Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The latest weather forecast is excellent after the recent German heatwave:
> Sunday Scattered Clouds. High: 69°F.
> Monday Scattered Clouds. High: 71°F.
> Tuesday Scattered Clouds. High: 75°F.
Sounds hopeful...but in my experience things often have a habit of deteriorating quickly. Raingear, gloves, hats and sunscreen are all packed.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Claire and I have another few days of humid, sweaty training in Austin before we begin a loosely defined "taper". On July 21, we fly to London for 24 hours, before flying on to Berlin. Hopefully hurricanes, British Airways strikes and volcanic ash will not conspire to mess up our plans too badly.
We will be running an average of 40 miles a day for 5 days in Germany, along with 64 other runners and 7 stage racers. The Baltic-Run race starts in the center of Berlin, and passes due north to the Baltic Sea, mainly along the course of the Berlin-Usedom Radweg (bike path). I know at least 10 of the other runners; I'm really looking forward to meeting up with them all again. We're very happy too that we will be accompanied by our good Texas friend Leah, who will be cycling much of the route and providing us with support along the way.
My right knee has been troubling me a lot during training recently. At times, it REALLY hurts, and it affects my hamstrings, sciatic nerve, glutes, SI joint and back. My informed self-diagnosis is osteoarthritis, as this is the surgically repaired knee I injured white water rafting 15 years ago. The Baltic-Run will be a test to see whether I will be able to continue running long distances, or instead have to hang it up in favor of something less load bearing like cycling. We'll see.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Claire started very well. At one point (around 25 miles) she was threatening to move into third woman place, and to kick my then sorry butt in the process. But an old adductor injury made her limp to a halt. She did the smart thing and baled, so that she wouldn't damage it irreparably before Germany.
Very tired and sore now. It'll be a loooong drive home.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
I've run through the night a couple of times before and really enjoyed it. It's an odd feeling - your sensory perceptions and circadian rhythms get all oddly messed up. This run caught my eye, as a way to keep me focused for Germany. It's flat, soft and traffic free, so I'm headed to Paducah, Kentucky on June 12th to spend 10 hours from 8pm to 6am running in circles around a horse track. Later in June, Claire's headed to the mountains in Leadville, Colorado to train with her trail friends. Wonder which one of us will injure ourselves least.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Running mojo is returning, just in time to prepare for the Baltic Run, 5 days and 200 miles north from Berlin to the Baltic Sea in July. Aches and pains have receded, and I'm finally enjoying running again. This week Claire and I ran nearly 50 troublefree miles, and we're now ready to start increasing weekly mileages over the next 3 months. She has it all planned on a spreadsheet; I just tag along.
It has been a blissfully cool Texas Spring in which to train. During today's run, Claire told me she's "really, really looking forward to Germany." I am too now. My fingers are crossed for us both - hopefully no volcanic ash to mess up our plans by then.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
Claire and I are getting ready to run together for two days at the end of February in Tulsa, OK. February 27 is the inaugural Tulsa Running Club Post Oak Lodge Marathon, and February 28 is the 50K, both on trails. Tulsa seems like a great running community, and this race is being wonderfully planned and organized. Claire's running long and strong every week now; I'll be trying to keep up with her with my gimpy right leg, while saving some energy for speaking at the pasta dinners.