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2012 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Finisher's medal

2012 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Finisher’s medal

Yep, here it is folks.  Another runner that I follow on Twitter posted this pic of the finisher’s medal for this year’s MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.  I finished my last long run yesterday for my training plan and only have a few short easy runs and some rest days before race day on December 9th.

In addition to getting ready for this race and thinking back over all the training I’ve done, I thought some this week about my cross-training.  After having several injuries mostly relating to over-used or inflamed muscles and tendons, I learned about cross-training.  Of course, as a cyclist, I was cross-training already, but since then, I’ve added in swimming as well.

My cross-training with running really helps with my muscles.  I can always tell after riding, spinning, or swimming how much looser my muscles feel.  This has to be good for my running and I think it has helped.  Along with remembering to stretch after long or hard runs, I haven’t (knock on wood) had any issues this year after my swimming injury healed.

I’m getting just a little bit excited to run come Sunday.  Now the really obsessive part of racing takes hold.  Checking on the weather every five minutes.  Pouring over the race map to visualize the race neighborhoods and where I’ll be at about what time.  Figuring out six days in advance what I’ll wear and need, then changing it several times. Fretting over meals and calorie counts.  If I forget anything to be obsessive about, please send me a comment and remind me.  I don’t want to miss even the smallest obsessive detail you know.

I pulled the marathon card on my algebra teacher this week.  I signed up to take college algebra this semester as I need more discipline hours in order to be able to teach on the college level someday.  Wouldn’t you know I’d pick math, right.  I have this saying, “Dave always has to do it the hard way.”  And, I’ve proven it with math.  I’ve really struggled this semester with this course, which shouldn’t be all that hard.  I took algebra in high school, right; thirty something years ago.  Mostly, I seem to have some kind of numerical dyslexia.  My difficulties are often in getting all the numbers written down without transposing something.  In any case, I spent all day yesterday doing two tests, and I do mean all day.  I’ve been close to giving up and withdrawing.  Instead, I sent my teacher an e-mail and told her I was a marathoner.  We don’t give up.  And, I wont’.  Might go down in flames, but I wont’ give up.

If you already have a follow for me on Twitter, I’ve set up tweets while I’m running next Sunday.  If you haven’t and if you’re really that bored for tweets on Sunday, I’m @abigmanrunning over there.  Strangely enough I do have followers on Twitter as well as here on WordPress.  I thank you for that.  I started writing this for practice, but I realize it’s writing and we do like for folks to actually read what we’ve written.  I found out how important that was this week when I helped out another writer.

Discovered a new app to use this week.  Another friend messaged me about using Strava for cycling and running.  My garmin has been broken for all of this Fall.  I just haven’t wanted to spend the money on a new one nor mess with it while training.  Mostly, I just need an easy way to record my miles, times, and paces.  I’ve been using another app on my android phone, but it’s really a power hog.  Strava so far doesn’t seem to be.  I’ve only gotten to use it once, but it’s really simple.  It works while my phone is in airport mode.  The GPS signal still receives during that mode, but it really lowers power usage.  I’ll keep everyone posted on it.

Well, I told you it was going to be a bit random.  It happens every now and then.  I just heard today there are chances of rain showers for next Sunday.  I don’t need to hear that after last year’s race.  I sure hope that goes away.  I’ll be updating on the post race recap next week, after I rest up a bit.  Remember, the first 20 miles is a training run.  The last 6.2 miles is the race.  I think I said that somewhere before.  Merry Christmas, and Happy Running!

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Yep, it’s that time again — randomness.  A day when writing is just a collection of what’s going on rather than any coherent topic.  It also means I have lapsed too much time between posts.

On the triathlete front, I have started some ride/run bricks on Saturdays.  Or should I say run/ride since the heat is just getting too intense to run at 10:30 AM even.  They didn’t start on purpose, but I added a run one Saturday when I couldn’t get in a 50-mile ride and it not only stuck but allowed me to get back to 20-mile weeks in running.

Which segues nicely to running.  I have almost finished a six week stint at 20 miles per week.  Just two more short runs tomorrow and Saturday.  That’s pretty significant since I haven’t been able to consistently get over 20 miles a week.  Also, I have been able to run five days a week without any real problems.

While I’m talking running, I signed up for Mizuno’s Mezamashii Run Project.  It seems that Mizuno is proud enough of how well runners will do in their shoes that they are giving out shoes to lots of runners (through a weekly drawing).  Ostensibly, it’s to get runners connected with Mizuno’s philosophy on running, and also to sell more shoes.

Now, I am perfectly happy with my ASICS gel-Nimbus, but it’s important to have a second option.  Single sourcing anything is not a good idea.  Case in point that I had to wear a lesser brand last Winter as I wasn’t able to get a pair of Nimbus.  I thought that the gel-Cumulus would be almost as good and they were serviceable.  However, they kind of hardened up quicker than I’d liked.  So, we’ll wait to see if I get picked or not.

Also on running, I thought I’d add in a couple of tips this post.  I have been plagued a bit by catching my foot on uneven ground when running lately.  I’ve noticed that this often happens when I run over a rough spot where the ground is higher under one foot than the other.  Watch out for these little changes in elevation and go around.  If not, you might fall.  Also, if you have to run a lot of sidewalks, it’s better on driveway approaches to run up near the driveway side of the approach.  This is the side closer to the house/building than to the street.  Running this way keeps you almost on the same level with the sidewalk and you can avoid some of that up and down and slanted running you get from the angled driveway approach.

Hotter-n-Hell Hundred will be here in a few weeks.  I am looking forward to that ride this year.  I will try to finish the 100-mile route again and this year, it’s a new route.  Usually, all the routes less than 100-miles go through Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, but the century riders didn’t.  I have heard that the AFB rest stop is a real highlight and a thrill to the riders.  This year, the organizers altered the 100-mile route so that we will all get to go through the AFB rest stop.

Yep, that was cycling again, but I said it was random.

I will also start marathon training right after HHH in preparation for the first Dallas Marathon.  OK, it’s still really the White Rock, but they changed the name.  It also has a new route for this year and we’ll get to cross the new bridge over the Trinity River a la NYC’s Verazzano bridge.

Random is just that — random.  However, I have been having a really good time since I put together this new schedule in June.  I am getting to run more and with better quality than before.  I am riding consistently on Saturdays and not having to worry about whether or not I’m getting enough long runs or long rides.  I put my long runs on Wednesdays and stuck them at 8-miles, which is the longest I’ve run on a mid-week run since I started.  Though it’s hot outside (and here, I do mean HOT) I am happy with where I’m at right now.  I certainly hope that your Summer is going just as smoothly and consistent.  Happy running/cycling!

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That’s what one of my friends that ran the White Rock Half Marathon had to say about the weather this past Sunday.  He was right, and for me, running the full marathon that day, he was doubly right.  While my friend got to finish in 13.1 miles, I endured the weather for another 13.1.  Yet, I wouldn’t trade this run for any other. (more…)

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Week 9 of White Rock Marathon training is now in the bag.  I did my long run today which was originally supposed to be 14 miles, but was changed to 15 miles (more on that in a minute).  I can officially say that it was the longest I have ever run.  In three years, my longest runs were my half-marathons (13.1 miles).  Today, in a training run, I ran a half-marathon and then some.  Go figure. (more…)

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Or at least, it will be close to it.  Today is the final day before the 2011 Hotter-n-Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls, TX.  It will be my third year to attend.  I elected to do the 100K this year instead of worrying about the 100 miler.  I did that in 2008 and DNF’ed it last year.  Several including my sweetie raved about the rest stop at the airbase being so cool, but it’s not on the 100-mile route.  I thought that would be a good change this year.  With more running and swimming in preparation for my first triathlon next month, I thought I would take the burden off of making or missing either the training or the distance by just making a go for the allegedly more comfortable distance. (more…)

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When I finished my first half-marathon in just under three hours, I thought about the marathon for a bit.  But, I didn’t think about it for long.  When my second half came in about the same time, I thought even less about the marathon.  At my calculations, the best time I could expect was a marathon of about 6.5 hours.  As I considered how much time running that really was, I began to rationalize against the marathon for me: I didn’t want to run for that long, I couldn’t run a marathon until I could turn in a faster half time, etc. (more…)

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I went out for my last run this morning as I get my final preparations underway for the race this coming Sunday.  As I was going through my mind the steps I would take to get ready, I realized that I hadn’t ever written any of these down.  I also know that many of my friends are running races this weekend for their first time and any help might come in handy.  I am certainly not an expert in these matters, but between RunnersWorld.com and my friends, I have learned a few things that make a race more enjoyable, if not faster.  In addition, please allow the disclaimer that no one has to listen to my dribble on race prep if they don’t wish to do so. (more…)

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I like snow.  I don’t like to run in it because I don’t have the right kind of shoes, but I do like the snow.  We haven’t had snow in Texas, yet.  It’s the snow on WordPress that I am liking.  We get snow on our blogs at Christmastime thanks to our hosts.  It’s a pretty cool thing, I think. (more…)

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It has been kind of a wild time around my place.  Amongst family things going on, our church put on a worship event just this past weekend.  At the same time, our elders finally made the decision to place our current facility on the market.  It’s just too large for our needs anymore.  Since many folks gave up a lot to build it back in the 1970’s, that causes the emotions of grief to show up.  In my own place, I have to “discern” whether or not I will be needed in the future of our congregation.  I hate that word discern.  It gets well overused.  However, on the swimming, biking, running front (keeping it in tri order), things are not doing too badly. (more…)

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As plans go, this one did as well as could be expected. The weather was the factor. Instead of waking to the lower 40’s and clear skies, it was mid-40’s and fog. I took a bag with shorts and some extra gear planning to decide as race time got closer.

By 7 AM, the weather around American Airlines Center hadn’t improved much even though I could now see. However, I was still skeptical that the coolness would last or be low enough to be comfortable in two tech shirts and running pants. I made a final decision to wear the short sleeved tech shirt and hope for the best with running pants. (more…)

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