Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fortitudine Vincimus

"By endurance we conquer" listed on the Somerville Road Runners website exemplifies the stamina required to run their 24 hour road race.

A full story is to follow, 3rd overall, 1st female with 107 miles and time to spare!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

True Potential: 24 Hour Race

You haven't been the same runner since the 24-hour race. So she says as we embark on setting up at the Lord Wakefield hotel this afternoon in her attempt to beat me. What gives is I'll never do this race again; 2nd place in 114 miles. The year before I set the marathon record and ran my first and only other ultra of 50 miles.

True to our vows "I promise to support your dreams and be there for you always." Let this be your year!

Training: Thursday-61 minutes at about 7:45 pace/mile then a 15 minute relaxing swim.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Think The Eggs Are Hatching

Our future ornitholigist eyes this Cardinal's nest outside the window with every passing chance. Life begins anew for bird and marathoner.

Tuesday: easy 6.5 miles
Wednesday: am-easy 3.5 miles, Noon-easy 7.5 miles
pace is approximately 8:00/mile

Monday, July 20, 2009

5 Miles in 28:20

Sweetly rolling along soaking the Summer sun,
Time to turn this marathon training upside down

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Back to Running

Totals for last week:
Run: 19.5 mi
Bike: 39.0 mi
Sw: 1,600.0 m
Alternate activity hours: 6.03
Hours: 6.02

Friday calisthenics had 30 minutes of rope skipping, easy 5m run on Saturday am at a dogged pace, 14.5m family run this morning with a 5.5 mile walk home.

This week: run by feel with Monday as rest\cross training, re-visit marathon schedule, 24-hour ultra marathon prep for this Friday night (wife's race).

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Walden Pond Crossing

First ever! Ironman competitor Kyle led me on this inaugural crossing. An eight mile bike over provided some muscle warming up as the water is on the cool side. You swim a rather leisurely pace as the distance is the challenge. From my training as a Navy rescue swimmer I knew this could be done, others do it all the time, don’t panic and enjoy the day. I’ll confess my use of a wetsuit, zoomers and hand paddles all aided; mostly my confidence. Total distance out and back is about one mile.

Then another eight mile bike ride home and later eight miles on the inline skates.

To top it all off a healthy home-made pizza!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rest Day: Seven Wheelbarrows

This Summer funk got me as the planned calisthenics went by the side making room for hauling seven wheelbarrow loads of dirt.
Another bread, this time zucchini.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cross Training Activities

For the week of non-running activities thus far: inline skating, hiking, biking and walking.

Other choices:

aerobics, baseball/softball, badminton, basketball, calisthenics, cross-country skiing, elliptical trainer, fencing, football, frisbee, golfing, gymnastics, hockey, ice skating, isometrics, lacrosse, martial arts, massage, nordic track, pilates, pool running, racquetball, rock climbing, rowing, snowshoeing, ski machine, soccer, spinning, stair climbing, stretching, surfing, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, walking, water skiing, weight lifting, wrestling, yoga

I biked 23 miles yesterday and walked six miles today. What will it be tomorrow? Swimming in Walden Pond on Thursday for those of you interested.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Power Hiking

Good for 90 minutes in the Great Brook Farm State Park. GBFSP also serves as the race location for the first of the USATF-NE XC Grand Prix races starting in August so it was good to be on the course.

With a delightful Summer day mountain bikers, horse back riders, hikers, runners and day-trippers were experiencing excellent trails and good ice cream.

Almost forgot we did some more baking by evidence of this delicious banana walnut bread.

If you want a good walk head to Boston along the wharf to view the tallships moored alongside.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Blades on the Flats for Ten

Fast Track book lists the following overtraining symptons:
  • Slower running times - well, yeah I've got that
  • Insomnia - only once
  • Fatigue - yep
  • Achy joints - yes
  • Lack of motivation - it's like it hits every July
  • Frequent cold or flu - none
  • lack of energy - shows by not doing push-ups and sit-ups
  • Poor recovery after workouts - yesterday's ten miler
  • Poor concentration - at times
  • Headaches - mild if at any
  • General lethargy - plenty of
  • Chronic injuries that won't heal - overstretched glute slow to recover

First solution listed is to take a week off from running. I'll do it as the Baystate Marathon is now 99 days out and this cycle needs to break to get some quality training. In years past the pace and mileage would drop only to pick up around September.

Training: inline skating on the Bowker Flats for ten miles in ~60 minutes

Friday, July 10, 2009

Go Long?

Andrew comments that a longer run may break the funk. Advice taken.

ran long - 10 miles in 1:26:10 - had two walking breaks after one hour, first one I picked it up as the mosquitos were swarming, second pickup was on a downhill. Glad that was over, rest of the day to recover finally felt better after a 30 minute walk with my bride.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Musty and Decay

Slowly running over Mother Nature's after party for 3.4 miles in 31:13.

Would you like some Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies? You can bake these, our future premier baker and I created them using a Starbucks recipe.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

mentally pessimistic

Three miles on the mill in 25:07. Awful thunder and lightning outdoors along with torrential downpouring

Yesterday: easy six miles on the trails in the Reservation for 44:30

Sunday, July 05, 2009

22 Miles

Turning up 54 miles for the week with one race for base training. Including a six mile walk to this morning's 16-mile stroller run gets you twent-two!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July

A sunshining moisture holding morning brings this runner across the finish line in 21:43. Splits: 5:25, 5:41, 5:57 and 4:39, (3.82 miles?), average 5:40/mile. Finish in fourth place as first Master. You saw the goal and now beg me to concede to any sustaining speed in the shorter races. Another look is it's the same pace as Rhody but on a longer and more challenging course.

What's next? Continue base training, explore possibility of a first ever one-mile race on the outdoor track in two weeks.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Summer Rain

Each flop-flop is met with a pitter-patter
Every week we get rain
Have you had enough for it to matter?

I wish it would make the chipmunks hibernate so they would stop stealing the tomatoes from our garden. Fencing and hopefully the neighborhood red-tailed hawk will suppress their vigor.

Wednesday: pm-6M in the Reservation in 44:00
Thursday: am-3.4M at 8:35/mile, pm-38:06 7:13/mile (18:03/18:05 Bowker Flats Loop) for 5M