Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Runner's Journey: The Finish Line

The Finish Line
By Scott Campbell

The long ten weeks of training finally came to a head on May 22, 2016. After the long trek from San Diego County to Santa Cruz we were faced with 13.1 miles . That challenge and all the faults within us lay ahead. 
This was the first out of town half marathon for This Runner's Journey. The lack of sleep because of the long drive wasn't anticipated and the results of that completely ignored.It showed in the time. A 2:14 was the official finish time for that race. It was four minutes slower than the personal record however I have zero regrets. I can PR another race. This was indeed an adventure on a grand scale. It not only took us along 13.1 miles of beautiful California coast line but also on a trek down the historic Highway 1 and through the breadbasket of this state and a lot of this nation , The San Jauqin Valley. I can't leave of of course the City of Santa Cruz, The Holy Cross and The ancestral lands of the Awaswas tribe. That city is in and of itself an adventure that we merely scratched the surface of and will deserve a separate trip just to explore. It is is the scene of a couple of famous 80s movies, The Lost Boys and Sudden Impact. 

The morning of the race was a cool 48 degrees with clear sunny skies. It wasn't like any start of a race I have experienced. The first thing I noticed was there was no loud announcer coming through the speakers rousing the waiting runners like an old time preacher.  there were only  runners stretching and chatting amongst themselves.  We were too cold so we joined the crowd of runners and chatted amongst ourselves. 
As we prayed for the sun to rise faster an announcer broke the silence . He was announcing the race. He did a " who is running their first half marathon" and I think I might have heard a gun .We were off!

I did something that I have never done intentionally this race. I ran without my own running app. I went by the race clock. I felt the first half was quite fast and around six miles I regretted not knowing my pace but at the same time it was rather refreshing just to be running for running's sake but back in my mind I wanted to know ! 
The race course is flat for the most part and hugged the California coastline. At 6.5 miles it descends into Capitola which is a quaint little town . According to what I read it boast to be the oldest resort village on the West Coast.  There is a loop through the village then back up the hill towards Santa Cruz.  The hill was moderate and I just ate it up for my morning breakfast.  The faster you go up a hill the sooner it is over.  That is my philosophy. The way back was just me pulling into the training and pushing onward to the finish line where I finished at 2:14 which was not a PR for me.  I would have needed a 2:10 for that just to tie it.  I blame the long drive and lack of sleep for that . Runners always have a reason for everything that doesn't go as planned.  
The one funny thing that happened was that they moved the finish line down to the beach so when we rounded that last bend it wasn't there as expected.There was no announcer yelling off people's names as they crossed the finish line so we had no idea if we were close or even where it was at that moment. We finally heard some cheering and knew we were there.We crossed the finish line daughter and father as we have done many times before and there is nothing in the world like that feeling. 
Happy Running!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Runner's Journey: Taper Week!

Taper Week
Taper week has finally arrived and I can feel the energy building and the butterflies are already flying in my stomach. This week the mile decrease leading up to the Race Day.Yesterday was a 2 miler , the mid-week run is only a fiver with a 2 miler the day before the race. I need to just contain the energy and focus on the run strategy . 
Happy Running!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Runner's Journey: Sick Time

Running sick used to be nothing to me. I would just do it as the Nike commercial says. Well those day are over. I find the risk to reward ratio to be more slanted towards injury and never being able to run again category rather than the I am tough and can do anything category .
I don't want to be sicker for race time and I really don't want me to be out there and push myself too hard in training where I would have to give up this sport. The benefits of this sport to myself is way too important than my damn macho side that says " get out there you wuss". I know Ill be fine and if anything I would rather use that macho attitude to push me through the race. Now if I get injured in the race that will be a battle wound that  can be yarned into a story for years to come. Who cares about a training for a race injury? No one. there is no glory there. So I sit out yet another run to heal one week from today, at this time I will be crossing the finish line and must keep that thought in the forefront of my mind today as I sit out. a wuss.
Happy Running!

Friday, May 13, 2016

What Happens When You Get Sick in Training

Getting sick while training is a real drag. I have had it happen before and it is happening right now. I feel a low grade fever , achy all over and low energy. I had an 8 mile scheduled yesterday but only made it through 4. It is worrisome this close to race day but as it has happened before I know I will be ok.
Here is what I do

  • rest as much as possible
  • drink more fluids than normal
  • take whatever you can to shorten the time sick
  • keep resting
  • run if you must but run less
  • keep the spirits up
Getting sick while training can be demoralizing but rest assured it will pass. What happens if you are still sick on race day? Well that depends on you and how well you know your body and how much the race really means to you .
here is an article from Runner's World about running while sick.
Happy Running!

Morning Running Meme

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Runner's Journey Half Marathon Training

The 10 Miler!

I think that once you run 10 miles you can truly call yourself a long distance runner. That is a really long  way. Just kick back in your chair and think what is within ten miles of your current location. If you are so inclined bust out the cell phone and see what is out there. It's far.It would take a good chunk of the day to walk it, driving it at least 10 minutes but could be more and now imagine running to those places that are ten miles away. Far. If you have ran 10 miles before welcome to the long distance runner's club and to those who haven't keep getting out there a 10 miler is very attainable with dedication and practise. 
On Sunday my ten miler came up. I decided to run it at Miramar Lake. I love running there. When training for the Full Marathon that is where all the long runs were completed. It is exactly 5 miles around so it is easy to keep track. On Sunday I only had to run around the lake 2 TIMES!  
Here are the run details
It was an excellent run . I felt strong . Seeing all the other runners there doing their own long runs was definitely a big boost to making this one of my best and favorite ten milers. It also brought out my competitive side. I chose a few people to try and pass or keep up with. That kind of running is the closest to the race you will get in training. So if you have a place around you that you know runners go to run try making that your next place to run. You might get a personal best out of it.That marks the end the build up of mileage. The next longest will be the half marathon itself.! I am still facing an 8 mile run tomorrow and a 9 mile on Sunday but since I have been there done that so  I have no doubt the results of these next runs.Good luck to you all out there training and if you have a race this weekend, Run Hard and True!
Happy Running!

Morning Running Meme

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Morning Inspirational Running Video

Today The Runner's Journey is battling to not put off this very important training run. It is 10 miles!! I found this very inspirational video check it out.
it is worth the watch.

Happy Running!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Runner's Journey:Mid-Week Sixer/video

Feeling the Burn 

You start out a run in the mind. You think about it all day imagining what you are going to do, how fast you are going to run and how awesome it is all going to be. Then comes the moment of the run and you take your first stride, the music starts and the run is on! When the second stride hits the ground you realize "this isn't going to be a piece of cake". That is how the mid-week run turned out to be. 

There was no mind, body spirit connection. In my mind I felt like the scarecrow on The Wizard of Oz legs flaying about , arms swinging goofily and the mind checked out till next Sunday. That Sunday holds the grand daddy of this Half Marathon Training Schedule a 10 miler. 

I took some video of this weeks six miler so you could come along with me. You can view it here on youtube. Just click and watchSix Mile Run Video. Don't forget to click the video! It is amateurish but was fun to make .
Happy Running!

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Drinker vs The Runner Pt 3

The Drinker vs The Runner

      It went like that for a few years with The Drinker taking the lead and winning and then The Runner would do the same. It was not an easy thing to go through. I was unfamiliar with change and also how change went down. I was experiencing it first hand and I was resisting it. It was in April of 2010 that it all came to a critical mass. I had joined a team of much younger runners to participate in The Ragnar RelayRace SoCal. This was unlike any race I have ever been in. It was 12 people , two vans and 200 miles. It was named after Ragnar of Norse history. In those days drinking was part of that race and we did. It was a drinking and running weekend. I ran hung over after partying the night before the race . We drank during the race and after the race. I was completely wiped out after that race. 
The team was Hairforce.You can see our video here:
It was a fun time and it was the turning point in The Runner's Revolution that was going on inside. The Drinker was on the ropes. Later that year on August 3 The Runner landed the knockout punch to The Drinker. To celebrate, The Runner ran the following Races:

It culminated at The Carlsbad Full Marathon where on the finish line I was to preside over my son's marriage. They both ran the half marathon together. It was an amazing I will never forget. Guess what? Running made all that happen and more.
Today I am just The Runner.

read the other two installments of this article here

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Another Running Hero !

Running Hero  is exactly what this guy is.  He gives me hope that I can be this when I am his age.  This gave me the inspiration to get out and run these scheduled 6 miles.

Running Inspiration

Today is a 6 miler in the Runner's Journey to the Half marathon!
Happy Running

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Week 9 of Half Marathon Training.

Yesterday was a 2 miler on the treadmill. I felt strong and ran it at a 9;34 pace. It was fun and fast! This week culminates in a 10 miler on Sunday and then begins the blessed taper when the miles decrease but the energy builds until it is unleashed on Raceday!
Happy Running!
Get out there and do it!

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Drinker vs The Runner Pt2

The Drinker vs The Runner
by Scott Campbell

      After that 10 Miler The Runner retreated and The Drinker ran rampant through my mind destroying that relationship and others. I remarried and The Drinker was happy. One night while drinking at the Country Club Bar where I lived I had my wife come and pick me up . I was way too drunk to drive. I decided I was going to run through the wooded pathways instead . I proceeded to run across the road towards the trail, tripped over the median crashing and sliding onto the other lane. I lied there feeling no pain but felt blood dripping out of me . I turned and saw oncoming headlights. " fuck " I thought.
      I did survive that night and others. One thing about  that night is what my wife said to me. She said I wasn't a runner and I was all talk. She awakened The Runner from his slumber. This time it was The Revolution that started inside me. The Runner was about to take the driver's seat but it would be a few years before he could turn the tide and repair the damage of The Drinker.

If you missed Part One click here The Drinker vs The Runner
I do not advocate drunk running . I found this online and thought it funny. I could have founded that club.

More to come

Happy Running!

Slaying the 9 Miler

Slaying the 9
by Scott Campbell

Again and again it is only a battle between my mind and body. It is the conscious mind that doesn't seem to want to do anything. The tactic,suit up and show up ,works every time for me. I ran in beautiful Kit Carson Park. I ran on almost all the different surfaces one could be faced with too, such as GRASS,ASPHALT and CONCRETE.

The first mile was rough or shall I say it sucked. That is what I have read from other running blogs and I must say I agree however things smoothed out and by the time my app told me I was on mile 2 things were flowing. There was a feeling of all parts of my body working together and for the first time ever as a runner I felt that I was being taken for a ride by a strong and powerful animal. That I was just sitting back observing while this beast took me up hills and over bridges. I really liked that feeling. There were many bridges on this run which I found symbolic to the bridges we all have to cross in life but even more important the bridges we build in life. I like those so much better. NEVER burn a bridge.

I got to run across a log! 
Here is another crossing.  

I had an incredible run that boosted my confidence that I can run this half marathon. I needed that run and now look forward to the rest of the runs scheduled for this week. The Runner's Journey's training has a 10 miler at the end of it this week. The strength is there, the mind is on board and the spirit is ready to run free as it should! Good news is that this run was better than a run logged in three years ago for the same distance. Fitness can be maintain I realize. I am afraid that at our ages though if you don't use it soon we will lose it . Run , walk and crawl if need be just KEEP MOVING!
Happy Running!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Runner's Journey:Facing 9 miles

Facing a 9 Mile Run 

This morning the Runner's Journey is staring down a 9 miler. It has been years since the last one. I am awaiting coffee, some fuel from oatmeal and a little ambition to get me going. I don't know why I am so resistant to change. I know I will feel on top of the world after this run but it is the discipline to get out the door that escapes me at times. Today's run will be in Kit Carson Park. It is 6:30 A.M. The birds are chirping the new day begins. 

Health Benefit of Running

Here is a list of Health Benefits to Running that I have found and also experienced for myself. 

  • helps to build strong bones (essential as you age)
  • help maintain a healthy weight
  • burn kajillians of calories 
  • helps to change bad habits 
  • catalyst for massive personal growth
  • lowers blood pressure 
  • helps to get off anti-depressants
  • prevents disease
  • relieve stress
  • can eliminate depression
  • self confidence
  • evidence that runners do not get Alzheimer's compared to non runners
  • sleep better
These are some of the main ones I could find. I have experienced many such as self confidence,sleep better,eliminate depression,catalyst for personal growth,lower blood pressure and getting off anti-depressants.