Sunday, July 27, 2008

Winter Season Recruiting already!

It seems like we just finished recruiting for the fall season, but in less than a week, we begin recruitment for the winter session, Disney and Arizona. This year they are on different weekends so I can go with both teams to their races. Last year, both races were on the same weekend and it was disappointing not to be able to see the Arizona team finish and celebrate with them afterwards.....
Our first meeting is this Saturday and several more throughout August, so if you are interested or know anyone who is....send them our way. Training starts 9/6!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

During the week training....

My weekday training for the fall consists of 800m repeats (Yasso's 800's) and hill training. I find the combination of these two workouts yield improvements in my running very quickly. Both workouts are done solely on the treadmill. I love the ability to quantify my runs and be able to repeat those exact conditions as I ramp up the number of repeats. I have never made it to 10 repeats when I have tried this before....always found a cool marathon to run that I had not planned on running and it would throw a wrench into the middle of my training. Hopefully, I can hold off that urge and not do one until my target race (Bass Pro Shop Marathon), but I have seen good results from the partial climb to 10 repeats in the past.

800's......I do a 1 mile warm up and then go directly into my first repeat. I run the 800m at a 6:58 pace (that is cruising for me), and then a recovery jog for 400m and then back to the next repeat. I will work my way up to 10 repeats before I hit my taper.

Hills.....I do a 1 mile warmup and then go directly into my first hill repeat. I run a 6% grade hill at a 7:30 pace for 90 second (I never realized how long 90 seconds can be), followed by a 2.5 minute recovery jog and then back into the next repeat. I will work my way up to 10 of these also.

Thursday Night Run.....supposed to be a nice easy 3 miler.....doesn't always work out that way.

I really like the combination of these two workouts and hopefully with a long time to work up the repeat number I will see some good results.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A New Front Door and Diaper Rash

We had a new front entry door installed today and I really like it......a huge improvement over the old white steel generic one. The installer busted up some of the stucco around the door so I will be repairing that and trying to find a stucco paint that matches the old stuff. I installed the door hardware after work and then it was off to the Thursday night run. I was planning a nice easy run, but that just didn't happen.....ended up running in the 8's (thanks Jenny)....planned on running a nice easy pace of around 10 min/mile after 800m repeats and hill work earlier this week. I was soaked. We went into
The Other Place and had a bit to eat and I was sitting in a big pool of sweat.....after dinner, we had to go to Home Depot and buy the stucco patch and some door related stuff to finish up. We were walking the aisles and any skin that was in contact with my shorts, started itching.....big time. After finally getting home, I found I had a case of horrible brutal diaper rash.....the stuff is worse than poison ivy.....seems to be going away a lot quicker though!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Our Jeepin' Buddy

The Molly has a new favorite thing to do.....a Jeep ride. She sits in the back seat and just loves the wind blowing in her face and watching all the cars around her. She has taken 3 rides in the last 3 days.....

Thursday, July 3, 2008

4th of July Weekend

Tomorrow, we will get up bright and early and head to Lenexa for the Freedom Run. Kim and I will do the 5K. Then, it is off to get cleaned up and head east to my parent's house for the 4th of July. We will get a chance to get a closer look at the land we bought.....really walk over it, check it out, and get some pictures.
The rest of the weekend looks like it will be spent at home with getting stuff done around the house. After TNT training Saturday morning, the weekend is wide open.....hopefully I can get some more work done on the stairs/hallway...the stairway portion is almost done, so i would like to try and get that knocked out. We will see how it goes....I have a feeling I may have to spend some time out in the garage making room for Kim's new toy.