Sunday, March 08, 2009

March! (Already?)

Last week, I ran 30.1 miles at a pace of about 9:17. I am trying to get faster.

First of all, let me say that I actually like running on my treadmill. It is an offensive machine in that it makes me work so hard, but I am the one that programs it.

Through February, I slowly raised the elevation of the treadmill from 1.0 to 2.5. The first week of March I ran on it at an elevation of 3.0. Next week, I plan to raise the elevation to 3.5.

A Progress Chart -

Competitions -
Saturday, May 9th is the Highline Canal Run. Sponsored by a local parks & recreation district, I want to run the 10K AND run it in less than 1 hour. Maybe 2009 is the year for that! You can find out about it here. This will be my third year running this local, fun run. My friend, Tom, is going to run this one, too!

Eight days after that, on Sunday, May 17th, I'll run the Colorado-Colfax Half-Marathon. I ran this last year. I hope to beat 2:20:00 and my previous run time. You can find out more about it here. I'll be running a co-worker at this one. Early registration was a 2-for-1 and we agreed to run it!

Running Humor -
A runner asked his wife: "What do you love most about me? My tremendous athletic ability or my superior intellect?" "What I love most about you," responded the man's wife, "is your enormous sense of humor."


Blogger Petraruns said...

You're getting a nice pace on there Charlie - particularly with the incline! Well done I think this is your year to beat your 1hr 10K time..

10:12 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Wowee, Mr. Incline! That is very impressive. I definitely think you will break an hour for the 10K!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

I like to vary the incline... like running up and down hills.. or maybe I'm just too lazy to only go up and up.
Good to see you are running.. even if not blogging much.
Good job .. on upcoming race plans.

2:23 PM  
Blogger akshaye said...

Haha! That was a good joke. Your pace is constantly getting faster. Glad to know that someone loves a treadmill.. I cant stand them!

9:10 PM  
Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Looks like you're on target for some PRs this year, Charlie!

FYI, though running on an incline will make you work harder, I wouldn't recommend running on an incline much higher than 3-4% for runs over 6 mi or for every run as it can put extra stress on your Achilles tendons. A grade of 1.5-2% is recommended to simulate air resistance. Higher than that, you're now simulating hills and are better off not always running constantly uphill for the same reason.

Good luck at your races!!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Flatman said...

3.5??? You are an animal...

4:57 PM  
Blogger Irish Blue said...

Wow Charlie, great pace. Doing the incline is a nice way to really get in shape and build muscle. Way to go. You'll get under an hour on the 10K, no problem.

2:28 AM  
Blogger nylisa said...

Wow Charlie! So impressive!

5:42 PM  

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