Monthly Archives: January 2010

Not Quite Total Slackitude

When it comes to blogging I admit I have been a complete slacker.  Honestly there just hasn’t been anything happening important enough to put in print. Well, that isn’t true. There are some major developments in the works, but I just don’t want to write about it yet. Soon enough though.

Training though, that is a horse of a completely different color.  No slacking there. I have been running, swimming and cycling just about as much as I possibly can. And eating healthy too. In the past couple weeks I have lost about 6 pounds or more. In a couple weeks when I’m loving the hills south of Louisville I will be not be mourning those lost pounds.

I did my first spin class a couple weeks ago. The class leader said he was an ultra runner, said he hadn’t yet recovered from his last ultra. He had recently done 75 miles in 22 hours in Sedona, Arizona. He said this was our lucky day because since he was still tired he would take it easy on us. God help anyone who takes his class when he is fresh. He nearly killed me with that workout. If I were a terrorist the ACLU would be filing a lawsuit over the torture I endured. It was awesome though! Great cross training. I’ve been told that cycling is great for ultra runners. We shall see.

I need a camera. Some pictures would be nice.

Last Tuesday was the first training run in the Indy Runners Mini Training Program. Only three miles, but many who do this program haven’t run since they ran the Mini last May. I’m a pace leader for the 8:30 pace group. I went early and did two miles worth of hill repeats in Holcomb Gardens. There is a very nice hill behind the observatory. Sprint up, sprint down, recover on the short loop at the bottom. After the hill repeats I raced back to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a quick pacer meeting. When I reached my locker I realized I didn’t have my key. Argh! It must have fallen out of my pocket running up and down the hill. I retraced my route back to the hill; scanning from side to side; praying I would find that key. Then about half way down the hill; there it was in the middle of the road. Holy cow! I ran back to Hinkle singing praises the whole time. Missed the meeting, but had a great run with my group. I’m sure security at Hinkle has a pair of bolt cutters, but I’m so glad I didn’t have to ask them.

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Resolution Revolution

Out with the Old in with the New

Once again this year I started the year off right by running the Resolution Revolution. This isn’t a timed race, but they do have a clock, aid stations, and food after you finish. They also do a champagne toast before the run. This year the weather wasn’t too bad, sunny with a slight breeze,  but the temperature was about 10 degrees colder than last year. The champagne froze in my glass so that when it came time to toast I had a champagne slushy.

The course is a 3 mile loop that you run, once, twice, or three times. Since it would be silly to drive downtown to run 3 miles I always run all three laps.  After the first lap there were only two runners ahead of me. I know what you are thinking, where were all the fast runners? Probably home in bed still, nice and warm. After completing the second lap both runners ahead of me dropped out so I was the lead runner, not something I have ever had to write. The entire third lap was spent lapping slower runners and walkers which gave a good mental boost. Right before finishing my final lap another runner passed me. I don’t know if this was someone who had done all three laps or not.  Doesn’t matter, it’s not a race, no results. I did make note of the clock as I finished, 1:00:41, a few seconds slower than last year. Still a good time for 9 miles, though I think the loop is a little shy of 3 miles.

Went out this morning for a short run. I’m pretty sure it was even colder this morning than yesterday. Did about 6 miles at Eagle Creek. Probably should have done more.