Monday, February 27, 2006

Training Log Entry #19

Final run of Feb. It was an easy 4.25 miler in some cold weather. I ran from my new office building and scouted the area a bit, including access to the bike path. Total mileage number is a bit lower than I had hoped, but that's life. I'm reminded how hard it is getting ready for the Boston Marathon. There are a ton of variables involved in winter training. Between that and having to scrap all my tune-up races, I need to quickly institute a plan 'B' if I'm to take a stab at a 3:05 marathon on April 17.

The numbers:

4.25 miles.

Terrain: Cement/Asphalt

YTD Mileage: 148.85
MTG (Miles to Goal): 1051.15
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 7.83

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Wise man or Wus?

I did something today I have only done once or twice in my life; I skipped a race. It was sunny, low 20s, wind from the north at about 15 to 20 mph. I've trained plenty in these conditions. I've even run a couple of races; a 5K and a 5 miler. Both sucked. There's a big difference between training in the cold, when you can go slow and turn for home if it gets too bad, and racing in the cold. If you've been following the blog you'll see that today's race was a 1/2 Marathon. That's 13.1 miles in 9 degree wind chill. I stayed home.

I just can't get past thinking that, even if it was the wise choice, I wussed out.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

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These three days of "unemployment", i.e. my time off before starting my new job, have allowed me to spend some quality time with Alexandra. Today Daddy performed his first solo effort to the pool. Alexandra was having a rough morning, and to make matters worse, Family Swim was packed, like 100 kids packed. Maybe it wasn't that many, but it sure looked like it. My little peanut clung to me like velcro! Well fortunately all of Alexandra's close friends were there. Little Ben even gave Alexandra a kiss. (I had a talk about this with Ben's dad Brian! I'm keeping an eye on little Ben.)

After about 1/2 an hour the crowd thinned out and Alexandra relaxed. The rest of the time was great (minus a lot of whining in the shower). My arms, or rather my right arm, is killing me now.

That's the word, now back to Barney!

Training Log Entry #18

Ran 2 1/2 laps of Sachuest. The second lap I did about 1 1/4 miles at about a 6 minutes per mile pace. The loop is longer than I had previously thought, by about a 1/4 of a mile. This would account for the surprisingly slow time run a couple of other times this year. I am confident in the revised distance, as the one thing I am very good at is pacing (e.g. Cape Cod Marathon), and thus I say with confidence there is no way the first loop section is only a mile if it took me 7 minutes and 30 seconds to get around at speed.

(I'm not planning on going back and revising distances, unless if at the end of the year I only need a mile or two to hit 1200).

Weather for my first race effort on Sunday looks sketchy, so I haven't picked a goal time. Also, it appears I won't be running New Bedford, because the start time is going to conflict with Alexandra's second birthday party. The party, originally planned for Saturday, had to be moved to Sunday to accommodate out of town guests. That's fine; I've already revised my Boston prep. I may not have another race under my belt before Boston (April 17th), but I'll use the extra non-race time to add another distance run (20 miles or so).

The numbers:

6.1 miles.

Terrain: Trail

YTD Mileage: 144.60
MTG (Miles to Goal): 1055.40
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.03

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

It's the end of the world as I know it.

I've worked at APC since August 1995 (with a brief stretch of time off for good behavior). APC moved me to Rhode Island in the first place. Now I'm done. My last day was today, and this time there was no doubt I wouldn't be heading back. As much as a really dislike the company now, it's still bitter sweet because I leave behind some people I really respect.

(Of course I also leave behind a bunch of d-bags! )

I start my new job at Brown University on Monday. It's a new beginning. Change can be a little scary, but I'm as sure as I could be that it will work out.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Training Log Entry #17

This was the farewell jog. 7.5 miles on the South County bike path. No rush. I even stopped to help a woman get the chain back on her bike. Sunny day, but crisp.

Tomorrow I get paroled.

The numbers:

7.5 miles.

Terrain: Blacktop

YTD Mileage: 138.5
MTG (Miles to Goal): 1061.50
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.15

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Training Log Entry #16

Time trial morning. Same loop and direction as time trial #1 (Log Entry #8). Cloudy with a stiff westerly breeze, and an air temperature of 28 degrees as start time. This morning I tried to prepare as if it were race day, and had set a target time of 1:10. If I beat the time I might well race in Hyannis next week (1/2 marathon). If not I'd use next weekend to go long. I wasn't sure how I'd do, because as you can see from the log, I've only been getting about 2 runs in per week.

I started fast, maybe too fast, and felt a little residual fatigue in my legs from the mile repeats I had done on Weds. The first split confirmed I had gone out fast, as I was almost one and a half minutes ahead of my previous time. Then I turned into the headwind section past second and first beach, about 2 miles. It was work, however when I checked my next split I had continued to gain. By the end, despite never feeling really comfortable, I finished over 4 minutes ahead of my previous time. The result was a pretty acceptable 1:07:57.

I still don't know if I'll race next weekend, but at least I know I've got enough speed to do okay if I do.

The numbers:

10.8 miles.

Terrain: Blacktop

YTD Mileage: 131.00
MTG (Miles to Goal): 1069.00
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.19

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Training Log Entry #15

Number 15 is finally in the books. Between the weather and some knee irritation after Saturday's run (probably the sand), I got back in the swing of things on the indoor track at URI. Yes, it's sunny and 50 degrees out, but the roads are sloppy and narrow, and the bike path is impassable. The workout was 3 one mile repeats with a 200m walk between miles (1 mile warm-up and 1 mile warm-down). The goal was consistency, with a target around 6 min. per mile. I have not had the watch on for any track sessions this year, so I didn't know what to expect.

My mile times were:
1) 5:48
2) 5:50
3) 5:46

I didn't puke, so the effort was about what I had planned (95% or so).

Best guess is an all out effort in the mile would only shave 20 seconds or so. I'm finding as I age the gap between a max. effort and a hard tempo pace has narrowed significantly. Thus I focus on the long distance events where this sort of thing is a plus.

Here are the numbers:

5.25 miles.

Terrain: Poured Rubber

YTD Mileage: 120.20
MTG (Miles to Goal): 1079.80
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.01

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Wait...She Didn't!!!!

Leanna's a real trooper. Despite early indications that she wouldn't make Barney tonight , she rallied (with the help of some codeine cough syrup) and made the trip, and it was great. After a slow start (the noise and flashing lights freaked Alexandra out a little bit), everyone had a great time. She also insisted on buying Alexandra a little toy Baby Bop on the way out of the venue. It was a perfect ending to the night. Alexandra hasn't set it down yet.

The Olympics

Do you cheers for the American (or your nationality whatever it might be) or for the likable athlete. If you haven't noticed these aren't always the same. Case in point one Bode Miller.

I have really begun gravitating towards the athletes who I think are good role models, and who see it as there job to be such. Cross-Country skiing had a really cool event today, Team Sprint. Two person teams, taking part in relay format, all classical (non-skating) stride. I was cheering for the Canadians, even though there were two Americans in the race. Okay, I knew the Americans didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell, but Canadian skier Beckie Scott is also a worthy role model, and that sold it.

(Hey, she did the "Nordic Nudes" calendar. Now that's a role model!)

She did it to me again!

First the baby shower now "Barney LIVE!". Leanna's sick and my single Dad skills are being put to the test...again.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Training Log Entry #14

12.6 or so miles. 3/4 of the run was on firm sand (below the high tide line) and dirt trail. I ran into a herd of deer on the trail. They ran single file along side me (about 50 yds away). It was pretty cool. The 12.6 miles is a guess. Given my total run time it might have been 13 or more, but for the sake of the stats I'm recording it as 12.6.

The numbers:

12.6 miles.

Terrain: Dirt and Sand w/some Blacktop

YTD Mileage: 114.95
MTG (Miles to Goal): 1085.05
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.21

I'm sure I must have mentioned this in other posts, but for anyone who missed it, running isn't the only training I'm doing. I also throw in ~6000 yds. of swimming per week, with the swim sessions containing lots of kick sets using fins. They've greatly aided the development of my hip muscles and stretched my previously injured hamstring. My ankle feels pretty good now too.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Training Log Entry #13

Ah, lucky number 13. 7.5 miles of blacktop on the South County bike path. Went slowly for two reasons: I'm currently saddled with a slight virus and so a little tired, and also because I wanted to enjoy the scenery. You see I only have one or two more runs on the bike path before I leave my job here in lovely W. Kingston, RI.

As for the run I felt amazingly loose. Must be the relaxation one experiences after quitting a crappy job.

Also, I've broken the century mark for the year.

The numbers:

7.5 miles.

Terrain: Blacktop

YTD Mileage: 102.35
MTG (Miles to Goal): 1097.65
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 7.87

I've come up with a goal for the Boston Marathon, 3:05. That's the time necessary for a guaranteed entry to the New York Marathon, a race I've never done.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Who says Christmas only comes once a year?!

Back in December I asked Santa for three things in 2006. Well I'm still in my house, and there are more toys than ever, but Daddy's got a new job!

Thanks Big Guy.

PS: And thanks for that Superbowl thing too.

Cause we're the...

Pittsburgh Steelers,
Pittsburgh Steelers,

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Training Log Entry #12

Same run (though in reverse) as Jan. 21 (Entry #8). 10.8 miles. No watch. This was just a "get out and blow out the cobwebs" run after taking it pretty easy this week. Felt pretty good. Best guess also puts my run time within a minute of the last one.

The numbers:

10.8 miles.

Terrain: Blacktop

YTD Mileage: 94.85
MTG (Miles to Goal): 1105.15
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 7.9