Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Breadman Cometh, sodoes Snow

First loaf is a banana bread for my sweetie. Thanks for the present!
Banana Bread
Easy run this morning with the snow appearing around mile one. Under dressed was my feeling after running eight miles (68 minutes) on a new loop that I will call Skyview with temperatures less than 20 degrees.

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ! ! !

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2 (4x800)

Dark, cold and a layer of light snow greeted this mornings interval workout. The very strong wind, one snow hump and tight legs all played a role in keeping the times slower. Let's not forget to mention yesterdays run, snowboarding, ice skating and mountain biking activities.

Chalk this one up as setting the benchmark. The numbers show what we are dealing with no matter how it's written up:
w/u-19.46
1-3.31
2-3.17
3-3.09
4-3.04
5 minute rest, one GU
1-3.17
2-3.19
3-3.16
4-3.07
c/d-17.34

Monday, December 29, 2008

1800 Calorie Breakfast

A cup of orange juice and a 14 oz. box of Optimum cereal after two sittings this morning separated by a 3.4 mile shakeout run puts the first half of the morning at 1800 calories.

Yesterdays Boston Marathon club run of 17 miles probably had something to do with this uptick in appetite. Despite having to go back for the car keys and struggling to keep up with my wife I did manage to tempo the last two and a half miles. Finishing strong is a good practice to keep the mind positive and looking forward to the next workout. Snowboarding later today--careful...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Asics 2120s Running Lousy

For some reason, manufacturer defect or my foot changed, the Asics 2120 is giving my outer right foot pain. Miles and time it's built up a callous about 2/3rds of the way back. It feels like there is a bone there but I haven't figured out what it's called.

So, what do I do with all these new to slightly used running shoes? They retail for $85 and I bought a lot of them when they were on sale for $60.

Asics Gel 2120

Double runs yesterday and today. Building base with a two day total of 23 miles - all easy runs.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Snowshoeing this morning in the Reservation



total time about 90 minutes - mostly on the walking side as the snow is quite deep

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Looking for Black

Looking for black spots on the road to land our feet enroute to ten miles of the Water Row loop in a beautiful 20 something sunny afternoon. The residual snow lying on the pavement sticks to your running shoes akin to cookie dough on a spoon. Just a few steps on the black and your back in stride. My wife and I enjoyed each others company for a casual 87 minute run, nice.

Cold Choice

Yesterday's activities led to deciding on snowshoeing in the very wind chilly dark cold or a 62 degree run on the treadmill. I opted for the latter netting 5 miles in 61 minutes while doing an online course.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Soft and Cold Snow - Lots of it!

It started snowing on Friday, really hasn't stopped since.

Snowshoeing this morning using a combination of climbing Widow's Rites then taking it down to the Poor Farm Meadow, mostly just walking along. for 78 minutes.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Schedule, Stomach Virus and a Wintry Day

Monday - took it easy, ran something?
Tuesday - started to feel stomach virus
Wednesday - awful stomach virus
Thursday - walked
Friday - Winter Storm, ran Bowker Flats, 2.5m in ~23+ minutes, very cold and snowy
-note: schedule is affecting build up

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Easy Run on Boston Marathon Course

Boston Course: 9M to 7M-11M and back to 9M. 1=7:39, 2,5-6=20:59, 7=7:29, 8=6:52 total 42:59 lost mile splits 3 and 4.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Ice Water on the Reservation Trails

Shin deep water in some areas with a thin slice of topping ice. Sixty two minutes was the body limit while coming across the end in 1:24:15. Had to slip out of the trail shoes as laces were frozen.
Good luck to all harriers out there at the USATF Cross Country Club Championships in Spokane!

Friday, December 12, 2008

DNR - Crazy Ice Storm

Back on the trails tomorrow as this afternoon thawed out icicled branches leaving floods and a mess of the area. Thank God we still have electric power!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Into the Darkness

Shadowy in some areas, lots of black in others, rainy and cold for ten miles (76:04) on the Willow Guzzle Loop. More foul weather on its way. Welcome to winter in New England!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

2009 Boston Marathon Training Starts Today

I opened today's mail and found the B.A.A. 2009 Boston Marathon Training program. It's sixteen weeks so there is some time to build a base. Not to waste any time I ran four miles on the treadmill at a 8-9ish pace.

Hope you are thinking of starting soon also, and sure do pray for a healthy training season.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Back to Back on the Weekend

Snow falling as I set out for repeating yesterday's run plus some to bring it from 80 minutes to two hours. Slippery footing, at least until the trails, and tight calves brought pace/distance adjustment.

Same course 12 minutes slower. Where has the endurance gone?