Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quote of the day

"My body will do almost anything I ask of it as long as I give it time to adjust to new demands."

-John Bingham

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Goals

For some unknown reason I quit this blog after the Lake Wobegon Marathon, the thought of future blogging is also still in Limbo.  Lake Wobegon went well with a 2:49:00 finish an unexpected 2:47:00 Marathon was quite a surprise at Grandma's Marathon the following month.  The season ended with another painful death march at the Sawtooth 100.  I started to have  iliotibial band problems around 50 miles and ended up hobbling for 50 miles.  I was the hardest thing I have ever done thus far in my life and I learned a lot about who I was and what not quitting means.  Tears of pain were running down my cheek it hurt so bad. I finished slightly faster than the previous year but it came with a price.  I totally shredded my IT band and have run four miles in the last month.  I don't see any ultra races in my future, not because of two painful sawtooth finishes but because I have other goals I would like to achieve.  I got into endurance sports to see how far I could go.  I have accomplished nearly every goal except qualifying for Kona (Ironman World Championships).  As the years have gone by race results, training years and thousands of miles have started to blend together making me feel old.  Before It's too late I would like to see how fast I can really go.  The best way I can think of doing this is by entering a couple mile races.  Not everyone understands or knows how fast a 2:45:00 marathon is but everyone knows how fast a 5:00 minute mile is. The off season is going good, even with the lack of running I have been doing some strength work, plyometrics and even yoga in attempt to correct some muscular imbalances in attempt to injury-proof my body for next year. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Race Day Motivation

 The Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon is tomorrow and I'm having a tough time finding the correct mindset, having been through this same exact process over a dozen times it should be easy.  The pain from the previous year of racing has long subsided and new year and a new race is about to unfold.  All the work has been done, the 20 mile Sunday long runs, the weekly interval work on the track and the dreaded 15 mile Tuesday run that seems to always sap the energy level for the rest of the week.  The taper was executed perfectly all the nagging signs of achilles tendonitis has long subsided and the legs feel as ready as possible.

A couple of races throughout history seem to always give me goosebumps and excited to race.  With limited research I consider the following to be the three greatest races of all time.

#3 The 1997 Ironman World Championships:

Sian Welch and Wendy Ingram, both go beyond their limits to an amazing finish.

#2 The 1989 Ironman World Championships.
Dave Scott and Mark Allen were the best of rivals and in a league of their own in the 1980's  Their rivalry has been well documented and commonly referred to as the Iron War.

#1 The 1982 Boston Marathon

Dick Beardsley and Alberto Salazar in the fabled Duel in the Sun.  The only race that everyone remembers who came in second