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    The Blogger Formerly Known as Mr. Ralph

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  1. RunEatRalph

    Snap Back to Reality, Oh There Goes Gravity – My First Try at Racing Again

    I'm definitely loving the process right now, other than all of the dehydration.
  2. RunEatRalph

    Snap Back to Reality, Oh There Goes Gravity – My First Try at Racing Again

    Poor guy, indeed. At least he can be confident that he tried his best.
  3. RunEatRalph

    Snap Back to Reality, Oh There Goes Gravity – My First Try at Racing Again

    I've watched it at least a few times. The poor guy definitely hydrated before the race. That was a LOT of puke. You're right that the music, the beeping and the finish line guy somehow make the whole thing even better.
  4. RunEatRalph

    Snap Back to Reality, Oh There Goes Gravity – My First Try at Racing Again

    I know! That puker ruined my big moment haha. Thanks! I really hope you're right.
  5. Good morning! I hope you all had an excellent 4th of July, whether you were celebrating Independence Day or not. Last week, I decided that I was ready to give racing a try and signed up for the local Percival’s Island 5 miler. It’s flat, fast and fun. If you’re just now tuning in, I ruptured my Achilles tendon way back in December and worked long and hard to get to this point. I got back to running at around 16 weeks and made up my mind that I was just going to ENJOY running instead of being so damn goal oriented. I’ve mainly been a social runner and taking it easy, but the more I’ve been running, the more natural it’s starting to feel and the more I feel myself wanting to pick the pace up a little. I really miss racing for the competition and the camaraderie too, so combine that with feeling good and there you have it. I haven’t been doing much running while holding anything close to race paces, so I felt like I needed to “feel it out” with a fast run a couple of days before the race. Public Runemy #1 Robbie was a willing partner to help me out. We ran 2 hard miles sandwiched between 2 easy miles. They were around a 7:00 mile pace and to be honest they felt harder than I remember them feeling. The tricky part is that it’s HOT (you may have heard). It’s hard to tell if the struggle is how out of shape I am or how miserably swampy the weather is. I think it’s both, really. I was so nervous the night before the race. I had so much doubt and even some fear. It’s hard to forget the complete shock of a ruptured Achilles. The thought that one wrong move can cause such damage is tough to shake. Sure, the injury was a freak accident in a way, but there was a clear path to set it up to fail. The morning of the race, I felt better. Friends help. People told me what I needed to hear. Seeing and chatting with other runners got me relaxed. I remembered that there’s no pressure at all for me to do well. I’m doing well just by running again. Off we went in the sweltering, suffocating heat. I started out a bit too fast (surprise!) but got settled in after a quarter mile. I felt alive! For 2 miles, I held a 7:00 pace. Then came reality. Mile 3 was over 30 seconds slower, but felt no easier. The wheels were falling off. My unreasonable optimism sometimes causes me trouble. How could I think that after struggling through 8 miles last Saturday at an easy pace I’d be able to get through 5 miles at race pace?! Dummy. Once I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to sustain what I’d started, I lost the drive to push through. I slowed down. I walked. I got passed by several runners that knew how to pace properly. Crap. Mile 4: 8:31 Definitely some pain in that face. With less then a mile to go, I got passed by two more guys that looked about my age. I finally drew a line and decided not to let them beat me. I picked up quite a bit the last half mile and left those two guys behind me with a 7:46 mile 5, finishing strongly back at my 7:00 pace that I started with. I ended up finishing 33rd overall and 4th (I hate that) in my age group. So there’s a video of the finish, which is pretty cool. My finish is tainted somewhat by the guy PUKING AT THE FINISH LINE, just before I come in. I wish I’d given that much effort. I’d feel better about myself. I was pretty drained after the race…so I hydrated with some of the red, white and blue ribbon. This race was good for me. I now know my current limits and I know that I don’t like them. I will change them. Anybody else race yesterday? How’d it go?
  6. RunEatRalph

    I Just Felt Like Running – Running with no Plan is Kind of Awesome

    Way to keep the Salt N' Pepa theme rollin'.
  7. RunEatRalph

    I Just Felt Like Running – Running with no Plan is Kind of Awesome

    I'm just glad someone is reading them.
  8. RunEatRalph

    B2

    We'll always be boot buddies 4 life, no matter how many boots we have to wear. Let's try to minimize the number though. I'm certain that you'll find numerous ways to amaze me, even with zero miles.
  9. RunEatRalph

    It's time.

    Hang in there, brother. We're all wishing the best for you.
  10. RunEatRalph

    Thelma & Louise 13.1 RR

    Congrats! Looks like you had a lot of fun and the race sounds awesome. It's too bad I couldn't run it. They'll have to come up with a "Bros only" version and call it something else. What's the dude equivalent of Thelma and Louise?
  11. How YOU doin? Yeah, YOU. It’s Friday, I DO have a job and I do have s–t to do. One of those things is to finish this post! I may have had a bit too much coffee, so forgive me for the use of expletives, exclamation points and CAPS. Getting back from travel is always an adjustment. With my Grandmother’s passing leading to an unplanned trip to CA followed by our planned vacation 2 weeks later, I was gone for 2 out of 3 weeks. This can certainly put things out of sorts. I ran plenty of days during my time away, but in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar climates. I sincerely miss those unfamiliar climates, since the familiar climate here in Virginia is hot and muggy. Some of these runs have really been kicking my butt! It’s hard to tell just how out of shape I am from the 6 months away due to injury and how much of it is that I’m dying in the weather. My first 20 mile week since December! I’m on my way. That 6 mile run was certainly the highlight of my week in running. I’ve always kind of looked at a 6 miler as the threshold where a run becomes “long” in the sense that physiological and mental concerns kick in. That’s a distance where I need to consider hydration and fuel. That’s a distance where I can lose focus, become complacent, or lose interest. For me, it brings new challenges that I don’t really deal with on shorter runs besides the obvious that “it’s longer”. I can't wait until I run out of fingers! I did follow up that long run the next day with a challenging 4 miler with running buddies Robbie and Ed. It was great to run with them, since I hadn’t done so in quite a while. Running with people that I tend to compete with added some pep to my step and had me wanting to go. That’s a feeling that I’m having trouble finding at times. We got faster as we got going. That’s always fun Everything I learned about pushing it, I learned from Salt N’ Pepa. I feel like I’ve had a plan or a goal on my mind for most of the time that I’ve ever been running. There was always a race coming up, or a BQ to dream of, or a time to beat. I’ve let that all go for a little while and it feels great! I’ll admit that some of this is out of necessity. I don’t have my kick back yet, even if I wanted it. I seem to tire earlier than I used to before I got hurt. The lack of pressure and expectations are probably a way of protecting myself from discouragement or disappointment. That may be the case, but it really doesn’t matter WHY I’m choosing to do this. I’m enjoying myself and that’s what matters. I don’t know how long I’ll feel this way, but I’m certain that eventually it won’t be enough. I’m going to want some race to conquer or some PR to chase, then I’ll just be enjoying myself in a completely different way.
  12. RunEatRalph

    Piling Up the Hay in the Barn

    Those might be the prettiest splits I've ever seen. Nice work!
  13. RunEatRalph

    Is KFC Still Open? – I Think I’ll try Streaking

    Thanks! Patience isn't usually one of my virtues but if Axl Rose says it's all we need, I figured I'd try it out.
  14. RunEatRalph

    Is KFC Still Open? – I Think I’ll try Streaking

    Did you run?
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    Is KFC Still Open? – I Think I’ll try Streaking

    I'm with you on that one. I can behave for about 5 days until I fall off the health wagon.
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