Monday, December 29, 2008

St. Petersburg Beach

 
On our anniversary in 2007, Susan and I flew to Tampa and went to St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. We absolutely loved the area that we came back this past August. When we were talking with the girls about where they would like to go over Christmas break, they said they wanted to go somewhere warm. We left on Friday morning and headed to just south of Atlanta. That trip took us about 12 hours. The next day we had a short day and arrived around 3:30 on Saturday afternoon. Our condo that we reserved for 4 days is a two bedroom, two bath. We are having a great time. We have enjoyed walking on the beach every morning and evening. We will be here until Wednesday morning when we head to Orlando to visit Shamu for New Year's Eve. Thursday we will comeback to St. Petersburg for one night and the girls and Susan will fly back to Springfield. I will be on my way to Virginia for some Public Health Service training for two weeks.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day Run

Well another year is coming to a close. I have really increased my running lately. Last week I logged 26 miles and the week before I logged 25. I owe the increase in my intensity to Rob, who has embraced running at an obsessive level. I am also big time trying to get my weight to 155. I am feeling really good running at this weight (167). Today I ran 6 miles in Republic. The sun was out and was shining brightly. The crisp December air was highlighted by a 20 mph wind from the South. Surely this wind running will help my overall speed in the spring when marathon time comes around.

Monday, December 08, 2008


Activity
Route:--Elev. Avg:0 ft
Location:Springfield, MOElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:12/07/08Up/Downhill: [+0/-0]
Time:08:12 AMDifficulty:0 / 5.0
 
Weather:Fair
 28 F temp; 55% humidity
 28 F heat index; winds SE 12
Performance

Distance: 10.00 miles
Time:1:38:38
Speed:6.1 mph
Pace:9' 52 /miHeart Rate:148 bpm (Avg)
Calories:1752170 bpm (Peak)
Map
 
Elevation (ft)
 
Pace (min/mile)
 
Heart Rate (bpm)
 
Heart Rate Zones
ZoneRange
(bpm)
Time
In Zone
Distance
In Zone
Zone 5176 - 1950h 00m0% 0.00 mi
Zone 4156 - 1760h 20m20% 2.17 mi
Zone 3137 - 1561h 12m73% 7.43 mi
Zone 2117 - 1370h 11m11% 0.93 mi
Zone 198 - 1170h 01m1% 0.11 mi
(none)out of range0h 00m0% 0.01 mi
Splits
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Heart
Rate
Elev
Gain
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 37-0' 156.2+0.1140-- ft
210' 04+0' 126.0-0.1145-- ft
39' 48-0' 046.1+0.0145-- ft
410' 21+0' 295.8-0.3147-- ft
59' 49-0' 036.1+0.0148-- ft
610' 09+0' 175.9-0.2148-- ft
710' 16+0' 245.8-0.2149-- ft
810' 01+0' 096.0-0.1148-- ft
99' 54+0' 026.1-0.0152-- ft
108' 55-0' 576.7+0.6160-- ft
end********170** ft
Versus average of 9' 52 min/mile
** Insufficient data to calculate this split

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The training continues

I managed another week in which I logged 6 days of activity. I ran 4 days and swam 3 days. I know that sounds like 7 but I actually swam and ran on the same day on Friday. You can see my dailymile widget that keeps my miles logged on this same page. Rob and I are gearing up for the Turkey Trot on Thursday and we are both excited about it. I am hoping to crush my PR by at least 2 minutes, but it's going to be tough.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dailymile

Ravished after a run.

Went for a little run with Rob today after work. The temp at start was about 43. I decided to run the first mile at a pretty fast pace and wound up running 7:19 for the first mile. Rob and I ran together on a course that he had been telling me about and it wound up being the exact same way I had been running during the summer. After we got back to his house I had run 5 miles, so I decided to take it up a notch for the way home. I pushed it very hard and finished the last mile in 7:15 which leads me to wonder if I am going to be able to break 23 minutes in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. I haven't used my inhaler in over a year, but the air was cold today and I almost went for it, but decided against it.  We had supper shortly after I got back to the house and I felt like my body absorbed every calorie in about ten minutes, which left me very hungry and searching for calories. I went to Wal-Mart after I took the girls to dance and I bought a box of Snyder's of Hanover Bavarian Pretzels, ate three of them and had a Diet Mt. Dew. I realize it wasn't necessarily the best choice considering I had candy already today and I am trying to lose 10 pounds. I know that I need to drink more water. I am really enjoying my training and can truly envision one day completing a triathlon.  I have increased my swimming to three days a week and can swim a half mile without stopping. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Very windy run with
Rob 2.0.

Activity
Route:--Elev. Avg:1259 ft
Location:Springfield, MOElev. Gain:+3 ft
Date:11/11/08Up/Downhill: [+239/-236]
Time:09:00 AMDifficulty:2.9 / 5.0
 
Weather:Overcast and Windy
 47 F temp; 82% humidity
 47 F heat index; winds SE 26 G 36
Performance

Distance: 6.23 miles
Time:1:04:51
Speed:5.8 mph
Pace:10' 25 /miHeart Rate:148 bpm (Avg)
Calories:1076180 bpm (Peak)
Map
 
Elevation (ft)
 
Pace (min/mile)
 
Heart Rate (bpm)
 
Heart Rate Zones
ZoneRange
(bpm)
Time
In Zone
Distance
In Zone
Zone 5176 - 1950h 00m0% 0.04 mi
Zone 4156 - 1760h 25m39% 2.65 mi
Zone 3137 - 1560h 32m49% 3.22 mi
Zone 2117 - 1370h 06m10% 0.54 mi
Zone 198 - 1170h 03m5% 0.12 mi
(none)out of range0h 00m0% 0.00 mi
Splits
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Heart
Rate
Elev
Gain
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 59-0' 266.0+0.2137-7 ft
29' 51-0' 346.1+0.3141-16 ft
39' 52-0' 336.1+0.3148-10 ft
410' 01-0' 246.0+0.2154+10 ft
510' 06-0' 195.9+0.2159+20 ft
68' 59-1' 266.7+0.9164+4 ft
end24' 53+14' 282.4-3.3127+4 ft
Versus average of 10' 25 min/mile

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Was a little windy but after about a mile started to really loosen up. A stupid dog chased me at about the 1/2 mile mark. I wore my Heart Rate monitor for the first time in a long while.

Activity
Route:--Elev. Avg:1279 ft
Location:Republic, MOElev. Gain:+3 ft
Date:11/06/08Up/Downhill: [+193/-190]
Time:08:10 AMDifficulty:2.1 / 5.0
 
Weather:Fair
 52 F temp; 83% humidity
 52 F heat index; winds W 17 G 22
Performance

Distance: 4.50 miles
Time:0:38:45
Speed:7.0 mph
Pace:8' 37 /miHeart Rate:162 bpm (Avg)
Calories:786178 bpm (Peak)
Map
 
Elevation (ft)
 
Pace (min/mile)
 
Heart Rate (bpm)
 
Heart Rate Zones
ZoneRange
(bpm)
Time
In Zone
Distance
In Zone
Zone 5176 - 1950h 00m1% 0.07 mi
Zone 4156 - 1760h 35m91% 4.12 mi
Zone 3137 - 1560h 04m11% 0.49 mi
Zone 2117 - 1370h 00m0% 0.00 mi
Zone 198 - 1170h 00m0% 0.01 mi
(none)out of range0h 00m0% 0.01 mi
Splits
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Heart
Rate
Elev
Gain
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 49+0' 126.8-0.2157+23 ft
28' 47+0' 106.8-0.1160+20 ft
38' 32-0' 057.0+0.1164+10 ft
48' 24-0' 137.1+0.2165-19 ft
end8' 30-0' 077.0+0.1165-30 ft
Versus average of 8' 37 min/mile

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Bass Pro Half Marathon





The temperature at the start was about 60 degrees. If you look at the data below you will see that I went out too fast. I have got to learn to be a better overall pacer. I was starting to get a little dehydrated by the end of the race, but I felt like I finished strong. However, I finished under my goal time of 1 hour and 50 minutes. All of the miles are accurate except the last 0.1 because I forgot to hit the stop button on my GPS watch.

Activity
Route:--Elev. Avg:0 ft
Location:Springfield, MOElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:11/02/08Up/Downhill: [+0/-0]
Time:06:02 AMDifficulty:0 / 5.0
 
Weather:Fair
 60 F temp; 89% humidity
 60 F heat index; winds S 10
Performance

Distance: 13.14 miles
Time:1:49:45
Speed:7.1 mph
Pace:8' 25 /mi
Calories:2489
Map
 
Elevation (ft)
 
Pace (min/mile)
 
Splits
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
Gain
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
17' 39-0' 517.8+0.8-- ft
28' 01-0' 297.5+0.4-- ft
37' 56-0' 347.6+0.5-- ft
47' 55-0' 357.6+0.5-- ft
58' 23-0' 077.2+0.1-- ft
68' 29-0' 017.1+0.0-- ft
78' 17-0' 137.2+0.2-- ft
88' 47+0' 176.8-0.2-- ft
98' 21-0' 097.2+0.1-- ft
108' 46+0' 166.8-0.2-- ft
118' 47+0' 176.8-0.2-- ft
128' 52+0' 226.8-0.3-- ft
138' 34+0' 047.0-0.1-- ft
end19' 10+10' 403.1-3.9-- ft
Versus average of 8' 25 min/mile

Saturday, October 18, 2008

2008 Wildcat Duathlon

This morning, I participated in the Wildcat Duathlon. This was a real fun event and one that I knew that I wouldn't be competitive in, but I ran and biked as hard as I could. I finished the first two miles in 15:58, took about a minute at the transition point and headed out for the bike ride. The bike course was hilly (in my opinion). I was riding a Trek 7.3 Fx. which is not geared like a road bike. I started out strong but many people passed me on the bike ride. It took me 52 minutes to ride 12 miles. By the time we got to the last leg, I was fairly far back. My legs felt like bricks and jello but I was able to pass about 10 people on the second two mile run and finished at 1:26:12. I feel pretty good for that time, considering it was my first race.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

2008 Sunshine Run





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We loaded up the family this morning and headed for the St. John's Sunshine Run. Emily and her friend Jade ran the Murney 5k and ran along with them until the finish. They finished at 26:11 and placed 4th and 5th in their age division. I changed clothes and watched some of my friends and family come in, then headed for the starting line. I lined up hoping to run a 8 minute pace which would have put me in around 49 minutes and some change. I set my GPS watch to buddy mode and set the pace around 8. About half way through the run I was feeling the strain, but was determined not to slow down. When I rounded the corner in the last 200m I saw the clock showed 47:30 so I let out a "yahoo!" and put it in high gear to finish with a time of 48:05 which crushed my PR from last year (52:39). Hopefully I will use this to propel me to a nice PR for the Bass Pro Shops Half-Marathon.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Multisport

Recently I have been considering becoming a multi-sport recreational athlete. I have been running for two years now and have a firm grasp on running. My quest for more speed has led to me losing about 8 pounds since a year ago. I am currently at 171 and hoping to get between 160 and 165. I will be running the Bass Pro Shops Half-Marathon on November 2. I am hoping to really smash my PR of 1:58:05(Personal Record for those of you scoring at home).
I have recently purchased a bike (Trek 7.3fx) and have been getting interested in riding. I have rode about 30 miles total on it so far. I am considering participating in a duathlon on October 18th which consists of a 2 mile run, 12 mile bike ride and another 2 mile run.
 
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Head games in the morning

It's amazing to me how much running is controlled by your mind. I woke up this morning at 5 and made a pot of coffee.  When I first got up I stood there for a few minutes contemplating skipping the run and sitting in the hot tub. I'm getting tired of running with temps in the 80's so  I decided to go ahead and go for it. I drank a cup threw on my running clothes and headed out the door. I headed out down my usual route. The air was foggy and it was still dark outside. The temp was about 60, so it was perfect. I'm always concerned about dogs and other animals on the loose so I try to keep my wits about me. Initially I was going to run 30 minutes. However, I decided on a specific route without knowing the exact mileage and I wound up running 39 minutes and was able to run 4.75 miles. I was so glad I ran after I was done. With the fall coming on, I am feeling stronger and stronger. 

Monday, September 22, 2008

A nice day for a long run

At 6 Sunday morning, Patrick and I met at Sequiota Park for a 12 mile run. The starting temp was 60 degrees and it was slightly humid. I felt good the entire run, in fact I ran the last mile in 8 minutes flat. I am planning to run the Bass Pro Shops Half-Marathon on November 2. I am hoping to beat last years time of 1:58:19.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I'm glad I still did it

This morning I was supposed to meet Patrick for a 12 mile run at about 5:45 a.m. at Sequiota Park. But at 4:35 Pat called me to tell me the wind and rain was too much to run in this morning. I went back to sleep and was woke up at 7 by my mother calling me to tell me she was in the hospital with complaints of chest pain. Susan and I got up and went to Cox South to visit with mom. Her EKG and bloodwork had been negative and she was waiting to a treadmill stress test. She was basically in for a long day because waiting for the results of the test is usually the long part. She eventually had the test and found it to be negative and got to go home from the hospital. When we got back from the hospital, it was clear outside and I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to go for a run by myself. It was extremely windy but I relaxed and took it very easy. I was able to run 7 miles and I felt really good the rest of the day. 

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Running after meals

I took the Brittany and Courtney to dance class tonight. While we were waiting for them to finish, Emily and I went down to the track at the Nixa High School and ran a little while. I ran about 2 miles then we did some intervals.  The bad part about tonight's run was that I ate  dinner about an hour before the run and I didn't run quite as fast as I would have hoped to. Emily and I both ran a 400m for time. She ran it in 1 min 37 seconds and I ran it in 1 min 29 seconds. She did really well for a 10 year old girl. 

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Running with bricks on my feet

This afternoon, after work I went for a run here in Republic. As I was running, I felt very tired from the start. I was able to run over 3 miles, but I had to stop and walk several times. The temperature was about 73 at my run time. I literally felt like I was running with bricks tied to my shoes. My ipod battery was too low to use, so I carried my cellphone and played the mp3s on it.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Run to the battlefield

After not running Thursday, I decided that I better get a long run in today. I have been enjoying running with someone for the long ones, but today no one else was available. So I headed off around 9 and ran out to Wilson's Creek Battlefield entrance and back. There was a pretty strong wind out of the North which made it chilly when I first started. The sky was very overcast and at times I wondered if it was going to start raining. It never did, however.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday long run


Sunday morning I slept a little later and met Patrick at Panera Bread on South Campbell and we headed out for an 8 mile run. I was a great time for conversation as we kept a very comfortable pace. After the run, we had some coffee and breakfast at Panera. We decided that next week I will run 8 with him and then ride 12 miles while he does his long run in preparation for his marathon. The above picture is from the 2007 Sunshine run last October.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Running plans

From my journaling- I am stuck at 177 right now and would like to get my weight to 160, but I just haven't had the discipline or imagination to get it there. I am comfortable at 177 but I want to be lighter to prevent knee injuries from running. I am planning to run the Bass Pro full marathon this year so I have to make some changes. One change would be to stop eating after 7 at night. That one seems impossible. Thinking about the marathon, I wonder if I can run that far. I think that with the right amount of training I can probably do it.

I ran 3 miles with Patrick yesterday at the Nixa High School track with a strong head wind into our face for one side of the track. Patrick and I are planning on running three days a week together as he prepares for the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon in June. I have about 28 weeks to prepare for the marathon. The summer months can be the most difficult as it gets hot.