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12th Annual Riverwalk 5 Mile Race Report

Today, I ran the 12th Annual Riverwalk 5 Mile Race in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  According to Daniels, this was my third speed session of the week (either a speedwork or race, according to his instructions), so I chose a race to see how my progress was going with this training session.

I signed up for the race 3 weeks ago, which means I had not had any issues with the asthma and thought I would be able to do this event without a problem.  How naive I am sometimes.
Excuses: Asthma Attack at Mile 3Changing floor at home had me smelling fumes all weekAsthma not under control for the past 3 weeksIncrease in asthma meds2 Martinis the night before3 hours of sleepObamaInsert your favorite here As you might have read on the threads I participate, my asthma has gone haywire for the past 3 weeks. It's not a coincidence that it has gone haywire exactly when I am starting training for short races.  For the last 5 months or so I have been training mainly on easy and long runs to complete mult…

Submission to the ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon Blog

Today, I sent an application to participate as a blogger for the ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.  Here is the article I submitted:



I am a runner.  I am a marathoner.  But I have asthma too.  And although being both a runner and an asthmatic is not mutually exclusive, it makes training much harder.
A little bit of history.  Although I've always suspected I had asthma, I was not diagnosed until last September, while training for the New York City Marathon.  When I was attempting a 22 miler in Key Biscayne and after having an asthma attack atop the bridge, I decided to get this issue resolved once and for all.  The medication and treatment the doctor gave me did not seem to help and I had a big asthma attack at Mile 16 of the New York City Marathon and finished my fourth marathon as my second worst time.  I switched specialists and started treatment with a different medication.  Things seemed to improved.
I live in Miami and I have two asthma triggers, humidity and dustmite alle…

Week 1: The Next Training Session Begins

I have not trained in months.  Not since my marathon training for NYCM and West Palm Beach.  From December through February, I tried to maintained a semblance of a plan in order to do multiple marathons.  And I succeeded at that (with the exception of the last marathon, where I DNF'd after being diagnosed with a UT infection that left me with no energy).  So, I was looking forward to training again, and most importantly, to do some speedwork!
The races I've targeted are going to be tough.  They are in May and they are both usually at 86F with 100% humidity or even worse.  They are shadeless and they are not flat (at least the 10K isn't).  I am not looking for a PR, but one will be welcomed.  I am looking to have a similar semblance of pre-asthma times.
So with the races decided, I embarked on Week 1 of training, based upon Daniels' Formula.  This is a combined training for both the 10K and the 5K race.  Week 1 was a success.
This week was hard, as my asthma was acting up …

13.1 Miami Beach: Excuses, Excuses, blah, blah, blah Race Report

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Today, I ran the 13.1 Miami Beach, a race I've been doing since its inception.  It's the toughest course around here, as it has 4 overpasses, it's usually hot and humid, and it's at the end of the season, after you've run one (or 4) marathons in 3 months and you are tired at the time you toe the starting line.

As usual, this race was to be for fun.  And fun I had.
Excuses for not PR'ing: Don't careTreating it like my LR of the weekAsthma has been pretty bad all weekSpeedwork session yesterdayHot and humid weather (80F with 97% and 74 dewpoint at the start, 86F with 71% and 71 dewpoint at the end)Potty breakToe issuesWater stationsThe changes of the moonWho knows Since it was hot as soon as I stepped out of the car, I was very glad I chose to run in what I did.



The race is pretty well organized and it has a pretty good post race party.  Also, since I've done the "Big Three" (13.1 Ft. Lauderdale, ING Miami Marathon, and 13.1 Miami Beach) I gotta s…