Quick update!

Just wanted to let everyone know...I FINISHED ECON & PASSED! I got 95% on the final which...moving that long run and bucking down for two days really paid off.

On to running news...
My long run this week didn't go well. I got out there and the heat zapped me! A number of issues that came up:
1: Found a pair of shorts that are not long run shorts! OUCH
2: Black top trails on hot sunny days means demoralizing heat blasting you from both sides.

I turned around at mile 2.5 and ran home to re-apply some body glide where my shorts were "treating me wrong." They worked so well on my last 5 miler but in the heat I could just feel my inner thighs just getting hotter with every stride. So when I got home and did my thing, re-fueling as well...I started out and just ran to the end of the road (about 0.9miles) and back. Take some water and repeat until whipped out. It was comforting not to have my fuel belt on as well as know water is no more than a mile behind me.

I really hope Oct. 4th is not a hot day. I will be miserable for 26.2 miles. I'm sorry it was a little cold for all of you people last year but I will take cold and rainy over hot and sunny any day on a long run.

Enough for now...I'm off to be productive.


Long runs galore...

So it is no secret that school has thrown my once steady schedule into a whirlwind of organized chaos. I've been fitting in house work and work outs where they fit. This weekend Steph and I spent two solid days racking the yard, mowing, cutting down over grown bushes, hauling them away, cleaning & organizing the garage, putting in new locks, and entertaining my family Sunday afternoon. We are getting to the end of our immediate "To Do" list. All we really have left is to continue to clean up the over grown parts of the yard, finishing cleaning the basement and to a better job at organizing the pile of housing documents in the office.

Thankfully this has been a week off of school and I can enjoy the coming 3 day camping trip. I'll throw in a 16 mile run one day but other than that it will be hiking, canoeing and beer drinking fun with friends.

That brings me to my title, long runs galor...
Last weeks long run was put off until Econ was finishing, which meant Wednesday evening. That 12 mile went ok. I came home and said "that was as hard as I can run 12 miles right now." It felt good all the way until that last mile. I was running on a trail and I knew there was a drinking fountain 2.5 miles away from my house. I went out comfortable and came back strong. But when I got to that last drinking fountain I couldn't get any water out! It was barely flowing over the edge of the spout. I soon gave up and started my way back at a more comfortable pace hauling my empty fuel belt bottles. Lets just say the last gel I consumed leading up to that drinking fountain didn't stay well in my mouth. I got that cotton mouth sensation and came home walk/running the last mile in 11:20. I was running seriously low...which lead to small cramps while stretching post run. All in all I think that was a good run, I neg. split the run by over 2 min (even with that final 11:20 mile) to finish with an 10:07 average.

Today is going to be my 14 miler I skipped this weekend to focus on yard work. It is supposed to be sunny and 80+. Hot weather works me over so this should be interesting. Anyone who knows me, knows I "run" hot all the time. My skin is always warm so when you throw me in a warm climate I'm instantly sweating buckets. I'm going to need to be smart about my route tonight, making sure I work in known "working" drinking fountains or water stops.

Then sometime this weekend I'll hit up another long run, 16 miles, while I'm up north camping. I haven't decided when I want to do it yet but either way I'll be enjoying some nice country scenery. Maybe Saturday morning so I can just spend the rest of Saturday dragging my feet over the front end of a canoe with a beer in my hand.

3 long runs in 1.5 weeks has left little time for other work outs. Steph and I did a recovery ride last week and then I counted the 2 days of yard work as cross training. I'm hoping this week will have a recovery ride tomorrow, Wednesday easy run, Thursday hard ride, then the weekend is up in the air as to where the long run will fit.

I hope everyone is having a good Monday! I'll check in on everyone later!


The crazy midnight mind of Borsch

Last night I was working on my Global Econ final and sometime around 11pm I was like what!?! Look at me, I have a mess on the desk and yet I'm slightly organized.

The pictures below say it all...

ps..If you missed Saturday's 70 mile bike ride and house pics scroll down!


I've been a bad blogger!

Wow, where did I go?!? It has been tough to make time to write blog posts! Even just posting pics of the house! I have a few below...check them out! The last few weeks have been getting crazier, if that is possible! We put stuff away in the house for the most part, we got most of the initial "to do's" done. Now it is finals week for my Global Econ class and the start to the "real" build for marathon training. This week starts three weeks of uncertainty for me...12, 14 & 16 for long run mileage. I've been there before, I know I can go there again but man...after my last long run it seems like so far! I've come to terms with myself and I just know I'm not going to be as fast as I was last year (really not that fast at all). I was struggling to hold 10:00-10:30's on my last 3 mile run! I'm not sure if it was lack of sleep, lack of hydration or both but it just didn't come to me at all. I couldn't find it. After that 3 mile run I joined some friends, and the TCBC Bike club, for 32 miles of PAIN! 5 miles into the ride my right calf CRAMPED! We weren't going at an above average effort but it cramped, shortly followed by my left calf. I slowed and tried to work both of them out. It seems to work for a while, but every time we hit a hill (there were enough of them) I found my calves twinging again and again. I was trying to compensate and to more work with the quads but that only led to my quads cramping with 1 mile to go. Lets just say I was in a world of HURT!

I tried to rehab them because Saturday was a 73 mile ride around Lake Pepin. The ride is very scenic and we go at an easy pace around a "lake" in southern MN that divides MN and WI. It is really just a bay in the Mississippi. We had a good group, some strong riders to pull...a few good pace riders to take some turns at the front. As you can see in the pic below I wore thermal tights to keep my calves warm. That and the "compression" factor seemed to help. They were ok through the ride. They were tight through most of the ride but never gave me any trouble. The day started in the low 60's and was maybe in the mid 60's by the time we finished.

We had 1 rider who had never goen over 25 miles and she wanted to join us for this 70+ mile trek. Needless to say she BONKED. By mile 4 she hadn't drank half a bottle of fluid and ate nothing. That may work on a 1 hour effort but not 2+ hours in with 2+ hours to go. We gave her a quick nutrition 101 course at the rest stop and forced her to eat and drink the rest of the way. The frustrating thing was that we paced her back 30 miles at 15-17 mph. I found myself out front for around 25 miles of that 30 grinding away at 80rpm. I found it tough to go slower with a high cadence. I either wanted to "go" or bounce around in my seat. So I just kept grinding at 80 rpm's. All in all it was a nice day but I would have loved to finish with a stronger average.

All of us pre-ride. From L to R.
Lauren, Mike, Natalia, Kari, ME, Matt

All of us post ride. Everyone is smiling!



Starting with trim work...

Painting over the test colors...

And the living room/dinning room is DONE! Well at least the red is.

The kitchen.

Steph working hard on the kitchen.

Steph and Steve working away at the "wheat grass" color on the rest of the living room/ dining room and sitting room (where they are now). Why does Steve have the roller sideways....Steve, turn it the long way, it works better.

Pharmie came over as well! She scrubbed our bathroom for hours! THANK YOU! It was gross, full of contractor dust, dirt and just a film of something over everything. I guess that is what happens when it sits empty for a while and has only had contractors in it in the last 1.5 years.

Putting the garage door opener together.

And it is up! My dad and brother came over to help! Thanks! Here my dad is turning the screw that adjusts the height while I'm down below pushing the button over and over again. It only took a few turns and we had the door opening and closing at the correct height and pressure! Be assured if your children get caught under my garage door it won't squish them!

Here is part of the yard.
I'll post more pics later. The upstairs of the house is mainly in order but we do have some boxes piled in a few corners left to sift through.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Time for me to keep cranking out this final!


Week 3 in the books...

Week 3 of training is in the books. One 5 miles run got skipped but I'm sure I made up for it some how. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was on my feet from when I woke up to when I went to bed. Steph and I were painting, cleaning, second coat, cleaning, touch-up's, start another room, organize, install garage door opener, second coat in other room, touch-up's followed by more cleaning/organizing. Then Monday morning I did a 10 mile run in the morning. It was good, I felt good. I went out at a comfortable 10 min/mile - 10:15/mile pace. At the turn around I was feeling good so I picked it up a little. I was remembering something Phamrie had told me, she is planning on dragging me through a 4 hour marathon. So I decided to see what this body had left after being on my feet all those days. I managed to crank out 9:15's for a while but after 3 miles or so I needed some water a shot blocks so I walked a min while I scarfed those down and got right back at it. I found myself holding 9:30's and feeling ok. At mile 9.1 it all turned. I went up this little hill that left the trail I was on so I could take side streets back home and I really don't know what happened, I just started to feel low. I shot some more water at my gut but kept moving. Around 9.5 I was toast, I was nauseous and decided to walk home. I drank two huge glasses of water and ate a hot dog bun. We haven't went grocery shopping yet so all we have are turkey burgers, hot dogs, lean pockets and milk. The hot dog bun seemed to help, I did a quick stretch and wardrobe change and was off to my old place to begin the 10+ hours of: drive, load the truck, drive, unload the truck, box spring doesn't fit up stair case (stupid old homes!), drive, load the truck, drive, unload the truck, drive, buy new split queen box spring, drive, unload box springs, drive load the truck, drive, unload the truck, drive truck back to dad's.

It was a busy weekend, I'm glad this is a recovery week! I can get in some shorter runs, get some fun bike rides in and clean up the house. I'll post some pics later in the week!


TGIF...well close enough!

Hey all, sorry for going MIA again. For my first order of business I just want to let you all know that Steph and I closed on our house yesterday! I spent the day cleaning, doing paint prep and making a trip to Menard's...ah, the life of a home owner. Today we are going to actually throw some paint on the walls and get ride of the "trust tan" that is in every room. Tomorrow is a company holiday so I'm sure I will spend tomorrow rolling the second coat of paint in the kitchen, living room and dining room (which are the rooms we'd like to get 1 coat on this evening). The rest of Friday will prolly be spent prepping another room for paint and installing a garage door opener. Saturday is where the real fun starts...more paint! We are going to be as high as one of those battling kites in The Kite Runner. We are hoping to wrap up the kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom and main bath before we move in Monday. This should be interesting!

As for workouts go, I've knocked off two weeks of marathon training not missing a single run! I may miss today's and do it tomorrow morning then move my long run another day out. So I think some things are starting to balance out and I'm making ME a priority again.

That's all I have time for right now, back to work!


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