Posts Tagged ‘reservoir’

Wow – Sick for 10 Days…

Distance: 5.79km Time: 0:54 Pace: 9’24” kCal: 470 Heart: N/A RPE: 3 Type: recovery

It’s been almost 10 days since I caught a cold!

Sick in bed and even lost my voice…
My wife loved that one!

I was hoping to do 10 miles on my birthday (Aug 30), but as the day came and I was still under the weather, I switched it to 5 miles. Then switched it to 5km.

But the truth is that I was still sick in bed when my special day came and went. Happy 50th Blaine – DRATS!
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Don’t you just hate it when…

Distance: 6.00km Time: 0:49 Pace: 8’17 kCal: 579 Heart: 133/157 RPE: 4 Type: 343-10

Wow. What a beautiful morning. I woke up a little after 5am and the fog was so thick it reminded me of a perfect Halloween. Or in this case, a perfect morning for a run!

The temperature was in the low 60s and the sprinkling of moisture was perfect so I couldn’t tell if it was the weather or me sweating!

So off I went. A mile and a bit to the reservoir and then a nice run two times around the lake.


I could only see 50 feet in front of me and that was great ‘cuz I didn’t have to think about how far I had to go. Just keep going and enjoying.

My breathing was good and I felt that I could run for hours. Then all of a sudden it hit me.
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Wow – I did that!

Distance: 10.02km Time: 1:21 Pace: 8’07 kCal: 953 Heart: N/A RPE: 4 Type: Pain Assessment

Wow – I did that!

It was another good day.
After going to the doctor I got pissed off that I’ve got this knee problem.
I rested a little and then started out walking a bit last weekend.
I was out 5 days in a row taking it easy and then did a little running.



Well, after I got invited for a run around the lake with another runner (a first for me), I decided that I need to really stop moaning about my problems and get out there – without killing myself (I might add).

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A Lake to Myself

Distance: 7.30km Time: 1:00 Pace: 7’48 kCal: 768 Heart: NA RPE: 5 Type: 3 Miles

Today was my recovery run after running the Pasadena on Sunday.

No heart rate on this run because my battery died just before the Pasadena race.

Anyway, I woke up at 5:30 and struggled with the idea of getting out of bed because it was cold, dark, cloudy, and wet outside. Was it raining? It never rains in ‘Sunny’ Southern California.


But come to think of it, it did on Sunday and it even did it the week before for on my only run! Somebody or something is out there taking its revenge on me!

But I like the rain, I like the overcast, it’s not hot. It’s perfect for a morning run. I just try and not worry about getting lost in a flash flood or drowning in a puddle. It’s amazing what positive thinking can do! So….

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Week 2 – Work vs Training

Week Two is done.
I took an extra rest day and skipped Monday’s run due to a toothache.
The goal was to actually push everything over by one day.

3 miles – Tuesday
4 miles – Wednesday
3 miles – Friday
6 miles – Sunday (10k race)

Tuesday worked out great. Wednesday came by and I was a little stiff. So I ended up missing my morning run and started work early. The plan was to run in the evening, but I worked late into the night and come Thursday morning, after just 4 hours of sleep, I was at work again before 7am. I really wanted to get out there and do a few laps around the reservoir, but with deadlines approaching the demand was too great to sneak in an hour of exercise.

I did manage to keep up with some cross-training. Just simple pushups, sit-ups, and flex exercise that I can do here and there. I think I over did it on the sit-ups, though. For two days I had trouble getting out of bed!

So when Friday came, I got up extra extra early and headed down to the beach to do my 4 miles. The great part was that everything was done and completed way before work started at 9am. Saturday I took it easy with a nice walk and went to the health expo. Then Sunday I did the 10k race in Irvine.

So once again, my work took precedence over my training. I missed the second 3 mile run, but my walk on Saturday offset that a little. I could have run, but I didn’t want to over do it the day before my race. I know I just need to get more organized.

More organized? Well… week three is a tricky week too.
It’s a short week because Saturday is going to be the Temecula 10k. So I won’t hit my mileage for this week either, but that’s okay. The next few weeks I’m sticky with my 343-6 pattern of 16 miles. I’ve a few more 10k races I want to do this month. So by the time I’m all done, I’ll have completed a few 16 mile running weeks. By then, I should be more organized and able to juggle my Work and Training schedules.

For now, here is my planned schedule for week 3

Sunday 10k race Irvine
Monday rest
Tuesday 3 mile run / 2 mile walk
Wednesday rest
Thursday 4 mile run / 2 mile walk
Friday rest / walk 5 miles
Saturday 10k race Temecula


Speeding it up with Nike Splits

Distance: 7.14km Time: 0:53 Pace: 7’26 kCal: 742 Heart: 134/153 RPE: 6 Type: 5k (2x Lake)

So this is my first serious run after doing the 10k last weekend. I had to stop for a few days because I developed a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage on my left eye. I’m not really sure what caused it, but it was recommended that I hold off a few days on doing any intense exercise.

Of course I could have gone out for a walk, but sleeping an extra hour Tuesday morning felt so much better at the time!


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Running in my Sleep

    Distance: 7.10km Time: 0:52 Pace: 7’26 kCal: 746 Heart: 133/151 RPE: 5 Type: 40min (2x Lake) 

    I’ve read about it, I’ve seen it, and I’ve even experienced it while driving a car. A very scary experience. One that I’m proud to say will never happen to me again. As soon as I feel the sleep coming on, I pullover as soon as it’s safe and take a quick 5 minute nap. Even if it means I’ll miss an important appointment or loose my job. After all, life it too precious to take crazy chances like that.

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Week 7 PT – I’m a Runner Now

Distance: 6.76km Time: 0:50 Pace: 7’24 kCal: 704 Heart: 130/157 RPE: 5 Type: 1x30min (2xLake)

Yahoo! Two months completed and pre-training is at an end!
With the 5k coaster run two weekend’s ago and then last week’s running,
I think I’m actually a runner now. That’s amazing!
How do I know?

Well, I actually like getting up in the morning and going for a run. I also feel good when I run and feel GREAT after my run. This morning I did 5.5k (two times around the lake) and tomorrow morning I’m looking forward to getting out and do it again.

It’s truely amazing – just to look back a few months ago and to see how I struggled with running just five minutes at a shot. Now five minutes goes by in a blink of an eye. I’m hoping that a month (or two) from now I’ll think the same thing on my long runs. After all, that 18 miler in my training looks pretty scary right now. But to think, just a few months ago, I was huffing and puffing just after two minutes. Now when running 3 miles at a shot, I can maintain a good pace and talk away… I’m looking forward to the next few months when I’ll be able to go even longer or faster!

The thing is that I’m ahead of my marathon training.
So the the next 2 weeks I’m going to run 6k runs (twice around the reservoir) 4-5 times a week.
Then come Mother’s day, I plan to run a 10k race.

I’ll keep you posted!

My First 5K

Distance: 9.15km Time: 1:10 Pace: 7’39 kCal: 692 Heart: 130/155 RPE: 5 Type: 1×30+10min

Okay, I know that it’s only supposed to be a 30 minute run, but I really wanted to see if I could go the distance. I started out like every other run, but then after my 25 minute mark, I started day-dreaming and before I knew it, I already passed my 30 minutes. I know I’m a slow poke, so I didn’t get to 5k yet. Besides, I was running around the local reservoir and know that 1 lap is just over 2.5k. Since I started my pre-training I’ve been very good at not looking at my distance – only running based on time. But in this case, I knew I was short for 5k.

So, me being…. ME! I decided to see if I could go the distance and complete two laps. That would put me over 5k. My first 5k running all the way. Yoo-hoo! Then I’d know that I’m ready for the 5k coming up next week!

So less than 40 minutes later I completed 2 laps and decided to walk four more kilometers as part of my recovery. Did I ever find out what my time was for doing the 5k part? No. Does it matter? Hmm… not really… at least not yet. Instead, I was just happy that I got to go around 2 times. What a great way to start my last week of pre-training!

Post Run Heavenly Bliss & Strawberry Season

Distance: 6.01km Time: 0:46 Pace: 7’40 kCal: 604 Heart: 132/151 RPE: 5 Type: 1x25min
Today I went out for my first day of week 5 pre-training. I knew it was going to be an easy run because I only need to expand my time by 5 minutes, not do a second set, and I had my haircut to knock off a few pounds! Okay, may be not that much in weight reduction, but less hair means it’s easier for me to sweat into my hat and to stay cooler longer. So the immediate result was – it felt great to run today.

And boy, did the run go fast! By the time I do my warm up, run, and cool down, the total time is only 45 minutes. I wanted to go longer, but… Blaine, stick to the plan. Normally I wouldn’t be so diligent and sneak in a few extra miles walking and cooling down. But there was another reason to get back after the run; bright red, plumb, yummy strawberries! It’s strawberry season and yesterday I stopped at Grower’s Direct and got some of the best I’ve ever seen. I really tried to wait until today to have any, but the temptation was too great and I snitch a few before going to bed.

So at the end of today’s training, I did a little bit a stretching and headed straight back home for my prize:


  • One orange
  • Half a grapefruit
  • Six strawberries and
  • 5 ounces of blueberries
  • Mixed together and squeezed together into heavenly bliss!

I can’t wait for tomorrow’s run where I can indulge in another shot of bliss!