Friday, August 29, 2008

What I talk about when I talk about running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami


My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is definitely a running book. I can't imagine a Murakami fan would want to read this (unless they were also a runner), but I found it a very enjoyable read simply because I am. This is an autobiography, centered around the author's life as an amateur runner. His simple philosophies are wonderfully explained through examples drawn from running and training. I found myself agreeing with him time and time again.


View all my reviews.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tempo or intervals?

It was touch and go this morning whether I had the motivation to go run, but somehow I made it out the door. Mostly, I think, I wanted to try out the new insoles I just put into my shoes. Custom heat-molded, you heat them up in a warm oven, slip them into your shoes, and stand in them for a couple minutes. Although they take up a little more room in my shoes than I expected, I think they'll work out great. They give me just enough more stability and make me feel centered in the shoe. Felt good this morning, anyway - we'll see how they do down the road...

So I was supposed to do 5 miles this morning - a mile warmup, three tempo miles and a mile cool down. I headed down toward the Truckee River (where it's nice and flat), started going faster at the mile mark, and kept track of how far I had gone on Lumpy. After a mile at about 7:00 pace, I needed to stop. So I jogged another half mile, turned around, jogged the same half mile back, then did a mile back at tempo pace. A slow mile back home finished me up. So, I don't know whether to call this a lame tempo workout or a really long interval session.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Easy start



Just a nice easy little early morning run to start the week - not even 3 miles. Not even much to say about it...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Getting back on track

Man, I'm bad when I don't have a plan. My hip and the late-night Olympics watching have combined to make me really lazy this week - didn't run but once, and didn't even do my morning core workouts. But I edited my training plan this morning to point me at a 8K in 4 weeks, to give me an intermediate goal and try to get me back on track. Hope it works...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Windy early


Got out for a five-mile loop pretty early this morning; early enough, in fact that I stayed on the road instead of taking my favorite little off-road long cut. There were clouds out to the east, which was making the early dawn a little darker than usual. One of my standard loops, starting out up a decent sized hill, then a flat section, then downhill to home. Serious headwind on that uphill, too - blowing the breath right out of my mouth. Calmed down on the flat section, though.

I was thinking this morning about how my 3 mile loop feels like just a little pop around the neighborhood, but this five miler feels like kind of a grind. Wonder why that is?

Keeping a close eye on the hip, still. Not much clicking and popping, but it doesn't feel strong. I actually had some butt cramping cramping of the left gluteus major - I think it was ready to clench if the hip gave out. Fun stuff.

Pretty good average pace, right about where I want to be, but the first coupel miles sure felt like a slog...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Track day with Team Library Dork


I felt good enough on my short run yesterday that I decided to join my coworkers, Amber and Chris, for a track/stairs day. We did this a few times about a year and a half ago, in the spring of 2007, but haven't made it together since. Kinda wish we would've gone at 7 (when it was cooler) instead of waiting until 8, but oh, well...

We met at the entrance to Rancho San Rafael - they parked, and I stached my bike since it's only like a mile from my house. Did a mile and a half warm-up ending at the UNR track, then proceeded as follows:
10 bleachers
400 m
10 bleachers
600 m
10 bleachers
800 m
warm-down

I didn't really get good times, since I haven't really figured out how to use the 405 in a situation like this. (In retrospect, I should've turned auto-lap off and lapped every time I started a new set.) It was tough, though, but felt good. Hip felt fine until the warm-down, when I got a little lazy and had a big twinge. I sat the rest of the warm-down out.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Trial run


Ventured out to test the hip on a little 3 mile loop around the neighborhood. Felt great starting out, developed a couple little clicks near the end, but nothing like where it was last week. Makes me optimistic about how this hip thing is going to turn out - just need to be pretty careful and do my special exercises.

Glad I'm not doing this right now - Peter is in the middle of a speed record attempt on the Tahoe Rim Trail right now. Cheers to him, I'm definitely keeping him in my mind today...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Hippy

Been a little quiet here lately, because I haven't been running this week. After the aborted run on Saturday, I decided I needed to get my hip looked at, so had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, got an x-ray, then had a physical therapy appointment yesterday, Thursday. I got to choose where I went, so I tracked down the same guy who looked at my shoulder last year, and who I was pretty impressed with. He took a look at the x-ray report, asked a couple of questions, and got to work. Did a few adjustments, which straightened things out a bit, gave me some exercises and stretches to work the right parts the right way, and stuck a little heel lift in my shoe. Also gave me some bad news: from the x-ray, one of the things that they could tell is that I'm susceptible to hip arthritis - so, unless I want a couple of hip replacements in 20 years, long-distance running probably isn't the best sport for me. Kind of lame, as I was starting to really like the marathon/ultra thing. But I will keep running somewhat, maybe aiming for some quicker 10K/5K PRs for now. Then maybe get a bike, phase into triathlons, road biking, etc.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Aborted hillclimb



Headed up Mt. Rose Highway early this morning to do a trail hillclimb with Chris. The plan was to be running by 6, done by 7:15 to get back to town so he could make work at 8:15. Came pretty close to that, and he made the top of Relay Peak, but I had to stop a little over halfway.

My hip's been bugging me. Noticed it a little on my long run last weekend, more while playing golf on Tuesday, and even more on my Wednesday morning run. Took a couple days off, but this morning it was not good. Poppy, grindy feeling in my left hip. Got bad enough on a couple of uphills that I was forced into a hobble. Chris went ahead, and I kept going for a little while before I decided I was better off heading back. He caught up and passed me on the way back down, and I sped up as much as I could to make it back to the car so he wouldn't be late for work. Almost fell a couple of times on the way down with a sharp pain in the hip, and now the rest of me is sore from favoring it. Not sure what I'm going to do about this - might try sports massage, and/or a trip to the doctor for an orthopedist referral. Kind of dismayed over this - pretty much the first time I've had an injury that affects my running.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Interval FAIL


I've had the FAIL Blog on my feedreader for a few weeks now, and even if the subjects don't always totally crack me up, I at least like the titles. Beverage FAIL. Family picture FAIL. Success FAIL. Anyway, that was me this morning.

Workout this morning: 5 miles, 2 of which were supposed to be at 6:33 pace, with 1/4 mile in between the intervals, the balance taken up with warmup and cooldown. Yeah, complicated. So, I ran down to the Truckee River (1.3 miles) ran until Lumpy said 1.5 miles, then picked it up. I held 6:30 pace for, oh, 1/3 of a mile. Backed off to where I felt I wasn't going to die, and continued out to 2.5 on the watch. Hit the lap button, turned around, and kept going as fast as I could sustain. Back to the interval starting point, and slow down. Chugged the 1.5 back home, with a couple traffic light stops. But boy, I sure didn't hit the times I was supposed to. Oh well. Haven't been hitting the speedwork too hard lately...

Garmin note: Ran through a sprinkler and the bezel freaked out. The backlight turned on, and it took me like 3 minutes of messing with it to get it back off. Fortunately I'm not a super sweater; I've read of people who can't use their 405's because their sweat screws up the bezel. (Mine just seems to collect under the watch band and makes squelchy sounds when I take it off. Sorry if TMI...)



Oh, and Happy Birthday me. 36. Wheee!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Unknown motivation


Not sure what got me up to run this morning - I sure didn't feel, last night, like I'd want to run today. Actually, I didn't feel like running this morning either, but I got up, threw my stuff on, and got out the door somehow. (Must be having the training plan written down on a calendar... )Once I got started, I felt pretty good. Did a 6-mile easy run, the backwards (counter-clockwise) version of a loop that I sometimes do. Funny how you don't realize where the downhills are until you go the other way and see them as uphills...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Long-ish


My long run this week was supposed to be 10 miles, but I ended up going 11.5. I actually had thought I'd go about 15, but just wanted to get home at the turnaround point.

I did basically the route of the Reno Rock-n-River half marathon, but came back along 4th street instead of retracing my steps along the south side of the Truckee River. Nice, though - I was running back toward the rising sun, and had a beautiful view of a really pretty sunrise.

Other events - scared a deer out from under the Mayberry Bridge while it was still pretty dark. Scared me as much as it, I think. And ran by one of the coolest houses in Reno, for sale. Anyone got a spare 989,000 they'd like to let me have?


Huh - I wonder what those three pace spikes sere right in the middle of the run?


My mile split times were pretty good, though...