At the time I heard someone gaining
on me I was convinced it would be Andrea as I figured from her recent 10K she
should be finishing right around me. In any case this guy was a good kick in
the butt and we chatted briefly as he got me to pick back up the pace. He miss
judged the course and said we had one mile to go when we had two. He dropped me
then I caught him again and he dropped me one more time before the finish. It
was good to have the distraction and get in a little racing at the end. When I
saw the clock I couldn’t believe my eyes. I finished and chatted with Fritz and
James briefly. I was able to meet Andrea and talk to her for a short time as
well. She had an amazing 1:17 and I was right to have suspected her on my
heals. After a brief break, Fritz and I took a cool down back to the cars and
then back in time to see Paul finish a very amazing 2nd in the full
in 2:19. We stuck around to see a number of the St. George contingent cross the
line and then I ran back to find Jeff and run him in the last mile or so. It
got a little warm there at the end for the marathoners. Total I did about 5
miles of cool down. After that I caught up with a number of the guys I hadn’t
seen in over a year. It was nice talking with them again however briefly.
Here are the race details; Split (HR)
My Garmin messed up here and didn’t record the last split
and the “change”. I saw 1:16 something with 13.14 miles.
8th Overall, 1st Age, Gun Time 1:16:37
As I said I am super happy with this performance. The way I
feel tonight makes me believe I could start training for a marathon again and
overall just really enjoyed seeing so many of you out there. It had been too
For only being Tuesday it feels like I have worked a full week. I have to travel for work soon and the buildup before the departure is always like trying to squeeze all the time that I'm going to be away into the time remaining. Meaning 10 work days are being condensed down to 5... I did have a nice run tonight and the weather was perfect. Random south course.
Travel woes... I am currently supposed to be in Brussels. However, today (Saturday) I am in Atlanta. Kind of funny considering I flew to JFK first... In any case no running today. Up in the AM breakfast with the family and then off to the airport.
Not sure how much/if I slept last night. I was sitting in a plane from 11am MST to 11pm EST (10 hrs straight). Between holding patterns over JFK and a diversion to I think Philly to refuel and then circling over JFK again... Missed my connecting flight by 21 minutes and had to sleep in the terminal as I only had 5 hr between rebooking my flight and my next check in time. Now I'm sitting in Atlanta waiting for my next attempt at making it across the pond.
Well I finally made it to Belgium. The Atlanta flight was delayed almost 4 hours as well... Also due to rain. Then I ended up in a middle seat but someone switched with me. Even with the aisle and no real sleep last night I was not really able to sleep for more than 15 minutes at a time before I woke up and tried to shift around. In any case I survived and arrived exhausted but in one piece. I made it to the meeting just in time for lunch and was still able to make the afternoon sessions. A number of really good talks.
Finally got sleep but still no running. Up at 7am for breakfast and then meetings solid from 8am until 3:30pm. That was followed by a group tour and some sightseeing. My talk and poster presentations were both today and they both went very well. This is definitely one of the most relevant and useful meetings I attend. After dinner I caught up with an old friend who is now faculty in Germany and we closed two bars with his students. By 3am I finally made it to my room which was a perfect time to Skype home before hitting the pillow.
Ouch. Had to be up at 7am so the 4am bedtime was a little tough. Then more meetings from 8am until about 1pm. Overall it was a very good meeting with a number of spectacular presentations. More importantly I was able to get my face out there and also make a number of connections. A couple that I think may lead to additional job interviews... After the meeting was completely over I ate lunch and took a nap. Then I went and ran around the grounds of the Chateau de la Hulpe (http://chateaudelahulpe.wallonie.be/apps/spip/). It has actually rained on and off the entire time here and though the weather behaved itself for me the humidity was a definite shock to the system. The trails are amazing and I saw a number of ravens, horses, water fowl, really large snails, rabbits and even a pheasant.
Yes I am still alive and still getting in some runs... Just came back from Belgium to a number of deadlines. I have both a grant update and manuscript resubmission due this Friday. Good news is I just finished the update and only have one "quick" experiment to complete tomorrow. Bad news is that I'm still in lab. Good news is that I was able to take a run break with a friend in lab to Memory Grove. This is all being typed on Wed...
On Sunday (today) I just had time for a home loop.