Thursday

Keeping the Miles Going

Keeeping the miles going this week has been...fun, but a little painful this week. Monday's run was a not-so-smart 13.1 mile event. I'm calling it not-so-smart because it was the second 13.1 training run in six days - something I'm not used to yet. Adding to the potential problem is the fact that my shoes are beat and need to be replaced. I did't start out to run that much, it just happened. The plan was to do a 5K on my normal loop, but I felt good approachiing the 3 mile mark so I kept going. Five miles whent by just fine, then six. I kept thinking "as long as I feel good and the split times stay in training range, keep going." Why not? Miles nine and ten I started to feel my legs and hip ache. My feet hurt and I felt every crack in the sidewalk and stone in the road. But at ten miles, why not go for the 13? Thats what I did...but at what cost?

I didn't train smart on this run. What was I thinking? My training plan dosen't call for anythiing more than 12 miles until December...over a month from now...why have I done two 13.1 mile runs? Why did I do them without any nutrition or hydration? I just needed to know I CAN do it. Not a good reason but THE reason.

The  combination of deteriorated shoes and quick jump in milage caused a little problem. I wasn't able to run the following day due to muscle soreness. The good news is that I made up for it the next day. After a day off to recoup, I was able to put in another quality session running a planned 5K - thant turning into a 10K. I was feeling good and ran the first mile near race pace, still felt good so continued the second and third mile abouut the same pace. At the 3.1 mark was near my PR time and still felt good so kept going (a bit slower) for miles 4 and 5. Finished with a fast mile to make a good 6 mile run. 

That leaves me with two training days to go this week. I should be able to hit the gym for some cross training (swim/bike) and get back on the road for a few more miles. Wouldn't it be nice to hit 25 miles this week?

Wednesday

NaNo Who? What?

NaNO Who? What? 2014

Thats NaNoWriMo, better known as National Novel Writing Month. This little project encourages writers around the world to put together a novel during the month of November. Thats a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days or 1,666 words each day. The result will  be a draft of a novel, albeit as short one by most standards. Over 300 thousand people took part in NaNoWriMo 2013. 

Writing has been on my mind for a long time. A renewed desire to write (on topics other than terrorism) turned me on to writing fiction and NaNoWriMo seems like the perfect outlet...better said, NaNoWriMo is the best excuse I can come up with to justify the many hours I'll spend pecking away at any one of several keyboards. 

I first leaned of NaMoWriMo by listening to I Should be Writing, a podcast for fiction writers. Several years ago, when I started listening to ISBW, my focus was to learn about the craft of writing to be a better blogger. Admittedly, I dodged many of the ISBW episodes based on titles or synopses that didn't seem to apply to "blogger". What I came to realize was that those podcasts that didn't apply to me actually did apply to me. I'd let those podcast episodes play while I was doing something else and the more I listened, the more I realized how writing spoke to me. That was somewhere around 2008. 

I've thought a lot about writing in many forms since then. Some days I think about writing seriously...in an (almost) quit-your-day-job sort of way. Perhaps I'll make the jump to freelance writer and novelist someday...perhaps not. Either way I'm going after NaNoWriMo 2014 with gusto. I aim to win! 

We'll keep you posted.   

Monday

Duathlon Day

Duathlon Day
I entered the Rochester Autumn Classic Duathlon on a whim. I found myself enjoying the feeling of a completed challenge that came with completing the Shoreline Triathlon in July and Rochester Triathlon in August and wanted to see what else is out there. A duathlon sounded like a good thing to try. Why not? It's a multi-sport event, a challenging distance, and was scheduled far enough into the season change to keep me training. It's the stuff a good goal is made of. Having completed two triathlons certainly changed my perceptions of my capabilities as well.  

I convinced Jyl to run the Youth Tri back in June and much to my surprise, was able to talk Ricky into doing this 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run duathlon with me. Two of my kids testing their skills in multi-sport events...excellent. 

Ricky and I set out the morning of October 5 for Mendon Ponds Park. A cool Fall weather pattern had moved in over the last twenty-four hours bringing a cool dampness to race day. There weren't many cars in the parking lot when we arrived at 7am. I'd heard that the event wasn't well attended last year and participation might be down. No matter, I was there to run with my son and, like with the triathlons, simply to finish. Sure, I would like to NOT be last and place respectably in my age group. 


My son, who reluctantly got out of bed that morning, actually seemed a bit nervous when setting up the transition area. Here he'd experience going from run to bike and back to run. He hasn't done any training along these lines and I think going from bike to run was going to be an adventure for him. He's in good shape and runs well on his cross country team, but has done very little biking and no bike-run combo workouts.   

Ricky finished first in his age group and received a nice glass trophy. I'm so happy with him at this point. He is well rounded; good academically and athletically. We have the relationship I never had with  my father. 

As for my part, I'm in about the best shape I could be in. I've had a good year so far; three 5K's, two triathlons, and now, a duathlon. Next is a series of 5K's through the next few months. Pumpkins in the Park, Turkey Trot, Reindeer Run. those take us through December. January? How about the Winter Warier Half Marathon?