Archive for April 2014

10 miles in 68:58 @ 1% incline – apparently I had some extra energy to burn after signing up for the Dopey Challenge

I only had 6 miles scheduled tonight but I was feeling pretty amped after signing up for the 2015 Dopey Challenge earlier today. So I kind of unloaded and went for 10 miles instead.

I only walked for one minute in there (after I was 6 miles in) and I managed a few minutes all the way up at 10.2 mph. Felt pretty solid with no aches or pains.  Awesome.

Changing up my schedule for tomorrow night and over the weekend. I won’t be running tomorrow but I will looking at running all 4 days of the long weekend. Basically looking at a mini Dopey actually.  Should be interesting.


Goofy or Dopey in January 2015? Time to decide!

Kinda pumped here – early registration for Disney Annual Passholders for the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend opens tomorrow April 16th at noon eastern.

I am an annual passholder and I am going to register as soon as I can tomorrow for my 5th Goofy Challenge (the 10th anniversary race no less)….but I have been having a tough time deciding if that Goofy Challenge should be part of a Dopey Challenge or not.

This will be my fifth Goofy Challenge either way (4th year in a row!) and it will likely be my last one for a while.  But I am torn on how I want to go out…do I want do the Goofy and take it a bit easier and just have fun or do I want to amp up the challenge a bit and go out with a bang by doing the Dopey?

It really is a hard choice and I have been trying to do the pros and cons either way for a while in my head and I can’t really seem to reach a conclusion either way. I was working on a bit of a matrix to do a comparison of things like additional cost and time away from the family versus the additional bling and bragging rights, etc.

Every way I played with the numbers or looked at things objectively I kept coming back to the Goofy Challenge as the set of races that makes the most sense for me. (hell the blog name has Goofy right there in the title)…….BUT….it looks like I will be signing up for the Dopey Challenge instead. I might like to think I’m smart but some days proof is a bit scarce.

My brother will be going as well to do his 3rd Goofy Challenge and he has made the argument that he is going to probably be wrecked after the full no matter what so he wants to make sure he has several days before the full where he can do fun stuff.  And the early morning races on the Thursday and Friday will just make sure he doesn’t sleep in.

All my math and matrices really can’t counter those arguments when it comes down to it.

So Dopey it is!

I will need a bit of a game plan though on how I want to do the runs and I suspect that what I will do is run the 5k and 10k with my brother and then do the half at a comfortable push. Basically do the half in a strong time but not so hard that I have trouble the next day.  Then on the full I will try to hit as many character stops as I can and just have fun with it.

So with that all in mind I will be looking at changing up my training schedule as I go along to get myself ready for running decently 4 days in a row. I suspect I could drag myself across the finish line of a Dopey right now considering where I am in training but the idea will be not to drag so that I can have more fun.  So I will continue on my current training schedule to get to the Manitoba Marathon in June 2014 shooting for a new PR there – after that I will be building up endurance and strength through the summer in the pool.  I think I will probably also sign up for several half marathon races in the fall around home just like I did last fall and push up my speed through September and October.  Then November and December will be all about building up more endurance again.

Well, there you go, I made a plan – which means I have committed myself mentally to it. Now I just have to wait 9 months or so to give it a go.

5 miles in 37:11 @ 1% – knee hurt for a bit but things settled in for a decent run

An interesting run tonight on the treadmill. I didn’t really feel like I had it and I never really pushed all that hard but my time for 5 miles was pretty decent.  Odd.

My right knee was hurting a bit in the first couple miles but it settled down and started feeling decent.

Most of the run was done at a solid 8 mph pace with a total of 8 minutes at 9 mph and 6 minutes at 7.3 mph to rest. Cardiovascular wise things are definitely good – I’m still unsure of what my speed will be like in 3 weeks when Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon runs.  Will I be able to set a new PR? Not sure!

So far the weather forecast for the weekend looks good so I am looking at doing 4 days back to back running outside over the weekend.  Looking forward to that actually. Plus it should give me a better idea of where I am heading into my first race of the season.

10.1 miles in 1:27:30 outside – That felt great! Looks like finished just in time – snow and ice hitting my window

Got in a very solid outdoor run this morning.  I needed to get moving early as they are calling for an inch of snow (or more) combined with rain while hovering around freezing temperatures. I can handle the weather but I wanted to run before the paths maybe got icy again.

I got home and showered after the run just before ice pellets started falling.  Good timing there.  I can handle snow or rain fairly easily but ice pellets suck – depending on the wind they can bloody hurt!

That aside, I felt very good out running this morning, no fueling issues, legs felt great and I was able to keep my mind in the game and moderately push.  I did 2 laps around my neighborhood getting me around 8.8 miles and then I did an out and back to finish off the 10 – which I misjudged by a tiny bit giving me a final total of 10.1 miles in 1:27:30.  Second lap was faster than the first which was nice – part of that was finding out where there were still ice patches on the first lap and avoiding them during the second one but still pace was very consistent.  The final out and back was pretty good as well and I sustained over 8 mph for a few minutes without any issues.

All in all a very good run outside – my best outside so far this season (bloody weather) – but I still felt a bit slow.  I think as I get used to running outside again I will get faster and my times will be a bit closer to what I have been doing on the treadmill.  We’ll see how that goes but for today I am happy with how I did.

5 miles in 34:49 @ 1% incline – much faster run than I expected tonight – felt good.

Started pretty slow tonight as I just wasn’t feeling it, but I managed to start pushing myself harder and after 5-10 minutes I was pretty focused.

Most of the run was done alternating 7.4 mph and 9.5 mph with no walking.  Felt very strong near the end – could have kept going.

Looking forward to a 10 miler and a 20 miler outside this weekend – although they are calling for snow and maybe freezing rain overnight Friday into Saturday.  That will be awesome!  I drove around the neighborhood yesterday and the paths I run on are fully clear but probably won’t be on Saturday now.  Yay Winnipeg!