Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Yesterday's 90 minute wet and raw run over the trails through the Reservation brought about this epiphany of not being injured, sick or for what this blog is about – fast. A lack of training program, regular schedule and just running with time available may be one aspect of this new revelation.
The question now is how long to maintain this unstructured schedule with the Boston Marathon just 20 weeks away? Any chances of lowering the
We’ll see how it goes. I certainly hope everyone else’s running is coming along at a faster pace!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
We'll see what happens as this weekends goal is to make a running plan!
Hope y'all have been having a better time running faster than myself.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Well, the time is now to get it all back together as recovery is good resulting in a recent 1.5 mile time of 8:45 on the Woodway treadmill. Also, a 40:39 winning a local 10K that was reportedly a 6.3 miler. I'll use the 10K calculator and start training for a 1/2 marathon. It shows I am in 3:10 marathon shape.
More to follow later. . .
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Friday, August 13, 2010
Sunday, August 01, 2010
A few changes are in place from last year with the course making no difference to me as its basically eight loops around Lake Quanopowitt starting at 7 pm. I lead from the start, strange as there are relay runners in this race, after backing off my first mile split is sub 6:00.
C’mon now I’ve got some training but I’m in no rock star shape. The backing off continues for a 6:22 and then a 6:37. Okay, it’s time to settle in, then, a marathoner comes up on me to pull the lead. He moves ahead with every one of my running by-your-sides.
This game continues for three laps, ~nine miles, I drop him through the water station and chokepoint. The late Friday has the popular walking\running route active with princes and queens of the outdoors de-stressing from a week of the daily grind. When it comes to the neck you better be on your navigational toes to not slam into someone at a 6:30\mile. This chokepoint is a single-(downhill grass)-track, stones and roots, for 30 feet bridging the parking lot and the road.
Darkness arrives and it’s a whole new race. Footing becomes uncertain amongst the pavement peaks and valleys on tired legs. Overhead lighting is sparse and oncoming traffic blinding. There is no more up\down the curbs or taking the inside track, from here on its all on the roadside, longer distance and a false sense of safety.
My pace slows around mile 15 and I hit the wall at 20. In the last 5000 meters it’s very clear a course PR or BQ is out fearing I may now lose the race. Pushing the shuffling- pace, my opening stride almost brings me crashing to the pavement as a left hamstring throbs to buckle forward movement. With my head still in the game, I switch it up to a side step-run then backwards for 50 meters. Two hundred meters later a course marshall calls out my arrival stating no others marathoners in sight.
My next goal is to break 3:00 hours. This is mighty dangerous flirting with muscles and the time cruising in to a Garmin 2:59:24, timing clock 3:00:05 and chip time of 3:00:13. After later analysis I realized the AutoPause was on the Garmin meaning I lost 49 seconds on three stops fishing for fluids out the cooler.
The tape breaks I take two steps kneel to the pavement kiss the ground and say a prayer of thanks.
26.2-3:00:13 Chip Time
Saturday, July 17, 2010
It's 12 days until I race to beat my old marathon course record Around the Lake. Will the heat be a factor? What can be done about it?
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Event: 5 Mile Road Race @ 31:14.00 (6:14 / mi) Place: 14
Competition: Sudbury 4th of July Road Race(Road Race)
Event: 4 Mile Road Race @ 22:39.00 (5:39 / mi) Place: 5
Actual Distance = 3.75M for a 6:02/mile pace.
time to relax. . .
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Inline Skating 0 @ 30:00:00 (30:00 pace)
Tuesday 22 Run - Nut Island - 6.94 mi @ 47:27:00 (6:50 pace)
Wednesday 23 Running Workout - Tempo Run - Pratts Mill - 8 mi @ 55:44.0 (6:58 pace)
Thursday 24 Run - Wallaston Beach - 5 mi @ 34:00:00 (6:48 pace)
Friday 25 Run - Haynes Loop - 5 mi @ 40:44:00 (8:08 pace)
Training Run 2:50:00 PM 6 mi @ 41:50:00 (6:58 pace)
Saturday 26 Run - Haskell Field - 5 mi @ 37:20:00 (7:28 pace)
Sunday 27 Workout - Long Run - Mossman Loop - 18 mi @ 2:15:09.0 (7:30 pace)
TOTALS Running: 58.94 mi
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Let's talk about what's in the racing future. A fall marathon? Better be as this year's Boston Marathon finish was much slower, 2:56, than the expected. If it takes two marathons to achieve this, so be it.
How about an early one for first try while having a 'fall' back race in case the time is too slow?
Easy recovery run today: 47:47 in the ARNWR trails for six miles. Felt slow.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Next postings will cover the terrible training leading up to this year's Boston and then a post on how the race evolved.
Congrats to all you readers who had it all together as you were certainly blessed with ideal running conditions.
Official net time 2:56:01
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thankful for all your support, especially my wife.
Next year is a new age group with the same competitive expectations.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
For a searchable Entry List.
For text alerts on athlete tracking that will hopefully be more timely than years past.
Must have Course Map to help you navigate around the route.
An a.m. five mile run with overcast, drizzly skies feeling pretty good about the new shoes bought at yesterday's expo.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Saturday, March 06, 2010
an average of 6:53/mile--goal met as long run paces dropped successively from 8:20 to 7:40 to 6:53 since Boston Marathon training has begun. I see 43 days until Boston!
If anyone is game I am looking to run solid 6:00/mile at New Bedford to finish in 1:18:00 (age-graded 81.66%).
Sunday, February 28, 2010
10M: 1:02:03\6:12 (Feb07)
10M: 1:01:44\6:12 (Feb09)
Six months ago I was on crutches! Woohooo!
|Heidi Westover nearly breaks record at Jones Group Realtors 10 Mile Road Race|
Nice conditions: 40s, humid, very little wind, some sun-mostly cloudy, the dirt road section was wet-to-muddy with some puddles, orange gatorade-lousy, hills after challenging hill, tons of competition-30/131 Master at 117th overall.
Well run race, good food and facilities, great to see and run with teammates for our 4th Masters place, just outside the money.
Other good club runners out in force, some are really flyinng these days. See you in New Bedford for the half marathon in three weeks.
1st time on this course-it's challenging, esp. hills, plan to break 65 poss 60 but no race/training as indicator. Easy start, very tough 3 mile hill, some excellent downhill running while holding it on the flats and staying strong through the end.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Saturday's 18.5 miler at ~7:40/mile pace and Sunday's hike up MT Washington took its toll on my quad muscles. Enough that yesterdays 400-800 session was reduced to possible fartleks only later abandoned.
This morning was met with the worst kind of snow, a rain mix mess, two miles on the roads only to return for six miles on the treadmill.
Friday, February 19, 2010
That is until we cross the line at the upcoming 10-mile road race.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Sunday: starting at B.C. against the wind and uphill to mile 4, wanted to quit there, turned running back to mile ten for a total of 23 miles.
Positive note is pace ~7;40/mile average an improvement from last long run of 18 @ 8:20/mile. Next day--total rest and the long toe blackened!
Tuesday intervals, 5 x 1 mile, stepped each 10 seconds down from 6:30 to 5:50. Yoga stretch helped later, new Brooks Defyance sans orthotics not a good choice. Staying out of the snow storm- running on the Woodway-good choice!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
"My feeling is that any day that I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy."
-John Bryan, deputy editor of the London Times, 1994
easy 5M on Haynes Loop in ~42 minutes.
A Boston Marathon course 23 miler on tap for tomorrow. See you out there!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
My Dad passed away and I've started a career change recently pulling all time away from many personal activities. I am thankful that running is still there to help cope with everything. Check back in a couple of weeks and I'll try to have something of interest to read.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This build is flying by and all injuries are at bay. Knock on wood, right, not to say there aren't a few 'concerns.'
The mileage has been on the high end of the program lately along with group calisthenics, Zumba and some Yoga.
Tomorrow has 15 miles on the books. Let's all stay healthy!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
An average 8:00/mile is the calculation pace leaving me to believe I've become a slower runner despite my hard efforts. Total 9.35 miles for the run, later I did group calisthenics, three short runs totaling 2.25 miles and one hour of yoga.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
The big test is to see how my right foot holds up. A little tender later in the day so down went an aleve and some salty cold water treatment.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Reviewing last years injuries means CHANGE the program or you'll get the same results. So, yoga and Zumba is in. How about you?
Sunday, January 03, 2010
The schedule was for 14 miles, snowshoes were around five and then maybe 3.5 miles on the road for the day. I feel a little disappointed in the overall effort.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
-George Sheehan, M.D., beloved former Runner's World columnist
* courtesy of April 2009 RW calendar
Three inches of powder snow this morning with more falling on the Haynes Loop for five miles in 44:25
Friday, January 01, 2010
-John J. Kelley, marathon legend,
1957 Boston winner, and cross-country coach
*quote courtesy of RW March 2009 Calendar
ran 7 miles in an average of 7:21/mile
late last night's throat tickle is forming into a dry throat -- uuggghh!!