Monday, June 10, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Carlsbad Half Marathon- January 2013
2013 was my fourth year at the Carlsbad Marathon weekend with Insulindependence. We had over 100 runners and volunteers on the team. This year, I signed up to set a new PR at the 13.1 road half marathon distance. I succeeded with a 1:38 holding a steady, consistent effort.
|Mile 11- Photo by Brennan Cassidy|
As I gain more race experience, my sense of pacing at each distance improves. I had no illusions of outstanding specific fitness for this particular race, yet I managed to hold a very even pace from start to finish. I started in the third wave and picked my way through minimal traffic before finding a good rhythm. I enjoyed having dozens of friends at the race, many wearing the same jersey and running for a shared cause.
Friendly competition can be a great source of motivation. At least two teammates led the way and, in the spirit of racing, I tried my best to catch them while also staying within my own limits. Two other friends followed just minutes behind, promising to pass if I slowed. Late in race, I got a boost of energy at the Insulindependence pirate-themed water station. I was happy to see them, but purposely ran through without slowing. The ideal So Cal winter beach weather allowed me to rely on prehydration during this less than two hour effort. I only took water a few times to chase the gels.
Triabetes Training Camp- February 2013
I might run the LA Marathon in March. A friend offered his bib that he is unable to use due to an injury. My goal race is the Leona Divide 50M in April. I ran it last year in under twelve hours. This year, I aim to take up to an hour off that time. While my diabetic friends across the country help me confront living with a broken pancreas, my So Cal Coyote Running teammates are my regular, local training partners, coaches, and mentors especially out on the trails. Looking forward to ramping up the mileage this month... after all, it's the journey, not the destination, that matters most.
Posted by Christian Chiappe at 5:57 PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Boney Mountain 21k starts with a pavement descent, then a 500+ foot climb before dropping again. At mile six, another climb begins gradually. It gets steeper and continues to take you up the mountain for four miles. A fast two miles follows if the runner has saved enough energy to keep a high turnover bombing down towards the finish line.
This year, the temperature was cool. It rained overnight, but the trails in the Northeast section of Point Mugu State Park held up well. I ran a personal course best at 2:23. Here is a comparison of the six minute difference between 2012 and 2013 on the same course. As for nutrition, I started with a bottle of Accelerade, refilled with plain water, and took one or two gels during the run.
My next race is the Carlsbad 13.1 on January 27th, but looking ahead to the Leonna Divide 50 Miler, assuming I choose to race it, my nutrition strategy here at Boney Mountain may be the key to finishing in under 11 hours at LD50. My 2013 goals are ambitious: set a personal course record at every race I enter. For those more familiar with running terminology, I will be more specific: CR if not PR at all distances.
As I mentioned, Carlsbad Half Marathon is next. My course best there is 1:46 and I have run one other half in 1:39.59. While my training is focused on improving climbing ability for Pine to Palm 100M in September, I run sufficient pavement miles and downhill trails to make a PR feasible. We’ll find out in less than two weeks.
I have not yet registered for LD50 which takes place at the end of April. I want to see how Carlsbad goes first. If it is sold out by the time I decide, my longest run in preparation for Pine to Palm will be pacing at a friend’s 100M race. Pine to Palm has a cutoff of 34 hours and I ran AC in 32:30 in 2012.
Posted by Christian Chiappe at 12:23 PM
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I decided to withdraw from the Way Too Cool 50k in March. The race is hundreds of miles away on a Saturday and on a flat, fast course. I am interested in improving everything about my running, but I need to focus on getting faster at climbing and nutrition.
One good nutritional habit that I have, despite ignoring it today, is having a hearty breakfast. Reputable sources of nutrition advice recommend frontloading caloric intake earlier rather than later in the day and smartly timing it to varying levels of physical activity. Today, I skimped on breakfast calories before attempting a 50k training run. I ran well for about 18 miles, then bonked badly. I consumed some extra calories to compose myself enough to reach a bailout point. Coyote Running teammates David C. and David V. were gracious to slow down and endure some sluggish miles with me.
As for climbing, I am working on it. Simply practicing will promote improvement. There are significant gains to be made from getting leaner, too. I have a relatively short, but very challenging 21k race coming up next weekend at Boney Mountain. I look forward to pushing the downhills and not giving up too much time on the climbs, either.
Then, on April 27th, I will go for either a 50M or 50k PR at Leona Divide. I might do another shorter race in May at Malibu Creek, but my next big event at this point will be pacing my friend Deno at DRTE100. It will probably be about 50k in gnarly terrain. This race has a 48 hour time limit which is indicative of its difficulty. That will leave the rest of the Summer to prepare for September’s 100M at Pine to Palm. Based on previous results, I am projected to finish in 31 hours. I will be happy to just finish, but it seems to be a reasonable goal to beat that automized prediction.
Posted by Christian Chiappe at 9:30 PM
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
August- Pier to Pier Swim
I enjoyed my third participation in this mass two-mile ocean swim from Hermosa to Manhattan Beach.
September- Mount Baldy Ascent
Got a late start and did not reach peak, but a memorable day nonetheless.
an ascending set of 3x10k. Later in October, I course swept at an Xterra Trail Run at Point Mugu.
November- XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot
There was a some rain during the event, but it was the heavy rains before the race that created extremely muddy course conditions.
January 6th Boney Mountain 21k
January 27th Carlsbad Half Marathon
February 7-10th Triabetes Training Camp
March 9th Way to Cool 50k
April 27th Leona Divide 50M
June 14-16th DRTE100 *Pacing
September 14-15th Pine to Palm 100M
Posted by Christian Chiappe at 7:28 PM