Yes, been out a while.  Life intervenes and all one can do is hold on.

I only really ran one marathon last year–the New York Marathon in November.  It was fun to run around Manhattan.

Spent 2011 training my significant other to run the NYM.  She did well, and we finished at the same time.  So we can easily call it “end-to-end coaching” from her first steps into the marathon world to her first finish ever.

I have slowed down a lot.  Speed was just not a priority during the year long training.  I am now resolved to bring it back up again, so am setting myself up for it.

I let go of my old and trusty treadmill in early 2011.  A few days ago, I purchased a Lifespan T1200i which is rated a best buy at the Treadmill Doctor site.  Perhaps I can write an evaluation piece here in a few days.  It’s been working great.

I also purchased a relatively cheap spin bike from Proform.  Had to replace the seat and pedals, but it is working great now.

For 2012, my goal is to return to my former form and regain my speed.  Stay tuned to see if I get it back.

Have a great day where you are!



2hr crosstrain

Gym, lighter weights. Allowing left shoulder to come back slowly. Want to start taking notes so I can take advantage of specific training for muscle groups. Let’s see. Did do more leg-specific exercises tonight, when I normally don’t.

Not a mistake.  Done a second time today.  6:40-9:00.

6:40-8:50pm 5-5.4mph easy TM

Stayed in aero the entire time. Weight now balanced and over the fork. Pressure points light on elbows, so more comfortable the entire time. Comfort adjustments in the seat but not bad. Revved power to 94rpms at last 5 minutes 28 mph max; position felt great! Overall watts was low–77w, but this was just an easy spin.

10 days late.  But here it is.

As I mentioned, I skipped Goofy Challenge.  Too many things to take care of.  So, Surf City was my first road race in 2010.

I ran 14, 23, 28, and 14 the weekends prior.  Just base-building at this point, so speed wasn’t in the cards.  Was also coming back from a bad flu situation that took me out during the Las Vegas marathon in December.  The long distance runs were just to get my lungs back in shape.

I showed up at Surf City (this was my 4th) dreading it like usual.  Can’t stand the cold breeze from the ocean in early February.  Always end up freezing.  So I wore a jacket throughout.  I got quizzical looks, but I could have cared less.

I decided to run 13.1 at 8 minute pace, and then run the second part super-easy.  That’s how it happened.  I got 3:55 for that marathon, with a 1:43 at the 13.1 mark.  Yeah, slowed down plenty.

I remembered the course well, so it was kinder to me this time.  Also glad I ran the second half easy, because it helped with me having a better time on this course than prior years.  The goal was to give the lungs a try for half the distance, and then just work on endurance for the rest.  After all, this was only my first race of the year.

Glad they placed a coned-off area for the marathoners in the last 3/4 mile, because the half-marathon walkers were just crowding the street.  I don’t enjoy the finish line area configuration, because area is just super-crowded with runners and greeters.

I went to the expo area near the stage and sat amongst the crowd.  Maybe a hundred or so others followed.  After you run 26.2, sitting is good.

So in my memories, I can say for sure that this running of Surf City turned out positive.  Maybe when it comes time to sign up again, I won’t hesitate.

Let’s go, 2010!

6.2 miles TM 1:18 5 minute cooldown 7:30-9:00. Super easy run.