Bouncing Soles Running Blog – Covering races and events in the Philadelphia area

27Feb/130

Back on my Feet Philadelphia 5 Miler

Posted by Patrick Durante

I love listening to TED talks.  Hearing the thought process from either very successful, innovative, or intelligent people can have such an impact.  I came across the talk from Anne Mahlum, the person who started the non-profit Back on my Feet (BoMF).

It's an inspiring story and such a simple idea.  I agree with her the impact that running can have.  Running doesn't just change your body, it changes how you approach everything in life.  On Saturday, March 30th they will be holding their 2nd annual event.  If you're looking for a warm-up race for Broad street this is a perfect race.

Here's the link for the Back on my Feet 5 Miler  that will be hosted in Philadelphia.

BoMF website

 

24Feb/130

A great guide to running and racing

Posted by Patrick Durante

Alberto Salazar's Guide to Road racing

The majority of the reading that I've done usually involves technical books for my day job.  I've recently started to extend my library to include some running books.  One of the things that I regretted about high school is never going out for the track team.  I wish I would have gotten to experience coaching from someone who's either run competitively in the past or had an extensive running background.  Since that's no longer an option I did the second best thing, get a book from someone who does coach runners.  I picked up Alberto Salazar's Guide to Road Racing, and all I can say is I wish someone would have handed me this book years ago.  Even as someone who's been running for over 14 years I've pick up a lot of helpful tips.  I know this will be my go to reference for future questions and pacing strategies.  I've actual read the book with a notepad because there's just so many important tips the author makes.  The author knows what it's like to deal with injury and the training necessary to be at the highest level of competition.  I'm just glad that I did come across this book so I can try to change some of my bad habits and fine tune my training.  Either way the book is worth every penny.

24Sep/110

Taking on a 50K – Blues Cruise Ultra

Posted by Patrick Durante

So I finally completed my first Olympic distance triathlon, the Steelman.  The race was brutal, I did better than expected in the swim, but the run really suffered.  I attributed it to pushing too hard on the bike and really not putting in the time practicing hills.  As fun as it was, it was disappointing.  I didn't place that well and I couldn't believe how terrible I did on the run.  Running is my best event, I enjoy it the most so it was heartbreaking to say the least.  So what do I go and do???  Register for a 50K run, that's what I did.  My wife already can't stand how much time I spend training and this nearly put her over the edge.  It's funny, most people think that the hardest part of completing a 50K would be the actual miles.  I would say it's trying to convince your wife that what your doing isn't insane.

Over the past two months I have had some early mornings.  It's really the only time that you can put in those types of miles and not ruin any other plans you might have.  I live about 26 miles, by car, outside of the city.  My bright idea was to get my mileage up and take a series of trails that would get me to work.  I'm lucky to have a shower and an understanding boss who doesn't care if I'm a little late for work.  So waking up at 4:30 in the morning has been tough but I actually look forward to it.  I started off small with some 13 mile runs from a train station that was closer to work.  As I progressed, following this training schedule, I moved the starting point further back to my home.  The total miles door to door is 20.   Add in a few extra loops of Kelly drive and that's how I got the miles in.  The 2nd nice thing about my job is that I sit at a desk most of the day.  Another huge problem would be running 27 miles in to work, then trying to stand on your feet.  It just wouldn't happen.

So I'm one week away from the race and the only thing that concerns me is the terrain.  Most of my long runs were done on a mix of road and trail, I just hope that it's a relatively flat course and not too hot that day.  According to their site, it's a great race for first time ultra runners.  The idea of running a gigantic 31 mile loop sounds fun, I just have to remember to pace myself.   I met a guy, on one of my morning runs, that said he made the classic mistake and went out too fast on his first ultra.  He said I should walk the hills to save my legs... I might just take his advice.

http://www.bluescruiseultra.com/

One of my runs to work: