Sunday, March 30, 2008

Race day today

First one since November. It was a 10k in Bristol, RI. My final time was 37:45, or 6:05 per mile. That was good enough for 10th overall. I was really hoping to be faster, even though that pace projects out to a 2:53 marathon, which would be a 5 minute PR.

This might be a tough year. I'm working really hard, and I am improving, but it's just incremental improvement. It's going to be tough mentally. Boston's in 3 weeks. We'll see how that goes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Quick Update

I'm really behind on all of this. To recap the last two weeks:

  • Lots of running (30 miles last Sat. and Sun. alone)
  • I got "Reorg'd at work". Higher ed. is considerably less fun today than it was 8 days ago.
  • Alexandra turned 4.
  • Dylan says 'Duuuuuuude!!' His language skills are pretty amazing to me.
  • Been biking some as well.
  • I turned 42! I don't feel it, but that's what the calendar says.
  • 4 weeks until Boston.
  • Alexandra started gymnastics.
  • Leanna is still the Martha Stewart of the family. The hostess with the mostest put on a killer 4 yr. old birthday party. The wet bar alone was worth the price of admission!
  • Did I mention I got reorg'd?
  • ...

Phew!!!

The IRS agrees! I don't owe them $15K in back taxes for 2006!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Week 10:Time and Zones

It's all about time exercising and time spent in specific "heart zones". 230 minutes of running and 140 minutes of cycling this week. Nothing too intense with the exception of some 1 mile repeats while running and 5 minutes grinding a big gear on my bike. For my long run today I ran almost the full cliff walk. We had a gale last night so today the sky was perfectly clear, the seas huge and white with foam, and the breeze was stiff. A great day to run on the cliff walk. Mansions to the right, and ocean to the left. Turn at the Japanese tea house.

A guess-timate of the mileage running would be ~30. This was an abbreviated week because we just returned from vacation.

I've promised myself that I would not second guess the plan Tim of qt2systems devised, and so far I have not. Frankly I know and trust Tim and the plan is pretty consistent with the way I like to do things, so I don't think this will be an issue. One week in I think it's going well, though I need more workout clothes. Tim has me a bit more active than I have been in the past. I've worked out 7 times since Wednesday, but notably I'm not more tired than usual.

230 minutes running/230 MTD (month to date)
140 cycling/140 MTD

4 runs this week
Total: 30
Ytd: 245.05

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

My brain is shrinking!

That whooshing sound you are hearing is my I.Q. dropping by the second...It's an all new "Flavor of Love 3" on VH1!

Week 9

2 runs and then a vacation. 10 miles total. Skiing, sledding, R&R (once the in-laws left!). The big "test" was a 5k time trial run in 18:16 (outside in the cold and wind). I hate 5ks. They just hurt, and running them alone on a track is no fun. But I did it because it was assigned to me as a way of determining my threshold heart rate.
Assigned you say? What do you mean? Well I've enlisted professional help from my friend Tim. He's going to prep me for Boston somewhat (I'm mostly on the way), and chiefly for Lake Placid. That also means I'll be following a different type of plan, one based on time and heart rates. This will make this mileage recording obsolete, so I might switch to just recording time spent running (and running and swimming) and some notes on the runs. I haven't fully decided yet. The big number at the bottom of the page is nice, but maybe it's time to record a different number. We'll see.

2 runs this week: 4.25, 5.75
Total: 10
Ytd: 215.05