Saturday, January 20, 2018

In sickness and in health

Last week I was feeling pretty sick - I did a 4 mile run last Thursday from work and a 7 miler last Saturday - up and down Arlington.  I also did two rows and mixed in some strength workout - for sick week - not bad (11 miles running and 8 xt units).  This week was more back to normal.  Runs of 6 and 7 miles on Tuesday and Friday, rows Monday and today (saturday) - along with some strength.  I'm trying some 'strength and mobility' workouts to try and help my stride and overall health heading into the spring season.  Legs feel tired now from yesterday's 7 miler.  A pretty good week considering this winter has had it's cold and snow days.  Still a long way to go this winter - so hopefully i can keep things going.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

New Year Rowing

I made it out exactly once this week - Wednesday from work at lunch - for a slow, icy 6-miler.  I probably could have pushed it more - but the ice made footing a bit slippery.  Better to live to run another day.  That left a lot of days open for XT work.  I rowed Monday, Thursday and Saturday - 28 minutes each day - which I equate to about a 5k of running.  I did some minor strength workouts and lots of snow shoveling as well.  Tiss the season to XT. 

I had trouble coming up with a '3 best list' for 2017.  No races really stood out - but after some thought here are the four in no particular order.  Most unique experience was the 5k in AZ at 6:30 in the morning and 100 degree temps.  It was my slowest 5k - but I won my age group - so that is cool.  Best feeling race was the battlegreen 10k.  Had this been a flatter course - I would have mauled my old 10k record.  Best I felt all year.  Best achievement was either the AM mile - my fastest ever or the half (1 minute off best ever).  Both were just a bit lacking which is why it is hard to pick the best.  The mile wasn't a big leap, and the half was marred by sickness which held it back from being better - but i'm proud of both.  Maybe the best thing I did this year was recommit to racing - 11 races my most ever - and more than double what i've been doing since i moved to mass. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Wrap it up

The last half of December was pretty solid.  On the 15th I did a great 6 miler at a 7:35 pace, including a 7 minute pickup.  The 18th I did 4.5 miler - again a decent pace (7:35s again).  My last run in Mass for the year was a fairly lazy 7.3 miler down to Davis and back into Arlington - a 8:23 pace - which I did before work. 

I wrapped up the year in Wickenburg AZ.  I did a 5 miler down to the high school - which had a locked and alarmed (?!?) track - paranoid bunch up there!  The last mile of this run I did 7:17 uphill mile (GAP of 6:59).  I was a bit smarter and did the mile downhill the next day - for a 6:38 pace (6:47 gap).  Lots of fun running out there.  Will miss that warmth when I head out tomorrow in the single digits to kick off the new year.

Monday, December 11, 2017

A long winter's nap

It is kind of sad that this time of year gets so busy and hectic - if you can handle a bit of cold, it really is a nice time to get out and enjoy life.  Alas, holiday parties, kids stuff, short days make things mildly stressful for most.  To keep my own sanity I made it out for a nice 6 miler today around 3:30.  Headed north-eastern-ish to the mt. auburn area, and then down to the charles via the bb&n crossing.  A bit of a change-up to my normal routine.  Then I did the normal 6 mile loop under a brilliant sunset.  Pacing was pretty fast for 4 miles: 7:52, 7:47, 7:23 and 7:42 - never really pushing it.  Slowed down the last 2 miles due to ice on the trail - and finished with a decent 7:51 overall.  Physically the best i've felt in about 10 days. 

Not much running last week - did a kinda pathetic 5 last thursday morning with a sore side and hamstring.  Side has been hurting for over a week now.  Hope nothing major is wrong.  No real plans for racing now - think i'm going to end up missing all the holiday races.  oh well.  back to the grind next spring after some easy running and cross training.  I did 75 minutes on the old rower last week - so that is an all time high.  think i'll get a lot of mileage out of that this winter.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Three More Runs

Last Thursday I made it out from work for a kinda boring 4 miler at a pedestrian pace.  It was a 'just getting out run'. 

Saturday I had a good run down to Davis and back at a 7:48 pace.  Run felt better, but I took a spill early on - running on Blanchard through Belmont.  My whole side has been sore since then - really jarred me good - although nothing broken or anything.

Today I did 4.5 from work.  I was feeling ok early - but my hamstring/groin started to hurt after a mile or so - and so I pulled back on pace a bit.  We'll see how this feels Thursday - but I'm thinking - between this soreness and my general lack of motivation - the Yulefest isn't happening.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Escape to flat land

Ahh.  To Yulefest or not to Yulefest.  I did the gobble gobble gobble 4 miler last Thursday and ran the same time I did 2 years ago: 27:31 - a 6:53 pace.  I also did the same battle green 10k as two years ago.  And that same year - I did a 20:24 Yulefest 5k - a 6:34 pace.  Should I try again?  I'm kind of tired of racing.  The thing with racing is it is hard - harder than normal.  Race isn't until 12/10 - so I may postpone a decision for a few days and hope it doesn't sell out.

Today I made it out for a 4.6 miler around the Charles from work - a decent 7:40 pace.  Last Sunday I did a cold 5 miler at about an 8 pace.  Neither run felt particularly good - kinda weird how quickly I lost it - had about a 2-3 week period were I felt awesome.  If I were smart - i would take it easy and then try running Yulefest hard.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cambridge Half

Today was the second annual cambridge half.  Early start and rain made me a little nervous heading down - but things went pretty smooth.  Parking was easy and registration was fast - so i sat in the car for a while and avoided getting wet.  It was raining all morning and rained in the starting chute and pretty much the whole race.  They start in waves.  They actually had a sub 1:30 wave.  I thought that was a bit weird - it accounts for less than 5% of the field - why bother? 

Anyway - I had to wait about 20 minutes in the rain at the start - but felt pretty good once we got moving.  I went out a bit fast - but dialed it back since I've been sick for the last 5 days - and wasn't really sure how much I was going to have in the tank.  I tried to run about 7:20s, but was a going a little slower than that: 7:14, 7:24, 7:22, 7:24, 7:29, 7:28.  Realizing I was going too slow, I made an effort to pick things up and was going pretty good for the next few miles: 7:21, 7:12, 7:15 - but couldn't really maintain that the last 4 miles: 7:23, 7:29, 7:21 and 7:34.

Overall I feel this was an opportunity lost, but I'm somewhat satisfied with the result anyway.  My initial goal was 7:30 (or under) - and my paces were set off of that.  I felt pretty good through October and lowered that goal to 7:20 - and lowered it again after a great 10k - thinking i would defenatly go below 7:20 - but that may not have been realistic.  Factoring in being sick last week - i'm pretty lucky to have been able to pull this out and run as well as I did.  The time puts my projected marathon time at 3:24 (2xHMT + 10 minutes) - which will hit the qualifying mark - but miss actually qualifying - so a bit more work to do there.  Nevertheless - that 7:45 pacing should feel a bit easier after this effort.