From 2007 to 2009, I worked with runners from around the country to raise over $12,000 for the Lupus Foundation of America. Then I took a break. In 2010, my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer so I restarted this blog to raise money for the American Cancer Society at a 2011 Relay for Life event. Right now I'm just running. No particular goal or training plan, just putting in the miles when I can and putting in the occasional blog post when I can.

My training progress

Thursday, April 18, 2013

My fitness numbers

Well, here I am successfully in week 3 of my training program with about 20 weeks until the big race (Hallucination 100) and one week until my first race of the year (Trail Marathon).  I still have some training hurdles ahead of me (namely 18 days in Asia), but I'm still feeling good about my plans for the year.  Last week I participated in a study for a health sciences student at SVSU and went through a series of fitness tests.  In addition to the simple fact that I like data, I thought this might be a fun way to track the impact of my training program.  I get retested in a few months so we'll see if there is a difference.  Here are the interesting factoids about me.  Ratings (excellent, good, poor, etc.) and percentiles are based on some charts that they gave me at the fitness test and based on age.

  • Blood pressure: 126/78  (prehypertensive, ug)
  • Weight: 137.7 lb
  • Height: 66.1 inches
  • BMI: 22.2  ("normal weight")
  • Total cholesterol: 220 (borderline high, also ug)
  • HDL: 38
  • Glucose: 89
  • Skinfold (body fat): 15.7% +/- 3-4%  (75th percentile and excellent)
  • Total Grip Strength: 84  (Poor)
  • Sit-ups in one minute: 41 (Excellent, in fact I only needed 25 for excellent)
  • Push-ups in one minute: 36 (Excellent, in fact I only needed 30 for excellent)
  • Walking test (VO2): 51.3 (80th to 90th percentile)
  • Sit and reach: 29.5  (Good)

Friday, April 5, 2013

First race of 2013

Well, I am officially registered for the Trail Marathon 50k at the end of April.  In order to accomplish the "No Wimps Challenge" I'm going to run the half marathon, which is held the day before.  I thought it would be a fun way to kick off my training for the Hallucination 100, in particular since the races are on the same trails.  Actually, this week marks my first week using an actual training plan.  I picked up a copy of Brian Powell's Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons.  There is a 70 mile/week 100 miler training plan that I am going to try to follow.  This is at the high end of my weekly mileage (historically I vary from 30-50 miles/week) and I'm a little uncertain as work/family/life has typically kept me from following a formal training plan.  On top of this, I'm not certain how I will get my miles in during my trip to Asia.  Still, I really want to finish the Hallucination 100 and, ideally, finish without falling apart in the last 25-40 miles as has been the case in previous races.  I also see it as a bit of a test of my self-discipline.  We'll see.  In either case, I am really looking forward to my first race of the year.  I've had a couple 20 mile runs and one 25 mile long run so I think a slow 50k shouldn't be too much trouble even following a half marathon.  My mantra will be to go slow.  I'm not sure that anyone is keeping track, but I have also switched from Daily Mile to Endomondo and put up a new widget here that accurately lists my total mileage for the year.  This is really just because I have dropped using my Garmin and started using the GPS on my phone.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

International marathons?

Despite a bout of illness and a lack of any formal training plan, I think that I am grooving along pretty well and have a solid base.  With the exception of sick week, I'm averaging 30-35 miles per week with a few 15 mile long runs.  I'm hoping to get a 20 mile run in soon, perhaps tomorrow.  I'm intrigued by the "No Wimps" challenge that is part of the Trail Marathon at the end of April.  Basically, this just involves a half marathon on Saturday followed by a 50k on Sunday.  Sounds like fun so that is my short term goal with the Hallucination officially in my sights for the fall.  Besides, who doesn't want a "No Wimps" t-shirt?  In May I will be traveling to China, Taiwan, and Japan so I have kicked around the idea of running 3 marathons in 3 countries in 3 weeks.  That might be a bit much given our travel itinerary, but it is fun to dream.  Perhaps I can get one marathon in there.  It's been nice to be back in the groove and have some goals in sight.  We'll see about the international stuff, but I think I can definitely be ready for the "No Wimps" challenge, which is notably on the same trail as the Hallucination 100.

Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Plans

Well, I haven't followed through very well with my plan to blog more. Work, family, and life in general just gets in the way and it is hard to make it much of a priority. That's just the way it is and that is okay. More importantly, my return to running is going relatively well. With only a few exceptions, I've stuck to 30 miles/week for somewhere around 2 months. I wanted more long runs in there, but I did get one 16 miler and there have been plenty of 10-12 milers. I feel like its a pretty solid base. I just need a goal now.

I definitely miss the ultramarathon scene and need one big race.  Given my 2010 DNF at the Hallucination 100, I think that would be an excellent place to start.  Also, I heard from Dirt Dawg that the organization and aid provided at Hallucination is much better than it was in 2010.  The thing is, I have two ways to ramp up to that.  My first option is that I schedule a few marathons such as the Trail Marathonthe Martian Marathon, and the Carrollton Maraton leading up to the Hallucination.  Option two is that I run Hallucination as the fourth race in the Midwest Grand Slam, a series of four 100 mile races throughout the Midwest.  I think that option one is definitely doable.  The Midwest Grand Slam would definitely be a challenge both in terms of physical effort and logistics.  But gosh, it just sounds like fun...

I'll decide for sure next year.  Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Two weeks in...

Running continues to be a bit irregular.  Any miles are better than no miles though.  Last week I only ran twice--one 7 mile run and one 6 mile run.  I've also started a pattern of push ups and sit ups.  I really liked doing Cross Fit this winter and even though I'd rather spend my time running, I thought it would be good for me to mix it up a bit.  I've changed some of the gear that I use also.  After years of running in Brooks Adrenaline, I started running in Hokas this year.  I did a marathon in the spring wearing them and they seem to be working out.  I've also dropped the Garmin GPS and the mp4 player and started carrying my phone and using a Bluetooth headset.  I now track my miles with the Endomondo app, although I am still posting to  Remodeling our basement is still eating up a lot of my time, but it is good to be getting some miles in.  Weather is good today so I will definitely be hitting the road with Oliver, Casey, and the good old Tike Tech stroller this afternoon.  I wonder how many thousands of miles are on that thing by now?  Still going strong.