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2007-01-11 3:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Houston Half Marathon
After my two 10 mile training runs, I was just very sore in the legs. I also had a little "chaffing" :-0 on the thighs, so I'm probably going to use a little vaseline or something.


2007-01-11 6:21 PM
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Recovery depends on the ratio of how well trained you are to how fast you run. 

FWIW, last year my recovery went something like this:

Sunday - Threw a party, ate a lot, loved life.

Monday - Wore sweats to work... as a corporate lawyer.  Was mistaken for a gimpy 65-year-old colleague from a distance, from the way I limped down the hall.  Used both hands on the railing to descend stairs at home.  Legs = roadkill.

Tuesday - Slightly better than Monday.  20-minute run actually helped.  Legs = hamburger meat.

Wedneday - Only one hand on the railing to descend stairs.  Still hamburger meat.

The situation during those 3 days was complicated by some SEVERE chafing in a place that was very hard to bandage but necessary to cover with clothing. ouch ouch ouch.

This year, I expect my recovery to be just as bad, except for the chafing part.  I trained better, but plan on running faster!  Vitamin I is our friend, as is the 20-minute recovery run - preferably MONDAY this time.

For anyone who does happen to chafe:  **THERE IS VASELINE AT THE "FIRST AID" TENTS ALONG THE ROUTE!**  I did not notice this fact until the Mile 10 tent.  Grabbed a gob and applied it, braying to the volunteer a loud "GOD BLESS YOU," on the go.

2007-01-12 3:07 AM
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I think there are few things you can do that aid in recovery. First off, make certain that your glycogen intake is good immediately (preferrably during) the race. The rate of glycogen synthesis (glyconeogenisis) is most rapid immediately following exertion and declines with time, hence the first hour try to get in maybe 100 grams of carbohydrates along with water. Glycogen is stored in a hydrated form so water is essential. So the obvious, lots of water and carbos in the first hour. Also, I know it might seem strange, keep active throughout the day. Don't just go home and plop down in bed or on a couch. I find the legs tighten up substantially less this way. Of course, some light stretching throughout the day. Definitely take some down time from running or very easy running the three or so days after a half or a week or so after a full. You are most injury prone with fatigued muscles. You lose much of the "bounce" in your step and your biomechanics are typically a bit off. I forget the term for it. Any way, take a few days to bask in your glory before working out again. Hope the weather is good!
2007-01-12 11:21 AM
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Tireman 4 - 2007-01-10 10:39 AM Be careful. Weather.com (The Weather Channel) and Accuweather are computer generated forecasts. There is no human element to it. 

So what now sayeth the weather gurus, those that include the "human element"? Accuweather now has a low of 66, going up to 75 by noon, no rain in the morning, 83%-90% relative humidity. Not the best marathon conditions, but beats the mid-20s and sleet...

2007-01-12 11:33 AM
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Well Mr. Bear, I'm liking that forecast a bit better, although I'm really not a fan of humidity. You should see what I'm packing....everything including the kitchen sink. I'm not sure what I'm going to be wearing yet. I'm just bringing it ALL!
2007-01-12 12:52 PM
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Unfortunately, the front is moving 12 hours ahead of schedule. It is busting the NWS predictions all over the place. In Oklahoma City, the high today was supposed to be 44 and rain. It is 25 and sleeting VERY hard. The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Dallas area and I suspect it will extend the Ice Storm Warning tonight. As for the Houston area, things are not looking too good. With the speed of the front (It just blew through Gainesville, Texas), the ETA in the Houston area is during the Houston Marathon.

This is from a meteorologist at a private forecasting firm in Houston. I respect this man a ton.

Just looking at the 12Z MesoETA 1000mb wind streamlines. It moves the front through Dallas by 00Z tonight, to Waco by 9pm this evening, to Austin by 12Z Saturday, San Antonio by 18z-20Z Saturday, and into NW Harris County by 00Z Sunday (6pm Saturday). It then stalls the front in NW Harris County through 6pm Sunday. Somehow I think that's not likely.

As for the Marathon, I have quite a few friends running in it and have been sending out private forcasts to them. I just am not sure if the front will move through before, during, or after the marathon. I think it has a better chance of moving through before or during rather than after. Won't really be too confident until Saturday evening.

Forecasts have and do change. Stay tuned to your local NOAA weather affliate for updates. Needless to say. Things around the Houston area may be dicey Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Take necessary precautions to winterize your home.


2007-01-12 12:55 PM
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Unforunately, GFS has a problem handling cold fronts (It LOST this one yesterday) and the shallow pool of very cold air that is accompanying it. With Pacific moisture overunning this cold air, this will be freezing rain or sleet. Not cold enough (mid-latitudes of air) for it to snow in the Houston area. That is why the front prediction has been off. I can expect 3-4 hours, that is human error. 12 hours is a bit much and the NWS offices are scrambling to update (I.E Amarillo office has had to downgrade the high temperature for the day twice). Stay tuned.
2007-01-12 12:59 PM
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Remember, Accuweather and Weather.com are computer generated forecasts. There is no human element to it. It will change over the next few days. I would suspect (These computers are SUPPOSED to learn from themselves) they will trend downward.
2007-01-12 1:00 PM
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I just need to know how to dress for Sunday morning.
2007-01-12 2:00 PM
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Sharona1973 - 2007-01-12 1:00 PM I just need to know how to dress for Sunday morning.

I'm going to lay out my clothes on Saturday night, double check Sunday at when I get dressed, and not fret too much about it in the meantime.  Make sure your closet includes a few options in terms of wet/dry/warm/cold layers.  God bless Texas!

 

2007-01-12 4:48 PM
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2007-01-12 6:03 PM
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Girl, you are welcome whether you run or not.

All I want to know is:  ARE YOU STILL IN FOR THE CAKE BALLS??? 

2007-01-12 6:06 PM
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Speaking of which, I wanted to raise the matter of beverages.

 I'm supplying water, hot cocoa, milkshakes, and more water.   Coffee & tea also available.  Hmmm.  Maybe people will want soda, or beer, or juice?  If you think so go ahead and post here what you drink & if you can bring a sixer of whatever.
  From experience we won't need too much beer.  The milkshakes seemed to be a bigger hit among last year's athletes. 

2007-01-12 6:25 PM
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2007-01-12 6:34 PM
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All good then.  Looking forward to seeing you, gimpy or no. 
2007-01-12 8:41 PM
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Courtney, I understand. I have been having knee issues all week but I think I am going to stick it out and see how it goes. No problem about not making it to dinner. If you change your mind, come on down!


2007-01-12 8:58 PM
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Luke do you need anything for your pre race meal?

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2007-01-13 9:28 AM
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Just a note to wish you guys GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!!!!  Wish we could be there!!!!

2007-01-13 9:48 AM
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CBarnes - 2007-01-12 8:58 PM Luke do you need anything for your pre race meal? Clifford

I don't think so. We seem to be in good shape. 

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