Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cleveland Marathon Race Report

I finished 2'nd . . . in the barefoot division.  There were three of us that I know of.  Jessy and I discussed our craziness at mile 17.  Before I let him run ahead - he was running strong - he said that he had passed another barefooter before me.  That guy never caught me though.

My second marathon.  So, I've figured it out.  If I run a marathon, it will rain.  And rain it did.  It wasn't as torrential as the Blue Ridge Marathon, but for a barefooter, rain can be a problem.  Or can it?  We had 5 miles of mist and wet pavement followed by 5 of warmth and dry pavement.  Then 3 of wet and 3 of dry.  Then the rain, cold and wind set in.  The temp dropped 10 degrees and wind picked up when not protected by trees or buildings.  This made for a challenging run.

I set a new marathon pr.  I was hoping for 4:30 and finished with 4:37:17.  I started out fast as usual, keeping pace with the 4 hr pacer.  After six, I watched them pull away.  At mile 12 (or 14?) the 4:15 pacer caught me.  I stuck with them for a while,  but they too pulled away.   At mile 21, the 4:30 group reared it's ugly head and my hopes were dashed.  I was really feeling good with the 4 hr group and thought I could make a move.  Pain arrived and hope left at about mile 15, having seen the 4:15 group go, but I thought I could hold off the 4:30's.  Not to be.

The race was flat.  I really don't remember any hills, aside from the shoreway bridge.  I did walk at a few aid stations and near the end,  but only for seconds - 20 or 30 at most.  There were no hills to slow me down.  Only age, lack of conditioning and pain.

Congratulations to Dan who finished 1st in his age group.  Much faster than I can dream of.  And to Steve, a colleague of mine who finished the half in a 8 mile/min Pace.

Here are some photos:
My race uniform - note the sleeves.  I received many complimentary comments on the sleeves - some thought they were tattoos at first - and the shorts.  Although, Jennifer says they are making fun?

The guitar actually spins

Left foot  - only a slight big toe blister.  I felt this late in the race, but it's a non issue.

Right foot - big blood blister on the long toe.  I was dealing with this almost from the start.  I popped it, post race and watched the blood flow.  The mid section is interesting, but not a blister.

Top 'o the feet.  Right big toe is a 2 week old nighttime sidewalk smashing.  It wasn't an issue during the race.  It hurts when I put boots on.  Damn shoes!
Over all, I am excited at how my feet held up over the distance in the conditions.  The skin didn't break on the long toe blister, which was key.  And all the other skin was fine.  I've run in the rain a few times recently, but was unsure about 26 miles.  The short dry spots helped.  The road conditions were typical,  but they seemed to get worse as the race went on - mental, I'm sure.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Work = Little Running

It's been another low mile week.  Work has conspired to minimize my runs.  I'm going to make a special effort to run next week, despite the new work routine.  I ran a quick 2.4 this afternoon to get my legs back under me.  With the Cleveland marathon tomorrow, I kept it short today.  I wanted to run a lot more this week, but found myself too exhausted after work.  I should be fine for tomorrow.  It's a flat run anyway.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Shoes = Blisters

Another reason to chuck the shoes . . . I've worn my new boots, 8 hours a day for the last two days, and I have a blister.  It would be so much better without them.  Oh well, at least there's a paycheck involved.

The Cleveland marathon is 5 days away.  I'm looking forward to it.  I can't wait to set a new marathon pr.  My goal, as stated before, is 4:30.  I hope to do no walking, save for the occasional aid station.  Of course, if beer is offered, I'll stop there as well.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers Day

You know what they say about mothers, everyone's got one.  Happy Mothers Day Mom.

I ran a solo 5.5 today.  I felt fast without the Pooper.  I was just as slow as usual.  Gotta' go plant a blueberry.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Minimalist Work Boots

Are there any that don't cost $340?  I went to a store today and was unhappy with the fit, feel, sweat factor.  They were the widest ones they had too.

Other notes: Pepper and I did a quick 5 miler today.  It was sunny and 52 at 5pm.  A decent run.  The Cleveland marathon is coming up.  I'm shooting for 4.5 hours.  We'll see.

Run run run.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Delicate Feet

Pepper and I went for a quick 6.3 today.  We ran down to Glens trail where I realized my feel have been spoiled by roads.  After the 3/4 mile technical trail, I decided my feet had enough rough sensory input, so I got back on the road for and additional 4.5 of asphalt and concrete smoothness.  I was panning on a run through Gorge park, returning on the Glens, but it wasn't to be.  All of the snow and road running since December seem to have conspired to exaggerate the delicacy of my tender feet.  I need more trails!

The humidity and heat were a strange feeling today.  After about 4 miles, Pepper decided she had enough and stopped for a rest.  We waited about 5 minutes and she was ready to go again.  We miss the cold.

The Snow Nose

Friday, April 22, 2011

Morning Run

I went for a solo 7.2 before dawn this morning.  No pooch to keep me company because she was asleep in bed.  And she was limping again after our last 5 mile run Wednesday.  I was laying awake at 4 this morning and decided that at 5, I might as well get up and do it.  I had the alarm set for 6 anyway.  I wanted to get an early run in because today is a busy day.  The legs are mostly recovered from last weekend.  My right calf is a little stiff.  Over all, it's hard to tell I ran a marathon a week ago.

This graph makes me laugh.

A bigger view of the graph can be found here.  Thanks Atom