Last week I posted about my new running coach James and his strategy of kicking me outside of my comfort zone. Well, I got to execute this strategy for the first time in a race with this past weekend’s Lexus LaceUp Half Marathon.
Let me lay down the game plan and tell you how it went.
The goal of this race was not to shoot for a PR. In fact, James didn’t even give me a finish time to shoot for at all. Rather, I had three things to focus on…
- Change my run/walk ratio from a 4:1 to a 9:1 (this would cut my walk breaks in half).
- Start slow and increase my pace with each mile… with a speed bump at mile 10 if I was feeling good.
- Keep my overall effort at around an 8-8.5 on a scale of 1 to 10.
This week, just a brief post about a particular “zone.”
I’m not talking about “time zones,” those things that drive us insane with jet lag when flying cross-country.
Nor am I talking about “The Twilight Zone,” that crazy place stemming from the marvelous mind of Rod Serling and the reason why you should always have two pairs of reading glasses… just in case of the apocalypse (TZ fans know what I’m talking about).
Nope, today I’m talking about a much more popular and destructive zone… The Comfort Zone. Read the rest of this entry
This past weekend I experienced a pair of “byes” and it gave me a strong moment of clarity to reaffirm why I love distance running and races.
Let me ‘splain.
My main college team, the Wisconsin Badgers (Go Bucky) were on a bye this past Saturday and while I did keep tabs on my other alma mater Florida State (Go ‘Noles), I kind of felt disinterested in college football for a weekend. It was similar to how I didn’t really care so much about pro football last weekend when my Green Bay Packers were off. A little bit of out of sight, out of mind.
Now also this past weekend I didn’t run a race. I’ve got a half marathon in two weeks, the Lexus LaceUp Ventura Half Marathon, so I was just doing a long run in preparation. Believe it or not, most weekends I don’t run races (only about 12 out of 52 weekends annually am I actually on a bling hunt). Read the rest of this entry
Just a little photgraphic epilogue to last Saturday’s Lexus LaceUp Irvine 10K…
As I mentioned in the review, the fine folks at Runner Buzz teamed up with the race to provide each runner free race photos (a very nice perk). I ended up augmenting them with a few other candids I took.
Looking forward to another race and batch of photos at this weekend’s Lexus LaceUp Ventura Half Marathon.
Lace ’em up… and Run on!