"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go"
T. S. Eliot

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Morning

Leg was hurting this morning (left side of the calf). I did not feel like running, so I just walked to McDonalds and back home. There were times where leg did not hurt, but others when leg hurt more. 

Rode my bike to the track and met the RunningWild group in the evening. Legs were still tired and stiff. But I was able to run slow.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Kewash Nature Trail Half Marathon

Kewash Nature Trail Half Marathon 2016
May 21, 2016
TIME: 1 hr 49 min 48 sec
Pace: 8:24 MPM
Garmin Connect: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1177723473

It's not exactly a road race nor a trail race. Kewash nature trail is very flat with soft land.This is the third year is organized by local Becky Harkema from Washington, Iowa. Half marathon started at 8:00 AM. First mile is road race in downtown Washington. Then, the course follows on the nature trail which is straight and very flat. There are several water and gatorade stops during the course. I also saw a porta-potty available close to the trail. A professional photographer takes pictures when runners are passing the famous bridge (that's in about mile three). There is a cone at the middle of the distance and we have to make a u-turn. It is fun to meet the runners ahead of you going to the cone and runners behind you after passing the cone!
The problem is when we get to Main Street. There is nobody there to tell you which is Main Street and which way to go and you are so tired it is easy to make the wrong turn. Everybody who finishes gets a medal and there is plenty of goodies to eat after the race. Awards are given to runners while slow runners are still arriving. Very informal award ceremony. Overall, a good race to run when preparing for a marathon!

Got up thinking I was not going to be able to run because of the pain on my left leg. Took a shower and started to feel better. Drove to Washington and got my bib number. Tried some walking and moving to get warmed up before the race. Race started at 8:00 AM.
I thought I was moving slow, but ran first mile in 8:23 min. Second mile was in 8:14 and third in 8:16 min. Tried to slow down a little bit, but I liked chasing runners.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday Run

My friends wanted to start running at 4:45 AM this morning. I got up at 5:00 and felt extremely tired and my legs were hurting. I felt pain on the side of my left leg and also on my right thigh. I went outside and did some walking and a little bit of running.
Not sure what the problem is. It might be wearing sandals when I run on hard pavement. It might be wearing dressing shoes during the day.  Today, I brought my vibram dressing shoes to be more comfortable. I hope they help. I might do some running this evening while Sophia is in gymnastics. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday Morning Run

I planned on running four miles this morning. So, gout up and headed outside. Started walking for 5 to 10 minutes to warm up and then started jogging slow. Ran into Zack Baker who was running very fast himself! Arrived to mile one before the bridge on Mormon Trek and then headed through the bicycle trail towards City Park. Kept going until hit mile two. Then, headed back home. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Get Moving for Healthy Kids

Sophia and I ran this 5K race this morning. I felt very good going that slow and felt very proud of my beautiful daughter. I kept pacing and coaching her during the race. I am so proud she received her very first running race medal, third place age group 7-9 years old. I kept telling her all finishers are winners, but she pushed herself to her limits for the last 100 m. Excellent job Sophia! She ran so fast I almost couldn't keep up with her!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday Ten Miler

According to my marathon training plan, I was supposed to run about 14 miles. Because of my past calf injury decided to run ten miles only. The first couple of miles were the hardest. But things got easier after warming up.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mexico City

Sometimes I get to eat lots of fresh fruit, but sometimes I indulge myself eating high-fat tacos and Mexican food. Not easy to eat healthy all the time.
Finished reading the book Crimenes Que No Olvidare by Alicia Ximenez Bartlett. All the stories were awesome, but the last one was one of the best. I would love to read another book by the same author.
Calf is getting better, but it is taking its time. I have been running/walking. Taking it easy. I am looking forward to run a good Half Marathon on May 21st.
Visiting ULA-Coacalco.
Not sure what we will do this evening. I do not mind going for a walk again. Gotta keep those legs strong. I hope this light training will benefit my legs.