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Give me some Midol

So now that my little Woe-Is-Me Pity party is over, now it’s time to have some real fun. I was so, in a funk that I didn’t even realize that it had been DAYS since I had really exercised. What’s up with that?

Tuesday, I went trail running with one of my friends from church, for anomynity purposes we’ll call him Charles in Charge. Now Charles in Charge is a budding mountain biker, which means he is way better than I am and we were thinking that we’d go to Concord Park for a ride. Or rather a ride for him and a constant battle for me to stay on the trail and avoid the trees and poison ivy.

As luck would have it, his work made him late… one of those normal emergencies escalated to an endless mind numbing meeting. So, we ended up just trail running (as if it’s “just”) but I had already made it to Concord Park with my bike that was kind a broken (i.e. flat).

So we ran the “easy” course of Concord Park, which is still a decent workout. The only reason why it’s “easy” is because for about 1/2 mile during the run, it’s fairly flat near the river and that’s about it. The dilemma I run into is that because I run (alot), people perceive me as some Speed Demon capable of reaching speeds near Mach 1 (my true speed IS classified until 2055). So, when I want to run with others, I have to try to convince them that they don’t run slowly and that I really Want to run that slow. The truth is that I do want to run at that speed. I NEED to run at a speed that is typically slower than what I usually run. The reason for that is because I am incompentent enough to run slow on my own.

If you are new reader, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tempo pace (it’s the running pace were you can just barely have a conversation without killing yourself during the run). If I don’t really pay attention, a Speed workout will slow down to Tempo, a Tempo run will- uh, stay at Tempo and an easy run will speed up to Tempo. Only my Long Runs do I stay “near” my long run pace, but put me at a Race and it’s TEMPO TEMPO TEMPO.

So all that was so that I was very happy to run at that pace because I can’t do it by myself. We ended up going about 3 miles or so and I had a great time. I did most the talking since as a bike rider, he wasn’t quite used to all the knees-bent-running-around stuff. And today, I think I saw some benefits of Tuesday’s Run.

Speaking of Today (which is Thursday), I was going to swim 800 meters to 1200 meters, but when i got into the pool, I decided that I would swim 1600 meters. Well, my body broke down at the 1324 meter mark. I ended up getting a cramp in my left calf muscle which left me to propel myself only with my arms for one length of the pool. I wanted to see how I would fair on a 1 mile swim since My Lovely and Talented Wife is speaking crazy talk… more on that later.

I haven’t committed to Fireball yet. That will probably be our date night that week and although, that’s like one of the perfect date locations for me, My Lovely and Talented Wife doesn’t share that same “passion”. So we’ll see, but I am itching to RACE.

Week Wrap Up

So, I am wrapping up the week, Race Week, at that with a lazy Friday. There’s not a whole lot going on right now. But let’s see what I have to share:

After my Run on Tuesday, I took Wednesday & Thursday as rest days. Mainly because my legs were sore from the run and I didn’t want to over tax them for my race on Saturday. I did today (Friday), swim 800m in the pool. That was nice and refreshing. I was able to work out my legs without the pounding, plus the distance wasn’t too tiring either.

My Upcoming 5k is the Run For The Deaf. This is one of my favorite races. 1) It’s run on Island Home, South of the Tennessee River and is just gorgeous. Not only is the scenery really nice, there are sections of the race that are totally flat… not “Knoxville Flat” but “level flat”. I had been hoping to use this race to attempt at my PR time, but with missing most of February with a sickness, I had a late start. Based on my last two 5k times, I would venture into a Sub 24 pretty easily, but an attack on 21:56 would be a little far fetched (although not totally impossible). The other reason why this is one of my favorite races is that the race profits go to support the Tennessee School for the Deaf. Now, I don’t personally know anyone who is deaf and without being able to communicate with them, I get REALLY uncomfortable, because I don’t want to be rude (or look stupid). But I think this is an awesome resource for those with this disability. Back in 2000-2001, I was a soccer referee for a short time and had the privileged of reffing some of the games for TSD. I was totally amazed, thus when I was able to do this particular 5k, I enjoyed it enough to put it as a “regular” on my annual races.

I generally do fairly well (personally) in this race. I’ve finished in 22:29 and 22:28 on two different occasions. My last running of it in 2005, I finished 24:01 and actually WON my age group with that “relatively” slow time. Although with it being the only race in the area now, I don’t expect that I will fare in my age group as well. I look at the 2007 results and based on my estimated finishing time of 23:30, there would be 7 people ahead of me in this year’s Age Group Males 35-39. But they do have door prizes and I might win one of those!

Also on Saturday, I am going to get the rest of my supplies to work on the flower gardens and vegetable garden. I had around 15 starter plants go wild, but then all but one died… *sigh*

Sunday, is up in the air, but I have 3 people who are having birthdays… What date is 9 months back from May 4th? Hmmmm…


Kicking is what I did in the pool today while swimming. Typically, in my freestyle swimming stroke I only kick right after I have taken a breath and for only 2 or 3 kicks. The problem that I run into, is that I have big muscular legs (soccer player legs) which is fine to do gross motor skills like running slowly or power lifting (but I don't have the upper body strength to really be good at it). What they are not good for is small muscular activities such as kicking while swimming, sprinting and being flexible. The “skinny” on them is that the smaller muscles are less developed than the bigger muscles (quads, hamstrings, etc) and therefore are not up to the tasks when I call for them for prolonged kicking during swimming or when I want to touch my toes. So, I only kick when my swimming gait makes it convenient to kick. Generally, continuous kicking results in a cramp in my leg or some other symptom that causes me to stop immediately as not to jeopardize my running.

But today, I did a whole 3 laps of continuous kicking and no repercussions on said exercise. In fact, my 3 lap time was greatly reduced despite being the 3 laps in the middle of my workout when I tend to lose focus on my workout from lactic acid build up and a wandering mind. I ended up doing 1005 meters of total swimming for the entire work out but essentially two different sessions. The first session was the 800 meter (1/2 mile) of free style and the second session was trying to swim 25 yards (one length) underwater which I was unsuccessful to do. I realized today that I am actually panic struck in the pool when I am not in control. I think that is why the Lake swims in triathlons scare the a bajezzus out of me… who knows what creepy crawlies are swimming next to you. Never mind what chemicals are in the water. (we don't eat the fish here). So I get little more than halfway underwater, my body says “WTF?!” and I immediately surface in a controlled panic. I haven't called any of the lifeguards over in a frenzied panic, but it's safe to know that someone is watching.

Upcoming Races:
11/24 Autumnfest 8k (Knoxville, TN), Goal time 37:30
12/04 Reindeer Run 5k (Maryville, TN), Goal time 21:55
01/28 Calhoun's 10 miler (Loudon, TN)
02/18 Strawplain's 1/2 marathon (Strawberry Plains, TN)
03/26 Covenant Health 2nd Annual Knoxville Marathon,Goal time 3:59:59
(indicates potential Personal Record for distance)

The Rest of the Story

Yesterday, I was feeling the effects of Monday's Speedwork out on the track. So the pool was refreshing, although it did not stop me from being speedy in the pool. I turned 400 meters at 8:23, 8:45 and 8:47 (actually it is a little more than 400 meters each time).

Today is a nice day and will be good for a 5 mile run with my new toy that I bought for my birthday. The toy was a 1 GB MP3 player, with FM recorder and voice recorder. It's not as fancy as an iPod but it was at a great price off of eBay. I had to send it back but it was still under warranty, so it was all good.

Perfect Weather

Today was just about perfect weather to go swimming. What a shame that the pump for the outdoor pool is still broken thus putting us indoors for today. I made a goal to swim 1200 meters on Tuesday and 800 or 1000 meters on Friday with going the full mile (1600 meters) once a month. I don't want to wear myself out, but want to have the benefits of Cross Training.

(oh, I ran out of time on this part of the blog entry more will have to come later)


It's 53 degrees outside and they kicked us (the recreational swimmers) outside to swim. Out in the cold. Actually it was pretty darn comfortable ONCE you were in the water and moving!

What really sucked this morning was that I woke up this morning with a sore neck. It actually hurts to look forward, but when I try to look to the left it becomes excruciating painful. I tried to give myself a deep tissue massage on the neck and that helps but it doesn't really last. I would love to cut open my neck, pull the muscle out, kneed it a bunch of times and put it back. Now that would be great… anyone got a Time-Life Book Homemade Surgeries?

Oh well, on another note, I am about to send in my entry form for the Knoxville Marathon and my training will begin Oct 31st. Actually, that will be the start of my “base” training. My hardcore training will begin Dec 5th and I will follow a home cooked 16 week plan. I laid it all out on an earlier post, but I have had to tweak it a bit here and there to follow what I can and can not do.

One funny thing during the swim today and I really digress back to my college days… I had posted previously that there was writing on the pool floor… well, now there were pictures. Immature pictures of the male anatomy that when I finlly saw it and realized what I was looking at, I sort of chuckled a little bit. Who would take the time to draw something like that on the bottom (we are talking 12-14 feet deep) of the pool? Maybe the SCUBA class or something… okay, back to civilized thinking.

Looking forward to the weekend. The only football game (Furman and Virginia are both on byes) is the UT/South Carolina game. UT really needs the win, but it is against Fulmer's arch nemesis Steve Spurrier, so you never know. Things against us: Our Main running back Riggs is out, We are favored by 14 points. Things for us: It's at night. It'll be on ESPN2 at 7:45; so you will know where I will be.

Sunday is the Marine Corp Marathon and '[info]'gregmce will be running for a PR time. I have him down for 4:39:25 (I think) at his Guess His Time contest. I KNOW that he will finish under 5 hours. I should have looked at the weather first though. Hmmmph. The statistician in me would rather calculate a confidence interval. Sunday night is our church's Trunk or Treat. Basically a safe halloween event where people dress up their trunks (of their vehicles) and kiddos get sugary sweetness. Eric won't wear a costume, so we will see what he does this year.

Posts Posts and more Posts

Well, when it rains it pours. Here is another entry for the day, this time with some workout summaries and other not-so-exciting stuff. It's here so that I have something to look back on… I can hear you ho-humming out there 🙂

So, the 3 regular readers know that there was no workout over the weekend. There was running on Monday and swimming on Tuesday. Both turned out to be decent workouts in their own right. Monday's run was a 3 mile speed day. I followed the same 3 mile course that I normally use on Monday and ended up having a decent time. The first mile is going to be my offical uncertified mile time, being that I know it's a mile according to the Map Program that I use… however it is not certified as some of the races here in Knoxville. Since we haven't had a road mile in a while, I do not have an official PR time. So, I now dub thee PR time…

Split Split Distance Overall Distance Split Time Split Pace Overall Time Overall Pace Comments
1 1.0 1.0 6:57 6:57 My semi-Official PR time for a mile
2 1.0 2.0 7:32 14:29 7:14 &nbsp
3 1.0 3.0 8:42 23:11 &nbsp

Next Monday maybe I will work out on the track and get a new PR

As for my swim on Tuesday, it went well. I did find out that pool is now being HEATED! Yay… it was very cold on Friday, so this is a good sign seeing that they put us rec swimmers outside. I ended up going 1097 meters (24 laps) but my first 400 meters was 8:30, so that was pretty cool.

Tomorrow looks like a good day for running… we shall see.

This work is getting in the way of Blogging

Tomorrow I have to go to the doctor to get my cholesterol checked in the morning and then do some fancy-dancy computer ninja moves to get my computer up and running. So, I probably will have little time to blog and comment (sounds like a fencing move).

So, I am forced to make another double workout post for Tuesday and Wednesday… a swim and a run. The expedited of tuesday's workout is: Me, swim, water cold, fast, 12 laps, about 9 minutes for 400 meters, good, pool floor clean.

Wednesday was a long run as scheduled. A five mile jaunt where the combination of the lessening heat and improving aerobic capacity had me go for 3.5 miles until I stopped for water. Split times are as follows:

Split Split Distance Overall Distance Split Time Split Pace Overall Time Overall Pace Comments
1 1.0 1.0 7:39 7:39
2 1.0 2.0 8:13 15:52 7:56
3 1.0 3.0 8:08 24:00 8:00
4 1.0 4.0 8:20 32:20 8:05
5 1.0 5.0 8:51 41:11 8:14

More writing

Do you hate it when you are swimming and when you go to take a breath you suck up a bunch of water. You are sort of stuck with that water in the mouth during your stroke. Well, imagine being in the middle of a stroke (face in the water) and you see something that is strikingly funny and causes you to chuckle, disrupting your rhythm. Well, that is what happened to me. Back in Entry, I mentioned that there was graffiti at the bottom of the pool. The lanes were still in the “long” configuration, but I swam on a different side of the pool. In the picture, you can see the diving well and most of the lap area.

Today I was swimming in a lane that was farther away from the diving well (diving well is in the upper left hand side) but shallower than the previous day. As I crossed into the diving well area, I noticed that there was still crap on the bottom of the pool. I noticed some hand prints and foot prints, but I also noticed a flower gel sandal underneath me. It was probably 10-12 feet deep where I was. But as I was close to the wall, I almost laughed outloud underwater as someone had written “clean me” on the bottom of the pool!

Anyway, apart from seeing the “vandalism” at the bottom of the pool, it was a good day in the pool. I went 1600 meters in 37 minutes with my average lap (100 meters) being 2:19. The best part was that I did not take a rest in the middle, I just kept going. I thought about going another 4 laps for 1.2 miles since that is the Half-Ironman Distance, but I thought maybe next Friday.

Tomorrow is a busy day, I start off by volunteering at the Farragut Fall 5k and then the Errand List!

The writing in the pool

Not a whole lot to blog about swimming and all that stuff. The highlight of the swim today was that the pool configuration was lengthwise meaning 50m length. Ah who am I kidding… it was a nice day out today and the scenery was pretty good. I had made up in my mind that I would be going 3/4 of a mile which is 1200 meters or 27 laps in the other configuration. Since the pool was set up nice, it was 12 up and 12 back… 1200 meters… Done and Done. It took me 26:11 which is right around 2 minutes and change for 100m. I was pleased with my performance.

Tomorrow will be a long run, but not sure if I am going to be starting on time. I have to go back to court since the victim in the case did not show up. Seeing that I am a key eyewitness, I need to be there and so should the victim, but he has warrants for his arrest and may not be there. Well, he might show up in an orange jumpsuit. How they love ORANGE (Go Vols) in East Tennessee.

I also know that I will be skipping lunch work on Thursday… more on that later.

I will be volunteering (another Tennessee subliminal reference – Go Vols) Saturday morning at a Local 5k. Although I won't be running in the race, I may still try to get some mileage in one way or another.

Oh yeah, the title of the post… The outdoor pool is attached to the diving well, so that about 1/4 of the length is deeper than 6 feet. I'm guessing that the shallower end of the diving well is close to 15 feet, the deeper end closer to 25 feet deep. The bottom of the diving area has some brown algae or something growing on it. Well, today while swimming I saw that the brown gunk makes a great writing board. Apparently a bunch of people wrote their names on the bottom of the pool… not something you see everyday. Graffiti at 2 fathoms.