• 1h 15m
  • 15.00 miles
  • 12.00 Mi/hr

PM Spin down at Wash park.

My legs are TIGHT but it felt good to spin then very slowly on the bike.

Note... Every Garmin wearer that I have talked to had the course about .2 miles long! WTF? Meralgia Paresthetica I had a Personal Best time in my marathon yesterday but at what cost? I don't know. Yes, I am disappointed in not going under 2:50 but I came close and I hung on and finished in the worst pain that I have ever felt during a marathon. I was running with my friend Steve Krebs (an ER doc) and my other friend Ben (an F4 coach); the early miles went well and we were just gliding through the canyon. Before the race I was concerned about my right calf because it was tight and I was afraid of it progressing but for the first 10 miles it was just a nuisance... the 3 of us rolled into 13.1 pretty much together (Steve was pushing and Ben and I backed off just a bit)... Ben and I crossed the half way point at about 1:23:05 but I was concerned already. I felt tightness developing in my thighs (especially my left) and this seemed very early in the race. I asked Ben if he felt any tightness in his legs and he said, no. By mile 15 I was beginning to worry big time. I just wanted to get out of the canyon and into some rolling terrain. I would love an uphill just to change the motion of my stride. My thigh, on the outside near my hip was really starting to hurt. I noticed that it was burning too. By mile 16 it was on FIRE!!! I was trying to massage it as I ran. I was scared and began to believe that I would not finish this race and if I did I would be walking. I did not want to walk for 10 miles -- I'd hitch a ride rather than walk. I told Ben that I was in trouble and he tried to be encouraging and told me to relax and just to keep running. I protested and was about to start walking but I didn't primarily because I noticed that Ben slowed down just a bit so that I could keep up with him. I continued running. Two miles more pass and we are approaching the only real uphill (Bagel Hill) and I notice that although my splits had slowed, they were still in the 6:40 range and if I could handle the pain, if it didn't get any worse, I could keep going. As I approached Bagel hill I practiced my Bobby McGee running uphill techniques that I learned in a seminar and marched on. Ben said he was going to stop for water. I kept going figuring that he would catch me and pass me before too long anyway (Ben beat me by a minute at the Canyonlands Half Marathon this year). Pretty soon I was approaching the 20 mile mark. I was really surprised that I was still moving. I looked at my watch and I thought that I still have a chance to reach my goal of sub-2:50. I hit 20 miles at 2:07:45 and if by some miracle I could do a 42 minute 10k in this condition, I would make it! Soon enough though, I was back to wanting to stop. I have never felt this type of pain before. Did I tear something? I couldn't figure out what was going on. I had all of the normal and worse than normal soreness that is typical at this stage of the race, but the fire in my thigh/hip area was NOT NORMAL. 5 miles to go and am I doing permanent damage to myself? 5 miles to go and I HAVE to finish. I'm tired now. really tired. I make it to 23 slowing to a 6:59 mile pace. I am losing the time that I put in the bank quickly and realize that it is unlikely that I will go <2:50. I still have a chance at a PR and I do my best to hang on. Funny thing is at the California Marathon in December, I had a similar race... not because of an injury but because I blew up. I was on pace their through 23 miles and then fell apart completely (still PR'd: 2:53:38). Today, although it would be a similar death march to the finish I wasn't slowing down as much as in Cali. My last 3 miles where all in the low 7:00s and I rolled into Old Town Fort Collins knowing I would PR but not reach my real goal. As I got near the finish I saw Kati and Sarah and Bridget with really cool "DICK DIME" signs and I think I heard Jason (Greyhound) yell, "Go Dime" as I ran into the finish chute, so that cheered me up. When I got to the finish, I saw my friend Steve (2:49:59), the doc, and told him what I felt. He asked a few questions and immediately he told me that it was Meralgia Paresthetica and it is not commonly associated with running. Later on at the Rio Grande Restaurant some dude who I guess was running behind me congratulated me and we chatted... I told him what happened and he too was a doctor and told me that it was Meralgia Parethetica and then quizzed his other doctor friend to see what he thought and he too said the same thing. Now I'm pretty sure what happened to me and I'm scared shit-less! Ben, my friend who helped keep me moving at mile 16 never caught me... he came in at around 2:56 so somehow, I ran strong... Weird. I feel really beat up this morning. Worse than after any marathon that I have ever run. I thought my preparation was excellent and that I was ready. Well I guess I was ready, I PRd while running the last 10 miles with a painful injury. But now what? What the hell is Meralgnia Paresthetica? On a happy note. The beers were free and unlimited after the race... The support from my BT friends, Outdoorsgirl1978, FreckleFace, Snowgirl and Greyhound was AWESOME and I felt emotional as I crossed the finish line. I am lucky. 2:52:38 New PR. Plus a very cool 3rd Overall Masters Trophy

  • Health data: Sick: 5
  • 2h 52m 18s
  • 26.20 miles
  • 06m 35s /Mi

Colorado Marathon
13th Overall
2nd Age Group
3rd Overall Masters
New PR 2:52:18

NOTE: Garmin distance: 26.37 miles 6:31 pace Garmin Time 2:52:16 so I lost some time in the tunnels and distance but still my Garmin came up with a long course. hmm... also avg HR is super high for the first 3 miles (it always does this) and I'm talking to people... so the HR info for the first part of the race is not accurate.

Mile 1: 6:02 AVG HR 180
Mile 2: 6:23 AVG HR 183
Mile 3: 6:27 AVG HR 180
Mile 4: 6:22 AVG HR 168 ^^^ all of the above HR info is whacked. My Garmin does this, my polar does not. Errr.
Mile 5: 6:23 AVG HR 147 Now it is reading accurately.
Mile 6: 6:19 AVG HR 147
Mile 7: 6:26 AVG HR 149
Mile 8: 6:11 AVG HR 148
Mile 9: 6:18 AVG HR 148
Mile 10: 6:08 AVG HR 151
Mile 11: 6:09 AVG HR 152
Mile 12: 6:07 AVG HR 153
Mile 13: 6:20 AVG HR 150
Mile 14: 6:24 AVG HR 149
Mile 15: 6:25 AVG HR 152
Mile 16: 6:31 AVG HR 154
Mile 17: 6:34 AVG HR 155
Mile 18: 6:40 AVG HR 155
Mile 19: 6:48 AVG HR 156
Mile 20: 6:41 AVG HR 157
Mile 21: 6:44 AVG HR 158
Mile 22: 6:53 AVG HR 160
Mile 23: 6:59 AVG HR 159
Mile 24: 7:01 AVG HR 159
Mile 25: 7:03 AVG HR 161
Mile 26: 7:13 AVG HR 163
Last .38 2:32 AVG HR 166 (6:44 Pace)

Oh Shit! 1:19 am and my ride is 40 minutes away! Here I go...

  • Health data: Sick: 5
  • 2h 00m
  • 17.20 miles
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Rode my bike on Today's F4 run... in the morning and then some PM urban assault miles.

Hydrating and Glycogen filling today.

REST! I was bad last night and "over-consumed" - S T U P I D
  • 45m
  • 11.00 miles
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Urban Assault miles... It will be interesting to see how many miles I log each day on my fixie!

  • 1h 07m
  • 8.20 miles
  • 08m 10s /Mi

Ran with my H2C buddy Ted Danielson... More like a 1 on 1 counseling session... :) Him counseling me... so it goes

  • 2h 10m
  • 33.00 miles
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Something new: Commuting miles on fixed gear bike!

Thank you GWB for your generous stimulus package. Now I have a fixie bike and I will not drive my car in town unless I am transporting
Ramone or stuff I can't carry on my back. I refuse to spend $4/per gallon for your dirty gasoline unless I absolutely have to. Fuck Exxon/Mobile and their massive profits (making more money than any company in the history of humanity)! Trickle down economics are working that's for sure... I just paid $4.59 for a loaf of bread today (no doubt due in part to the cost of filling up a tractor trailer truck: $1200). So up yours Bush and all the saber rattling Republicans who continue to send the poor to war to murder innocent Iraqi people with our "Smart Bombs" paid for with our tax dollars so that the corporate robber barons can continue to get filthy rich while the poor get poorer. Fuck you and your damn combustible engines! Fuck you and leave Iran alone. Bikes Rule... You will burn in the hell you pretend to believe in Bush and Company!

Sorry... I'm in a good mood and I'm really happy. I loved the organic feeling of a fixed gear bike. I hope to get a lot of extra bike mileage in commuting around town. I love it!

  • 49m 35s
  • 6.50 miles
  • 07m 38s /Mi

Ran my Wash Park loop... really warm out today.

My legs were not firing. I started out slow for 2 miles and then tried to do 2 miles at race pace but found it uncomfortable so I backed off and then ran 2.5 easy miles home.

I took the past two days off of running. I can't remember the last time that I have taken two consecutive days off of running. It has been a while. Anyhoo, now I'm sluggish. I feel lazy and I don't really want to go running. I will. I'm not good at tapering. Typically I don't do much of it because its hard to race frequently and taper. This time I think I have done what constitutes a taper as I dropped to 50 something miles 3 weeks out, 40 something miles last week, and I will not hit 30 miles this week... pretty much to the book as I had a lot of quality runs and two races in those taper weeks (well most taper plans don't include all of the cycling that I did). I'm pretty anxious about this marathon on Sunday. My weight is pretty much stable and the same as it was before the CIM in December... I didn't drop the 3 or 4 pounds that I wanted to, but based on my races the past two weeks, my weight shouldn't be an issue. The weather looks like it will be pretty good... in the 30s at the start and probably topping out near 50 by the time I finish. At this point the winds will be coming from the East which means headwinds for 90% of the race. Hopefully they will not reach full force until later in the morning (like after I finish). As far as sub <2:50 goes. I don't know... All of the race predictor charts that I have looked at have me pegged to run in the 2:44-2:49 range. 2:49 is a big step from my current PR of 2:53:38 but I did that with a 3 plus mile bonk at the end of the race(however it was at sea level).... So the only thing left for me to do is rest, hydrate and keep my carb intake at 70% of my daily caloric intake. I can't control the weather but what I do leading up to the race is in my control... 5 days.

  • 1h 55m 45s
  • 37.65 miles
  • 19.52 Mi/hr

Rode out to CCREZ and saw the legendary Mark Dillard running. I didn't recognize him because his legs were freshly shaved and nearly tan...

Detoured to Wash Park to do a few laps and spy the pretty girls. Too crowded to ride safely so I cut it short and went home.

MY HR was jacked again. My Garmin sucks for HR... I get inflated HRs all the time and especially on the bike like today my average HR was 191 with a Max of 253!!! My polar is much better for monitoring HR.

Monday Night at the Fillmore: The Raconteurs! Quite a rock show, bare bones, ear bustin' and worth every one of those 35 dollars for a ticket! Reminded me of Led Zeppelin meets Exile On Main Street era Stones meets something more current... say the White Stipes... Oh yeah, that's the guitar player's other band! The Raconteurs just released their second record, "Consolers of the Lonely" and it is probably the best rock record of 2008. Get it. Haven't seen the sun in weeks My skin is getting pale Haven't got a mind left to speak And I'm skinny as a rail

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