Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I got on the indoor track, which is about 228 meters (7 laps = a mile) and started running. I figured the more I did on the track, the less I would have to do on the treadmill if I decided to hop on it. I got three miles done and thought, "Hey maybe I'll just go for 6 no matter how boring it is."
So, I kind of zoned out and just repeated the lap number I was on in my head for every lap around. I ended up finishing the 6 miles and was glad to be done! The winter sure requires alot of mental toughness to get workouts done whether it's outside or in. Afterwards, I did 3 sets of 10x20lbs curls for each arm and called it a day.
Monday, January 28, 2008
This run has some nice rolling hills, not too big, but challenging enough. I went out 21 minutes since I figured I was doing 7 min. pace. It just so happened that this was right at the sign of Lake Hodgson (which I believe is Ravenna's water supply), so that made it convenient. When I turned around, I felt a slight wind blowing against me. I always try to run faster on the way back of an out-and-back run, but today I was sure I would go slower.
When I got back to the rec, I noticed my time was 41 minutes, a minute faster than 7 minute pace. I didn't get too excited because I figured it might not be exactly 6 miles. But when I got back to my dorm, I measured it online and it came up 6 miles. I was pretty happy since that meant I must have averaged 6:40 pace on the way back. Lately I've only been getting about 20 miles/week in, so hopefully this week I can push it up near 35. Boston is still a ways away in April but I'm sure it'll be here before I know it!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
In the first half, both teams swapped the lead many times, but Kent seemed to have it more. Towards the end of the half, however, Akron began nailing three's from all around the arc. Nick Dials, Akron's leading scorer, was 4-7 for 3's. Kent finally changed their defense some at the end of the half to guard Dials more, but we were down 35-25 at halftime.
In the second half, Kent slowly chipped away at the lead shooting 68%. One of our forwards, Haminn Quaintance had some pretty exciting blocks down low and ended the game with 5. With less than a minute left, it looked like we had it pretty much in the bag. Then with 4.5 seconds left, a fight broke out! Below is a video of it (you can't see too much).
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busy days with classes (4 total) from 7:45 to 6:45 with little break in between, so it really makes it hard to run those days. However, I have a break between 3:30 & 5:30. Today I decided I needed to run (especially if I want to get my Boston training going). I didn't run yesterday or Sunday and I really hate not running 3 days in a row so today was the day despite the crappy weather.
Once class let out at 3:30, I rushed back to my dorm. It didn't give me much time since that class is in the business building (all the way across campus). Plus, I had to allow time to get ready and get a shower afterwards, as well as leave at 5:10 to get to my 5:30 class in the business building.
The weather was horrible. Strong winds, some snow, and freezing temperatures. There's some kind of thrill in running in bad weather like this since many people think it's crazy and won't even walk around in it. I did a big loop around the perimeter of the campus and then went out and back a little ways past my dorm to give me 4 miles in 28:04. I was very happy with the time considering the conditions. I'm really hoping the weather gets better soon because it's hard to get motivated! Below is a map and elevation changes of where I ran.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I ended up doing a big loop around campus, eventually heading up the steep hill to the business building and back to the rec. The hill is a pretty good workout in itself and would be a great place for hill repeats. I always push it up the hill and try to impress the people driving past since there's a busy intersection at the base of it.
I noticed my time was only at 33 minutes when I got back to the rec, so I continued on to repeat part of the bike trail I did in the beginning. I have a few runs that I have marked out online on a map, but for the most part I just got by time and how fast I think I'm going to figure out distance.
It was starting to get pretty dark out when I got back to the rec, even at 6:00. Now for the fun part of the run, which has become a tradition after alot of my runs up here at school: the hot tub! Kent has a really nice rec center and it was rated one of the top in the country. It feels like a vacation resort and is a really good way to end a run. You can buy a day pass for $8 (which is a little pricey) but if you go on a weekend and make a day of it, it could be worth a visit. Below is a video of some of the highlights of the rec center.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I ended up doing an out-and-back 7-mile loop that we have measured in the car. I decided to really push it the last mile and see how fast I could run. I sprinted all the way to the finish (our house), looked down at my watch and saw I ran it in 6:14. I was happy I decided to get out and run tonight since I really just wanted to stay in and be lazy earlier!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
We also went to Vertical Runner to pick up some supplies for the run. I got a Pure Energy Blue Blaze bar and a Spiced Pumpkin Pie and a Pear Apple Strudel Clif Bar. I thought I would take a chance with the Seasonal flavor bars and they both ended up being pretty good. I also had gotten a king-sized Snickers bar and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups earlier at Wal-Mart.
We decided to run our 50K for the Art Moore FA on the Buckeye Trail & do an out and back from Pine Lane to Brecksville. This is the summer BT50K course except in reverse. My last 50K, URINEO, was pretty tough being my first one, so I kind of knew what to expect coming into this one. However, I had somewhat forgotten the pain and wasn't very concerned about the long distance even with the cold I was getting over.
Brian and I did our usual tradition and went to the McDonald's in Streetsboro to get some Sausage & Egg McMuffin's (the breakfast of champions!!). We finished eating and were on our way to Pine Lane.
At around 8:30 AM we started our run. I had on Brian's fuel pack which carried one water bottle and had storage to hold my snacks. Brian had on his new CamelBak which was pretty cool. Along the trail between Pine Lane and the Boston Store, we saw a lot of groups of runners. We said hi to this man and woman at the parking lot at Pine Lane. They told us to go ahead since we were fresh. However, along the way they caught back up and we talked to them until the Boston Store where they finished. The man took the picture below of Brian and me running in between the pine trees.
Once we got onto the Blue Hen Falls trail, things became tougher with bigger and more hills. Also, there weren't nearly as many people out this way and almost no one as we got closer to Brecksville. Since there were less people, the snow was not packed down as much. The trails seemed to get worse and worse along the way. The cold temperatures (30's) formed frozen mud ruts along the trail that were hard to navigate. Everywhere else that wasn't frozen was slick and didn't allow for much footing, especially uphill.
The trails got so sloppy towards Brecksville at mile 12 that we decided to turn around and do the extra 7 miles on the Towpath by the Boston Store. Once we got there, though, we didn't feel like going out 3.5 on the Towpath and continued on back to our car at Pine Lane. At this point, we were both exhausted mentally and physically. We were talking about stopping at Pine Lane and just doing 24 miles. It sounded better and better the further we went along.
Finally after what seemed like forever, we reached the parking lot. We gave each other high fives for a good run. It felt great to be done, but we had come out here to run a 50K and it didn't feel complete. I had also thought about this blog post and did not want to write about how we failed to do the full distance.
So we sat down in the car for a few minutes and contemplated whether to stop or continue on and do the last 7 miles. After a lot of thought, we decided to head out 3.5 miles on Rt. 303. It was a mixture of running and walking, but I tried to push more running. We got out to the BP gas station and back to the parking lot. We still had 2 miles left though (according to Brian's GPS) so we headed out a mile. When we got back to the car, we were both so happy to be done! Our finishing time was 7:52.
This was definitely an experience I will never forget. I am happy that we did not quit and take the easy way out. It's amazing how you can push your body farther than you think.
Brian and I drove back to his apartment, got a shower and then headed out to North Olmsted to the party at Coleen's house. I saw a few familiar faces there and met some new people. Everyone was very friendly and fun to talk with. I hadn't really talked to Art too much last year when I went, but this year I learned all about his impressive running history. His friend Leo was also very impressive. He showed us a picture of himself with the worst black & blue eye I've ever seen. He got it at the beginning of an ultra, but still finished the whole thing!
All in all, it was a great day. I'll probably put the ultras aside for now and start training for Boston, but more ultras are sure to be ahead!
Friday, January 04, 2008
Below is a slideshow of our run, the Rose Garden and some pictures in the art gallery inside.