13.1 Ft. Lauderdale

What a nice weekend on the 12th. I went down to Ft. Lauderdale for the RRM conference. Always a nice get away as I was able to sit on the beach and swim in 80 degree weather while everyone else in Michigan was experiencing the first snow…don’t hate 🙂 Work was good and it was nice getting some relaxing time with the wife.

I needed to do a long run while I was down there and not knowing the area I began to look for road races and the 13.1 is what I found. So this was cool…I had never run a half before and I wanted an official time. I didn’t really care what the time was as long as I could finally say “My time is blah” but then I started looking at the results from the past year, as we all do, and then I fond the course record of 72:40 (5:33 pace.) I had just finished up a 10 miler at 5:24 pace so I thought here is one more goal I can accomplish while I’m down here.

I sent in my running resume and was able to bypass the $85 reg. fee. but I still had to go through Active.com which pained me being that I run a competing website “RunSignUp”.

Two worst things about the race was I had to get up at 4:00am for the 6:15 start and there was a 15-20 mph head wind for 7 miles…now for the fun stuff.

As the news paper described it “It was a brisk 69 degrees” so I was warming up in just a racing singlet and shorts. The race director called me out at the start line and was asking me for my prediction which I just shrugged and said we will see.

Runners take your mark…everyone moved and boxed me out pushing me back to the second row…that is so annoying. As usual we start at a blistering 4:30 mile pace eventually slowing to a 5:10 for the first mile, I sit in 10th place. These guys continue to hammer the pace through the second mile dropping a 5:04. Now I want to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the half marathon just as much as the next guy but I was in realty knowing I’m not in that good of shape, so I slowed down and dropped a 5:34 Mile. Weird…I still ended up in 2nd place after that mile. I made a small push over the fourth mile at 5:18 catching up to 1st place where we ran together for about 200 meters then he just slowed way down as I hit my fifth mile in 5:20 and was on my own for the rest of the race. 5:10, 5:04, 5:34, 5:18, 5:20, 5:24, 5:35, 5:25, 5:08, 5:23, 5:05, 5:17, 5:17.

Ready to be done with this at the 11th mile and tried to push a little harder to get it over with in a time of 69:34 smashing the course record by 3:06 and beating 2nd place by almost 4 minutes.

All in all it was a fun experience and I couldn’t ask for a better first half marathon. In Detroit I may be the slowest ever but down there I was the fastest ever 🙂 and I am still amazed how a beer can make your legs feel so much better after a hard run like that.

A Nice Hard Off / On Run

This is a nice loop for the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area down by the water. The goal of this run is 6:00/Mile, 5:00/Mile so your total time should be 55:00 for the 10 Miler. We rocked it without trying. This was nice for me as I can finally start to feel my body responding positively to all the training. Getting back into spikes has wrecked my calfs, Lifting at Barwis Methods has destroyed me as well…but now the beginner soreness has faded and everything is starting to fall into place nicely. I can’t wait for indoor to hit!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Garmin links. You need to click on the black text of the name of the run “Gallup On / Off 10 Miler” and that will pull up the splits of the run.

Big Heart Big House

Well what a fun weekend it was. Starting on Thursday I had my best 16x400M workout averaging 68.5ish. Friday was a nice and relaxing 6 miles. Then I jumped out for a recovery 15 miles with Corey on Saturday

Just to come back Sunday for the Big Heart Big House run in Ann Arbor. It was such a fun time!

Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists

Waiting at the start of the BHBH


I ran with Josh Perrin and Brandon Bethke for the first three miles of the 10K. Then Josh began to drop off the back. I think he knew no one else was going to catch him so he had 3rd place wrapped up and was going to come back in the 5K and go for the win in that…which he did 🙂 I held on with Bethke for about another mile but I could feel him eager to go and at about the 4th mile he went. He ended up taking the win in 30:39 and slid into second with 31:25 only 10 seconds off of my goal, DAMN YOU BIG HILL!
The finish line was great with the whole crew from MRSPT hanging out there. Also my lovely wife and good friends The Syrkowskis. I don’t think you realize how big the Big House is until you have to climb those stairs on the way out 😉

A Nice Relaxing Long Run

Nothing special here, just Coach on the bike with Corey and me running along side. Haven’t done this loop in a long time. It’s all the low traffic dirt roads out by Domino’s (pizza HQ) Farms, Ann Arbor. It’s got some nice climbs on it as well…we almost sent the medivac to get Coach on Joy Rd. after the we ran up the big boy 🙂 Hope you all got outside and got to enjoy what little sun we had this weekend.

It Means “Know Thyself”

Thanks Oracle (from Matrix)  This was just a nice paced 10 mile run Corey and me banged out on Thursday.  We will be headed down to Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday to chase the qualifying standards for USATF Championships 2011 and for Olympic Trials 2012.  Hopefully our hard work will pay off this weekend and we will get to breath easy for a day in knowing that we hit the time.  Otherwise, like Jay-Z said,  It’s on to the next one.


 

 

Tobago

So a long over due post about the lovely island Trinidad & Tobago.  I went down to this island a few weeks back and had a great time.  The food was wonderful, the weather was hot, and the pool was clean.

I raced a 5k on the track and a 10k on the roads while I was down there.  The heat was waaay to much for a 10K effort where I placed 3rd and the 5K was lacking in competition as I won with only a 15:07 , beating 2nd place by around 40 seconds.

The 10K course was one of the hardest runs I have ever done.  The hills were between 800M and 1,000M long.  We started at ocean level then quickly began to climb.  I lead for the first 4 miles but the two locals were used to the weather and had run the course several times prior.  They knew I was going to run myself into the ground.

I have to talk about the taxi system down there.  We dubbed it “Crazy Taxi”  no where in America would you ever just walk to the road, wave your hand, and just hop into the first random car that stopped…well you might but you also expect to get robbed at the same time.

For about 4 TTs or 66cents they would take you down the road to either the track or the beach and that is just the way people get around down there.  It wasn’t just the young kids…we watched an older lady get off of work and go flag down her Crazy Taxi.

Tobago is a small island of only around 50,000 people and a 45 min drive time to clear the entire island long way and about 10 min to cover it short ways.  All of the Europeans were found at Pigeon Point which would be like a state park.  We had to pay to get in and there weren’t really any locals there. 

Would I go back there to vacation?  Would not be my first choice.  Would I go back to race?  In a heartbeat…it was a fun trip to go on but if your looking for fast times as a distance runner, not really the place to be.