Friday, May 27, 2016

Week 2 Cont.

Another solid all-round week.  Did my long run Monday (6.5), then a short busy swim Tuesday - only 800 - pool was super busy - but due to meetings at work it was the only day I could go; Wednesday I biked too and from work - for some reason this completely wore me out for the night.  Yesterday I attempted to do my track work, but the MIT track is all torn up - so to the esplenade I went for off-track 400s - or 1:30s.  I think I did 9 of them - it was hot and unpleasant - and had me wondering if i had another summer of heavy training in me.  Today I did what could be my last swim at the MIT pool for this session.  I did 1250 - kinda lazy.  I think I managed 13 swims in about 6 weeks.  My pass does't run out until next Wednesday - but with the 3 day weekend, that may be it for me.  Anyway, all in all, some solid cross training.  Got some runs in - but also managed to rest my legs some.  Next week is race week - so I'll aim for a good solid longish run early - then kinda take it easy - maybe a short run Tues/Wed.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Project Mile: Week 2

My 2 and 1/2 week mile training plan enters the all important week 2.  Today I wanted to add a little distance back into my running and I accomplished that with a 6.5 mile run.  It felt about 3 times as long as that and super hot - even though it was 72 degrees out.  So, can't say i'm happy with how I responded.  My shoes felt ok - no pain while running, but my ankle hurt like a mother fucker walking to the T-stop from work.  I also managed to bike to and from Alewife.  So some good working out numbers today.  Tomorrow - another swim.  Speed work later in the week.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Post Race Week

So this week I tried to hit three workouts: swim, bike, run.  I did the swim on Monday - a short easy workout - good for resting the legs.  Tuesday I ran the normal 4.7 with Larry.  We both felt sore and took it easy.  Wednesday I biked to and from work - about 13 miles round trip.  Thursday Larry and I hit the track for: 200, 400, 600, 800, 800, 600, 400, 200.  I tried to hit 6 min/mile paces on the first 200, 400 and 800 - and the last 400 and 200.  I took a bit off the other ones - since I was almost losing consiousnous on the hard ones.  Felt good to run hard though.  I hoping to do the Adrian Martinez Classic in a few weeks - so I just wanted to work a little speed in.  Finished Friday with another swim.  A good solid week - need to get some strength in tomorrow.  Also in the news - taking the Hoka plunge.  The shoe store guy tried selling me on these a while back - but I couldn't handle the clown shoes look - but a marathon and a wobbly ankle and knee later - and i'm thinking i can live with the crazy big feat if they get me to the qualifying time.  Shoes can make a big difference, I now have the adrenilines - and i'll probably pick up another pair of mizunos in the summer.  Haven't taken the hokas out yet - but i got their most stable pair - i think the pronation in the mizunos probably contributed a little to my leg problems (but damn they feel so good!).

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Relay for Fun.

I did the Cape Cod relay this weekend.  I hadn't run in 4 weeks leading up to it - so not the ideal way to train, but did manage to go out Monday for a 4.7.  Two days before the relay, I got wacked by allergies - so much that I stayed home sick from work.  Flonase started to work and I was feeling good enough to give it a go.  I did the first leg of van 1 - which was 6.7 miles out of Hull.  Felt hilly and hot and I got slower as the run went.  I felt either feverish due to the heat or the allergies.  My next leg was actually leg 9 of the race in van 2.  It was about 6 hour later and only 4.7 miles.  It also had some serious hills and I got slower as it went.  Both legs were plus 8 min/miles.  So didn't feel great, but I'm happy that I finished.  I'm hoping my fitness wasn't horrible and the allergies were the main cause of my crap legs.  My last leg was at 4ish the next morning and was a very short 3.2 miles.  It was a beautiful leg, but I was struggling and, honestly, didn't care much at that point.  Really no idea what my pace was since I had a blinky-light issue forgot to turn off my timer until about 30 minutes after I was finished.  

The race was fun.  I had a great van, and although having to run legs 1 and 9 (or 36) was hard, it gave me 3 hours of sleep - which is at least one hour more than most.  Van 1 also finishes first, and gets to enjoy the end a little more.  I got to spend some time with old friends and meet some new ones.  It is a funny expierence, since you kinda want it to end when your doing it, but miss it when it is all over.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Race week

I have the Ragnar race later this, and prep yesterday included my first run in over 3 weeks.  I did the normal loop, and did two mile pickups, at 7:20 pace.  Ankle felt good.  I've been using the sleeve on it a lot, seems to be working.  Knee had some feeling.  Didn't hurt, but wasn't 100 percent.  I ordered the Hokus yesterday, thinking I need more drafting action as I get older.  May have some allergies setting in.

Continued with some good swims last week.  3 total for the week and some biking.  Weight was 155.2 this morning.