Sunday, July 29, 2018

First 30+ mile week (post new hip)

This week managed 5 runs for a total 34.9 miles with the Sunday long run being 14 miles. Gradually getting back marathon grade fitness, but still have a way to go.

My right glute (operative side) is still a tad weaker than the left but I've made some good progress:  

The plot below shows my "Ground Contact Time Balance", reported from my Garmin watch (with running dynamics pod.) 

i.e. This is the ratio of time each foot spends in contact with the ground. The graph timeline shows one full year. The green dot on the left for August of last year,  is before my hip started crapping out and shows 50/50 balance, i.e. normal.

Then you have 4 months of no dots: could not run and then in Nov got the new hip. 

Finally, running again in January and you can see my right leg was really off with a L/R balance of 45/55%.  Then you can see that each month it gradually gets more and more toward 50/50 until, FINALLY, this month we have green again!

I did today's 14 miler by getting up at 6am and hitting the trails while the skies were foggy and cool. Lots of birds out early when it's still foggy:

This coming week will be a step-back week. Probably ~25 miles.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rundown: Race for Literacy Half Marathon 2018

First Half Marathon, ~ 6 months post THR

The Race for Literacy, is a small, local race that starts and ends in the Sunnyvale Baylands park. It runs on the San Tomas Aquino bike path as well as the Bay  (a part I run on from work all the time!). It's a charity race that helps bring reading to the poorest areas of India.

There were about 700 people running the 5k / 10k: only 64 people ran the half marathon which makes it very small and personal.

Nice green tech shirts given...I like them. The start was very informal and off we went at 8am. The 10k and 5k races were staggered later, and did not create any problems for us. Nice!

The weather was good: cloudy and 60F with some wind. I decided on a 9:30 m/m pace as I had run a 10 miler a few weeks ago and thought I could probably hold that pace.

After we all got sorted out by pace (the usual crazy people running ahead then walking, etc.) I settled in to my 9:30 pace....I thought about pushing harder but decided that was a bad idea...instead I would wait until the halfway point (6.5 miles) and see how I felt.

We turned onto the San Tomas Aquino bike path at about mile 2 and passed the Levi stadium with the turn around shortly after.

At mile 5 we turned back on the bay trail and they shortly onto dirt to get on the water's edge bay trail (this is where I run from work many times per week). After this point, I was not passed but I did pass 3-4 other runners during this time. 

My pace was fine until about mile 10 where I was really working hard to hold...ran a 9:40 and at mile 11 a 9:56...oops! 

Mile 13 was much better: back at 9:20.

Overall: 29/64
Male: 20/53
55-98 age group: 4/6

Time 2:05:29
Pace: 9:34 m/m

Not bad! Next step is up the mileage and start marathon training for the Napa Valley Marathon as my first post THR full. That race was my first marathon so I decided it was time to do it again.