Thursday, January 27, 2011

Week ending 1/23/2011

Monday: 5. Snowshoes, ran with Jimmy. Beals, Fullam. Beautiful, cold morning.

Tuesday: 2. run/hike w/Jimmy in Friedsam. Snowing.

Wednesday: 0.

Thursday: Lifted Upper1 x 3. Played hoops w/ team.

Friday: 0

Saturday: 4 miles with snowshoe race. 8 th place

Sunday: Hiked in Friedsam w/ Jimmy. Pipes froze, no H2O!

Total running: 11
Days lifting: 1

Last Week Miles: 0
2010 Yearly Miles: 460
2011 Yearly Miles: 23

Fun Race. I need to lift more.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hoot'n and Toot'n

Yesterday, I headed out to Readsboro Vt. for a snowshoe race. Here are the results.

I hadn't raced on snowshoes in a couple years, so I was pretty excited to enjoy the tons of snow that has been hammering New England. It took me about an hour to get there. It was a nice drive over through Brattleboro and over Hogback Mountain. The views driving on Rte. 9 were pretty awesome.

I checked in and boarded a school bus to be ushered to the start of the point to point race. The temp was around 12 degrees for the 10am start. Despite Greg's concern about my gear, I felt like I was going to be plenty warm during the run. We got to the start and had a couple minutes to get ready for the gun. I started in the middle of the pack, which was probably too conservative.

The race started with about a 100 yard straight-a-way on a snowmobile width trail. It immediately took a sharp turn down a very steep hill. I avoided falling, but many around me went down face first or head over heals. Once the hilarity of the hill was behind, I fell in a long, slow moving line on deep single track. I knew it was going to be hard to pass on this course.

Every 5 minutes there would be an opportunity to sprint past runners in the crusty, deep snow to the side. You basically had to double your pace to make a pass. It required a lot of energy, but I enjoyed the challenge of moving forward. I entered the single track behind the third female. She ended up in 21st place, so I figure I was in about 24th place with only single track for the rest of the way.

I kept passing runners and looking ahead to see if I would eventually get to a point where I wasn't right on someone's heels. It wasn't going to happen. A few runners fell, which allowed for a guilt ridden pass. Oh well that's racing! With approximately a quarter mile to go, I caught up to the woman's leader Amy Lane. She was moving pretty well, and I didn't think I would be able to pass her until she fell face first. I passed her and held on for 8th place.

I ended up only a minute+ behind the winner Ken Clark. He, Tim Van Orden, and Tim Mahoney had the horrible duty of breaking trail. The conditions made it tough to pass, but easy to keep the leaders in sight. It was a fun day, and I'm looking forward to putting on the old snowshoes again this winter!

01. Ken Clark 48 32:04 100.00

02. Tim VanOrden 42 32:05 98.96

03. Tim Mahoney 31 32:08 97.92

04. Conner Devine 17 32:12 96.88

05. Rich Teal 32 32:29 95.83

06. David Merkt 27 32:44 94.79

07. Erik Wight 51 33:09 93.75

08. Glenn Hammett 33 33:11 92.71

09. John Agosto 46 33:12 91.67

10. Amy Lane 31 33:14 90.63

Friday, January 21, 2011

Heading out to Readsboro tomorrow.

I'm racing tomorrow at the Hoot Toot and Whistle Snowshoe Race. I probably shouldn't have had 2 margaritas tonight, but hk, it ain't the Olympics. It should be chilly and fun. Thanks to Boj's blog, I'll be singing "every day normal mutha ...." in my head. Report to follow.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Week ending 1/16/2011

Monday: Lifted Upper2 x 3. Went for max on the bench press machine. 220! I know it's not free weights, but it still felt pretty good. I need to get to the gym and try this with free weights to find my real max. Not bad for 140ish.

Tuesday: Beals Knob hike w/Griffy and Jimmy.

Wednesday: Shoveled and played in the snow.

Thursday: Lifted upper1 x 3 + power-cleans. Hiked w/ Jimmy in the deep snow in Friedsam.

Friday: Hike w/ Jimmy in Friedsam.

Saturday: Hike up Beals Knob w/ Jimmy.

Sunday: Lifted upper1 x 3. Hike in Friedsam w/Jimmy. Ran 25 laps w/team. I won't count it. Feeling good!

Total running:
Days lifting: 3

Last Week Miles: 2
2010 Yearly Miles: 460
2011 Yearly Miles: 12

Lifted 3 days; that's good. Ran 0; that's not so good. Oh well, I'm feeling strong!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Week ending 1/9/2011

Monday: Lifted Upper x 2.

Tuesday: 2 miles w/ Greg and the wolves. Had a game at night.

Wednesday: Lifted upper1 x 3 and ran hoops w/ the boys.

Thursday: Lifted upper2 x3

Friday: Lifted upper1 x 3

Saturday: 1 hr hike up Davis w/Jimmy. Beautiful snowfall.

Sunday: Lifted upper1 x 3. Hiked w/Jimmy in Friedsam.

Total running: 2
Days lifting: 5

Last Week Miles: 13
2010 Yearly Miles: 460
2011 Yearly Miles: 12

I certainly got the lifting in this week. I need to run on weekends! Feeling great!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Week ending 1/2/2011

Monday: 2 running w/Jimmy. I ran to and from Friedsam then ran when I felt like it once in the woods. 4 miles hike/run with 50%running. Oh yeah, it was in a foot of powder. Fun, beautiful stuff!

Tuesday: Lifted upper1X 3 plus lunges.

Wednesday: Lifted upper2x3 plus power cleans. Nice long snowshoe hike in Pisgah w/ Greg and wolves.

Thursday: Hiked in am 2.5 w/ Jimmy. Pm: Beals Knob w/Jimmy mixed in running. 1 mile.

Friday: Am: Beals Knob with Jimmy.

Saturday: Happy New year! 4 miles in Pisgah w/Jimmy. Fun run. I saw moose tracks, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, and Jimmy and I sprinted and dove behind a tree to hide from a fleet of earth rapers I mean snowmobiles.

Sunday: 6 miles w/Jimmy: Beals, Nash, Fullam. Took hard fall. The trails are icy, mushy, and sloppy from the warm weather. Saw some fresh moose tracks near the old ones from yesterday.

Total running: 13
Days lifting: 2

Last Week Miles: 2
Yearly Miles: 470

I love vacation!!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bring on 2011

The New Year is here. My comeback started in the middle of July, so this isn't the end of a year of training for me. I'll keep it short and sweet.

The last month my running has gone out the window with coaching, but I've been lifting 3x per week and playing hoops with the team. I'm feeling better than I've felt in a long time. I realize the importance of strength training.

Today, I did a four mile run in Pisgah. It's amazing how much faster I can run when I'm not in pain. I'm looking forward to continued lifting and sneaking in a run when my schedule allows. I should be back in the swing of things once basketball winds down. Here are some 2011 goals:

1. Keep lifting 3 x week.
2. Run a sub 20 5k.
3. Go to Wednesday workouts this summer.
4. Beat my 2010 Pisgah time.
5. Beat my 2010 Lil Rhody time.
6. Have Fun!

That should do it. Enjoy 2011 everyone!