Monthly Archives: February 2008

Are U Nuts About Running?

Then check out this site.


Talk about great marketing. Emerald Nuts has created a fun and engaging environment to draw attention to their running series. I enjoyed playing around the site – make sure your volume is turned up (unless you are at work!).Thanks Rae.

[tags] Emerald Nuts, Marathons, Marketing [/tags]

$2 Million Half-Marathon

Remember the $1 Million Marathon in January?

That is nothing compared to Thursday’s $2 Million Half-Marathon – twice the money for half the distance, can’t beat that. The Zayeed Half Marathon will be the richest long distance race in the world. The marathon is taking place in Abu Dhabi the capital city of United Arab Emirates. Various news reports indicate that Half-Marathon record holders Samuel Kaman Wanjiru and Lorna Kiplagat, will be racing alongside Paul Tergat and other elite runners.

Winner’s will receive a $300,000 check with an additional $200,000 on the line if they break the world record. The current records stand at 58:33 (4:27) and 1:06:25 (5:03), for the men and women respectively.

This is great news for the athletes, where will it stop? How much money will organizers be willing to shell out to get top athletes and world records at their courses?

HT The Final Sprint

[tags] Half-Marathon, Abu Dhabi, Zayeed [/tags]

Running Groups are Great!

It was great to run with a group of people again last Saturday. I ran with the Polar Bears a group from the Minnesota Distance Running Association. I ran with the second pack at around 8 minute pace. We ran out 45 minutes along the Minnehaha Parkway and then turned around and came back. It was very nice to run with other people and made the run go by a lot easier. The front pack of guys are training for Boston, so they went longer at a pretty steady pace.

It is amazing how much difference it can make running with other people. Even without talking the pace just kind of moves you and you feel like no effort has been exerted. Now it did feel like we ran almost 11 miles when we finished, but it was a good feeling! Crunch, Crunch, Crunch – the sound of a group running along the snow-covered trails!

I ran with them again this past week. I went out with the front group which was running around 7 minute pace. This was perfect for the workout schedule. They made it a lot easier to stay motivated and focused on pushing through the pain!

Do you train with a group?? Which one?? If you are a Twin Cities runner which running club(s) do you belong to?

[tags] Running Clubs, Minnesota, MDRA, Minnesota Distance Running Association [/tags]

Half Training: Week Four

You know how I mentioned last week that the weather forecast looked pretty good for the upcoming week. Well it lied. This was one of the coldest weeks yet! It was sub-zero every morning reaching down into negative double digits actual temperatures and even colder wind chill. So I spent sometime inside!! Even running on the dreaded treadmill, aka dreadmill it was a pretty good week. It did help that this was a “recovery” week in the schedule!!

Monday – Run 1 mile at an easy pace, the speed up to goal half marathon pace for 6 miles. Run one more mile at an easy pace to cool down. Well, I looked at the schedule and realized that for me to actually get a hill workout I would need to drive to find hills, and since this was President’s Day and I didn’t have to work, I switched Weds and Monday’s workouts. I did the 10 x hill repeats. It was very cold, 4 above with -21 wind chill, and I was running next to the Mississippi River. The wind, fortunately, was to my back on the uphill, but when I turned around it was like an arctic blast! I felt pretty good and stayed consistent throughout the hills running the .16 mile (257 meters) distance in :58, :59, :59, 1:01, :59, :57, 1:00, 1:00, :56, and :58. I went a little farther on the 10th one – .22miles in 1:20, which was the same pace. The distance was a little longer than it needed to be for the hill, but I didn’t really know. My total mileage for the day was 5.6 miles in 47:22. My average pace for the repeats was around 6:00.

Tuesday – Run 6 miles easy. Run 5 acceleration strides. I ran a mile easy on the indoor track – with my legs aching, before switching to the bike for 8.5 easy miles. I ran the mile in 7:53 and biked for 29 minutes.

Wednesday – Run 10 x hill repeats. Find a hill that is fairly steep and at least 100 meters in length. Run up the hill at a pace that feels like 5K pace. Run 20 meters past the top of the hill. Jog back down to recover. Repeat this 10 times. So today I did Monday’s workout or was supposed to do it. I really tried to do it but the treadmill was killing me. My legs hurt from the beginning and slowly went away (I think it is only on the indoor track and treadmill that my legs hurt). I ran 5 miles in 35:10 which was about 10 seconds off the goal pace. I think my biggest problem with the treadmill is that when I start to get tired my body wants to slow down but the belt won’t unless I make it. Of course I don’t want to admit defeat and slow it down, so I just suffer and end up running too few miles. I did finish the workout with 4 miles on the bike in 14:30. BTW it was -12 outside this morning!

Thursday – Run 4 miles easy. Run 5 acceleration srides. I managed to finish this workout on the treadmill! I ran all 4 miles on the dang thing. I started out slow and increased the pace a notch every half mile or so. I ran it in 30:32. After doing that I ran on the indoor track for my 5 accelerations. It felt pretty weird to run on the track after having been on the treadmill.

Friday – Run 4 miles easy. Run 4 acceleration strides. I finally got to run outside! I almost didn’t run at all. I had decided not to run in the morning because the afternoon forecast was supposed to be really good. I got home a little later from work than I had planned and Christy was already home. I managed to force myself to go out and get the 4 miles in. I did a little sightseeing and ran along the streets to see some new stuff! That worked pretty well except for having to dodge people on the sidewalks, due to the narrow shoveled paths and then parts of the sidewalk which weren’t shoveled at all. I did get to see some new parts of town that we might check out later. I made a big square and came back on the Greenway. My total run distance was 4.92 miles and my time was 39:01. It felt pretty good, even though if you were in the shade it was kinda chilly, being in the sun was great! I did 5 accelerations and those felt good too. I’m glad I forced myself to go out!

Saturday – Run 60 minutes at about 20 seconds per mile slower than your 10K pace. The pace for this run was around 6:46. I met up with the MDRA Polar Bear group again – this week we met at the Longfellow Grill. I ran with the front group today since it was supposed to be a tempo-ish run. I thought they would be a lot closer to the goal pace for the workout. They were running 16 (or 18) miles total so I ran out with them for 30 minutes and then back by myself. We picked up the pace as we ran and were right around 7 for most of it, at one point we ran 6:19 pace (according to the Garmin). It was hard running back by myself, running with the group definitely kept my pace moving. Part way through the run back I decided that if I finished under 65 minutes I would buy a hot chocolate for myself and a latte for Christy. Well I finished in 61:54 so I was pretty pleased with myself. My total distance was 8.32 miles which made it 7:27 pace overall. Not really sure what happened but it still felt pretty good. It was 11 degrees with a bright and shiny sun!! Excellent day for a run.

Sunday – Rest. Sure thing!!

Total Miles: 28.8 miles running and 12.5 miles biking for a combined total of 3 hours 32 minutes and 22 seconds of total workout time!

My year to date mileage is 168 miles running and 22 hours and 35 minutes! I’ve biked 73.8 miles for 4 hours and 24 minutes and .5 miles of swimming.

The weekend was warmer and next week doesn’t have anything under 20 for a high. That’s pretty exciting! Hopefully some good outdoor running is in store! Stay tuned to find out what happens!

[tags] Half Marathon, Training [/tags]