Saturday, June 30, 2012

Changing Expectations

My Running Update

Like it or not, here it comes. The El Scorcho 50K is two weeks away and I'm vastly under trained compared to where I wanted to be. I had a sprained ankle and took my training easy going into The Ranch... and sprained my other ankle on the course, so June has been inconsistent. While I am starting a true taper now, it really has been one big taper...

At least I got 2 over 20 runs in this month and today's 15. Now my goal is to rest my ankle and to come in super rested. Unfortunately, I will have to adjust my expectations. A few months ago I was doing speed workout, getting all my runs in, ran a 39 minute 10K on the track and thought I would go at this one at around 8:30 minutes per mile. Since I've been injured, I'm just going to run this thing at a comfortable pace. I'm guessing 9:30-10 minutes. Last December I jogged the White Rock Marathon at about this pace and it truly felt like a jog, other than the weather. I'm in better shape, but it will be hotter. And this will be my jumping off place in long runs for...

The Cactus Rose 100 miler. I have officially registered. Rob will be there too. He is more experienced at Ultras and we plan to combine resources (such as wives) and crews. Obviously we won't be running together, but combining resources should work out well. I imagine we will come in to our aid stations at different times, keeping stress down on our crews and also keeping them busy enough not to be bored as we slog through. Time to start begging pacers... The plan is to run El Scorcho at a pace that is quick enough to be fun while not injuring myself. Then I'll take a week of low mileage, then I'll be on a boat for a week... but it has a cool jogging track!!

Then I'll be jumping off. Of course as I train is when our schedule at work ramps up. There may be a couple Saturdays I have to work, but at 26 miles away on the road, I can easily get up at 3 or 4, be at work by 9 or 10, and home by 4 or so... not too bad! Once Cactus Rose weekend is over, that's when our busy season REALLY gets started. Luckily we have a treadmill at work. My plan is to spend the busy season until May getting some longer runs in when I can but doing a CRAPTON of speed work since I won't have time. I may explore coaching after session. And R2R2R is still on the possible calendar for May.

Also, I seem to have at least 1 person running with me every Saturday. It is making me much more accountable! And it is really nice to just chat in the morning. We meet in Kyle at 5:30 AM. After I start my CR100 training, we will be moving that to 4:30. My very tentative CR100 training schedule:

Sunday Date Week M T W Th F S Su

7/15/2012 74 0 3 2 0 0 0 31
 7/22/2012 75 0 3 3 3 3 0 5
 7/29/2012 76 3 3 3 3 3 0 0
 8/5/2012    77 0 3 3 3 0 10 15
8/12/2012 78 0 3 3 3 0 20 15
8/19/2012 79 0 3 3 3 0 15 15
8/26/2012  80 0 3 3 3 0 20 20
9/2/2012    81 0 3 3 3 0 25 15
9/9/2012     82 0 3 3 3 0 28 22
 9/16/2012 83 0 3 3 3 0 20 25
9/23/2012 84 0 5 5 5 0 25 25
9/30/2012 85 0 5 5 5 25 25 10
10/7/2012 86 0 5 5 3 0 10 6
10/14/2012 87 0 5 5 3 0 5 6
10/21/2012 88 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
10/28/2012 89 100

My Diet Update

My goals this week:
No Meat Until Dinner: Successful every day until today.
No energy drinks: Successful every day until today.
No more than 2 drinks: about 50/50
No drinking 2 days in a row... try again next week!!! But I did cut way down! 

I'm pretty happy with that! I also just read chapter one of Eat and Run by Scott Jurek and plan on making the rice balls next week! Anyone tried that?

Beer Update

Beer tonight is Hans Pils by Real Ale Brewing Company. It is a super hoppy pilsner, almost as hoppy as an IPA, but only 5.3% ABV, which is nice if you just want a couple beers without getting drunk. Super crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day. I love everything Real Ale has put out and that makes them close competition with Rahr for my favorite Texas brewery.

Worth Reading

There were a number of things worth reading in the news and blogosphere this week: - Suann, who I know through Twitter and whose been at some of the same races as me gave great coverage to Western States!! - A very sad story about the Tarahumara from Born to Run being exploited by the Mexican drug cartels..,0,5420678.story - A heart warming story of a wounded police dog's love for his owner at Western States. - Chaser is on the mend! Everyone bug him to get out there for El Scorcho!!!!

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