Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Some corrections from the article:
1. I'm 34, not 35 years old. However, 35 is only a few months away.
2. I served in the Navy for 10 years, not the "Naval Academy"...however, that would have been awesome if true!!!
3. In case you're wondering, when they talk about weight requirements compared to height, my height is 6'2".
4. Paragraph 6: the reference to "corps" is incorrect...that would imply "Marine Corps" which I was never in nor did I say I was. Navy all the way, Baby!
5. Paragraph 8: I have completed 2 ultramarathons, not 4. Also, I "guess-timated" on the number registered for the 50K portion of the BT50K. Not sure of the exact number.
6. Last paragraph: the reference to "2% of marathoners can run a qualifying time for Boston" was another guess...given that the average finishing time in the U.S. is so far off of Boston times, I'm guessing I can't be too far off with that number.
OK, I think I've "cleared the air" on all the errors in the article. Again, my thanks to Colin Harris, the sports editor for publishing it. It was nice to wake up to the sports section this morning...motivation for my breezy 19F run in a few minutes! Have a great day!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Medals from the first 14 marathons
On yesterday's long run (I knocked out a healthy/good-feelin' 16 miles), a few of the folks referred me to the Sunburst Marathon held the weekend after Memorial Day. The finish is on the 50 yard line of Notre Dame stadium. It has so-so reviews on Marathon Guide and date, while only 1 week after Buffalo, was getting simply too far out. So on to Buffalo: it's Memorial Day weekend...on Sunday...and only 3 to 3.5 hours from home. Easy drive up on Saturday and back Sunday night. Plus, Marjie and a girlfriend of hers is going to walk the 1/2 marathon (way to go!). I talked to the race director last night of the Buffalo Marathon and he expects about 3000 total participants (marathon, 1/2, and marathon relay)...perfect size and minimal congestion. The course is also known to be flat and fast. So Buffalo it is! Goal is Set....now back to the training....
SPRING IS NEAR!!!! ALMOST TIME TO SHED THE WINTER GEAR!!!!
Posted 1 hour later: G R E A T run after the post above! 16F, no wind, full sun, 7 miles @ 6:57 pace on a rolling road course! No greater way to start the day!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Now comes some inspiration...or maybe just thoughts pouring uncontrollably out of my skull. Regardless, one (or many) may ask, "Why Run?":
Thursday, February 7, 2008
February 7, 2008
What’s Your Passion? – On the Run for Fitness, Family and Country
"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, Irish-Canadian Olympian and sub-2:12 marathoner
The quote above appears on the home page of Nick Billock’s personal blog, and it says everything about the passion he feels for distance running.
Nick is a financial services representative in northeast Ohio with [company], which is the segment of Individual Business serving teachers, hospital employees and government workers. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Regent University in Virginia and joined [company] in 2005.
Since 1997, Nick has run 19 marathons of 26.2 miles each and in 2007 alone completed seven marathons and one ultramarathon trail run of 50 kilometers (31.2 miles). Just last month, Nick ran his second ultramarathon, the Buckeye Trail 50K in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and placed fourth overall with a time of 4 hours and 47 minutes.
His personal best marathon time is 3 hours, 21 minutes, which he nearly matched in his most recent outing, finishing in 3 hours, 26 minutes in Richmond, VA last November.
Nick has even completed two half-Ironman triathlons, each one consisting of swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles.
How does one develop such endurance? You run a lot … and then you run more.
"I run 40 to 50 miles per week," Nick reveals, "mostly before dawn as I have a young family and my career with [company]. I’m also a marathon training coach on weekends, helping others as part of a training team. My next goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon – to make Boston you have to run 3:15 on a certified course."
The aforementioned family, career and hours of running would fill up the schedule for most people, but the 34-year-old has also found the time and energy to become Ensign Billock in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
"I was enlisted in the Navy for 10 years as a nuclear mechanic and served mostly on aircraft carriers," Nick explains. "However, with my business education along with my MBA – concentration in finance – and my career choice with [company], the Navy recently accepted me into their very competitive program as a direct-commission officer in the Supply Corps.
"The Supply Corps is the financial and logistical arm of the Navy and they look for professionals with a finance background. I applied and was commissioned last September."
With so many activities, Nick appreciates the work-life freedom he has at [company].
"As a financial services representative, being in the Navy Reserve matches well," he observes. "I drill once a month on the weekend near my home and two weeks per year away. I do my running before my family’s even awake, and my wife supports me when I go out Saturday mornings to do 15 to 20 miles with the training group. You feel extremely good and healthy after running.
"I am very passionate about running and fitness but also to serving my country," Nick concludes. "I really believe my career with [company] compliments both of these by offering the flexibility to do all of these but still being able to serve my clients well and without compromise."
Note: 3 pictures also appeared in article which are shown in right margin of this blog (Navy Ball photo, Richmond Marathon finish, and Akron Marathon photo)
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
For the workouts, I've used McMillan's pace calculator to target my intervals. I input a 3:10 marathon finishing time and go off of the long-distance runner interval pace chart. For the past 2 weeks, I've consistently been 5-10 seconds faster than the target time...which is a good sign considering I am early in the season and my goal marathon is sub-3:15 this year. Here's what we've done the last 2 weeks:
Warm-up 2 miles, then....
400m x 2 (400m recoveries), then pushups till fatigue
800m x 2 (400m recoveries), then situps till fatigue
1200m x 2 (400m recoveries), the wall sit with 35lb weight on lap, till fatigue
400m x 2 (400m recoveries), then cool down...PureFuel bar and Hammer's Recoverite
Warm up 2 miles, then...
800m, 2-3min recovery
1200m, 2-3min recovery
800m, 2-3min recovery
1200m, 2-3min recovery
800m, 2-3min recovery
Cool down 2 miles.....PureFuel bar and Hammer's Recoverite
Time for a reset. Lori (my massage therapist) is going to work her magic on me this Friday and hopefully get these hamstrings under control. The target still remains, though: qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2008...hopefully as I celebrate my 20th marathon.
"Dream barriers look very high until someone climbs them. They are not barriers anymore." - Lasse Viren, former Finnish athlete, winner of four gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics and 1976 Summer Olympics