Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Running Gods (Salomon) Smiled On Me

For as long as I've been running on dirt, I've had a bit of a crush on Salomon.  Ok, let's be honest...it was a full blown love affair.  I bought my first pair of Salomons in 1999, and thus began a beautiful relationship of ugly toes and Gore-Tex.  Every year I've returned and bought another pair.  Sure I've dabbled with other shoes along the way, but none have graced my feet as often as Salomons.
Last week, I headed out to buy my first pair of cross country skis...and there was never really a doubt what kind would end up underneath my size 12.  But a funny thing happened along the way.  Actually...a beautiful thing happened.  My good friend Adam and I were talking in the store about our deep devotion to Salomon...when we were approached by one, Brent Knight, Midwest Salomon Tech Rep.  What ensued was a love fest for the shoes and brand that all three of us love.  The result of our conversation was a chance for us to become Salomon "ambassadors".  Sharing our love of Salomon to the world....so that's what we plan to do.  I hope we get diplomatic immunity.  Viva la'Salomon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Truth About IM Running

Truth #1:  I do NOT know the truth about Ironman running.
Truth #2:  Be honest.
Truth #3:  Sometimes I forget about the Alamo.

So my question is (and was) a simple one:  How fast should I run the IM marathon?  Ask 5 coaches and you'll likely get 5 answers.  Ask 5 athletes and you might get 10 answers (think about that one...).  Bottom line, pacing the early part of the marathon is critical to the success of your finish.  This is assuming you've paced the bike correctly, which is another huge assumption.

Long story short:  Be honest.

My open marathon PR is 2:58...but I'm not that guy any more.  Last year, lining up for Lake Placid, my deep dark secret was the I could run a 3:30-3:45 split.  I reality, I was probably in 3:30-3:45 OPEN marathon shape.  But in the back of my mind was my ego.  I'm a sub 3 hour marathoner.  But not anymore, Bud...I wasn't being honest with myself.  So in hind sight, I overcooked the bike a little, and now I am willing to admit that I was a little over zealous on the run.  All the more information and data to go into the brain to help build the machine for next time.

If I do plan to run a 3:30 IM split, I think I need to get my half marathon time back down into the lower 1:20s.  So that journey begins as I target a spring half marathon with a goal time of 1:30-1:35.

The weather has turned cold and I think we're in for another brutal winter in the midwest.  But once again, I'm looking forward to winter training.  I always think it's one of my super-secret powers: training in conditions no one else wants to, or is willing to train in.  It's like Rocky going to train in Russia in Rocky IV.   Plus, this year I'm picking up some cross country skis.  Viva la'winter...