Saturday, November 22, 2014

Woodside Ramble 50K Training Goals: Final 6 Weeks

It has been a frustrating running year for me in 2014.
  • I have had a lengthly recover from a tight IT band that kept me from racing the Woodside Ramble 50K - Spring Edition in April. I volunteered to work the race instead.
  • My training has been inconsistent. 
  • I have gained 15 pounds.
  • I have had long hours and work
  • Responsibilities at home taking care of the little ones.
 You know, the usual things that tug at most of us.

At the end of October, with about six weeks to go before the Woodside Ramble 50K Winter Edition, I figure I should make a decision. A 50 kilometer running race in the mountains should not be taken lightly, and I was deciding whether to run or not. “Maybe I’ll just volunteer this year,” I thought.

Be then I decided, to go for it. I set a few goals for the final six weeks before the race. I decided to see if I could achieve those goals. If I could achieve the goals below, I would run the race.

So here they are:
  • Lose 12 pounds - drop 2 pounds per week through the six weeks
  • Eat 1,400 calories per day + workout food
  • No eating after 6pm, unless I do an evening run (still stick to daily calorie goals)
  • Record food every day
  • No booze before race day
  • Run one 21 miler
  • 5 weekday trail runs of 10 miles
  • Complete peak week of 50+
These are my training goals for the six weeks leading up to the race. Today, I have just over three weeks to go, and here is my progress:
  • At the end of week three I weigh 170.2 (I started at 175.5)
  • I have run 3 ten mile trail runs
  • I am on track this week do to 52 miles (we’ll see how Saturday and Sunday go)
  • Oops. I had one beer at an event in Palo Alto two weeks ago.
I am close to being on track.

I have made losing weight a priority, figuring if I am not quite as fit as I need to be, I can make some of that up by being light. I hope that pays off to a smooth race and a strong finish.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Training Log: When You Just Want to Sleep In

This, of all mornings I just didn’t feel like going out on my run. The alarm went off, and I just wanted to sleep an extra hour, wake up, get ready for work, and leave the house at a normal time like every other normal person. Why do you think they call it rush hour?

But. And this is a big BUT.

I planned for this week to be my peak running week before the Woodside Ramble 50K on December 14. This week, I plan to run at least 50 miles, which is a lot for me. Since I usually run 5 days per week, getting in 50 miles is a challenge. It means doing at least one 10 miler mid-week and a 20 miler on Sunday.

Well, today is mid-week. And I planned to do a 10 mile trail run which takes me up a 1,600 foot climb over 5 miles. Runnable, even for me. The route takes me about an hour and forty five minutes…plus or minus.

Mostly plus.


The trick is to get the run in before work. So that means getting to the trail before sunrise, which in mid-November in Silicon Valley means arriving about 6am, so I can begin my run around 6:15. This way, I am done between 8 and 8:30 and get get to work by 9am.

Two major things were tempting me to skip my run. OK. Three.
  1. I was tired. I didn’t sleep until 10:30 the night before.
  2. The weather forecast was for rain to start at 8am.
  3. I had a busy day at including hosting 2 webinars, the first one starting at 10am.
I had plenty of reasons not to run. We all do. I sometimes I give in to those reasons. Some times for good reasons. Sometimes not.

This morning, still lying in my warm bed, and after the second snooze, I said to myself, “When I least want to go, that’s when I need to go.” For some reason that worked, and I flew out of bed, put on my running clothes, and left the house at 5:35am.

I did the run, and managed to have a fairly productive day at work. Mostly, I felt like I accomplished something and happy that I stayed with my plan to get to 50 miles this week. If I had skipped my run today, I would not have been able to get to 50 miles this week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My New Website

Thank you for visiting TheLXDesigner.blogspot.com. I have spent several years writing here on the topic of learning and development and occasionally veered off topic. But I want to write about more than just learning and development, so I have decided to move to a new site. I will call it billcushard.com and the topics about which I write will broader. 

I will still discuss topic related to training, but it will broader to enterprise software learning and adoption. I will also write more about running and mountain ultra trail running (MUT), which has over taken my rare moments of free time. 

If you want to follow me on that journey, please visit my new website. I look forward to chatting.