Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I think last night I finally hit the point where I enjoy running. Maybe you are thinking to yourself, "why on earth would you attempt a half marathon if you hate running?" Well, because it's a challenge, Violet needs exercise and I like to eat mass amounts of complex carbohydrates. And up until now it wasn't that fun. The fact that it's freezing out, or that I tend to run pre-wakeup or post-night o' cocktails might have contributed. In any case, last night I really enjoyed it and if it weren't for the impending blizzard, I could have probably gone another 3 miles.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Howdy. I got some flak from my sister about not posting. So here I am, although I wonder who is reading this other than our mother. Anyway, training for me is going superb. After having so much leg pain I went and bought some insoles for The BEASTS!! And guess what...after buying $140 shoes, $25 insoles fixed my problem. I am now running 4 miles in 42 minutes with little discomfort. This Wednesday I will be upping it to 5. If I up my mileage a mile a week I will be ready by race day. My goal for now is to run 10 minute miles. I figure if something happens during the race I will have some room to work with before they yank me from the race and make me do the ride of shame to the finish line. They say if you don't keep a 13:45 mile pace after the 7th mile they will pick you up in a car/truck/van/golf cart and take you to the finish line. This could be very embarrassing if they take you past all the other runners. Btw...if you get bored while running I have the perfect solution. Download the Uhh Yeah Dude podcast. Alison, I hope you have already done so. Their slogan is "Two American Americans Saving America From Herself". These guys are freaking hilarious. They pretty much just talk about current events in America and how many Americans are a little screwy. Check their webpage out...http://www.uhhyeahdude.com/. DOWNLOAD IT, IT'S FREE!! Okay that's all...
Monday, January 11, 2010
I was pretty excited about testing out the running conditions below the Bible belt this weekend. I imagined hugging the coastline as I ran a million miles, eventually ending up on the sandy beaches of Miami. The weather had another idea, as it was recording freezing temperatures here in my home town just in time for this past weekend's six miler. Oh- also it was raining. But no matter because it was still warmer than New York, and without an enormous dog in tow, I felt light as a feather. This was encouraging since last weekend's long run took place in the YMCA, and was less than inspiring. Also because I am eating my weight in Chick Fila. A Matheny, signing off.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
DUDES. Bryan and I AND Josh all got through the lottery for the Half Marathon. It's pretty awesome, and I plan on having several beers when I go home to celebrate (after I run six miles of course). I was really nervous because as much as I'd like to have the pressure of raising a boat load of money for people who have way worse problems than being out of breath on mile 4, I just wasn't quite sure how going door to door was going to work out (shout out Brooklyn Heights). So instead, I'm dreaming up a plan of fundraising of my own (more on this later). But for now, we raise our glasses because in a few short months my thighs will be as big as Texas and my waist as small as a pea while I hopefully meet my male counterparts across the finishline. Pasta dinners for everyone!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It's Bryan again.Today is a big day. At 6:00 PM tonight the NY Runners Foundation posts the results of the half marathon lottery. We are crossing our fingers that we make the cut. Today I woke up with pain in my lower leg, especially in my right leg. I iced them this morning, did a 4 mile bike ride and iced them again with stretching in between. The weather here has been record breaking. On Saturday we are suppose to have a low of 26!!!! Sorry Alison. Anyway that's all I have for now, check back for the lottery results. Peace.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Hello everyone! This is Bryan Matheny, Harpy's bro. I am also training for the halfy in NY. Got started off to a rough start. I seem to severely overpronate and have low arches. Not a good thing for a marathon runner. After having debilitating pain in my lower legs I went to the local running store and bought some new shoes. These are what they call The BEAST!! I still had pain in the beginning, but it seems to be getting better. That's all.....BTW Go Gators!!