Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gorgous Run 4.27.13 HACC

This morning the weather started out slightly chilly, but I decided to stick with the shorts and short sleeve  tech shirt.  This ended up being a very wise decision as it warmed up significantly.  The weather was perfect for running.  There was a slight breeze, but it was a welcomed relief rather than a burden this morning.

My plan was to run "at least 9" miles as that was the course that was set out for us (myself and two of my TNT friends Amy and Steven).  The first about 4 miles felt great, but shortly after that point I was starting to have GI issues.  I just had some Greek yogurt as my pre-run fuel and that didn't work out too well for me.  It wasn't terrible, but it did make the last 2.5 miles that I ran a little challenging.  I ended up ending my run at about 6.5 miles.  Amy and Steven kept going after that last water stop.  I could have gone, but I chose not to mostly because of my stomach issues.

This was hard for me, but because I'm several months away from my "A" race I decided to listen to my body and take it easy today.  I'm looking to get onto a better running/workout schedule during the week.  I am hoping that I can get back into running Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.  I know I made the right decision to go home after 6.5 miles, but it still doesn't make it any easier.  I'm trying to keep good perspective and remember why I'm running and the fact that I want to run for the rest of my life.

Next week, on Saturday, May 4th, my family and I will be flying to Ft Lauderdale and then driving to Fort Myers for the week.  I am looking forward to running in a new place.  I am aware that I will need to make it a priority to get up early to run.  I'll probably mostly do runs where I'll run a certain amount of miles out and then back.  I haven't researched where these runs will take place, but I would like at least one longer run of at least 6 miles if not 8 miles to happen while I'm down there.  I have no excuse and I won't be making any excuses... I just need to make sure I'm getting up early because I know it will be hot and humid even when I do get up early.

I'm going to still attempt to get a blog post about my running next weekend.  Feel free give me a hard time if you don't see anything by Sunday (I will be traveling all day Saturday).

I'm so thankful for running and all the peace that it provides in my life.  It helps me deal with all the craziness at work and helps me be me and I'm grateful for that.

Running happy for those who can't run!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

4.20.13 Run in honor of Boston

Today is April 20, 2013 and it comes at the end of a very emotional week for runners.  I know there has been a lot written, spoken and thought about this, but I wanted to share my thoughts.

1.  The tragedy at the Boston Marathon Finish will and already has brought the running community together and it will continue to strengthen.  I had at least 3 people at work think of me when they heard about the attack and the finish line.  I was humbled by this.  I'm glad that I was not there this year, but I will be in the future.  I'm not sure that I am physically capable of running a 3:05 marathon (which is what I would need to run in order to qualify).  However, as a runner I've learned to "never say never."  I would likely run the Boston Marathon with a charity (because that's a huge reason why I run in the first place). 

2.  On Tuesday I ran 3.5 miles in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack.  I found a "racing bib" that many others were going to wear during their run.  Here's a picture of me wearing it (off-centered).  This was just a small way I could show my support.
3.  I am thankful that they have found the primary two suspects (one who died at the hospital and the other is in custody).  I believe that we won't get the real answers for "why" and why wait until slightly after the 4 hour mark for the bombs to explode.  At this point I don't need to know those answers.  I just want to make sure that we as runners don't live in fear and that those who support us (our loved ones) can still cheer us on and not worry about their own safety.

4.  My heart breaks for those who were either killed or injured from the blast.  I am interested to hear more about how those who were injured are responding to all that has happened.  I predict that we'll hear about how someone was injured come back to be able to run the Boston Marathon in the future.

5.  The greatest lesson I learned through all of this is how blessed I am to be able to run and to have it as a habit in my life.  This is not something that I want to take for granted.  Today I ran some of my 10 mile run for those who can't (especially for those in Boston).

This blog post is probably the most challenging one that I have written due to the sensitive nature of what happened this week.

In regards to my run I wanted to point out a few points:
1.  Even though I didn't get to run with TNT this morning it meant a lot to me to be able to run 10 miles this afternoon.
2.  Running with others is way more fun than running alone, but I was able to think during my run and see things that I would have missed otherwise (I saw a few turtles who were "sunbathing" and when they saw me try to take a picture they jumped back into the water).
3.  I had no business running 10 miles today because my next long distance race isn't until September, but I ran 10 miles today because I didn't get to run as much during the week and I wanted to run several miles for Boston.  I did get a nice ice bath afterwards.

Thanks for reading.  Anyone have any comments about my thoughts about Boston?  Let me know you are reading my blog by either commenting below, or on Facebook.  Thanks!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What questions do you have?

I want this blog to be intensely personal and share about my journey.  What questions would you like to know about my experience in running  and my motivations?  As you probably know I have been running for the past 4 years.  I've run at least one half marathon each year and last year (2012) I ran the Marine Corps Marathon.

Please either comment here, post on Facebook or email me at (natewagner08atgmaildotcom)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

4.14.13 Feeling "under the weather"

I don't have a ton to say today, but I wanted to make sure that I wrote some of what I was thinking about related to my running or lack there of this week.  What I can say about my exercise this week is that it was minimal.  On Thursday I spent 30 minutes on the bike at Planet Fitness.  I also did a nice walk on Friday for about 30 minutes.

I'm not feeling 100% right now so I'm taking things fairly easy.  I can't believe that I didn't go to the TNT training yesterday, but when I woke up I didn't feel that great.  Since my "goal race" of getting a sub 2 hour half marathon isn't until September I know I need to be careful.  Sometimes I might give my self too much of a break, but I'm trying to have a good balance.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

04.09.13 Capital 10-Miler - a run for the arts

Today I ran my first 10 mile race.  It was very well organized and the volunteers did a great job.  I made a point to thank each of the volunteers that were on the course.

I know one of my weakness is that I typically start out too fast when I run a race.  Today, I started the race with a friend who also wanted to start out slow.  We started at the back of the pack.  The funniest sign that I saw was at mile .5 (I appreciate the sign, but it was a "little" early to see that sign).

I wanted to focus on how my body was feeling while I was running rather than specifically how fast I was running.  The good news is that I was fairly close to my goal pace.

The messages I told myself during the run were:
1.  I feel good, I feel great.
2.  While I was crossing the Harvey Taylor Bride I counted my steps (counted to 100 and then restarted several times).
3.  Pushing through the wind - Everyone else has to deal with the same wind.
4.  There weren't any hills, but rather "ramps" so I just pushed through them.
5.  I picked out people who were ahead of me.  I kept telling myself that if I continue to progressively get faster than I could pass people who were in front of me.  Most of the people I passed it happened on the Harvey Taylor.

This was a race that I'd do again if it fits in my race schedule next year because it was well supported, well organized and it had some bands that play throughout the race (2 different places).  Having a band play at the 9.5 mile mark was really helpful to push me into the finish.  Overall, it was a great time.

My goal race for the fall is the Bird-In-Hand half marathon is on Saturday September 7, at 7:30am.  The only other race that I'm officially registered for on Saturday June 1, 2013 - The Manheim Rock-N-Glow 5K.

I run happy for those who can't run.  Today I specifically ran the last few miles for my friend Linda who runs for Autism as she was injured shortly after registering for this race.

Thanks for reading and feel free to post a comment and let me know what you're thinking about running.