Monday, August 13, 2007

REPORT: BAA Half Marathon Training

It feels like running is turning into something good again. The summer doldrums seem to have passed as evident in Sunday’s strong long run. If it wasn’t for the trails I would have bagged it after five miles. I figured the deer flies would push, they did, and then the Minuteman Road Club (MRC) runners in the last two miles was icing on the cake. Good effort guys and thanks for the pickup.

Weekly Review
Total Miles: 55.0
Number of Workouts: 7
Stretching: okay
Yoga: back to none
P\U, S\U: 150/300
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

Deer Fly Repellent

Summertime running brings out a little nasty insect called the Deer Fly. Their prime habitats in these locales are forested, shady humid areas typically found on a wooded trail. Mike in Canada prompted me to write this tip and in Maine Jamie posted this photograph from Texas A&M.

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.
This lists possible chemicals and their hazards! Click here for the the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for all Bounce dryer sheets by Proctor & Gamble. I accept no responsibility if you follow this tip based on the above warnings.
Otherwise, good luck and enjoy the trails.

Training: am, 8M in 57:56, Fr: 5M on treadmill due to rain, Thurs: 10.5M on the trails.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

REPORT: Two Weeks of Steady State

Not much happening, the details are boring even to me. I did get out for one mile of inline skating and an hour of Mountain Biking in the past week.

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.

Weekly Review
Total Miles: 60.0
Number of Workouts: 8
Stretching: okay
Yoga: back to none
P\U, S\U: some
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