Our yearly run over the causeway is Saturday

The Daily News Press run is Saturday. See you out there.

The Daily News Press Run is Saturday and I’m ready for my first, official 10k. Thanks to readers of this occasional blog for good advice that I gratefully heeded.

Just to keep you posted, I did run 6.2 miles on Sunday, early in the morning. Just as I hoped, the cooler temperatures helped me to shave four minutes off the run, which I did in 1 hour, 6 minutes. The time was still longer than my goal of running my first 10k under an hour, but an improvement all the same.


(8) comments

Steve Fouga

Well, Laura, I can offer little advice for the actual run, but here's a tasty recovery drink that's cheaper and more refreshing than the powdered mixes. (Which also work very well, BTW. If you're not using a recovery drink, you might consider it.)

-- 1/2 blender carafe of watermelon chunks
-- 1 egg
-- 1/2 banana
-- heaping teaspoon of almond butter
-- teaspoon of vanilla
-- a few shakes of cinnamon
-- tablespoon of coconut oil

Blend these ingredients at low speed to make a puree, then add a big scoop of ice and blend at high speed until it achieves a slushy consistency. If you like it, refine it by fiddling with the proportions. Only the watermelon, ice, and either the egg or the almond butter are truly necessary; I add the others because it tastes great.

Kevin Lang

Laura, good job in finishing the race. Now that you've had a couple days to reflect, and recover, what is your impression of what you talked yourself into? Your next steps now are 10 miles and half marathons. Nothing too scary about them. Just add a little more than one or two more 5k's to what you've already done :-)

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Laura Elder

Thanks Kevin. It was great to see you out there. And thank you Jake for the great recipe. Kevin, I'll blog this later this week about my impressions and my next goals. That's a good idea. I think I am going to have to train for a half marathon. Yikes.

Kevin Lang

After about 10K, most of the extra training is more mental than physical. At least for me, the mental is much more difficult than the physical. There's a big difference between knowing you can get through the distance and wanting to do it. That's the biggest reason I haven't stepped up to the marathon. I just have no desire to run for 4-5 hours. That's at least two to three hours more attention span than I want to devote to running. Put me on a bike, and I'll willingly go 8 hours.

Steve Fouga

Kev, I think you've answered this before, but where do you ride? I'm interested in someplace within reasonable driving distance of G-Town, if such a place exists. I do some of the charity rides in the Alvin/Manvel area, but the traffic can be a little scary for a solo rider.

For now, it's either Galveston or Katy, where my mom lives.

Kevin Lang

Right now, I'm between bikes. However, I do like riding in the Brazoria area between Alvin and Lake Jackson. I also like riding along 146 between Kemah and Texas City, and venturing into the Bacliff/San Leon area, and/or the areas of 517 and 646 between Hwy 3 and 146. I've done a few organized rides up in Montgomery County, Hill Country, and the Katy Prairie area. Most of my past riding, though, was out in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Coast Range and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Steve Fouga

Thanks, kev. Two more questions. Do you tend to ride those areas early on weekend mornings to avoid traffic? And would you be in the market for a vintage Colnago in 56-cm frame size? Had to ask.


Kevin Lang

56cm is a bit tall for me. I believe my current bike has a 53 cm frame, and it's perhaps 1-2 cm too tall according to the formulas. I can still straddle the top tube without killing myself, but much taller than that, and I'd be in peril. :-)

If I'm riding by myself, I don't punish myself by getting out of bed that early. I spent many a year doing bicycle commuting, so traffic doesn't bother me all that much. The idiots do, but I find that they come out pretty much any time there's sunlight, moonlight, starlight, or even no light. I pretty much just do everything I can to put myself at a skill advantage over them.

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