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02/14/09 | by Tom [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized
Today was the final race of the Polar Bear Grand Prix series in Cherokee park. I don't have to worry about how I placed in the series. I'm not that fast of a runner, but I am improving almost every race right now. I have been running long enough now that I am over that initial "This is exhausting" phase and can now focus more on my form and just improving. Today was a great example. My best 5K time to date had actually been my very first race the Healthcare Classic 5K downtown at a time of 32:00. Due to lack of discipline in my training, my 5K times were going down. Between that, and I acually didn't run that many 5K's opting to run longer races such as a couple of 4 milers, 10K, 15K I just hadn't improved my official 5K time. I have no doubt that had I ran a 5K in the last 6 months I would have had a better time. I don't have to worry about that time any more. I finished todays race in 27:18. That's almost a full 5 minutes. Like I said though, I hadn't ran a 5K in a while, so I went back to find my best average race pace. It was the Nike+ HumanRace 10K in Chicago back on August 31 at a 9:19. Today, I averaged 8:39. That is substantial to me. Needless to say, I am pretty ecstatic today. And to top today off, 4 out of 5 members of this site PR'd, and the only one that didn't was pretty close and already has an extremely good PR time by our standards. It was just a great day.

I've been slacking again.

02/10/09 | by Tom [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized
As it was pointed out to me. Thanks Kriston.:yes: Let's see, what has been going on with me lately. Not a whole lot from where I sit, but maybe it will seem like more if I put type to web so to speak. We finally got through the ice storm although I guess there are still a lot of people outside of town that still don't have power, so they would probably disagree with that statement. I hope they all have it back soon. Tuesday night marked the day I chose to perform my 100 pushup (alternate style) challenge final. My last set was on Saturday the 31st, and I wanted to give my self a couple of days to rest before the final. It actually ended up going better than I thought it would. Even in week 6 (or actually 7 since I repeated week 4) I didn't think I would actually be able to do 100. It ended up taking about 6 min to complete 100. The first thirty went pretty well. Then after that it was do 3-5, and hold for a few seconds, and repeat until done. I never came out of form though. I am pretty happy with it. This week, I have restarted the 100 pushup challenge over, only this time I am going with standard style. I have also decided to take on the 200 Situps challenge with a fellow forumite, jmalone. I am looking forward to this one, in hopes that it help me take a step toward downgrading my pony keg for something at least closer to a 6 pack. We'll see. Prior to Saturday, my only runs had been a 3 miler and a 6 miler on the TM at the gym. I can really tell that those runs are helping with my speed, but man are they boring. On Saturday, I finally got outside to run. It was about 60 degrees when I headed out the door about 10:00 am. It was almost perfect with just a slight breeze. I ran my normal route up Green Valley here in beautiful New Albany, IN. There were lots of places were people were cleaning the limbs from their yards and piling them up on the sidewalks where they will be picked up. This gave me a few hurdle opportunities. There was also several piles of snow and ice that had been plowed to the sidewalks that had not melted yet. These gave me some jump opportunites. Then thanks to the snow melting, and I believe it actually rained a bit Friday night/Saturday morning, I found several water hazzards. I began to realize I had my own personal steeplechase course going, and it was rather fun. It was one of my best runs since the last group runs we had. It also happened to be the only outdoor run since then as well, so that would explain a lot. I ended that run at 7 miles which is what was on my training schedule. I'm really trying to stick pretty close to my schedule for a change. Monday evening got here, and once again the temps were just to good to pass up. It was 67 degrees when I got home for work, so I immediately traded my work duds for some running shorts, short sleeve shirt, and my favorite running shoes, a pair of new balance 826's. I love these shoes, and I believe the feeling is mutual. I headed out for a 3 mile tempo run at 5K pace. I felt really good, and my breathing was pretty light. I ended up running that 3 miles in 26:22 8:46 mpm pace. That is a new record for me. This is however a mostly flat course that I run around New Albany, so I am not suggesting that pace to hold up at say Cherokee Park, but I do hope to be around a 9 mpm pace. Well, I guess that's it for now. I will try to keep up better so I don't have to be called out again.;D

Quiet week for a crazy week

02/01/09 | by Tom [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized
Well, the week started off with a little snow storm on Monday night - Tuesday morning. I ended up working from home Tuesday because it was a little treacherous getting around the neighborhood, and it was suppose to get worse. And it didn't disappoint. We got pounded by sleet and freezing rain. As a result, when I awoke on Wednesday I again decided to work from home. I fired up the laptop to get signed in to email, and nothing. Turns out we had no power at the office. That ended up being the case all the way through until Friday around 11:00 am. I did get out to the office on Thursday morning. I met our CEO there and we hooked up a generator so that we could at least run our router and email server so that the rest of the company would have email. Since I wasn't able to get out much in the car, and it was a little tough to run in the conditions we had without getting hit by a car, or twisting and ankle, I didn't get much running done. I did get one on Tuesday for a good 2 mile walk. Then on Thursday evening I made it to the gym for a 5 mile run on the treadmill. Friday morning around 11:00 am, I got the call I was waiting for, the power was back on at the office. Finally I can get out of the house. After a week, I was ready. We got the mail server switched back over to main power and all is back up and running again. Speaking of running again, I made it to the gym by about 8:45 am which is early for me, but not early enough. When I arrived it was already packed. I didn't have to wait too long for a TM though, and got in a good, but easy 7 miles. That is if any miles on a TM are easy. I get bored of staring out the window with no significant scenery changes pretty quickly, but it is getting better.

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