Sunday, April 13, 2014

JRC Group Road Run - 6.9 miles - Sunday - 4-12-2014 - Details

JRC Group Road Run - 6.9 miles - Sunday - 4-12-2014 - Details

My training for the August 2nd, 2014 - Eagle Creek Trail Half Marathon on the very hilly trails of Eagle Creek park west of Indianapolis started this month and I am sorry to report that the first full week of training that ended yesterday showed a total of just 14.87miles.

I hope to run 3 days a week during this month and of course increase my weekly mileage. This morning at the Jacksonville Running Company group road run I met James who is a co-worker of a Beth, a regular at the Sunday morning run. The 3 of us took off shooting for 7 or 8 miles. James is quicker than Bethand I so he relaxed and enjoyed the scenery while Beth and I got a good workout.

The three of us ran through the cow tunnel and took the Burnt Mill option on the return to end at 6.90 miles. While we slowed a bit on the final couple of milesthe first 4 miles seemed quicker than what the clock is reporting. Forthe past few months I have been running a very social pace and notpushing myself. To get quicker I need to run with others quicker than me so I suggested to James that he come back and run with the group from time to time.

After we finished the run I was cooling off with a bottle of water and heard that Chris with JRC, the trail run leader, is moving to St. Petersburg to open the St. Petersburg Running Company store that will be affiliated with JRC. The new trail run leader is a female ultra runner named, get this, Bambi. The trail run was starting in 30 minutes at UNF so..... how could I pass up an opportunity to run through the woods with Bambi? I drove out to UNF for my second group run of the morning. At the UNF trails I did the 2.8 mile loop shown on this garmin detail report.

I ended the day with a total of 9.75 miles and felt like I had a good workout.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

JRC Group Run - 5 Miles - 3-30-2014 & First quarter summary - Details

JRC Group Run - 5 Miles - 3-30-2014 - Details

I got to the group run this morning at Jacksonville Running Company which is something I try to do on Sundays. My right knee was talking to me just a bit which I think is a result of the squats during my leg workout on Tuesday past so I decided to take it easy.

We ended up with a group of 7 interested in a comfortable trip through the cow tunnel. This turned out to be a very nice group that made an effort not to drop anyone.  This was a diverse group that included a woman about my age that was running a pace a little quicker than her normal. She has been running only 4 or 5 years and because she didn't want to hold the group back, she was pushing herself to maintain the pace. I could tell that with her determination she will soon be running that pace comfortably. Joann said that she doesn't mind pushing herself because she feels so darn good afterward. (couldn't have said it better myself)

Another in the group is an experienced runner, actually one of the group leaders, that had to take 5 months off due to health reasons.  She is now on the mend and was pushing herself to cover the distance. Jackie has been running over 30 years and knows that running is much like life. You get out of it what you put into it. She was out there putting one foot in front of the other planning her comeback.

We are now through the 1st quarter of the year and I have ran 188 miles so far in my effort to cover 700 miles this year. This week I start training for the Eagle Creek trail half marathon in Indianapolis on August 2nd. Last year this course clearly was more than I was ready for. I have done a lot of strength work since that run and hope to be ready by August for a more respectable showing. During the next 4 months I hope to build mileage and do at least one 3 hour run a month. I also have a 15K trail run in Georgia planned for the end of May to get some hill work in.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gate River Run - 9.45 miles - 3-15-2014

Gate River Run - 9.45 miles - 3-15-2014 - Details

Today was my 1st Gate River Run in Jacksonville. I often thought about running this event while living in Southeast Florida but at the other end of the state, it was just to far to travel. I arrived at Everbank field very early this morning with my headlamp and two issues of Runner's World to catch up on. As the parking lots filled I was reclining in my car reading.

A little before 8:30 I headed to the starting area and got into my assigned starting corral. (think cattle) I was in the green group in wave 1 for runner numbers 2,000 to 3,000. It was interesting to see drones, I assume with cameras, hovering above the crowd. At the time I was thinking it was video feed for local news outlets. Another possibility that just came to mind in light of the bombings at last years Boston Marathon is security surveillance video. The Gate River Run has long been the USA 15K championship and several elite runners were in attendance.

I think I did very well finishing in 1:28:51 or 9:42 MPM. The first three miles I felt like I was holding myself back at a pace below 9MPM. After a porta potty stop in mile 4 I pushed on. I took a few short walk breaks in the final miles and then the climb up the green monster, also know as the Hart bridge. It felt like the time I lost going up the bridge I made up going down the other side. I placed 165th out of 467 in my age group, men aged 55 to 59.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

26.2 with Donna - Half Marathon - 2-23-2014 - Details

26.2 with Donna - Half Marathon - 2-23-2014 - Details

I got out for the 7th annual 26.2 with Donna half marathon today and have to say it is a well run event. Spectator participation and entertainment along the course was great. I wish I had a camera with me to get photos of some of the outfits and spectator signs. Maybe next year.

I think I am a little behind on mileage this month so I will try to get out at least one more time before the months end on Friday.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Angry Tortoise 25K - Bryceville, FL - 2-8-2014

Angry Tortoise 25K - Bryceville, FL - 2-8-2014  - Details Link

Yesterday morning was the Angry Tortoise 25K trail run in the Cary State Forest north of Bryceville, Florida. I decided to run this event because it is fairly close to home and long enough that I knew I would have to use the Galloway run walk run method or I would surely suffer. Calling this event a trail run is a bit of a stretch since it was run almost entirely on forest service jeep roads but it probably fits the range of running events loosely defined as trail runs, especially in Florida.

During the week leading up to Saturday I envisioned running for nearly 3 hours in a downpour since the probability of precipitation for Saturday was very high. It was in fact a very wet week with plenty of rain in the area. I was pleased with only light rain a couple times while running but the forest trails and roads were quite wet. A couple of areas on the course the entire jeep road was under water and through the water was the only option. The first one about ankle deep the second nearly knee deep.

This was the first year for the Angry Tortoise and registration was capped at 75. Organizers hope to return next year and add a 50K option. Based on race swag I think there will be plenty of repeat entrants. The Friday evening email from the race director the night before the event mentioned an apple pie for each runner. This presented quite a dilemma for me. How can I run 15.5 miles and turn down an apple pie??? Yet, with my weight higher than I prefer and knowing I would get no help with a pie from my gluten free spouse, I knew that if I accepted the pie, I would eat the whole thing.

After I ran for nearly 3 hours I located a bagel and banana not far from the finish line. At the pavilion I sat down at a picnic table that just happened to have nearly 75 apple pies stacked on it. A young woman was sitting at the table digging into an apple pie with a plastic fork. This was the dutch apple variety with plenty of that crumbly stuff on top. Man that pie looked good.  I heard someone ask her if she was going to eat her pie right there. She replied yes, that if she took it home she would have to share it with her kids. I had another bite of my banana. A minute or two later I asked her how many kids she had at home. She said she had 3 little girls. I reached over and pulled a pie off the stack, handed it to her and told her that her girls could have my pie. I think she thought I had lost my mind somewhere in the forest but thanked me between bites of pie.

The next table contained neat rows of dark green ceramic mugs with the event logo on them. It turns out that every finisher got a mug. Something I was not expecting and a nice change from the usual finisher medal.


The way I feel today, I just might visit the Angry Tortoise again next year.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

JRC - Group Run - 13.25 Miles - 2-2-2014

JRC - Group Run - 13.25 Miles - 2-2-2014 - Details

You can probably tell from the pace and heart rate graphs that the first 5 miles of this run I successfully used the Galloway run walk run training method. At 5.25 miles I arrived at Jacksonville Running Company and picked up 4 other runners for a 5 mile loop. As the 5 of us headed to the Cow Tunnel we dropped the walk breaks.

This is my longest run in quite some time. Very possibly many years. I believe the stiffness and assorted sore spots would have been lessened had I used the Galloway method the entire run. I will find out next Saturday at the Angry Tortoise 25K where I plan to use the Galloway method the entire run.

Friday, January 31, 2014

January 2014 - Summary - 59.79 Miles

Yes, Allan is still running even though the Allan Running blog has not seen a bit of activity since the 1st day of the month. I thought I would post a summary for the month of January since I knew it had been a while since I had posted and was surprised to find out just how long it had been. 

It turns out that I ran 16 times during the month of January covering a total of 59.79 miles. A pretty respectable start for the year and just enough miles so that I am not falling behind on my goal of running 700 miles this year.

Also stated in my running goals on the right sidebar is to successfully implement the Galloway running method. I have had success using the Galloway method on my long runs as evidenced by this 12.4 mile run on Sunday January 12th. The walk breaks are real easy to locate on the pace and heart rate graphs.

I also had the opportunity to travel during January and of course took my running shoes along. On Sunday January 19th I got in this 4.10 mile out and back along SE 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale. Then later in the same week, on Thursday January 23rd, I disembarked the Royal Princess at the Caribbean island of St. Maarten and got in this 4.25 mile out and back along the boardwalk area. (switch to satellite view for a better representation of the actual route)

Tomorrow I will start February with a run along the beach in Jacksonville Beach. I hope it won't be a month before I post on this blog again.