Yep. It’s that time again. Time for another race, but this one is different. It’s called The Color Run and as it’s name states it’s colorful and crazy and there is no need to win or run as fast as you can. It’s just about reaching the finish line with a cool group of people and getting as much color thrown at you as possible (goto the link and watch the video, it’s crazy.) I’m forcing my whole family to come. Some friends and I have started a team- A Dash of Color, so if you are interested in joining us, follow the link and sign up. We have people walking, running and even will have 4 kids so far coming along for the fun. The race is for everyone and anyone, let me know if you plan to sign up. I would like to set up a meeting spot and time so we can start the race together!
Oct. 3- 2.04
Oct. 6- 3.22
Oct. 13- 3.44
Oct. 15- 2.92
Oct. 17- 5.06
Oct. 18- 5.04
Oct. 19- 3.99
Oct. 22- 3.11
Oct. 23- 6.04
Oct. 25- 3.6
Oct. 28- 7.1
Total of 48.21 miles
Michelle and I have a 10k on November 19th and another at the beginning of January and then a 1/2 marathon in March. Wish us luck! We are kicking ass and taking names! WOOT!!!
I was searching the internet today for something to motivate me to hit the pavement after work and found a list of helpful kicks in the butt on the Runner’s World site. Just thought I would share…
101 Kicks in the Butt
You have 100 reasons for losing motivation to run. But we can top ’em with tips, inspiring quotes, and more. Pick your fix. Repeat as necessary.
By Calvin Hennick Published 03/22/2007
1. CREATE A BLOG where you post your daily mileage, then give out the Web address to your friends and family. Do you really want Aunt Ellen to ask why you skipped your four-miler on Wednesday?
2. MAMA, GET A NEW PAIR OF SHOES. Two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper puts new gear she receives as an elite athlete to good use. “It’s fun to break in a new pair of shoes,” she says. “Sometimes that’s enough to get me excited.”
3. RUNNING COMMENTARY “Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp, or are you going to be strong today?'” –Peter Maher, two-time Olympic marathoner from Canada
4. GO SOFT. It’s hard to stay motivated with shinsplints, so get off the pavement for a few days and run on a cross-country course or unpaved bike paths.
5. LOOK TO THE PAST Emil Zatopek, who won four Olympic golds in his career, was a tough-as-nails athlete known for his intense training methods, such as running in work boots. Competing with a gland infection and against his doctor’s orders, the Czech won three distance events–including the marathon–at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. That stuffy nose doesn’t seem quite so bad now, does it?
6. FORGET TIME. Shane Bogan, who coaches distance runners in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, advises leaving your watch at home once in a while. “It’s liberating not to be worried about pace,” Bogan says.
7. SIGN UP NOW for a winter marathon in a warm state. Every training mile you log takes you closer to that winter getaway in toasty Phoenix, Florida, or Las Vegas.
8. THINK FAST. The runners Christy Coughlin coaches in Wilmette, Illinois, always get a boost from this simple negative-splits workout: Run for 20 minutes as slowly as you want, then turn around and run home faster. “The long warmup helps you feel great and run faster on the way back,” says Coughlin.
9. GOOD-TO-GO PLAYLIST
“Don’t Stop Me Now,” Queen
“Break on Through,” The Doors
“Gimme Shelter,” Rolling Stones
“Come Together” the Beatles
“What Do You Do for Money Honey,” AC/DC
10. BLAZE A NEW PATH. “If you do the same runs all the time, it can beat you down,” says Olympian Alan Culpepper. GPS systems work great for mapping new routes. Or check out favoriterun.com or usatf.org/routes, which use Google Maps to let you plan and save routes.
11. FILL THE TUB with hot water, then head out for a three-miler on a frigid morning. The sooner you get back, the hotter your bath is.
12. EVERY MILE YOU RUN burns roughly 100 calories. Think of that next six-miler as two slices of pizza.
13. RUNNING COMMENTARY “No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” –Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-four-minute mile
14. THE BOSTON MARATHON is a year away. Think you can get there? (Go to www.baa.org for qualifying times.)
15. RACE ODD DISTANCES FOR AN INSTANT PR.
Kennedy Drive 8-K, San Francisco, May 13
Run for Alex 2-miler and 5-miler, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, June 2
Six In The Stix II, Newport, New Hampshire, June 9
Quad-City Times Bix 7-miler, Davenport, Iowa, July 28
Falmouth Road Race 7-miler, Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 12
Bigfork Valley Challenge 4.5-miler, Bigfork, Minnesota, September 8
16. READ THIS The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, a short story by Alan Sillitoe, tells the tale of a rebellious youth in a reformatory who runs in solitude and makes a stand against a system he doesn’t believe in. You’ll have new appreciation for the power of solo runs.
17. PLAY IN THE STREET. Skip a dreaded track workout for a fartlek (Swedish for “speed play”) session. After 10 minutes of easy jogging, run hard between two telephone poles, then slow down until you pass three. Then see if you can get to the traffic light before it changes, followed by a jog to the next mailbox. There are no set rules, so make it up as you go along.
18. THE PILE OF DISHES in the sink can wait till the sun goes down. Your tempo run can’t.
19. RUN AT LUNCH. Daniel Sheil, a marathon coach in Portland, Oregon, recommends lunchtime runs for two reasons: (1) You get your workout in before the day gets away from you; (2) You get a midday break from work stress.
20. RUNNING COMMENTARY “The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am.” –George Sheehan, M.D., beloved former RW columnist
Michelle and I ran another race today. Yep, we pretty much rock. It was beautiful out and this time the run was right in my neighborhood. Thanks Michelle for kicking me in the butt and getting me off the couch.
Next month, we have the Turkey Trot and we are kicking it up with a 10k! Wish us luck.
Michelle and I rocked another run. This time we split a 1/2 marathon. Michelle ran 7 and I ran 6 and we did pretty good considering a lot of the run was uphill! I can’t say we were prepared to run hills, but we adjusted and kept on keeping on. At least it didn’t pour on us like the last one! We have another run in April, but I can’t tell you which it is and I think another in June… although I’m dreading the heat in June. We might have to discuss that one further before we commit. It’s hard to train outdoors in Vegas in the summer, so we’ll see.
I’m proud of us. We worked hard and finished with a decent time! Thanks Michelle for everything, we make a pretty kick ass team!!!!
I haven’t kept track on my blog lately. It’s been a busy, somewhat crazy month. So here we go.
February 8th- 5.08
February 10th- 7.03
February 12th- 5.03
Total- 14.14 miles
February 15th- 5.22
February 17th- 5
February 19th- 3.5
February 20th- 3.5
Total- 17.22 miles
February 22nd- 4.08
February 26th- 3.03
My total for the month was 66.2 miles, which means I hit my personal goal of 65 miles in 28 days. In turn, I well exceeded the group goal of 40 miles in the month. The group goal for February was a two parter, 40 miles in a month and run 3 days every week. The last week of February I did not run my 3 days. So I failed on that end, but that’s okay, I’m pleased with my total miles and that’s good enough for me.
The group goal for March is simple- 50 miles total. I am only upping my personal goal 5 miles for the month, which means a total of 70 miles. I think I can handle that.
Good luck to everyone playing along. You are all a great inspiration to me and push me to run, when I, without a doubt, don’t want to. Thank you.
So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.”
It was raining and really wet and I look crazy, but we did it. We ran our first 5k. Michelle ran ahead and was much faster than me, she’s a freaken’ speed demon. I kept my pace and never stopped or slowed down and other than having some wet ass socks, it was a pretty easy run. I was happy that we did it and look forward to the 6 Tunnels Run in March. We’ll be splitting a half marathon on that one. We can do it though. I’m not worried about it. We pretty much rock. Just sayin’.