Showing posts from 2012

Health Issues

It's been a tough year so far. It kicked off with recovery from my toe surgery in December 2011. I was cleared to run up to 2 miles at a time in the second week of January. I started off with double days - running 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. The doctor quickly cleared me to run up to 5 and by the last week of January I was allowed to run as much as I wanted to. I quickly overdid it - going out for a 25 mile, very hill, trail run - and developed Plantar Fasciitis. The PF has proved to be a lingering issue as 6 months later it is still hanging on.

Not having any time to stop and deal with the PF as I had to ramp up my training to handle Boston on April 16 and Yakima Skline Rim on April 21 I tried to push through as best I could and just pretend it wasn't going to be a problem. In addition to the PF I just didn't seem to have much energy. My runs were not great - slow and laboring. I would have an occasional good run to buoy my confidence for Boston but it would al…

One Last Look Back

These were the goals I set for myself at the start of 2011 and how I fared:
Run 1600 miles - Total 2011 miles 2347Complete my first ultra race - Completed 3 50k's & 2 50 Miler'sGet my marathon time down to 3:30 - Close but not quite, Vancouver - 3:35:25 Run a 21 minute 5K - Didn't race a 5K this year. Even if I had, I think this one was out of reach.Run 1:15 15K - Close, but not quite. The only 15k I did was the Shamrock Run which was the day after the Gorge 50k. My time was 1:17:01 (PR of 2:24)Run 1:42 half-marathon - Done, Race for the Roses, 1:41:04 (PR by 5:54)

Making it Count

I am a goal-oriented person. I need something on the horizon to keep me moving and motivated. Whether it is a race, a new distance, a new trail run - something to keep me excited so I get myself out the door. I've spent a lot of time thinking about what my goals are for 2012. Should they be distance? PR's? Coming back from foot surgery, I'm not sure if there are going to be PR's in the cards - especially not for the early part of the year. I want to take a bit of pressure off for a bit and not worry so much about time. It's so easy to feel the pressure of performing well. Comparing yourself to what you did the previous year, comparing yourself to what others are doing - you can get lost in all the comparing and forget why you are out there.

This year, I've decided that my goal is to make each workout to count. So each one will have a purpose. For running and cardio those purposes are: speed, tempo, distance, time and...FUN! As I look at training plans and sched…

Recap of 2011

The end of 2011 was a bit of a disappointment. I wanted to run 80 miles over Thanksgiving weekend and finish the year strong. Severely strained hamstrings just before Thanskgiving and foot surgery the week after put a crimp in those plans. Regardless, the year was a good one running wise. I ran almost 1000 more miles than 2010, ran my first 50k and 50 miler, dropped my marathon time by 8 minutes, and requalified for Boston. Overall, I can’t complain.
Stats: Hagg Lake 50k (road) - February 19: 5:50:53 Gorge 50k (road) - March 12: 7:01:35 Race for the Roses Half marathon - April 3: 1:41:04 Avenue of the Giants Marathon (road) - May 1: 3:43:45 Ridgeline Ramble (trail) - May 28: 4:26:24 Beacon Rock 50k (road) - June: 7:00:12 Vancouver Marathon (road) - June 19: 3:35:25 Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon (road/gravel) - July 10: 1:57:35  Mt. Hood 50 Mile (trail) - July 39: 9:54:25 Cascade Lakes Relay (road/trail/gravel) - August 2 & 3: 5 legs - 36 miles Autumn Leave 50 Mile (road/trail) - October 2…