Week 9 of 16 week Centurion training (Progressive overload)

Walked 12 Hours 22 Minutes, 62.6 Miles. Average pace 11:52. My weight 175.4

Saturday – Six Hours three minutes Lane 1 on the 400 meter track. 120 Laps 29.8 Miles.

Sunday –  One hour four minutes 5.6 Miles.  4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Monday – One hour four minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 4 pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Tuesday – Two Hours 10.4 Miles.

Wednesday – One hour seven minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Thursday – One hour four minutes 5.6 Miles.

Friday – Day Off.

Progressive overload working just as planned. I have kept pushing and pushing while increasing the distance. Tuesday’s walk being the fastest so far. Wednesday my legs pushed back. No gas. I reached my overload. Next week is my pre-planned cut back week. Cut two hours out of my Sunday long walk. A chance for my legs to catch up. I am going to enjoy next week. Then I will have two high mileage weeks, then taper. I like it when the plan comes together.

Week 8 of 16 week Centurion training (Progressive overload)

Walked 11 Hours 27 Minutes, 58.1 Miles. Average pace 11:50.  My weight 174.4

Saturday – One hour seven minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Sunday – Five Hours three minutes Lane 1 on the 400 meter track. 102 Laps 25.3 Miles.

Monday – One hour six minute 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 4 pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Tuesday – One hour six minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Wednesday – Two Hours two minutes 10.4 Miles.

Thursday – One hour three minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 4 Pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Friday – Day Off.

My legs this week have felt like two coils of spring steel. It was the end of January, first of February that my legs felt this good. Only things hurting are a very slight case of plantar fasciitis on my right foot. Advil has been controlling that pain. I also have my two normal pinches between the big toe and second toe also between the third and fourth toes on my right foot. Ninety percent of all the foot problem I have are on my right foot. I wear out my right shoe sole twice as fast as my left shoe. I guess I am right foot dominate. I sand off my pinches just like I sand off all my foot calluses. Take care of those feet. I have watched some great long distance walkers at high profile international Centurion walks stopped short because of foot problems. Learn to read your feet. Learn how to fix your foot problems. You are not walking anywhere without your feet. Get use to the fact that during training there is going to be some pain. I promise during a Centurion race there will be pain. Adapt your mind to accept pain.

NOTE: By pain I mean the normal aches and soreness from pushing your body to the max. If you have torn or broken something you will need to stop and seek medical help,

Add another hour to my walking next week. At this point in my Centurion training I feel like superman. Very confident, excited.

Week 7 of 16 week Centurion training (Progressive overload)

Walked 11 Hours 39 Minutes, 56.9 Miles, Average pace 12:18.  My weight 173.6

Saturday – One hour seven minutes 5.6 Miles.  4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Sunday – Five Hours one minute Lane 1 on the 400 meter track. 97 Laps.  24.1 Miles.

Monday – One hour eight minute 5.6 Miles.

Tuesday – One hour eight minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Wednesday – Two Hours nine minutes 10.4 Miles.

Thursday – One hour six minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 4 Pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Friday – Day Off.

Kicked off my progressive overload training this week. No problem walking the extra miles. Speed was a problem. Just no high gear this week. Tired legs. I have been eating so much sugar and carbs my workouts have been fueled on sugar. Sugar for me is like high octane gasoline. Without sugar I have to burn fat. Fat is prefered in long distance walking. However you have to train your body to use fat. Eat clean and walk long distances is how you train. Training my feet, legs, mind and fuel system. NOTE: I will eat sugar during my race. I need that high octane and fat both during a Centurion.

Repeat of this week next week. Except I will push to walk faster.

My 10 week Centurion training ramp up.

I find a 10 week training ramp up to be perfect Centurion race prep. Any longer than 10 weeks and I risk burnout or injury. My normal every week training is 10 hours – 50 miles per week. This is a good base for me.  A base I walked for one year to prepare for my first Centurion walk. During that year I raced four half marathons. All faster than 2 hours 23 minutes. Six marathons. All faster than 5 hours and 56 miles in a 12 hour race. That is the amount of walking I did in one year to get my feet and legs ready for my first Centurion race. **** This is not Couch to Centurion in 10 weeks.****

Ten weeks before my Centurion race:

I walk most of my training sub 12:30 minutes per mile. During this Ten week ramp up I start increasing the pace with a goal of sub 12:00 minute mile average pace. I want to push the pace every workout. I want my training ramp up to be hard. Train hard = Race easy. During my taper I reduce the hours walked not the pace. I continue to do my strength training of Planks, Push-ups and Pull-ups during my ramp up.

Walking sub 12 minute miles most workouts and EVERY workout during my taper is a BIG confidence booster going into a Centurion race. I have no intentions of racing that fast. It makes my normal Centurion pace of 13:30 feel very easy. I want a Centurion race to feel easy for as long as I can. The only way that is going to happen is if I make my training Ramp up Hard.

TRAIN HARD = RACE EASY!

 

Week 6 of 16 week Centurion training (Active Recovery)

Walked 10 Hours 35 Minutes, 52.4 Miles, Average pace 12:08. My weight 178.2 

Saturday – One hour eight minutes 5.6 Miles.  4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Sunday – Four Hours two minutes Lane 1 on the 400 meter track 79 Laps 19.6 Miles.

Monday – One hour eight minute 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 3 pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Tuesday – One hour seven minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Wednesday – Two Hours four minutes 10.4 Miles.

Thursday – One hour six minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 3 Pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Friday – Day Off.

The best week of training I have had in a long long time. I feel confident and strong. I have had a great transition (Active recovery) the last eight weeks from my 100 miles at FANS. First recovery then building back up to my regular ten hour training weeks.

Now for the next six weeks I will prepare for my 100 miles in New Zealand. Six weeks of increasing distance and an aggressive pace (Progressive overload). I want to average under twelve minutes per mile on my one and two hour walks. Walk under twelve minutes thirty seconds on my long day each Sunday. The harder I work the next six weeks the easier my New Zealand Centurion will be. Any BIG goal is worth six weeks of hard training for the reward. Excited!

As to my weight. Back to my whole foods diet for the month of August. No more processed foods and dessert. I have ten weeks to drop ten pounds.

Week 5 of 16 week Centurion training (Active Recovery)

Walked 10 Hours 45 Minutes, 50.9 Miles, Average pace 12:41. My weight 178.2

Saturday – One hour ten minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Sunday – Four Hours three minutes Lane 1 on the 400 meter track 73 Laps 18.1 Miles.

Monday – One hour ten minute 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 3 pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Tuesday – One hour nine minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Wednesday – Two Hour six minutes 10.4 Miles. I am officially race recovered and heat adapted.

Thursday – One hour seven minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 3 Pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Friday – Day Off.

What I consider as a normal training week. 10 hours. How I train every week during my off race season (November & December). Another week of normal next week. It has been hard to hit the pace I like to train at because of the heat. You can not walk as fast when your body is pumping blood to your skin to cool. Your leg muscles just don’t get enough blood. After two years of mild Oklahoma summers. This year has been much more normal. I don’t mind hot weather. I prefer hot to cold. Train hot, race cold. That is most likely exactly what I will get this fall. Hot training in Oklahoma. Cold race in Auckland. Perfect.

My weight, WOW. I have been eating watermelon every night. I love watermelon. Might have to adjust my diet sooner than I planned.

Week 4 of 16 week Centurion training (Active Recovery)

Walked 8 Hours 39 Minutes, 41.1 Miles, Average pace 12:38. My weight 174.2

Saturday – One hour nine minutes 5.6 Miles.  4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Sunday – Three Hours two minutes Lane 1 on the 400 meter track 56 Laps 13.9 Miles.

Monday – One hour eight minute 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 3 pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Tuesday – One hour ten minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Wednesday – Unscheduled day off.

Thursday – Two Hour ten minutes 10.4 Miles.

Friday – Day Off.

Just one week after juggling my day off so I could get all my workouts in, this week I skipped a day. Life happens. If you have to skip a day of Centurion training. Skip one of the short days. Never skip those long walks. My legs are almost back to normal. I feel stronger every day. That power is coming back. After a long race your legs don’t recoil back as fast. Now I feel that pop coming back. That explosion of power extending each leg forward and pulling through. Add one more hour to my Sunday walk this next week. Next week’s 10 hours of walking is what I consider as normal weekly training. I will be back up to the norm. The real Centurion training will start in two weeks when I push that weekly total higher.

Week 3 of 16 week Centurion training (Active Recovery)

Walked 9 Hours 39 Minutes, 45.6 Miles, Average pace 12:42. My weight 174.2.

Saturday – One hour one minutes 4.8 Miles.  4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Sunday – Three Hours two minutes Lane 1 on the 400 meter track 55 Laps 13.6 Miles.

Monday – One hour eight minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 2 pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Tuesday – One hour ten minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Wednesday – Day Off.

Thursday – Two Hour nine minutes 10.4 Miles.

Friday – One hour nine minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 2 Pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

I had to juggle my day off this week. Dialed back my speed while I upped the distance. That has done the trick. My legs feel much better. At this point in Centurion race prep, time on your feet is more important than speed. Don’t skip training days. Just rearrange your schedule.  I have decided on my New Zealand Centurion race pace. 13:25 per mile pace.  I want to average three minutes twenty seconds per lap lane one 400 meters. Lap splits would be:

1 hour 18 laps
5 hours 90 laps
6 hours 108 laps
10 hours 180 laps
12 hours 216 laps
15 hours 270 laps
18 hours 324 laps
20 hours 360 laps

403 laps total   22:21:40 Finish.  Easy splits to figure in your head. A very nice cushion for any unexpected problems.

My weight is still above where I would like it to be.. I am not to worried about it just yet. I have not gotten up to my eleven and twelve hour training weeks. If it is still up in August I will have to make a diet adjustment.

A repeat of this weeks workouts next week.

 

Week 2 of 16 week Centurion training (Active Recovery)

Walked 8 Hours 49 Minutes, 42.4 Miles, Average pace 12:29. My weight 174.6

Saturday – One hour nine minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Sunday – Two Hours three minutes Lane 1 on the 400 meter track. 39 Laps 9.6 Miles.

Monday – One hour eight minute 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 2 pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Tuesday – One hour ten minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Wednesday – Two Hour ten minutes 10.4 Miles.

Thursday – One hour nine minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 2 Pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Friday – Day Off.

My legs have been tired this week. Tired and achy. In the past it has taken about six weeks after a Centurion race before I feel back up to par. It has been four weeks. I was not as well trained for my last race. It could even take me a little longer to get back to normal. We still train even when we don’t feel like it. There will be times during a Centurion race when you feel tired. You have to push through if you want to succeed. Same with training. There will be times when you don’t feel like training. Times when you won’t be at peak performance. Push through those hard times.  Mental training.

No change to my diet or strength workouts.  Pull-ups are getting easier. I would like to work up to 4 sets of 5 pull-ups. Enough to impress anyone who has ever failed to do one single pull-up. That was me five years ago.

Add one more hour to my long walk at the track this next week.

Week 1 of 16 week Centurion training (Active Recovery)

Walked 7 Hours 42 Minutes, 36.6 Miles, Average pace 12:38.  My weight 169.8

Saturday – One hour nine minutes 5.6 Miles.  4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Sunday – Two Hours three minutes Lane 1 on the 400 meter track. 38 Laps 9.4 Miles.

Monday – One hour one minute 4.8 Miles. 4 sets of 2 pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Tuesday – One hour ten minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 60 Push-ups.

Wednesday – One Hour ten minutes 5.6 Miles.

Thursday – One hour nine minutes 5.6 Miles. 4 sets of 2 Pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks.

Friday – Day Off.

It felt good to get back on the High School 400 meter track on Sunday. My race in New Zealand is on a track. Late in a Centurion race the track feels different to your legs. You start to get a feedback from the rubberized surface. You need to prepare by training on a similar surface. Slowly building my distance and speed back up. Build slowly. Train hard to peak. Taper well. The secret for success.

Dialed back my strength training. Focus most of my time on walking.  Just enough strength training to keep my arms and core strong. I think I got carried away with my strength training in the past. I still think strength training is important. Just not as important as time on your feet walking.

Diet: Oatmeal & toast every morning. Turkey & swiss sandwich with mustard during lunch everyday. Anything I wanted for dinner. Water to drink. No snacks anytime. Just three meals per day. If my weight holds just under 170 pounds I won’t change my diet this training cycle. It takes a lot of calories to train. Don’t short change your training by being too restrictive.

All the same next week plus another hour on Wednesday.

Training June 9th – 15th

Walked 3 days for a total of 3 Hours. Push-ups. My Weight 170.2

This week concluded my rest from the 100 miles at the U.S. Centurion race two weeks ago. This next week starts my detailed sixteen week training for my next Centurion walk. The New Zealand Centurion Qualifier. October 6-7th.   I will start slow. I will use all my past experience from training. I know what works for me. I have a plan for success. I will arrive in New Zealand prepared, A lean mean walking machine.  Going to be Fun!

Plus:

4 sets of 60 push-ups on Saturday and Tuesday.

4 sets of pull-ups, 15 Minutes of Planks on Monday and Thursday.

Longest walk on Sunday using the 400 meter track. Long walk on Wednesday. Fridays off.

 

Training June 2nd – 8th

Walked 1 day for a total of 24 Hours 101.9 Miles

I can not start to tell you how pleased I am with my Centurion race at FANS. I felt so underprepared and so overwhelmed I had no idea I would end with the result I got. Very Pleased. I feel like a Centurion again. I feel on top of the World.

Now I can start training for New Zealand. Training while I am overflowing with confidence. A springboard to my next Centurion.

I took the rest of the week off. I will take most of next week off also. Maybe a few short walks next week. Then on Saturday June 16th I will start training for the New Zealand Centurion Qualifier. I will have sixteen weeks to get ready. I will use this blog to record my complete 16 week training guide for a Centurion Walk. I will include every detail. (Keep in mind this will not be a starters guide 16 weeks to a Centurion Walk.) This will be a sixteen week guide for someone with about 50 miles per week on their legs. Someone with long distance race experience. I will start slow, short and build up. It will be sixteen weeks from a FULL race recovery to my next Centurion race.

After New Zealand I will end posting on this blog. I started the blog in February 2015, When I was training for my First Centurion race. It will be a good place to end as I finish the only Centurion qualifier around the world I have not done. I will keep my Race and race report pages up to date. I will keep the blog paid up on the chance that someone in the future might want to change their life. Someone might want to take up an extreme challenge. Someone might want to become a CENTURION!

 

2018 United States Centurion

The 2018 United States Centurion Qualifier at FANS in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2nd and 3rd.

I could not wait to return to the site of my First Centurion walk.  I had nothing but fond memories of the race and the people there. Three years later and none of that has changed. FANS is still a great race with wonderful people. Great to see U.S. Centurion John Greene and his wife Betty again. Also Centurion judge Bruce Leasure. David Holmen who I met in 2015 was back but this time to attempt a Centurion walk. I was as excited for David as he was nervous. It is the unknown aspects of a first Centurion walk that makes you nervous. After that first one it is what you know about a Centurion walk that makes you nervous.  Andrew Titley from the Isle of Man was there. I had never met Andrew but it only takes about one minute to bond with another Centurion. And we did. My Dutch friends Centurions Marco Bloemerts, Arie Kandelaars and Gertrude Achterberg were there. We have all four raced together in Holland, Africa, New Zealand and now the United States. Also were two Centurion hopefuls I know from facebook. Paul Terbrack and Radek Lopusnik. Both walkers have been past 80 miles at Centurion qualifiers.

The forecast for the race looked wet. An 80 percent chance of rain all day on Saturday. I walked in a thunderstorm there in 2015. While not impossible rain does make the race harder. The temps however were a plus. The weekend before Minnesota was in the 90’s. For our race a high of 70 and the low near 50 degrees. Perfect.

I was in a weird place for this race. After my failed Centurion attempt in New Zealand last October I had been walking around with a cloud around my head. I had lost my confidence. On New Years I got my head right and my Mom unexpectedly passed away. I limped through my 50K and Marathon season. Every attempt at saving the sinking ship just left me with more and more water in the boat.  Every week I kept skipping extra training days. Not how you want to arrive at a Centurion race. I came to FANS knowing I had not trained up to par. I could bail anytime because I was already a U.S. Centurion. I still had time to train for New Zealand and did not want to hurt anything here. Wow sounds like I should have stayed home.

On race morning I got a little caught up in all the race excitement. At a big race you don’t just feel excitement you can see it and taste it. I started dead last. No pressure on me. The packed dirt trail behind Lake Snelling was not packed. The rocks were larger than I remembered. Lucky for all of us there were enough feet and just enough rain to pack down the dirt during the race. During all the daylight hours of Saturday I made it my mission to kick every rock off the trail I could. Remember there was no pressure on me. I could kick rocks If I wanted to. In the first eight hours only Andrew passed me. I suddenly realized that I was on the same lap as everyone else and I still felt great. Kicking rocks gave me another advantage. I would not have to worry about stepping on them in the dark. Right before dark I told my Wife Brenda I would stop next pass to change shoes, socks and into a long sleeve shirt. If I am going to keep walking I am going to wear comfortable, clean, dry shoes. That decision changed my race. For the next seven hours my feet did not hurt. Did not hurt till I stubbed my left big toe on a root in the dark. I thought for sure my toenail must have popped off. Other than my toe and just being tired my race was going very good. When I finished lap 38 I realized I had just passed where I quit in New Zealand. And I was 15 minutes ahead of my New Zealand pace. At this point that cloud around my head for seven months started to breakup a little. After daylight I got a bonus. I saw David ahead of me leaving the tent city. He did not know it but I made David my target. I had been checking on his status every time I saw his Sister or Brother in-law John. I knew David was in second place. Just past the second feed station the course makes a sharp turn onto the road. I saw David go around the corner. When I went around the same corner he was gone. For a second I thought, What the ……. but right on that corner was a portable loo. I walked as fast as tired legs could carry me. I wanted as much distance between me and the door of that loo as I could get. When that door opened I wanted to look too far away to be caught. It all worked perfect except for one thing. While David was in my sites, I was in Marco’s. When Marco passed me I had nothing left. I coasted in for my second U.S. Centurion finish. The first American to finish more than one U.S. Centurion since Eric Poulsen in 2001. I finished my 100 miles at 23:29:40. Stayed on the short course and added 1.9 miles. I don’t know if I am more pleased with finishing another Centurion or the fact that the cloud around my head is gone. Either one it feels Great. I am back!

Five racers crossed the 100 mile mark on a much tougher Centurion course than I remembered.
1 Andrew Titley IOM new race record 106.9 miles New C89
2 Marco Bloemerts NLD New C90
3 Rob Robertson USA C78
4 David Holmen USA New C91
5 Arie Kandelaars NLD New C92

  Photo by Betty Greene

Me with NO Pressure.

At the100 mile mark. Finally the burdens from seven months gone!

Training May 26th – June 1st

Walked 4 days for a total of 5 Hours.

Finished what I consider the perfect taper. A reduction in distance, an increase in speed. Legs feel fresh and rested. I am ready to race. The United States Centurion qualifier at FANS, Snelling Lake, Minneapolis part two here I come. Will be interesting to see how racing a Centurion with none of the extra pressure (since I am already a U.S. Centurion) feels. Excited to see the course and my friends again.

Training May 19th – 25th

Walked 5 days for a total of 8 Hours. Push-ups, Chin-ups, Planks and Squats.

Another great week of training. I had put on an extra seven pounds this year. Now the extra is  gone plus a little more. Legs feel rested. Continue my taper this next week. Excited to return to the U.S. Centurion qualifier at Minneapolis.

Training May 12th – 18th

Walked 6 days for a total of 10 Hours. Push-ups, Chin-ups, Planks and Squats.

Saturday May 12th – 4.8 Miles in 57:29 pace average 11:59.  5 sets of 80 push-ups. 30 minutes of Planks.

Sunday May 13th – 22.4 Miles in 4:40:47 pace average 12:32. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Changed up my training starting on Monday.  I will now Walk one hour on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Two hours on Wednesday. Four hours on Sunday. Ten hours of walking per week. Making the emphasis Time on my feet rather than speed and distance. Saturday will be push-up and Plank day. Tuesday will be chin-up day. Wednesday squats day. Friday will still be my Day Off.

Burned Out

If you have been following my training this year compared to years past. It should not be a big surprise that I have burned out. When I started my blog in 2015 I was very excited to train and attempt a Centurion walk. I could not walk enough miles. My mind could not process all the different scenarios. I found that to be a major driving force in my training. I was successful at the United States Centurion Walk.

In 2016 I was excited to add International Centurion walks. This was made possible by my Grandfather and my Father. The business they built up that I joined later was a big success. That success and my willing Wife saw me train and race for three international Centurion badges. By my third international race I was running out of gas but still excited.

2017 saw me in The Netherlands for my fifth Centurion badge. Success in The Netherlands was through momentum and experience. That momentum and experience was not enough to get to 100 miles in New Zealand. In New Zealand the race was hard. I struggled. It was not fun anymore. In the seven months since, my training has been a struggle. What was fun and exciting has become laborious. Having to wait a full year for redemption is mentally draining. Much more than I would have ever guessed. I am not feeling the same love as I felt before.

I only need success in New Zealand to become the fifth person worldwide to hold six Centurion badges. You would think that fact alone would excite and motivate me. It has not. I know I alone turned my extreme goals into work. My goals were so extreme I did not know any other way to achieve them. It had to be hard work to make it happen. I could have just raced one attempt per year. Drawing out my training over a longer time. I thought it easier to stay at Centurion level than to go up and down in training. Maybe I was wrong. What if you were not able to get back into form. I started a blog to record my training toward a Centurion walk. The good days. The injuries. The tough days. The success and the failures. I wanted to record every aspect. Nothing left out. Nothing hidden. This is what you signed up for. This is what you might experience. This is what I have experienced. That is the reason I have written this. Full disclosure.

I am going to retire from walking competitively. In a Centurion you compete against the clock not people. I don’t, some racers might. What was once fun has become work. I am going to get rid of my sports watch. I am going to go back to the way I use to walk. The way I started. Exciting walks at what ever pace I feel that day. What ever distance I want. Going to make it fun again. Smell the roses and listen to the birds. I will still race. A Marathon or two. My 50k every February. Every United States Centurion. An international Centurion every few years. I want to have a photo of myself beside every Centurion worldwide. I want to have a photo collection numbering in the hundreds.  I won’t have any goals at races. Just walk however far or fast I want. Walk with other aspiring Centurion’s. Be an encourager. Cry when I watch them Finish. Like I always have at my own finishes.  Remembering how it felt and feels to chew the pavement for 100 miles. Remembering  how much time and work it takes to achieve a goal set at that level. Join in the festivities.

It has been my own self imposed training standards that have killed my joy. Having to meet a certain distance. Having to meet a certain pace average. Having to meet a set number of reps. It was more fun when I just followed the way my own body felt each day.  When I didn’t meet my set standard I feel like I failed.  Time to change up my training. Make the emphasis “Time on my feet.” Take that joy robbing standard meeting away.

In the meantime I have one more Centurion race in me. I will train hard. Add up those miles. I will be prepared. I will bring joy back to my Training. I will get that New Zealand Centurion badge.  Going to be fun!

Training May 5th – 11th

This week 49.6 Miles, 10 hours 05 minutes 51 seconds. pace average 12:13. 6294 Calories

Saturday May 5th – 4.8 Miles in 57:15 pace average 11:56. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 30 minutes of Planks.

Sunday May 6th – 28 Miles in 5:46:14 pace average 12:22. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday May 7th – Unscheduled day off.

Tuesday May 8th – 4.8 Miles in 59:16 pace average 12:21. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Wednesday May 9th – 12 Miles in 2:23:06 pace average 11:55. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday May 10th – Grandsons baseball game.

Friday May 11th – Date night with my Wife!

A very tough 28 miler on Sunday. By the end of the week my legs had come back. Feeling good. Expecting a better week next week. Looks like my fitness will peak just in time for my 100 miles at FANS in three weeks. Perfect.

Training April 28th – May 4th

This week 47.0 Miles, 9 hours 19 minutes 09 seconds pace average 11:54. 6421 Calories

Saturday April 28th – Push mowed my half acre before driving to Oklahoma City.

Sunday April 29th – 26.2 Miles in 5:06:52 pace average 11:43 at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Monday April 30th – Start of my Grandsons baseball season. Rest day.

Tuesday May 1st – 4.8 Miles in 58:47 pace average 12:15. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 24 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday May 2nd – 8 Miles in 1:37:15 pace average 12:09. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday May 3rd – 8 Miles in 1:36:19 pace average 12:02.

Friday May 4th – Date night with My Wife!

Very pleased with my Marathon this week. 22 weeks to my Centurion in New Zealand. 4 weeks to the United States Centurion qualifier at FANS. The weather has warmed up. I prefer to train hot. Hate cold weather. No more skipped days. Watch my Diet. I am ready to finish my Worldwide Centurion Quest. A Man on a Mission now. Going to be Fun!

April 2018 Mileage

*****NOTE*****   April 2018 will be my last posting of Mileage. I have changed my training from mileage based to time on my feet based.

APRIL 20 DAYS 207.8 MILES

March 20 Days 207.8 Miles
February 14 Days 152.7 Miles
January 22 Days 211.2 Miles

Total 2018 76 Days 779.5 Miles

 

2018 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

My fourth year to walk the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. A very nice cool morning in the low 50’s. Warmed to the mid 70’s. South wind that increased all day. A couple of years ago I made a point to thank every support person, folks cheering, low five every child I could during this race. As a result Oklahoma City has become one of my favorite races. You just can’t believe the way the OKC people turn out to watch the race. A very special event. I am always moved when you take 20,000 screaming excited happy people, make the announcement ” We will observe 168 seconds of silence to honor those that lost their lives during the bombing.” For those 168 seconds you could hear a pin drop in downtown Oklahoma City. Very moving.

My training this year has been tough. I am struggling. I just can’t stay focused. I raced this year as a training walk. I wanted to average sub 12 minute miles. Did not know if that would be possible. However I walked, it would benefit my 24 hour race in five weeks. To my pleasant surprise I walked well. Never ran out of gas. A very good training walk. Just what I needed. I finished with a 5:06:52. Even with the training I have missed my fitness is still good. More encouraged about my walk at FANS in June.

Training April 21st – 27th

This week 54.4 Miles,10 hours 52 minutes 37 seconds. pace average 12:00. 7098 Calories

Saturday April 21st – 4.8 Miles in 57:02 pace average 11:52. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks.

Sunday April 22nd – 28 Miles in 5:35:05 pace average 11:58. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday April 23rd – 4.8 Miles in 57:31 pace average 11:59. 4 sets of 7 chin-ups.

Tuesday April 24th – 4.8 Miles in 58:56 pace average 12:17. 5 sets of 80 push-ups.

Wednesday April 25th –  Day Off.

Thursday April 26th – 12 Miles in 2:24:03  pace average 12:00. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Friday April 27th – Date night with mt Wife!

Felt tired this week. A couple of days I just did not feel the love.  In a Centurion race there will be a point during the race you will not feel the love. You can’t quit and become a Centurion. You have to walk thru the bad patches.

Training April 14th – 20th

This week 55.2 Miles, 10 hours 58 minutes 01 seconds. pace average 11:56. 7332 Calories

Saturday April 14th – 4.8 Miles in 55:47 pace average 11:37. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 30 minutes of Planks.

Sunday April 15th – 24 Miles in 4:46:36 pace average 11:56. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday April 16th – substituted working in my lawn.

Tuesday April 17th – 4.8 Miles in 57:52 pace average 12:03.

Wednesday April 18th – 12 Miles in 2:23:49 pace average 11:59. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday April 19th – 4.8 Miles in 56:46 pace average 11:49. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Friday April 20th – 4.8 Miles in 57:12 pace average 11:55.

Added a few more miles this last week. Add a few more next week. Starting to get excited about the U.S. Centurion qualifier in six weeks.  It helps that the Australian Centurion Qualifier is this weekend. Fun to track several fellow Centurions down under. Hard to believe that it has been two years since I walked in Australia.

Training April 7th – 13th

This week 50.4 Miles, 10 hours 01 minutes 28 seconds pace average 11:57. 6680 Calories

Saturday April 7th – 4.8 Miles in 55:57 pace average 11:39. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 29 minutes of Planks.

Sunday April 8th – 24 Miles in 4:47:45 pace average 11:59. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday April 9th – 4.8 Miles in 56:36 pace average 11:48. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Tuesday April 10th – 4.8 Miles in 57:16 pace average 11:56  5 sets of 80 push-ups.

Wednesday April 11th – 12 Miles in 2:23:54 pace average 11:59. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday April 12th – Unscheduled day off.

Friday April 13th – Date night with my wife!

A great kick off to my 100 mile race in seven weeks at FANS. Add a little more mileage next week.

Training March 31st – April 6th

This week 26.4 Miles, 5 hours 13 minutes 37 seconds pace average 11:53.  3452 Calories

Saturday March 31st – 4.8 Miles in 57:03 pace average 11:53. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks.

Sunday April 1st – Easter with Family.

Monday April 2nd – 4.8 Miles in 57:08 pace average 11:54. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Tuesday April 3rd – Unscheduled day off.

Wednesday April 4th – 12 Miles in 2:22:00 pace average 11:50. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday April 5th – 4.8 Miles in 57:26 pace average 11:58. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups.

Friday April 6th – Date night with my wife!

WOW. I don’t know what to say about my training. I am suffering from lack of motivation. I am overlooking my upcoming races. Looking toward my race in New Zealand in October. Granted my Marathon in Oklahoma City in three weeks will just be for training. My race at FANS in June I do want to perform well. There is no pressure on me at FANS. Nothing to motivate me. Right now there are four international Centurions signed up. Six Centurions signed up total with 19 Centurion badges between them. It will be great to walk again alongside some of the Worlds best. It would be great to add my name to the United States Centurions that have finished multiple U.S. Centurion races. Eight weeks till FANS. Plenty of time to prepare. No more time to goof off. Time to add up some miles. I want to walk a second United States Centurion. That should be good motivation. Going to be fun!

Training March 24th – 30th

This week 38.2 Miles, 7 hours 26 minutes 40 seconds pace average 11:42. 5186 Calories

Saturday March 24th – Day Off.

Sunday March 25th – 26.2 Miles at the A2A Marathon in 5:03:18 pace average 11:35.

Monday March 26th – Rest day.

Tuesday March 27th – Another rest day. (Raining)

Wednesday March 28th – 12 Miles in 2:23:20 pace average 11:57.

Thursday March 29th – Family visiting for Easter.

Friday March 30th – Family visiting for Easter.

A very good walk at the A2A Marathon this last weekend. I managed a 12 mile walk on Wednesday. An extended race recovery was not my intention this week. I have been suffering with heel pain on my right foot for three weeks. Tendonitis where the tendon runs across the bone on my heel. I never take medicine for anything. As a result I never think about taking anything. Just let the pain run its course. Thursday I snapped out of my mental medicine block and took some advil. Took some more this morning (Friday). I am a new man. No pain. Like it never happened. Surprise! Medicine can help with overuse injuries.  Back to work next week.

2018 A2A Marathon

My fifth time to race this little point to point local marathon the A2A in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The race officials have announced that next years race will be the last A2A. I have mixed emotions. This is the only race I have done five years in a row. Hate to break my streak. I get to sleep in my own bed with a short drive to the race.  On the other side this is a tough hilly marathon. It is right in between Cowtown and Oklahoma City races. The extra recovery time after the Cowtown 50K would be nice.

This years race was close to perfect for weather. Cool, overcast and wind less than 15 mph. I made up my mind several weeks ago to use this race for training. No goal. Just walk a comfortable 26 mile training walk. That is just what I did. I hit the half way mark at 2:28. Fast enough for me to think about a sub five hour finish. I was still on pace at 20 miles. Then I got to the hills in the park. The very reason that makes this the toughest race I do each year. I did not push the pace. A couple of more important races coming up. Very happy with my training walk. Finished with 5:03:18. A 11:35 pace average. I consider that above average training.

I will race next years last A2A Marathon. Maybe save up my legs and try for a personal best. Oh I forgot. They will still have those hills at the end. Well sub five hour goal and call it good. Yes.

Oh I almost forgot. The last photo I am holding a pair of socks. I won those for third place in my age group. The perks of being 55.  My Grand Kids are holding me up post race. The perks of having Grand Kids.

Training March 17th – 23rd

This week 50.4 Miles, 10 hours 4 minutes 40 seconds pace average 12:00.  6421 Calories

Saturday March 17th – 4.8 Miles in 55:11 pace average 11:30. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 29 minutes of Planks.

Sunday March 18th – 28 Miles in 5:42:33 pace average 12:14.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday March 19th – 4.8 Miles in 55:53 pace average 11:39. 4 sets of 7 chin-ups.

Tuesday March 20th – Unsheduled day off

Wednesday March 21st – 8 Miles in 1:34:01 pace average 11:45. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday March 22nd – 4.8 Miles in 57:02 pace average 11:52. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks.

Friday March 23rd –  Date night with my Wife!

I decided last minute to take a little taper before my A2A Marathon this Sunday. I still don’t have a goal time. Just a nice supported long walk.

Training March 10th – 16th

This week 59.2 Miles, 11 hours 46 minutes 33 seconds. Pace average 11:57.  7693 Calories

Saturday March 10th – 4.8 Miles in 56:50 pace average 11:50. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks.

Sunday March 11th – 28 Miles in 5:42:36 pace average 12:14. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday March 12th – 4.8 Miles in 55:14 pace average 11:30. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Tuesday March 13th – 4.8 Miles in 56:09 pace average 11:42.  5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday March 14th – 12 Miles in 2:19:59 pace average 11:40. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday March 15th – 4.8 Miles in 55:46 pace average  11:47. 4 sets of  7 chin-ups.

Friday March 16th – Date night with my wife!

Up to my full mileage this week. Great mileage and good speed. Very pleased with my training.  Repeat of this week next week.

Training March 3rd – 9th

This week 55.2 Miles, 11 hours 04 minutes 35 seconds, pace average 12:03. 7057 Calories

Saturday March 3rd – 4.8 Miles in 57:13 pace average 11:55. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks.

Sunday March 4th – 24 Miles in 4:57:19 pace average 12:23. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday March 5th – 4.8 Miles in 55:54 pace average 11:39. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Tuesday March 6th – 4.8 Miles in 56:27 pace average 11:46. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 24 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday March 7th – 12 Miles in 2:21:58 pace average 11:50.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday March 8th – 4.8 Miles in 55:43 pace average 11:37. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Friday March 9th – Date night with my wife!

I’m back! What a great week of walking. Sunday’s 24 miler was tough. I could still feel last weeks 50K in my legs. The rest of the week just got better and better. I am a Man with a Plan now. The Plan: 100 Miles at FANS in twelve weeks. I will be ready. Going to be Fun!

Training February 24th – March 2nd

This week 31.0 Miles, 6 hours 1 minute 19 seconds pace average 11:37. 4311 Calories

Saturday February 24th – My 55th Birthday in Fort Worth, Texas

Sunday February 25th – 31.0 Miles at the Cowtown 50K in 6:01:19 pace average 11:37

Monday February 26th – Recovery day

Tuesday February 27th – Recovery day

Wednesday February 28th – Day off

Thursday March 1st – Day Off

Friday March 2nd – Date night with my wife!

My third year in a row to race the Cowtown 50K. I raced much better than I would have ever guess with all the days training I missed. My legs and rear were very sore after.  I hate I missed that 6 hour mark. Now I have that monkey off my back. Took the rest of the week off. I have 13 weeks to prepare for the 24 hour race at FANS. Plenty of time with my mileage base. Time to refocus. Quit goofing off and get to work.

 

2018 Cowtown 50K

Mine and My wife’s favorite race every year. The Cowtown Ultra Marathon. A nice 50K thru and around Fort Worth. Lots of Texas hospitality and great Texas food. Another reason I enjoy my Fort Worth race is it always around my Birthday. This year I raced in a new age group. 55-60 years olds. Where has the time gone? No way I can be 55 years old.

Perfect weather for this year’s race. After a whole week of rain. A two day Ice storm at home. Race morning was a perfect 47 degrees. Sunny, light wind. Warmed up to around 65. I have never walked a 50K in over 6 hours. I have never missed as much training as I have so far this year. As I have gotten older I have developed an aversion to cold. As a result I tend to skip very cold training days. So I arrived in Fort Worth undertrained. My only goal this year is New Zealand in October. A 31 mile walk in Fort Worth would be a perfect kickoff to my New Zealand 100 mile training. No matter the time. I needed the miles.

I lined up behind the 6 hour pace group at Cowtown. The plan was to hang with them as long as I could. I have never used a pace group that raced like I want to race. Of course they never will, because they run, I walk. This group was the best I have used. I would struggle to keep up. A sub 11 minute pace. When we got to a water stop the pace group would stop. I didn’t. Drink on the fly. They would catch back up and pass me before the next stop. This worked very well for me. I walked very well till mile 28. My group left me behind. I was powerless to do anything about it. Just walk the best I could. It was just for training after all. Turns out I missed my six hour goal by just over one minute.

Very pleased with my result at Cowtown. Legs and my butt a little sore this morning. Now I have kicked off my Centurion training. First stop the FANS 24 hour in Minneapolis this June. Two little Oklahoma marathons coming up. One each in March and April. Same plan with my Marathon as Cowtown. Training walks.

 

Training February 17th – 23rd

This week 33.6 Miles, 6 hours 32 minutes 00 seconds, Pace average 11:40. 4358 calories

Saturday February 17th – 4.8 Miles in 55:05 pace average 11:29. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks. .

Sunday February 18th – 20.0 Miles in 3:56:32 pace average 11:50.  3 sets of 30 squats

Monday February 19th – 4.8 Miles in 56:16 pace average 11:43. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups,

Tuesday February 20th – Unscheduled day off freezing rain.

Wednesday February 21st – Day off Ice storm.

Thursday February 22nd – 4 Miles in 44:06 pace average 11:02.

Friday February 23rd – Trip to Fort Worth for the Cowtown Ultra Marathon

Oh my. I am way underprepared for this weekends 50K. Going to use this race as the kickoff to my FANS Centurion walk training. Just have fun and a good walk. My ONLY goal is New Zealand.

Training February 10th – 16th

This week 33.6 Miles, 6 hours 21 minutes 34 seconds, Pace average 11:22. 4473 calories

Saturday February 10th – 4.8 Miles in 54:59 pace average 11:27.  5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks.

Sunday February 11th – 12.0 Miles in 2:14:34 pace average 11:13. 3 sets of 30 squats

Monday February 12th – 4.8 Miles in 52:43 pace average 10:59. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups,

Tuesday February 13th – 12.0 Miles in 2:19:19 pace average 11:37. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Wednesday February 14th – Valentine Dinner with my Wife.

Thursday February 15th – Unscheduled day off.

Friday February 16th – Date Night with my Wife!

I mixed up my workout a little this week. It was just too cold Sunday morning for my planned long walk. I walked 2 – 12 milers this week. One week to the Cowtown 50K in Fort Worth, Texas. My goal is to finish under 6 hours. I will not have to worry about being overtrained. Looks like I am doing one of those long tapers. I am going to have to get my act together after Cowtown. Still plenty of time to get ready for The United States Centurion Qualifier in June.

 

 

Training February 3rd – 9th

This week 49.6 Miles, 9 hours 36 minutes 01 seconds, Pace average 11:37. 6368 calories

Saturday February 3rd – 4.8 Miles in 53:59 pace average 11:15. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 26 minutes of Planks.

Sunday February 4th – 28.0 Miles in 5:26:51 pace average 11:40. 3 sets of 30 squats

Monday February 5th – 4.8 Miles in 54:55 pace average 11:27. 4 sets of 9 chin-ups,

Tuesday February 6th – Unscheduled day off.

Wednesday February 7th – 12.0 Miles in 2:20:16 pace average 11:41. 3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday February 8th – Unscheduled day off.

Friday February 9th – Date Night with my Wife!

Felt tired this week. Took a couple of days off. I got in my two long days. That is good thing. Back to the regular schedule next week.

Training January 27th – February 2nd

This week 55.2 Miles, 10 hours 21 minutes 21 seconds, Pace average 11:16.  7285 calories

Saturday January 27th – 4.8 Miles in 54:33 pace average 11:22. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 25 minutes of Planks.

Sunday January 28th – 24.0 Miles in 4:29:38 pace average 11:14.  3 sets of 30 squats

Monday January 29th – 4.8 Miles in 54:48 pace average 11:25. 4 sets of 9 chin-ups,

Tuesday January 30th – 4.8 Miles in 53:34 pace average 11:10. 5 sets of 80 push-ups. 22 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday January 31st – 12.0 Miles in 2:15:06 pace average 11:15. 3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday February 1st – 4.8 Miles in 53:42 pace average 11:11. 4 sets of 9 chin-ups,

Friday February 2nd – Date Night with my Wife!

Easily the fastest week of training I have ever had. You know what the Ultra Walk Training Book says. “When you are setting personal best times during training, it is time to increase the distance.” That is what I will do next week. 28 miler on Sunday.

Training January 20th – 26th

This week 55.2 Miles,10 hours 30 minutes 12 seconds, Pace average 11:25. 7384 calories

Saturday January 20th – 4.8 Miles in 51:25 pace average 10:43. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 25 minutes of Planks.

Sunday January 21st – 24.0 Miles in 4:38:33 pace average 11:36. 3 sets of 30 squats

Monday January 22nd – 4.8 Miles in 54:28 pace average 11:21. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups,

Tuesday January 23rd – 4.8 Miles in 54:48 pace average 11:25. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday January 24th – 12.0 Miles in 2:18:08 pace average 11:31. 3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday January 25th – 4.8 Miles in 52:25 pace average 11:01. 4 sets of 9 chin-ups,

Friday January 26th – Date Night with my Wife!

I have had a great comeback week. Good speed. Ok endurance. Very encouraged.

Training January 13th – 19th

This week 9.6 Miles, 1 hours 52 minutes 02 seconds, Pace average 11:41.  1187 calories

Saturday January 13th – Time with Family

Sunday January 14th – Time with Family

Monday January 15th – Time with Family

Tuesday January 16th – 4.8 Miles in 56:42 pace average 11:49. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks. 2 rounds boxing the little Rotund Bag.

Wednesday January 17th – Unscheduled day off.

Thursday January 18th – 4.8 Miles in 55:20 pace average 11:32.  4 sets of 8 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Friday January 19th – Date Night with my Wife!

My Mom’s passing has set back my training. Back up to full distance this next week. How fast I regain my speed will determine my race goal. I have five weeks to prepare for the Cowtown 50K.

Training January 6th – 12th

This week 50.4 Miles, 9 hours 42 minutes 26 seconds, Pace average 11:34.  6426 calories

Saturday January 6th – 4.8 Miles in 53:40 pace average 11:11.  5 sets of 78 push-ups. 23 minutes of Planks. 2 rounds boxing the little Rotund Bag.

Sunday January 7th – 24.0 miles in 4:40:43 pace average 11:42. 3 sets of 30 squats

Monday January 8th – 4.8 Miles in 54:40 pace average 11:23. 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday January 9th – 4.8 Miles in 55:13 pace average 11:30. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks. 2 rounds boxing the little Rotund Bag.

Wednesday January 10th – 12.0 Miles in 2:18:10 pace average 11:31. 3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday January 11th – Unscheduled Day Off

Friday January 12th – Time with my family.

My Mom passed away Thursday after complications from open heart surgery back in November. I will not be racing in Louisiana. I will get back to training as soon as I can.

Training December 30th – January 5th

This week 50.4 Miles, 9 hours 34 minutes 05 seconds, Pace average 11:24. 6618 calories

Saturday December 30th – 4.8 Miles in 54:58 pace average 11:27. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday December 31st – Unscheduled day off. Cold with snow.

Monday January 1st – 24.0 Miles in 4:32:17 pace average 11:21.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Tuesday January 2nd – 4.8 Miles in 56:26 pace average 11:45. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday January 3rd – 12.0 Miles in 2:15:26 pace average 11:17.  3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday January 4th – 4.8 Miles in 54:58 pace average 11:27. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Friday January 5th – Date Night with my Wife!

Another great week of Training. Started my 2018 off with a bang. This is going to be a good year for me. A little slower next week as I prepare for the Louisiana Marathon.

December 2017 Mileage

DECEMBER 19 DAYS 185.6 MILES

November 20 Days 157.6 Miles
October 13 Days 146.5 Miles
September 22 Days 215.2 Miles
August 26 Days 253.6 Miles
July 26 Days 245.6 Miles
June 12 Days 170.4 Miles
May 26 Days 206.4 Miles
April 26 Days 233.4 Miles
March 24 Days 183.8 Miles
February 24 Days 196.6 Miles
January 27 Days 251.8 Miles

TOTAL 2017 265 DAYS 2446.5 MILES

TOTAL.  2013  –  2017   1436 DAYS 11561.0 MILES

Training December 23rd – 29th

This week 55.2 Miles, 10 hours 31 minutes 59 seconds, Pace average 11:27.  7150 calories

Saturday December 23rd – 4.8 Miles in 54:50  pace average 11:25. 5 sets of 78 push-ups.

Sunday December 24th –  4.8 Miles in 54:27 pace average 11:21.  4 sets of 8 chin-ups.

Monday December 25th –  24.0 miles in 4:39:09 pace average 11:38.  3 sets of 30 squats

Tuesday December 26th – 4.8 Miles in 55:56 pace average 11:39. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday December 27th – 12.0 Miles in 2:13:21 pace average 11:07. 3 sets of 30 squats. One of those magical walks you wish you had more often. Felt like I was floating.

Thursday December 28th – 4.8 Miles in 54:17 pace average 11:19. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday December 29th – Date Night with my Wife!

A Great week of training. Excited about my 2018 race season. Yea! Going to be fun!

Training December 16th – 22nd

This week 45.6 Miles, 8 hours 58 minutes 12 seconds, Pace average 11:49.  5871 calories

Saturday December 16th – Unscheduled day off.

Sunday December 17th – 24.0 miles in 4:47:18 pace average 11:58.  3 sets of 30 squats

Monday December 18th – Unscheduled day off.

Tuesday December 19th – 4.8 Miles in 55:49 pace average 11:38. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday December 20th – 12.0 Miles in 2:19:33 pace average 11:38. 3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday December 21st – 4.8 Miles in 55:33 pace average 11:34. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Friday December 22nd – Date Night with my Wife!

Still adding up miles as I can. Starting next week my schedule will settle back into normal. Three weeks to the Louisiana Marathon.

Training December 9th – 15th

This week 33.6 Miles, 6 hours 38 minutes  41 seconds, Pace average 11:52.  4367 calories

Saturday December 9th – 4.8 Miles in 57:21 pace average 11:57. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday December 10th – 24.0 miles in 4:45:49 pace average 11:55. 3 sets of 30 squats

Monday December 11th – Unscheduled day off.

Tuesday December 12th – 4.8 miles in 55:31pace average 11:34. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Wednesday December 13th – Unscheduled day off.

Thursday December 14th – Grand Kids Christmas Program

Friday December 15th – Date Night with my Wife!

A much reduced mileage week. The Holidays and Work. I will try and do better next week. The week after that for sure.

 

Training December 2nd – 8th

This week 46.4 Miles, 8 hours 59 minutes 54 seconds, Pace average 11:39. 6152 calories

Saturday December 2nd – 4.8 Miles in 55:10 pace average 11:30.  5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday December 3rd – 20.0 miles in 3:51:56 pace average 11:36.  3 sets of 30 squats

Monday December 4th – 4.8 Miles in 54:10 pace average 11:17.  4 sets of 8 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday December 5th – Unscheduled day off.

Wednesday December 6th – 12.0 Miles in 2:22:52 pace average 11:54. 3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday December 7th – 4.8 Miles in 55:47 pace average 11:37.  4 sets of 8 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Friday December 8th – Date Night with my Wife!

Another strong workout week. Keep building up my mileage. Long distance walking success is all about time on your feet. Walk those miles.

November 2017 Mileage

NOVEMBER 20 DAYS 157.6 MILES

October 13 Days 146.5 Miles
September 22 Days 215.2 Miles
August 26 Days 253.6 Miles
July 26 Days 245.6 Miles
June 12 Days 170.4 Miles
May 26 Days 206.4 Miles
April 26 Days 233.4 Miles
March 24 Days 183.8 Miles
February 24 Days 196.6 Miles
January 27 Days 251.8 Miles

Total 2017 246 Days 2260.9 Miles

Training November 25th – December 1st

This week 51.2 Miles 9 hours 59 minutes 35 seconds, Pace average 11:43.  6710 calories

Saturday November 25th – 4.8 Miles in 57:15 pace average 11:56. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday November 26th – 20.0 miles in 3:55:12 pace average 11:46. 3 sets of 30 squats

Monday November 27th – 4.8 Miles in 55:03 pace average 11:28. 4 sets of 7 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday November 28th – 4.8 Miles in 56:57 pace average 11:52. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday November 29th – 12.0 Miles in 2:19:55 pace average 11:40. 3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday November 30th – 4.8 Miles in 55:14 pace average 11:30. 4 sets of 8 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Friday December 1st – Date Night with my Wife!

The best workout week I have had in a long time. I feel great. My speed is starting to come back. Very excited about my 2018 season. Another week just like this one. After that add a few more miles each week.

Training November 18th – 24th

This week 41.6 Miles, 8 hours 21 minutes 40 seconds, Pace average 12:04.  5345 calories

Saturday November 18th – Unscheduled day off.

Sunday November 19th – 20.0 miles in 4:06:42 pace average 12:20.  3 sets of 30 squats

Monday November 20th – 4.8 Miles in 56:27 pace average 11:46. 4 sets of 7 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday November 21st – 4.8 Miles in 55:57 pace average 11:39. 5 sets of 78 push-ups. 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday November 22nd – Unscheduled day off.

Thursday November 23rd – 12.0 Miles in 2:22:34 pace average 11:53.  3 sets of 30 squats

Friday November 24th – Date Night with my Wife!

During my 20 mile walk on Sunday I got my vision for the future. I just needed a nice long walk to clear my head and see down the road. Don’t you just love walking.

My 2018 Goal

The Persian King Darius during The Persian Wars against the Athenians appointed a slave to remind him every day, “Master, remember the Athenians!”  Darius did not want to forget what happened to him in Greece. He wanted that fire inside him to Burn!

That is how I feel about New Zealand. I want that fire to conquer the New Zealand Centurion to burn inside me. I want to remember everyday. Everything I eat. Every training step I take in preparation. Every push-up, chin-up and squat. Every minute of planks. I am going back to New Zealand. I will add that last Centurion badge to my collection.

My Goal for 2018.

The quest to Walk 100 miles in 24 Hours in New Zealand!

Going to be Fun!

I have a January marathon in Louisiana. The 50k at Cowtown in February. (Both of my previous 50K’s have been sub 6 hour. I will continue that trend.) March and April Oklahoma Marathons. In June I return to the United States Centurion qualifier. Add another 100 mile finish in Minneapolis. After the FANS 24 hour I will move to the 400 meter track for all my long walks. I will train for every possible scenario in New Zealand. There will be no surprises. I will be ready. Remember New Zealand.

Training November 11th – 17th

This week 29.6 Miles, 6 hours 07 minutes 19 seconds, Pace average 12:25. 3424 calories

Saturday November 11th – 4.8 Miles in 1:01:01 pace average 12:43. 5 sets of 70 push-ups. 17 minutes of Planks

Sunday November 12th – 8.0 miles in 1:37:52 pace average 12:14. 3 sets of 30 squats

Monday November 13th – Unscheduled day off.

Tuesday November 14th – 4.8 Miles in 59:25 pace average 12:23. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Wednesday November 15th – Unscheduled day off.

Thursday November 16th – 12.0 Miles in 2:29:00 pace average 11:25. 3 sets of 30 squats

Friday November 17th – Date Night with my Wife!

My work is always busy around the Holidays. Smoked Meat Business. I just get in a workout when I can. Makes it hard to stick to a schedule. As a result my Louisiana Marathon will suffer the first part of January. However I had already decided that my Marathon season was for training. The only race I am looking ahead towards is The United States Centurion Qualifier at FANS in June. Just going to add up mileage as I get a chance.

Training November 4th – 10th

This week 30.4 Miles, 6 hours 23 minutes 30 seconds, Pace average 12:37. 3349 calories

Saturday November 4th – 4.8 Miles in 59:57 pace average 12:29.  5 sets of 65 push-ups. 15 minutes of Planks

Sunday November 5th – 8.0 miles in 1:40:51 pace average 12:36.  3 sets of 25 squats

Monday November 6th – 4.8 Miles in 59:29 pace average 12:23. 3 sets of 6 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday November 7th – 4.8 Miles in 1:01:04 pace average 12:43. 5 sets of 65 push-ups. 15 minutes of Planks

Wednesday November 8th – 8.0 Miles in 1:42:08 pace average 12:46. 3 sets of 25 squats

Thursday November 9th – Unscheduled Day Off

Friday November 10th – Date Night with my Wife!

Slowly building up my mileage. Feels good to get back to work. A few more miles this next week.

Training October 28th – November 3rd

This week 14.4 Miles, 2 hours  53 minutes 41 seconds, Pace average 12:04. 1805 calories

Saturday October 28th – Day Off

Sunday October 29th – 4.8 miles in 57:08 pace average 11:54.  3 sets of 25 squats

Monday October 30th – 4.8 Miles in 56:49 pace average 11:50. 3 sets of 6 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday October 31st – Day Off

Wednesday November 1st – 4.8 Miles in 59:44 pace average 12:27. 5 sets of 65 push-ups.

Thursday November 2nd – Day Off

Friday November 3rd – Date Night with my Wife!

My wife and I have been living in a 22 foot travel trailer since the first week in July. We did a complete remodel of our home. It is now finished on the inside. We can now move back in. Yea! I have been taking advantage of this down time from walking to move boxes and furniture. A nice little break and change of pace. Moving is a good physical workout. My life is about to be back to normal. Normal for me is walking six days per week. Starting that routine back this Saturday. I enjoyed the down time. Now I am ready to get back to work. Ten weeks to my first race of the 2018 season. The Louisiana Marathon. I am just looking for a simple sub five hour marathon. In fact that is all I am looking for at all three of next springs marathons. A sub six hour at my 50K in February. Just using these races for training. Just nice supported training  walks. No taper and no recovery. My Goal is to return to the United States Centurion qualifier at FANS in June ready to walk 100 miles. FANS is my goal race for 2018. I need to get my confidence back. My results at FANS will determine my Goal for fall. Could that be a return to New Zealand? That is what I plan to determine. Going to be fun.

 

October 2017 Mileage

OCTOBER 12 DAYS 138.5 MILES

September 22 Days 215.2 Miles
August 26 Days 253.6 Miles
July 26 Days 245.6 Miles
June 12 Days 170.4 Miles
May 26 Days 206.4 Miles
April 26 Days 233.4 Miles
March 24 Days 183.8 Miles
February 24 Days 196.6 Miles
January 27 Days 251.8 Miles

Total 2017 225 Days 2095.3 Miles

Training October 21st – 27th

This week 14.4 Miles, 2 hours 55 minutes 51 seconds, Pace average 12:13.  1758 calories

Saturday October 21st – Day Off.

Sunday October 22nd – Day Off

Monday October 23rd – 4.8 Miles in 57:58 pace average 12:05. 4 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Tuesday October 24th – 4.8 Miles in 58:43 pace average 12:14. 5 sets of 65 push-ups, 15 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday October 25th – Day Off

Thursday October 26th – 4.8 Miles in 59:10 pace average 12:19.  3 sets of 25 squats.

Friday October 27th – Date Night with my Wife!

Still in my slow recovery. Start building up mileage this next week.

Training October 14th – 20th

This week 14.4 Miles, 2 hours 56 minutes 12 seconds, Pace average 12:15.  1677 calories

Saturday October 14th – Day Off

Sunday October 15th – Day Off

Monday October 16th – 4.8 Miles in 59:02 pace average 12:18.

Tuesday October 17th – 4.8 Miles in 58:54  pace average 12:16. 5 sets of 65 push-ups, 15 minutes of Planks

Wednesday October 18th – Day Off

Thursday October 19th – 4.8 Miles in 58:15 pace average 12:08. 3 sets of 6 chin-ups.

Friday October 20th – Date Night with my Wife!

Back to work. Slowly get back up to speed. I have 12 weeks to prepare for the Louisiana Marathon. My personal fastest marathon was at this race in 2015.