Now, my boy and I are having a particularly difficult running year in 2012! He keeps struggling to get pain free and dial in orthotics. I am trying to dial in my form, move to lower running shoes (heel to toe drop of 5 or 6 millimeters), and figure out how much running my knee and back can still handle. But as I was running today and thinking about turning 100 kilometers of age in a year and three months or so, it occurred to me that my son and I could actually train identically at this point, so long as mine was in kilometers while his was in miles! I could run 30 Kilometers for a week, he could run thirty miles. It would take about the same amount of time. I could do 6 minute kilometer repeats to his 6 minute mile repeats. I could run 2:30 .5K to his 2:30 half mile repeats, and run easy at 7 minute kilometers to his 7 minute miles. You get the drift.....but, we could actually have the same training plans!! Interesting! Anyway, got in 5 runs this week on a shaky knee and a sore back for a total of 35 Kilometers. Weather was reasonable all week, as another monsoon cycle came in and is expected all next week. That makes it cooler toward sundown and even provides a small amount of rain. I was reading a runners blog from phoenix where he was talking about the absence of monsoon rains for the past 6 weeks being replaced by those haboobs.....desert wind storms. He has had to do most of his running on treadmills this summer. Also was reading an article today on the probability of a 6 or 8 year dust bowl cycle for the bread belt due to climate change....I am beginning to stock up on tuna, rice, and peanut butter!
2 Mi 10:08 5:04 Pace 91' 5K 17:45 5:44 Pace 90' 4 Mi 23:20 5:52 Pace 90' 5 Mi 29:56 5:59 Pace 89' 10K 37:54 6:07 Pace 91' 15K 1:00:30 6:30 Pace 91' 1/2M 1:27:30 6:41 Pace 93' M 3:10:58 7:17 Pace 50Mi 8:22:50 10:03 Pace 94'
Just completed 40 years of running and racing distances from 1500 meters to 50 miles. After 4 back surgeries, surgeries to both feet, having my knee and ankle broken after being hit by a truck, and having had meniscus surgery in 2011, I have limited my competitive running to races I can complete in an hour or less. I think I have used up all 9 of my running lives, so I am hoping to stay injury free for a few more years! My goal now is to try and run 4 days a week with two days of quality work, and to supplement that with three days a week of weights and bike intervals at the gym. The Combination of Year/Kilometers (40 plus years and over 110,000 kilometers) have enjoyed their full effect on me orthopaedically.