Archive for September 2014

5 miles tonight in 39:27 on the treadmill – Gave the new Hokas another go – definitely liking them so far

I had 10 miles on the schedule tonight but with making the decision to do the 12 hour Beaudry Lemming Loop on the weekend I figured I better rest the legs a bit and backed off to 5 miles.

I took it easy at a steady 7.5 mph pace until I hit the 30 minute mark and then bumped the speed up to 8 mph. Just relaxed and enjoyed the movement – it felt good.

Tried the Hoka One One Cliftons again tonight on the treadmill – still really loving the feel – my legs barely feel like they have done anything after the 5 miles. Cool!

I’m still looking to organize my drop bag, etc for the run on the weekend but I have a pretty good idea of what I am taking – I will just have to pack it up Thursday or Friday.

I think I am still in a bit of shock that I signed up so I am pretty calm about the whole thing so far – it will probably become pretty real Thursday or Friday as well – probably right around when I am packing my drop bag.

Ahhhh….the things I do to myself.

Monthly mileage with tapers and injuries comes out to 153.49 – about 9.71 miles short of my schedule. Next month will be higher…especially if I do well on Saturday!

May have just done something spectacularly dumb – Signed up for the Beaudry Lemming Loop (12 hours)

So I have thinking about this for a while – all through the summer at least. I decided to sign up for the Beaudry Lemming Loop that is run here in Winnipeg (well usually just outside Winnipeg but the venue has moved due to flooding this year). It is a looped trail run where you see how far you can go in either a 24, 12, 6 or 3 hour window. It runs this weekend – the 12 hour I signed up for starts 6 am on October 4th.

I wanted to challenge myself after a hard summer of training and the 3 hour would have been interesting but I really wanted to test my long distance endurance so that means a longer time period would be needed.

The 6 hour time frame just didn’t frighten me – I did several runs over the summer in the 2.75 to 4 hour mark and 6 didn’t seem like too much of a stretch. Hell, I have had marathons take me that long and if I was going to do this I knew I wanted to hit ultra-marathon distances of 50 km or 50 miles. I should be able to hit 50 km in a 6 hour period but I’m not a big trail runner so if I ran into some obstacles or if it was really muddy and slowed down to much it might not happen.

I’m not crazy enough yet to try a 24 hour run at this point – plus it would conflict with too many other family responsibilities¬†on Friday night.

So now that I have signed up I need to come up with a plan. The Hokas I was testing out will most likely be part of the plan as will some of the fueling things I tried over the summer. I will probably be spending most of the week freaking out….but also organizing what I will need to bring with me and trying to determine what my plan will be running wise. (most likely run/walk cycles right from the beginning)

I’m not exactly sure what my goals will be for this run besides not dying but I want to hit 50 km at least. As long as the trail isn’t a mud bog this should be more than possible. Part of me would also really like to hit 50 miles – again this should be possible if I can stay healthy and keep moving at a good pace. Anything over that would be kind of a miracle so I won’t put any stretch goals out there – I will be ecstatic with anything over 50 km frankly.

Planning for the weather should be fun – so far it looks like it will hit freezing overnight (those crazy¬†24 hour runners will be out in that) and then up to 10 Celsius (50 F) during the day and no rain. I expect I will need a few changes of clothes but won’t be able to finalize until later in the week when the long range weather guess becomes a short range weather guess.

….man the things I get myself into.

5.97 miles outside in 49:18 to test out some new Hoka Cliftons – felt very different but really good!

With the change that Nike had made to their Pegasus model for version 31, I find the shoes aren’t as comfortable for a long run for a big guy like me. I gone through multiple pairs of various versions of Pegasus over the years and have always loved the cushioning the shoes provided. For version 31 though the shoes feel like they have less cushioning and I really notice that in my legs over longer runs. With that in mind I started hunting around online to see if I could find any deals on version 30 since I absolutely love that version. But I was finding anyone that had them either didn’t have them for any kind of deal or didn’t ship to Canada.

While I was doing the hunting around I found that MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) had a style of Hoka’s for basically the same price as what Pegasus 31s are going for in Canada. I had looked at Hoka’s before because of their cushioning but the price was a bit steep for me. But these Cliftons appear to be the least expensive shoes they have in their range.

Since today was a day off for me I headed down to MEC and checked them out – I was stunned at how light they were. I tried them on and they felt good on my feet if a bit weird when standing still – it was like I would get rocked back onto my heels. I like them enough that I picked them up and decided to try them this afternoon (while I was making up for some missed mileage from yesterday).

Definitely lots of cushion – I really enjoyed the run – my legs and feet felt great. I am impressed – I suspect I will be using these shoes for any training run now over the 15 mile mark at least and probably some shorter runs as well. I will keep my Pegasus 31s as speed training shoes and probably race shoes. I also have a pair of unused 30s in reserve that I am conserving until I get closer to the Dopey Challenge in January – I will want to take those shoes as my main shoes for that event.

The only thing I am worried about for these is the touch of extra height – I am wondering on long runs when I am getting fatigued if I will find I am not lifting my feet enough and end up tripping myself.

I also had the tongue on one of the shoes bunch up a bit funny on the run today that was a mild irritant (which would be a major irritant over a really long run) but I’m not sure if it bunched up on it’s own or if it had to do with how I tied the shoes. I will have to watch that over any upcoming runs.

There – I now feel better knowing I have enough shoes in reserve and on the go to make it through the Dopey Challenge!

8.85 miles outside this morning – 1:18:44 – pushed for the first 40 minutes and then took it easy for the rest

Out the door by 8 am without really having decided how far I was going to go. I had 5 miles on the training schedule but figured I would probably go further as it was such a nice morning, but I didn’t know how much further. I figured I would do laps around the neighborhood and just call it when I figured I was done.

I did the first lap around the 7 mph and then slowed down from there for the second lap. I was feeling good but wasn’t feeling like pushing really hard – I just wanted to enjoy the sun for a bit. And after the second lap I decided I was good for the day. I have 18 miles scheduled tomorrow and will probably spend a chunk of the day in the pool with the kids – wanted to conserve some energy.
Alrighty – feels good – let’s keep training!

5 miles tonight in 38:42 – nice and easy run after the kids’ swimming lessons

Another 5 miler this week – took this one nice and easy. Did 15 minutes at around 7.5 mph and the remainder at 8 mph.

We got home from the kids’ swimming lessons fairly late and I will have to get up early tomorrow to put in my Saturday run. I wanted to make sure I didn’t push too hard and make that run too rough.

It felt good to just cruise tonight so I should be good to go tomorrow.