Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Week 7 : The "BIG" runs begin...

Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his,"and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
- 2 Timothy 2:19

First off, I would like to thank my in-laws (the Harvisons) and my grandparents (Mimi & Papau) for donating to Team World Vision. Thank you for supporting me and helping those in need!

I was still feeling a little weary with getting right back into running after my foot injury. It was still feeling good though, so I decided I would try to "listen to my body" very carefully and if anything started to hurt, I would slow down or stop. On Tuesday, I ran 3 miles when I should have run 4. Not because anything hurt, but because I am a goof and didn't double-check the schedule before I went out. I figured, missed a mile - no big deal, it will help me heal just a little more. Ran my 7 miles on Wednesday and still felt good. Capped off my midweek runs with a fun little 4 miler and felt like I was all healed up and ready for my long run on Saturday.

Week 7 Runs:

Tue: 3 mile run
Wed: 7 mile run
Thur: 4 mile run
Saturday: 14 mile run - 2 hr 12 min. 9:23 min. per mile pace

14 miles... That's 0.9 miles further than a half marathon and 3 miles further than my longest run so far. I went for it. The first few miles went swimmingly. I hit the 7 mile halfway point and thought, "doing good - keeping a good pace and feeling all right." Then at the 13.5 mile mark, I started up the hill toward my hous and my legs said, "hey, buddy we're all used up!" I forced my way through it and made it to the top of the hill. I finished up my run and got some liquid refreshment. I think if the last half mile would not have been up hill, I would have been just fine. So I conquered 14 miles. Then I celebrated with a few Franconia oktoberfest biers and some authentic German brats & saurkraut at the local Oktoberfest celebration!

15 miles next week - wish me luck!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Week 6 : Hooray! Not Injured Any More Edition

But you are a shield around me, O LORD;
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. - Psalm 3:3

I was hurt, but I didn't want to let my body get totally out of shape, so I decided to ride my bike in place of running. Biking was a good choice because it didn't hurt my foot at all. My back was still tweaking a bit, but it got better with each chiropractic adjustment. I had 4 that week and it got me pretty close to pain free. I decided I would try to run on Thursday as my foot was starting to feel back to normal. I didn't want to go out too fast and hurt myself again, so I started with a walk for about a half mile, then broke into a slow jog. I wound up running a little over a mile and a half and I was elated that my foot was still feeling great!

Week 6 Breakdown:

Sunday: ice
Monday: Ice
Tuesday: ICe + 30 minute bike ride
Wednesday: ICE! + 45 minute bike ride
Thursday: 2.16 miles (.5 mile walk with a 1.5 mile run to test the waters)
Friday: Rest & Ice, Ice, Baby...
Saturday: 9 miles!

After my short run I felt I could take on the 9 miles on the training schedule. I was still trying to be cautious, so I iced my foot to the point of numbness on Friday. Saturday morning came and off I went. I started off pretty gingerly, but going into mile 4 I knew I could make it. I finished off the 9 miles and felt like I had won a real race. My foot was feeling great and my training was back on track!

As I reflect back on this week and how good it feels to get back into my training, I just wanted to remind everyone why I am running and I hope you can support my cause!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Week 5 : What the Heck?!?! Edition

Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. - 2 Corinthians 8:11

This post comes REALLY late as I was not really very enthused about writing about running under the following circumstances:

So Week 5 was going great. I did my midweek runs and felt good about them. Then I was just hanging out on Friday, my rest day, and it HIT me. My right foot had a stabbing pain on the outside, closer to my ankle. The same pain that I had when I had a near stress fracture. Just in the other foot. "Great!" I thought. And Then... My foot was feeling a little better on Sunday and my back decided to start hurting. Hurting like I had a hard time sitting for a while because of stabbing pain just above my "arse." I already paid my entry fee, have this campaign to raise funds, and now I'm gonna be stuck with a bum foot and a busted back and not be able to run the race...

Week 5 Runs

Tue: 3 miles
Wed: 6 miles
Thur: 3 miles

Well, as it turns out, a few days and a heck of a lot of ice did the trick for my foot. 4 straight days to my chiropractor has gotten my back feeling MUCH better. I was really bummed about not being able to run and was worried it would take too long to heal to get back into the swing of training. The good news is I am feeling better and I'm back to running! More to come in the week 6 post....

Friday, September 4, 2009

Week 4 : This One Goes to 11

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. - Acts 20:24

I was feeling a bit intimidated this week as my longest run yet was looming. Maybe it was the fact that it was double digits, maybe it was just me being a flake. My 6 mile run on Wednesday didn't help anything. I think I just didn't get quite enough sleep and I felt really sluggish and was just glad to finish it. The 3 miler the next day was good though, so that got my confidence back up a smidge.

Then there it was - those two ones put together and mocking me, saying "I know you're scared." Kind of like this:
But then I decided to say, "Forget that! 11 miles can't stop me!" Then this morning I ran 11 miles. And it felt awesome. This is why I have made running a part of my life. It's almost the same feeling as when you hit a baseball right on the sweet spot of the bat. The "runner's high" just seems to last all day.

Week 4 Rundown:

Mon: 3 miles
Tue: 6 miles
Wed: 3 miles
Fri: 11 miles - 1 hr 40 min 37 sec

Total: 23 miles

For all my "11" nervousness, I kept thinking of the above clip. I'm just gonna make my amp go up to 11...

I did adjust my schedule a bit this week as my brother will be in town from Colorado for a visit & wanted to maximize the time. Next week will be back to the Saturday long run. 12 miles can't stop me!

In the meantime, the college football season starts up this week! I will have my "guns up" this weekend cheering on my Red Raiders to victory!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Week 3 : "Stepback Week"

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
Proverbs 15:17

Week 3 comes late as I have been sucked in to a "Lost" watching party. Hulu just had to put seasons 1-4 up for free... Not sure why I never watched "Lost," but now I want to know what's next. Also, by some wonder of the universe, I actually had an interview with an Architectural firm. Wasn't sure if there would ever be another one hiring. So with the interviewing and tv watching, I am just now posting about last week's running.

Run Breakdown:

Tue: 3 miles
Wed: 5 miles
Thur: 3 miles
Sat: 6 miles

Total: 17 miles

So, it was a pretty easy week and I felt good after all my runs. That's about it. Not much else to let you know about. Thanks for all your support and prayers.

Oh... They run a lot on "Lost" so that counts as "studying running form" right?