Happy New Year!
Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
The question is how long until a turnaround?
Total Miles\Time: 47.3\7.17
Number of Workouts: 6
Stretching: most pre and slacking every post run
Yoga: meager effort at Tae-Bo, stretching
P\U, S\U: slacking
Notes: very low motivation.
Issues to Note: Strange issues come up with hips not pinned to anything, generally feel all is a go.
Next Week Goal: Boston Marathon training starts tomorrow
AM: 13.75M, Water Row, 2:00:26 , unexpected shifting pace
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Training: TM, 4M in 33:24, dropped it down to 7:30 pace only to later decide the effort was too much for what the workout was worth. only three more days...
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Training: Boston Marathon miles 16-22 and back w\Barb. okay to 10M then left upper quad, hip, groin, hammie got cold struggled at 9's for a bit then relaxed until quit. Total of 12.5 miles ~8:41 pace comes out with a time of 1:48:17.
*special treat* stops included photos of mile markers, etc. I'll post later
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Once A Runner, OAR -John L. Parker, JR.
Four snow shoeing workouts, shoveling snow, removing snow from the roof, hauling heavy ladders in deep snow, falling with a ladder to the ground, midnight flood prevention and eight of the last ten weeks over 65 miles of running each.
Long run on Sunday was cut to 10.5 miles in 1:13:01 for 6:57/mile. It would have been longer but I promised my wife a two hour run the next morning.
On Monday, the two hour run came up short as I ran out of gas just prior to five miles, a walk\run shuffle settled the next seven miles.
Christmas day being perfect for running with very light traffic and nice weather to boot elicited another dismal effort. First mile at 9:17, walking break at the halfway of five miles to finish in 46:52 for 9:22\mile.
Today is the first rest day since October 24. It seemed so strange to take a shower in the morning without having run. So, contrary to OAR I will not “run through” as Denton suggests, at least for now.
Only 22 hours left to vote on the XC\Marathon training for a fast Boston Marathon. The results are quite interesting thus far.
Friday, December 21, 2007
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man my son!
-- Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling was a 4:30 miler!!
(from "Once A Runner" by John L. Parker, Jr.)
Thanks to Mike and Andrew I now have something to read over the holidays.
Training: Treadmill, 8M in 69:55, 8:44/mile, tired legs
Note for the record: the ladder and I fell Wednesday while removing snow off the roof. Minor scrape on shin with bruising on left glute and lower back.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
This morning out the door there was already four inches of fresh snow and it's going to snow all day.
After one loop I did two at wide stance to break the hard snow edges that were tripping me up. Wide stance is a walking snowshoe pace with high knee lift with a firm force down to break and compact the snow. Was able to run a so-so loop after realizing that I was pretty worn down.
Training: yesterday pm: Treadmill, 5.5M in 40:23
am: Snowshoeing, snowing, Poor Farm Meadow, 1:42:00 ~5 miles
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Matt Carpenter has a nice write-up on using screws in the soles of your shoes. Read his page for what it’s worth and apply your own method.
I am using #8 x 3/8” sheet metal screws. These have a hexagonal head that a ¼” nut driver fits. My nut driver is an Xcelite that keeps a positive fit with no slipping.
Ten screws are in my shoes and I may add more. They are all on the outer edges and I don’t feel them under my feet. Matt is using 18. Maybe I can get 19.
It may be best to hand screw, the power driver tends to overdrive breaking down the sole. Would you use a power driver on your spike shoes? No, I didn’t think so. Other than pre-drilling a pilot hole one runner mentioned driving a nail in and then pulling it out as a pilot hole. Be sure to do this with the shoe off your foot!
Emil Zatopek - he would train in any weather, including snow, and would often do so while wearing heavy work boots as opposed to special running shoes. How did he handle the ice?
"Essentially, we distinguish ourselves from the rest. If you want to win something, run the 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon." EZ
Training: am, 15, 9.5 miles, 1:16:36 out-38:04, back-38:32, 8:03 pace, strides last 20 mins. Albeit slow from snowshoeing yesterday.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
There were cross country ski tracks in the Poor Farm Meadow on my loop yesterday afternoon. Using them did make the knee deep fluffy white stuff less cumbersome. I trampled all over the skinny little rails plowing a good swath. I could hear the muffled whoomp of powder compacting under the snowshoes and my jacket fabric swishing with each arm pull. Stopping for a second, admiring a red-tailed hawk swooping in low to the ground heading for a flock of small snow-white underbelly, it was then, the serenity quietly whispered “welcome to winter.”
Through the day the snow turned to sleet, freezing the surface, and then rain; puddling on top. There was no sign of sly red fox hunting for dinner, or the fat gobblers surface walking, only a lone snowshoer breaking a trail and connecting with nature.
Total Miles\Time: 67.8\9.62
Number of Workouts: 9
Stretching: most pre and almost every post run
P\U, S\U: ok
Notes: Still working on the long run.
Issues to Note: Right hip range of motion totally cleared! It took about twelve weeks. I’ll follow up later with the recovery method. New issue is a left hamstring pull, most likely from the 4:40 pace treadmill run.?!
Next Week Goal: Same as this week, easy does it.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
snowshoeing ~5 miles? 1:00:09 -pace?
Bowker Flats (2.5M was ~27:00)
Saturday, December 15, 2007
We had a good run with a hilly finish. Specifically chose the tougher finish to more simulate what the end of a race feels like. You can never practice it enough.
15 miles at an 8:20\mile pace for 2:05:03. Temperature 19, windchill sub zero-raw.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Yesterday treadmill: am: 5m avg. 8:31, pm: 3m avg. 7:27
Training: am, Woodway Treadmill, 10M avg. 7:04
This is a first for me of reprinting another bloggers reprint of an article. It’s a good application that I tried the counting part in today’s speed work and it really helped! Now if I can apply it to my long runs.
Just thought I would share it with you. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.
December 6, 2007
I'm Not Really Running, I'm Not Really Running...
By GINA KOLATA
BILL MORGAN, an emeritus professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin, likes to tell the story, which he swears is true, of an Ivy League pole vaulter who held the Division 1 record in the Eastern region.
His coaches and teammates, though, noticed that he could jump even higher. Every time he cleared the pole, he had about a foot to spare. But if they moved the bar up even an inch, the vaulter would hit it every time. One day, when the vaulter was not looking, his teammates raised the bar a good six inches. The man vaulted over it, again with a foot to spare.
When his teammates confessed, the pole vaulter could not believe it. But, Dr. Morgan added, “once he saw what he had done, he walked away from the jumping pit and never came back.”
After all, Dr. Morgan said, everyone would expect him to repeat that performance. And how could he?
The moral of the story? No matter how high you jump, how fast you run or swim, how powerfully you row, you can do better. But sometimes your mind gets in the way.
“All maximum performances are actually pseudo-maximum performances,” Dr. Morgan said. “You are always capable of doing more than you are doing.”
One of my running partners, Claire Brown, the executive director of Princeton in Latin America, a nonprofit group, calls it mind over mind-over-body.
She used that idea in June in the Black Bear triathlon in Lehighton, Pa., going all-out when she saw a competitor drawing close. She won her age group (30 to 34) for the half-Ironman distance, coming in fourth among the women.
When it was over, she ended up in a medical tent. “I felt like I was going to pass out or throw up or both,” she recalled. “At a certain point in a hard race, you’ve pushed yourself beyond the point of ignoring the physical pain, and now you have to tell your mind that it can keep going, too.”
The problem for many athletes is how to make a pseudo-maximum performance as close as possible to a maximum one. There are some tricks, exercise physiologists say, but also some risks.
The first thing to know, said Dr. Benjamin Levine, an exercise researcher and a cardiology professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, is that no one really knows what limits human performance. There’s the ability of the heart to pump blood to the muscles, there’s the ability of the muscles to contract and respond, there’s the question of muscle fuel, and then, of course, there is the mind.
“How does the brain interact with the skeletal muscles and the circulation?” Dr. Levine said. “How much of this is voluntary and how much is involuntary? We just don’t know.”
But since most people can do better, no matter how good their performance, the challenge is to find a safe way to push a little harder. Many ordinary athletes, as well as elites, use a technique known as dissociation.
Dr. Morgan, who tested the method in research studies, said he was inspired by a story, reported by an anthropologist that, he suspects, is apocryphal. It involves Tibetan monks who reportedly ran 300 miles in 30 hours, an average pace of six minutes a mile. Their mental trick was to fixate on a distant object, like a mountain peak, and put their breathing in synchrony with their locomotion. Every time a foot hit the ground they would also repeat a mantra.
So Dr. Morgan and his colleagues instructed runners to say “down” to themselves every time a foot went down. They were also to choose an object and stare at it while running on a treadmill and to breathe in sync with their steps. The result, Dr. Morgan said, was that the runners using the monks’ strategy had a statistically significant increase in endurance, doing much better than members of a control group who ran in their usual way.
That, in a sense, is the trick that Paula Radcliffe said she uses. Ms. Radcliffe, the winner of this year’s New York City Marathon, said in a recent interview that she counts her steps when she struggles in a race. “When I count to 100 three times, it’s a mile,” she said. “It helps me focus on the moment and not think about how many miles I have to go. I concentrate on breathing and striding, and I go within myself.”
Without realizing what I was doing, I dissociated a few months ago, in the middle of a long, fast bike ride. I’d become so tired that I could not hold the pace going up hills. Then I hit upon a method — I focused only on the seat of the rider in front of me and did not look at the hill or what was to come. And I concentrated on my cadence, counting pedal strokes, thinking of nothing else. It worked. Now I know why.
Dr. Morgan, who has worked with hundreds of subelite marathon runners, said every one had a dissociation strategy. One wrote letters in his mind to everyone he knew. Another stared at his shadow. But, Dr. Morgan asked him, what if the sun is in front of you? Then, the man said, he focused on someone else’s shadow. But what if the sun goes behind a cloud, Dr. Morgan asked?
“Then it’s tough,” the runner conceded.
Dissociation clearly works, Dr. Morgan said, but athletes who use it also take a chance on serious injury if they trick themselves into ignoring excruciating pain. There is, of course, a fine line between too much pain and too little for maximum performance.
“The old adage, no pain no gain comes into play here,” Dr. Morgan said. “In point of fact, maximum performance is associated with pain.”
The brain affects everyday training as well, researchers note.
Imagine you are out running on a wet, windy, cold Sunday morning, said Dr. Timothy Noakes, an exercise physiologist at the University of Cape Town. “The conscious brain says, ‘You know that coffee shop on the corner. That’s where you really should be.’” And suddenly, you feel tired, it’s time to stop.
“There is some fatigue in muscle, I’m not suggesting muscles don’t get fatigued,” Dr. Noakes said. “I’m suggesting that the brain can make the muscles work harder if it wanted to.”
Part of a winning strategy is to avoid giving in to lowered expectations, athletes and researchers say. One friend tells me that toward the end of a marathon he tries not to look at people collapsed or limping at the side of the road. If he does, he suddenly realizes how tired he is and just gives up.
Marian Westley, a 35-year-old oceanographer in Princeton, N.J., and another running friend of mine, used several mental strategies in the recent Philadelphia marathon.
She slowed herself down at the start by telling herself repeatedly that she was storing energy in the bank. And when she tired near the race’s finish, she concentrated on pumping her arms. “I thought about letting my arms run the race for me, taking the pressure off my legs.”
She finished in three hours and 43 minutes, meeting her goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. “I am over the moon!” she wrote in an e-mail message the day after the race.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
We both go off in our own direction. Spirited by nature I wasn’t quitting after ten miles; second loop in 42:08. This high was short lived but too late as the third loop was already underway. Next stop home, third loop improved to 41:06. But wait, had to add one mile to make 70 for the week; last mile 9:03 on the Belcher Hill Loop. Glad it was over.
Total Miles\Time: 70.0\8.99
Number of Workouts: 8
Stretching: most pre and almost every post run
Yoga: one, stretching and strengthening
P\U, S\U: ok
Notes: Long run continues to be a chore.
Issues to Note: Slipping on ice didn’t help right hip.
Next Week Goal: Same as this week, easy does it.
Thursday: Willow Guzzle, out-23:10, loop, 29:52, back-22:24 1:15:28 for a 7:32 pace
Friday: Treadmill 38:15 for a 7:39 pace
AM: 3x Haynes Loop + Belcher for 16 miles. #1-40:59, #2-42:08, #3-41:06 (2:04:13) Belcher Hill-1-9:03, average of 8:19\mile
Thursday, December 06, 2007
yesterday pm: Bowker Flats for 5m at a 6:51 pace, ice is slippery
am: about 15 degrees, 2x Haynes Loop first one considered bagging it cause of cold and ice - 37:31 at 7:30\mile for 5M, pulled through on the second 5M in 34:09 for 6:51 pace, 10M at 1:11:40 for an average of 7:10\mile
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
They all make for lousy training runs; but there is much to be thankful for. This guy has got me thinking of the winter sports cross training. Only problem is time taken away from running and the mileage bank taking a hit.
am: 17 degrees, Morse Road, 6M, 23:31 out, 22:31 back, 7:40\mile
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
You should stop by to congratulate Mike on his 2:40 Tucson Marathon. He calls it a training run; surely to fire up some sparky comments. Also, this guy just seems to be getting faster. His marathon, 2:38, Fukuoka sounds like a good one to run some day; if you are in Japan.
We got the snowstorm, the snow is pretty, but makes for lousy running. You better buckle down and get used to it as from here until the Boston Marathon expect narrow roads, ice, slush and cold.
Am: 25,cldy,Water Row, 10M at 7:42\mile pace
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I’ve got this desire to ‘burn fat for fuel’ but my body is not ready. A banana and extra drink of water got 15 more minutes of running and a slightly faster pace than last week. Inconsistent water intake on the run, not enough early on, and needing more fuel led to another ‘glad this is over’ run.
Total Miles\Time: 72.0\8.98
Number of Workouts: 9
Stretching: most pre and every post run
Yoga: one, stretching and strengthening
P\U, S\U: little sporadic
Notes: Recovery going well, just want to stabilize at the easy zone and get comfortable at the 70-80 mileage range.
Issues to Note: right hip still limited range, tight groin - both are getting better
Next Week Goal: Easy running-start thinking about a 2400m lactate threshold test
yesterday am: 5M in 36:16\7:15 pace
AM: cold, Local roads and hills for 16.0M in 2:10:19 for an 8:09\mile pace
I baked these fresh for my wife finishing her 24-miler. (this blog should be about her, it would be far more interesting)
Friday, November 30, 2007
Bronze: It doesn’t look like an update will happen for the USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix points total. One harrier didn’t receive points for a race allowing my closest competitor to come in second, by one point. For third master a medal is awarded.
Silver: My wife takes second master in her USATF-NE XC Grand Prix series.
Gold: Our Town High School girls cross country won the state meet and recently the regional. They are heading to Oregon to compete in the Nationals. Congratulations!
Fall Marathon or Fall Cross Country for a Fast Boston Marathon voting is shaping up with some interesting results; would love to hear your comments.
Training: am, Post Office Run, 6M, 42:07, 7:01\mile, 21:55 out and 20:12 on return burning out some of the carbon in the last 1200m.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Training for the mind. It's one thing to read about being calm and smooth while striding through the marathon miles and another to see fluid in motion. Sheer power.
Click here for one of my favorite running videos
THAT (see my blog for the video here)
Personally, mental training should be started early to engage thoughts in the end goal. This thinking should bring reasoning to the daily "workout with a purpose."
Didn't have a choice in pulling back this morning as the knees had no lift. Probably a cumulative effect of yesterday's work and doubles. One decent pickup on the hill to the school. Made a mediocre effort to run 7:00\mile pace for the last mile to find myself crashing in the last 100 meters. Mostly a bad run and just wanted it over.
Yesterday: pm,Haynes Loop,5M,34:24,6:53\mile
Training: am,37,Willow Guzzle, 10M, 1:16:15 7:37\mile
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
For you tri-guys see July 13, 2008 IronMan 70.3.
My wife and I ran our first ultramarathon at the Nifty-Fifty in RI. What a fun way to spend the day.
Training: am, Morse Road, 44:07, 7:21\mile
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Recently I commented on a 2007 Boston Marathon 2:42 marathoner about how to carry four gels during the race. If you like the energy gel boost, flavor, or distraction, four is plenty. You can set a plan to take one before each water station allowing tossing the wrapper in a bucket. Try something like miles 8, 13.1, 17 and 22. It’s best to try this out in training and your tune-up races.
Where to Put the Gels:
Running shorts pocket = maybe two max
Arm pouch = you won’t catch me with one
Pasting to the bib number = never seen it done, it would be too weighty
Pin to the singlet = seen this and it can’t be comfortable
Special shorts with special gel pocket = shows you take gels (RaceReady brand)
Mike recommends using shorts made by Brooks that have small, half-depth pockets on each side just behind the side-seam. They close with a tiny velcro tab and don't catch any air. Pin the gels inside them so they don't accidentally fall out.
Alternative is to sew your own pocket in the shorts.
Put them inside your hat, in the front.
Belt Pouch = recommended by Patrick - something like the Amphipod "RaceLite
From the populace you can read the RunnersWorld forum on this topic.
Mark’s Tried and Proven Method:
- Use two medium size safety pins, they tend to stay closed better, one for each inside waist band of shorts pinned off left and right hip adjust for comfort.
- Pre-tear a small amount of the gel pouch to make it easier opening in the race.
- Each pin can hold two gels. Depending on pouch size, some get too heavy and will pull shorts lower and also have bulky material.
- Have singlet tucked in under shorts with gels next and then shorts to prevent chafing.
- When grabbing, with two hands, while running the small tab will stay in place while pulled.
- Always hold from top to keep gel in the pack and not messing on your fingers, gloves, face, etc.
Monday, November 26, 2007
9/30 Topsfield 8K XC – 30:05 marathon of 2:57:55
10/7 Wayland 5K XC – 18:14 marathon of 2:57:45
10/28 Mayor’s Cup 8K XC – 29:27 marathon of 2:54:11
11/4 Amherst 5K XC – 18:04 marathon of 2:56:08
11/18 USATF-NE’s 8K XC – 28:21 marathon of 2:47:41
11/22 Stow Gobbler 5K – 17:00 marathon of 2:45:44
The above race times are from a changing plan that went from a fast Fall Marathon to half-marathon then cross country and settling on base training with cross country races. The races were used as the speed quality and recovery weeks. Evolvement can be contributed to injuries and available time.
Your equivalent performance at one distance can easily be projected to another with the McMillan Running Calculator. Keeping in mind these are all races less than 10,000 meters and obviously will need marathon training. What McMillan’s calculator does offer to the runner is a moving sense toward a faster time. Stop by Running with Lydiard to get a take on this and my question to the Mystery Coach.
Last year I ran an October 2:52 marathon and a December 5-miler for an equivalent of 2:52. This year’s results were (distance-time-equivalent marathon) 10M-62:03-2:53:47, 13.1M-78:08-2:44:47 and the Boston Marathon-2:49:13. Boston I ran 1:22:20 at the half on pace for a 2:44.
Ahead is four weeks base training of primarily easy running and building the long run allowing a good break from racing. I’ll be shooting for a weekly average of 70-80 miles. Then start a 16-week marathon program the last week of December. This will probably have peak mileage right about 80, but with 2-4 quality runs.
Training: am, 40s, light rain, Morse Rd hills, 45:34, 7:35\mile-not easy pace or recovery pace, it’s in the gray zone, felt fine, skipped doing a double yesterday.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Total Miles: 70.0
Number of Workouts: 11
Stretching: most pre and every post run, new program
Yoga: none, did some speed strength and a new idea
P\U, S\U: coming back around, should try numbers for next week
Notes: Last eight days saw two races and one long run of almost two hours, it’s time to cut back.
Issues to Note: right Achilles cleared for NE’s, right hip still limited range, tight groin. Fell on stairs hanging a picture and slid down three treads on Tuesday.
Next Week Goal: Easy running.
AM: 27, Local roads and hills for 14.0M in 1:54:35 for an 8:11\mile ‘ recovery’ pace
A short shakeout will bring the week’s total to 70 miles; my magic mental number.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I’ve run a few relays and they were fun with plenty of camaraderie. This one here though is at an all different level. I can say I have heard of the Chiba Ekiden Relays, but never bothered to read about them until Brett’s post. Thanks to another Canadian.
If at any point you think you are fast relative to the field ponder this post by Brett in his recent race. I am sincerely humbled.
Training: AM, Haynes Loop, 17 degrees, 5 miles, 39:22; PM, treadmill, 8 miles avg. 7:25\mile
Friday, November 23, 2007
The run, consistently conversational took us through McMansionville, crossed a State highway, past the lacrosse field and into the wildlife of the reservation. No half-stepping competitive running here, just sharing the knowledge as two students of the sport expound ideas and experience.
Uneven surfaces, 800 meter pine needle trail, one duck hunter, a bridge under repair, private runway, Kenyan like road, climbing a fence, trail signs, a large gravel pit, the State Firefighting School, a good hill with soft footing to dream about doing repeats, no trespassing sign, parking lot, gate (2nd one), Patrol Road, abandoned homes by eminent domain, pond not-fished much and *secret fartlek training* (only provided in person) with the finish back at the street drain.
Bagels, coffee, tea, more stories and it’s a good way to start the full day of Christmas shopping. Thanks for the run Andrew.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
A damp raw morning with overlying fog provided a sleepy hollow affect on Old Bolton Road for the start of the 1st Annual Stow Gobbler 5K. Two cross country high school brothers came up the idea, planned, certified the course and organized the race held at the new Bose facility.
Obviously, a course record was at stake when Pepi crowds me on the starting line, I shuffle over and wonder what his problem is. "One, Two, Three" shouts the boy’s mom and then a man fires a pistol to start us off. First mile I go from around tenth to fourth. The usual high schools cross country kids are out like a whip only to be winded at the first sign of an incline.
It’s Pepi now in the lead behind the police cruiser with flashing blue lights, some guy who looks like he doesn’t belong, and then me running alongside a kid that I keep encouraging to work together. About halfway, I tell him to stick with it as the two in front are falling off the pace. I am also telling myself that this is already almost half over. First mile went down in 5:20.
We hit mile two around 10:59 and soon pass the number two guy, in a short while it’s me chasing with the thought of sub-17:00 minutes. I mentioned this goal to my old friend Gary at the start and he conceded to a sub-18:00; he has two more races planned for the weekend.
Back across the Great Road and Pepi has begun one of about twelve “look over the shoulders”. What’s he doing? Is he laboring? The gap is closing, still thinking sub-17, but this could be a win.
My wife and son give me a pick up as I am now two strides in front turning left to loop the parking lot in the last half mile. I hug the inside lane running clockwise around the building, Pepi is trying to run on the inclined curb to pass, unusual. More looks from Pepi as he is caught in my peripheral vision as a straightaway opens. It’s not over, this guy is messing around. We have one last left turn at three miles and a slight downgrade to smoke the finish.
Barb is yelling “GO MARK” as the two of us rocket to the tape, my kick is good. But, Pepi’s got another gear and is moving a stride ahead. Seeing the seconds click on the clock was more important than Pepi thrusting number one fingers high in the air crossing first.
I stop my watch, 16:59.55! Unofficially. Back slapping and congratulating my younger competitor and others I realize Pepi kept going. Okay, so he was just playing with me. I figure he was some 16:30 guy, non-marathoner, doing this for kicks and wanted a dramatic finish.
Turns out my official time is 17:00, Pepi gets my 16:59, ouch again, and the course record. Did he run the May Run for the Woods 5K in Stow? Yes, in a time of 16:25, right about that. How about marathon? Could I have him there? Yes, Boston 2007 my 2:49 beats his 2:51! Oh, oh, there he has a Boston 2:32 in 2006 and just ran a 2:31 at St. George in October at age 39.
Pepi, the Canadian living in America will continue to annoy me, only he will be a Master soon. Thanks for my new 5K Masters PR of 11 seconds. Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I've ran Boston off and on about ten times with PR of 2:38. All of these races were preceded by a fall marathon. Now, as a masters age runner the intention is to train smarter and run faster.
A huge advantage I see in XC is the quicker recovery. Last year it took four weeks to build mileage up, which only left four weeks of base training. Then it was onto a 16-week marathon conditioning program. It seemed the body wasn't prepared for the work.
With XC, the miles can stay up at base level with every two-three weeks a pullback as a mini-taper for a race. The races serve as a built in rest mechanism and a quality workout.
Feel free to cast your vote on the right sidebar and post comments.
I'll try and put this up on LetsRun.com as my first ever post there.
Training: easy 6m on Bowker Flats in 45:40
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
early on, pre-side stitch?
Feels like a sub-4 minute pace kick to the finish!
-note the difference in hand positions-
Photos Courtesy of eliterunning.com, 2007 Boston Mayor's Cup Championship 8K Race
***first snow of the season***
Training: am,10.5m at an easy 7:53 pace, pm lt stretching and cardio
Monday, November 19, 2007
The training shifted from a daily diet of long singles that were taking longer recover to twice daily easy running. In addition there were 2x\week of yoga, core work, stretching and introduction to speed-strength.
The race tactics itself may have played a major role in allowing the race to develop at a slower effort. The first mile this time was 5:31 vice a 5:18. Second mile was 5:51 then 11:32 for 3&4 while finishing the last in 5:25.
There was no side-stitching this time, determination and focus were the positives. For some reason “pick up the carnage” was quite prevalent as working through the runners spurred the pace along. Oddly enough I heard Brian Sell say something similar on a Runner’s World Video today. Good feedback from Coaching staff and supporters on course also helped.
I passed the salt n’ pepper beard guy around mile two pleasantly striding by him. Thoughts of is this a mistake as in “digging my own grave” and will he come back to haunt me later on the final stretch like Topsfield?
After the second time up Bear Cage Hill I had enough and was thankful for the fast downhill. Across the rooted section under the oak trees with a slight bump three runners in sight, one a teammate.
Around the baseball diamond backstop and floor it to the finish. Over the frozen solid core aeration plugs caught me looking down to keep from twisting an ankle.
The finish line arrived with me closing in on two harriers but not catching them, salt n’ pepper beard guy nowhere in sight! This was a new course PR for me by 66 seconds, nice.
Later in the week the USATF-NE XC Grand Prix results should come out. My wife and I ran our own calculations that put us at 2nd Masters. Awards will be medals. BTW, even after running a tough trail marathon last weekend Barb ran her fastest paced XC race of the series. If only I was half the runner she is!
Finished off the week with 62.8 miles for 8 runs.
Training: am-4m treadmill in 32:59, pm-4m treadmill in 32:29 with light core work and stretching.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Unofficial Result-28:21 (5:42\mile)! A new Franklin Park PR for this Master. Olympian Mark Coogan wins the race.
It looks like we beat our Mayor's Cup average by 2 seconds. We were the 2nd Masters Team at NE's. Also, we should be 1st for the USATF-NC XC Grand Prix Masters Team.
more to follow later. . .
Video of the USATF-NE XC Championships (open race, not masters)
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thanks for your NE's XC votes. 10 so far. It will be interesting to see how the race comes around.
Observed one coyote in the Poor Farm Meadow Area
am: 41,windy, humid,raw, Haynes Loop 5M in 33:45 for a 6:45\mile pace -HR 139
noon: 46,windy,humid,Haynes Loop 5M in 31:42 for a 6:20\mile pace -HR 143
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Second run of the day was a treadmill mix with a few core exercises thrown in to build strength. 40 minutes for five miles with 2x .25m at 6:00/mile.
Yesterday was an easy 10 miles on the soft pine needle trails in the Reservation ranting with Kyle about this w\e’s Championship Race.
I should mention my earlier post about Coach Joe’s program where it looked as if it was upside down. Well, the Coach made a comment that his true goal is to set a Half-Marathon PR prior to Boston! Be sure and pay a visit as he just put up a ton of stuff on post-season training.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Well, just wasted a few minutes to find how many Masters are awarded. Five? Maybe a list somewhere? Bottom line is I need to run faster.
MJ here is my post on the Speed-Strength Workout.
Training: soft, rain soaked trails for an easy hour with mild temps, right achilles still flaring.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I came across this Boston Marathoner's blog who promises a weekly post on his venture. It's good to see others are also starting to focus on the Patriot's Day race.
Coach Joe's training program reads upside down. Here is a coach (also Ultramarathoner) starting with speed workouts then medium distance and finishing doing endurance training for phases. Just the opposite of what I will do.
It kind of reminds me of the OldLobo and his Boston Marathon pursuit last year. OldLobo got injured, poor guy; it's a fine line for Masters runners to put the stops on when things could pull you off track.
Lastly, the timing frequency was interfered at the NYC Marathon losing thousands of marathoner's data. Read about it here. Was it intentional? What would jam the Chip timing system? Darn good reason to wear a watch at your chip races and display your bib number.
Training: Speed-Strength, one circuit, 3.75 miles. 4x.25m at 6:00/mi. pace on treadmill
Sunday, November 11, 2007
A recovery pace for three miles was hard to manage as my right Achilles was flaring from yesterday’s trail abuse. I stretched it about half-way to loosen and continue.
Back to the weekly reports as a tool to help reflect on what happened and plan for what’s next. Consistency will be the theme after next week’s race. Look for an average of 70-80 miles primarily at easy pace.
Total Miles: 70.0
Number of Workouts: 10
Stretching: most pre and every post run
Yoga: two, been consistent for six weeks
P\U, S\U: pulled back muscle left side from raking\push-ups
Notes: Physically needing quicker recovery to perform at a higher level. Changing to double runs to have higher mileage and keeping the pace slower.
Issues to Note: right Achilles from trail running, right hip still has some limited range
Next Week Goal: Easy running with USATF-NE XC Championship race. Our B.A.A. Masters team is starting to shape up nicely.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Today was sidelines for me as my bride powers through the trails in Willowdale State Forest to finish (unofficially) in second and first master for the women at Stonecat.
After spending two hours in the freezing cold chatting it up with ultrarunning fanatic Jamie it was my time to run a pace lap. My wife ran over 70 miles pre-race and I was having trouble keeping up, at least in the beginning. I had four layers of clothing up top that had to be adjusted before I could get a rhythm.
I found difficulties with the trail’s rocky, rooted, switchback terrain to manage a decent stride. Today will be called a Long Run for “time on the feet”. Tomorrow will be a simple three-miler shakeout to bring the week’s total to 70.
Yesterday: am\pm, double, 30’s, Morse Road @7:50 pace for six miles each.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Yesterday: felt lousy as in low energy and no recovery
Today: AM: Easy sub-60 minute run.
PM: laid down 5 miles on the roads at a 6:39 pace. The effort seemed very marathon-like, a good stride pulling the leg under through the hills. It was nice, now how to figure this fits into base training.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Later, on this treadmill four miles were added to the log. What a sweet ride. How much does one of them cost?
Recovery seems to be the name of the game. Last week's mileage, two XC races of late have taken their toll.
9 total miles all at recovery or easy pace
Monday, November 05, 2007
I've been thinking about the positives of yesterday's race:
- 10 seconds faster than previous 5K XC race
- Tougher course
- More relaxed
- Race week mileage came to 76 total miles
- Recovery allowed for medium distance morning after
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Freestyle Farm, host site, is the home of our favorite course thus far. It's very picteresque with a beautiful 52 acre pond that the course loops. Described as technically challenging; it is. The water crossings, screaming downhills, and formidable uphills set on wide paths make for a fun afternoon of running.
unoficially, 18:04, 3rd Master and 12th overall.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
After checking the "free" nbc_marathon trials stream we were out the door to run Saturday morning errands. The "free" feed did show up but it was about the size of something I would watch on my cellphone, small.
2pm show was okay, then again, how much can you pack in to 30 minutes. Congratulations to Ryan Hall (2:09), Dathan Ritzenheim (2:11) and Brian Sell (2:11). I am totally impressed with one of our local favorites, Nate Jenkins (2:14) finishing 7th, one ahead of silver medalist Meb Keflizighi.
Our deepest condolences go out to Ryan Shay's wife Alicia and family. Absolutely unbelievable tragic collapse at 5.5 miles into the race.
Training: 4 miles in 30:15
Friday, November 02, 2007
Good luck to the US Olympic Marathon Trials runners tomorrow in Central Park! Severe weather is in the forecast showing temperatures in the 40s, 20-25 mph winds and showers. Sounds raw and blustery which will certainly spice things up.
Training: 13.5M/8:09 avg. extended Battle Road Trail
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Notched it closer to the McMillan easy pace (7:09 - 7:39) for a 7:40/mile on 10.5 miles. It's acceptable considering there was some wind and I laid down 6.5 miles running with the stroller before yesterday's festivities.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I put up a new poll for the USATF-NE XC Championships coming up in two and a half weeks. It's 8K run on the same course as the Mayor's Cup in Farnklin Park, Boston.
Completely forgot about watching NOVA’s Marathon special last night. Was it any good?
AM,39: ARNWR, 10.5M, 1:21:55
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Easy pace today as regulated by The McMillan Calculator. The Mayor’s Cup Race pace now puts these runs at 7:09 to 7:39. 10.5 Miles in 75:27.
Yesterday: 5M recovery on the mill
Monday, October 29, 2007
So I slowed, then I side stitched. Runners passed, I let them. Later I would try and hang onto some. It was soon enough realizing there were fewer breathing down my back that I was probably running dead last. Seeing a couple others on the side pulled out the thought crossed my mind. Seeing my wife along the course was inspiring to keep me in as she kept yelling “go for the points”. The XC Grand Prix points that is.
The accumulations in the legs set in quickly making the two climbs up “Bear Cage Hill” no fun.
It wasn’t until the last downhill for the pace to turn around. I picked a few runners to pass, paced myself and let the spikes rip up some turf for a very strong finish.
Course was in good shape as it drains well and the strong winds pulled most of the water away.
Analysis: In hindsight, my trying to keep pace with last year’s 28:10 guy was a mistake. I only know his time and not how he races. I would’ve been better off to use a runner that I knew and ran against more often. That mistake was made in the first minute of the race. I just don’t understand why I didn’t stick with my pre-race plan!
Results: 165 out of 180, 11th master of 13, 29:27 for a pace of 5:58/mile
Video: look for me *way* in the back
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Mile 2-4, slowed and stitched (mile 2@ ~11:18)
Finish exceptionally strong taking two runners on final stretch!
October Surprise = forgot to put on timing chip!
I thought I came across in 29:18 but the timing folks gave me 29:27. That’s okay; I am hanging my head low and will accept it as better than no race time. --more later, gotta go to the Halloween Parade with our little tiger.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
My plan is to even pace one mile at a time. By keeping focused on the task at hand should help bring a PR. Now, if there were $100 for every mile split it could mentally drive the race. That's what mental training is about, being able to visualize, break down and perform the never before achieved.
If your training is there and the mind is strong, fast times or placement are to be hadd.
Noon, easy 4 miles in 32:40 on the Bowker Flats with a light drizzle at 61 degrees.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This article by Kevin Jermyn is good about base training. It's taken from a site called trackcoach.com. I think they are not in existence anymore.? The link at the bottom is dead to continue the article; maybe I'll send an email request.
Out on the run today with the first mile at 7:17; suprisingly good feeling throughout the whole run.
Training: ARNWR, 53,sun\breeze, 10.5M in 1:18:23\7:27
Yesterday: 2nd rest day since 9/12, interesting. . .
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
What is base training? Initial thoughts are logging miles to the level of marathon training. The pace is generally easy, one long run (ease back on pace), maybe light fartleks and strides to keep the legs fresh. I better put some thought into this.
"Thinking is the hardest work there is." --Henry Ford.
Time to do the homework and come up with some structure for the next 10-11 weeks of base training. There are three X-C races remaining.
***Mayors Cup=>faster course, (last 8K XC = 30:05) Please Vote on the right===>
Battle Road: 10 miles, 71,sunny,breezy, 73 minutes, felt slo after 30 minutes and upon waking. rest day tomorrow?
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Training: yesterday Walden Pond w\sweetheart. today strides at soccer fields.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
~2 Mile tempo -12:26 (gate to river)
3 min jog rest3 x (90s, 60s, 30s @ slightly faster than race pace w/ jog rest 30 seconds, 3 min jog rest between sets
46 min cooldown
Total = 13 Miles, 93 min
This workout came up on a local runner's blog (14:31 on 5k this year). I mistakenly overlooked the rest interval between 90-60-30, they were to be identical to the time just ran.
The two miler was good to get a feel of power along with a vision of running through the hills while running the legs under. This form takes strength and practice to move away from the slow slog hunched over grind of hill running. Running the shorter reps strictly on the flat river trail was excellent for quick turnover, focusing on stride, breathing and flow.
All was done at effort with no set distances, just approximations based on time and feel. All sounds very Lydiardesque to me.
Let's keep the votes rolling in; only 5 days left.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Ran a nice 65 minute ten miler this morning on the Battle Road Trail.
We received at least a dozen messages to vote in our *special* election for Congressman and to build a new police station. So, off with the stroller this pm for a second run to the tune of 4.5 miles in 45 minutes.
I am struggling with Cross Country specific training of speed for the next month or start the base phase for Boston 2008. The New England XC Grand Prix currently has me 4 points out from being the third Master.
Boston Marathon 2008 is only 27 weeks away!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
The leaves are kickin and the feet are flickin in today's new Battle Road Trail PR of 64 minutes for 10 Miles. I'm coming back up and there could be an "October Surprise" at this year's Mayors Cup. Better get your cowbell ready cause were gonna roll strong.
Monday, October 08, 2007
The course was in good condition. It was evident on our warm-up they added sand on a treacherous downhill leading into the “bowl”. Weather was a humid 58 degrees with a slight breeze.
After last week’s thrashing I decided to strategize my race to the course. This means plan your moves, exertion and know when to kick the finish. After the delay we were off on a “two count” and hit the first Kilometer in 3:40 and mile at 5:50.
Thinking this was a bit slow as my competition was ahead, I continued to bide time on the grassy fields knowing tough running ahead.
The “bowl” downhill was quite dusty when we went flying down in, runners streaming along, about six moves by now to get ahead of slower runners.
Running behind one runner judging their age, form and breathing I decided to pull ahead on a wide turn just before the hill climb to the rim. This allowed the advantage of seeing the trail stones and roots while trying to catch the next runner. It paid off as I crested the hill running through it and moving along past several more runners along the edge.
Surprisingly on the wicked fast downhill the group ahead of me flew right along. Great, keeping pace.
Out of the woods, around the corner and ball diamond saw several more runners go by the side. Next was cross the entrance road over a median and down the parking lot, a couple more passed.
Soon, a short very steep hill, knees dragging the dirt and passing another runner on the backside. Finally perimeters loop around the fields and back to the track. Checking my competition and distance remaining it was evident I could take a few runners but not catch the comp. That I did with an excellent kick out running some young buck to the finish.
This was a strong race throughout, remained in control for breathing and strength. Never passed and always passing runners. It does beg the question of did I run too slow?
Finish time officially was 18:14 (5:52). 28th overall and 5th Master. The current results are amiss by one Master runner.
Results some Master came in 2nd O'all, I've got my work cut out for me!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
It looks like I dropped to fourth in the Masters category. Too bad, there is a 50+ y.o. ahead of me; I better run faster.
We've been putting in some miles on Cape Cod this week. The weather like most of the U.S. has been very summer like.
Good luck to all racing this w\e.
easy four at a 9 min pace this a.m.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
amazing!!! is all I've got to say about Haile breaking the marathon world record. Two appreciative reads I came across on the subject are EthioBlog and PJ Morse.
A moderate run out on the Battle Road Trail (10.5 miles) this morning in a tic over 7:00. I certainly do have allot of tender muscles to recover from Sunday's XC battle. Can't wait for the next. Biked 75 minutes yesterday and walked the Wayland XC course. Have a nice day.
Monday, October 01, 2007
With that I was off with around 50 other men. I eased into the race; positioned a bit back on the first 1K loop and then put a surge in leading up to the double loop to stay with my competition and get around a pack with a runner who seemed to be slowing us. Around the back side of this loop you start a climb to the clouds that seems to keep on going. I could feel the recent abs and pushup work were helping run this long hill. I was relieved to maintain position. I passed one runner on the downhill. Next was a series of small hills, a small cheering section and then the loop again. Within that three harriers from the earlier group passed me and each I tried to stick with. I was not looking forward to doing the hill again. Following the line of another runner effectively boxed out the guy behind me. But when the opportunity arose he passed me on the uphill. What was I to do? My breathing was like a laboring freight train hauling a heavy load up a mountain. We crested and I just wanted to maintain position. The downhill, long and a little windy helped recovery. Back on the field someone yelled a half-mile to go. Just maintain position. Half that distance later heavy breathing on my right shoulder wanted to make a move. A little boxing and a quick downhill left us both charging the small uphill in the last turn before the flat field to the finish. Arms were moving quickly fighting for position and judging the finish distance keeping in the race was all I could do from dropping to the earth from heavy legs. A strong finish, but the salt and pepper beard guy finished ahead. 30:05 on 8K for a 6:03 pace finishing 32nd overall.
This was my second of the six New England Grand Prix Cross Country race series. I think I may have dropped a place from my earlier second place Masters standing. I was ready to bag this one at 5K as my anaerobic conditioning has been off in the last month. We’ll see what next week comes up with on the grounds of Wayland.
Weekly ReviewTotal Miles: 72.0
Number of Workouts: 9
Stretching: some pre and every post run
P\U, S\U: 190/350
Notes: continue using ice, stretching and abdominal work, Raced at GBTC Topsfield XC Festival. I made Dr. appointments for physical and podiatry.
Issues to Note: ice is helping on right hip and right inner shin; Cold virus ran the course for a full week. Excellent yoga and stretching seem to help the turnaround despite logging more miles. Limited range of stride on right leg, most days shin would hurt on impact.
Next Week Goal: Continue recovery, preview the Wayland XC course and run fast next Sunday.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
1450 mg Sodium (70% Daily Value)
7.5g Saturated Fat (50% Daily Value)
Total of 350 calories with 200 from Fat
Not very filling kind of like eating sushi. Wife's homemade Pizza for dinner tonight!
10.5 Miles, 73:07/6:58 Pace, 85 degrees felt ok held back cause of rt foot, shin and hip
Summer weather is back, it’s been around 90 degrees and the humidity rolled in. Later this afternoon a thunderstorm is expected. Maybe that will bring the seasonably mild weather that goes so well with the changing of the leaf colors.
Yesterday I made appointments to get a physical and to see the podiatrist. Looking online the inner right shin issue that I have been dealing with for the past year may be a shin splint. My right foot is flat. I only wear orthotics in my running shoes; they are soft and probably have seen their life expectancy. My thoughts are the trouble is related to a mechanical issue. We will see in November.
This morning was an easy five on the mill with a good possibility to get out on the trails for some distance later today. Changed up race plans, the BAA Half Marathon is out. Racing that distance will probably lead to a bigger setback and the training just isn’t there. Also, it’s a fair amount of effort getting to Boston, parking and all that goes with it. What’s in is back to the NE-XC festival. This Sunday, check the race link to find out more.
Monday, September 24, 2007
After passing the Arnold Arboretum we were heading to the Franklin Park Zoo, it was broad daylight upon arrival, the West Roxbury District Court had a heavy police presence and we did an immediate about face. Franklin Park is located in or near districts that frequently make the news for stabbings or shootings no matter the time of day.
To make up for lost distance we ran up one of the hills at the Arboretum, possibly Bussey Hill. The route back is similar, this time we went around the Back Bay Fens and finished just after San Clemente Park. Mile 13 was the only marker we spotted painted on the road.
Later at home, safe and sound from the big city it was an easy one mile on the skates and a casual walk. Good news being no more follow up visits at Children’s Hospital!
Training: pm, 77,BAA ½ Marathon Course, a good 2+ hours with stops
Sunday, September 23, 2007
A return to better mileage is the upside, downside is a cold virus.
This morning’s run called for 3 x 5 mile progression. Haynes Loop one went down in 38:09, slight thoughts of quitting while passing the house. Number two started okay, then around seven miles breathing was laborious, a low knee lift, right hip was acting up and pace slowed to a marathon shuffle. Then a walk. . . Picked it up hearing a car approaching and then stopped to chat with Russ who was heading out on a 70 mile bike ride. Time of 44 minutes for the second loop and I threw in the towel.
Total Miles: 53.0
Number of Workouts: 10
Stretching: some pre and every post run
Yoga: pilates and abs of steel
P\U, S\U: 200/400 not bad!
Notes: physically coming around by using ice, stretching and abdominal work, missed NE Grand Prix Race at Fruiltands in Harvard today
Issues to Note: ice is helping on right hip and right inner shin, Cold virus from our two y.o. started on Friday
Next Week Goal: repeat this week with a B.A.A. Half Marathon Course preview in Boston tomorrow. Looking for 13.1+ miles of pushing the stroller.
Friday, September 21, 2007
WALDEN POND, CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS
Training: noon, 71, 6m at Walden Woods, 20 minutes in the water –nice-
am,71,treadmill, 5 miles around 7:50ish pace
Yesterday afternoon Treadmill: just under 7:00s for 2 miles to break in shoes.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The container garden(s) produced an abundance of Juliet cherry tomatoes which the chipmunks got the most. The Scarlet runner green beans came in okay on the rock wall; they taste so, so. The zucchini squash pushed to survive the drought, the one I saw growing is not there now,
some thief must have got it. Top award winner is Red Beauty Pepper. Next year will be produce that the ground thieves do not like.
Another easy 5 miles (40:32)on the mill to the sights and tune of RW videos. Ice is helping, new shoes came in yesterday.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I wonder if the other video sites could do the streaming; playlists or something?
Treadmill run: just under 8:00s for 5 miles.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
This morning was an easy six miles on the mill to the tune of ChasingKimbia videos.
Looks like a few B.A.A. Half-Marathon course routes are up on USATF. Reading Seebo's blog about his sub-78 PDR over the weekend has got me pumped to run the same in 18 days.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Diaper dash was cool, my 5K PR is on the Weston course, years ago, it would’ve won in yesterday’s race.
Total Miles: 29.10
Number of Workouts: 5
Stretching: much needed and coming along
Yoga: some along with Pilates intro
P\U, S\U: 150\300
Notes: mileage fell way off
Issues to Note: major upper right thigh muscle feels pulled; last week caused a limp to walk. It’s starting to turn around as it better now with the cooler temperatures.
Next Week Goal: continue recovery
Friday, September 14, 2007
Tonight is a scheduled playground run with the stroller, the long way, 5.5 miles out, play grab a sub and 5.5 miles home.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
The cause most likely compounded events of laying bricks, moving deck furniture, ladders, climbing fences and not stretching and no yoga. I had it coming.
Two loops on the Bowker Flats, easy sub-8 minute pace for a total of five miles in a very nice 59 degree temperature.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
The below photo is from the inaugeral race in 2005 where I was first overall and set the course record that was beat today by ten minutes, hmmph. Very hilly course with Hosmer Street at mile 8 that keeps on climbing. Race entry fee is suggested 10 can goods for the local food pantry.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Total Miles: 55.0
Number of Workouts: 7
Yoga: back to none
P\U, S\U: 150/300
Notes: mileage returning to regular training
Issues to Note: none
Next Week Goal: nail down a half marathon program and explore the Fall X-C races, same as last week
Training: Easy, Haynes Loop, 5.00M, 36:22, 7:16, noon,stroller, felt slo at first, stop 4 fish and running cell call
Saturday, August 11, 2007
This little pesky insect gangs up on a runner causing them to push the pace faster and faster to the point of exhaustion. Their area of interest is mostly the head and shoulders. It’s when the run has progressed along for perspiration to build into a sweet smelling sweat that they are drawn to like a magnet. Its bite is hurtful and may lend itself to swelling.
An easy deterrent is to always wear a hat. If you have a pony-tail that’ll help swats them. I’ve resorted to wrapping a shirt in place of a hat when without.
The best method I have found so far was passed to me by a local fast runner. The secret is by using laundry dryer sheets. He uses Bounty I use Snuggle, they both seem to work. There must be some active chemical in them that the flies do not like.
Take one dryer sheet and wipe it vigorously on your left side of your singlet, hat, shoulder, arms, neck and calves. Then repeat with another sheet for the other side. Focus on previously attacked areas. Final step is to lay both sheets with 2/3 exposed as flaps out the back of your hat. This can easily be done with the hat lying upside down on the ground.
Warning: abide by the dryer sheet package warnings. If someone has sensitive skin this is not for you. The dryer sheets have chemicals that may give someone an allergic reaction.
Training: am, 8M in 57:56, Fr: 5M on treadmill due to rain, Thurs: 10.5M on the trails.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
A fast local runner tuned me into the secret of “dryer sheets”, Bounty or Snuggle work, in warding off the persistent deer flies. It works great, I had two runs in the Reservation and came out unscathed. This morning I ran one loop, about a kilometer, in the LSHS X-C trail w\out the sheets and I was attacked. Deer Flies do make you run faster, even if you are tired.
Total Miles: 60.0
Number of Workouts: 8
Yoga: back to none
P\U, S\U: some
Notes: mileage returning to regular training
Issues to Note: 2nd long run of stopping after 8m and walking
Next Week Goal: nail down a half marathon program and explore the Fall X-C races
Saturday, July 28, 2007
My wife won the Women’s overall ultra marathon. She consistently persevered from the start to the time officials called the race on account of runner’s safety. Her finish distance was over nine miles ahead of the nearest women. Her pace reaped 27 laps of a 3.16 mile course for over 85 miles.
Given her pace and time she was on track to beat my 114 mile run on the same course. Whew, thank goodness for the weather! We had fun, I got the opportunity to accompany the new champ for over 30 of the miles. Believe me, she ran better on her own.
I am proud, inspired and awed of her determination and tenacity to rule the roads of Wakefield on this glorious summer day.
Training: Last 24 hours, 30 miles +
Thursday, July 26, 2007
It seems like yesterday that I trodded the lake path myself, it's been six years. To this day I say you won't get me to do it again. Although the next year I did go back and set the marathon course record. Those were the days.
Anyhow show up and lend a little support; I'll be there no doubt getting a long run in myself.
Last night was a futile attempt to break 17:00 at the Devens 5K. I came up as 1st Master and 2nd overall. It's a good thing there was another runner pulling me as submission to the heat and humidity is easy. 1st mile - 5:37, second mile 5:35 and then crawled the hill to drag down the time for the finish in 6:48 1.2 mile for an overall 18:01.
Tuesday was Rob deCastella's 8 x 400s with a 200 meter float. This was sub-20 something, possibly sub-19 for a total of 5000 meters. Might be a good weekly evaluation workout.
Monday called for an easy three miles on the treadmill.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Recent inspiration is from friends in the Lake Placid Ironman triathlon, NYC Triathlon and the Vermont 100-miler this weekend. By competing from 2-20 hours in these events sure is one way to have a good time. Be sure and check for Kyle’s and Jamie’s blog and giving them a good rally of support for their efforts.
Total Miles: 45.0
Number of Workouts: 7
Yoga: back to none
P\U, S\U: a few
Notes: mileage cut-back in hopes of returning to regular training
Issues to Note: lower right back, energy level, poor sleep
Next Week Goal: push past 50 miles, possible 2400m eval run on Thursday, attend 5K race on Wednesday eve, show up at the Around the Lake 24-hour ultra (nice plug for myself from the 2001 & 2002 races) to cheer on friends, explore running the BAA Half Marathon this fall
Friday, July 20, 2007
As you can see in the photo there are more rocks and more names to follow. Would you care to nominate a name for the next rock? This is just my sappy way of keeping focus on running through the summer doldrums.
Lydiard Rock lifted to new heights
Lydiard Rock being lowered to rock wagon, front wheels later to collapse
Training: am, hot & humid, stroller, 10M in 77 minutes