Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christmas lights run

Tonight had to be one of the funnest times I've had since the last time the Striders got together. I don't know what the record is for the annual Christmas Lights run but we had a lot of people turn out. And it seems like a lot of newcomers as well. I think I met 3 or 4 brand new Striders tonight. AWESOME!!!

Our run took us a little over 4 miles through beautiful Tanglewood, between San Felipe and Woodway. Of course the theme tonight was Christmas. Many were adorned with festive items like Santa hats, lighted reindeer antlers, bells and blinkers. John Yoder wore what looked to be an entire string of lights. Not sure where the power pack was. He was a running Christmas tree. Many homes were lighted and decorated. We just ran through the neighborhood, enjoying the decorations and the fellowship. It was an absolute beautiful night. Afterwards, we hung out and talked trash, laughed a lot, and were generally very, very merry!!!

The pace was a little quick for me for my first recovery run after the 30K. Barb, our pacer, punished me pretty well. Actually, I kind of got in a good groove there at the end and felt pretty darn good. And it was just 4 miles so I'm sure no harm done.

Splits - 13:17 / 13:30 / 13:14 / 12:37!!!
Total time - ~53 minutes

I got to talk to coach a little about the rest of the week's training. He stressed that the most important thing right now for me is to stay healthy. The next big run for me is the 23 miler in 10 days. Everything between now and then is secondary. So, for now, I'm supposed to concentrate on recovering from the 30K. I know how to do that. I'll run a little longer tomorrow but not more than 5 or 6. Then, depending on how that goes and depending on which day I'd like to do my long run, I'll either run on Friday or skip it. We'll see.

On the nutrition front, Catherine wants me diligently logging all intake until the first of the year. We're really gonna knuckle down and eat right these last weeks before the marathon.


J~Mom said...

Sounds like a fun night!! I would totally join the group if I lived there!

J~Mom said...

Sounds like a fun night!! I would totally join the group if I lived there!

Steve said...

So I clicked on Catherine's web site, and whoop, she's an Aggie! Seems like you made yet another good choice to go with your A&M jacket! There's an Aggie dying to come out Vic!

Barbara said...

I'm afraid of what Catherine would have to say about my love of Butterfinger hot chocolate. It is soooo good.

I have no problems paying for a personal trainer because I like being pushed to the limits physically. But I can't pay for a nutritionist because I don't wanna change my lousy eating habits! I'm afraid she'd tell me something really bad like I eat way too much chocolate.

So let me see if I read your post correctly - you're going from the 30k (18.4 miles or thereabouts) to a 23-miler?

jamoosh said...

I like that last split! Almost there Vic.