Friday, May 30, 2008
Tonight is a big night for the mighty Celtics. This reminds me of the days when Bird and Co would battle it out with Isiah, Dennis Rodman and the Detroit Bad Boys of yesteryear. Celtics take it in double OT on a Ray Allen corner jumper.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This route does not have as much adventure as Patapsco (besides the ornery geese that try to attack you) but it is good for a long run. I am looking to go 15-16 miles at 6:50-7:00 min pace. I have posted a start time of 8am, but I may begin at 7am due to a busy Sunday afternoon. Is there interest on anyone else's part to start this early or should I just start at 7am and meet other people at lock 5 at 8am?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Hi all, Geir here (the Norwegian that just have started running with you ), I am planning to go to Eugene to watch the Olympic Trials, since it last for more than one week I thought of going at the end, i.e. Thursday/Friday (3 or 4. July) and back again to DC 6 or 7th of July. It depends on airline tickets, getting a place to stay etc.
Someone with knowlegde to get a hold of one pair of day passes for last three days I would be thankful. Tried to order online without luck.
All the best
If you have a specific question, e-mail me directly at Max.Lockwood@gmail.com.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day. I ran out at Difficult Run today with Moeser and some others. Beautiful out there.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
It was the most painful three hours I’ve ever endured. I think my nerves got the best of me before the gun went off. I usually go into competitions pretty cocky – almost arrogant – knowing what I can accomplish and what I’m aiming for. Doesn’t mean I win much, it just means I know what I’m capable of doing especially when I set my mind to it. This time I didn’t feel so sexy. I felt like a lamb facing an angry butcher with a large sharpened clever. We lined up behind the starting line with the other steeds and BOOM! the gun went off (picture above courtesy of Traverse City Record Eagle). Within a hundred yards an indescribable sensation crept over me, one I hope I never feel again. My legs weren’t turning over with the same fluidity I’ve grown accustomed to. In fact, by mile 2, my ankles were killing me and my right shin felt like it had been ripped out of my scrawny pencil leg.
About that time my marathon partner Rick and I had formed a small pack of five that joined the women’s leader Marybeth Reader and her two pacers. Reader and the rest of us were setting to break 2:50 so we joined forces. She would eventually go on to dominate the course by setting a course record of 2:46:23. The pack splintered around mile 7 when Reader started pushing the pace. Four of us stuck together and all my pain subsided slightly at mile 9. My best miles would be miles 9-12.8. Those miles felt like my legs had awoken and things were firing.
But suddenly everything went to shit. At mile 12.8 I felt a sharp jab – so potent and severe it made me flinch and blurt out “F**k!” I swore someone had taken a sailors awl and stabbed me in the right calf with the precision of a surgeon. Rick encouraged me to keep going, run through the pain and not quit, as any good partner would do.
Miles 12.8 through 26.2 were brutal. Nothing went well and I was in pain the entire time. The calf seemed to be a hydration issue which subsided slightly after drinking two mouthfuls of pickle juice at mile 15 (this is a long story that I’ll explain upon request). But I had altered my stride so much that my hip, thighs, ankles and breathing were simply out of control. Our group of four finally splintered to three when we dropped Rick around mile 17. I backed off to pick up my partner, and after another 1.5 miles together he waived me off and ordered me to leave him. I was alone, in pain and catatonic. At mile 21 began the ceremonial “cramping of the ribs with nausea” the invitation of which my right side and stomach decided to partake in gleefully. My splits had started to fluctuate wildly until the end as I compensated for the pain and misery.
Mile after mile, pretty much since mile 5, I was constantly thinking of quitting. I was so obsessed with the idea that I was beset with a repertoire of excuses I would use to explain why I had quit…and how to best describe my first failure as a runner. Mile after mile the pain tormented me, ebbing and flowing to meticulously create an inner discord that seemed to intensify with every jagged stride. Every mile I would say to myself “This is it buddy. We end it at the next one.”
But I never did quit. I pushed through it. I pushed through trying to keep some semblance of pace and control. Trying anxiously not to submit to the temptation of quitting because by nature I am not a quitter. None of us are. I would rather destroy myself than stop prematurely. Exhausting all options, I changed strides, tweaked tempo and tried everything possible before letting go…I think that’s what defines a competitive runner.
I had set out to run a sub 2:49:59 and in the end I hobbled in at 2:49:18. I literally hobbled in, stopping a few feet ahead of the finish line to awkwardly stagger in. I was elated that it was over and I had “surrendered” on my terms.
In the end I not only finished, but won my age group and came in 17th overall. I had convinced myself so much that I wasn’t going to make it, that I still can’t believe I did finish. My partner Rick finished 2:50:44, fourth in his age group and 20th overall.
I’d like to thank pretty much everyone on this board with whom I’ve trained with since November 2007 when I joined GRC. This is a big accomplishment for me and the GRC is a special family that has taken me in and molded me for the better. Special thanks also go out to Klim and Bain who in the last month hammered me weekly and kept me honest.About the city and the race:
This was the 26th Anniversary of the Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Marathon. The field was capped at a little more than 1,700 and filled and closed in February. I picked this marathon as my good friend Rick Ganzi whose run every marathon with me, lives in MI. For two years he’s pestered me to run Bayshore in hopes of setting a new PR. I had set my previous PR of 2:58:40 at my second marathon back in Chicago 2006…back when I wasn’t even a runner and a scrappy cyclist living in
Friday, May 23, 2008
I suggest we do an out and back on the Capital Crescent trail. I want to check out the race course, as well. 10-12 miles.
PS. Maybe Bert will come out and run with us:)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Who wants to run the Lawyers have some love(a heart)?
So far I have Rolly, Dave O', Klim, and ...........................
Also, please consider the Riley's Rumble Half M in July. Its a Montgomery County Road Runner's deal that starts at Jake's favorite spot. It costs 5 bucks and whoever wins, gets to slice watermelon for the runners. The last time I ran it some guy got bulldozed by a deer.
I think you all must run it as a tribute to the Lock. Run it as a Saturday tempo run?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I have recently been in a debate with fellow runners over the benefits of SPEED WORK. Some out there believe that hard work and hard runs followed by more of the same will translate into serious success. I am living proof that this is not to be.
I can and have run hard and lots ofmiles and have and make no real gain. The only time I really made some progress with my running is when I was young and ambitious enough to follow Big Wilson and others out on the fabled C&O canal speed workouts. I went from running 36-38 10ks to 33 minutes for the 10K and a 2:33 marathon in one year. This is after years of doing non-systematic random running.
Since I have fallen from grace and have not focused on a more regimented training schedule, which includes quality speed work, my running has suffered. I make no excuses as other things in life sometimes take precedence over running times.
However, I am curious what others think about the benefits of quality and well planned speed work.
MAX(GETTING YOUNGER BY THE MINUTE)LOCKWOOD
OH...............The celts will be the first team in NBA history to win 4 consecutive 7 game series and emerge the champs.
WHEN: Wednesday night of course...6:30pm
WHAT: 3 x Mile with 400m rest - with goal times of 5:00, 5:00 and then a bit faster
WHO: Bain, Reaves, Christiam and I all plan on being there. If you don't wish to do THIS specific workout, feel free to do another/modified version. Sometimes it's simply good to have other people on the track when you're working out. Any takers?
Monday, May 19, 2008
Below is a rough transcription of what was said around the 15k mark.
Reaves: "look up they're going to take our picture"
Murphy: "everyone smile"
Klim: "this will be great, all four of us will be stride for stride in one photo. This is a sure bet for a good blog post"
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Mayan city that served as a port for what is now the Mexican Riviera. The ruins are located on cliffs along the east coast of the
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
If anyone is running the Germantown 5 miler or the Capital Hill Classic this Sat and Sun, let me know today or tomorrow
PS......................Please continue to spread the word about the 8k. We have a solid cast but we want more. Providing the weather cooperates, this race will be awesome.
PS2...................Also, please note that prior to the race, from 4-5:30PM, Michael Wardian, Susannah K, John Piggot and Alisa Harvey will be talking about the secrets of their success at the Water Street Gym(next to the strart).
First, we have Nick MacFalls, a 3:41 1500m runner in his heyday (and my brother-in-law).
Next, we have Heather (Tanner) MacFalls a 2:44 marathoner (she'll probably run but is battling a minor injury so it's not a definite).
Finally, Jim Tanner, who recently ran his first half-marathon at 62 ( I forced him to wear this shirt against his will).
Can they compete for the GRC team or is this against the rules (since they live in CA)?
Monday, May 12, 2008
Arrived in Cancun Mexico earlier today for a three day conference. I'm planning on running the "cyclopista" or bike path starting tomorrow morning. They've expanded it since I was here last year and it allegedly now runs the length of the Cancun outer bank. After things wrap up on Thursday, a colleague of mine and I are planning on heading to the island of Cozumel for some scuba diving on reefs and then boat wrecks. Hoping to then head south on the mainland to run through the Mayan ruins of Tulum. The picture is taken from the resort I am staying at - Le Meridien. I stayed here last year and it's as spectacular as it looks. Hope the picture brings you all some sunshine during the miserable weather...
Entry fees for this year's race go to support a running charity called Girls Gotta Run. I have volunteered video services to this charity in the past and they support a worthy cause.
"The Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF) is a volunteer organization created to raise money to buy athletic shoes for Ethiopian girls who are training to become professional runners. Training to be athletes allows them to stay in school, avoid early marriage, and gain personal independence. Founded in 2006, the organization already supports two pilot programs, Team Tesfa in Addis Ababa and the Simien Mountain Girls Running Team in rural Ethiopia. Besides athletic shoes, GGRF is providing money for training clothes, “calorie money” for extra food and subsidies for coaches. By providing money for athletic shoes, Girls Gotta Run gives Ethiopian girls the chance to improve not only their lives, but also their families and communities."
The race itself should be interesting as it goes through Greenbelt, MD and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Center.
(Link to registration info)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Leaving WDC on Saturday morning...returning circa noon on Monday.
If anyone else is interested let me know.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
that is all
oh, one more item..................... Celtics sweep Lebron and Cavs and go onto beat the Lakers in 7.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
We have a spectacular line up of films and guest speakers we intend to announce over the course of the next two months.
Please bookmark our website and sign up on the FaceBook/MySpace page. Check back occasionally as the site will be updated with lots of new news in the coming weeks.
You're the FIRST to see this website. A press release should be sent out early next week to the running news wire. Please do NOT post the url on any running forums (eg - LetsRun). We'll be doing this the "official" way next week.
Take a look - http://runningfilmfestival.com/
So a few things that I learned on there...
Allen Carr is friends w/ Adam Ostott - I think they went to JMU together, Adam raced at Ironman Louisville last year, came in ahead of me but previously signed up for Duathlon Champs in Richmond (which was too close to triathlon champs), so passed his Hawaii slot down to me. Thank you Ostott
Billy Askey went to NC State - I ran w/ Eric Furst in college, his younger brother Steve Furst went to NC State and recently became ACC champ in the 5K.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I may end up running at Patapsco State Park on Sunday morning because I'll be in Towson the previous evening. PSP has loads of trails and some nice hilly roads, but it's approx 35 mins north of DC. If there is any interest, please let me know and I can determine time/meeting location.
There may be interest in setting something up more local.
Monday, May 5, 2008
My strategy going into the race was to try to run a PR and to do so in the most pleasant way possible: through even splits. This has proven to be easier said than done for me, probably because my goal pace has been a little ambitious in the past. I eventually want to run 2:46:59 (the current Olympic trials standard), but I’ve learned that setting out to do so before I’m ready only leads to run-ins with “The Wall.” I estimated that I was in 2:55 shape, so I planned to run 1:27 for the first half (6:38 pace). I knew that the second half of the course was hilly, but I decided not to try to “bank” time at the beginning to make up for the hills at the end. That strategy didn’t work out so well for me at Steamtown.
When I got to the Frederick Fairgrounds, where the race starts, I realized that I had an hour to kill and not much warming up to do. Jake was able to calm my nerves by telling jokes and doing somersaults. Eventually it was time to make my way to the starting line. I saw Chris Bain and Robert Jarrin, which gave me a little extra motivation. I thought to myself, if these guys got up at 5 on a Sunday morning to watch me, I better run well. During the national anthem I found my mind wandering to all the lessons I’ve learned about marathoning over the past 2 years and again reminded myself to be conservative with the pace.
The gun went off, and it was really tough to let the other women go. I knew that some of them were in the relay or the half- and some were going out too fast- but it was a struggle to hold myself back. I came through mile 1 in 6:36, which I was very happy with. At that point I looked around and recognized a guy from
I settled into 6:40 pace for the next 5, coming through 10 in 66:06. I passed the girl who was in the lead for the marathon at mile 6. I could tell that she had gone out way too fast because her breathing was already labored. At that point I was pretty sure I was winning, but it was hard to tell because there were a few half-marathoners ahead of me. At one point 3 different spectators called out, “You’re in first!,” “Way to go, third woman!,” and “Here comes number 4!” within a block. I joked to the guys around me, “4th??? A second ago I was winning!”
I continued on at 6:40 pace, coming through the half in 1:26:46- right on schedule! At that point Jake gave me a gu and I introduced him to my racing partner, a possible addition to our running group. He said later that he knew that I must have been feeling good because when I don’t feel good in a race not only do I not want to talk, but I also don’t want to be spoken to or cheered for. It seems counter-intuitive, but the noise actually makes me feel nauseated.
From there on out the numbers are a little fuzzier. I kept trying to calculate my pace, but I don’t think my brain was getting enough oxygen. I was having a hard time holding the splits in my head to do the math. It occurred to me that if I had to take an intelligence test at that point I might have scored an 80, tops. I stayed at 6:40-5 pace through 17 when I got to the hills. It seemed like the wind picked up at that point too. Dun dun dun. My pace didn’t slow too much over the first hill, and my 18th mile was a 6:53. I was surprised to see that my next mile was a 6:30, but it concerned me because my racing partner commented that it was probably because that mile had such a steep downhill. “What downhill?” I asked him. I honestly thought that mile was uphill too- not a good sign. That was my last sub-6:40 mile of the race.
From 23 on was basically a count-down. 21 minutes to go, 20 minutes to go, 19 minutes and 30 seconds to go, etc. I felt like I might vomit at one point but managed to hold it back. When I got about a half-mile from the finish Jake caught up with me again and tried to offer encouragement, but by that point I was not able to tolerate noise. I shh’ed him and he seemed to understand. I proceeded to the line and even managed a bit of a kick. When I crossed it I actually got to break the tape for the first time in my life. What an amazing experience! Reporters from the local papers immediately surrounded me and I struggled to offer coherent answers. I was even filmed for a local website (why is it that my 15 minutes of fame came when I was a disaster both physically and mentally?). After all the hoopla I met up with my parents, Jake, Chris, and Robert to enjoy the festivities. Robert took some great pictures, which was much-appreciated. I ended up running a PR (2:56:14) and taking away the top prize ($500).What else can you ask for?
The day ended, after many flip cup victories, with me drinking a Blue Moon out of my victory chalice, as it should be.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
I am waking up at 3:59am on Sunday to head to Frederick for the marathon with Melissa. There is actually talk of others coming up (later?) to meet for an adventure run at/near Frederick. Bain, the Esquire and the Peruvian Wonder all discussed options last night...one of them might have an update?