First Training Report

on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 9:58 PM

Well here's my first training report. Did a little over 10 miles today in line with Pfitzinger 18/55 plan. Very nice weather for a run. Cool and a little breezy. It rained last night and so the air was a little damp but in a refreshing kind of way, not in a muggy way. Averaged pace of 8:48 min/mile at a HR of 155. Though towards the end I was just trying to keep my HR below 160 which is the upper end of my Pfitz long run HR.

On another note, I donated blood today. I used to give a lot, but since I started my marathon kick in 2004, I've decided that twice a year will have to do. Considering that it's almost half way through the year and I haven't given yet, I figured it was about time. It should leave me with enough time to recover for Chicago. Anyways the nurse gave me a weird look when my HR came up as 43. I tried to tell her that I run a lot, but apparently that wasn't a good enough explanation. I needed to say the magic words, "I am an athelete" and this suddenly made it okay. I don't generally consider myself an athelete, as I only picture those who take part in the olympics and earn their daily living doing sports to be atheletes. Anyways, the blood donation will make for a fairly interesting experiment as I'd like to see what my HR will be like this weekend during my recovery and long runs. I'll be sure to post a chart.

I was thinking of running a race this weekend. It's the Canada day long weekend and there is a 10k race to support Canadian atheletes. I ran a 10k a few weeks ago on a slightly undulating course and finished in a Pb of 45:25 when I was really hoping for sub 45. I was hoping to race this weekend and go sub 45 and this was partly the reason I was holding off on the blood donation, but I realized that 45 was just an arbitrary number that will probably be beating in the fall in any event, since Pfitz has me doing some tune-up races in the weeks leading up to the marathon.

Hello World!

on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 8:24 PM

adjective: known or knowable only to the initiate

Well it all starts here! I'm trying to motivate myself to train a little and thought it would be interesting to start a running blog. Only problem is that I didn't want to open up my training life to those that know me, especially those at work since when I undoubtably complain about work getting in the way of training, I won't feel to nervous to post about it. They already think I'm crazy because I run several times a week. So i thought the best way would be to try and be a little anonymous about it.

I’m currently training for the Chicago marathon to be held on October 22, 2006. It'll be my 4th marathon. I’m following Pete Pfitzinger’s 18 week and upto 55 mile program. I’m currently on week 2. And so the plan begins...