Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to school 8/26 - 9/1

Monday:  0.  Rest day after big weekend.

Tuesday:  2 w/team.  4 w/Jimmy from Horseshoe Rd parking area.  Feel a little tight today in spine.  It's wicked humid today.

Wednesday:  3 w/Jimmy early am.  I woke up way before my alarm, so I decided to hit Reservoir Rd at 6am.  It was still very low light conditions which made it hard to see all the roots.  Fun run on a very humid morning.

pm:  0.  We had an indoor practice today because of lightning.  We didn't run, but hopefully the kids found this practice as exciting as I did.

Thursday:  0.

Friday:  0.  3 zeroes this week = not good.

Saturday:  7 miles at KSC Alumni meet.  2 mile warm-up, 5k xc race, 2 mile cool down.  I ran 23:18 and came in 91st out of 103.  I felt good, but went out a little too hot.  I struggled/rigged the last mile.  Another extremely humid day.

Sunday:  7 w/Jimmy.  We ran Nash - Fullam loop from Horseshoe.  I was surprised at how sore my hamstrings were on this one.  Nice and easy.

Weekly total:  23

Fall total:  23
Summer total:  333
Spring total:  175 (approx.)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8/19 - 8/25 Last week of summer training

Monday:  Practice started today.  I ran 2 miles with the kids.   Pickets + 4x200 at R pace.

Tuesday:  5 miles am w/team.  Very easy pace on Depot/Stage Rd loop.

pm:  2 miles w/ Jimmy on the roads.  This was his first run since getting bitten on the penis by a horsefly (which got infected and resulted in yet another trip to the vet's office).  I wanted to go farther, but he wasn't feeling too spry.  I lost his beeper, so I took him on his leash.  I hope I find that darn thing.

Wednesday:  No running at practice for me today.  I renewed my driver's license then ran 3 miles with Jimmy in Pisgah.  Still no beeper despite tearing apart the house, cars, and yard to find it.  Bummer.  Again, I wanted to go farther, but Jimmy wasn't up for it.  Hot today - 88 degrees.

Thursday:  am: 1 mile w/team.

pm:  4 miles at Fun Run.  I ran a 6:35 mile then jogged the 2.3.  I also warmed up with a mile.  Feeling good.

Friday:  2 miles w/kids at practice.  Too lazy to run when I got home.

Saturday:  13 total

early am:  3 w/Jimmy from Reservoir Rd.  I was going to do a long run, but my Camelbak was chafing the crap out of my neck and shoulders.

I dropped off Jimmy, grabbed my handheld bottle, and headed off to Wantastiquet.  I ran up in 25 minutes then headed over to Mine Ledge and Indian Pond.  1:29 total on steep terrain - I'm calling it 10.

Sunday:  14 miles in Pisgah.  I parked at Kilburn and ran Davis, Baker, Ridge, Kilburn Loop, + Davis add on.  Great run!  I felt really good rolling over the first part to Kilburn Loop.  I tried to visualize running tough yet relaxed on the place where 50k runners go to die.  I had to stop at 1:40 to throw a little lube on my feet.  They seem wimpier than past years.  I'm leaning towards lubing them on race day.  I ate a Nutri-grain Bar at 50 minutes and a half of one at 1:40.  I carried 16 ounces of water in my handheld bottle - I could have used more.  When I reached the Kilburn parking area, I decided to run to the 2 hour point up Davis Hill to teach my mind and body that I can't quit there.  I ate the last half of my bar on Davis and finished my water than ran back to the car, ending at 2:04:xx.  I ran the entire way and felt good.  I'm pumped, yet I know I will be out there for 5+ hours.  I've got a lot of training left before I'm truly ready for the 50k.  I probably won't be totally ready on race day, but I'll be more prepared than 2007 where my long run was 8 miles.  27 mile weekend!

Weekly Total:  46
Summer Total:  333

Monday, August 12, 2013

8/12 - 8/18

Monday:  6 miles solo up Mt. Wantastiquet.   24:50 up, 19:5x down.  I wasn't going to run today in order to rest my left leg, but it felt pretty good after a soak in Putney today.  The water was way too cold to swim, so I just waded in a little above my knee.  I felt good going up Wantastiquet despite having just eaten.  My legs are getting stronger.  I walked Jimmy down the road for a nice cool down.

Tuesday:  3 miles w/Jimmy on the HRT.  I added 6 x 200 meter pickups at R pace.

Wednesday:  7 miles w/Jimmy in Pisgah.  We did the Southwoods/Fullam Pond route in reverse direction from Horseshoe Rd Parking.  I ran 51:30 and closed the last climb in 2:47.  I sort of hurried this run as I wanted to get other things done today.  I wish I enjoyed it and ran a little slower as I would like to feel fresh for tomorrow's Fun Run.  I cranked on all the downhills.  I also fell on the first long bridge on South Woods, but I'm fine.

Thursday:  3 miles at Fun Run.  I warmed up with the mile by running with a 6 year old.  He ran a 9:22.  He could have gone faster, but he lost focus numerous times.  Great kid; I can't wait to coach him in 8 years.  I then pushed the 2.3 and finished with a 16:36.  My legs were pretty tired from 3 relatively tough days previous.  This was a season's best by about 30 seconds.  Next week I'll go in fresh with some racing flats and see if I can dip under 16:00.  Fun night.

Friday:  0.  I needed it.

Saturday:  0.  I had an all day birthing class at the hospital.  I had to leave at noon to take Jimmy to the vet.  He had a bad horsefly bite that got infected.  He's on prednisone and a cortisone spray.  I went back to the birthing class.  When we finished, Gina and I went to the Marina for our late anniversary celebration.  No time to run today.

Sunday:  13 up Pumpelly.  I decided to not take a watch.  I wore my Road ID and brought a camelbak with some water, food, and some emergency stuff - impending fatherhood is making me cautious!  It took me about 1:10 to get up.  I really struggled on the steep stuff.  I am amazed at how fast others (Boj and Greg) can run this.  I stopped a couple times to take photos which got me reenergized and running again.  I power hiked a lot!  Right as I weaved my way past the weekend throng of people to the summit marker, I ran into Garry Harrington.  He was bagging a few summits from the Marlborough Trailhead.  It was fun catching up with him - I haven't seen him in a couple years at least.  I grabbed a photo of him.  Notice I have a purple face while he looks fresh as a daisy.  I ate a granola bar and just about finished my water.  I headed back down and had fun running the exposed rock on the upper ridge section.  Once I got back in the forested steep stuff my legs stopped having fun.  It was a grind to get back to my car.  Dublin Lake was a refreshing reward - not nearly as cold as Putney.  I realized I probably could have used more than the twelve ounces of h2o that I brought.  I had about a pint left in my car then it was off to Doug's Dogs.  Unfortunately being Sunday, Doug's was closed.  Bummer.  Happy Birthday to my nephew Jackson and my niece Ellie.   Here are a few photos:

                                                View of the summit from lower ridge

                                                                 What up Bossman?
                                              Summit shot with the ascent king, Garry

Weekly Total:  32
Summer Total:  287

Monday, August 5, 2013

8/5 - 8/11

Monday:  4 w/Jimmy in Pisgah.  Beautiful day - crisp, sunny, cool weather.  Legs felt a little flat today.

Tuesday:  0.  Painted the second coat of the nursery.  Tame Teal - Boom!  (Mac the Knight shout out).  Boj came over in the pm and we worked on the driveway.  He did 90 % of the work - he's that guy.  I didn't run because my back of my knee was an issue all day.  I sort of moped around in a funk thinking I'm injured.

Wednesday:  Went to a meeting in the mid morning, so I didn't run.  My hammy/knee is noticeable.

pm:  Rolled down to Keene High track w/Greg.  I ran the 3 mile warm up and my back felt tight and the knee was a little sensitive, but it was go time.  I ran 8x200 with 43 average.  I jogged 200 rest.  Felt stiff but decent.  I bonked a little after as I hadn't eaten since 10:30 am.  Cooled off in the creek, grabbed some food at Fritz's, and played golf at Boj's.  The leg held up.  Feeling good.  5 miles total.

Thursday:  5.5 w/Jimmy in Pisgah.  We did Kilburn Town Forest Trail, Baker, Davis.  Nice run.  A little humid.  Leg was not an issue.  And I'm getting back my mojo - Bojo.

pm:  4.5 miles at Fun Run.  Great turnout tonight - about 15 runners.  The humidity was back.  I started to push the 2.3, but the humidity was killing me and I shut it down on the second lap.  Another 17:5x performance.

Friday:  3 miles on the HRT w/Jimmy.  I saw 5 deer  on this run.  Legs a little sluggish from two days of speed in a row.   Turned 36 today.  I went fishing at the Ashuelot and caught 5 smallies.  We met Greg and Jen for dinner at the Whetstone.  Fun day.

Saturday:  12 miles w/Jimmy in Pisgah (1:45).  I ran Reservoir, Ridge, Baker, Reservoir from the Horseshoe Parking area.  I didn't take any gels or water because I wasn't planning on going long.  Once I got out there, I felt pretty good.  I saw a broad wing hawk with a red squirrel in its talons on the ridge. Guzzled water as soon as I got home - I was thirsty!  On a non-running note:  I've been married for 3 years today to Gina.  Happy Anniversary Honey!

Sunday:  5.5 w/Jimmy in Pisgah.  We ran up Broad Brook.  We ran into the same woman running with her dog twice.  She didn't look too happy about sharing the trails.  Oh well - we enjoyed our run.  My left leg hamstring issue was noticeable at the start and in the morning before my run.  It loosened up after about 5 minutes.  I would like to take a dip in the healing Putney waters today.

Weekly Total:  39.5
Summer Total:  255