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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Week of 3/16 to 3/22

Monday 3/16: 4 miles 32 minutes

Easy recovery running. My legs are beat from running New Bedford 1/2 marathon on Sunday.

Tuesday 3/17: Off

The day got crazy, my legs are still a mess and I am not going to force a useless run. A day off will do me well.

Wednesday 3/18: 9.2 miles in 66 minutes

The day off did me well! Felt ten times better today

Thursday 3/19: 8 miles in 59 minutes

Recovery from New Bedford pretty much complete. Time to get back to work.

Friday 3/20: 9.2 miles in 65 minutes

I was feeling pretty good about this run, I was even clipping off miles under 7min on my way back in when it happened. I got girled! Some little blond thing goes by me looking all fast and comfortable and just cruising along. I have no idea who it was, but she looked legit!

Saturday 3/21: 8.3 in 62 minutes

Got in a quick run before I head off to Boston for my buddy Brian's Bachelor Party!

Sunday 3/22: 13.3 in 1 hour and 37 minutes

I hurt. Just wanted to get my weekly mileage up into the 50's

Total Miles: 52.1

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Week of 3/9 to 3/15

3/9 Monday: 7.5 miles in 55 minutes

Easy running around Westford while Caitlyn was at dance.

3/10 Tuesday: OFF

Planned day off to rest up the legs and take a break.

3/11 Wednesday: 9.2 miles in 61 minutes

Got to run outside today. It was awesome out there! I did 3 x mile at approximate half marathon pace on the roads around Lexington.

3/12 Thursday: 11 miles in 1 hour and 14 minutes

Outside again! My plan today was to see how I felt and then either run an easy 11 or roll into an easy progression run.  Well I felt pretty good from the get go and ran a solid progression. The last 5 miles went from 6:43 to 6:01 pace (made sure that 6:00 was the fastest I went as I wanted to make sure I didn't over do it before New Bedford 1/2 this weekend).

3/13 Friday: 5 miles in 40 minutes 

Easy running on the treadmill at work. Time to rest up!

3/14 Saturday: 4 miles in 32 minutes 

Easy running on the treadmill at home while the baby took a nap. Heather was off at a race kicking ass as she usually does! She scored a solid road 5k time of 18:09. She's a stud!

3/15 Sunday: 18.4 miles in 1 hour and 59 minutes

USATFNE Championships at New Bedford Half Marathon. Ran 1:11:35 good for 24th place overall.

The quick version: The plan was to got out relaxed and conservative through the early hills and then see what I had. Went out pretty easy and rolled through the first four miles (5:17, 5:34, 5:34, 5:33) relaxed and feeling good. At this point he course goes slightly down hill and flat for a long ways. Early in this section I got in a group with Jefferson Welch and a few other guys I didn't know. But it was a good pack and we stuck together till about ten miles, where things started to break up. But anyways we hit the down to flat section and rolled some good miles (5:16, 5:17, 5:08, 5:20, 5:18 5:21) This brought us to ten miles and into the wind! I gave it a good go into the wind as I knew I was on pace for a PR, I also new the last hill was looming too! The next two miles went (5:34, 5:39) and I knew I was in trouble heading into the hill. I also lost contact with Jefferson at about 11.5 and he hit the hill good and had a great race for himself. I hit the hill and threw down a clunker of a mile in 6:04.  The wind and hill had done me in once again, like it does every year. I finished in 1:11:35, good for 24th place and only 20 seconds off my personal best.

Although disappointed I couldn't hold it together, I was happy with the overall time and effort I put into the race. I am good shape and I know I have some good races in me the next few months. As always, I just have to stay healthy

Total Miles: 55.1

Thursday, March 5, 2015

New England Runner

I am so excited to make the inside cover of New England Runner Magazine! Awesome!

Week of 3/2 to 3/8

3/2 Monday: AM: 7 miles in 52 minutes PM: 4 miles in 32 minutes

AM: Easy running around Lexington. Hit up downtown for a loop and back to work. Feeling pretty beat still from the snowshoe race and long run.

PM: Very easy running on the treadmill at home. Just trying to run the hurt out of my legs.

3/3 Tuesday: 8 miles in 60 minutes

Easy running on the treadmill at home. Still feeling it in my quads.

3/4 Wednesday: 9 miles in 62 minutes

Three miles of warm up with a few pick ups / strides then into 4 x 400 at 5:00 pace with 400 rest at 7:30 pace. Then one mile easy and back into 4 x 400 at 5:00 pace with 400 rest at 7:30.  Then an easy 1.5 miles to finish up.

3/5 Thursday: 8 miles in 62 minutes

Easy treadmill running at home. Keeping it easy going into this weekends race

3/6 Friday: 4 miles in 32 minutes

very easy running on the treadmill at work. Try to get my legs fresh for tomorrows race.

3/7 Saturday: 12.1 miles in 1 hour and 44 minutes 

Northeast Snowshoe Federation and NH State Snowshoe Championships (RESULTS) at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough NH. Warmed up an easy 2.7 miles on the roads near the course and then it was go time! The field for this race was stacked with the top Snowshoe guys in the region and even some road guys chasing the All Terrain Series. I went into this race thinking that if all went well I might be able to sneak into the top 5, but I figured a top ten spot would be solid considering my lack of snowshoe experience and the deep field. The race went off and Jim Johnson and Kevin Tilton Shot off to the lead. I got out good and settled in right behind Damon Gannon and was in 4th place, with a lot of guys breathing down my neck. The course goes to single track almost immediately so It was important to get out quick. After about the first 3/4 of a mile I asked to get past Damon and he let me pass. I got a small gap here but I could hear a pack of guys chasing me down! The course goes up hill for a few miles and I held my 3rd place spot for about 2.5 miles of it. But there was someone who had caught up to me and was right on me. After a few minutes of this I let the person by as I felt I was holding them back. Soon I realized it was Ethan Nadeau that I had let pass. He is 42 years young and a total bad ass, ass kicking master. I took a quick peek back at this point and promptly fell on my face, got up and fell again. I also noticed a couple guys still not to far back. After collecting myself I was on my way again and soon on the down hill portion of the course. I could still see Ethan not to far ahead and kept trying to convince myself to get after him, all the while still worrying about the talented snowshoers trying to chase me down. I pressed the downhills the best I could but never made any ground on Ethan. We soon passed the finish area and were on out way for the final loop, another uphill and downhill portion. At this point I was hurting and just thinking I should concentrate on keeping my position.  I did catch one more glimpse of Ethan on the uphill, but there was no way I was going to catch him. This up hill had a couple steeper sections and I actually power hiked them. I just wanted to get to the downhill and figured I could hold my place if I just got there be fore anyone caught me. Soon enough I made it and cruised the downs the best I could. Then I could hear people cheering at the finish and I knew this race would soon be over. I got to the finish line in 50:03 good for 4th place overall and a race I was pretty proud of. Considering my lack of snowshoe experience and the mountain style course I was happy with the outcome. Jim got the win followed by Kevin and Ethan in 4th place. CMS represented well with 4 guys in the top 5. Did another 3.4 miles of cool down after the race.

Joe Viger Photography  www.joeviger.com

Joe Viger Photography  www.joeviger.com

Photo Gianina Lindsey (Snap Acidotic)

3/8 Sunday: 14 miles in 1 hour and 48 minutes

I was pretty beat today after the snowshoe race, so I kept this run real easy and just got through it.

Total Miles: 66.2

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Week of 2/23 to 3/1

2/23 Monday: 8 miles in 58 minutes

I ran outside today....it was awesome to be outside. I still feel crappy and tired

2/24 Tuesday: 8 miles in 62 minutes

Treadmill running, felt crappy and tired.

2/25 Wednesday: 9 miles in 61 minutes

Warm up of three miles with a few stride/pickups. Then I went right into 3 x mile at 5:18 pace with 1/2 mile recovery (7:30 pace). Then another 2 miles of cool down. Pace actually felt comfortable, body still feeling a bit tired. In hindsight I probably should not have done this workout. I felt terrible later, still recovering from being sick.

2/26 Thursday: 11 miles in 78 minutes

Easy 6 miles of warm up then 5 miles of progression from 6:50 to 6:09 pace. Not as fast as my last few, but I am still not feeling 100% yet.

2/27 Friday: 5 miles in 39 minutes

Easy treadmill running at home.

2/28 Saturday: AM: 4 miles in 32 minutes PM: 10.5 miles in 85 minutes

AM: Easy running at home on the treadmill. Just trying to loosen up the legs before the snowshoe race tonight

PM: Kingman Farm Snowshoe Race: Results

Here is a quick summary of what went down. My plan was to get out quick and try to stay as close to Jim Johnson as I could for a bit. My hope was that this would build us both a lead over the rest of the field and then I could see how close I could stay to Jim over the rest of the race.  This is not how it all went down. Instead Jim smoked us all right off the line. I ran as hard as I could and couldn't get away from anyone behind me. After hitting a less than packed out field and then a section that had not been broken out at all my legs were smoked and I decided to lay down a few times and find a nice place to make snow angels. By the time I found a good spot Eric Narcisi had caught up to me and I told him to just leave me to die and carry on. Once I decided to pick myself up again I caught up to Eric and we made our way towards the last section of trail. The only problem was we never got there. We got turned the wrong way at an intersection and were off the course and headed back to the start/finish area from the wrong direction. We were soon notified of our mistake and we were officially DQ'd. Those runners in places 2-5 all went the wrong way at this same intersection. I not too sure I was having a good race anyways, I felt like I was running as fast as I could, but I wasn't performing the way I thought I was capable of. I was disappointed with not being able to finish the race and have a real gauge of my performance. I should have known this was a bad idea to run a night race, my night vision is terrible and I have trouble gauging distance under these conditions. To be honest I only saw a few course flags and arrows the whole time even though I know they were out there. Maybe I need a brighter head lamp to help me out!

Even though the race did not turn out as I had wanted, it was awesome as always to get to hangout with and race with the crew that was there. Next year I will be back with a better understanding of the course and a brighter head lamp!

3/1 Sunday: 16 miles in 1 hour and 53 minutes

I actually felt pretty good on this run despite the ass kicking I took running last night. Legs felt very heavy and a touch sore, but the pace came pretty easy. Maybe I am still in decent shape after all.

Total Miles: 71.6

Week of 2/16 to 2/22

2/16 Monday: 8.5 miles in 66 minutes

Treadmill running again at home.

2/17 Tuesday: Skiing!

Skiing with My buddy Brian And our girls! Too much fun! This was my first day off of the year and was well deserved.

2/18 Wednesday: 9.5 miles in 67 minutes

Warm up 4 miles with a few pick ups / strides. Then 8 x 400 at 5:00 pace (75 sec) with 400 rest at 7:41 pace. Then 1.5 miles warm down.

2/19 Thursday: 11 miles in 81 minutes

Secondary long run at home on the treadmill. Skipped the progression this week.

2/20 Friday: 5 miles in 39 minutes

Running on the treadmill at work. Not feeling good

2/21 Saturday: Sick!!!!

Stomach bug, not looking good for Amherst 10 miler tomorrow.

2/22 Sunday: Sick!!!!

Last night was an epic disaster. I spent most of it in the bathroom. Very disappointed to miss the Amherst 10 Mile race. I have been looking forward to it for a long time.

Total Miles: 34

A wicked shitty week...no joke. I hope next week goes a bit better.

Week of 2/9 to 2/15

2/9 Monday: 8.0 miles in 63 minutes

Easy running on the treadmill at home.

2/10 Tuesday: 8.0 miles in 60 minutes

Easy treadmill running at work.

2/11 Wednesday: 9.0 miles in 61 minutes

3 miles warm up with a few pick ups / strides then right into 3 x mile with 1/2 mile jog between. All miles done at 5:18 (approx 10k pace). Felt solid, but not great.

2/12 Thursday: 11.0 miles in 75 minutes

Treadmill progression run. First 6 miles easy then right into progression from 6:35 pace to 5:56 pace over the next five miles.

2/13 Friday: 5.0 miles in 39 minutes

Recovery run on treadmill at home.

2/14 Saturday: AM: 10.0 miles in 68 minutes  PM: 4.5 miles in 38 minutes

AM: 4 miles easy warm up with a few pick ups / strides then right into 4 miles at 5:36. 2 miles easy cool down. Pace felt fast at first, but then i settled in.

PM: Snowshoe run in the East Boston Camps. Trails in great shape!

2/15 Sunday: 15.0 miles in 1 hour 56 minutes

Long run on the treadmill at home......boring.

Total Miles: 70.5 miles