I have always read you should eat pasta the night before a race. I’ve also heard over and over how you need to carbo load, and so, I have done the things that people who vaguely understood it told me to, and thought I was on the right track. Let me be straight. I read an article tonight that opened my eyes. I have run out of gas / fuel on long, long runs and now I sort of know part of why. You need to carbo-load for 2.5 to three days prior to a race. Cupcakes? Not carbo-loading (lol) In any case, here is the link to an article on proper carbo-loading. I plan to use it on my next long run. See how it works out for you:
2014 has been quite the year for me, as a runner. Back in January, I was sweating the approach of April, and my first 1/2 Marathon. I was averaging 8-10 miles a week … long runs were in the 6-7 mile range and I was mostly on the treadmill. In March, I did what has become a traditio for me. I went out to run the 13.1 to prove to myself it was not beyond my reach. I ran closer to 18 miles that day. I got lost. I learned a lot and got so dehydrated I was a wreck for days. In April, I ran the Dismal Swamp Stomp (already registered again this year) and ran it in two hours and forty or so minutes.
I have dropped from 235 pounds to 195 and stayed there.
In May, there was the 5K a day in May challenge. I started strong, and I was kicking major butt through the first 3/4 of the month, but in the last week, I injured my foot (I think it was a stress fracture). Inestead of resting – I had a 5k race I’d signed up for – I powered through. That cost me the 5k a day in May, and it cost me what would have been my first 100 mile month. I was out of commission for nearly three weeks, and had a major paradigm shift in shoes from minimalist Vivobarefoot shoes (which made my feet strong but offered little protection) to zero-drop Altra shoes (which I still love).
In June I got the belt buckle that I wear to this day – 100 miles in one month, and I had to do it (basically) starting on the 13th with almost no miles logged. I passed the 100 mile mark, and have gone more than 100 miles every month since. I am still learning to properly take care of my feet, but I work at it, and I will not go through that injury mistake again. Somewhere along the middle of June I signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon in August in Virginia Beach, and continued running. As often as I could, I stretched the distance, eight, nine, ten mile runs. They were hard, but I found my 5K and 10k times getting better.
In August, I cut twenty minutes off my 1/2 marathon time. I ran on, and I continued to up my distance. I think it wsa in September when I signed up for the Newport News One City Marathon – even signed Crossroad Press (my publishing company) up to sponsor mile #13 (at that time it was as far as I was certain I’d go).
I ran a lot of miles in October, working my way up. I did a 17 mile run and felt fine at the end. Went shopping and mowed the lawn. Still, that thing that always itches at my mind…itched at my mind. I asked for (and got) a Camelback hydration pack for my birthday in October. In November, I strapped it on, filled it with water and snacks, and headed out to run a marathon. Just like the first time…I got lost. Then I got found and figured out where I was, and I made that course stretch to the 26.2, despite having missed a major turn. At mile 23 the love of my life brought me a bottle of Power-Ade. I ran on, and I finished the marathon in 5:32 … so now I know.
Today, I broke my 5K record. Last January I was hovering around 30 minutes on my best day for a 5K … Today, I ran one in 25:42. To cut off five minutes in only 3.1 miles…not as easy as it might seem. Particularly when you ar 55. I can see myself trimming it farther in the year to come. All of my running goals for this year plus one have been met. Below is a small photo gallery of the year’s fun… and here are my stats since I started running seriously again a year and a few months ago. Thanks to all of you who have helped, encourged, laughed, and even those of you who doubted…
When I started out a little over a year ago, running sad little mile and a half bursts from my house, I had motivation. I was getting too heavy. I felt tired all the time. I needed a “comeback” and so, I set a goal. I wanted to run 100 miles from August when I started to my birthday that October 28th. I came in ahead of that challenge, and so, I set another one. I signed up for the Dismal Swamp Half Marathon in April, trained all winter, and again – I succeeded. Then there was the 5K a Day in May challenge (I fell slightly short of that, three days, I think, because I injured my foot). In July I signed up to finish 100 miles in July and get a nifty belt buckle. I wear that buckle every day, and have exceeded 100 miles a month ever since.
More recently we had a team challenge in one of the Facebook groups I’m part of. We were supposed to pick a mileage goal from August 1st to October 1st. Unfortunately, I thought it sayd August through October, and I said I’d go 300 miles. I only got 237, but that’s fine… it was the challenge that did it.
Now I’ve set myself a new challenge. I’m not only a runner, I’m an avid football fan. I’m not only an avid football fan – I’m a rabid SAN DIEGO CHARGERS fan. I live on the east coast now, and that makes it hard. I haven’t seen them live since one of the companies I worked for a while back took me to see them in the new Redskins stadium. We lost, but that didn’t matter.
This year, I’ve decided that, since I can’t stop myself from saying “WE” are going to go all the way this year, and since I know I can’t get out on the field and help, that I’ll do SOMETHING … because it’s better than nothing, and because it is a new goal. I have several now, and I’ll see them all complete about the same time. I will run 1000 miles this year (probably by early December). I will also run 254.6 miles between the 1st of October and the Superbowl – the distance down Highway 8 from San Diego to Phoenix. I figure, if they are going to work all season to get there, the least I can do is put in some personal effort.
If you’re a fan, and you have some bit of Chargers memorabilia – shirts, hats, bandannas, whatever, and you want them to go with me on one of my runs, send them along. If you have suggestions on how I can use this running to benefit a charity, I’m all ears. If you happen to know Philip Rivers, let him know I’m out there, pounding the pavement and thinking about February. Heck, I even have a Jackalope decked out in all my running “Bling” – race medals, a Chargers pennant – and who knows? Virtually running across the mountains into Arizona, I might see a relative of his…
If you are a runner – keep finding goals. You are welcome to join our Facebook Group –Team Badass, Miles & Smiles. We’d love to have you. Me? Time to hit the road. I’ve only done 11.5 miles in the last two days, and I have a LONG way to Phoenix…
A little bit about myself: I am a Marine which automatically makes me a runner right? NOT! When I was younger (<10 yrs old), I used to wake up early in the morning to sit at the top of the stairs, looking outside waiting for my dad to come back from his morning run. I tried to run with him maybe once or twice, and I didn’t like it. Then I joined the Marine Corps, and I did run, mostly out of obligation and just to get it over with. I went through a stage where I liked it and then that stage also disappeared.
What is different this time then? Well at this stage in my life, I feel like I NEED it, when I run it is my alone time, my thinking time 🙂 I have set milestones such as losing weight, increasing my competitiveness at work and competing and that drives me. Not only that but I have “met” a group of people who run like me and they push me to be better, I will always treasure their friendship which wouldn’t have happened if running had not brought is together… Well this is it for now, talk to you soon
Okay, I just finished a long week of running. When I got home from a convention last week, I registered for “The Mizuno Baton,” and activated it, going for an evening run. Over the course of the week, every time I ran, I activated the “baton” and it clocked my miles, counting down toward today.
I earned $42.92
The idea is, what if Everyone Ran? What if it could make a difference? Mizuno is donating $1 per mile to “Back on My Feet,” an organization created to help homeless men and women and families get back on their feet… You can be a part of this. Let your miles count. Download the MIzuno Baton app to your iPhone or Android and get started. Find out more about the Baton at : THE MIZUNO BATON Find out more about Back on My Feet…