Endurance Training Running weekly summary

Week 32, 2009 totals

Running Miles: 24.5
Time spent running this week: 3:52:46
Avg. Time/Mile: 9:30
2009 Running Miles: 169.67

Adam Culp Endurance Training Running training

First long run, a 9 miler yesterday! ! !

I ran my first long run of 9 miles.  I LOVED IT ! ! !  I feel really alive, as if a light came on in my mind and I started to wonder what I was truly capable of.

My Judo buddy knew exactly what to do, and recommended an 18 week novice marathon training program by Hal Higdon.  I also did a bunch of web searches and dug into learning everything I could about long distance running.  Workouts, nutrition, clothing and equipment, supplements, you name it.  My mind is ripe for information and I am a sponge just soaking up everything I can learn.  Now my runs seem carry more meaning and a purpose again.

The route:

Adam Culp Endurance Training Running training

Renewed drive to run more

My training has been sporadic and really only 1 or 2 miles each time I go running.  (I have been averaging 7 to 10 miles per week, and feel pretty good about that.)

Lately my wife started running in an effort to get into great shape for a trip to Germany.  She wants to visit with an old college classmate and wants to look her best.  She has gone completely crazy and is doing 3 miles, then 5 miles, then 7 miles, then 8 miles, and finally is now getting up to 9 mile runs on a treadmill at least 4 times per week.  This climb was in a very short time period, and made me wonder why I wasn’t doing that.  If she could do it, so could I.

I also notice that a judo buddy of mine is posting some serious miles of his own in Facebook as he prepares for an ultra marathon.  I have heard him talk to others in the club about his runs, and I am gaining interest by the day.

I have decided I would like to start adding a little distance to my workouts.  I will do a couple of 5 mile runs at a little slower pace than I normally would on the advice of my judo buddy.

5K Run Adam Culp Race Race Report Running

Susan G. Komen 5K completed

Well, the race is past and I didn’t do too bad.  I placed 31st in my age group of 117 participants, and 391 out of 2,922 overall participants.  My final time was 24:12. Click here to see the complete race results.

It was a very cold day, for South Florida, and my lungs ache from breathing hard during the race.  Otherwise it felt great to race for the first time since high school more than 20 years ago.

I feel fueled by this pretty decent race and have decided that I wanted more fun.  I will continue training and will find more races in the future.

5K Run Adam Culp Running training

Time to train for my first race in a long time, a 5K run.

It came to my attention that others in the company I worked for were going to participate in a 5K Susan G. Komen race in West Palm Beach on January 31st.  I was feeling pretty good, and decided that with a month and a half to train I would like to run it also since it was only 3.1 miles.  Surely I could do that, after all I already run 3 miles for some workouts.  This will be just like another workout, but with hundreds of other people.

Found out that even though I can still register for the race it is too late for me to be considered on the same team as my co-workers.  Oh well, I will still go and have some fun.