Currently I reside in the Twin Cities area however I grew up in Esko Minnesota. I will always be a country boy at heart.
I have run 8 marathons. Grandmas marathon 7 times and Hampton Bays Marathon which was on Long Island in New York. I ran my first marathon, Grandma's Marathon, in 1999, the 7th in 2009. In addition to the marathons I have run in several othe events from 5K's throguh 30K's. I enjoy running.
My quote for running events "I may not get my best time but it will be my best on that given day."
July 12, 2009: 2 pans in the oven
Trying to work on two running events is going to be occupying my time for the next 10 weeks or so. I believe I have an idea on how to bring it all together. One thing for sure is that I am going to enjoy preparing for both.
This weekend I thought maybe I would try to simulate running the Ragnar Realy event that I am running in August. I am looking at running 3 legs around 7 miles each. I began the simulation at 11:30 on Saturday. I ran 7.1 miles. On Saturday night at about 10:00 I headed out and completed 7.2 for the second leg. This morning I was running just prior to 7:30 and completed 7.4 miles. Certainly was something different from anything I have done in the past. I enjoyed the whole affair.
For the most part I am quite pleased by how it all went. The first two runs where pretty much normal. Pace was right where I wanted it to be. The second run seemed to go a bit smoother than the first. At the beginning of this morning’s run it was pretty much one that I just wanted it to be done. As I went along though I started to get more comfortable and cruised through to the end. I was a bit stiff and sore this morning hence the wanting to get it done. Other than that I had no problems.
For the next 3 weeks now I will be more in marathon training mode. That means I’ll run a few short runs, a middle distance run and the long runs at the end of the weeks. Pretty much routine stuff. I hope to get off the road and onto some trails for some of those runs.
I think having the two events will give me the opportunity to add some variety into my training. I will be throwing in another set of 3 runs in less than 24 hours a couple of weeks prior to the relay event. Once the relay event is over I’ll complete a couple of regular training weeks and then taper time. I am looking forward to training and completing both events.
Right now it looks like I have the 5 spot.
woohoo Runner 5!
We'll have to share leg 5 stories post race!!