Sunday, December 27, 2015

23 Nov-27 Dec

23-29 NOV -- 5:29:39 -- 37.57 miles -- 3400 elevation gain

30 NOV-6 DEC -- 2:40:04 -- 19.95 miles -- 1577 elevation gain

7-13 DEC -- 4:16:36 -- 32.74 miles -- 475 elevation gain (running)
                 -- 20:00 -- 4.84 miles (biking)

14-20 DEC -- 1:51:44 -- 24.90 miles -- 135 elevation gain

21-27 DEC -- 5:21:40 -- 40.54 miles -- 1872 elevation gain

Sunday, November 22, 2015

19 Oct-22 Nov

I've got lots of catching up to do.  Work has been crazy and I started another graduate class 4 weeks ago.  I'm going to list just the totals for the last few weeks.


19-25 OCT -- 4:22:01 -- 29.87 miles -- 925 elevation gain (running)
                   -- 26:30 -- 6.34 miles (biking)

26 OCT-01 NOV -- 3:09:39 -- 23.71 miles -- 167 elevation gain (all running)

02-08 NOV -- 6:36:55 -- 39.90 miles -- 88 elevation gain (running)
                    -- 20:35 -- 4.41 miles (biking)

09-15 NOV -- 2:05:44 -- 15.97 miles -- 83 elevation gain (all running)

16-22 NOV -- 2:11:09 -- 16.17 miles -- 1489 elevation gain (running)
                    -- 1:07:47 -- 15.53 miles (biking)


I ran the Croatan 24-Hour on 7 Nov.  Well, I ran 6 hours of it.  I was feeling great, was in second place, covered about 40 miles in 6 hours, but when my photographer showed up with Little Man I realized that I didn't want to be away from them all day.  So, I left.  We went home and took a nap together, then we played on his slide in the living room and ate animal crackers all night.  Totally worth giving up a potential podium finish.

Over the past few days I've been completely swamped with real work and school work, but during my first break in schedule (possibly this coming week during the long weekend) I am going to write a few posts on here.  Two posts, in particular, because I feel like I've cheated you all since I haven't been writing on here regularly. 

During a run a few days ago I was thinking about my short running career that began in 2007 when I finished my first ultra (JFK 50).  I was thinking back, remembering the happy times, remembering the lousy times, and trying to rack and stack them both into a list of the top 10 best memories and top 10 worst memories.  Thus, I will write those two posts.  My photographer has agreed to assist me in conjuring up memories since she has been on the receiving end of nearly all complaints and expressions of gratitude over the past 8 years. 

To be honest, I'm looking forward to writing again.  Lately I've been writing about International Business in my free time which isn't nearly as interesting as I expect these two posts to be...

Monday, October 19, 2015

05-18 Oct

05 OCT -- 32:56 -- 4.54 miles -- 29 elevation gain
              -- 21:11 -- 2.00 miles -- 845 elevation gain
06 OCT -- 31:41 -- 3.50 miles -- 554 elevation gain
07 OCT -- 32:09 -- 4.40 miles -- 34 elevation gain
08 OCT -- 24:01 -- 3.20 miles -- 30 elevation gain
09 OCT -- 30:50 -- 3.13 miles -- 23 elevation gain
10 OCT -- 1:15:06 -- 10.04 miles -- 59 elevation gain
11 OCT -- 45:51 -- 6.27 miles -- 42 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 4:07:54 -- 37.08 miles -- 1616 elevation gain





12 OCT -- 1:27:33 -- 11.48 -- 78 elevation gain
13 OCT -- off
14 OCT -- 33:01 -- 4.42 miles -- 36 elevation gain
15 OCT -- off
16 OCT -- off
17 OCT -- 2:38:22 -- 20.34 miles -- 164 elevation gain
18 OCT -- off -- upper body weightlifting and crossfit

TOTAL -- 4:38:56 -- 36.24 miles -- 278 elevation gain

Two ok weeks.  I ran enough miles to sustain whatever cardio level I'm at currently, but not enough miles or focused workouts to make any strides towards getting faster.  I'm happy with my pace and comfort level on my longer runs, but my foot and toe are still bothering me.  The Croatan 24 Hour race is in 3 weeks and I feel more than ready to cover 100+ miles, but my foot will need to hold up for 24 hours.






Sunday, October 4, 2015

28 Sep-04 Oct

28 SEP -- off -- did some push ups and crunches...
29 SEP -- 24:34 -- 3.05 miles -- 29 elevation gain
             -- 22:30 -- 2.25 miles -- 891 elevation gain
30 SEP -- 33:50 -- 4.42 miles -- 27 elevation gain
01 OCT -- 15:00 -- 3.60 miles (biking)
02 OCT -- 25:30 -- 6.02 miles (biking)
03 OCT -- 31:41 -- 3.50 miles -- 554 elevation gain
04 OCT -- 59:07 -- 7.89 miles -- 46 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 2:51:42 -- 21.11 miles -- 1547 elevation gain (running)
              -- 40:30 -- 9.62 miles (biking)

We got really busy at work this week and were on a 24-hour recall to potentially deploy, so I got in some workouts when I could.  Next week will be better!



Sunday, September 27, 2015

14-27 Sep

14 SEP -- 52:30 -- 5.56 miles -- 56 elevation gain
             -- bike 19:04 -- 4.66 miles
15 SEP -- bike 28:04 -- 6.71 miles
             -- 14:41 -- 1.97 miles (first run in new Hokas)
16 SEP -- 27:36 -- 3.14 miles -- 4 elevation gain
             -- 27:56 -- 3.98 miles -- 46 elevation gain
17 SEP -- bike 24:00 -- 5.90 miles
18 SEP -- 59:14 -- 6.59 miles -- 54 elevation gain
19 SEP -- 43:25 -- 4.35 miles -- 34 elevation gain
             -- 1:14:36 -- 9.81 miles -- 56 elevation gain
20 SEP -- 29:54 -- 2.50 miles -- 1148 elevation gain (treadmill)

TOTAL -- 5:29:52 -- 37.90 miles -- 1421 elevation gain (running)
              -- 1:11:08 -- 17.27 miles (biking)



21 SEP -- 1:01:41 -- 7.14 miles -- 45 elevation gain
22 SEP -- bike 38:00 -- 9.32 miles
23 SEP -- 1:02:58 -- 8.68 miles -- 72 elevation gain
24 SEP -- off
25 SEP -- 32:12 -- 3.00 miles -- 1085 elevation gain
26 SEP -- bike 35:00 -- 8.51 miles
27 SEP -- 3:22:33 -- 25.01 miles -- 164 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 5:59:23 -- 43.83 miles -- 1366 elevation gain (running)
              -- 1:13:00 -- 17.83 miles (biking)

I got out for a long run today, my longest since April.  It rained the entire time.  I felt good but, as expected, my foot annoyed me and continued hurting throughout the day.  Last week I received my custom-fit orthotics but I haven't ran with them yet.  I put a pair in my work boots and they feel ok walking around at work - they hurt the first 2 days but I got used to them later in the week.  I'm still hesitant to start running in them but I'll give it a try this coming week.  The Croatan 24-hour race is in a few weeks and I still intend to run it. 



Sunday, September 13, 2015

31 Aug-13 Sep

31 AUG -- bike 19:03 -- 4.66 miles
01 SEP -- run 11:35 -- 1.37 miles -- 10 elevation gain (morning)
             -- swim 1000 meters
             -- run 11:48 -- 1.38 miles -- 33 elevation gain
             -- bike 18:04 -- 4.60 miles (afternoon)
02 SEP -- 0.5 mile sprint -- 100 ammo can presses in 2:00 -- Maneuver Under Fire in 2:04 (CFT)
03 SEP -- bike 26:04 -- 6.27 miles
04 SEP -- 50 pull ups -- 100 push ups -- 150 squats -- modified MURPH w/flak jacket (morning)
             -- run 1:11:24 -- 9.02 miles -- 66 elevation gain
05 SEP -- run 49:20 -- 6.28 miles -- 39 elevation gain
06 SEP -- run 1:10:50 -- 8.36 miles -- 58 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 3:38:01 -- 26.91 miles -- 214 elevation gain (running)
              -- 1:03:11 -- 15.53 miles (biking)

Finally got back into running on a more permanent basis.  Foot still annoying and an entire month off didn't heal it.  Had an MRI on Friday, get the results next week.



07 SEP -- 52:54 -- 7.01 miles -- 42 elevation gain
08 SEP -- 46:20 -- 6.13 miles -- 44 elevation gain
09 SEP -- bike 24:00 -- 5.78 miles
10 SEP -- 18:42 -- 1.50 miles -- 25 elevation gain (run to o-course w/flak jacket)
             -- obstacle course x 2
             -- 15:09 -- 1.50 miles -- 25 elevation gain (run back from o-course w/flak jacket)
11 SEP -- 11:00 -- 1.38 miles -- 11 elevation gain
             -- swim 750 meters
             -- 11:40 -- 1.35 miles -- 4 elevation gain
12 SEP -- 1:54:15 -- 14.38 miles -- 169 elevation gain
13 SEP -- off -- rest

TOTAL -- 4:30:00 -- 33.25 miles -- 320 elevation gain (running)
              -- 24:00 -- 5.78 miles (biking)

It feels good to really get back into running and I missed it!  We've started combat-type conditioning at work 3 days each week, which has cut into my training, but it helps me to maintain muscle and cardio.  I'm going to start biking less and running more.  I got the results of my MRI on Friday - bruised sesamoid bone, and tendonitis in my big toe with some fluid also present.  I'll continue to tape down my toe during the day and during runs.  The Doc said it could get worse, get better, or just hang out like it has been for months.  My custom orthotics should be ready to wear next week or the week after, and I'm hoping they help my foot more than hurt it.  It's trial and error from here on out, but I can keep running which is good news. 

I did 14+ miles yesterday and it felt awesome!  The humidity and heat were very low, it was about 75 degrees with rain and decent wind, and it felt so good to run shirtless again and feel a breeze to keep me cool.  I wasn't fast (averaged 7:57/mile), but I didn't suffer from heat exhaustion like I had been early in the summer when the heat index was over 100 degrees on the daily.  I made a discovery as well - my toe and foot felt okay until 45 minutes into the run, the pain increased from then until about 1:15, then it all sort of went numb until I finished around 2 hours.  Karl Meltzer suffers from a similar issue where he "hangs on" for about 40 miles in a 100 mile race, then his foot goes numb and he is able to start cranking out the miles.  Who knows whether or not we have the same injury, but it's comforting to know that others deal with similar nagging injuries and have been running throughout them for years.  During my deployment next year I don't anticipate running too much so there is a potential for this to go away altogether.  Time will tell. 



Sunday, August 30, 2015

10-30 Aug

10 AUG -- 30:54 -- 7.76 miles
11 AUG -- 41:39 -- 10.56 miles
12 AUG -- 20:00 -- 5.40 miles
13 AUG -- 32:18 -- 8.07 miles
               -- 30:49 -- 8.07 miles
14 AUG -- 35:08 -- 9.32 miles
15 AUG -- 23:43 -- 5.96 miles
               -- 42:09 -- 10.87 miles
16 AUG -- 49:07 -- 12.42 miles
               -- 34:45 -- 9.01 miles

TOTAL -- 5:40:32 -- 87.45 miles

Better week than the last, and I pushed close to 100 miles.  Work is getting more and more demanding but I've been able to workout twice a day, although they are short workouts.  Missing running but my cycle is set up in front of my 22" TV w/DVD player so it takes my mind off being immobile. 



17 AUG -- 25:04 -- 6.40 miles
18 AUG -- swim 1600 meters (morning)
               -- 12:40 -- 3.23 miles (afternoon)
19 AUG -- 1 mile run -- 100 pull ups -- 200 push ups -- 300 squats -- 1 mile run (foot felt ok...)
20 AUG -- 30:07 -- 7.58 miles
               -- 20:00 -- 5.09 miles
21 AUG -- 31:20 -- 8.07 miles
               -- 19:40 -- 5.09 miles
22 AUG -- 38:58 -- 9.81 miles
23 AUG -- 26:24 -- 6.71 miles

TOTAL -- 3:24:13 -- 51.99 miles

Less miles this week on the bike but the workout on Wednesday morning smoked me.  I took my foot out of the boot because it was putting pressure on the wrong spots and making my foot throb all day.  I walked around all weekend without it and the pain went away, so it's in the back of my closet for now.  I've been taping my big toe down every morning and it's been helping, no pain throughout the day walking around in boots. 



24 AUG -- 37:58 -- 9.69 miles
               -- 20:15 -- 5.22 miles
25 AUG -- 20:03 -- 4.84 miles
               -- 35:49 -- 9.32 miles
26 AUG -- 26:12 -- 6.58 miles
               -- 23:05 -- 5.90 miles
27 AUG -- 31:52 -- 8.07 miles
               -- 17:39 -- 4.53 miles
28 AUG -- (first run in a month...)
               -- 17:39 -- 4.53 miles
29 AUG -- (second run in a month...)
30 AUG -- off (first day off in a month...)

TOTAL BIKING -- 3:56:17 -- 60.06 miles

TOTAL RUNNING -- 2:12:09 -- 16.57 miles -- 140 elevation gain

Two workouts a day from M-F this week, felt great!  I took an entire month off of running and finally decided to head out for a few miles on Friday morning - felt really good, didn't lose stamina or endurance thanks to the biking, but the pain in my toe and foot is still there.  Very disappointing.  I have an MRI this coming Friday morning to help determine what the problem is.  It hasn't gotten any worse but it hasn't gone away either.  So, on Saturday I said screw it and ran 13 miles - I really missed running and I enjoyed the freedom, but the second half was annoying dealing with a nagging pain coming from my big toe.  To make the situation even worse, the foot doctor called me earlier in the week and said the machine he used to scan my feet for custom orthotics last week was broken and I need to go back for a re-scan, thus setting me back another two weeks until I could potentially run pain-free.  Silly technology.  I'm going to get back into running this week, but in the back of my mind I'm wondering whether or not my foot will be back in a boot or be getting sliced open by a surgeon in the coming weeks...