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Friday

Posted in quotes with tags , , , , on July 31, 2009 by afuntanilla

Damn. Wish I could have met this man. This is a quote from his book, Personal Best. Might as well be my bible, and he, my minister.

The long distance race is a struggle that results in self-discovery. It is an adventure into the limits of self, representing for runners what has been called the moral equivalent of war – a theater for heroism, where the runner can do deeds of daring and greatness – George Sheehan

that’s what i’m talkin’ about

Posted in motivation, quotes with tags , , on July 28, 2009 by afuntanilla

You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.

-Pre

it’s a wrap

Posted in motivation, road with tags , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2009 by afuntanilla

So, the Tour de France came to an end. Been amazing to watch the coverage on Versus. Very happy for Lance and his 3rd place finish. Pretty damn amazing. 4 years away from racing. Nearly 38 years old.
Can’t wait to see what he will do next. Speculation out there he will go for Ironman in Kona. Would not be surprised!

In my last post, I mentioned how I was trying to be more intentional with each outing and not running just for running sake. Well, that changed this weekend when I just ran to get the miles in. When the legs are tired, sometimes, it’s just gonna be this way.

I’ve designated Saturdays as my “shorter-longer” runs w/ hills. Sundays have been longer and flat. For now.

This past Saturday, i ran over by Emory University and Druid Hills neighborhood. Lots of good hills. Had good pace, but started late in the morning so did have some warmer temperatures. Paid the price for sleeping in and even so, had a crappy sleep! Last 1/2 mile was TOUGH.

Today’s run was again done over at Silver Comet Trail. No Jeff this time. He went away for weekend to go boozin’ with some buddies. SLACKER.
Got another later start than i would have liked, but oh well…
Strapped on my trusty Nathan pack and took off. One of the things i thought of while out there today was how some people say they get bored when they run. I don’t think I have ever been bored while running. For me, there are too many things to think about. When I start a long run, my focus is just on settling in and staying on pace and paying attention to my body. After I have settled in, my mind wanders; i people watch (when they are around) and then most of the time i think about things in my life; what’s been happening, what’s coming up for me, etc…I relish that time(mostly) as my escape from everything…from work, from TV, Internet, Phone, crowds of people…Other times I find myself completely zoned out to music on my iPod. And then, invariably, in the later miles, my mind is not wandering because the pain takes over and that’s all I am focused on. At that point, it’s about managing my thoughts so that I can get thru the run. I am definitely not off in LaLa land when my quads are stiffening and sweat is falling and burning my eyes.
Nope. Never bored. Plus, most of the time I am running somewhere beautiful. How could beauty ever be a bore?

July 26: 11 miles – Silver Comet Trail – solo
July 25: 6 miles – outside, hills

Would like to get a speed session in this week. Gotta hit the track. Painful but helpful.

See ya!

What? I’ve been running! I ain’t no slacker…

Posted in photos, quotes, road, shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2009 by afuntanilla

“You don’t need a reason – you need a road. Believe in the run.” Nike Ad

July 24: 3 miles – treadmill
July 22: 4 miles – treadmill – tempo run
July 21: 3.34 miles – outside, hills
July 19: 10 miles – Silver Comet w/ jeff
July 18: 5.5 miles – outside, hills
July 16: 3.1 miles AM; 2.2 miles PM – massage
July 14: 3.50 miles – treadmill

Overall, the training is going ok. I am, however, getting the familiar feeling of noticing it becomes increasingly more difficult to fit all the miles in….you know, with the rest of life. And i really don’t do much else besides work! LOL! But, yeah, overall…going well. This past Monday, which was a rest day, i felt good after the weekly total. Both weekend runs were done at good paces. I was happy to have Jeff eith me on Sunday because i could have easily seen myself splitting that run into 2 had I been alone. So, good to get all 10 done in one fell swoop! THANKS, JEFF!
What is different about this training segment is that I am really trying to be much more deliberate in EACH run. Not going out simply to “get the miles in”, but to be more conscious of what is the purpose and goal of each time out. Trying to much more “pace specific”. And as such, i think i will have to adjust my initial lofty goal of 4 hours. 4 hours is a 9:09 pace/mile. I am not confident right now that i can maintain that pace. It’s still early. I’ve got what, 12 weeks til race day. I’m not giving up on the 4 hour goal by any means; but I am assessing. Important.
I’m back to getting massages every other week which has been incredible. I have a wonderful, strong massage therapist! YAY!
Oh…and yeah, i am thinking of getting another new pair of shoes. Probably another pair of the K-SWISS K-Ona’s in a different color. Awesome shoes.

Thanks for following. Train Hard, Train Smart. CHEERS!

A recent shot; i like the shadows
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Friday

Posted in motivation, quotes on July 17, 2009 by afuntanilla

Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.

Remember that if you don’t go to the starting line, you will never view the whole course with all its possibilities. And you will certainly never see the glories of the finish line.

-Amby Burfoot

trivia question at the end…

Posted in photos, road with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2009 by afuntanilla

There’s a ridiculous amount of inspiration out there right now, in my opinion; Tour de France, Hardrock 100 Ultra just happened over Fri/Sat, Badwater Ultramarathon starts tomorrow, Monday. YAY. I lOVE all this stuff going on!! And, my beloved SF Giants are playing some good ball!

Had a solid week and weekend of training. Last few are as follows;

July 12: 9 miles – silver comet w/ Jeff
July 11: 5.25 miles – outside, 3 big hills, pushed pace
July 9: 3 miles – outside

It’s still hot and humid here, but not as bad as it was a few weeks ago. We’ll see what the next week brings. Feeling good. Feeling strong, motivated and inspired. I was listening to some of the Tour de France race coverage and heard one of the announcers say a lot of success in the tour comes from knowing and being very in tune with your body over such a long haul. Same thing with the marathon and training, i think. You really do get to know your body and it’s rhythms and workings. All pretty important when taking on a long endeavor.

Jeff post 9 on silver comet

Jeff post 9 on silver comet


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OK: Trivia question is: “what does the number 6 in my photo refer to?
Hints: It has to do with running and no, it’s not the # of miles I ran after the photo. 1st correct answer will get a prize. Good Luck!

sweet redemption for a Giant

Posted in motivation, random with tags , , , , , on July 11, 2009 by afuntanilla

Jonathan Sanchez had been SF Giants 5th starter. He was recently demoted to the bullpen cause he has been struggling. i was bummed to see it cause i really like him; got his autograph a few years ago when i watched SF play in Denver. Nevertheless, he was afforded a second chance to start when Randy Johnson went on the DL. Man, what a second chance. Dude goes out and throws a complete game no-hitter! WHAT!!! I watched the replays on ESPN this morning and got chills. So damn happy for the guy. Oh, to top it off, his dad flew in from Puerto Rico to watch his son start a game for first time. How sweet is that!

Can’t seem to paste a photo of it, uurrggh.
Check em out at http://www.sfgiants.com

Go Giants!