Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekending 9/26

Monday: Short walk with Jimmy in am. Legs are good and sore. Felt exhausted today. I have a cold.

Tuesday: Am walk w/Jimmy. Had a meet at Monadnock. Girls team won! Got home too late to run.

Wednesday: Am walk. 5 miles smooth and fast on the way back w/Greg and the wolves in Pisgah.

Thursday: Am walk. 2 miles with team at practice. I was going to run but I fell asleep at like 6:30. I think my cold and built up fatigue got to me.

Friday: 3 miles with team + 3 miles w/Jimmy in Pisgah. Muggy weather.

Saturday: 8 in am with Greg and wolves, N. Ponds, Baker, Hubbard. Pm 1 mile + 5 hill sprints in Friedsam with Jimmy.

Sunday: 3 in am w/Jimmy. Lifted upper body x2. 1 mile run at night with Jimmy.

Total running: 26
Days lifting:1

Last Week Miles: 35
Yearly Miles: 228

This was a decent recovery week. I finally got in the gym on Sunday to lift. I would like to get over 30 next week.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Another Pisgah Report

Wow! I'm really glad I didn't try the 50k this year. A talk with Boj two nights before the race had me almost convinced that I should jump in the long one. By Davis Hill, I was thanking the trees and rocks that I had chosen the "short" course. Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself...

I started right up in the front next to Jonny and the herd of 5ok guys that were trying to crack 4 hours and battle for the win. I knew I wasn't going to run fast, but no one seemed to want to start with their toe on the line. I figured what the heck!

We were off, and Jonny immediately went at a pace that I wasn't willing (or able) to match. It was fun watching the 50k guys ease into the race with a little conversation and joking. I tried to really focus on relaxing the long road into the park. I find that the road is just a section to endure- you have to wait for the real fun. I waived to Jess Fyffe at the Horseshoe parking lot and headed into the woods.

My legs didn't feel fast on the long downhill. I remembered the year I ran 2:05 that I let it rip on any down grade. I could tell even before the climb up the Reservoir Trail that I wasn't going to pr. I stayed in control going up to the Monadnock vista. Runners who started behind me began cruising by me up the climb. The first women passed me right before the little section near N. Ponds trail. I've taken a few walking strides here in the past, but not this year. I was climbing decently, but my lack of speed on the downhills was hurting my chances for a fast time.

I felt pretty good coming into the aid station at the Ridge Trail intersection. I think I was at 42 minutes and change. I tried to walk as little as possible while climbing Pisgah Ridge. Again, I climbed with my least amount of walking in my four attempts at the 23k. I gave a little yell when I hit the summit. I always do for "The Bossman" Elijah Barrett. I thought out loud "Well Elijah, it ain't fast but at least I'm running..."

I love the section from the top of the Ridge to the aid station at Kilburn. I had been passed by about 6 runners since entering the woods, but I've never been passed in this section in the years I've raced it (my 3hr plod in '05 not included). No one passed me, but as I finished a Gu and some Gatorade at Kilburn aid station a swarm of runners pulled along side. I saw Keith Bourassa a few meters into the climb after the aid station. We shook hands and he was gone. Next, James Callaway joined me. He told me the Comeback was going strong and I looked good. I sure didn't feel good, but his words encouraged me to keep grinding. I knew the real pain was about to begin.

There's no faking Davis Hill. It just hurts. The grade is easy enough that you know you should be running, but it comes late in the game. I tried to keep James' blue shirt in view as I slowly clawed my way up. This is where knowing you're not going to pr hurts you the most. I could have gone harder, but I just didn't see the point. I gave up on myself. On Hubbard, I pulled over to pee and another runner caught me. While peeing I accidently stopped my watch. I climbed with the runner and passed him. He caught me on one of the steep downhills and asked me what I was hoping to get for a time. I said something like "I don't know, I've run 2:05 before..." He told me right before the the turn onto Winchester Rd that we were at 2:02. That was it; I could stop killing myself. I told him good luck and stopped for some Gatorade and water at the top of Winchester Rd.

I gingerly ran down Winchester Rd. My quads and feet killed on the descent. I knew the little uphills at the pavement were going to be torture. I could here Griffy cheering for me from
Greg's house. It didn't help. I had no fight left. I stopped and was offered a water or margarita from Nate and Tanya. I nearly chose the latter. With former in hand, I limp jogged up the hill. I walked a few more times, chucked the empty bottle into my yard, and got passed by the first woman right on the last turn. The first, first woman that passed me on Reservoir apparently missed the sharp turn up Davis and lost about 10 minutes. I mercifully hit the tape at 2:18 on the nose - good for 19th place.

It wasn't pretty, but it was a blast.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Weekending 9/19

Monday: 1 mile walk in am with Jimmy. Zero running.

Tuesday: 1 mile w/ Jimmy am. 3 miles in Pisgah w/ Jimmy. Felt decent.

Wednesday: Short walk w/Jimmy am. 6 miles in Pisgah w/Jimmy. I wanted to go longer but it was getting dark. Cruised it home the last couple miles. Thought about the upcoming race the whole way.

Thursday: 2 miles warm-up with team. 1 mile walk in early am and late evening with Jimmy. Heard coyotes howling nearby in the morning. Smelled a skunk near Greg's house... poor Griffin

Friday: 3.5 miles in Pisgah with Jimmy. I might need new shoes before Sunday.

Saturday: 6 miles slow pace in Pisgah w/team. Race tomorrow.

Sunday: 15 miles, Pisgah 23k. Ran decently, a little too fast in the beginning!

Total running: 35
Days lifting:0

Last Week Miles: 23
Yearly Miles: 202

Fun week. I need to lift. I'll do a write up on the race soon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

weekending 9/12

Monday: 2.5 mile hike with Jimmy and Jonnydubbs- Anne Stokes loop. Beautiful morning.

Tuesday: 1 mile hike early am (5:00 am). 3 mile run after school with Jimmy in Pisgah. Hot out!

Wednesday: 1 mile hike with Jimmy early am. 2 mile run at night with Jimmy. Used my headlamp-felt great.

Thursday: 2 with team. 2 with fartlek, w/ EZ, Griffin, and Jimmy. Felt good today.

Friday: 1 mile with team. 4 miles w/Jimmy in Pisgah. Legs a little tired from last night's speed.

Saturday: 5 miles with team in Pisgah + verdun 10 @ night. That verdun is no joke (Thanks to Nate Jenkins for posting the routine on flotrack).

Sunday: 4 miles in Pisgah with Jimmy. Nice day, a lot of leaves are changing.

Total running: 23
Days lifting:0

Last Week Miles: 31
Yearly Miles: 167

Need to lift; otherwise, I'm feeling great. Bring on the Pisgah race!

Monday, September 6, 2010

weekending 9/5

Monday: Lifted upper body x2. Felt great! School begins tomorrow!

Tuesday: 1.5 with team + core. First day of school and I'm whipped; the heat can't help. Tomorrow, I need a real run.

Wednesday: Still brutally hot. 2 mile run at night. Pushed hard for the first mile, easy second. core with team.

Thursday: Practice was cancelled due to the brutal heat- I agreed with this decision. Ended up running 9 miles with Ferenc and Greg + girls in Pisgah. I purposely backed off on the uphills because of the heat.

Friday: First meet at Fall Mtn. Watching my team got me fired up! Go Pacers!

Saturday: 8 miles in Hinsdale/Winchester. Some of this was on the rail trail, most of it was on the roads. Roads shuck! 3.5 mile run + 1 mile hike with Jimmy! It's nice to have a new member of the family.

Sunday: 1 mile hike with Gina and Jimmy early am. 7 mile run Southwoods trail with Jimmy + 3 short hill sprints. Legs are tired!

Total running: 31
Days lifting:1

Last Week Miles: 17.5
Yearly Miles: 144

Best week since the comeback has begun. Need to get to the gym and lift!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Here he is!

Running with Jimmy

Gina and I have a new member of the family - Jimmy (pending name change). We picked him up at the Windham Humane Society in Bratt, Vt. He was born in Kuwait. Apparently, there are a lot of strays there running around the desert. He is 1 and half and kind of looks like a border collie. The shelter said he is a retriever mix, but who really knows what he has in him. He's basically a good old mutt. Weighing in around 55 pounds, he's the perfect size for a running companion.
I immediately took him on a 5 mile run/walk in Pisgah. I ran with him on a leash for about 8 minutes down Old Chesterfield Rd trail. He stuck right to my hip. I could tell he looked like the kind of dog that just sticks, so I let him off the leash. My guess was right. We ran together stride for stride down to the Chestnut Hill trailhead. The stream is just about dry there, but he was able to drink from a stagnant puddle. We turned and headed back via the Hidden Hemlock Habitat Hook-up (4H) trail. You won't find that trail on a map. Greg and Elijah named it that several years ago. I think Elijah and Griffin were the first ones to give it a run. We then detoured to the beaver pond near Wildlife/Habitat trail. Jimmy took a little swim and then we sat on the rock and enjoyed the quiet and scenery. He snuggled up beside me just as if we'd done this 100 times...
I'm home now and he's growling at a flock of geese that just flew noisily overhead. He looks a little restless but happy. I can't wait to run with him tomorrow!