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a short run today in the rain.  I must be getting old and falling into that good day followed by a bad day routine.  My legs felt stiff, sore and tired this morning; it was a good thing I had only planned on a short, slow, low HR run because this is exactly what I got.

5.4 miles in 46:13 which comes out to an 8:38 pace.  My HR was 134 Avg.  This tells me, I think, that a slow recovery run is what my body needed.  I hope to put in a bunch of 10 milers in the next three days.  I don’t know if the visit to the relatives in Glens Falls will allow for this but I will do my best to get up early to get the running in.  I can sense my base is starting to develop but that it will only get deeper and stronger if I keep up the consistency.

The weather looks to be a bit messy this afternoon but then warmer the next few days.  I am not a huge fan of winter, so if all the snow melts I won’t be upset.

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Late Afternoon …

Two postings in one day!

My run this afternoon was very good.  I am starting to feel as strong as when I got injured last February.  That is not a bad thing, but a good thing.  This year my additional stretching and strengthening exercises should help me avoid a similar injury.

Anyway, this afternoons run was crisp and smooth.  Most of the snow and ice were gone from my running route.  I ran the first three miles of my 7+ mile loop at a sub 140 HR (8:11, 7:58, 7:54) and then the last four at a sub 150 HR (7:36, 7:34, 7:43, 7:43) with a final .9 for a cool-down.  This felt really good and easy. I just need to remember to take a day off on occasion, that really helps keep my strength up.

So, things are looking up.  I am heading out of town over the weekend to visit relatives, so I will most likely not get a real long run in.  I have justified this in my mind because I have done progressively longer runs lately and probably need a mileage week in the low to mid 50s to avoid over-training issues.

Christmas Day …

Got to bed late and got up early … that doesn’t sound like the best start for a good run, but my run was a pleasant one. After all the presents were opened and the new Wii installed (obtaining one of those is a long story that involves lines, befriending Target and Best Buy employees, a blizzard, and a long line), I was ready for a run.

I don’t usually run in the afternoon, but yesterday (and today – I have not yet got my run in) was an exception. I was out in the “country” – Lancaster, MA, and went out past George Hill and followed the road west. I ended up looping around and finishing with a total of 10.0 miles in 1:24:10.

Running in the country is a bit different. There are fewer cars to contend with, no sidewalks, more hills, and it is quieter. Overall, it was a very pleasant run. It was easy and smooth. I felt no after effects from my 22 miler (no doubt the day off on Monday helped).

Also, I signed up on Monday for the Boston Marathon. Obviously, I feel like the calf will hold up to the training. I just hope I have not jinxed myself here. I think if I can keep the 60-65 mile weeks up, I will be in good shape to run under 3:10 and close to 3:05. Today’s run will be a 7 miler back in the city. Here is to hoping that the warmer weather has cleared the sidewalks of most of the unplowed snow and ice.

Merry Christmas to all!

It has been quite a while …

since my last post. But, that doesn’t mean the running isn’t progressing. It is, I’ve just been busy leaving my old job and starting my own solo practice law firm. Lots of stuff to do on the work front.

On the running front, things have gone well. I’ve run in the low 60s for the past three weeks and have done long runs of 18, 20 and 22. Yesterdays 22 miler was okay but I felt pretty tired the last 6 miles – most likely from lack of sleep the last two nights. I have been up at 2 am and unable to get back to sleep. And, on top of that, the winter weather has made running more treacherous. Instead of trying to plow through the weather like last year when I got hurt, I ran on the treadmill four times this week -boring, but the safer course. It is really pretty tough running in the city after a snow storm because the roads are too dangerous to run on and the sidewalks are poorly cleared. Here is how the last three weeks have shaped up:

  • Week 49: 62.2 miles in 7 runs

No days off, and one mid week run of 10 and a Saturday run of 18.HR was kept low, around 136 and pace was 8:30s.

  • Week 50: 64 miles in 6 runs

Much the same as the week before but a midweek 15 miler and a 10 miler on the day before my 20 mile run on the Boston course. This felt like a lot of mileage but the 20 miler ended up feeling very easy. A big storm hit on the Sunday and I took the day off.

  • Week 51: 64.3 miles in 7 runs

Things are feeling pretty consistent, but the running at the end of the week was outdoors and very sloppy. The treadmill running at the beginning of the week was uneventful but I did do a 10 miler with the first 5 at 8:20 pace and the last 5 went from 7:30 to 7:00 pace. That felt very smooth and easy and was a good mental lift. The long run on Sunday was smooth until 16 and things got tougher. If I feel like that at Boston it will not be a good race.

Things will get less hectic after the holidays and I hope to post more. I have signed up for a 16 mile race in Derry, NH on January 27. That should be a pretty good indication of my conditioning.Happy Holidays to all.


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What I am reading:

Again to Carthage, Robert L. Parker

Music I am listening to:

LCD Soundsystem, This Happens Gorillaz, Plastic Beach