Sunday, May 16, 2010

End of the Week Recap 5/16/10

Hail my running brothers and sisters!  This week I ran 32.41 miles at an average pace of 8:05/mi.  I did 1:27:00 mins of cardio/cross-training!  However, I clocked in at 159.2 lbs this morning.  I realize that I kinda dropped off the map this week with the updates, and I do not have any excuses.  Well, actually I do have a few excuses, but none of them good.  Well maybe a couple were good, but mostly I was just sleepy.  Hey!  I did a lot of cross-training this week!  Give a guy a break!  Sheesh.  For instance, if you check out my workouts for the week (on the right sidebar), you'll see that I got in a little swimming this week.  Just 5 laps at the Y, but I learned something interesting.  I learned that apparently, I can't breathe for crap, because I was as tired as a...well as a Filipino who can't swim so well (I've got nothing.  Sigh.).  I guess I could blame the remnants of my chest cold on my poor breathing, but I have mostly recovered from it (sniffle, sniffle).  So as I built up my swimming skills, I can only hope that this will translate into better oxygen use for my muscles.  We'll see.

Now for the hard numbers:  I did a long run of 12.04 miles today at an average pace of 8:14/mi.  I did miles 9 and 10 at 7:49/mi and 7:42/mi respectively, which is slightly slower than marathon pace.  I'm fairly ashamed that I couldn't hit my marathon pace of 7:30/mi, but it was raining today and good part of those miles were uphill.  In other words, not fun.

And here's a couple pics from my son's cub scout camping trip this weekend.  Yes, I took him.  Yes, it was raining.  Yes, I did set up the tent.  Yes, I did grill outdoors (Steaks and burgers.  Hmmm).  No, I did not let him play with any sharp instruments.  No, I did not let him make a spear.  Yes, I did take part in a scary story that scared some of the boys.  Yes, we did make smores.  Yes, I shamefully ate 2!  And yes, we did have fun (despite the rain and the scary story).

Here is our tent.  I did remember the inflatable mattress.  Godsend.  Don't leave home without it.

Here are the boys after a long night of camping. 

And finally, (With thanks to my daughter and in honor of Psyche) a quick joke:  What kind of call does a marathoner make?  Long distance!  That's it.  Later kids!


Psyche said...

Maybe MY blog should be called Running Geek, 'cause I just LUV me some camping with the Cub Scouts:).
I eat the mandatory 2 s'mores as well, but that's only 'cause I don't count the 1/2 bag or marshmallows and 2 Hershey Bars I eat on 'the side'. (Ah HA! The reeeeal reason she's compelled to run Ultras. I KNEW it!)

P.S. Great joke!

Julie said...

Hi Joel,
God bless the dads who go on Cub Scout camping trips with their sons:) How fun for the both of you...sleeping in tents, making smores and scary stories!! I love it:)

I think you had a pretty productive week of running too!

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