April 11 Rotterdam Marathon
So here we are on March 12, 2009 writing my first blog post on a new website. First, I want to thank the flotrack team for creating what I believe is a beautiful website and a vehicle to convey my thoughts and ideas. My dream and motivation for this blog will give readers insight into what I think it takes to progress a skinny HS junior varsity kid into what I hope will be one of the great American distance runners. My goal is to update my blog often and keep it fresh on thoughts and ideas. I dont want it to just be a glorified training log.
I will try to update everyone on what has been happening in the year 2010 up to this point. I will keep it short and sweet or as short and sweet as I can. There have been alot of ups and downs thus far in 2010 for me. For you Big Lewboski fans we will call it a year of strikes and gutters up to this point. Thus far I have already battled a knee injury caused from a contusion as a result of falling in a workout, strained calves from taking on maybe more than I should have, and food poisoning. Just as things starting rolling in the right direction something misfortunate seems to pop up but perhpas this is a good thing. I have always been the type of person to really push the envelope in training and perhaps over do it at times. These mild misfortunes are maybe just what I needed to slow me down and keep me from overdoing it. For example, 2 weeks ago I decided it was a good idea to try running 150 mi/week (which I loved every minute of!) but I ate something that didnt love me back and the next week I was completely thrown off and could only manage 115-120 miles. Besides all the hiccups in 2010 I did manage to sneak down to Pensacola, FL to race the Double Bridge 15k. I was fortunate enough to get the "W" there but left knowing I had alot of work to do before the Rotterdam marathon on April 11. The trip was wonderful and I met with some great friends from UWF and Running WIld (A first rate specialty run shop in Pensacola).
Rotterdam marathon is only 4 weeks away. I am nervous and excited at the same time. I have heard alot of the history and tradition this race has had and cant wait to take part. A close friend of mine has the 1983 Rotterdam marathon documentary on DVD. I love watching the build up and anticipation for the battle between Alberto Salazar and Rob DeCastella. I have always respected and looked up to that generaton of runners. I have really focused on making my long runs longer and training to run marathon pace after at least 2 hours of running hoping that will do the trick and callous me to the nature of the event. In addition, I have already completed two 3 hour plus runs. Will this do the trick? Stay tuned...