Pete Tanguay

Archive for October, 2012

Frustration run

by on Oct.31, 2012, under Training Runs

I’ve made the decision not to run New York.  With all of the devastation from the hurricane and the certain travel hassles, we’re not going.  It’s bittersweet and frustrating.  It’s nice to know we’re saving $3,000.  I can’t even believe I was spending that much to go run a marathon.  I think I ran Berlin for less than that.  As of now they are still planning to have it.  How this will happen will be interesting to see.  The airports are just opening back up, the subways are still shut down, water is everywhere, 7,000 trees are down, neighborhoods have been eliminated, the convention center where the expo is to be is flooded, and on and on.  It’s a very sad time for the people who live there.

On the other hand, the city depends on the revenue from the thousands of people who come for the marathon.  Others from Arkansas are still planning to go.  My heart just isn’t in it anymore.  And I’ve realized my heart wasn’t in it before I got accepted through the lottery.  It’s a crazy feeling.  My focus turned this morning to the Memphis half marathon which is in about a month.  Time to get some speed work in and see what I can do there.

So this morning was a non-taper frustration run.  Trying to get rid of “that feeling”.

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Quick 5 miler

by on Oct.24, 2012, under Training Runs

Took a couple days off to get some rest.  It’s interesting, at first I start to feel rested and then it turns into feeling sluggish.  I needed to get out and run again today.  I did a 5 miler with a couple friends.  They started out pretty quick and I thought I was going to drop back and then they slowed a bit.  It was good to focus on form and keep the pace.  The last couple miles one dropped back and the run turned into an easy run.  Nice to get out and run.  I need to get rid of this tired feeling.

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Sunday 7 miler

by on Oct.21, 2012, under Training Runs

Nice Sunday run up and over the Beast.  Felt a little tired a couple of times but turned my focus to form and technique and was right back on track.  I am thinking that I’m going to set my “electric” pace in the NY marathon at 8:45 or 8:50 to see if I can settle in to this pace and still have gas at mile 20.  2 weeks from right now I’ll be 40 minutes from the start of the race.  Easy running week ahead followed by a good taper week and then come on New York.

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Soaring Wings training run

by on Oct.20, 2012, under Training Runs

Decided to help with the last Soaring Wings half marathon training run today.  They were doing a 10 miler and that sounded good.  I ran with various runners and hung with the last one for a bit.  She was a girl who is committed to finish her first half marathon, willing to walk / run by herself and finish last in every training run.  She is going to do this and it is going to change her life.  Was passing Paul Turner (PT) and he turned around and ran with me starting about mile 2.  We ended up running together for another 10 or so.  He was just out for one of his 2-3 hour runs.  We caught up to other runners, checking on them and then looped around, picked up the pace a bit, and caught up with the last runners again and walked / encouraged them for a few minutes.  The last one (mentioned above) was working her way through the 10 miler.  It was her longest run ever.  I saw her finishing up as I was driving home.  I yelled her name and she looked surprised and then smiled.  Next Saturday is going to be a big day in her life.  I am not running but will be cheering.  I hope I see her and can yell out her name.

Felt good to cover the 11-13 miles – not sure what it was as I forgot to turn my watch on for awhile after I stopped.  The watch had 8.5 on it and I am pretty sure I ran another 3 or so.   Doesn’t really matter.  I’m a little sorer that I wanted to be but feeling very good about the New York marathon.  Starting to lean towards making a very aggressive race plan as this will be the last marathon I will do in awhile and my 4th for the year.

I’m thankful to be running and running injury free.  Quite amazing in fact.

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Running with my Group Again

by on Oct.16, 2012, under Training Runs

So great to be back running with my group again.  During the summer I would just watch as they went off at their comfortable pace much faster than I could keep up with.  This morning was nice and cool and it felt great to be able to click along at an 8 minute pace.  I am so thankful for the faster runners I get to run with and even though I wasn’t able to keep up the last couple miles as they picked it up, they help me so much, pushing me along.  Great run this morning with a few hills mixed in and a good focus on form – lengthened spine, chin level/down, leveled pelvis, lengthen the stride to the back in a circular motion.

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Monday run

by on Oct.15, 2012, under Training Runs

Had a nice run this morning.  There was a small group because a lot of the Memphis trainers are taking Monday off.  I focused on form today, mostly on keeping my arms close to my side and feeling my elbows going out to the back.  Also feeling my feet kick out to the back, engaging the core and everything else going forward.  Mark and I ran together and he wanted to slow a bit in mile 3-4 so we did and then went up Bainbridge hill which felt good.  I felt very comfortable on the run and look forward to more of these as I get ready for New York.

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Last recovery run

by on Oct.13, 2012, under Training Runs

Had a good recovery run today with 3 people who run at a slower, easier pace.  They run/walk and it was enjoyable to relax and run with them.  Worked out perfect because after about a mile and a half I had to stop to go to the bathroom so I had a good “catch up” run for a mile or so.  With about a mile and a half two of us decided to pick it up and finish hard.  Felt really good.  I’m amazed at how my body feels.  So happy.

With the marathon I got in 42 miles in 3 runs for the week and that’s a good place to be with 3 weeks to go until New York.  Mentally I’ve switched from Chicago recovery to New York training.  Still working on my race plan, but definitely excited.

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On the road again

by on Oct.11, 2012, under Training Runs

Three nice days off with some dental surgery mixed in there, and I’m back out running with my awesome friends.  I felt so good this morning.  My right thigh felt a little like a rock but didn’t hurt.  We ran a nice pace and I’m mentally switching to New York Marathon mode.  3 weeks from Sunday.  I’ve got the Soaring Wings half marathon 2 weeks from Saturday and have decided to run the first half of it at marathon pace and then put the hammer down to feel a very strong hammer!!  Should be a lot of gas left.  Hope to drop it to 7:45 for the last half.  I think that’s a good plan one week out from NY.

Weather is perfect, Fall is here, injuries  are gone, life is good.

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Chicago Marathon 2012

by on Oct.09, 2012, under Races

To have finished this is amazing to me because 3 months ago my leg hurt so bad I didn’t think I was even going to be able to finish.  With the help of Chance and his chiropractic and acupuncture magic, plus some change in diet, I got back to where I could run a good full week the week of 8/12-18.  I was patient and trained when I could and got to the starting line feeling great.  Absolutely no hint of the pain in my glutes, hamstring and knee.

The day was perfect, high 30’s to start, very little wind and cloud cover.  I’d had a couple good night sleeps and was ready to run.  Same plan but a little slower pace – plan to run 8:55 – 9 minute pace for the first 20 miles using “electric” energy and then step on the gas.  I had the opportunity to see Danny Dreyer, the author of Chi Running at the expo and listening to him speak really hammered home some of the key techniques that I needed to use in the race.  Let the bone structure of your body support your weight while you run as you lean forward, lift you pelvis to engage your core and lengthen your spine.  Then see the road go out behind you as you lift your legs.  Everything needs to be moving forward.  Gravity is your friend.  This was my focus for the entire race, but especially the first 20 miles.

The first 9 miles literally flew by.  I was amazed at how quickly the mile markers were coming up.  I had run the last 20 miles of the Chicago marathon before, meeting up with someone at mile 6 and pacing her in.  So the first 6 miles were new and they went so fast.  We went through a tunnel in the first mile and my garmin lost satellite and I had it set on auto stop and losing the satellite made it think I had stopped so when I got to mile 1 my garmin said I had gone .78 miles.  I kind of panicked and then realized that there was race time on every mile marker and I knew we had crossed the start at about 5 minutes and so I could calculate it out.  The Garmin lost satellite a few more times in the tall buildings and so it was hard to know my pace but by then I had a comfortable 8:55-9 pace that I could feel.

All was good until the half, crossed it at 1:57 and felt good.  I slowed a bit after this but didn’t think that I was slowing but my garmin must have lost it again.  I was starting to tire but Curt was running with me and ran a bit ahead and so I could focus on him.  It was great to have him there.  I knew Mary would be at mile 16.5 with the fuel I needed to finish the race strong.  And she was there and after I got it I walked a bit while I drank down the Amino Vital, got my gels in my gloves and ate a few bites of a clif bar.  I had taken some pretzels at an aid station and really didn’t need much to eat so I threw the Clif Bar to the side.  3 miles until the gas could come on I worked to get back to my pace but could tell it was a little slow but focused on conserving energy rather than trying to maintain pace.  It was not time to use any gas.

Mile 20 came and I began to work.  I was not feeling fresh by any means and worked to maintain my pace and begin to pick it up when I could.  Running through Chinatown was good and it was at this point that Curt started to lag a bit.  I hated to leave him but he wouldn’t have wanted me to wait.  I was looking for the bounce in my step, starting to use my leg muscles more, pushing off more and telling myself that this was the moment I had trained for.  I was encouraged that I was not hitting the wall like I did in Little Rock and Hogeye this Spring.  I worked hard in mile 23 to get my Garmin under 9 minutes but could not hold it.  I think the loss in pace was mostly due to walking some aid stations to stay relaxed and get good fluids.  After mile 25 I decided I had enough hydration and I was going to run through them.  I would pick off people that were still running and reel them in and pass them.  Best part was passing the guy with the 3:45 bib on his back and “Drop the Hammer” printed above it.  I felt like I was dropping the hammer and he had dropped his.  I was starting to feel good but really looking for the turn at mile 26 when you go up and over the bridge to the finish.  When it was in sight I gave it all I had, breathing really hard up the hill and down to the finish line.

I’m really happy I pushed so hard because a 3:57:58 is so much better than a 3:58:??.  I already had 2 of those and even though it still would have been the fastest 3:58 I had done, it was nice to get a 3:57, my second fastest marathon.  Curt came in a 4:00:38.  I felt bad for him.  He’s run a couple in the 3:40’s and I felt like he suffered because he ran my race.  But he also met his goal which was to enjoy his race and for us to run together.  Lucky me.

Here’s the Garmin’s story, not sure how credible it is.  I do like the finishing time better!!!

Here’s a picture of me at mile 16.5 when I was to meet Curt’s Dad, Chuck, with my Amino Vital drink, gels and Clif Bar.  This was vital to the last 10 miles.  Mary had this but I didn’t see her.  I panicked.  The picture tells the story.  Ha!!!!

And last but not least, my great running friend Curt, who makes running a marathon even better than it already is!!

And for history’s sake, here is an email that came out regarding the race in Chicago.

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