Sunday, May 31, 2009

Time to Get Serious

The month of May has been a blur. I have managed to run consistently, 4 days a week. My weekly mileage is still on the low side at, 27, 27.4, 17.4, and 25 over the last 4 weeks. I even snuck in one of my favorite races, the Malibu Creek Trail Challenge. It is 14 miles in the Santa Monica Mountains. This was my third and slowest attempt at this race but it was good to be running. I haven't seen the physical therapist since April 24th. I've been running without any really significant pain and have eliminated walk breaks for the most part.

This month I put in some miles in Boston, some miles in Baltimore, and some miles in Carpinteria, CA with a few more thrown in at home and at various SoCal running destinations with the CA Cruisers. Mother's Day weekend we ran at a new destination; Powder Canyon; in La Habra Heights. The run has some nice rolling hills through both wooded terrain and open meadows with a mix of fire road and single track. I really hope we keep this in the regular rotation. This weekend we did another one of my faves - the Crystal Cove Beach run from Corona Del Mar south to the "wall". The tide was super low so it was great to run on the hard pack sand at the water's edge.

The really exciting news is.......State Number 14 is now on the schedule. Joe and I swapped a couple of emails a week or so ago and we are planning on meeting on Labor Day weekend to run the Heart of America Marathon in Columbia, Missouri. The registration forms calls it one of the oldest and toughest marathons. We'll be running the 50th anniversary edition. I'm always a sucker for a gimmick. Take a look at the reviews on marathonguide.com. Feel free to join us. It should be fun and you can't beat the $25 registration fee. I've paid more than that for some 5K's.

I've got 14 weeks to race day. I usually train using Hal Higdon's programs I found on-line back in 2004. This time around I'm going to give Bart Yasso's training schedules a try. I found them in his book "My Life on the Run" that I picked up while in Big Sur last year. I like the long run progressions. The mid week runs seem to get a little long, with a fair share of 8 to 10 milers sprinkled in. Those may be tough to fit into a weekday but we'll see how it goes. None the less I am excited to be continuing the 50 state journey, healthy at this point, with high hopes of staying that way for awhile.

6 comments:

Joe said...

WooHoo!! Now we're public with the plan!!

14 weeks, eh?? That means I have 13 weeks after my marathon next Saturday...will have to see how that fits.

This'n will be fun. And hot, perhaps. And a 2 mile view of the Missouri River!

Really, really glad the pain is subsidinig, Darrell...that is a huge step forward.

I still can't believe the mere $25 entry fee...less than a buck a mile for a marathon...very cool!

Great idea...maybe others can join us??

Dori said...

Sounds like you've made a lot of progress. I envy you not having to take walking breaks. I just signed up for the NY marathon and can't believe how expensive it is. I won't be doing that one twice. I bought Yasso's book, too, but have yet to read it. Good luck training for number 14!

Nick said...

Great job! I am excited for you. That run must have been sweet.

Anne said...

Congrats on picking your next state race. If a marathon can charge $25, it makes you wonder how much the other races are pocketing. Good luck over the next 14 weeks of training. We've been very lucky with the weather lately, haven't we?

Backofpack said...

Good for you Darrell! You always have a good run with Joe - what fun!

Jessica DeLine said...

Woohoo! It's in concrete :)