Monday, August 22, 2011

Father, I Have Sinned...

It's been two weeks since my last post.  I guess I'd better update the few readers I have on my half-marathon training.  Things are going great.  I the weekend before last I actually got up at 6am to run 10 miles! How did I accomplish such a lofty feat?  I was at Bethany Beach for the weekend and knew it was going to be hot and I had a planned 10 miler.  I thought it would be awesome to run along the beach at sunrise so... I did.... sort of.  I ran along Coastal Highway.  It was awesome watching the sun rise.  I enjoyed the run, even the 15 minute port-o-potty stop about mile 6.  Yeah, yeah, TMI. I'm just thankful there was one along the way.

I've continued running with Fleet Feet during the week.  The social aspect of running in a group was well missed. 

Yesterday I ran 6 miles on the NCR Trail.  It was a recovery run between my long runs and I did 6 miles.  I sped things up a bit and finished with a 11:32 pace.  It felt great pushing my lungs and legs a bit. 

So that's it.  I'm caught up on blogging about my running. What else you want to hear about?  I'm in need of some suggested posts to revive my blogging creativity.   :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hot, Humid, and Hungry

Things have been going great lately.  Last weekend we took the kids camping for the first time on a peninsula at the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay. It was a good weekend with swimming, hiking, and good food.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get my long run in (the hike counts right?)  but a great weekend anyway.  

This last week was a rollercoaster with my eyes. Monday and Tuesday was fairly bad at up close things like the computer.  I struggled at work those days.  Wednesday started to show some clearing and by my one month follow-up I was able to read the chart at 20/15.  This sounds awesome, and it is up close, but anything after about 30-40 feet and there is some ghosting.  Still, I’m on track according to the doctor.  yah!

For running, I didn’t get anything in on Tuesday.  I’ve been feeling sluggish lately, and it most likely was some of the meds for my eyes.  The doctor adjusted it some and I seem to be getting my energy back some.  On Thursday I had a leisurely run with Fleet Feet.  1:1 intervals at a slow pace as me and the guy I was with were chatting like crazy.  I originally opted out of the run due to the sluggishness, but at the last minute I decided to pull into the parking lot instead of driving past to my house.  Score one for stick with it!

This morning I hit the NCR Trail, first time in about 9 months, for my scheduled 8 miles.  The temperature was in the 80s but humidity was horrid.  Plus the trail was packed!  I’ve never seen so many people on it before.  I did 1:30/1 and was shooting for about 12:15 pace. I ended up finishing in 1:35:05 for an 11:54 pace.  I was all over the place though.  First mile was almost 13 minutes, then slightly over 11 and back and forth.  Unfortunately my phone crapped out so I lost the data.  Oh well.  Still a good run.

Here’s a pic I took during a walk interval.


Now I’m showered and ready for a family BBQ this afternoon, hence the Hungry part of the title.

Catch ya later!