Take that 40!

It required me to add a couple extra miles onto my long run Saturday (which I kind of wanted to do anyways) and to get out of bed and run again on Sunday (which I had NO desire to do) but I finally got over 40 miles for the week.

Some people will look at that and think “DAMN! Wish I could run that many miles in a week!” while others will look at that and go “Psh, please, that’s a taper week for me!”. But to me, it was kind of a big deal. Funny thing, as soon as I got done with my run on Sunday I thought to myself “Yay, you hit 40 miles. Yeah, so what are you going to do this week?!” Not much fanfare, even in my own head.

I’m scheduled for 45 miles this week. No excuse not to hit it. Just requires me to get off my ass. And since my trainer got married yesterday (YAY Charles and Karen!!) I won’t be meeting with him this week so two more nights I “could” be home “early” for additional rest. I was supposed to run today but body is feeling a little beat up. 53ish miles in the last 8 days. Included in that was Portland Rock n Roll Half Marathon, a hilly 9+ miles midweek and 16 miles just a mere 48 hours ago. So I’m fully justified not running today…doesn’t stop the negative self talk though. I’m home for the holiday today, with nothing planned, so if the weather holds who knows, maybe I will venture out.

The week leading up to Portland RnR was not a good training week as mileage goes. Trainer wanted me to get more rest as I was showing signs of losing my mind. So any extra miles I may have picked up for my RW Challenge were pretty much lost then. But losing 15 miles for a down week is better than losing 40 because I can’t run at all. I’ll just have to make them up later in the summer. This week I will pass the 400 mile point of the challenge. Some of that is bonus miles so haven’t quite run that far. Although I will pass 600 miles for this year by midweek. Goal was to hit 1500 this year, so feeling pretty good about that. Like last year, November and December will be the deciding factors. Luckily, I have a plan in place so those months will definitely NOT be idle this year.

Picture time!!

Lonnie's Mileage Challenge 5-25

Three weeks until my next race, Vancouver Half Marathon.  Here’s to increasing mileage and staying healthy!

Happy Running
Lonnie

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Are You Boring Enough?

We all have goals for our running. Whether it is getting a new time/distance PR, completing a race for the first time or simply just staying healthy; we are all chasing something that makes us get out and run. We hear it all the time…how bad do you want it? Truth be told, we all want it bad enough. We wake up each day wanting what ever it is just as bad as we did the day before. I don’t think that is the issue. The problem comes from us not being willing to do the little things each and every day that are a necessity for us to achieve our individual goal.

For the most part, runners have no issue dragging their butt out for their daily runs. We’re runners, running is what we do. Where we come up short is the other things we need to be doing every day to ensure we can drag our butts out there. Foam rolling, cold soaks, stretching, strength training…all of these are a just as vital to our training (if not more so) than the miles we log on our feet. But if you’re like me, you come up with a hundred different excuses to not do them each day. My biggest cop out lately is I’m tired. I am tired…extremely tired most days…but that isn’t a good enough excuse to not spend 30 minutes each day doing a few little things that will help me get out the door in the morning.

If you’re anything like me you also find these activities boring. I don’t mean boring, I mean B…O…R…I…N…G!!! I really do not look forward to doing any of my “homework” that I know I should be doing and that I know will help me feel better. Which begs the question, how bad do I really want it? You have to want it bad enough to do the boring, mundane things you hate doing but know you should.

2013-want-vs-will

Go be boring!

Happy Running
Lonnie

Give My Regards to Broad Street

I spent the first weekend in May in Philadelphia attending the Broad Street 10 Miler as well as taking in the sites and meeting new friends. I love to travel, especially to the East Coast. So much history back there. So when Andy from Running My Ass Off asked me to run with his team it was a no brainer. Speaking of Andy, say hi Andy…

Andy Aubin

On Friday, since it was the first time getting to meet Andy, the day was spent spending time together and getting to know each other a little more. Of course, the first thing we needed to do was go for a run.

Andy and Lonnie Run

After getting settled and cleaned up we went took in the Phillies vs Nationals game.

Phillies vs Nationals

For several months Andy had been preaching to me and anyone that would listen about the virtues of The Schmitter.

Schmitter

This is probably the best sandwich on the face of the Earth…when you’re drunk. Greasy, decent size and lots of bread. But when sober it’s meh. Was really disappointed in the flavor…there really wasn’t any. No offense Philly nation.

I had planned to get to bed at a decent hour Friday. I had traveled over night on Thursday and wanted to take advantage of the night before the night before night of sleep. I also wanted to get up at a decent hour Saturday to get in a run. But, since I’m a Blazer fan and they were playing Houston in game 6, I stayed up a little later than planned. If I hadn’t, I would have missed this…

Damian Lilliard

On Saturday, Andy had some family things to attend to, so when I finally dragged my ass out of bed I found my way to the treadmill at the hotel and put in six very hot, sweaty miles. Then the real fun began. We were meeting up with our teammates for lunch at Reading Market. This place was AWESOME!! All different kinds of food from so many different cultures. It’s obviously a popular place as it was packed shoulder to shoulder. But it paled in comparison to these awesome people!

Team Low and Slow

Then I had to take advantage of the opportunity to eat some of the local fare…

Reading Market

Philly Goodies

Once we were done eating we found out way to the expo for the race. Maybe it’s me, but I’m always expecting so much more from race expos than what I end up seeing. This expo was nice but like usual, I felt like something was missing. It did give me a chance to do a little shopping. Any booth that had something that caught my eye (neon) I stopped to look. At one point one of the guys said “It’s like a moth to a flame!”

Broad Street Expo Shopping

After the expo a handful of us decided to do a little site seeing and find a place to “hydrate”.

Philly Church

Philly Museum

Rocky Statue

Philly Statue

Then we got this great picture at the Love statue.  This was quite a humorous moment as I had to take the picture twice and had to have help the second time.  I obviously suck at taking selfies.

Sub 30 Love

Sunday. Race day! Now, I may or may not have had one or five too many drinks the night before. And the lack of sleep was catching up to me. I made the decision to run with my friends rather than trying to “race” the race. Best decision I made all weekend. I had such a great time running, talking and taking in the sites. Here are some pics we got pre, mid and post race.

Broad Street Pre Race

Broad Street Mid Race

Team Low and Slow Post Race

Philly Post Race Food

Broad Street Bling

This was the most fun I’ve had during event.  Great people, great experience!  I’ve already told Andy that Mrs Team Neon and I are both in for next year. Looking forward to it for sure!

Happy Running
Lonnie

Speed Humps

You know those very short, little “hills” in the street intended to help control speed through neighborhoods? Normal people call those speed bumps. Not in my neck of the woods…

Speed Humps

Even after a decade I still laugh like a teenage boy.

We even run into them during our training. Hitting a minor one right now in mine. The last few weeks I’ve felt pretty good. My mileage has stayed up and even increased a bit. Still haven’t eclipsed that elusive 40 mile mark yet this year…I still think it’s mental. But I’m consistently around 35 miles per week. My body, for the most part, is holding up fine. Whenever a little niggle shows up I can usually relate it to how aggressive I’m NOT being with my recovery. Give it a little attention and everything is fine.

Last week, with the traveling to/from Philadelphia, my training got a little sidetracked. Was supposed to be six days running for 31 miles. Was a cut back week, but also an increase in the number of days I was running. Because of travel, I ended up doing 35 miles in 4 days. My last run, on Sunday, was even at a pretty good clip…20 seconds per mile faster, for 14 miles, than I normally run on that route.

Woke up Monday a little sore (expected) and dragging some serious ass (not necessarily expected).

dragonass

I took Monday off from training and got in some table work with my trainer. Tuesday I woke up and was still pretty tired. I got my scheduled run in, but it was slower and shorter than I had planned. My legs felt very heavy the whole run. This morning I woke up and felt like I needed a crane just to get out of bed. Run cancelled. Sleep engaged. Seriously considered staying home from work. Sunny and 90* today didn’t help with that decision.

Reached out to my trainer with how I was feeling. His first thought was that I was getting sick. Assured him that I feel “fine”…as I told him, as fine as I normally feel. You know runners, we always think we are getting sick during race week. He rattled off a few symptoms to see if I had them. I said, yeah, have had that for a few weeks. I proceeded to get a rather lengthy lecture at that point about not listening to my body (uh…duh…have we just met???). He always likes to use car anaolgies…basically said mechanically I’m “fine” but I’m low on gas, oil and transmission fluid. I have no clue what that means for me, but I do know that if you run your car long enough without those you will no longer have a car. I may or may not have experience with that in a car from when I was a teenager (right, dad!?).

Diagnosis…tired ass!

Prescription…sleep…a lot!

So going to back off this week. Want to get in a couple short(ish), easy runs the next few days to try and keep the legs fresh. Then I have the Portland Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday. Next week I will just take what my body is able to give me. Have to keep the long term plan in mind.

Happy Running (or sleeping)

Lonnie

Runner’s World Mileage Challenge Update

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated everyone on my mileage challenge. For those that don’t remember, I put down a challenge to the Sub 30 running group I belong to on Facebook. For every mile they ran as a group over that weekend I would run at least that amount of miles between that weekend and the Runner’s World Festival. They stepped up in a big way and surpassed any amounts I thought they would. So much so, that the group felt a straight one to one mile was a bit too much. We agreed that any mileage that I run that has an entry fee associated with it would count double. So I’ve been plugging away each week. I’ve hit my scheduled miles each week and have even banked a few extra a few times. My body is holding up well, albeit a little tired. But the consistency has been good for me.

I’ve been trying to do a weekly update, but last week I was in Philadelphia for the Broad Street 10 Miler. I have lots of things to write about, with lots of pictures, so hoping to get a post out about the weekend experience in the next few days.

Here is the snapshot of my mileage challenge…

Lonnie's Mileage Challenge 5-11-14

I’m trying not to get hung up on the fact that my daily mileage to go number keeps increasing. I know my big mileage is still to come. We even have a mini six week challenge in the group. Many of the members are trying to get up to a sustained 25 miles per week. I wanted to support that so being the dumbass I am I volunteered to do double that. So, next week we start and I’m planning to run 50 miles. Tack on the Portland Rock n Roll and my mileage for next week for the overall challenge will be 63.1. Easy peasy!

OK, since Runner’s World said that sleep is the best recovery, I’m going to get my recovery on!

Happy Running
Lonnie

Breaking Barriers

It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I was struggling to finish what felt like a grueling 10 mile run. It was my first double digit run of 2014. Considering I spent most of 2013 knowing that I could run 13-15 miles any given day without thinking twice about it, I had a little trouble adjusting to working so hard. Seems as though I had forgotten how hard I worked to get to that level. That run was almost 3 months ago.

Although I’m not in true half marathon race condition yet, it’s coming. I can feel it coming. Every week I can feel myself getting stronger. I’ve been able to recover quicker from tough runs. And this has led to me being able to log more miles each week. I’m still struggling with that 40 mile barrier. But this week, for the first time in a long time, I didn’t worry about it. I know I will get over that 40 mile in a week barrier. I just need to keep focusing on my training, stay healthy and the miles will increase. Although, I’m scheduled for 37 this week and with how I’ve felt lately, I’m sure I can squeeze out a few extra miles to get there.

With my 14 mile run yesterday, I passed the 100 mile mark for the month. That’s my third month in a row eclipsing 100 miles. I’m on pace for 160 this month. My previous high month was 155 in May, 2013. And the best thing is that I feel good. Sure, I’m pretty sore this morning after logging 14.3 miles at 8:39 pace, but I feel good. Nothing hurts that isn’t expected. After I finish watching the Boston Marathon this morning I’m going to get in a recovery run. Here is a nice pic of me before my run yesterday.

Lonnie 4-20-14

Due to a programming issue, found out that the spreadsheet I was using was not tracking my racing miles accurately. So, I didn’t provide an update last week. Issue has been fixed and we are back on track.

Lonnie's Mileage Challenge 4-20-14

I’m trying not to get hung up on how many miles I have to go. I know I will really start making up ground in June. Lots of races this summer and planning to up my mileage. The key now is to focus on my training that is right in front of me and stay healthy.

Well, since it is taking me so long to write this due to watching the race and chatting online with my running buddies, I’m going to wrap this up. Lot’s of emotion today watching these incredible runners. Here’s to hoping Shalane is able to hold on and lead the whole way. Would make an incredible story!

Happy Running
#BostonStrong
Lonnie

Rock n’ Roll Races

Last week I said I was going to do a mid week post to make an announcement. Oops! So I guess I will do it this week.

Last year I ran the Portland Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon. I still think this was my best tactical race I’ve ever ran. Even though the event is a little over the top for me, I still had a good time. I wasn’t really planning to run it again this year but as the time got closer I knew I would want to run it so I bit the bullet and signed up. Then a running friend from the Sub 30 Club moved to Seattle from back east. She said she was going to run Seattle Rock n’ Roll. I knew that if you ran both events you got an extra medal. And you know how I love my bling! Then I found out that you actually get TWO extra medals for running both Portland and Seattle! How could I possibly turn that down?! So I signed up for Seattle Rock n’ Roll.

I’m constantly bombarded with running event emails. Some I read, some I don’t. Since I had already signed up for two Rock n’ Roll events I rarely pay attention to the emails from them. One caught my eye though. Buy a 2014 Tour Pass for $199 and run three events. I wasn’t a math major but I knew that I had spent about that already. Did some quick checking and found that your entries could be applied to the purchase of a Tour Pass. I could basically get a third race entry for minimal cost. Oh, and get two more medals! Yes, I’m a bling whore!

Talked it over with Mrs. Team Neon who, much to my surprise thought it was a great idea. This was a change from the “OK” and eye roll I usually get. The initial plan was to do the Vancouver, CA Half Marathon. It’s only about a 5 hour drive from our place and something we could realistically do on the weekend so we wouldn’t have to miss work. Downside was that it was the weekend right after Runner’s World. I kicked it around for a week or so and finally decided to look at other events.

One of the offspring moved to Austin, TX a few years ago. We’ve talked every once in a while about going to visit. Google maps shows me that Austin is only 100 miles from San Antonio. San Antonio has a Rock n’ Roll event on December 7th. Bonus…his birthday is on December 10th. To say Mrs Team Neon was beyond excited at this idea would be an understatement. So now I’m signed up for the San Antonio Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in December. We are going to take a few extra days and spend some time with him and his girlfriend. Take in a few sites and have a good time. Have to love runcations!!

Happy Running
Lonnie