Been too lazy to post never mind workout. Ran 20 miles on Monday and felt so sore yesterday but standing on my feet at work for 8 hours helped that out, not. Now I'm just relaxing waiting for Hanukkah Harry and Saint Nick to deliver my new running sneakers and my water belt. I can't wait to running in my new sneakers! I am in serious need of new sneakers according to shoe tracker at slowgeek.com. I had been deciding between a few sneakers:
Mizuno Wave Inspire 6 Asics Gel Foundation 9 Brooks Addiction 9 Nike Zoom Nucleus MCT Saucony Progrid Stabile CS
And I made a decision based on a sale and then based on what the store had at the time. I know not the best way to decide but I had researched and tried them all out and really didn't seem to tell a difference. But what do I know? Tomorrow will be a swim day for me with a possible short run beforehand. Working to midnight tonight at the hell store so who knows if I'll get up that early or not. Now onto some swimming news that I may have missed while out running...
1. The Downers Grove Sun reports "YMCA event gives Christmas tree unique decorating touch…He must have left his reindeer in the parking lot, as the big jolly fellow with the red hat made his appearance with a splash." The decorated a floating tree and Santa made swam with an inner tube among other aquatic holiday treats.
2. TMZ reports on Michael Phelps playing it up in Atlantic City with "Michael Phelps -- Pot Committed."
3. The fine folks over at The FINIS Blog review the FINIS Swimsense in "My First Three Swims with the Swimsense Performance Monitor." Someday maybe I'll get one of these. Note: My birthday is February 14th.
4. SwimNetwork comments on the latest swimmer to swim with The Gators, "Peter Vanderkaay 's recent announcement about moving training locations from Ann Arbor to Gainesville reminds me of another midwest-based swim superstar moving to a happy, sunshiney, more competitive training atmosphere: Matt Grevers."
5. Sticker Collecting? Georgia Tech Swimming & Diving Blog talks about Helmet Sticker Collecting but for swimmers. The blog writes "The Anvil 'helmet' decal. While it's not a new idea in the world of sport (football in particular) we do believe we are the first swimming and diving team to employ the 'helmet decal' as a recognition award."
6. NESN did some heavy investigating to find "Baby Swimming in Tub On the Way to Becoming Next Michael Phelps."
7. Rob over at Robaquatics get's his hands or rather his feet on the FINIS new all rubber Foil Monofins in "Foil-ed".
8. The 3rd and last FINIS post for today is "FINIS Announces Official Sponsorship of Jason Lezak, Gold Medal Olympian…Lezak will be one of the first to compete in the Hydrospeed™ Velo Swimsuit, a high performance tech swimsuit approved for competition by FINA, the governing body for competitive swim. The Velo, available for both men and women, features smart compression racing technology with minimal permeability and blended materials that provide superior friction reduction limiting resistance on the body. The panel construction allows compression and freedom where you need it most, and the suit is calendared which is a technical heating process that produces an ultra smooth and lightweight surface. Available now for $299.99 MSRP at FINISinc.com."
9. In Boston on New Years Eve with nothing to do? Well New England Masters Swim Club reports that the "Cambridge Masters SC hosting annual 100×100 New Year’s Eve Swim." I'll be busy drinking 100xglasses of wine!
10. Eric over at Kast-a-way has way too much free time this Holiday Season so he came up with this great illustration "Swim Smooth’s Swim Types Parody: Alternative Swim Types." You'd think he'd be busy rushing out Holiday Speedo orders!
This week is a crap week with a 7am shift, a 6am shift and two nights I'm working to midnight so I decided to go running tonight. The temperature has yet to hit the 30's yet so I figured run now or run tomorrow when it's in the 20's. 20's? Umm...I don't think I've felt what 20 degrees feels like in over 10 years. Hell, 30 is horrible enough. So I put on my new Nike Men's Lightweight Run Glove and my Nike Livestrong Therma-Fit Running Headband and headed out. Brrr...actually at first it wasn't so bad. I did a loop around the neighbordhood to check out the holiday lights. People really decorate for the holidays around here. I've never seen so many lights in my life. It's crazy! I wanted to take pictures but running with the gloves on didn't work with me taking pictures. So I just ran and ran. 5.1 miles. My first mile was slow as I was looking more at the lights and trying to take a few pictures. Pace for mile one was 10:40. Then I picked it up with 8:43/8:53/9:27/8:52. Now I messed up pressing the button at the end wearing my gloves so it gave me a 44 minute pace for the last 1/2 mile. So pissed about that cuz' I was sprinting home since I had to pee so bad. I bet I would of had a good pace. I'll figure it out later when I have a second to do math. But 5.1 miles for tonight. Will go swimming tomorrow morning in the cold cold cold outdoor pool. Well the water will be warm at least. Ugh!
Saturday means long run day with the Team In Training group. I decided last night that I'd run to meet up with the group run the loop and then run home. I mapped it out to be 16 miles so I figured it was a good run. Last night I went to bed early hoping to get a good night rest so the run would be a good one. Luckily I did sleep well so well I didn't want to wake up. Finally I did, got myself together and took the dog out for a walk. Brrr...I can see my breath. Damn that's cold! I came back in and grabbed my stuff. Since we meet to run at 6:30 I gave myself 50 minutes to get there so I left at 5:40am. It's way too cold and dark at that time of day. The run was a tad shorter then 5 miles since I was able to run on some closed to traffic areas. On the way home I had to take detours running a bit more than 5 miles to balance it out. Part of the path was pitch black and I could hardly see my feet. Grrr... On the way to the group I had to stop three times and pee in the bushes. Not fun at all. Once running I only stopped twice during the first two miles of the loop to pee in bushes again. While running I was cold even though I was wearing layers. Just never good warm up. Even when the sun came out it wasn't warm at all. I felt good for the first 10 miles. It was a piece of cake. I ate my Gu Energy Gingerbread at around mile 9 at one of our water stations. Someday I'll learn to eat and drink while running. But not yet so I stopped quickly. I felt pretty good till the end of the loop. I stopped for a pee break and to sign out from the group. Then it was time to run home. Since morning tee times were starting I had to dodge idiots in golfing carts. I also had to take the detour home since the workers were out doing work on the cart paths. I was so hurting during these final miles. My legs were tired and the cold was getting to me. I was ready to give up. My pacing slowed up but looking back I wasn't going as slow as I thought I was.
Mile 1 - 8:52
Mile 2 - 8:52
Mile 3 - 9:30
Mile 4 - 9:14
Mile 5 - 9:147
Mile 6 - 8:53
Mile 7 - 9:26
Mile 10 - 10:38 (i think this is when I chatted with someone from the group who was running the opposite way of the loop.)
Mile 11 - 9:55
Mile 12 - 10:37
Mile 13 - 10:32
Mile 14 - 9:26
Mile 15 - 9:56
Mile 16 - 10:39
So a 16 mile run or actaully 16.08 miles. Only 10+ miles to go. Gotta admit while running the last few miles I was starting to doubt if I will be able to run a marathon. I know I can but I'm just not ready yet. Good thing I have a month to get to the point that I feel okay to run 26.2 miles. I'm going to miss next week's training run so I'll be doing a long run by myself. Which sucks since I'll have to stop and buy water on my way.
One last thing the Gu Energy Vanilla Gingerbread Gels are yummy! Almost too yummy! I just got to remember to bring more then just one next time I run.
Since the Team in Training Group didn't have a run this week I was on my own to get in my weekend miles. So last night I mapped out a run before heading to bed. Since most of the construction around here is slowly wrapping up I had a somewhat clear route to run. This morning my alarms went off around 5am and I slowly got ready. It really was putting one shoe on then motivating myself to put the other shoe on. I ate my last Gu Energy Espresso Love and some water before heading out.
I headed out down the street and turning on to the main road and the golf cart path. I did map it out using gmap-pedometer but it wasn't exact. The path doesn't show up so I used the road as a guide when mapping it out. But the path is actually longer as it twists and turns around the golf course and developments. Also the path has little "hills" that brings the golf cart path above the road. On the way home these little "hills" became killers although I did get lost in the music at first and didn't realize I had climbed up a "hill" till I was on my way down. Wahoo.
I actually was enjoying the run getting lost in music and thinking about the new sneakers I'll be getting. I'm leaning towards the getting the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6. It was one of the pairs that I was looking at and with the new 7 about to hit stores the 6 has been marked down. I'm just waiting to use a "Friends & Family" discount night at one store to buy them. My other three choices were not in stock at the store so that is why I went towards the Mizuno. Yeah, I'm broke and cheap. The other shoes I was looking at are:
Mizuno Wave Inspire 6 Asics Gel Foundation 9 Brooks Addiction 9 Nike Zoom Nucleus MCT Saucony Progrid Stabile CS
I've been hunting new shoes from some time but finally breaking down and getting them. My Asics Gel Foundation that I've been running are getting old and the SlowGeek.com Shoe Tracker is telling me so! Hopefully the store will have my size still left or I'll just breakdown and spend about double the price on a different pair. Speaking of being cheap I recently purchased a long sleeve C9 running shirt at Target. It has a zipper in front to pull over. Well I guess it was okay but I had to unzip the shirt the full length for it to be comfortable. Otherwise the zipper was rubbing against my neck and it was getting annoying during the first mile. Might just wear it on shorter runs. It was only 18 bucks on sale and I bought it when we were having record low temps. Anyways... While running I had to take my first pee break behind some bushes only to realize that I had just pee'd in front of one of the golf course groundkeepers. Doh! I continued and ran a bit over 6 miles down to Spanish Springs which is another "fake" city center. After not finding a bathroom I continued a bit more to a shopping plaza with a Publix. I figured they'd be open, I could pee and get some more water. So that was a bit of a rest period for me. Then it was time to head back.
As for my pacing I was faster for the 2nd half of the run -
9:30 mile one
8:52 mile two
9:54 mile three
8:52 mile four
10:38 mile five
10:09 mile six
-mile 5 and 6 was down in the downtown area with some construction and traffic.
9:27 mile 7
8:51 mile 8
9:25 mile 9
9:27 mile 10
8:52 mile 11
9:24 mile 12
10:39 mile 13
which averaged to a 9:51. I felt good on the run letting myself enjoy it. The first mile was the worse mile but I got over the ill comforting shirt. Since I started to run in the dark I also had my light strapped to my left arm which by mile 11 felt like it weighed 10 lbs instead of the 10 ozs. Since I got home I took a quick power nap since I got to work today. Work today is so going to suck!