Monday, March 31, 2008

Post Run Note

Hey the craziest thing happened while I was out running today. I was following my normal route down 10Th street towards 75south and I passed what looked like a small dead animal and since I see a lot of those at first I didn't think anything of it. But as I got just past it, it moved and that of course made me stop. Well it ended up being a baby raccoon maybe two days old laying in the dang street where it could get hit by a car and no mama in site. So I flagged down car and asked them to call animal control. A police officer showed up and we moved it to the curb where no one would hit it. the game warden was supposed to be on the way. I continued on my run and when I came back by it was still there. i ran on home took a shower and went back to check on it. I put it in a crate and called the game warden myself. Looks like we will have a small visitor for the night and they will come by and get it in the morning. I know some of you may be thinking I'm crazy but i couldn't just let the little thing die. Like i have said before we runners are the luckiest people because we see thing everyone else misses.

Start to the Finish!!!

Well this week starts the finish of this years marathon journey. Most of you will notice that I will drastically reduce the amount of mileage I tell you about as I will run the Big D Sunday and then Groveton the following Saturday. This will complete my five marathons needed for the Marathon Challenge and beside there just aren't anymore in Texas to run for a while. After the 12 I'm going to continue to run just as much and will miss the excitement of knowing a marathon is right around the corner. Well I'm off for 6 miles. Talk to you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Katy's 5 mile Trail Run

We all had a great time out at Katy's ranch. I'm not much on trail running but the course was great a little muddy but hey what can you do about mother nature. I ran the 5 mile course and finished with a time of 39:10. Katy and her husband made us all a great meal and I would like to say thank you Katy for your hospitality. I decided to come home and run off the burger so Deanna my youngest and I went out for another 3 miles. So today's total for me is 8 miles.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Letting the legs rest!!

Well I took today off so that I have fresh legs for the run at Katy's house tomorrow. For those of you who like Mediterranean food and live in or near The Woodlands, try Dimassi's on Lake Woodlands Drive. We tried it last night and I was very pleased.

Friday, March 28, 2008

6 miles and a meal

Well I went out and ran 6 miles this afternoon with my new Garmin and I say new because I had to exchange the one I have had because the dang speaker went out. Now we are off to a Mediterranean Restaurant in the woodland I'm really wanting to try. More tomorrow.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

9 miles

Well I went to work this morning and they let me come home due to over staff. So I went out for a run. I got in nine miles today and it felt great. Not much else to tell. I did find a Race in May called Beach to Bay Relay. If anyone reads this and is interested let me know and we can talk.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Speed Work

Well I went out for a little speed work and ran a 10k, Don't want to be slow when we go and run at Katy's house this weekend. The weather has changed but its still not terribly hot out. I know my definition of speed work is different then other peoples but I see speed work as pushy myself to stay between 740 and an 835 pace for anything equal to or shorter then 6 miles. More to come tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Long Run!!

Well I went out for and ran 14 miles today and talk about windy. I thought I would never get done because of the wind. But I did finish it so im happy. Then I spent 4 hours at the ER with my oldest daughter Chantel because she was having pain in her side. Turns out to be a severe muscle strain. So all is good she got some meds and gets to miss school tomorrow. Well that about raps up my day.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Rest Day

Well I'm taking a rest day today. I figure I'll take today off then tomorrow hit the road for my first of at least 2, 14 or longer runs this week. Don't be surprised though if I come back later with an entry about choosing to go ahead and run as I sometimes tell my self take a day off and end up running anyway.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Saturday and Sunday

Well I learned an important lesson today about this blogging site if you don't post your daily blog on the same day you miss out because you cant back date. Saturday was another wonderful day for running and I took advantage of it and went for a 9 mile run out FM 1791, it felt great. Today (Sunday) I thought about taking the day off from running but I promised the family I would grill burgers and sausage for dinner so I figured if I wanted to enjoy Easter dinner with them i had better go for a run so I could burn off some calories. I thought it was going to be one of those kinda runs where I really have to push myself to get thru it but on the return trip I pushed the pace and my body responded to the tune of 3 miles at a 7:15 pace. My body still surprises me daily, just when I think it has given me all it can it gives me a little more. This week I'm going to run a few 14 milers maybe more if it feels right, but I know I need to start pushing the distances a little with Dallas only 12 days away. I want that sub 4 hr so bad I can taste it. I know someone will respond with be careful not to get injured and believe me I'm listening to my body if it says take a break I will.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Could the days be any better?

Could the past few days be any better when it comes to running and the weather? I went out for my run and did just over 6 miles today. again I wanted to run more but I had told a buddy I would hang out with him while he picked up his new jet ski's so i came on back to the house, then wouldn't you know he decided to stay in Houston after picking up his new toys so he could go to the rodeo tonight. it kinda bummed me out not because we weren't going to hang out but because I could have kept running. Oh well what are you going to do. Well today is good Friday and so far it has been that - good.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Another Great Day

Well today was another great day. Great temperature outside. I ran seven miles around forest hills and out 75 north. I felt good enough to go further but I had a meeting to go to and didn't want to be late. Well I hope the weather is as nice tomorrow as it has been the last two day if so I'm going for a long run.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Beautiful Day

What a totally assume day. I could not have asked for more perfect weather to run in this morning. The sun was out the temp was around 50*. I did right at five and half miles and could tell a lot of the sourness is going away. if tomorrow is as great as today was I cant wait to wake up tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Rainy Run

Well I went out for my first run since Sunday today and got 4 miles in and all was great till it started to rain I got about a mile from the house and the God decided that it was time for me to get wet. Oh well who am I to argue with God it his planet I'm just lucky he lets me run around it. Im off for the next three days so im for sure going to put some miles in.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon

Well I am now back home. It was really different because I don't run on trail that often. I was well on pace for a sub 4 hr marathon but had some shoe malfunctions so I had to change shoes mid race which threw me off and cost me time. That's 3 marathons done and two left to go till I complete the challenge. I just pray my body hold up. I'm feeling good though. My stats for Seabrook were.

Chip Time 4:19:28:7
Placed 79 - overall
Placed 69 - Male
Placed 10th - Age

Look out Big D here I come.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Im off to Seabrook

Well Im off to Seabrook. Thought I would go spend a few days with relatives and chill out till sunday. So I hope anyone who reads this has a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Great morning !!

The temperature was great this morning for run so I went out. Only ran five miles. Today will be my last work out till Sunday as I want to give my legs time to heal. I was supposed to get a massage at 11am but Tracy the therapist couldn't make it till 5 this afternoon. It kinda bums me out because I could have ran further if I had know I wasn't getting the massage till later. I have found that massage therapy really works before and after a marathon. Well I'm off to get something to eat as its past my lunch time.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Slow and easy!

Well I just got back in from a slow and easy run. Its not often that I slow myself down to a 10min. or slower pace but as I went out the door I thought why not take it easy. I'm 4 days out from my next Marathon and after running the inter club on Sunday I want to make sure I don't injure myself or not have anything left for this weekend by going out and pushing to hard. Look out seabrook here I come.

About Me!!!

Hello im Norman Langwell I'm from Huntsville, Texas and I'm a runner, jogger, Chug-a-Lugger, I refuse to get treatment for my behavior and I hope I'm infectious and that my love for this sport spreads. I'm 36 years old and the I love to run. The picture above is the team I ran the The Texas independence Relay with and we had a great time.