Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
But, for the next few days I'll have to put up with the temps. It was 105 when I left my house tonight. But, it felt like . . .who I'm I kidding, it felt hot, very very hot. My plan was to run to Desert Breeze lake, do a few laps around the lake and head back home. It would be a 4-5 miles. Around the 1.5 mile mark I started feeling dizzy. My hands were swollen and I was toast. I had water with me and drank it liberally. I'm sure I was dehydrated. I finished the run by walking.
16:32 pace (because of the walking)
And in between life goes on. You do your runs or swims. You hike or bike. Those miles add up for your personal health, both mind and body.
The Adkins family found themselves at such a point. Their son Kevin died at age 18. The family made the turn and made the hiking mileage about something more than just fitness.
I encourage you to read their story of a journey from Arizona to Montana. A journey to save lives. Or as Barry Adkins says, "something very good will come from this".
The Cost of Running:
Estimated purchases of my running since June, 2006
New Balance 857's - $95
New Balance 857's - $55
Asics Kayano 13's - $140
3 pairs of inserts - $51
2 pairs of running socks - $10
McDavid Knee strap - $18
2 pairs of runner's shorts - $40
2 pairs of runner's sweats - $30
3 tech shirts - $60
Body Glide (3)- $30
Heart Rate Monitor - $69
Nike Plus monitor - $30
Ipod Nano - $140
Nano cases (2)- $25
Entry Fees (11)-$275
ARR Membership - $20
Gatorade & gels - ???
Headset - $20
Runner's World Magazine $15/year
Running Books $250
Garmin 305 $169
Pepper spray $12
Monday, June 25, 2007
I added a photo at the top of my blog. I hope you like it. This is part of the course of the Lost Dutchman Marathons. The half marathoners run it both ways. The Full marathoners start on the other side of the Superstition Mountains, wrap around the southern edge (towards the right) and then follow this road into town. On the other side is where the Dutchman had his gold mine. It is what is lost. The dutchman told his best friend the location of the mine on his death bed. The best friend could never find the mine. People are still looking for it.
Tensa wa yugen da go, doryoku wa mugen da.
Toshihiko Seko is one of the greatest Japanese runners of all time. He's won the Boston, London, Chicago and Tokyo Marathons, as well as, the Fukuoka Marathon four times.His coach was a Mr. Nakamura from Wasada University. The quote above is from him, "Talent is limited, but effort is unlimited." Is that so true? I know that I don't have the talent or even the body of many runners that I race against at the local 5k, but I know that I can give the same effort in my training and when I do my times will get better and better.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Since I couldn't get my heart rate up much in the pool, I ran 2 miles in the 100 degree weather at a 12:20 pace. The running got my HR up to 164 with an average of 145. Much better.
It time to fess up and get your opinion. For the past two months or more I've been walking much more than I used to. I can run the first mile in a little over 11 minutes. After that I run maybe a half mile and I end up walking again. The rest of the run I'll run from .4 to .6 of a mile before I walk. My run to walk ratio is about 60/40. Maybe 70% running. I can remember running 5 milers before with only 1or 2 walk breaks of 1-2 minutes.
I'm not sure the reason.
1. It could be the heat.
2. It could be mental. I have a football mentality where you only need 10 seconds bursts of power, not slow and steady for an hour.
3. It could be that I'm up about 5 lbs and the extra weight is having an effect.
Any opinions would be appreciated. The good thing is I'm not letting it get me down. I'm still enjoying my workouts and feeling like I'm improving.
Steve Getting Fit in Ohio is a new blogger that I have added to my favorites. Steve's where many of us were in the beginning. I'm partial to folks from Ohio, so check out his site and give him his props (that's what the young kids say).
Bigun in Florida is a tri-athlete and is pretty funny. I think I'll monitor his blog. You should too.
Matt in Iowa is a bit further along than Steve. Check out his blog, especially if you've forgotten the joy of running when you first started out.
I've read a lot of what Obrats has written in Runner's World Beginner's Forum, now I'm reading his blog. He's well ahead of me, has lost a bunch of weight and his blog is a great read.
Another guy that's shed some weight is Jeff in Maryland.
These are my new favorites. Of course, I encourage everyone to read them and all my old favorites on the right side of this blog. All of you encourage me to run my @ss off.
Finally, if you haven't checked out Athlinks, you should. You can be a member for free and it's a pretty cool website. You can track races that you have been in (there already on the website) and races that your friends have been in. Check out these two links:
Pat's Athlinks Data
Softball Update: We played the first place team last night. They score about 17 runs a game and we held them to 9 runs thru 5 ininngs. Going into the last ininng (6th), we were down 9-6. I led off with a single and moved up to second on a bad throw by the right center fielder. I, eventually scored in front of two other team mates to tie the game. A fourth team mate got thrown out at the plate on a really close play for the final out. In the bottom of the ininng we got two outs, but a runner scored before we could get the last. So, we lost 10-9 and now have 3 wins and 3 losses with one game to go before the tournament. Game time temperture was in the high 90's, maybe 100 on the nose. The sun was down, so it was a great nite to play softball.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
A neighborhood run at 8 pm.
I felt good. My legs and knee felt good during the run. My feet felt great in the beginning, but felt a bit tired towards the end. I think that's because I have to get used to the new shoes.
My first 2 shoes were New Balance 857's and they lasted 291 and 391 miles respectively. I still wear the first one's around town. Comparing them to my new treads, I notice they sure are dirty.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Deep Voice Announcer Guy: Sons everywhere present Real American Heroes
Scratchy Voiced Singer: Real American Heroes.
Deep Voice Announcer Guy: Today we salute you, Joe Monahan, dad to Margie, Thom, Theresa and Pat.
Scratchy voiced singer: Mr. Monahan, dad of four.
Deep Voice Announcer Guy: You had the courage to raise two daughters and two sons. To keep them on the straight and narrow. To work long hours in the food industry and to serve your country in it's time of need.
Scratchy voiced singer: Sit up straight and eat your veggies.
Deep Voiced Announcer Guy: You took your family on some great vacations to Florida, Tennessee and to Niagara Falls.
Scratchy voiced singer: Play some putt putt in the smokey mountains.
Deep Voiced Announcer Guy: So crack open another beer and enjoy your Cincinnati Reds as they battle out of the NL Central cellar. The Reds maybe last, but Joe Monahan, you're first in the minds of your family.
Scratchy voiced singer: Your a great dad, I hope you know it.
Happy Father's Day Dad!
I, also want to wish a happy father's day to my father-in-law, Harry Potter. Yes, that's him with his daughter, Amy (my wife of 21 wonderful years). He gave my son signed copies of the first two Harry Potter books. We enjoy the coincidence, but I'm not sure he does.
We celebrated Father's Day on Saturday. I started the day, as you know, by running a 5k. Then, after lunch and before a listing appointment I had scheduled at 1 pm, I got to open presents. My daughter gave me a Beatles CD. I'll add the songs to my Ipod and get some new stuff (old stuff) to run to. My son gave me a copy of The Natural with Robert Redford. I really like baseball movies. Then my wife, Amy gave me a Flat Screen TV for my office. We usually don't buy expensive items for each other. We're pretty conservative. But, every few years either she or I surprise each other with something special. I wasn't expecting this, but I sure do like it. I then went to my listing appointment were I am listing a new townhome in Tempe. You can learn more about it at http://www.townhomesonly.com/ or my townhome blog. Finally, I got to watch the Reds beat the Rangers on my new TV and write this post.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
As I was driving north I looked at the temperature readout in my car. 81 degrees at 6 am. Typical for Arizona this time of year. Not a cloud in the sky. This was a great place to run. Lots of parking and the dirt trail was fantastic.
The race results are not online yet. But, I used my nike+ to time myself. It's a chipped time race, so I can expect to see results in a few hours. I keep my Ipod in my fanny pack. The pocket is in front with a drink holder on my left hip. I don't like having the arm band on, so I usually have to take my Ipod out everytime I want to hear my current pace or how far I've traveled. I'm working on a better way to get this info. Today I taped a tic tac to the center button. The Ipod sits in the pocket and whenever I want the information I just push on the pocket. The tic tac pushes on the center button and I get the voice with the info I need. My Ipod and the mile marker were within .01 miles of being in sync. I did the first mile in 9:49. 10 seconds off my personal record for the mile. I ended up taking a couple walk breaks during the second mile and had a time of 12:06. The sun was getting to me. Luckily there were trees and shade thru most of the course. Most running in the valley is wide open with very little shade. I felt like I was in a maze with 8 foot high trees on either side of me.
The last 1.1 miles I ran in 12:58, an 11:47 mile pace. Of course, the last 100 yards or so I sprinted in and past several people. My total time from my Ipod was 34:53, a 11:16 mile pace.
Again, ARR did a great job of running the event. The course was exceptional. The volunteers were plentiful with almost no waiting to get my bib, chip or for refreshments afterwards. The optional shirt is really nice. I would have taken pictures, but I left my cell phone at home.
My next race is on June 30th near the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. We visit the relatives around this time every year. My father -in-law, Harry Potter is a professor at Purdue and my mother-in-law, Cathy Potter used to work at Purdue in development.
Friday, June 15, 2007
1. I like to read about other people's running and races. I know it doesn't sound weird to you, but to the rest of the world, it does.
2.I cannot read in bed. I will fall asleep no matter how good the book is.
3.I wear a cotton baseball cap when I run. It gets drenched in sweat and I like to use it as a barometer of how hard I've run. My daughter thinks it's really gross.
4. I coach my daughters volleyball team. I've never played volleyball and don't know much about it and eventually the kids are going to figure this out. But, I've fooled them for 2 years now and I think I can fool them for a couple more.
5. I like 70's music. Not so much the disco stuff, which I guess makes it less weird.
6. My daughter is really into the Gilmour Girls. She has every season on tape. I can't read when she's watching the show, because I get caught up in it. I can ignore other shows, but I can't ignore GG. But, I'm not into the show. Honest.
Angie tagged me. You should check out her blog and her Grand Canyon photos. I really dig the Grand Canyon and she ran it rim to river and back. And I'm tagging . . .
you. If you've read this and haven't been tagged by someone else. Your it.
Softball Nite: We played the Blind Bats. It was a pitchers duel. and they lead until the last inning. We scored four runs to go up 6-5 and all we had to do was get three outs to win the game. The first batter was a women and I got her out on strikes. The second batter hit to the shortstop who threw it a bit high. The first baseman couldn't make the play and like that, they had a runner on second. The next woman hit it back to me, the pitcher. I looked the runner back and threw to first for the second out. The runner ran anyway and made it to third, barely. The last batter lofted a fly ball to our left fielder. He came in a bit too far and we thought he was going to miss the ball and the game would be tied. At the last moment he leaped up (he's a big guy, so it wasn't much of a leap) and barely caught the ball. We won. We're now 3-2 with 2 games to play before the tournament.
I have to go to bed now. I have a 5k in 8 hours and 15 minutes. Goodnite.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I opted for a 100 degree run at sundown. And it was the bomb!
Believe me, I'd rather run at nite, than when the sun is shining down on you, even if I have to run at a higher temp. I walked out my door and it was sizzling. If your not from around here, imagine walking into your local dry cleaners and hopping on the treadmill. The humidity is real low, but the heat just attacks you. No sun is a plus. So I ran hard the first mile and was at about a 10 minute pace (no laughing, that's hard for me) for the first 3/4 of a mile. At that point I had to dial it down. But, it felt good to run with a bit more urgency.
I finished the first 2 and half miles in just over 30 minutes and continued on running. Tuesday morning (with the sun) I got 4.7 miles done in 1:04:06. Today I got 5.02 miles done (in the dark) in 1:02:45. I think I'm gonna run at night for the rest of the summer, even though I do like visiting different locals and taking photos.
Up Next: The ARR Summer Series #2 Race at Reach 11 Park in north phoenix. This is a 5k race that will start at 6:30 am. Should be in the high 70's at race time.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I ran a total of 4.68 miles in just over an hour. I started around 7:45 am. The first two miles went well. After that I did a lot of walking. It was getting hot (low 80's) and I'm just not good with the sun broiling down on me. I have a 5k race this Saturday morning. I hope I can get a bit more indurance built up, so that my time is in the low 30's. Luckily the race starts at 6:30 in the morning.
Monday, June 11, 2007
As my daughter was participating in the Mud Pie Mania at church, I took time to run. Mud Pie mania is basically playing with food like this slippy slide covered in tomato sauce, catsup, mustard and water. That's my daughter in the orange.
I passed on the condiments and ran south along the lake, past the ducks to the canal. Most subdivisions in Arizona do not have lakes. It just happens that the one's with running paths, tend to have water to look at too. Dobson Ranch has mutliple lakes with paths and is on the north side of a canal. So, for runners you have 1.5 miles of paths heading toward the canal and miles and miles of canal to run on. I could have gone west all the way to Kiwanis Park or east all the way to Freestone Park in Gilbert. When it's 95, I chose to run to the canal and back for 4.6 miles in about an hour. A good workout.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Since then, I've run 662.4 miles in 5 days and 15 hours. That's like running from my home in Chandler, AZ to Las Vegas to Los Angeles to San Diego.
Since then, I have raced in Six 5k's, one 10k and three half marathons. The three halfs were back to back to back. In January I ran the Rock and Roll half in Phoenix. In February I ran the Lost Dutchman half in Apache Junction, AZ and in March I ran the Valley of Gold half in Tucson, AZ.
Since then, I have lost over 30 pounds , my cholesterol has dropped into the good range and my stamina has shot through the roof.
Since then, I have run in Indiana, Ohio, Arizona and California. I have run in front of two parades, alongside several lakes and canals, at night and day and I have even lead a half marathon at the 2 mile mark.
What's in store for year 2? I have several 5k's lined up. I want to run the New Times 10k (I believe it's on my birthday this year). I want to run the Mesa Turkey Trot again. I want to run at least one more half this year and run 3-4 half's before June of next year. I want to lose another 30 pounds. I want to do a major hike. Probably the Grand Canyon.
I started running in June of 2006 and my life hasn't been the same since.
Friday, June 08, 2007
My Weekly Mileage Chart
Thursday, June 07, 2007
I ran the canal that goes into the subdivision of Gila (Hila) Springs in Chandler, AZ. I parked along Kyrene Road that is about mid way in the run. You can park in a commericial lot that has a couple restaurants. There's a coffee shop run by a church on the north side of the canal, but I'm not sure when it's open. There's is also a new SOMA Restaurant on the corner south of the canal. SOMA sponsors a lot of races. Check out their website, it's an interesting restaurant.
I ran into the community on the second part of my run. It has a great green space with two lakes, a big fountain and play area. The path is crushed gravel and great to run on. It ends on the north side at Ray Road. You can cross the street and run in Warner Ranch. They have concrete trails that go for another half mile.
You can see it's a beautiful run. There is a sign that says it is just for residents of Gila Springs. I doubt they check the runners. The first part of my run was west of Kyrene Road. It is the canal that goes through an office park. On the north side is a concrete sidewalk. On the south side is a wide dirt trail. It runs west and then south past Chandler Boulevard and down to the highway. Once you are past Chandler Boulevard you have to run on the east side. There is very little space on the other side. It is not somewhere you would want to run at night or even by yourself, since there aren't many businesses. It's very isolated. This is the canal that joins the trail I ran on yesterday at the aquatic center. Not much shade. I will only run it and I want to combine the Twelve Oaks run with the Gila Springs run.
Volleyball Note: No, I'm not playing volleyball, but I am coaching my daughter's team. We're in a non-competitive church league. Last night was our first game. We finished 2nd last year and really want to win this year. OK, it's a bit competitive. We played against two churches last night. The first game we won easily. In the second game, we won the first set, lost the second set and then won 15-14 in the final set to win the game. It's rally scoring, so whoever one the last point was the winner. They set the ball over one of our guys head and he made an incredible overhead save to win it.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Stellar Air Park
Monday, June 04, 2007
Carlos Lee, Houston Astros - Outfield
Matt Holliday, Colorado Rockies - Outfield
Jason Bay, Pittsburgh Pirates - Outfield (I showed his house here in AZ last month)
Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs - 3B
Jose Reyes, New York Mets - SS
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies - 2B
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers - 1B
Paul LoDuca, New York Mets - C
Jake Peavey, San Diego Padres - SP
Francisco Cordero, Milwaukee Brewers - RP
I really wanted to pick some Reds and Diamondbacks, but none made the cut. I do think that Griffey(Cin), Dunn(Cin) and Byrnes(AZ) are having great years. I'm glad to have two brewers on for Big Mike up in Wisconsin. I would have had Hardy on too, but I like Reyes for his speed and better defense. That was the hardest pick for me.
American League All Stars on another day.
I hadn't run on this part of the canal, so everything was new to me. I ran from Main street (where the light rail system is being built) south to Banner Desert Samaritan Hospital and back. I saw some horses, chickens and a dead rat. On the way south I ran on the west bank that had no shade. Heading north I looked for every bit of shade there was on the east bank. I did the 4 miles in 57 minutes. Yes, I was spent after 2 miles and the second half was pretty slow. It was 82 degrees out and sunny. I'm used to running in the dark when it's hot, this run was not dark. On the way back,
Since I will be taking Tyler to EVIT every morning, I will probably be running in the mornings more often. Maybe I should run with an umbrella. (Just kiddin')
Up Coming Races:
June 16th - Arizona Road Racers Summer Series #2 5k at Reach 11 Park.
June 30th - Wabash River Runner's Club 4 Miler. - West Lafayette, IN.
July 21st - Arizona Road Racers Summer Series #4 5k at Kiwanis Park.
August 11th - Arizona Road Racers Summer Series #5 at South Mountain Park.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
After the game, I ran. We play in Kiwanis Park, so I run from the softball fields to the lake and back a couple times. At the lake the trail goes up and down some hills. As you go down into the little valleys, you feel the heat from the day. You also smell the lake. Not a pleasant smell, but it does make you happy to see the rise in the road. Who says I don't like hills.
My plan was to do 5 miles. After 3 miles and a softball game, I was toast. I did the first 3 miles in 37:20 for a 12:24 pace. I reset my nike+ and decided I was going to do as best I could. I ended up doing another 1.91 miles in 26 minutes for a 13:33 pace. I did a lot of walking.
This gets my mileage up to 19.67 miles for the week. I haven't done a 20+ week since the week of February 25th. Hopefully, I can get a lot more 20 mile weeks.