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Nothing much cookin’ …

Easy run today; the weather was drizzly and cool, but not all together bad for a run.  Planning on 10-13 tomorrow which will put me at 50 or just over for the week.

4.0/34:20/8:28 pace/135 HR Avg

Picking up the pace …

Thursday’s run was 7.3 miles/56:58/7:47 pace/HR Avg 149.

This run went smoothly and I felt good.  I think I need more of these types of runs.

Today I was going to run my 10.5 mile loop but at 4 miles I felt a little tired and my legs, while they felt good to start, began to ache in the glutes and hamstrings so I just kept it easy and cut the run to a 9 mile loop.  I didn’t slow down at all but just decided I didn’t need to put in the extra 1.5 miles.

My legs felt very sprightly for the first 30 minutes of the run, but then got a bit tight.  Overall, I ran 9 miles in 1:10:33/7:49 pace/149 HR Avg.

I am doing more situps and pushups in hopes that my less than six pack ab belly will get a bit less jelly like.  I’ve got a ways to go, but gotta start somewhere.

Saturday will be an easy five and then Sunday a 13 miler.  That will put me at about 50 for the week.  Maybe a bit much but I feel okay.

Easy after faster …

Six miles this morning – started off easy and slow, 8:50 first mile but then managed the rest of the miles at under 8:20 pace.

Finished the run in 49:55 for an 8:18 average pace at 138 Avg HR.  Not bad.  The tightness in the hamstrings and glutes is still there but seems to be getting better.

I am deciding on going back to a Pfitzinger style program or a Daniels program.  I will talk to my coach about it, but I will try to analyze them and point out the differences for anyone who is interested.

6.0/49:55/8:18 pace/138 HR Avg

Feeling more feisty …

Monday was an easy 7.3 in 58:56; my legs were still a bit tight but felt pretty good overall.

I had a massage in the afternoon and things felt much better after that.  I awoke this morning very early (my wife had to catch a 6 AM flight) so when the kids left for school I had been up nearly 4 hours.  I stretched and went for another 7.3 mile run.  I felt great!  I could lift my knees and the HR felt good.  Needless to say, I decided to run a bit faster and pushed the HR up to the 150-155 range.  I felt smooth and easy as the miles passed by in 7:20, 7:35, 7:37, and 7:28.  I finished up easy with a total time of 55:37 at a HR Avg of 151 for 7.3 miles.

As I said in an earlier post, I think I need to get out of the sub 140 range a couple of times a week.  This is the start of that new phase.

Same run today …

three days in a row but just a tad faster today – 43:21 for 5.3 miles.  Hamstrings are still tight and sore; I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.  I hope that loosens things up a bit.  I keep on stretching but it doesn’t seem to do much.

The plan for tomorrow is a slightly longer run, but I have nothing earth shattering planned this week – just want to run about 45 miles.

Back at it …

Friday was 5.3 in 44:30 and today was the same course in 43:50. My legs are still a bit stiff and sore. My hamstrings are also still very tight. I ran very easy – sub 140 HR – for both of these runs and the pace was in the 8:15-8:20 range.

I contacted my old high school coach (who has been head coach at UNH for the past 23 years) and asked for some coaching help to get me to the 2:50 marathon level. He agreed. I figure I need some outside advice to help me get to where I want to go. I don’t expect we will develop a plan for the next couple of weeks – which is just as well, I want to just do some relaxed training. Part of my problem, though, is that most of my training has been relaxed. I think it is time to ramp things up a bit. But, I will see what his input is. I sent him my training for the past six months for evaluation. We shall see.

Of to coach little league baseball on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Recovery days …

taking three days off after the marathon.   I will do a short jog on Friday.  Until then, not much to report.  The next marathon will be the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon on October 5.  I plan to do a lot more racing this summer; hopefully more racing will lead to a better fitness level.


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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