Didn't run last night. No surprise there.
I ran three today at a pace of 11:50. Sad to say, that's not bad for me right
now. Wednesday's weather looks to be crappy, so I guess it'll be a cross-
O Paddy dear, and did you hear
The news that's going round?
George and Rhys are registered for the Ras na hEireann U.S.A. 5K.
Should I be carbo-loading?
Sure. I'm into carb loading in case I need to get out of bed.
four-milers on tuesday & wednesday ... wednesday night my dogs were barking something fierce...
Consecutive days? Woof!
I shuffled though 6 miles today at a pace barely faster than a vigorous walk.
After not much jogging at all this winter, I am trying to lay down a base. So
I'm focused on distance rather than speed right now. Hopefully the speed
will come ("speed" being a very relative term for me).
Gonna do any races?
not planning on any in the foreseeable future...
I run for fitness but I'm looking to sign up for a Spartan race. I've completed 2 Tough Mudders in the past. My knees were really sore after the first Tough Mudder race because I didn't prepare for all the uphill sections!
I'm having some cornbread to get you started.
Did some cross-training Saturday morning: 20 minutes of elliptical, 15
minutes on the rower and fifteen more on the stationary bike.
Did nothing Sunday except eat too much.
Today was a 3-miler -- not fast, but pretty good for me.
Winter has checked his watch, gotten up, and started for the door. It was
sunny today, but not quite warm enough for shorts. I wore nylon track
pants and a Sheldon (t-shirt over long sleeves) when I went for my noontime
jog. It took a while to find my stride, but finally I settled into a rhythm. I
was trying to maintain a steady pace for four miles, a pace that I plan to run
for ten kilometers by the end of spring.
When I looped back into the Widget Factory's parking lot, I had kept a pace
that was just a bit faster than I planned. Not a bad thing. Best of all,
nothing hurt -- too badly.
62° and sunny!
Did a three-miler in shorts.
Knees are achey, but I've got rest day scheduled for tomorrow.
planning on four miles after work.
shorts or sweats?
Due to Rhys's work schedule, we've only been training together on Tuesday
and Thursday nights at the gym. Typically we would do ten minutes on
treadmills as a warm-up and then do a weight workout. I bumped that up to
12, then 15, then 17 and last night 20. The treadmill-reported distance
for that last time was about half of a 5K. We may do 20 again tomorrow,
but the weather may have other plans for us.
Sunday is the race. Our green hats are ready to go!
Well, we did our race last Sunday. It was 40 and cloudy, so not bad
weather conditions. Rhys did not have much opportunity to train, so our
times were not the best. It was a good time nevertheless. We got to
Davis Square an hour early, found a great parking space nearby, and had
pre-race eats at Mr Crepe. When it was time, we made our way to the
back of the pack for the start. There was green everywhere -- hats,
shirts, shorts, tights, even tutus. Rhys and I were lookin' good in our
We started off at a reasonable 13:00 clip and kept that up for the first
mile. Then our lack of training caught up to us. For the next two miles it
was run a little, walk a little, run a little, walk a little. The walk-a-littles
gradually got longer than the run-a-littles, but we persisted.
When the finish line came in sight, Rhys found a burst of energy and
kicked it into high gear. I set off in pursuit, but once again, he crossed
the line ahead of me. I added a little drama to my finish with a wicked
painful hammy crap that had me crossing the line hopping like Peg-leg
Once I got the cramp stretched back out we returned to Mr Crepe where
The Lovely Bride was managing our base camp. We had crepes for lunch
and then headed home with our shiny finisher's medals, vowing to get
into better shape for the next race.
Old Man Winter has put running on the back burner.
My workout yesterday involved a shovel and a snow-thrower.
My running lately has been sporadic at best.
Last Thursday I got in some hill repeats, nine repetitions up a pretty steep
hill in our technology complex. Since then I have only done indoor stuff
until yesterday when I ran four miles outside at an 11:11 pace. My goal was
to keep my pace under 11:30, so I was pleased with that.
Now there's another snowy nor'easter due. Dang.
Longest run of the year!
Seven very slow miles today. It was 40 degrees and sunny. The roads and
sidewalks were clear enough of snow to be safe. I set off at a deliberately
slow pace, not worried about speed, I just wanted to do the miles. I was
running from home in Stoneham which means I had some hill work to do.
Tomorrow is cross-training at the gym and the next day is rest, which will
give my achy knees some recovery time.