Friday, February 18, 2011

Superbowl 10K follow up & What I've Been Doing

Well, it's been a little while since my last post. I've been "decompressing" since directing the Superbowl 10K a couple of weeks ago. The race went off well considering the circumstances. We didn't get the snow they called for but we got ICE. I got up early and ran the course on Sunday morning. Well, there was about 3 miles of course that were on lightly traveled roadways and they were covered from side to side in black ice. Temps at race time were predicted to be to rise above freezing before race time, but my gut just said sending 500+ people on these streets would be dangerous.

Now some food for thought here. ANYONE that signs up for a race on February 6th in the Northeast must be pretty adventurous and hardy. Lord only knows what weather and conditions we may get, so my thought process revolved around the fact that most of these people had signed up for this race TO RACE. Heck, it's winter and there aren't many races out there this time of year, PLUS the weather was going above freezing which we hadn't seen in a while. So I decided to hold the race anyway, but modify the course. I picked the best roadways
and made an out and back 5k course that would be covered twice. It worked out well and we had over 450 finishers!

But what have I been doing? Well, I'm slowly building my running mileage after 6 weeks away from the sneakers. It feels as though everything is healed up which is great. I'm following every rule there is, limiting my mileage increase to 5-10% per week, only adding 2-3 miles to each long run, etc. I did introduce some speed sessions which show that I'm definitely behind the ball in my Boston training, but there's hope on the horizon. Also got a pretty cool new pair of Avia's that I'll be working in as I gain confidence in my foot injury...
And I've been hitting the road! Yes, we've had some decent days of late and I've taken to the street. Still some gravel and snow melt, but it sure beats the trainer! Yesterday we were treated to some Spring weather so I took a half a day at work and got 60+ miles in. I just signed up for "America's toughest one day bike race", the TOUR OF THE BATTENKILL. Probably not the smartest thing to do 8 days before racing Boston, but I figured having a big bike race on the schedule would do two things: 1. Keep me on the bike and off my feet so I don't reinjure myself trying to run huge miles for Boston training. 2. Get some good bike bike base miles in for my early season races (REV3 Quassy OLY and HALF IRON). Battenkill is 64 miles of hilly terrain with 20+ miles of gravel roadways, some ascents of 15-20%! Should be an epic race, plus 5 of my Lamprey teammates are racing and the whole family is going up.
And I got this sweet new device. RECOVERY PUMP I've used them the past 4 nights and WOW. The combination of the Recovery Pump and The Stick has been doing wonders for me. I'll keep you posted as I spend more time with it. One thing I do like is that if forces me to take some down town and relax, read a magazine, look at the laptop, etc. I have taken it up and sat in bed (and fell asleep) with the machine on, which is convenient as well.

I finally ordered a CycleOps Powermeter. I just got the basic model, but I'm really excited to train with it and see the benefits. As of now I don't plan to use it as a race tool, more of a training tool. Powermeters are great because power is a real, measurable number whereas relying on speed, heart rate or a combination of both can really vary depending on temp, weather, road conditions and day to day changes in your body.
Lastly, I'm looking at taking the next step and becoming a coach. I'm starting out with Coachme Triathlon and by the end of the year I plan to obtain a USAT Level 1 certification. I'm excited because I've been interested in coaching for a long time and I enjoy helping others meet their goals.
Oh and how could I forget, next weekend I'll be in sunny Floriday with Lauren! We'll be pacing the 15k and the Half Marathon at the Gasparilla Distance Classic!! Yay!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Streaks

So Sunday's upcoming Superbowl 10K will mark my third event as race director. And the streak will be alive and kicking. There are a few good streaks that I inherited when I took over directing this race, the streak that it sells out annually at 550 runners and the streak that the previous race director was able to erect a tent each of the first 8 years meaning that the weather was good enough to erect a tent in early February temperatures and weather conditions. Well, I'm not talking about those streaks.
This will be my second year as race director of the Superbowl 10k and the other race I directed was the inaugural Town Hall Cross cyclcross race in October, thus three races total. So what is the streak I'm referring to? Good ole Mother Nature. Last year we had nearly a foot of snow the day before the Superbowl 10k (and were unable to erect the tent, a source of warmth for the runners). Last October's Town Hall Cross was treated to nearly 10 inches of rain in the two days leading up to the race. Both races seemed to go off very well despite Mother Nature's attempt to derail them.

With another coastal storm hitting us on Saturday, I've been asking myself a few questions lately. "What did I do to Mother Nature that she insists on testing me?" "Is she trying to tell me something?" "How nice would it be to direct a race and not worry about weather, or have someone compliment me on the great weather I had ordered for the day?"

So planning continues and luckily most of the runners realize that, heck they signed up for a running race in the Northeastern US in February......there are going to be elements to deal with, that's part of racing isn't it?

I do have to thank the members of our club, their support and effort is unmatched. Also, our two local running stores, Aardvark and Finish Line Running store have provided some great awards. Brooks Running has provided some great shirts and bibs and The Sock Guy has come up with some awesome wool socks for the top 100 finishers. We're also going to have A-TREAT soda and Little Caesars pizza!! This is a local classic, I'm excited for it to go off. Nothing cooler than watching runners cross the line in a race you're directing. Mother Nature I'm a fighter, just take it easy on me OK?