Visualizing wings and beer!
Visualizing wings and beer!
It’s been a nice couple weeks. Easy and relaxing runs though my legs have tended to feel a touch tired. Times have been good though. More than anything I’m happy that I’ve been completely healthy for five straight weeks now.
I can hardly believe this time has come. Down to the final three very short training runs and then the main event next Sunday. The training spreadsheet looked like something only a crazy person would do back in June. Now it’s all filled out. Am I crazy? Been called worse!
Pretty sure I’ll be freaking out all week - super germaphobe style! Really looking forward to having my first beer(s) in 6 weeks though. Look out Portland, see ya at Fire On The Mountain!!!
Yeah! It’s all downhill for here… Until it turns sharply upward again on October 7th.
I pushed through 21 miles yesterday but it was a struggle. Partly due to the distance and partly because I ended up in the suburbs for a second, haha! I think my feet were screaming at me more than my legs. Really looking forward to the runs tapering off from now until the main event.
Fresh legs are my only hope for this thing. Well, better hydration too. I only get water every 5 miles on my long runs currently due to availability of water fountains and my dislike for carrying water bottles. Will have water ever 2 in Portland. I say I just want to finish but deep down I also want a non-embarrassing finish time. We shall see!
Really shitty run on Saturday. Legs were hurting and dead all week but Saturday was plain demoralizing, especially since it was only 14 miles. On the plus side I just said “only 14 miles” out loud and meant it. It’s still weird to me that I go out and run for a few hours at a time. That is something that happens.
I’m gonna chalk it up to lack of hydration and nutrition. I was out later than I should have been on Friday but I think it’s practically impossible to turn down a Devo and Blondie concert at a winery. That said I’ll also note that going to a concert at a winery and not drinking wine isn’t enjoying the fully optimized experience. Have I not mentioned that I’ve gone dry? Let me write a separate post about that.
Next week is peak training. The plan I’m on now maxes out at 20 miles. I’m not sure how to feel about that. It really seems like I should have a longer run. I’ll not question it though. With all the injuries this summer I’ll be happy to make it to the start line in one piece… Then do whatever it takes to make it to the finish line.
I’m really tired and I want a beer. 28 days to go…
That moment when you realize what everyone said is true and you have no one to blame but yourself…
So yeah, when you start running - again - everyone and their mom will tell you to “go get properly fitted” to which you might nod you head but secretly think “whatever” or “yes, I understand you are now some kind of running expert since you finished a turkey trot”. Turns out that’s not just a thing runners say and I’m a walking billboard for what can happen when you ignore the advise. And I’m pissed at myself.
I did successfully finish the half and am quite happy that I did so. Immediately after I knew I had wrecked my foot again in the exact same way as the previous injury (third injury of the summer). Actually I knew it well before the race was over and knew if I were to have any chance of finishing Portland I needed to get the situation fixed. The plan was a proper fitting and if no major revelations occurred there then off to see the doctor.
Well the fitting did bring major revelations. First, I have narrow feet. I knew this but always have always worn regular width of shoes known to be on the narrow side. That said the Pegasus 29s I was in were too wide. Second, apparently I have freakishly high arches. I knew my arches were high but never had someone laughing at the extent. The 3D imagery of my feet and the pressure points exactly explained my left toe/arch issue as well as my right hip pain. Walked out of the store with custom inserts molded to my feet for arch support, a pair of Adidas Boston 3 that are nice and narrow, and something resembling hope.
I took the entire week after the half off and then got back at it with my new kicks. The first few runs in the new shoes had me sore in ways I hadn’t been before. Especially my feet. I took it easy and ramped up mileage slowly over the week. Before you knew it I was holding paces faster than I had all summer and was back on the schedule. Did my longest run of the year last Saturday - 18 miles - and felt pretty good about it. Sub 2 hour time for 13.1 and didn’t really start degrading till the 16th mile. Best of all - no foot or hip pain.
I’m starting to think this might actually happen!!
The time off due to injury hurt me as expected but I am now someone who has finished a half marathon! What a fantastic event put on by lululemon. Lots of goofy fun. Awesome swag (shorts, flip flops, lil backpack). Really cool medal. And of course an absolutely beautiful run around Vancouver! Will definitely be back next year. You should too! Check this nice recap video if you’re at all interested.
Things I learned or that I knew and didn’t follow through on…
Reinjured the left foot - not good - should have it looked at…
Goofy slogan but that’s what they went with and it stuck…
Well, it ended up taking a full two weeks to shake off the foot issue but things are finally back to normal there. The hip thing is hanging around but getting better and warms up nice so I’m going with it. Had to miss the Torchlight 8k. Bummer! Would have liked to have run on the viaduct but didn’t want to do anything to endanger the upcoming half.
Speaking of, here comes the first big hurdle! Half marathon in Vancouver. Looks like it will be an absolutely beautiful run. Vancouver is always a blast and Ross will be making the trip with me so adventures await! I was holding my breath a bit before getting a 10 mile run in on Saturday. I’ll survive the half but any previous time goals are out the window. I definitely lost a chunk while being injured. Prolly should have been in the pool or something instead of being on the patio drinking beer. It’s summer so whatever!! As explained before, this year is about proving to myself I can do it and just finishing races.
Cannot afford to get injured again though…
…Missed last weeks post due to being pissed again, stats below!
Just when things are looking up they suck again. This time it’s the left foot and the right hip. Maybe a bit of the left knee. I think it’s more like the left foot and then I altered my stride to compensate and screwed up everything else. I should not have tried to run through it.
I’ve been down since Tuesday’s run. Not sure how long I’ll be down for but it’s feeling a bit better today. I think I’ll be altering my training plan to one with fewer runs. Probably the Hal Hidgen Novice 1. Clearly I was unprepared for my current program or it otherwise just isn’t working for me.
Bummer of a week but I will prevail!!
…Missed last weeks post due to being pissed, stats below!
Things are back on track and last week was probably the best week of running in quite some time. Foot feels good but I’m definitely behind - though making it up rapidly. Ross and I ran the Firecracker 5000 on July 3rd at 11:55pm. Billed as Seattle’s only midnight 5k and having lots of folks dressed up in 4th of July garb, it was a great time. Post race beers are always delicious!
On Saturday I ran what I think was the longest run of my life - 14 miles. Well, I walked a bit of the 13th and 14th miles. That’s a long hike but I found the Burke-Gilman Trail to be quite nice. Gives me some confidence that I can at least finish a half marathon though I still have a month until I run my first one. For the record my half time on this run was 2:07:29 which isn’t bad for me at this stage. As I’ve said before, I’m running to finish not for times. That said I’d love to pull it in under 2. Lots of miles next week, kinda looking forward to it!
Clearly not the most photogenic in the family…
Nice coincidence that this was a light week on the schedule as I was going to need to ease back in anyway. On Monday the foot survived but hurt for the duration of the 4 miles. But it actually felt better when I woke up on Tuesday. Wednesday’s run was bothersome but better yet. Friday I almost made it through the whole run without thinking about my foot at all and by Saturday I’d say I was back to near 100%. Those Air Pegasus+ 29 kicks are like running on clouds. Definitely lost a bit during the time off but hoping to catch back up quickly - so far so good!
The right ankle/foot is not healing quickly at all. It’s more of a compression injury than a turn. Just kinda sucks. I did not run at all this week. Couldn’t have if I wanted to early in the week. Later in the week it was more a precaution, don’t want to rush back and do more harm than good. New shoes are in and feel like walking on clouds, will see how they feel running in on Monday. I think I’m at the point where this is gonna nag for a while but I won’t hurt it further by running. We shall see. The schedule this week is light so hopefully I’ll just ease back in and not be too far behind. Worst case scenario - cut the damn thing off and get a bionic foot!
The good news, I ran the full schedule! Been a long time since I ran 34 miles in a week. I consider that and a 10 miler to be somewhat of accomplishments in and of themselves.
Bad news? Too much too quickly perhaps. My right ankle and upper/outer arch arriving at the ankle are very pissed off. Also I had a bit of a theory that if I ran on minimal shoes I’d be better off in the long run. Seemed to be working out until last week - again perhaps too much too soon. In any event I am taking a few days off from training and have some new cushy shoes - Air Pegasus+ 29 - in route after talking with folks at the running shop. Will still work the minimals - Free Run+ 2 - in on some of the shorter runs. Here’s to a speedy recovery and then onwards and upwards!!
Clearly I’ve lost my mind. Run a marathon? Crazy talk!
I’ve always said running a marathon is something I would like to do. A bucket list item if you will. My legs aren’t getting any younger and I’m in dire need of a ‘win’ outside of work these days so lets give it a shot! It’s gonna take a lot of discipline and and a healthy reduction in beer consumption but I think I can do it.
This plan was actually hatched some time ago. I had talked to my buddy Doug in Chicago last fall about all of the marathons he’s been running and asked for some guidance. There was probably a fair amount of beer talking for me during these conversations but that didn’t stop a training plan from arriving in my inbox early this year. In a fit of optimism I registered for the Portland Marathon so here we are…
I’ve got some miles on my legs over the last few months but not near the ‘ramp up’ plan. There will definitely be some catch up required. The official training plan begins tomorrow. I will update this site with progress each week. Keep me honest!
As far as goals go, I’m just trying to finish and not get injured. I would be over the moon happy with anything sub 4 hours.
What happens when you’re someone who is completely burned out at work, loves beer, and has an underutilized car? Road trip!
I had actually been wanting to do a drive down the 101 for quite some time and it did not disappoint. Stunning scenery, winding roads, and tall cliffs dropping into the ocean. Ross burned me a bunch of Metallica discs so I could rock out as I went - perfect for the burned out aspect (no pun intended). By the time I got back I was listening to Beach House so I think the trip was a success. I only got pulled over once! My trusty Mazda3 has driven over both the Golden Gate and Bay bridges! I only almost hit three deer and two elk!
My favorite and most unexpected part of the trip was discovering that the annual ‘Bay to Breakers’ race was happening in San Francisco at about the same time I would be there. I discovered this after an evening of drinking at Rogue in Newport. Drunken fantasies turned into a last minute registration, literally an hour before registration for the race closed. I hadn’t run more than 5 miles yet this year but had been running consistently. A fun 12k was a perfect stretch for me at that moment.
I ended up stopping at 18 honest to goodness breweries and a couple tap houses. Lots of fun conversations were had and I have a whole new set of glasses due to buying a pint glass at just about every stop. It’s hard to believe but you actually can overdose on good beer and pub food. Upon returning home all I wanted was seafood and wine for the next week.
In lieu of being too verbose I’ll just break down the trip to some ‘best of’ bullet points. Curious about anything else? Let’s meet down at the pub and have a chat about it over a beer…
Plan your trip carefully. I did the 18 breweries over 10 nights as to not actually be driving under the influence!
This is right before a pterodactyl swooped down and mauled me…
No vacation is complete without a new profile picture.
The day was October 31, 2008. I was at a bar/restaurant called Cellars in Belltown with a couple friends. The usual halloween mayhem was going on around us but we weren’t partaking, just grabbing a couple beers after a long week at work. A couple rounds in it was time to visit the bathroom. What did I see upon my arrival? Batman doing a line of coke off the toilet. That was the day Batman died.
I had always wondered why that image bothered me in addition to being hilarious. Then I unearthed this picture of the Pecott siblings getting ready to go out trick-or-treating back when we were kids…
Really, I do. Hold me to it. At least 1 post a week. This site is meant to be my identity on the net and I need to do a better job updating it. I’ve had all sorts of other accounts on social sites and other spots that would rather they own my data and my identity. Not anymore.
That’s not to say I’m burning the whole thing down. I still loves me some twitter and for some reason I feel compelled to keep linkedin. Maybe I’ll write up a post about where I end up at in terms of my ‘own your data’ crusaide but for now I just wanted to say hi. I’m still alive and you’ll be hearing more from me soon!