Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Some interesting topics include:
1. Marathon finishers (overall demographics, male vs. female, history since 2000)
2. 2007 Largest USA Marathons (including 2006 and growth/shrink percentage...very interesting!)
3. 2007 USA Inaugural Marathons
4. 2007 Age Group Breakdown (age demographics, fastest age groups, largest age groups
5. 2007 Marathon Finishing Times (by gender)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I took off at 9am, sunny skies, and 29F, and very little (if any) wind. Nothing but a tech tee and some running pants were the gear today. Fueled by some Blue Blaze Pure Fuel and also a Chocolate Pure Fuel bar...and washed down by some Heed (by Hammer). I headed out from Lock 29, up the brick road to Pine Lane, and picked up the Buckeye Trail. VERY muddy, I must say. Now it's raining outside to make it worse. I'm praying for some long consistent sub-freezing temps over the next 2 weeks or no rain...or else the BT50K is gonna be a muddy treat!
After the stream, I headed up the hill towards the Inn at Brandywine Falls (Marjie and I stayed at this Bed & Breakfast a few months back...highly recommend!...and the best homemade oatmeal and granola!). Here are a few shots I grabbed on the way up the hill. The pic with me in it has me standing before the dropoff where down below is the rushing water from the Falls. GORGEOUS to look at but hard to take a picture of. The other picture is heading up hill towards the Inn. Once I got up past the Inn, I headed down to the viewing platform for Brandywine Falls and that's where I took a shot at my 2nd video of the day. I was really curious how the crashing water would come out on a digital camera and then online. Well, here it is:
After this shot, it was back to the Boston Store, over to the Valley Bridle Trail, up the monster hills besides I-80, and back into the pines. By the way, it's a monster hill to me because at only 0.6 mile in length, it climbs over 200 feet. The Valley Bridle leads back to the Pine Lane parking lot. From there, it was back to the Lock 29.
All in all, it was a great run...logged 14 miles in 2hrs, 10min. Wrapped up the run with some Recoverite by Hammer Nutrition. Lastly, I can't finish up today's blog without a big hearty Thank You to my trusty trail shoes...still proving to stay tough through all the snow, mud, and water!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I'm doing a 14 miler on the Brandywine, Buckeye, and Bridal trails tomorrow...tryin' to figure out a good way to transport the camera on these runs. Stay tuned...
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
OK, that's not the #1 question but this is: "How did you lose all that weight? (45 pounds)" Here's my disclaimer: I'm not a doctor (though I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night! :0), a nutritionist, I haven't read a bunch of diet books, I haven't joined Weight Watchers, and I don't guarantee any of this! However, it did work for me and to me, it's basic numbers and adopting a new lifestyle...not going on a diet. As a matter of fact, I never did go on a diet nor am I on one now. The "diet" is temporary...a lifestyle change can be...well, life-long! So, here it goes:
2. Bread products (pitas, loaves of bread, crackers, tortillas): don't be fooled by the "Whole Grain" or brown-colored breads without reading the label. Simply turn that loaf over and read. If the first ingredient has the word "enriched" in it, PUT IT BACK! You are looking for something like "Whole Wheat." There are a lot of wheat breads that are enriched so beware. Also, sometimes the bread is "butter-top"...use your common sense here...you think that's saving you calories? There are lots of options out there...don't worry! My personal favorite is a line of foods by Kashi. No, this won't cost you big time nor do you need to seek out an organic supermarket. If you're a Super Wal-Mart shopper, I have found they actually have the best selection...surprisingly. You'll also find them at your local supermarket...selection could vary very much by location.
a. Blueberry or honey frozen waffles: only 150 calories for the two of them...top with "light" syrup.
2. Don't weigh yourself every day. My day is Thursday and that's the weight I write on my training calendar along with my mileage for the day.
2007 Wrap-Up & Good-Bye
2007 was the first year I tracked every mile on a calendar so here's the tally: you'll notice a decrease in monthly mileage surrounding marathons as I tapered down the mileage leading up to them.
January: 159.8 miles
February: 163.5 miles
March: 168.8 miles (ING Georgia Marathon)
April: 146.9 miles
May: 135 miles (Flying Pig Marathon, Cleveland Marathon)
June: 181.2 miles
July: 160.5 miles (Summer Buckeye Trail 50K)
August: 186.7 miles
September: 156.9 miles (Air Force Marathon, Akron Marathon)
October: 164.7 miles (Towpath Marathon)
November: 146 miles (Richmond Marathon)
December: 202 miles (first time over 200 miles in a month)
2007 total: 1972 miles!
Alright, time to move on! No goals to run as many marathons this year. Last year was most likely a one-time occurence. I just want to focus on quality workouts and improve. What better way than to head out for a early New Year's Day run? Knocked out a hilly 7 miler before Marjie headed out to work this morning...not a soul was up...not a light was on!