Archive – September 2015

9/3/2015 – Virginia Beach Half Marathon

After spending most of July and August rehabbing from the latest setback, the day finally came for the centerpiece of my running season.  Sandy and I have been running this race for most of the last ten years.  It’s a great excuse to get the kids to the beach one last time before the school season kicks in.

Race day weather was pretty close to perfect.  A little drizzly at the start, but that cleared up almost right away, and it didn’t get any hotter than 75 degrees while we ran.  Given that I hadn’t done any speedwork for fear of aggravating the Achilles, I ran with Sandy, cruising along at a 9:00-9:30 clip.  That’s a little slower than I like, but if I’m not chasing PRs, why not just enjoy the run and help each other?

The race went well enough.  A little Achilles tightness for the first few miles, but that faded somewhere around mile 4 or 5.  No fatigue at any point, and we were able to relax and take in the surroundings.  Bands every few miles, cheerleaders everywhere, and lots of local support.  Sandy started to fade between the 10th and 11th mile, but I kept her motivated, and we crossed the finish together – a first at this race.

The best part of this particular event is the post-race conert.  We’ve seen a number of good acts over the years here – The Black Crowes, ZZ Top, Pat Benatar, the B-52s, REO Speedwagon, Train, Brett Michaels, and more.  This year, the headliner was Sheryl Crow.  I had totally forgotten how many good songs she had back in the 90s and early 2000s.  Great show.

Soreness wasn’t nearly bad as I expected the next day – always a bonus!

9/11/2015 – Getting Stronger

After the VA Beach half, I was feeling pretty confident that everything was going to be OK with the Achilles.  As a precaution, I’ve been running solely on the treadmill, and mixing in inclines during each run.  I felt like I had the endurance behind me, and decided to open it up a little.  Most of my runs to this point were around 8:30/mile, so I bumped it up to 8:00/mile, which was my target pace for my most recent marathon.   From a cardio standpoint, 8:00 has always been a comfort spot while training.

The session went well, with no major issues.  I had the typical tightness for the first mile or so, and then felt it loosen.  Final time, 8 miles covered in slightly over 64 min.  1:04:15, and I had plenty left in the tank.

​I’m thinking that something along the lines of 1:18:00 could be in the cards for the Army Ten Miler, which is about a month away.

9/20/15 – NOT AGAIN!!

…and this is why you plan out a day.  Due to trying to knock out a few more things before leaving work, my gym time was gone.  Still, I wanted to get a short run in this evening.  Got home, and saw that I had a little over an hour before I had to pick Jana up from swimming, so I hit the trail for a short 5-miler.  Big mistake – while the trail is maintained, it is NOT paved.  Add in a few hills, and the fact that I was rushing things a bit spelled disaster.  That familiar stabbing pain in my Achilles can only mean one thing – more down time.  I ended up hobbling the last 2.5 miles home, hoping that it was just a minor setback.  But it hurt like hell, and I know I’m hoping against hope.