Wednesday, August 29, 2007

2 out of 3 (sort of)

Ok, so I was at the gym lifting when Joey called to see if I could be at Red Bug in 4 minutes. 4 minutes later I laced up my soccer boots and was playing 40 straight minutes in 94 degree heat. Great workout. We got spanked but I ran my ass off and played reasonably well.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Soccer the Past Two Nights - I Swear I am Going to Run AND Bike Tomorrow.

Lost 3-2 in co-ed last night at Red Bug. Tied 6-6 indoors (Longwood Sports Center) tonight. Our big goal scorer (David Slocum da man) was missing so I filled in the slack with 4 goals. Nice, but I should have had 8. Tomorrow I plan to bike 12 miles, then run just 1 mile. I am also going to the gym. Ok, 2 out of 3. Not sure which...but I commit to doing 2 of those 3 activities. Stay tuned for which ones. The Crohn's was KILLING me the last 2 days. Makes it tough to run, but soccer is a good outlet for me.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

First Ever Serious Road Bike Ride Followed By a Run..Sprint Triathalon Anyone?

Yeah, so at dinner last night some friends are talking about sprint triathalons. One of my friends even completed the bike portion on a beach cruiser. Well, I think I may go for it. So this morning I biked 10.8 miles. I hadn't biked this far on a road bike ever so running was not in the cards. Just to see what it felt like on tired legs, I did run 1/2 mile. I think I can do just was tough because of some Crohn's related issues (I will leave it at that) I have been having today. Anyway, Sean...I know you are thinking about it, and would without a doubt demolish whatever time I can pull off..keep me posted as to whether or not you are going to do a sprint-triathalon. If you are in the Orlando area and looking to train for a sprint-triathalon (there are upcoming ones in Orlando on Sept 15 and October 7th) let me know.

Oh, and if I feel ok, I am going to get in a 2 mile run tonight then another 10 mile plus bike ride tomorrow.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thinking about the ING Miami Half Marathon

So, I am thinking of joining Team Challenge for the ING Miami Half Marathon. Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation's new endurance training program. This new fundraising program trains you to run or walk a half marathon while helping the Foundation raise funds to find a cure for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Their second event is the ING Miami Half Marathon taking place on January 27, 2008. I am really excited about this and if anyone with Crohn's in The Orlando area is interested in joining me in training, let me know here.

I have been playing so much soccer, but my plan is to ramp up training this Tuesday (yes right before a soccer game). I am thinking I will follow a standard half-marathon training plan as the structure was a tremendous help while training for Philadelphia Marathon in 2005.

Monday, August 20, 2007

More Soccer Less Running

Played at Red Bug on Friday night..awesome full sided, full field 120 minute run with Zoo and Serby. Woke up at 8:45 am Sunday for a 9:00 game. Flew over to Central Winds and by 9:06, sleepy seeds still in my eyes, I scored an unreal goal. Half-volley, upper 90 top shelf...wrapped the net around the top of the goal post. SICK. Bekham has nothing on me! Followed it up by going to the FC Rogue barbeque for old times sake. Good to see those fellas. 8:30 co-ed tonight at Red Bug and 8:30 indoor tomorrow night at Longwood Indoor Sports Complex.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dealing with Neck Pain

So I am dealing with a pinched nerve and strained neck from a collision and subsequent header on the soccer field. I played about 10 minutes in my co-ed game but it was intense pain with every step as I ran. I have an indoor game tonight...I am feeling better but it is far more competitive...we will see how it goes. I want to be able to run again, but am thinking it will be a good week or two before I can even do it..and two-three until the pain subsides.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Soccer Injury, Slow running this week, Props to Sean's 10k

I played a 120 minute long soccer match Friday on a typical August, steamy night in Florida. I came out drained, but with a sore neck (not exactly sure how). After a day at the beach Saturday (LOADED with physical, running, drinking, etc), I played a full match again on Sunday. In the first half I went up to win a header and my neck got rocked back. I can barely move my upper body and am in excruciating pain. I am supposed to have a co-ed game tonight, and an indoor game Tuesday. I am not sure whether I will play in either OR run. Congratulations to Sean for another great finish in the Shelburne Falls (Mass) Bridge of Flowers 10k. Awesome work bro. You definitely inspire me.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday Night Soccer

This weekend will be loaded with soccer. I played 120 minutes with a 5 minute break with some Christian organization tonight. 11 v 11 refereed scrimmage. I just showed up to play with the Spanish players on the side field and ended up on center court....Had two nice goals, and my friend Holly from my Co-ed team (Orlando Sport and Social Club) was there. I have a CFSL (Central Florida Soccer League). Hitting Daytona Beach for some beach soccer tomorrow, then have an over 30 premiere game on Sunday, Co-ed Monday, Indoor Tuesday, and likely more co-ed Thursday...which takes me back to Friday for Christian League. So, if all goes well and work and family permit..I will get in 6 good days of soccer this week. Orlando's David Beckham is gonna get it done!

Off Running Topic, But on Over 30 topic!

"Oh man, I am the oldest guy out here..." That seems to be the first thought in my head before almost every soccer game I play these days. Thank god for my over 30's Premier Team (likely playing with Allemania Aixpress this Season), because whether it is a pick up game, Indoor at Longwood Sports Complex, or sometimes with the Orlando Sport and Social Club (thankfully there are some other fossils out there), I am the eldest of the bunch.

Had the same feeling Tuesday night...until I buried 4 goals, and realized wisdom and hustle usually beats out youthful cockiness and skill!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Wow, a running first, and not a good one

So the aforementioned Moss Park 10k was at 7 am...about an hour from my house. I set my alarm and get in bed way to late..about 1 am. I woke up at 7:15 am only to realize my alarm button was halfway between set and on. Shit!

Friday, August 03, 2007

10K Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will set a PR. I am running in the Moss Park Forest Run 10k. Only my 4th ever real first 10k, and my first trail race (second trail run). Should be intersting. I am out of shape, generally feeling not so good about my physical condition, yet desirous to lose a couple pounds and get my shit together. So, stay tuned for the gory details.