" It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys."
- Emil Zatopek

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Training 3/19 to 3/25

3/19 Monday: 8 miles in 60 minutes

Easy running in Haverhill with my favorite running partner Heather. Great evening out there for a run. Felt a bit tired and heavy, still feeling that long run Sunday and long day of travel on Saturday.

3/20 Tuesday: AM: 9.2 miles in 67 minutes PM: 5 miles in 37 minutes

AM: Easy running along the Shawsheen River Trails and the trails behind Andover High School. Felt pretty good and did 6 x 30 second strides on the way back in.

PM: Easy running on the roads around Haverhill High School.

3/21 Wednesday: 8.8 miles in 65 minutes

Easy running along the Shawsheen River Trails and trails behind Andover High School. Just before getting to the trails I ran into running legends, and CMS teammates, Dave Dunham and Dan Verrington. I got to run a couple miles with them and chat about upcoming races and my recent trip to Park City. It was nice seeing them out there and getting a chance to chat with them a bit.

3/22 Thursday: 10.7 miles in 80 minutes

Easy running along the Shawsheen River trails, to the Bay Circuit Trail, to the West Parish Cemetery. I felt pretty good. Pretty warm out there today!

3/23 Friday: 6.3 miles in 47 minutes

Easy running on the roads of Andover. Breaking in a new pair of racing flats that I hope to use tomorrow.

3/24 Saturday: 9 miles in 63 minutes

Pursuit of the Holy Grail 5k in Epping NH. I warmed up a total of 3 miles with strides, raced about three miles (15:35) before realizing I had been sent the wrong way while leading the race. Ran another mile back to the finish area, warmed down for 2 miles.

3/25 Sunday: 18.1 miles in 2 hours and 15 minutes

Ran 4 miles solo then swung past the house to pick up my favorite running partner. Heather and I ran about another 14 miles over through Bradford, Groveland, and back around Lake Kenoza. Overall it was a really good run and I felt really strong.

Total Miles: 75.1

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Training 3/12 to 3/18

3/12 Monday: OFF

Hit up the slopes at Deer Valley. Second day of skiing in a row.... and Caitlyn wanted me to go swimming in the pool with her. Caitlyn and the pool win!

3/13 Tuesday: AM: 8.2 miles in 58 minutes PM: 4.4 miles in 33 minutes

AM: Easy running in the neighborhoods of Park City. The scenery is unreal..... I can't get enough. SPent the afternoon exploring Park City and hitting up the Wasatch Brew Pub!

PM: No Skiing today so I was able to get in two runs. A quick easy run around the Park City neighborhoods.

3/14 Wednesday: 8.3 miles in 60 minutes

Skied all day at the Canyons and then hit the roads for some running. Ran around the neighborhoods of Park City again. This place is beautiful, and the weather has been great! Shorts and a tee shirt! Thats me rocking Native Googles!

3/15 Thursday: 8.2 miles in 62 minutes

Skied all day at the Canyons, even saw a moose while riding the chair lift! Pretty cool site! Got in another run around the local neighborhoods. Went out for a very nice dinner and went on a sleigh ride. Caitlyn got to drive!

3/16 Friday: 6.2 miles in 47 minutes

Treadmill running at the gym. It was spitting a bit of rain, and the NCAA tourney was on TV. So an easy treadmill run was in order. Spent the day packing up and ding a bit of shopping around town. Happy Birthday 32nd to my brother Ryan!

3/17 Saturday: OFF

Long day of traveling back home. Utah was awesome, but I am glad to be heading back home for St. Patrick's day!! Had a great dinner with Heather and a couple Guinness to celebrate the day.

3/18 Sunday: 15 miles in 1 hour and 43 minutes

Solid run today! I did the first 3.5 with Heather and then eased into a faster pace. The next 11,5 miles went by at about 6:30 pace overall. A few miles were just about 6 flat towards the end. It was a good long effort that was not to hard, but it felt good to run a bit faster for a good distance.

Total Miles: 50.3

I had a great week in Utah with family and friends. I got in 4 days of skiing and just over 50 miles of running. The running in Utah was also at almost 7000 feet of altitude too! Considering the vacation and skiing, I was pretty happy with the running totals. Skiing with Caitlyn was a blast, it was her first trip out west and I can't wait to do it again! It was great to spend so much time with her skiing, at the pool, and out around Park City. She truly is an awesome little girl! She also rips up the slopes! Now its time to get back to business and get ready for some up coming races! I am excited to get out there and see what I can do!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Training 3/5 to 3/11

3/5 Monday: 8.4 miles in 60 minutes

I actually felt pretty good today. I had no issues coming off of yesterdays long run. Ran my way up towards andover center and back.

3/6 Tuesday: AM: 5 miles in 40 minutes PM: 10 miles in 70 minutes

AM: Easy treadmill running at home. Did some strength and core work after.

PM: Rattlesnake hill loop. Felt pretty good today and I did 6 x 30 second strides in the last couple miles. The strides felt better than they have in the past few weeks.

3/7 Wednesday: 10.5 miles in 76 minutes

Easy running to Andover Center. I felt a bit tired and heavy today, but the pace was still decent and the weather was awesome! Shorts and a light long sleeve today!

3/8 Thursday: AM: 5 miles in 40 minutes PM: 10.2 miles in 76 minutes

AM: Easy running on the treadmill at home.

PM: Shawsheen River Trails to the Bay Circuit Trail to the West Parish Cemetery. The trails were pretty clear, with just a few wet and muddy spots. Awesome day out there, I felt pretty good too!

3/9 Friday: 8 miles in 61 minutes

Easy running along the Shawsheen River trails and over to the trails behind Andover High School. Felt a bit tired today, so I took it pretty easy. On the way back a great blue heron scared the crap out of me! I think I scared the crap out of it too! He was right along the edge of the boardwalk that crosses the marsh. Man he was big up that close....it was cool to see him fly off deeper in to the marsh.

3/10 Saturday: 15 miles in 1 hour and 56 minutes

Treadmill running at home. I was up very early and it was dark and snowy outside......so I hit the treadmill. I have gotten in just over 90 miles in the past 7 days....thats a lot for me. Tomorrow will be a very easy shake out or no run at all since it will be my first full day at altitude. No its time to head for the airport! Park City here I come!

3/11 Sunday: 6 miles in 45 minutes

Easy running around Park City after a full day of skiing at Canyons Resort. Sunny and warm day on the mountain with spring conditions. Still had a great day exploring the mountain with Caitlyn. After skiing we hit the pool for a bit and then I was out the door for a quick run. I ran down the hill from the Canyons and into the neighborhoods in the valley. Awesome views made the run go by pretty quick. The run back up the hill to the Canyons was a bit rough! Great first day Utah!

Total Miles: 78.1

Very solid week of running. I knew I needed to get in some miles as next week will end up being a lower week as I will be in Utah skiing with my daughter.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Training 2/27 to 3/4

2/27 Monday: 6 miles in 53 minutes

That's no typo! My run today was very slow, and may not even qualify as a run....maybe it was a walk. The legs were pretty trashed today, I was very stiff and sore. So I just got myself out the door and kept things very easy. Maybe the legs will feel a bit better tomorrow.

2/28 Tuesday: OFF

My legs are totally trashed. I probably should not have even tried to run yesterday. I can't even walk down stairs with out looking like a fool.

2/29 Wednesday: 7 miles in 56 minutes

Very easy running on the treadmill at home. Legs are still sore and tight, but much better than the last two days. Did some strength training after.

3/1 Thursday: 10 miles in 77 minutes

Easy running on the treadmill at home. Starting to feel better today, almost back to normal. The legs are not sore anymore, just a bit tight in a couple spots.

3/2 Friday: AM: 8 miles in 63 minutes PM: 5 miles in 36 minutes

AM: Easy running on the treadmill at home. I really didn't feel like going outside that early and challenge the early morning commuters.

PM: Easy running in Andover. I meant this too be an easy shake out, but work issues had me unable to just relax and enjoy the run.

3/3 Saturday: 6 miles in 47 minutes

Slow going on the snowy side roads of Chocorua NH. It was actually a great run, I saw no cars and the snow covered woods were quiet and peaceful.....I could get use to something like that. Heather and I were up visiting our wedding location (Brass Heart Inn). It was great to visit with a bunch of other couples to taste food and wine and explore the inn again. I can't wait till August!

3/4 Sunday: 18 miles in 2 hours and 17 minutes

This was my longest run in a very long time. I got out and got in 4 miles and then swung back past the house to pick up Heather. Heather and I ran the next 13 miles together over the hills of Plaistow and Atkinson. It was a new loop that Heather was showing me and I really liked it. I added on one more mile to get up to 18. I felt very relaxed and comfortable the whole way, I think I am finally recovered from Amherst last week.

Total Miles: 60

This week started out pretty rough, but finished pretty well. I had a real hard time recovering from Amherst and Mondays run probably did more damage than good. My legs were really trashed for the first two days, and still very stiff and uncomfortable for another two days. I think a lack of racing or workouts left my legs unprepared for the beating they took. My muscles just were not ready for it. The second half of my week went really well and I got in some good running once I felt recovered. The long run was a great way to finish off the week. I will try to carry the momentum into next week and get in some solid running before I leave for Utah on Saturday. Then its time for some skiing and altitude training!