Yesterday was the first annual Purdue Half Marathon and 5K. It was a pretty cold day ( 43º according to the Nike Running app), but the race itself was pretty fun.
As it took me days to fully recover from the half marathons that I have run, I have decided that they definitely aren’t for me. I congratulate those that did run it, but I’m perfectly happy to run the 5k alone.
I’m also happy with my overall time although it definitely is lower than the first 5k I’ve ever ran back in 2010.
OVERALL RESULTS: (Number finished = 763)
Overall Grp Name Pace FINISH
74 11 KEITH MCDERMOTT 07:57 24:42.5
The hardest part of the entire race was definitely the climb back up the back of the stadium. That is quite a steep incline! (You can tell where this was on the track by looking at the darkest part of the heat-map for my run of the 5k to the right. I actually just walked part of the way up!)
Despite the one slow-part I encountered, I did enjoy the race and would definitely run it again and recommend it to others. It was the inaugural race so of course there will be kinks to work out, but it can only get better over time!
Enjoy a small gallery below of pics of runners from the half marathon and others in the 5k portion as well.
Today was the 2012 Purdue 5k Challenge. Mom and Dad came down to watch us run. This was Justin’s first official 5k and he did great! My bib was #888 and I finished 179th place with a time of 24:03. Justin was #1392 and finished 433rd place with a time of 28:14.
This morning I ran a 5 mile run. I have a half-marathon coming up in the middle of September and need to be running more especially in the morning. This is especially important given the recent crazy heat Indiana and much of the midwest has been seeing. Today’s temperature hit the low 90′s with a heat-index of over 100ºF. So, I made a point of going to sleep earlier last night so I could run this morning.
Despite getting up around 5:45 and starting my run just after 6am, the weather was still crazy-hot for so early in the morning. I was OK with my overall pace given the heat, but it certainly wasn’t what I was aiming for (under 8min/mile). I’m trying to lengthen my runs while obtaining an overall pace of 7:30/mile.
Today was the first time in two weeks that I have actually ran at all. I ran one mile tonight on the treadmill that my parents brought down last weekend (thanks Mom & Dad!)
While I only ran one mile and (including a slow one minute warmup) it took about nine minutes to run, I couldn’t really go any further afterwards. The main cause to this is just that my knee was acting up and I could actually feel my pulse from my right knee down through my lower leg. Hopefully that’s just temporary and it should be due to combined with not having ran for two weeks due to the bitter cold temperatures along with the fact that this isotretinoin does wear me out quicker than if I weren’t on it.
In the middle of October, I decided to take the plunge and buy a pair of Vibram Five Finger shoes. I’d seen a few people wearing them in the gym and had heard about them before, but had never actually tried them on even. I decided that the idea of barefoot running was intriguing enough to justify the cost of purchasing the shoes. Naturally, because I’ll try to get a discount if possible, I signed up for an account on RockCreek.com first which gave me a 15% off coupon for my first purchase. My first purchase being the Vibram KSO (Keep Stuff Out). I had purchased a size 42 at first which turned out to be slightly too tight which required that I had to send it back and re-order the correct size. RockCreek’s customer service team were great in getting this resolved for me as well.
After I received the correctly-sized shoe (size 43), I went for my first run in them – which was to go two laps around our ponds which is a total of three miles. This turned out to be a mistake. I wasn’t expecting the massively different way in which you run without the cushion of a normal shoe. I ended up making my calves hurt so bad that I could barely walk for almost a week. This proved to be especially bad as my first half-marathon was just one week away. I reverted back to normal shoes and forced myself to run what I could so that I wasn’t completely worthless during that race.
After my half-marathon, I went back to the Vibrams. I started off by just wearing them around the house and after a short while started wearing them to work. It was weird as you could feel everything since they are pretty thin. I also started running an occasional 1.5 mile run to try to force myself to adjust my running pattern to account for the different stride required. After enough time of that I finally started running on the road. My road runs are generally longer – about 4-7 miles. You wouldn’t think that running on the road is that much different from running on a pavement around a pond, but it’s a subtle difference.
During Black Friday this year, RockCreek was giving 20% off of your order for the entire weekend. I took the opportunity to buy a new pair of Vibrams. This pair however, was the Vibram Five Finger Flow. I chose this style as it was better suited to cold/wet conditions and the mesh of the KSO was making my feet quite cold as the weather was starting to get colder and colder.
I’ve now been running exclusively in the Flow since I received them and wearing them to work as well on occasion. They are quite nice and seem to give a bit more protection under my feet although the neoprene on the top has really helped to keep my feet a lot warmer. They are also tighter fit around the ankles which helps to “seal” the feet so they stay warmer and dryer as well.
Another item which has helped is that I had finally ordered some socks. I had ordered some cheap toe-socks from Meritline.com which are OK. They work, but the pair that I received for Christmas from my parents are significantly better. They are the Injinji Performance mini-crew sock. Quite comfortable and very warm. Would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to buy a pair to go with your Vibrams.
Are they weird? Yes. Do people look at me differently? Sure they do. I’ve gotten asked about them while shopping at WalMart and also while buying gas. My co-workers have affectionally started calling them my “monkey shoes.” However, they are pretty comfortable and I can’t really see myself going back to running in “normal” shoes again.
Before I left for work today, I decided that I wanted to run after work as the weather was looking better and the roads should be clearer. However, just after I left the house I (of course) realized that I had forgotten my running gear. It wasn’t really worth going back for since I was already running late so I decided to just run a shorter run once I got home.
After I arrived home after work, I took Sparky out after getting into my gear. While getting dressed I checked for new updates on my iPhone and lookie there – a new Nike+ GPS update! The latest update (3.0.1) added in Nike+ Tag. This allows you to play “tag” with someone else – either on distance-based or time-based runs. Whoever runs the shortest or least-time is “it.” As my only running friend on Nike+ is Jake, I started a game of tag with him then started my run with a goal of running only three miles.
Once I got going it was clear that this run wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d thought. The roads were better than yesterday, but as two sections of road that I run on don’t have City Buses running on them, they really weren’t that great either. As I didn’t have too much ice during the run though, it could have been worse. When I had run about 3/4 of a mile, I was about ready to just run only two miles instead as my breath was coming right back at me (this can make it harder to breathe as you are exhaling a lot more air at a time than if you were walking which would mean that I’m not getting enough fresh air in on each breath). However, once I did finally reach the first mile I decided that I wasn’t going to give up that easily and forged on.
During my runs, the Nike+ GPS app informs me of my distance every half-mile and every ten minutes. Once I got to two miles, I turned around and made my way back. I completed my run a short two miles later. I didn’t beat my earlier run’s average pace, but I am pretty happy with the pace I was able to get – 8’09″/mi. I’ve been slowly lowering that number over time and hope to have it around 7′/mi by the time I run the Purdue Challenge in April.
Overall, I have now ran 151.3 miles with the Nike+ GPS app and a total of 891.22 miles!
Well, I’m a week late on my birthday post, but whatever. Last Wednesday (June 9), was my 26th birthday.
Justin and I celebrated pretty simply – we went to dinner at Red Lobster and then went home. Sounds like a good day to me.
Some other items that have happened recently:
This week I passed my 600th mile running with Nike+
Last Monday (the 7th), I ran my second half-marathon test run. Unfortunately, it was three minutes longer than my last attempt at 1:51:17. Not horrible, but not good in my opinion. The very hot weather recently is definitely effecting my running ability.
I have now dropped to 168 lbs. This means that I have passed the 40 lb mark on weight loss! This is very exciting for me as I haven’t weighed that in a very long time. And how did I do it? By just running 600 miles over 9 months and eating better.
I installed the GM build of iOS4 to my iPhone 3GS. It’s been pretty nice so far since I’ve had it for about a week. I have consolidated all my installed apps into folders squished on one page. The multi-tasking is very intuitive and I’ve found it very useful.
This Tuesday I pre-ordered the iPhone 4 from AT&T. That was a massive mess thanks to AT&Ts incompetence at being able to handle the huge number of people who attempted to pre-order. My order wasn’t put in until Wednesday morning so we’ll see when I actually get the phone. Can’t wait though.
This weekend there is a baby shower for my Corey and Danielle and Zach. Zach is doing great and it’ll be great to see him again. Also this weekend is a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day/Keith Birthday party with the family.
I think that covers everything. Not going to make promises on when I’ll post next as I am bad at keeping them, but hopefully sometime soon.
I just finished my 500th mile running with Nike+. I haven’t advanced to the next “color” on the website (the colors are indications of how far you have run with the milestone to reach the next progressively further), however my progress so far is impressive to myself.
Had I looked into my future even one year ago, I never would have imagined myself actually being so healthy and active!Once I completed today’s run I received the following note:
“Hey it’s Lance again. You’ve covered 250 more miles. Way to go!” – Lance Armstrong
So, today was a big day for me. I ran my first half-marathon. For you laymen, that’s 13.1 miles or 21.1 kilometers.
I’ve been on a coaching program from Nike+ which is an intermediate-level 5k program. Today was the peak run of the program with a scheduled 10 mile run. However, I decided to push myself to see how I’d do with a half-marathon. After all, it’s only another 3.1 miles! :-)