Checking the Tank Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:06:47 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Dec 09, 2017 <p>Back from vacation.... 23&ordm;, snow... with the widchill that is a 70 degree change from my last run.&nbsp; I was enjoying vacation - but I am back.... time to start the build up</p> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 07, 2017 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 06, 2017 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 04, 2017 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sun, Dec 03, 2017 Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 02, 2017 <p>Foot appears to be healed and just in time for vaca... 6 miles in Siesta. 75&ordm; which after all my cold weather running feels quite warm.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 29, 2017 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 28, 2017 <p>AM- 43&ordm; and felt nice. Everything was fine the first few miles then my heel cut started rubbing and bleeding. Trying some moleskin today as the padded gauze wasn&#39;t cutting it.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 25, 2017 <p>Mountian run... cut open my heel. It is going to take a few days.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 23, 2017 <p>Pre Thanksgiving hill run. 1266 feet and for just over 3 miles it felt like more. This will help me place in the pie and sweet potato casserole podium chase.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I posted on the wrong day. oops</p> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 21, 2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 20, 2017 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 11, 2017 <p>Race day came. I slept well until about 2:38 when I woke up and then struggled to get back to bed. Oh well. Got my oatmeal and two cups of coffee. Which after going 14 days with no caffeine that was heavenly. 27&ordm; at race start, which was cold. Mild wind which was nice until the bridge (more on that later). I got down to the starting area without issue and chatted with a few people as they shivered. I talked to #6. He was Ethiopian and very smooth even with how he walked. I though, this guy might be the winner. (he finished 2nd)&nbsp;</p> <p>Race started and the first mile is flat, but the next 5 are slightly uphill. I planned on running easy at first and conserving energy even if that meant falling a bit behind. That went as scripted.&nbsp;<em>7:40, 7:40, 7:43, 7:39, 7:30, 7:51.&nbsp;</em>The next mile was all downhill and I just wanted to put forth the same effort, but make up the time.&nbsp;<em>6:59</em>&nbsp;Boom. Right on track. The next 10 miles are a series of rolling hills. Nothing killer, but enough to make you work. I wanted to save energy for mile 16, the bridge which is the biggest hill I was told. Again, just went steady just holding back a hair&nbsp;<em>7:39, 737, 744, 7:47, 7:46, 7:36, 7:43, 7:29,</em>&nbsp;That was some of the prettiest parts of the marathon. James river was pretty sweet and very nice to run by, although it made it colder. Then the Bridge at 16. It wasn&#39;t that&nbsp;big of a hill honestly. It just seemed to last for over a mile. That combined with a headwind that was not felt at all during the twisty parts by the river made it tough. The wheels did not come off, but I struggled on the bridge.&nbsp;<em>8:12</em>&nbsp;Ugly. The next two miles we slightly up hill and I could not get myself as far down as I hoped.&nbsp;<em>7:55, 7:49.&nbsp;</em>I studied the elevation chart well, but somehow I was not getting the downhills I expected for the next several miles to match the rolling uphills. They were mild, but I felt them.&nbsp;<em>7:49, 7:37, 7:59, 7:44, 7:55, 7:49, 7:52, 7:45.&nbsp;</em>The last mile I was told was all downhill. Not quite, but the last .6 were a steep downhill. I was a little annoyed I couldn&#39;t push it harder.&nbsp;<em>7:37.&nbsp;</em>1:24 for the .22 (<em>6:57)</em>&nbsp;rounded out the run. 3:22:06. I am satisfied with the results. Not the killer race I wanted, but I am still happy I did not give up or into the cold/fading legs. So good enough for now, I can build off the experience. :)&nbsp;</p> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Nov 10, 2017 <p>AM- 26&ordm; Shake out run. Hit the road after. Checked in my hotel and winding down. Ready to run tomorrow, looks to be 24&ordm; race start.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:00:00