Saturday Jul 14, 2007

Running Gospels from "Saint Ralph"

I watched Saint Ralph recently, an absolutely wonderful movie. The movie is set in 1954 and about how 14-year old Ralph Walker believes winning Boston Marathon will be a miracle and bring his mother out of coma. If you are a runner, this is a really good one to watch. Here are some of the quotes from the movie

  • "Unlike other events in running, the marathon is ultimate test of fortitude. Therefore, once the decision to run has been made dedication is paramount."
  • "Especially when your legs ache from training, putting in the miles is essential to self-improvement."
  • "In running, you can never recover. You can redline all you want but never go past the breaking point until the final sprint."
  • "As the race approaches it is paramount that all distractions disappear. It's equally important that all doubts be cast aside. Remember, the marathon is not without adversity, not without pain."
  • "The more pain I can take, the better runner I'll be."

And some simple lessons:

  • Stay on pace.
  • Don't get caught up into surges.
  • Don't go into oxygen debt, breathe.
  • Use your arms, relax your arms.
  • More tension makes your steps shorter.

And the best one I liked:

  • "To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield" from Ulysses

Watch a trailer of the movie

 

And then the last minutes of miracle marathon:

Another one of my favorite is Chariots of Fire.

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Tuesday Apr 10, 2007

GlassFish Channel

One more venue to ask questions on GlassFish is Chat rooms. I configured using Gaim 2.0.0 beta6 and now there. The complete archive of the chat session is available here. You need to click on << and >> (top of the page) to scroll through the dates. Alternatively, you can search the entire archive by entering a keyword.

Other that this, you can send a message to users-AT-glassfish.dev.java-DOT-net (archive subscribe) or post a question in the GlassFish forum. If interested, you can buy paid support for Sun Java System Application Server here.

You can get yourself more familiar with GlassFish or JavaEE in general using a mix of free and paid training material.

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Wednesday Feb 21, 2007

Polar F11 and Marathon Training

I've started uploading my running log using Polar F11 to their website.

A monthly view provides a summary for the entire month and shows the days on which any kind of physical activity was recorded by F11.

A weekly view provides more detail in terms of finish times, high and low limit of heart rate and total time spent in the week so far.

A daily view allows you to specify the different types of Activity ("Running" below). It shows the timing to the exact second. If I wear the heart rate monitor during the activity, then it calculates the calories burned, fat consumption, maximum heart rate (HRmax) and average heart rate (HRavg, aka resting heart rate).

I'm planning to use this for tracking my marathon training this year. 

I wish, and hope, Polar define a Web service so that users can access their data programmatically or at least allow the data to be exported in a usable format.

Technorati: Running Training Polar Heart Rate Monitor

Monday Feb 12, 2007

Running Training Tips

Great running training tips.

Technorati: Running Training

Sunday Feb 11, 2007

Marathon Training, here I come!

Last pre-training week with a total of 26 miles.

Mon: 7 miles
Tue: Rest
Wed: 7 miles
Thu: 5 miles
Fri: None
Sat: 7 miles
Sun: Rest

So marathon training, here I come tomorrow. Check out some good articles in the meanwhile:

Miles to go ...

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Monday Oct 30, 2006

Silicon Valley Marathon 2006 Training Calendar

I'm recovering well after the marathon. My complete training calendar is below. I'll be happy to take any advise on altering my schedule to accommodate a faster pace for the next race.

Silicon Valley Marathon 2006 Running Schedule
                                                 
Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total
Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Pace Weight
1/May 29th             4.5 4.5 00:39:17 4.5 4.5 00:39:12 4.5 4.5 00:39:11   4.5 00:38:46 4.5 4.5 00:37:49 18 22.5 00:08:38 179
2/Jun 5th   4.5 00:37:43 4.5 7 01:00:13 4.5 4.5 00:36:43 4.5   00:45:00 4.5 7 01:01:46   9 01:25:34 7     25 32 00:08:49 178
3/Jun 12th 4.5 7 01:02:09 4.5 7 01:00:56 4.5 3.5 00:29:16 4.5 4.5 00:39:09 4.5 7 01:00:55       10 10.5 01:32:32 32.5 39.5 00:08:44 177
4/Jun 19th 3.5 3.5 00:31:19 7 7 01:01:26 4.5     4.5 7 00:59:07 7 7 00:58:45       10     36.5 24.5 00:08:36 176
5/Jun 26th 3.5 12 01:49:13 7     4.5 7 00:57:42 3.5 7 00:59:15 7       12.2 01:48:53 12     37.5 38.2 00:08:46 175
6/Jul 3rd 3.5 9 01:17:13 7 17.6 01:22:13 4.5 7 00:59:49 3.5 11.5 01:43:58 7 3.5 00:46:13   9 01:23:29 14 7 01:02:19 39.5 47 00:08:54 173
7/Jul 10th 3.5 4.5 00:44:27 7 7 00:59:27 4.5 7 01:01:04 3.5     7 7 00:55:57   15 02:19:03 16     41.5 40.5 00:08:53 171
13/Jul 17th 3.5 7 01:01:06 7 5 00:43:11 4.5     3.5 7 00:55:42 7 8 01:11:57       16 10 02:03:41 41.5 37 00:09:37 169
14/Jul 24th 3.5 5 00:42:24 7 7 00:59:37 4.5 7 00:59:25 3.5   00:20:04 7 8 01:06:39       16 18.3 02:42:17 41.5 45.3 00:08:37 168
15/Jul 31st       7 7 00:54:03 4.5 7 00:55:11 3.5 7 00:54:31 7 7 00:55:06   9 01:13:32 10     32 37 00:07:56 167
15/Aug 7th 3.5 7 00:54:47 7     4.5 7 00:54:43 3.5   00:25:05 7       19 02:39:48 10     35.5 33 00:08:10 167
16/Aug 14th 3.5     7 7 00:55:44 4.5 7 00:54:11 3.5 5 00:38:42 7       7 00:55:36 20     45.5 26 00:07:51  
17/Aug 21st   7 00:55:48 7     4.5     3.5     7           16     38 7 00:07:58  
18/Aug 28th       7     4.5     3.5     7 7 00:58:42   4 00:33:42 20     42 11 00:08:24  
14/Sep 4th   15 02:05:05 7     4.5 7 00:57:52 3.5     7     7     10     39 22 00:08:19  
15/Sep 11th 3.5 7 00:58:59 7     4.5 7 00:57:54 3.5     7 5 00:41:27 7     10 18.5 02:43:06 42.5 37.5 00:08:34  
16/Sep 18th 3.5     7 7 00:55:31 4.5     3.5 5 00:40:22 7       20 02:56:45 18     43.5 32 00:08:31  
17/Sep 25th       7 4 00:31:41 4.5 3.5 00:29:49 3.5 10 00:30:08 7     7 22 03:27:18 10     39 29.5 00:09:07  
18/Oct 2nd       7 7 00:56:07 4.5 3.5 00:28:22 3.5     7           26 21 03:06:01 48 31.5 00:08:35  
19/Oct 9th       7     4.5 5 00:39:56 3.5     7 7 00:56:15 3.5 13.5 01:57:26 14     39.5 25.5 00:08:23  
20/Oct 16th 3.5     5 5 00:40:33 4.5 3.5 00:30:59 3.5 3.5 00:27:03 4.5     3.5     10 9 01:22:29 34.5 21 00:08:57  
21/Oct 23rd 4     5 3.5 00:30:32 4     2 3.5 00:27:05 2     3     27 26.2 04:06:57 47 33.2 00:09:02 163
                                                 
Total 47 88.5 12:40:13 138 98.1 12:31:14 98.5 91 12:32:13 79.5 75.5 11:04:23 139 78 11:12:53 31 144.2 21:19:52 306.5 125 19:17:11 839.5 672.7 00:09:01  
                                                 
166.8   Miles to go                                          
    Tennis                                          
    Rancho PG&E                                          
    Walk                                          
    Biking                                          
    Wunderlich Park                                          
    Rowing                                          

Technorati: Training

Monday Sep 25, 2006

20 miler over the weekend

4 loops of 5 miles gave me my second long run over the weekend of the total planned 4. All the training (both physical and mental) is now getting used. Here are the statistics for the run:

2 hr and 56 minutes
8:50/mile pace
2779 calories

With non-stop running for 3 hours, there is a lot of time to think about setting the marathon goal. Here is my refined goal:

  1. Finish within less than 4 hours
  2. No walk breaks (I've not taken any so far)

I plan to finish the first 20 miles in less than 3 hours and keep the last hour for remaining 6.2 miles. Here is my training calendar so far:

Silicon Valley Marathon 2006 Running Schedule


























Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total

Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Pace Weight
1/May 29th





4.5 4.5 00:39:17 4.5 4.5 00:39:12 4.5 4.5 00:39:11
4.5 00:38:46 4.5 4.5 00:37:49 18 22.5 00:08:38 179
2/Jun 5th
4.5 00:37:43 4.5 7 01:00:13 4.5 4.5 00:36:43 4.5
00:45:00 4.5 7 01:01:46
9 01:25:34 7

25 32 00:08:49 178
3/Jun 12th 4.5 7 01:02:09 4.5 7 01:00:56 4.5 3.5 00:29:16 4.5 4.5 00:39:09 4.5 7 01:00:55


10 10.5 01:32:32 32.5 39.5 00:08:44 177
4/Jun 19th 3.5 3.5 00:31:19 7 7 01:01:26 4.5

4.5 7 00:59:07 7 7 00:58:45


10

36.5 24.5 00:08:36 176
5/Jun 26th 3.5 12 01:49:13 7

4.5 7 00:57:42 3.5 7 00:59:15 7


12.2 01:48:53 12

37.5 38.2 00:08:46 175
6/Jul 3rd 3.5 9 01:17:13 7 17.6 01:22:13 4.5 7 00:59:49 3.5 11.5 01:43:58 7 3.5 00:46:13
9 01:23:29 14 7 01:02:19 39.5 47 00:08:54 173
7/Jul 10th 3.5 4.5 00:44:27 7 7 00:59:27 4.5 7 01:01:04 3.5

7 7 00:55:57
15 02:19:03 16

41.5 40.5 00:08:53 171
13/Jul 17th 3.5 7 01:01:06 7 5 00:43:11 4.5

3.5 7 00:55:42 7 8 01:11:57


16 10 02:03:41 41.5 37 00:09:37 169
14/Jul 24th 3.5 5 00:42:24 7 7 00:59:37 4.5 7 00:59:25 3.5
00:20:04 7 8 01:06:39


16 18.3 02:42:17 41.5 45.3 00:08:37 168
15/Jul 31st


7 7 00:54:03 4.5 7 00:55:11 3.5 7 00:54:31 7 7 00:55:06
9 01:13:32 10

32 37 00:07:56 167
15/Aug 7th 3.5 7 00:54:47 7

4.5 7 00:54:43 3.5
00:25:05 7


19 02:39:48 10

35.5 33 00:08:10 167
16/Aug 14th 3.5

7 7 00:55:44 4.5 7 00:54:11 3.5 5 00:38:42 7


7 00:55:36 20

45.5 26 00:07:51
17/Aug 21st
7 00:55:48 7

4.5

3.5

7




16

38 7 00:07:58
18/Aug 28th


7

4.5

3.5

7 7 00:58:42
4 00:33:42 20

42 11 00:08:24
14/Sep 4th
15 02:05:05 7

4.5 7 00:57:52 3.5

7

7

10

39 22 00:08:19
15/Sep 11th 3.5 7 00:58:59 7

4.5 7 00:57:54 3.5

7 5 00:41:27 7

10 18.5 02:43:06 42.5 37.5 00:08:34
16/Sep 18th 3.5

7 7 00:55:31 4.5

3.5 5 00:40:22 7


20 02:56:45 18

43.5 32 00:08:31
17/Sep 25th


7

4.5

3.5

7

7

10

39


18/Oct 2nd


7

4.5

3.5

7




26

48


19/Oct 9th


7

4.5

3.5

7

3.5

14

39.5


20/Oct 16th 3.5

5

4.5

3.5

4.5

3.5

10

34.5


21/Oct 23rd 4

5

4

2

2

3

27

47




























Total 47 88.5 12:40:13 138 78.6 09:52:21 98.5 75.5 10:23:07 79.5 58.5 09:40:07 139 71 10:16:38 31 108.7 15:55:08 306.5 68.8 10:41:44 839.5 532 00:08:33




























Tennis






















Rancho PG&E






















Walk






















Biking






















Wunderlich Park






















Rowing




















 

Technorati: Running Training

Monday Sep 18, 2006

Final push for marathon training

With an 18.5 miles run yesterday morning, this is the start of long runs for the upcoming marathon. It took 2hr and 43 minutes, burning 2460 calories, giving a 8:49/mile pace. Now on to longer runs for the weekends to come ... 20, 22 and hopefully 24.

After almost 5 months of training, the goal is to finish the complete marathon in less than 4 hours.

Technorati: Running Training

Wednesday Aug 16, 2006

Marathon training: More mental than physical

Practicing for a marathon, to me, is a more mental exercise than physical. I think physically most of us are capable of completing a marathon but training requires motivation, discipline and perseverance. All of these come are mental rather than physical aspects of human psychology. And of these motivation is the MOST important since others follow.

I love running and have been self motivated so far. I found a running buddy few weeks ago but that's only 2-3 days a week. Mostly it's me running alone on rest of the days and all my long runs, for instance, are alone only. I have approx 8 more weeks of intense training and then the taper down starts. Having run slightly over 400 miles in past 11 weeks, I'm hoping to stay motivated all through out.

This article (Getting the MOST Out of Training) accurately summarizes the importance of mental training for a race. Here is a great quote from the article:

"Far too often runners look at mental and physical training separately and this disconnect is usually most evident during training."

 Here are some other articles on staying motivated through the training:

  1. Marathon Motivation (poem)
  2. 25 reasons to run
  3. Running motivation tips and techniques - Great quote from the article "Seek motivation first and the desire to run, and run successfully, will surely follow."
  4. 10 Guaranteed Ways To Burst With Motivation
  5. Psychology - 4Cs (Concentration, Confidence, Control and Commitment)

George W Bush is the only president to have run a marathon. He completed 1993 Houston Marathon in 3:44:52 for a pace of about 8:36/mile. Now that's another source of inspiration for some :)

Technorati: Training Running Motivation

Thursday Jul 27, 2006

Marathon Pace Band

Found Marathon Pace Band to help maintain my pace and also achieve marathon goal time.


Click on "Pace Band" link in the window and it will launch a pop-up window. Make sure pop-ups are enabled in your browser or at least selectively enable them for this website. Enter marathon goal time (hours, minutes and seconds) in the left side and click on "Create Pace Band". This fills up an HTML table on the right with 27 rows (1 row each for 26 miles and last row for 0.2 mile) . The left column indicates the number of miles covered (static) and the right column indicates the time that should have elapsed to achieve your goal (populated based upon your goal). This table can be cut along the border, water proofed and wrapped around the wrist during the marathon.

I expect it to be a handy tool as it will provide feedback on whether I'm running ahead or behind the goal.

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