Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Today's Runs - 2006-02-28

I did two on the mill before heading out to run with Dave and Amy. I'll say it's 9 with them in 78 minutes, although we did have a decent pace for most of it. Some snow and slush, and very cold (11F).

Monday, February 27, 2006

Yesterday and Today's Running

Yesterday I did 16 miles into and out of the cold (20F) wind in 2:16.5. Slow going out due to the wind, but decent coming back. Nice route with no Sunday traffic.

Today I stuck to the mill. 7 miles with 2 x (1600, 1200, 800) in 49 minutes overall. Here's the speed for each distance: 9.3MPH(6:27), 9.5MPH(6:18/4:42), 9.7MPH(6:11/3:06).

Half-way decent running, even though I felt sluggish. Originally planned to do more, but ran out of time. A bit of holding on. At least it's speedwork.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Today's Long Run

2 hours, 46 minutes with Dave, Amy and Brian. Pretty decent pace. Interesting weather - sunny, 40, extremely windy. Nice to get out to the parkway again. A few hills.

Yesterday's Run

They fixed the treadmill while I was gone last week and it worked good for me yesterday. I needed some more speed so I did 6 x 400 @ 90 seconds (10mph). Altogether 6 in 43.5 minutes.

My toe blisters were killing me last night. They don't *look* infected. Gotta take care of them.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Today's Run 2006-02-22

I missed by one mile my goal of doing 45 miles in 3 days spread fairly evenly. I did 16 with a 13 mile MP Monday, 14 with 8 x 1Mile Tuesday, and 14 miles including a 5 mile MP today. I also did 6 x 200 in 45. Was gonna do the 15 today, but my feet wouldn't take another mile. It's blisters on the ole toes. The 14 was in 1:41:39. Not bad considering the last 3 in total.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Great Run Today - Now My Feet Hurt

Today's run was an excellent one - especially following yesterday's 13-mile MP run, and last night's Thai Curry that wasn't sitting well with me. I did 8 x 1600 on the mill in 6:29 (half of each at 9.2mph, and half at 9.3mph). Altogether 14 in 1:38. Now just one more medium-length run for tomorrow.

But my feet hurt. My toes (the ole blacktoe) are one thing, but the bottoms of my feet hurt too.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Today's Run - 2006-02-20

Since I didn't want to pack the tons of cold weather running gear for frigid Minneapolis, I planned to run on the hotel dreadmill all week.

Today's run was pretty decent. 16 miles in 1:52, with 13 of them at marathon pace. The reason I'm not ecstatic is that I did have to hold on some. Maybe less-so than the last time I did this a few weeks ago in Hawaii. So decent is a good word for it.

Took a cold bath afterwards, but I'm still somewhat sore. The rest of the running week should be interesting.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Other Stuff

Kathy had us over for grilled catfish the other night. Very good food.

Debbie and I are still holding at our same weights, which are still down from before. Still being good on the diet.

We got out for some walks last week, including one at Hinckley, but now winter is back with a vengence.

I'm still researching projectors. Procrastinating as always.

We're working on the closets in the basement as well as the blinds over the electrical box.

I've been busy with work. Going to Minneapolis Sunday.

Today's Run - 2006-02-18

Good thing I ran long on Thurday. Good thing this was to be an easy week. Because today was miserable. Temps in the high single digits. Wind chills from 0 to -10. Snow. Blowing snow. Yech.

I started driving towards Broadview Heights, but the roads were terrible, so I turned back and ran from home. About 8 miles at about a 10-minute pace. About 78.5 minutes of suffering in the cold.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

More Stupid Dan Tricks for Today's Run - 2006-02-16

The Stupid Dan Trick du jour? Same as Tuesday - if I happen to wake up at 3am, then maybe I'll do an extra 10 before the 10 with Dave. Just like Tuesday, of course, this is what happened.

But some things were different. It was raining off and on as I was headed for BVH. I started at 4:05 in the cold (47F) rain, and it got worse as I went on. It was a cold and wet 10 miles. I did it a minute and a half slower than Tuesday - 75:30. The rain subsided a bit in the last few miles.

Then I did the loop again with Dave. This time there was only a little rain. We did well - 81 minutes. This is one of our better runs together on that course.

I do believe I'm doing fairly well these days. But I'm still chilled to the bone from that cold rain.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Today's Run 2005-02-15

I wasn't gonna run at all, but it's nice now, and the forecast is for rain tonight - who knows about tomorrow AM. Nice noon-time run on tired legs. Thought about a second go-around, but too tired. 3 on the presidential streets in 24.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bad News Good News

The bad news was that I'm back up to 160 on the newly calibrated scale. Maybe I'll check that calibration again.

The good news is that I had a really good run today. Typical Dan thinking: Last night I thought: I'll set my alarm for 4:10 or so as usual to meet Dave, but if I happen to wake up at 3, I'll get there by 4 and run one 10-mile loop before we start together at 5:15.

Of course this is what happened. Best news is that I did the loop in a PR of 74 minutes. That's about a 2-minute PR, but I'll have to check. Felt fine.

Now a 7 1/2 minute pace should not be such a big deal for 10 miles, but it seems to be on that course. I'll take it.

Dave and I picked up Amy and Debbie and I ran for another 93 minutes. I'll call it 21 total.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Today's Run and Encounter - 2006-02-12

Bob H, Greg D, Rita C, George Z, Tom B, and yours truly had a nice run in the snow and cold at Hinckley today. Tom and I did a few trails, a few bike paths and a few tiny little road hills. Bob started with us, but wound up with George going around the lake. Rita and Greg did some other dipsy doodles. Rita wore pants!! First time since last winter. She needed them - it was pretty cold out there. The second most exciting thing to happen was when Tom and I raced a snowplow to the stop sign at the end of a road. We won. And that's a good thing - had we been 2nd and 3rd, we'd have been plowed into the snowbank. Tom - stop me if I'm stretching the truth a bit here.

George and Rita, Debbie and I and Laura watched BBB perform with second third of the Elysium Trio at BW. Very good concert. Rita and George had to split, but the rest of us went to Nuevo Acapulco for some good Mexican food afterwards.

Twas a good day all around.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Other Stuff

Had Kathy and Jessy over for pizza last night. I made it healthy and low-fat, but it was still 7 points per piece. After Jessy went home we watched "Wedding Crashers". Funny, but too long - it dragged at times, and I didn't like the formula ending.

Sat and talked with Dave and Jill after today's run. Nice conversation.

We'll go out tonight for early Valentine's Day.

Today's Long Run 2005-02-11

Although I bonked yesterday, I had thought that that would be enough for the week. Maybe 10 to 15 today and then I'd quit. Didn't happen. Peer pressure from Dave and Brian got to me. We went down into the valley via Columbia and back up via Boston Mills, so there were no opportunities to quit until about 2 1/2 hours in. By that time I decided to run the last 2 (due to more peer pressure) and call it 20. Luckily the weather held - it was in the 20s with only a bit of wind and no new snow - and that had been the main reason that I had run long yesterday.

I didn't entirely bonk, but I couldn't keep up with those two going up the hills out of the valley. I was pleasantly surprized, however, when I could stay with them afterwards.

2:46. Call it 20.

Here's the interesting part: This is the second 80-mile week in a row, following a 77. I need a rest, but won't get it tomorrow because of DRNEO run. Probably Monday.

My Latest Bonk

Yesterday I did a 16-miler because I wanted to get some mileage in whilst the weather was runnable. I got up and out early and did a route I did a few weeks ago: Substation, Hamilton, Abbeyville, East Law to Metzger, up to 303, Myrtle, Hartneck, thru new subs, back on Hick Ridge, Manitaulin, Walnut Ridge & back. Great route!

Not so great a run. I think I bonked from lack of calories. First 5 were at 8-minute pace. Next 7 (short - to the rr tracks) were in 57. Those last 4, which are probably long, took 41 minutes. Didn't feel that bad tho.

2:18 - still faster than I was going in Maui.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

WW and Today's Run

I was at 160 when we got back over the weekend, but after just a few days on weight watchers, I weighed in at 155 today!

I ran with Dave and Brian this morning - unusual for a Thursday. Glad I did. We did the old 10-mile loop in 84 minutes - good considering the cold and the poor footing.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Today's Run - 2006-02-08

A great effort, but not so great results.

Got a bit of a late start, so I drove to Hinckley in order to avoid the morning traffic around home. So it was 4 loops around the lake for 12 miles. Here are the splits:
24:54, 23:11, 21:19, 22:52 - 91 altogether.

I had hoped to be able to do the last 6 at MP - sub 7 minute miles. Almost made it for loop 3. Maybe it was the bad footing - there was 1" of new snow, and a bit of slush and ice. At least I got some hills and some decently fast running in.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Today's Run - 2006-02-07

About 10 miles with Dave and Amy in the cold wind and snow. It really isn't that bad - about 23F and only an inch or so of new snow, but it sure seems like it. About 88 minutes.

Weight Watchers

Debbie and I are both officially on as of Sunday. It's tough to keep track of these points, but I think it'll get easier. I get a lot of credit for the running. Even after 2 days, I can feel the weight coming off. Lost 2 pounds already.

Kathy has now lost 10 - she looks great. And Mike has lost 13, but he's not following the plan exactly.

Identity Theft

It happened to me. Before we left, got a call asking if we made an $11 charge in another state at a store on one of our credit cards. Sinde we did not, we were sent new cards with different numbers.

When we got home, we had some more ominous messages:
Did we request a different one of our credit cards to be sent to an address in Alaska. Since we didn't, that credit card will also be reissued to us.
Did we apply for new credit at Bank of America. This was the scariest because it means that someone has my SSN.

I checked another credit report. Everything is ok there. BOA told me to call one of the credit bureaus to place a 90 day fraud alert. I did so.

Looks like we're ok for now, but for how long? How did this happen? Even if we get through this for the short term, what's to stop it from happening again years from now?

Monday, February 06, 2006

Today's Run - 2006-02-06

Pretty decent run until the treadmill broke. Got an E5 Sensor Error and will have to make a service call.

Felt good - coulda kept going.

6 x 1600 at 6:39 (9mph for 3/4 then 9.1 for last 1/4)
Altogether 8 in 56.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Today's Run - 2006-02-05

Not too good. There was a snowstorm, so I decided to hit our mill. Was gonna do 12 miles with speedwork, but was so tired I could only manage 4 - 2 before and 2 after weights.

Home and Flower Show and Weight Watchers

Somehow Debbie and I dragged ourselves out of bed today and actually went out, picked up Kathy and went to the Home and Flower Show. Nice show with lotso stuff to look at. Didn't make any purcheses of any kind though. Last night Kathy was nice enough to have us over for dinner. Good for you stir-fry.

I'm counting the points as of today, along with Debbie and Kathy (who's lost 10 lbs!). I didn't do too good today - had to dig into my flex points by 7! Gotta run more and eat less.

North Canton YMCA 4th of July 5-mile

Since I have participated in the Ohio Challenge Series many years, I've done this race many times, albeit many moons ago. It's a fun...