August 22, 2010

Get up that Long Winding road! 8-16 through 8-22

what can i say, sometimes i'm just plain stupid, and i just gotta do something for the fun of it. This week another good one in the books despite missing my 16 miler because i thought i would have to rush home for some camping gear, turned out i didn't, but i still made the most of this week running 47.8 miles.

My hamstring has been bothering me a bit and quite tight in the mornings. Running in the morning is hard cause i'm pretty tight, but i think with a little streching out i should be fine.

Tuesday: 10 miles on the "quietside" of the island. I have to say very enjoyable run near seawall with the ocean breeze, very refreshing.
Wednesday: 5.5 miles around witch hole, which was nice very warm out though.
Thursday: what can i say. 7 miles along the water. Couldn't resist! hit up seawall again (pictured above) for a tempo. 10 miles total.
Friday: 5 miles nice and easy saw a porcupine in the middle of the carriage road which gave me a nice surprise. Decided i didn't want any trouble and just turned around.
Saturday: Climbed day Mountain. Well ran it. 9.25 miles total Elevation was 583 feet (180m). May not be much but sure was a nice climb of 1.5 miles. boy....7 miles of all hill ( Mount Washington) sounds like a real challenge. Next goal is to conquer Cadillac, the highest mountain on the island.
Sunday: Up at 6am ( not fond of this by any means) running at 6:30. 8mi total. Doing it again tomorrow

Very happy with this week disappointed in missing my longish run. 16 doesn't even seem long now that i know i can do 20 miles. sad.... Well 20 next week, along with Katahdin on this Tuesday. Should be lots of fun.

By the im 67% of the way there towards my fundraising goal! I owe a huge thanks to Rich Gibson From Washington state. He has been extremly kind to me and really appreciate. I couldn't raise this money with out the support of rich, my family all my friends and acquaintances! Thanks so much! Remember this is my fundraiser page!

August 15, 2010

20 miles, that was easy! - 62 days!

This week like i promised to myself was an awesome week and i made the most of it. The weather on most of my runs was so perfect and i couldn't have asked for better. I really tore it up this week totaling 52.8 miles. I started this week of a little soar because i played some soccer with Brittany On Sunday evening because we were lucky enough to have a night off together. So that set me back during the week, but i still got in a great 4 mile hike. I think it defiantly helped the legs out. I'll just do a quick review of the week, then jump into the real meat of it all, my first 20 miler!
Monday: 4 miles nice and easy
Tuesday: off, legs were soar and quite tired from Soccer and the 6 miler on Sunday
Wednesday: 8 miles easy very cool and relaxing run.
Thursday: 2mile warm up 3xmile repeats with 800 rest (5:20, 6:27, 5:26) Met a really nice guy Named Bob who was doing some 400's and 600's that really helped push me through my last repeat.
Friday: 8.8 miles easy
Saturday: 4 miles easy perpetration/shakeout for the long run Sunday.
Sunday: 20 miles!!!!! avg pace: 6:40

My long run was killer. I know i went out fast, and i think my body realized it finally at 10 miles and slowed down. The weather was perfect with it breezy and 72 out. Brittany was kind enough to drop me off and pick me up at the start and finish and even fill my fuel belt for me. Through the first 10 miles i really felt good and just kind of got right through it. The hills were tough, but hey thats what the marathon course is going to be like.

I had a GU at 12 miles and i have to say i'm not sure if it helped me or not. I did take water with it and that was a relief. I also had some Camelbak elixxir with me, but i don't much care for it. I'm going to try Gatorade on my next long run. The elixxir dry's my mouth out wicked fast.

Coming in about 16 miles I had run out of water and I handed off my Fuel belt to Britt and she filled it up and met me down the road and gave it to me. At that point she said i look like pretty tired and that was one of the first times she ever saw me like that.

Overall the week was great, the long run i conquered and made it through, and now i'm only 62 days out till the race. Fundraising is going well now being at 57%. Getting closer and closer!

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment.

August 9, 2010

Another week gone by.. 68 days left

So this week was a down week with only 35 miles total, but it was a good week in the books. I'm feeling good and ready to pounce upon my 20 milers that are coming up. I feel like some people wouldn't think im going to be ready for my Marathon. So might say, hey your not doing enough mileage, or your missing some key long runs. (I've only skipped on) but hey, I'm Listening to my body for one and I'm also working two jobs over the summer, so I've got to balance a lot for the whole summer.

I really want to jump in some kind of local race, but there just isn't any time, with me working weekends mostly and there is never an opportunity to run weekdays because no other person could attend. Ah the life, ill just have to wait.

Fundraising wise i had a nice little boost over the past couple of weeks. First my my mom, who is awesome. Second my mom's best friend Candace, and finally a couple i work with here at Mount Desert Campground. Things are looking good. 57% of the way there!

Tuesday: After a huge breakfast in town, i went out and did 8 miles on the roads. The last two miles became quite windy.
Wednesday: 8.5 mile bike ride with Brittany. very nice peadal, and a great weather
Thursday: 9 miler on tri lake tour. Went around Jordan, bubble and the south Side of Ealge Lake.
Friday: easy 6 miler
Saturday: Moderate 6 miler. First mile or two was a warmup followed by some quicker miles (6:00, 5:58, 5:48 miles)then took the last mile easy.
Sunday: Britt's parents were up, went out and did a 6 miler around Hadlock pond,plus up to the amphitheater. good stuff

With 68 days left I'm feeling lucky to be able to expierence this and can't wait for the challenge ahead. Thanks for reading and please check out my Fundraising page!

August 3, 2010

been salacking

running and posting!...yikes. Skipped my 18 miler on Saturday/Sunday cause i attended a concert and my legs were feeling rather crappy.

This week is looking to be an easy week and just relaxing mostly. Planning on coming back hard next week.

So far i'm 55% of the way there for my fundraising. Check it out and help me out! ---> My Fundraising Page

I have also become quite big on checking out The Marathon Show. It's a great blogtalkradio show that is for marathon runners and has a great variety. A maine runner, Gary Allen, was recently on it. Lots of fun i i suggest you download it on Itunes (its free) The MarathonShow

thanks for reading!