Going Long Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:05:01 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Tue, Jun 18, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-18-2019.html <p>Goodwill Road; 8:55 pace.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 17, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-17-2019.html <p>Radar Road; 8:48 pace steady.&nbsp; Gorgeous day!</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 15, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-15-2019.html <p>Radar Road; 8:39 pace.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>After 3 weeks, I know I&#39;m not fully recovered from Sulphur Springs, but it felt SO good to get a somewhat decent long run in.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 14, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-14-2019.html <p>Radar Road; 8:15 pace.&nbsp; Actually, 8:30 out and 8:00 back.&nbsp; Too fast.&nbsp; After the first mile, I tried to reign it in.&nbsp; But I&#39;m too wired, I think, to slow it down.</p> <p>Dark night of the soul, and Led into the time of Trial stuff.&nbsp; You&#39;d think that St. Louis winning the Stanley Cup (Hurray), the Raptors winning the NBA Championship (Double Hurray!), and the Blue Jays winning a game (A Very Rare Hurray), all in 2 days, would help.&nbsp; Nah.&nbsp; Yesterday was a particularly bad day on SO many levels.&nbsp; Today, I just needed to run.</p> <p>Ah well.&nbsp; Fortunately, that&#39;s where the running helps in spades.&nbsp; Just gotta try to slow the pace a bit.&nbsp; After all the rain we&#39;ve had, the running surface was nice and soft for running.&nbsp; It felt good.</p> <p>As to the groin pain - a noticeable improvement.&nbsp; Still achy, but not screaming pain any more.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 12, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-12-2019.html <p>Radar Road; 8:24 pace.&nbsp; 20 seconds/mile faster on the last 5 miles.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 11, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-11-2019.html <p>Goodwill Road; 8:23 pace.&nbsp; A little faster than I should, but my legs just wanted to move.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 10, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-10-2019.html <p>Radar Road; 8:45 pace.&nbsp; Light rain and humid.&nbsp; Groin - no change.&nbsp; But I was glad to go the extra distance.&nbsp; Second half was 20 seconds/mile faster.</p> <p>Oh, and I registered for the Haliburton 100.&nbsp; That&#39;s a Canadian Shield style trail race - typical Northern Ontario geography - near here (about a 5 hour drive) with a 30 hour cut off.&nbsp; It&#39;s on September 7/8.&nbsp; I must be nuts.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 08, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-08-2019.html <p>Goodwill Road; 8:56 pace.&nbsp; No bears today; just a Hare.</p> Sat, 08 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 07, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-07-2019.html <p>Goodwill Road; 9:10 pace.&nbsp; Groin - still ouch.</p> <p>Saw my first black bear of the season.&nbsp; It crossed the road in front of me about 100 meters ahead.&nbsp; Then, about 10 seconds later, a second one followed it.&nbsp; Nice to see.&nbsp; The second one looked quite a bit bigger, so I thought maybe it was the mother and the first one a yearling.&nbsp; Or maybe it&#39;s just because I was closer to the second one, it looked bigger.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 06, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-06-2019.html <p>Goodwill Road; 9:07 pace.&nbsp; Still working through the right groin achiness, but I&#39;m optimistically going to say that it&#39;s not as bad today.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 05, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-05-2019.html <p>That right groin area is still giving me trouble, post Ultra, so I took yesterday off and ran a VERY SLOW pace of 9:35 on Goodwill Drive this morning.</p> <p>I&#39;m going to have to go slow and easy for a while.&nbsp; It&#39;s now down to a dull ache, and I&#39;m not limping. so I&#39;ll take all that as a positive.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 03, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-03-2019.html <p>Goodwill Road; 8:55 pace.&nbsp; I was limping at the end ... that right groin is really screaming at me.&nbsp; I may need to take more time off.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 01, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-01-2019.html <p>Skead Road; 9:04 pace.&nbsp; I was aiming for 8, but wisely cut it back.&nbsp; I&#39;m still sore; no need to push it at this point.</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, May 31, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-31-2019.html <p>Recovery run on Goodwill Road; 9:05 pace.</p> <p>It&#39;s funny how, during the race, I felt the pain in the following order:&nbsp; first the right groin and then the left, then the quads, then the left knee, then the hammies. then just everywhere.</p> <p>In the week that followed, the pain dissipated in the exact reverse order.&nbsp; Today, all that hurt during the run was the right groin.&nbsp; I pulled something there in the race, and so will have to moniter it as I ramp my mileage back up.</p> <p>My race results were updated correctly, and I&#39;ve made the corrections in my race report.</p> Fri, 31 May 2019 06:00:00 Sat, May 25, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-25-2019.html <p>It wasn&#39;t pretty, but I finished.&nbsp; And I&#39;m happy with my performance, especially given the conditions.&nbsp; I went in thinking a 10 hour finish was unlikely, but possible, and that coming in less than 12 hours would make me happy.&nbsp; So, I&#39;m happy.</p> <p>44th out of 142 (99&nbsp;of whom finished), and 35th out of 99 men.&nbsp; Those finishing numbers might change, as I&#39;ll explain below.&nbsp; <strong>EDIT:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Changes made, now that the timing issue has been resolved.</strong></p> <p>The course is a somewhat challenging 20 km loop.&nbsp; From what I can tell, that would work out to 12.43 miles, but they are calling 4 loops 50 miles, so I won&#39;t argue the point.&nbsp; Still, my Garmin tells me I ran 48.65 miles, so I don&#39;t think it&#39;s quite as long as they say.&nbsp; But again, I&#39;m not complaining.</p> <p>So, 4 loops.&nbsp; That worked out to an elevation gain of 5,558 feet.&nbsp; As I didn&#39;t do enough of my training on the trails (due to snow), my legs took a real pounding.</p> <p>As predicted, the temperatures were a reasonable 12C/53F at the 6am start and got up to about 22C/72F, with significant humidity.&nbsp; And 2 thunderstorms.&nbsp; And LOTS of rain.&nbsp; And mud.&nbsp; I&#39;ll return to the mud (reluctantly) in a bit.</p> <p>First loop:&nbsp; Just going with the crowd.&nbsp; Steady pace.&nbsp; Walking up all the hills.&nbsp; 30 minutes in, the rain starts.&nbsp; 30 minutes more, and the rolling thunder makes itself heard.&nbsp; It just got louder and louder, and the rain fell harder and harder.</p> <p>Second loop:&nbsp; Starting to feel tightness/pain in the groin.&nbsp; I think it&#39;s from the slipping of the feet to the side.&nbsp; The trail is a river of mud now.&nbsp; No avoiding it.&nbsp; The focus is on keeping the mud below the knees.&nbsp; I failed about halfway in when I fall the first time.&nbsp; Not hard, but what a mess!&nbsp; Now the water is just gushing down the hills, so it&#39;s tricky with the footing on both the uphills and downhills.&nbsp; Most of the flats too, actually.&nbsp; Towards the end, my quads are screaming.&nbsp; I&#39;ll have to remember to take some ibuprofin at my drop.</p> <p>Third loop:&nbsp; The rain stopped towards the end of the second loop.&nbsp; The sun came out.&nbsp; It&#39;s really humid now.&nbsp; I changed shirts at the drop.&nbsp; But I forgot to take the ibuprofin.&nbsp; It&#39;s too late now ... I&#39;ll have to suck it up this lap.&nbsp; What a mess out here!&nbsp; In many places, the mud is past ankle deep.&nbsp; I fall again!&nbsp; Goof.&nbsp; Harder this time, but I don&#39;t think I hurt anything.&nbsp; Of course, I hurt pretty much everywhere now:&nbsp; both hips, groin, left knee, hamstrings.&nbsp; All of them are screaming at me.&nbsp; Walking up the hills is not too bad, but running is agonizing.&nbsp; Towards the end, I can no longer run downhill, and end up walking down a 3/4 mile slope where you usually make up a lot of time.&nbsp; I don&#39;t know if I want to finish.&nbsp; Just kidding - I do!</p> <p>Fourth loop:&nbsp; Remembered the ibuprofin!&nbsp; Changed shirts again.&nbsp; No sense changing shoes or socks.&nbsp; The pills help - at least they take the edge off.&nbsp; I don&#39;t recall ever taking those in a race before.&nbsp; But now I can run the downhills again.&nbsp; Not too many people left on the course.&nbsp; The shorter distances are mostly finished.&nbsp; Just us 50 milers and the 100 milers still out here.&nbsp; Amazingly, only 15 of 51 will finish the 100 miles.&nbsp; Well, maybe not so amazingly on a day like this.&nbsp; So I&#39;m mostly alone this lap.&nbsp; But I&#39;m confident in my finish, and quite emotional when I do.&nbsp; It was a tough race, but I did it!</p> <p>So, I just got home a little while ago - took a couple of days in Toronto after the race.&nbsp; And, to my dismay, I noticed my results showed a completion of just 3 laps.&nbsp; The time was correct, but 3 laps?!?&nbsp; Thinking I messed up somehow, I downloaded my Garmin data ... nope - I DID FOUR LAPS!!!</p> <p>So, I e-mailed the timing company and got an almost instant response from the owner.&nbsp; Due to the extreme weather, a few timing&nbsp;chips malfunctioned and did not record a lap.&nbsp; They promised to update the results later today (they haven&#39;t yet - I&#39;ll report here when they do).&nbsp;<strong> EDIT:&nbsp; It has all been resolved; my results are official and correct.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;It&#39;s not that it matters to anything - I know what I did - but it still bugs me.&nbsp; What&#39;s funny too, is the day before the race, we all got an e-mail from the organizers telling us we would have to wear ankle bracelets in addition to the bib timers because of the extreme weather predicted.&nbsp; Go figure - even with the 2 chips, I had a malfunction.</p> <p>Officially, I ran a pace of 12:44.&nbsp; According to my Garmin, I ran a slower 13:06.&nbsp; I&#39;m guessing my Garmin is more accurate, due to the slightly shortened course.&nbsp; But I&#39;m SO happy they didn&#39;t have a surprise mile tacked on at the end!</p> Sat, 25 May 2019 06:00:00 Fri, May 24, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-24-2019.html <p>Shakeout Run on Goodwill Road; 9:00/mile pace.</p> <p>I&#39;m leaving for Ancaster (Hamilton) in a little bit.&nbsp; It&#39;s 460km (290 miles) due south of here.&nbsp; Two nights there, and then 2 more in Toronto to give myself a little holiday.</p> <p>Tomorrow&#39;s weather prediction is for rain.&nbsp; Calling for 12C/53F at the start, with a high of 22C/72F on the day.&nbsp; A warm rain, with a humidex prediction of 28C/82F, and a chance of a thunderstorm.&nbsp; Fun.&nbsp; Windy too, with 25-37 mph predicted.</p> <p>On the plus side, the wind shouldn&#39;t be a huge factor on the trails.&nbsp; And it won&#39;t be nearly as hot as it was for my 2 Ultras last year.&nbsp; And it looks like the rain might be more of a hit and miss thing, rather than an all day soaker.&nbsp; I&#39;ll just have to be a bit more careful if the trail turns slick.</p> <p>So, home on Tuesday and I&#39;ll report the results then.</p> Fri, 24 May 2019 06:00:00 Wed, May 22, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-22-2019.html <p>Goodwill Road; 8:42 pace.</p> Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:00 Mon, May 20, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-20-2019.html <p>Goodwill Road; 8:40 pace.</p> <p>Miserable day:&nbsp; steady rain, strong north wind and cold.&nbsp; 4C/39F.&nbsp; Nice to get into a hot shower after.</p> Mon, 20 May 2019 06:00:00 Sat, May 18, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-18-2019.html <p>I decided to hit the Capreol Ski Trails again.&nbsp; 2 laps of 5 miles each.&nbsp; First at 10:20 pace, and second at 9:40 pace, so averaged out at 10:00 pace.&nbsp; No stops.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t speed up intentionally.&nbsp; I think I just got more confident.</p> <p>Most of the snow patches are gone.&nbsp; The leaves are just ready to burst out.&nbsp; No biting insects - yet.&nbsp; And the trail was 99% dry.&nbsp; So, ideal running.&nbsp; I loved it.</p> <p>The 50 mile trail race is at 6am, one week from today.</p> <p>And last weekend, my nephew ran his first Half in a pretty decent time of 2:03:22.&nbsp; He&#39;s 16, and did it with absolutely no training.&nbsp; At Easter, I told him to run it with his mother (my sister) just for fun, and so he did.&nbsp; If he decides to keep it up, he&#39;ll be a good runner.&nbsp; I was about his age when I ran my first Half.&nbsp; By accident (thought it was the 10k).&nbsp; With no training.&nbsp; In a race I was a bandit.&nbsp; But I didn&#39;t keep it up.&nbsp; Ah well.&nbsp; Better late than never!</p> Sat, 18 May 2019 06:00:00