Marathon. Done…ish…

This past was the Colorado Marathon. I did it. It’s done.

However. My goal was to run the whole thing. I did not do that. I started having muscle cramps in my legs starting near the halfway point, just like the time I did this same race back in 2007.

In 2007, I weighed around 180 pounds. Why so low? Well, I didn’t lift weights for one, and I didn’t eat that great. Oh, I was running about 50 miles per week. And if you can believe it, the bulk of that training happened on a treadmill. During this race I didn’t consume nearly enough water. I had this “thing” where I would only consume water if I felt thirsty, not before and not consistently. The cramps during this race made more sense.

Fast forward to this past Sunday, Cinco de Mayo 2013. I am usually weighing about 215, I obviously lift weights now, and, except for jogging long distances, I’m in decent shape. I have a torn medial meniscus that needs fixing in my right knee. I’m used to drinking water during workouts. I do the marathon with one goal, just run it no matter how slow. I take a 70 ounce camelback backpack filled with a powerade/water mix. I drink at every aide station. Still, halfway through, the cramping starts.

Melissa asked if I was finally done with the marathon and could now check it off my bucket list. I said yes. But I didn’t really mean it.

I want need to know why my body is cramping at the halfway point.

My training for this one was pretty much strictly strength and conditioning, the workouts I post on this site are what I do. Long slow runs are few and far between. I just don’t do them. So, while it won’t be in 2013 when I do it, I will be taking another approach at the marathon. I’m guessing 2014 maybe, not sure. But the next marathon I run I am running the whole thing, and I’m coming in at under 4 hours.

My 2013 Fitness Goals

I’m not one for making new year resolutions but I do set goals for myself within the calendar year.  The following are my goals for 2013.

Run a Marathon

In 2007 I ran the Colorado Marathon in Fort Collins.  I had been training at or near 50 miles a week usually split up among 5 days.  I had run a 20 mile race earlier in the year, and a 228737188_9b49f26d74half marathon a few weeks prior to the main event so I knew…er…thought… I had a marathon in the bag.  I ran the first half of the marathon in 1:48(one hour forty eight minutes), sweet time, right? Well, around mile 14 the cramping in my legs started, first the quads, then calves then everything else.  At mile 19 I couldn’t take the pain and had to walk…I walked almost 3 miles and hobbled the rest of the distance to the finish line in just under 6 hours.

In 2013, my new training plan involves no more than  3 days of running(long distance), one day(usually Sunday) is my long run, the other two days are relatively short runs.  All runs are done slowly so I can recover for my gym workouts.  Any cardiovascular conditioning will take place at Efficient Fitness, the running is strictly to get my body ready for the 26.2 mile pounding.  The race goal is simple: run the whole marathon.

Powerlifting/Weightlifting

squatIn 1997 I competed in a powerlifting competition and scored a 591 squat(missed 606), 392 bench press, and a 565 deadlift, all done with full gear(squat suit, knee wraps, bench shirt, etc)

In 2010 I competed again, raw masters division, and scored a 418 squat, 275 bench press, and a 507 deadlift. Not too shabby for a 40 year old right?

Well this year is different.  In the same calendar year as the marathon, I want to squat and deadlift over 500 pounds, bench press over 300 pounds(all raw of course), clean and jerk over 300 pounds, and snatch over 200 pounds.  Seems simple enough.

Stand on the Podium

In the last two years I’ve competed at the Front Range CrossFit Colorado Open and the Masters competition.  This year I’m eye-balling the podium for my age range at the masters competition.  In the 40-44 year old category, I am placing in the top 3, done and done.