Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I'm Still Here

I haven't posted here in months.  I'm currently deployed and busy, but I am still running when I can.  In fact, I've run right through the only pair of running shoes I brought with me and had to reinforce them with duct tape.  Dedication. 

By the way, this is my 100th post on this blog.  Someone please drink a beer for me...

AJ

Monday, March 7, 2016

End of Another Year-Long Study

I haven't written on here in awhile.  Pre-deployment training has been very time-consuming.  I've been traveling a bit over the past two months and even more to look forward to over the next 12 months.  But, I was able to compile my running statistics from 2015 over this past weekend.  I'll jump right into it.

First, as a reminder and to serve as a comparison, here are my numbers from 2014 (two years ago):

Number of Runs: 246
Time: 371:41:52
Distance: 2,111.06 miles (3,397 km)
Elev Gain: 219,441 feet (66,886 meters)
Avg Pace: 10:34 per mile (6:34 per km)
Avg Time per Run: 1:30:37

Avg Miles per Month: 175.92
Avg Miles per Week: 40.60
Avg Miles per Day: 5.78
Avg Miles per Run: 8.58

Avg Elev per Month: 18,287 feet
Avg Elev per Week: 4,220 feet
Avg Elev per Day: 601 feet
Avg Elev per Run: 892 feet

To be honest, I think back to when I hit "enter" on my keyboard to get some of these numbers last year and I was truly surprised.  My photographer and I guessed what elevation gain would be.  I think I was around 125,000 and she was slightly higher.  When the total came out to 219,441 feet I actually felt a sharp pain in my knees as I thought of what they'll feel like 30 years from now when they get replaced with plastic look-a-likes.  When I did the math for 2015 it was easy to identify that we brought a child into the mix, endured a PCS move and a change of landscape, and I suffered through an injury and took 4 weeks off during the summer.  Here are 2015 numbers:

Number of Runs: 272
Time: 223:57:47
Distance: 1,539.59 miles (2,477 km)
Elev Gain: 83,024 feet (25,306 meters)
Avg Pace: 8:44 per mile (5:25 per km)
Avg Time per Run: 49:26

Avg Miles per Month: 128.30
Avg Miles per Week: 29.61
Avg Miles per Day: 4.22
Avg Miles per Run: 5.66

Avg Elev per Month: 6,919 feet
Avg Elev per Week: 1,597 feet
Avg Elev per Day: 227 feet
Avg Elev per Run: 305 feet


A few drastic differences between 2014 and 2015 stand out at first glance:

- I ran 600 more miles in 2014

- I ran a ton of mountains and elevation in 2014 (in Virginia) than in 2015 (in North Carolina's swampy flatlands...)

- My pace per mile was about 2 minutes faster in 2015 due to less elevation gain

- My average time spent per run was nearly twice as long in 2014 (90 minutes) than in 2015 (49 minutes), mostly because I wanted to hurry home to see Little Man


Am I surprised when I compare the two years?  Not particularly.  Camp Lejeune and the surrounding area is flat.  Very flat.  For instance, my 10- and 12- mile routes on base consist of 58 and 74 feet of elevation gain, respectively.  Also, I took 4 consecutive weeks away from running to recover from a foot injury in July.  We also spent about 3 weeks living out of boxes as we transitioned to another new area, new job, and new culture, all with a 6 month old.  To top it off, my current job has demanded more time, effort, and emotion than any job I've had so far, and hours spent "working" each week usually add up to a number higher than 70.  When I'm not in Camp Lejeune working 14 hour days, I'm traveling and working 16 hour days.  In fact, I'm traveling today and as I'm typing this blog post my Blackberry is vibrating with work requirements every few minutes.  Maintaining any sort of routine, especially a running routine, has been nearly impossible.  During the entire month of February I ran between midnight and 0200 every night because that was the only time I could squeeze it in.  That was neither desirable nor healthy, but damnit I'm dedicated.

That's all I have time for right now.  I'd like to dive deep into this and write another article like I did last year, and again compare this to Gladwell's 10,000 hours study, but I'll save that for another time.

Little Man is no longer little.  Eli is now a walking, talking, 15-month old human with the coolest personality ever.  He's got the greatest Mama and she deserves all the credit, especially for his good looks.



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This is appropriate.  I'll be gone a lot over the next year but I won't forget where I was raised and what I'm coming home to...



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.