Friday, December 31, 2010

Day 1,460: The four-year run

Today was a short run around the hood in an (unsuccessful) attempt to find nearby geocaches.

But the end of the year also marks one of my best running years, in terms of:

-Consecutive day streak (1,460 consecutive days)
-Yearly mileage (1,776.55 miles)
-Two PRs (5K, marathon)
-Two marathons (Chicago, ING Georgia)
-Four half-marathons

Here's looking to more running -- and fun -- next year!

Time: 3:03 p.m.
Temp: 50 degrees
Gear: Tech T, short (Champion C9, gray), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 1,458: Half marathon course in reverse

A few weeks ago I thought about what running on the Georgia Half Marathon course would be like in reverse, going clockwise instead of counter-clockwise around the city. I foolishly thought it wouldn't be as hilly.

Today, with a bunch of daylight free time and nicer weather than the past few days, I set out to test that theory.

In all, the run wasn't too bad and I think I ran my fastest training pace for a half marathon distance.

A little after 7 miles I stopped by work for a cup and a half of water, even though I didn't feel thirsty. At 10 miles, about at Peachtree and 5th Street, I felt thirsty. It wasn't a problem, though, because I didn't really think about it at the end.

Time: 11:36 a.m.
Temp: 46 degrees
Gear: Tech T, long (Atlanta Marathon promo), T-shirt (Inman Middle School 5K), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day 1,456: Running in snow

RICHMOND, Va. -- It started to snow here on Christmas Day (yesterday) and by nightfall there was a good amount on the ground.

This morning when we woke up it was beautiful out, a nice snow-filled scene. I thought it would be unpleasant to run in it but it turned out to be wonderful.

The streets were covered in nice and fluffy snow and we ran in tire tracks or sometimes, when cars drove by, in fresh powder.

About halfway through my fiancee's 1.91-mile loop we saw two or three different tracks from running shoes.

A great experience all around.

Time: 11:47 a.m.
Temp: 27 degrees, snow flurries
Gear: Tech T (Nike dark grey, Atlanta Marathon promo), shorts, running pants, Outdoor Research hat, gloves, Nike Climafit windbreaker, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 1,455: It's cold in Richmond!

RICHMOND, Va. -- My second run here in Richmond where my fiancee's parents live. Am liking the elevation -- just under 400 feet above sea level, compared to the nearly 1,000 feet in Atlanta.

Snow flurries today and basically what I wore at the Grand Canyon earlier this month still works here.

Merry Christmas, all!

Time: 9:43 a.m.
Temp: 33 degrees
Gear: Tech T, long (Nike dark grey, Atlanta Marathon 2011 promo), running pants, Nike Climafit windbreaker, Outdoor Research hat, gloves, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 1,445: Still cold!

Went on a run today to Atlantic Station and although it was warmer than the last two days, it still was cold. Thus I wore clothes based on previous posts. I was a little cold in my hands at first but by 3.4 miles I warmed up.

A very nice day to run. Recently I downloaded more of my old songs into my iPod Nano and now listening to Pixies songs reminds me of running days that weren't nearly so easy.

Time: 10:44 a.m.
Temp: 31 degrees
Gear: Tech T, long (Asics black), running pants, Marmot windbreaker, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 1,443: It's cold in Atlanta!

Today went out for a run on what must be one of the coldest days of the year here in Atlanta.

The nice thing about running in such temperatures is that you're not likely to find other people out on the road!

The cold weather gear I used at the Grand Canyon last week served me well here. The tips of my ears got cold at times and near the end of the run I had to put my gloved hand over my chin.

But the run got done!

Time: 8:51 a.m.
Temp: 22 degrees, snow flurries
Gear: Tech T, long (Nike black, Atlanta Marathon preview), running pants, Marmot windbreaker, gloves, hat, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 1,442: Lottery winner

ABOARD DELTA AIR LINES FLIGHT 2202 -- Headed back home from Las Vegas and our excellent 10-day trip.

When I was waiting at the gate, I received an e-mail notice that my credit card was being billed for the 2011 Cherry Blossom Ten Miler.

The lottery period closed two days ago and we were notified that we'd receive notice of payment being charged if we got in. I haven't received official notice yet but this pretty much suffices!

The last two days I was happy to run at Las Vegas' 2K feet elevation. Mainly did a short loop that went from Excalibur down to the Harmon street overpass by the new Cosmopolitan and back to the Excalibur.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 1,439: Running at 7,200 feet

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Today's run was designed to get us to where we wanted to catch the sunrise -- Yaki Point, but where no cars were supposed to go.

So we parked at a place where it was OK to park and then ran .5 miles on the Rim Trail to the South Kaibab Trailhead. Only thing was access to Yaki Point wasn't there, it was off another road that the trailhead connects with.

So we ran down the main road to Yaki Point and finally got there after about 1.7 miles. As usual, it seemed hard at first and the road to Yaki Point had some elevation.

But we made it! This definitely is the highest elevation I've run at!

Time: 7:33 a.m.
Temp: ? maybe 33 degrees
Gear: Tech T, long (Locomotive Half Marathon '10, Nike grey), running pants, Marmot windbreaker, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 1,438: Running at 6,900 feet

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Today's run involved a very short loop along the Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon Village (South Rim).

We already had been out for the sunrise at 7:24 a.m. and later changed into running gear. We set out for the Bright Angel trailhead and that was pretty much downhill, so it wasn't too hard.

But coming back, along an incline, I really felt my legs and lungs do work. It reminded me of trying to race up a big hill near the end of a race.

But still, we did it!

Time: 8:33 a.m.
Temp: 29 degrees
Gear: Tech T, long (Nike grey), running pants, Marmot windbreaker, Outdoor Research fleece hat, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 1,437: Running at 4,300 feet

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah -- Halfway through the Grotto Trail, I notice something grazing in the field.

It's a deer. And not one deer but he has a friend with him. And three more a few meters away near some trees.

It's moments like these that I love running -- and especially running on trails. I quickly exited my Nike+ iPod workout session to try to record them using my iPod's video camera.

After a few minutes, I ambled away down the trail. At 4,300 feet, the altitude is twice that of Las Vegas, where I ran in the Rock'n'Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon a few days prior. And more than four times the 1,000 foot elevation of Atlanta.

I've found that during the short runs I've done in Zion the last two days that it takes a little bit of effort for me to start out but later on I'm running fine. This is probably the highest altitude (nearly 1,000 feet higher than the 3,400 feet elevation of Kula, Maui) that I've run in since this streak started more than three years ago.

Time: 7:28 a.m.
Temp: 33 degrees
Gear: Tech T long (Nike grey), Tech T short (Charles Harris 10K 2009), running pants, Marmot windbreaker, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 1,435: Rock'n'Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

LAS VEGAS -- A really nice race. I'll write more later but it was extremely fun to run among the city's iconic landmarks.

Time: 7:05 a.m.
Temp: 40 degrees (increased to 51 degrees halfway)
Gear: Tech T, long, SST (Sabre-toothed lime), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 1,432: Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- An early flight this morning meant we had to get in the run on the road today -- in Las Vegas.

I love staying downtown just because of its history and buildings that you don't see on the glittery Strip.

It was warmer than in Atlanta, so that was a bonus. The elevation here is just above 2,000 feet (Atlanta is about 1,000 feet elevation).

Time: 1:51 p.m.
Temp: 59 degrees
Gear: Tech T (Charles Harris '09), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 1,431: Back in the cold

Despite enjoying a very nice day in the 50s yesterday because of a storm system, the cold was back today.

I used this blog to find out what I'd have to wear for 38 degree weather and was happy to find out it was the usual -- shorts and a technical T-shirt.

My hands were cold for a little while but they warmed up. It was a pretty pleasant run along a regular route.

Afterwards I packed everything up for a trip out West. Can't wait!

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Temp: 38 degrees
Gear: Tech T, long (Rock'n'Roll Chicago Half Marathon training), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus+ 26/D.