Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crisp Fall Weather

Finally!  Felt so good heading out today.  Workout called for 5 miles at 7:20 pace.  I did the first mile in 7:32 and sped up: 7:06, 7:06, 7:19 and 7:11.  Felt really good.  That is all!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October Weird

Tuesday I did a tempo from work.  5 miles at 7:24 pace.  A little hot for this time of year.  No shirt and plenty of sweat.  I did a better job pacing than I have on some of my other humid days - so that was good.

Big run of the week was a 14 miler on Thursday morning.  Polar cold this time.  Under Armor and gloves.  I left around 6:15 and did about 8:05 for the first 13 miles.  Kind of let myself struggle up the hill at the end.  Felt pretty good afterward - considering it was probably my longest effort in about a year.

Today I was back to being shirtless - running around the AHS track for 3x1600s.  Hit them pretty good ~ 6:30 for each one.  They didn't feel great - but I suppose they're not meant to.  26.4 miles for the week.  I was thinking of doing baystate half next weekend - but the wifey has me going to CT for some rental chores.  Maybe i'll try and find a 5k or something down there - but for some reason they don't have much going on in October.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Two more "fall" runs

So week 6 is in the books.  Got up Thursday and did my 5 mile tempo run in 7:22s - about 7:20 if you look at the gap pacing - since a good chunk was up into arlington.  I started slow - and went down into belmont - then did fastish 4 miles into davis and back to alewife - then a 7:29 mile into arlington center.  slogged home.  A good tempo.  The workout had a 6mile medium tempo - but I didn't think I could manage that since it was pretty hot out.  5 seems plenty.

Today i did 1k,2k,1k,1k workout.  similar to the 1m,2m,2x800 - but a little easier.  Super humid today.  The first 1k feels like a warmup.  I did 4 minutes.  Then the 2k i didn't really time since it was off track - just ran it hard.  The next two 1ks were very hard.  I did the first in under 4, but I think the last one was 4:07 or so - feeling a little gassed - but I guess that is why we do them.

I'll start this week with an afternoon 5 mile tempo from work - hopefully the humidity breaks tuesday.  Then thursday morning i'll do an early morning 14 miler.  fun!  should be nice and cool at least.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Lingering Effects

I made it out Sunday afternoon for some track intervals.  Perfect day - did 4x1200s at about a 4:55/per - which I think is just over the goal of 6:30 min/mile.  They felt hard - but pretty doable.  Probably still had some lingering ecold ffects - in particular I was really dead at the end of the run.  My pace going uphill and home was over 10 min/mile - which is really bad for me.  It reminded me a bit of the end of last weeks 12 miler - not good.

Today went better.  The workout called for 10 miles at a 7:45 pace, but i did 10 in 7:39 - and was probably close to 7:30s for the first 9 miles - last mile is always a bitch.  Loop took me to Davis, then back up the bikepath.  Felt awesome to feel and run good again and gives me

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Still Sick

I've made it for 2 runs in the last 10 days.  I did manage the track last weekend.  I did 1 mile in about 6:40.  Then I tried a 2 mile 'interval' - but it was probably pretty slow - maybe 7:20s.  I was suppose to do 2x800 after that - but skipped it and went home - not feeling great.  I felt worse Sunday and Monday - so no running.  I postponed my long run for later in the week.  I was going to try it Wednesday - but I was still iffy and the weather was still hot and humid.  So I took a half-day today and did 12.5 at lunch.  I was aiming for 8:00s for 13, and managed 8:00s for about 11 miles - but couldn't close - really died at the end.  Did 8:25s and stopped after 12.5 - good enough.  Clearly still feeling the effects of whatever I had.  Weather was wonderful.  Looking forward to feeling better and running in cooler weather.  Feel awful now.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sick Daze

Had a very good run Monday.  I did 8 miles: 7:38, 7:35, 7:31, 7:37, 7:44, 7:49, 7:35 and 8:32 (uphill).  Overall pace was 7:46 - about HMP+15 - which was the goal - would've been better without that damn hill.  And that was the week!

Felt kinda sick Tuesday, but ok.  Felt worse Wednesday - left work early Thursday.  Felt a little better today - but not great.  Hoping to get a good workout tomorrow - but not real optimistic.  Sick sucks.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lots of Humidity and Town Day

So the humidity hit this week.  Thursday I headed out at lunch hoping to do a 5 mile tempo at 7:20.  Pacing was a bit off.  I started at 7:40 - which was good since I wanted to start a bit slow and ramp into it - I then did mile 2 at 7:21 (ok) and mile 3 at 7:11 (probably too fast).  At that point the humidity was on me like a blanket and I stopped thinking I'll break it into 3Mx2M at 7:20 - but I just couldn't get going again and jogged it in.  Still, not a bad workout.  Realistically, trying to squeeze these into lunch during some hotter end of summer days, these things are going to happen.  Take away a good workout, even if it isn't what was planned.

Today was the Town Day race - 2.7ish miles up Mass ave and down the bike-way.  Last year I finished 2nd overall and 1st in my age group.  This year, facing a stacked field, I came away with 5th overall and 2nd in my age group.  6:44 up, 6:23 down and 6:38 for the last bit.  6:35 overall.  Love that distance - just when you think you'll have to dig deep to keep going - the race ends.  Perfect.  Like thursday - super humid - if it did go longer I would have really slowed.  I'm good for the week now - time to celebrate.  I'll be back at it maybe Monday morning for an 8 miler - with more humidity all week.