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Training 2.2 – The “Pain in the Parking Lot” Run

June 12th, 2015

Training 2.2 – The “Pain in the Parking Lot” Run

Date– 6/9/2015
Time – 6:05am
Location- Redmond, Oregon
Distance – Total 9 miles
Warm Up – 1.5
Speedwork – 6
Cool Down – 1.5
Duration – Total Time – 1:13:26
WUp/CDwn – 26:39
Speedwork – 46:57

The Night Before
I could see it from my hotel room, the parking lot that I had just driven around verifying the distance of exactly .5 miles. I sat on the edge of the bed, having just finished 6 miles, staring at the parking lot, knowing that tomorrow was speedwork. I laid out my gear for the morning, while at the same time I was hanging up my shirt to dry from the run just finished. It was right then, right at that moment that it hit me, marathon training had really started. My sleep was important, not for my looks (too late for that), but because the grind of 18 weeks of marathon training truly starts when I have to do my first speedwork session. Time to sleep, get rest, I am chasing Epic.

Chasing Speed
The alarm shrill fills the room at 5am and my eyes open, then they close. Again at 5:05am my eyes open, then they close. 5:10, it somehow it gets louder and I sit up and try to remember what State I am in. I part the curtains to see if the parking lot is still there, the sun is fighting its alarm clock as well and is slowly rising. I dress, find my shoes and my watch, I sit on the edge of my bed and read my training schedule to confirm the misery in front of me.

12×400 repeats – Goal time of 1:40 per interval (6:40 pace) with 400 meter recovery. 1.5 mile warm up and cool down.

I drank some water, ate some food, grabbed a towel and headed out of the room to the parking lot. I am chasing Epic

The Work
I eased into the warm up looking to chase the grogginess from my head and the lead from my legs. It was cool and sunny, perfect weather for the workout, and the warm up continuedimage

I toed the crack in the asphalt, like Meb at the start of Boston. This split in the ground, would be my start and finish line for the next hour, it was time to go, it was time to chase Epic.
1st – 1:36 I hit the Garmin and took off. At 100 meters I knew I was flying, I looked at the watch, 5:55 pace. “ Whoa, slow down Clydesdale, you have 11 more of these”. Epic is found at the finish, not at the start, so I smoothed it out.
2nd – 1:33 Adrenaline must have be flowing, I CANNOT keep this up!
3rd/4th/5th – 1:38/1:38/1:37 Starting to find a rhythm
6th/7th/8th – 1:35/1:40/1:37 I got a little greedy with 6 and paid on 7
9th/10th – 1:37/1:36 Control your breathing, focus on pace, dig deep
11th – 1:35 “I have ONE more after this, push Reist”
Final – 1:35 At 300 meters I felt strong, I was smiling like a kid that got to stay up late and eat ice cream. I crushed that last 400 meters.
Average Time per Interval – 1:37 (6:28 pace) the best set I have ever done.

Final Thoughts
I sat on the curb of the parking lot outside my hotel room, drinking my water as sweat poured down my face. My yellow dry-wick shirt was anything but dry and my hat had been tossed awhile go. I looked at the spot where I had finished the final steps of my cool down and grinned from ear to ear. I had set a goal, it was outside MY comfort zone, and I had conquered it. That is my definition of EPIC and on this day I had caught it.

The “Pain in the Parking Lot” Run is done
Shoes – Brooks Adrenaline GTS15 Black/Red
Total Training Miles – 34.58

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Training 2.1 The “Fairgrounds” Run

June 10th, 2015

Training 2.1 – The “Fairgrounds” Run

Date– 6/8/15
Time – 8:00pm
Location-Redmond, Oregon
Distance – 6.23 miles
Duration – 53:29
It is amazing how many excuses I can come up with in a short time on why I am not going to run. I was making them up so fast tonight a stenographer couldn’t have kept up with me. Here’s the deal; Monday’s are a hard day for me, especially when I am traveling to the west coast. This morning I was up at 3:30am, on the plane at 5:40am, as we were just ready to take off, I mean seconds before the pilot hit the throttle, a woman decided she didn’t feel like flying and made it clear to everyone. So, we turned a13228_784883328249641_9003659057166373459_nround and went back to the terminal. This set us back a hour, I arrived in Portland late, drove several hours to Bend/Redmond and by 7pm I was making excuses(solid ones, I might add) to not run, but I did. The Deschutes County Fairgrounds was next to my hotel and proved to be a great place to run, with awesome scenery. The training plan called for 6 and I was an overachiever, by a little. Tonight I almost didn’t run, which would have been sad, because I felt so good when I finished. Tomorrow is speed work, 12×400 meter repeats, my feeling after that may be a little different.

“The will to finish”, should always defeat “the want to quit.” – Reist

The “Fairgrounds” run has been crushed

Shoes – Red/Black Adrenaline GTS15
Total Training Miles – 25.58 miles

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Training 1.4 The “Double H” Run

June 9th, 2015

Training 1.4 – The “Double H” Run

Date– 6/7/15
Time – 3:00pm
Location-St. Charles, MOimage
Distance – 8.13 miles
Duration – 1:10:31

I set off on this run knowing that it was 92 degrees, I absorbed the looks of “he is an idiot” as I ran through the neighborhood, but I didn’t care. I am a horrible cold weather runner, I whine and whimper with the thought of heading out in cold that will freeze my face. Heat on the other hand, I don’t hate, and this run was all kinds of HOT. It was a pretty straight forward run, the plan call for 8 Easy Miles, so I ran all 8 miles and sweated like I ran 16. At one point in the run, I rolled up in a water fountain for some much needed hydration. As I approached the fountain there were 3 kids basically having a water fight and hogging my water time, I mean the Garmin was running, I needed to drink and go. When they turned and looked at me, my heated condition scared them, badly, because they took off running (could have been the smell). I drank my water and finished my run. Oh, yeah, the second H, I am the idiot that pick a route full of hills as the temperature approached 100 degrees. (Genius)

The “Double H” run is over.

Shoes – Red/Black Adrenaline GTS15
Total Training Miles – 19.35 miles

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Training 1.2/1.3 The “NyQuil Shuffle” Run

June 7th, 2015

Days 1.2/1.3 – The “NyQuil Shuffle”

Date– 6/5&6/15
Time – 8:15am
Location-Branson, MO
Distance – 5.01 miles
Duration – 44:54
1.2 It figures, I start my training cycle and BAM! I wake up on Friday with a cold, the kind of cold that starts in your chest and explodes through your nose…ugh. With a foggy head and a 5 hour drive to Branson, MO for a family reunion in front of me, I took a day off. That’s right, the second day of training was an unplanned rest day, double ugh.

pain1.3 The room is quiet, despite it being occupied by myself, my hot wife and two teenagers at 6:30am. The long drive and good food at the reunion has everyone sleeping soundly, but not me. Behind our hotel is a church with a huge parking lot, I have been sedentary long enough (25 hours), I am going to run. I got changed, left the room dark and walked to the church. It was already pushing 80 degrees and humid, I figured I would just sweat the cold out…triple ugh. The schedule called for 6 easy miles, I ran 5. I listen to an interview with Katherine Switzer while I ran and was inspired by her dedication to the sport. I finished, felt both awesome and extremely drained all at the same time. I walked back to the room kind of expecting a reception of “nice job dad”….they were still sleeping, so I loudly opened curtains and turned on the TV. (Dad of the Year nominee). My run today was fueled by cold medicine and the obsession. I have convinced myself that if I am sick with a cold, that a good run will fix my stuffy head, running nose and scratchy throat, better than NyQuil can. I am a runner, of course I think that, don’t you.

Days 1.2 and 1.3 done

Shoes – Orange/Red Adrenaline GTS15
Total Training Miles – 11.22 miles

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Training 1.1 “The Pacer” Run

June 5th, 2015

Training 1.1 “The Pacer” Run

Date– 6/4/15

Time – 6:15am

Location-Santa Clara, CA

Distance – 6.21 miles

Duration – 53:55styk

Recap:

It was anything but warm this morning in Santa Clara.  The chill was just enough to make shiver and wonder if I should have dug around my suitcase for my gloves, but that would just be crazy, it is June. I set off on the familiar path that I have been running for the last month while working in California. The first mile borders a busy road and is very nosy, and then it angles back into neighborhoods and is surprisingly peaceful amongst this busy city. The path was busy today with bike riders commuting to work and retirees out for morning walks. I was scheduled to run 6 easy miles for Day 1 of training and I was doing a 3 mile out and back from my hotel. The first 3 were a bit uncoordinated and I could find no real rhythm.. As I was approaching the turnaround point, I passed another runner coming towards me and I recognized the familiar Boston Marathon Finisher shirt she had on, the shirt I so strongly desire to earn one day. I waved and made my turn and proceeded to fall in behind her about 75 to 100 meters back and we ran. I say “we” ran, but I don’t think she had any idea I was behind her. Her pace was so even and her stride so smooth, I began to feel my own run smoothing out. I followed her for 2 miles, until we hit a crosswalk where I caught up and to be honest may have freaked her out when she saw a 6’3” Clydesdale rolling up behind her. She slowed to the side and gave me an odd look, so I smiled and said “nice run” and kept on going, she waved smile back and said “Thanks!” I noticed she then fell in behind me for the remaining of the path, then headed into the neighborhood. Little did she know how she helped me on this run, I am grateful to my “Pacer”

 

For all 10 marathons, I have trained almost every mile by myself. I wonder what it would be like to run with a group. Being on the road 200 nights makes this difficult, but I think there should be a way.

Who has a suggestion on how I could find running partners as I travel the U.S.?

 

Run 1.1 is done

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TV Reruns and Marathon Training – Intro to the season and the recaps

June 3rd, 2015

I love watching a good TV series.  Spending the time watching a show, seeing the story develop, and getting excited for the finale at the end of the season. What makes this even better, is when the season finale lives up to expectation and leaves you wanting more.  The other side of this scenario, is the off-season, the season of reruns.  Yes, I love the show, but I have already seen these episodes and it just doesn’t have the same effect on me, I struggle and I often don’t watch the rerun, the thrill is gone.  This is how I feel about my training in between marathons.  I love running the marathon, it is my favorite distance, (don’t ask me if it is my favorite at mile 22), and when I am in between races, my running has always felt like TV reruns.  I love the run, but it just doesn’t have that same pizazz as it does when I am training for a race. (I used pizazz in a sentence….solid) I have always thought that everyone needs some sort of motivation or goal to that inspires them to run.  Mine just happens to be, running 26.2 miles, getting a medal and eating all the food.  But this year after running my last marathon in February, I made a choice to look at the “Rerun season” with a different attitude and mindset.  I was going to put a plan together to train for the training.  And I tricked my feeble brain into being excited about my running during this time of no suspense, no new plot line, but what did happen, a new character was being developed for the upcoming season, me.  I started on February 23 with my “train to train” program designed by me.  I increased my runs each week by 1 mile until I got to 9-10 miles a run 4-5x a week.  No pressure, no time goals, just running….and I got stronger.  I started eating better, which means I stopped snacking all day long and lost 15lbs, and most importantly I was engaged and motivated to run.  I can’t wait for the season premier and for the story to unfold, because the finale is going to be EPIC. beepic

Now here we are, starting another cycle of marathon training and I want you all to be a part of it.  I will write a recap for each run, and publish them for you, these recaps will include:

  1. Location of the my run
  2. Short description of the run
  3. Attempt to be humorous
  4. I will go on and on about how much I love running

I will also be doing video blogs, because frankly, I am much better at talking then writing.  I might even be inclined to start a Podcast…I don’t how but it sounds cool.

Here are some facts about me and my running you may or may not care about.

  1. Shoes – Brooks Adrenaline GTS15 Size 12 / I have 5 pairs, all different colors. 3 are in rotation now, with the other 2 being moved in during the summer as the others mileage out.  (usually at 350 miles)image1
  2. I wear a belt for my phone. It is the same belt I have run with for the last 4 years.
  3. I rarely listen to music anymore. No reason, I just stopped one day.  I do like to listen to books or podcasts on really long runs.  But every so often, I can be found jamming along roads of the U.S.A.
  4. Favorite Artist to listen to while running – Andy Mineo
  5. 5489781D-DF60-47B5-99D8-27B8B5EC70A3GPS – Garmin 10…..for now
  6. Training plan – based on the Hanson
  7. Wednesday will be my rest day
  8. If you have questions, just ask

And finally:

Where/When: 10/5/2015 MO’Cowbell Marathon – Saint Charles, Missouri

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Goal:  BQ (it is a stretch, but hey I am a dreamer) It is a stretch because my PR in the marathon is 3:41:42, my BQ is 3:25:00…stretch.  But I am up for a challenge, and I know my running family will cheer me on.

If you see I am running in your town, please let me know if you want to go for a run!

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Let’s get started.

Reist

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On The Run With Reist – YOU ROCK!

December 23rd, 2014

Where do we find Reist today? Florida! Any of you runHARD faithful in the great Sunshine State, make sure to give Reist a high five if you see him out on the road in his runHARD gear! Check out this OTR video

 

See you on the road 🙂

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On The Run With Reist – Baby It’s Cold Outside

December 19th, 2014

 

It’s that time of year when you have to decide whether to go outside and run. Here are a few encouraging words for you before you go. Thanks to all of you who have bought shirts to support our cause (National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer). If you want to check them out. Hit up our runHARD Gear page.

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“Rest Day” – Guilty Pleasure or Essential Tool?

December 12th, 2014
What is it in a runners DNA that causes such disdain for the “Rest Day”.  We can read all the training manuals, listen to all the experts talk about the importance of the rest day, yet when that day arrives and as we go through those dreaded 24 hours, why is our guilt so acute?  We can literally take the last candy bar out of our child’s  Halloween bag and feel less guilt than we do on a rest day.  Usually when I’m on a rest day I’m pretty sure I can feel the training that I have put in, draining right out of my body as I sit around lazily. What I don’t feel are my muscles repairing, my tendons strengthening, my bones thankful for a break from the pounding that I put on them on a daily basis.  So yes I know it’s good for me and I know that my body needs it, but I’m a mess upstairs when I have to take a rest day. Putting it simply I just want to run.
How do I determine when I take a rest day? For me it is usually on the days that I have heavy travel. When I am going to be in and out of airports and by the time I get to the hotel I simply cannot move anymore. (On a side-note, rest days usually mean a little bit of cheating in the eating department. There is definitely going to be a donut getting devoured!)
So embrace the rest day, look at it as a day to regroup. Don’t feel guilty, because while you sit in your chair staring at your shoes, longing to go run, you are doing the right thing.  – Reist

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Crushing The Treadmill… And Proud Of It!

December 10th, 2014

Treadmill

 

I made the conscious decision as winter approached, to not complain about having to log some of my miles on the treadmill. As I travel each week there are often times when I arrive at the hotel late, it is dark, and I am unfamiliar with the area, making the treadmill a welcomed option.
With that being said, last night I CRUSHED my run in a little workout room in my hotel in Springdale, Arkansas and the endorphins had the same effect.
Let’s be clear, if you hate cold weather and you choose to run on a treadmill, you are still a “real” runner and you should be proud of the results.
– Reist
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