While I was whale watching on Sunday (see previous post) Arthur was running the San Francisco Marathon in 5:05, the last race in his requirement of 8 in one year. (Actually I think he's going on to do his 'reserve' race too and do 9 in a year)
It is not easy to do that many marathons in one year at any pace. It's all about finessing the recovery and doing proper pacing. You can't get INJURED..else you fail to toe the line for the next race. Too many DNS or DNFs and it's all for nothing.
It's very "educational" to do this: rather than doing the usual go-for-broke thing once or twice a year you race every 5-6 weeks. I think it makes you a much MUCH smarter runner...you learn how to stay uninjured..I learned a ton and had a blast doing it.
Arthur is 70... and took up running after he retired at 65. He's fast: ...he was happily cranking out half marathons at 2 hours and change (1:30 equivalent for a twenty something) when the crazy idea grabbed him to join the Maniacs. I got a chance to meet up with him at CIM 2011.
I follow as many older runners as I can. There aren't many blogging out there, but I hope to be one at 70 and beyond and so I pay attention.
I had a fun, solid run today. Not a cool run: I ran from 11am to 12:30pm in the mid 70s and with bright bright sun. Luckily, a little breeze and of course, no humidity. Lots of sweating ;)
I ran with my friend David, the triathlon fellow I worked with before I changed jobs at the company I'm at. He's HALF my age..always tricky to run with such a mismatch but he's very nice and lets me set the pace.
The agenda was for 7.5 miles and after we met up I asked him would he like to do 5x .5 miles at 10k pace or 10 x 10sec hill sprints? He picked the hill sprints thinking they are over quick..heh heh.
We did 6. I have not done full bore hill sprints in many months and it was I that begged off to 6...after all we still had a bunch of miles to run and oye I was getting creamed. David nicely let me go faster on the first one but for the rest he was blasting and hitting my finish point 1 or 2 seconds ahead of me. He's also much leaner than I am..lugging a lot less flab, sigh.
We do the 10s sprints, then walk down and when my HR gets down to 110 we go again. After a while, I start wishing for my HR to stay higher! LOL!
So, yes, the 60s of sprinting was TOUGH, but good. I love the cadence numbers of 109, 110 etc. I find that once you can do them without any muscle tweakage (takes some getting use to) doing them really helps keep things strong and flexible too (I do them on dirt).
Splits 18-20 show us speeding up to do a 'fast finish' to this run. It was hot but we hammered! Not super efficient, but not bad at all given that heat and being at the end of bunch of miles and having done the sprints.
I felt pretty strong and David and I both did a good job gradually speeding up to our 'finish'. I am happy at how my heat acclimation is going..I think I'll enjoy the Ragnar a lot more...
Do you Cat Stretch?
Since I've added extra muscle from exercising I find myself doing a lot more cat-like stretches of my legs.
In my case they happen when I'm lying in bed...I sometimes lightly wake up (do I also do it in my sleep?) and feel the need to stretch out.
I stretch out to the limit with my legs straight out and my arms overhead.
Have you found your spontaneous stretching has changed since you started doing more exercise? And isn't that a beautiful cat!? (How did she get him to do that stretch?)