Monthly Archives: July 2010

Westwood Will Wait

Had a pretty good weekend. Saturday morning I rode my mountain bike 6.3 miles to Broad Ripple. Then I ran 10 miles with Marvin, Catherine, and Blake. Actually Marvin only ran with us to the half. He then ran a couple miles further before turning around. Catherine, Blake and I completed the return trip about 2 minutes faster so the pace out was around 8:35 and the pace in was closer to 8:10. After a some crackers and water I hopped back on the MTB for the 6.3 mile trip back home. Overall a good training day.

McCloud Nature Park in North Salem. Sorry, it's the only picture I took on the ride.

For Sunday I was planning to drive out the Westwood Park. I’ve never been there, but there is a nice 10 mile trail around the lake. I thought I would run the trail and then ride the trail on my trusty mountain bike. I’m guessing the trail would be relatively easy on foot and a little bit of a challenge on the bike. Late Saturday evening my running/riding buddy Tom called. He had returned early from Nashville and was interested in running or riding or both on Sunday. Ultimately we decided to once again ride the 62 mile B&O Tour route. It turned out to be a very nice ride. It was overcast so it didn’t get too hot. There was a little wind but nothing unmanageable. I could definitely feel the effects of Saturday’s workout though and the injured knuckle on my right index finger made it hard to grip the handle bars properly.

I’ll get out to Westwood someday. Next weekend the group run from Broad Ripple is only 7 miles so I’m thinking about running there via the shortcut, just over 5 miles. If I return that same way (not sure how else I would return) that will be a nice 14 miles or so.  Then again on Sunday there will be another long bike ride, possibly the same B&O route or perhaps Tom will cook up something different. Either way it’s all good.

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Marathon Training, Not So Much

100+ year old barn. Cows milked twice a day.

Thursday evening I hopped in the car with my son and two dogs and we headed east for New York. Not the New York of skyscrapers and subways, but the New York of orchards and dairy farms. My brother’s daughter graduated from high school along with two of her cousins so they were having one big party at the farm. All three live right there on the family farm. Two old farm houses and one newer house all right there at the farm. If I had thought ahead I would have taken some pictures of the farm. I do have a picture of the barn that has been in the Sweeney family for over 100 years. The wall with the bicentennial painting collapsed. The wall was repaired, but the painting is now gone.

Main Street, Barker, NY. Not so busy on Saturday morning.

I didn’t do much running over the long weekend, but I did eat a ton of food and I slept a lot, so I should be well fueled and rested for some serious training this week. I did squeeze one long run in Saturday morning. I ran from my dad’s house to Lake Ontario. The total distance was just over 11 miles. I ran past cows, orchards, and corn. I even saw a few people out mowing lawns and washing cars. From my dad’s house I run a half mile to the corner, turn north, and then it’s a straight shot through Barker and to the lake. I got a late start and it was starting to warm up a bit, but it was nice and cool down by the lake shore. I ran past main street which was like a ghost town. I ran past the high school, past my old church, past the little diner where the winning little league teams

Volunteer Fire Department

would go for a milkshake after the game way back when I was a kid. I didn’t get many milkshakes. It was called the Korner Kitchen then. Now I don’t know what they call it, but I ate there with my dad Friday evening. Overall it was a nice little run even though it was pavement all the way. Not a lot of trails to run in that area which is ok because I would be hesitant to go into the woods alone since the black bears have moved back into the area. When I was a kid there were no bears in that part of NY, but as family farms cease operations and open fields return to forest the bears return with the trees.

Korner Kitchen, it's for sale...

Orchards to the left, corn to the right, lake straight ahead.

At Bi-Centennial Park, the half way point.

Unattended road side vegetable stand, complete with cash box.

Busy Weekend

My right hamstring had been sore and stiff all last week. Finally by Friday morning it was starting to loosen up and feel a little better. So naturally I decided to kick off the holiday weekend with about three hours of volleyball Friday evening. We played 4 on 4 in the sand court at Canterbury Park in Broad Ripple. I had not played volleyball in a long, long time. It was great fun; however, it was probably not the smartest thing to do the night before a race.

Saturday morning when I woke up I was a little stiff all over, not just the hamstring. My shoulders and arms were toast. Oh well, I don’t need them to run, right? The Carmel Freedom Run was only 4.5 miles so the suffering wouldn’t last long. The temperature and humidity were relatively low for July so heat would not be an excuse for a poor performance. I ran for about 15 minutes to warm up and was feeling pretty good. A good part of the course was shaded and the first three miles was flat. I went out a little too fast with a 6:23 first mile. The next 3 miles were all around 7 even and the last half was at a 6:40 pace. There were a few little hills in the last couple miles and the damage from the volleyball was noticeable. I had hoped to beat 30 minutes, but just couldn’t manage it. Still I’m pretty happy with the 30:45 which was good enough for 2nd in my age group.

Romo, 85 pounds of pure cute.

After the race I drove over to Avon to get Romo, who would be coming to live with me. My ex-wife and I had three chocolate labs, Kooper, Dino, and Romo. Dino and Romo were going to move to Texas with her, but at the last minute we agreed that he would stay with me. I can’t imagine how people who have young children deal with the custody issues in a divorce. Splitting up the dogs was difficulty enough for me.

Sunday morning I rode the 62 mile B&O bike tour route with Tom. The route markings were still very visible and it was a great morning for a ride. Very nice route, mostly flat but a couple challenging hills. We averaged about 16 mph. Can’t believe I didn’t take the camera. I got home just in time to eat, rest, shower, and get back on my bike to ride the 3 miles up to Carmel Fest where I was volunteering to pick up trash from 4 to 7. I’m pretty sure I walked at least 4 miles pushing a cart full of trash. As a reward I got to get back on my bike and ride the 3 miles home.

Monday was a rest day. Whew! Actually I was up early cooking. My kids and their grandma would be coming over for lunch. It was a pretty good meal.

This weekend my son and I are driving to WNY. My niece just graduated from high school and they are having a party to celebrate. Two of her cousins also graduated, one from college and the other from high school, so they are having one big party. Should be a lot of fun. My sister and her two kids from Missouri will also be there. I’m hoping to get a good long run in Saturday morning. From my dad’s house to Lake Ontario is 5 miles so at a minimum I should do 10 miles. Need to take the camera.

Also on the horizon and throwing a big wrench in my training/racing is my next trip to China. July 27th through August 5th. Should be a lot of fun though. My boss will be joining me there on August 3rd at which time he said we would discuss my “next” trip to China. Two words… frequent flyer miles. Oops, I guess that’s three words.