Monday, April 30, 2012

La Jolla Shores 5K, Hobie Call, and The Mustache Man

As I mention when last I wrote, I ran the La Jolla Shores 5K.  I hadn't really been training for it so the 19:49 I ran was acceptable, even though I had hoped to run closer to 19:30.  I did win my age group and placed 10th over all, so I have that going for me ;)

After a day off today I will start my intense training leading up to the Tough Mudder.  In that vein here is some inspiration from Hobie Call and The Mustache Man

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Starting Up Again

So after two and a half weeks off from any serious training, to heal up, after the Carlsbad 5000.  I have started up training again.

Thur April 19th- 5K slow and easy that ended up not being so slow or easy, painful calf cramp
Sat April 21st- 6 miles moderate pace, felt pretty good
Mon April 23rd- 6 miles felt pretty tired, but recovered fast
Tues April 24th- 6 x 300 m/60 sec 100 m recovery

I'm doing a 5K race this Sunday that I'm not planning on running particularly hard, I will start back on the weights after that.

I would also like to take a moment to mention a product I recently bought.  Yurbuds earphones, I picked up the Ironman Inspire Duro, and I couldn't be happier.  After experiencing nothing but frustration with earphones while I ran, I started running with my full headphones.  Needless to say this was uncomfortable, but at least they stayed on.  With these the comfort, stability, and sound quality are all awesome.

Feeling Silly

I feel kind of silly starting this blog, but it is mostly just a tool for me to motivate myself and track my development.  I have been a runner most of my life, but only sporadically for the last eight years or so.  Over the last year I have started running somewhat seriously again, and have gotten my 5K time down to 19:03.  While getting back in shape I started hearing about several cross country obstacle course races, including the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge.  With very little training I decided to run it, and completed the almost 3 mile course in 21:30.  I had so much fun that I went home and signed up for the Tough Mudder SoCal #2.

I have since been focusing on getting myself back into running shape, competing in four 5Ks.  I now have three months until the Tough Mudder and have decided to document this final push.  I will be gearing my workout for the grueling  10 mile trail run complete with 28 obstacles, and don't forget it is at altitude (6800-7800 feet).

Mostly I will be documenting my workouts, and sharing a little about my training philosophy and experimentation.  Anyone who wishes to follow along, and share their opinion, results, or input on things I should try that might help my fitness and performance, I would love to hear from you in the comments.