Sunday, February 19, 2017

Training Week: February 13 - February 19

Week of February 13 - February 19

02-13 - [Monday] - PM: 5 miles.

02-14 - [Tuesday] - PM: 10 miles.

02-15 - [Wednesday] - PM: 0The Mill closed at 5 (instead of 8). I headed in just as they were closing up due to the storm. No other real option as it was snowing hard out and the roads were completely covered and it was dark out.  I could have gone out in snowshoes with a headlamp but it would have been in 4 feet of untracked snow almost anywhere I went around here and it would have been a lot of work for next to no miles.  Week is not playing out as intended.

02-16 - [Thursday] - AM: 7 miles easy. PM: 10 miles. More excitement at the Mill. I got there just as Don was about to hammer a workout on one of the treadmills.  I got on the other one for an easy 2.5 mile w/up and he was doing basically about the same...then he started a 3 mile tempo and I started my 5 mile tempo.  We only got a few minutes in before we blew the damn fuse again.  I had to hop off and go down to have them flip it back on. I was about a half mile or so (maybe .6) into the actual workout when things went dark.  Don offered to bail on his workout but I told him I'd wait and he ended up doing his 3 mile tempo and I just ran more warmup miles.  Then as soon as he was finished and turned the screws back down to a cooldown pace, I turned the juice up on my machine and did 5 miles at 5:30 pace (27:30). I had already done just over half a mile at that pace a couple miles earlier but I didn't count that and went the full 5 which put me just about at 10 miles by the time I was done. Very short cooldown of about half a mile to make 10.  Then I was outta there. Need to try to salvage the week...

02-17 - [Friday] - AM: 8 miles. PM: 5 miles. Was going to go 10 but my achilles started to bark pretty loud out of nowhere.  Not good.  Ran very easy for the last mile and quit while I was ahead...I want to try to salvage a run tomorrow and planned long run on Sunday. It was reminiscent of the time I had to drop out of that 25k trail race in Winni back in late 2011. The initial pain was similar and I stopped before it got really bad.  I ran the 8 too quick in the morning.  Should have recovered a lot easier after the tempo on Thursday night.

02-18 - [Saturday] - AM: 5 miles super easy... Babying the achilles.  Week back to being derailed. Had to sneak this in before going to a wedding down in MA. Hope this doesn't turn out to be too serious...

02-19- [Sunday] - PM: 
10 miles. Achilles and calf were 'ok' after a little bit. Decided to put off the long run maybe until tomorrow (Monday).

60 miles on 8 runs.

The week was a bit of a mess.  I got screwed on Wednesday and then over did it on Thursday/Friday.  I think after the good workout on Thursday night, I went too hard on Friday morning and then tried to go again on Friday night and paid the price. I took it super easy on Saturday and did a lot of stretching, icing, and took some anti-inflammatories which seemed to help. I waited until Sunday night to do my run and it paid off. Only 60 miles but really on 6 days and 2 of those days were only 5 miles not too bad.  With the way my leg felt on Friday, the week could have been a lot worse.  It was my 14th straight week at 60 or higher.  I'd like to keep my 'bad' weeks at 60... that would set me up pretty well I think...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Training Week: February 6 - February 12

Week of February 6 - February 12

02-06 - [Monday] - PM: 10 miles.

02-07 - [Tuesday] - AM: 5 miles easy.  

02-08 - [Wednesday] - PM: 11 miles (70:47). 30 minutes into 12 x 400 @ 5 min pace with 60 sec in between each then cooldown.

02-09 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles easy.  PM: 10 miles.

02-10 - [Friday] - PM: 10 miles.

02-11 - [Saturday] - PM: 9 miles.

02-12- [Sunday] - PM: 
20 miles. Mill. (2:12:36). First 10 in 69:47 (easy) and then next 10 in 62:49 as 1 min 'on' and 2 min 'off' for the entire 10 miles.  The 'ons' were controlled 5:20 pace. Offs were the 6:58 pace most of the rest of the run was at.  I should have done the rest of the run a little quicker but my legs felt banged up a bit towards the end of the week... I felt completely fine cardio-wise but the last 10 miles really beat up my hips and legs.  I'd like to do this run again with a more honest first 10 miles and slightly quicker 'offs'.  But glad I got it in regardless.

80 miles on 8 runs.

27 days until daylight saving time kicks in....
35 days until Spring.
4 feet of snow base in my yard.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Training Week: January 30 - February 5

Week of January 30 - February 5

01-30 - [Monday] - PM: 8 miles.

01-31 - [Tuesday] - PM: 10 miles.

02-01 - [Wednesday] - PM: 9 miles (56:25) w 6 x 800 @ 5k pace in the second half.

02-02 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles roads.

02-03 - [Friday] - AM: 8 miles roads. Cold and windy.  Not fun. PM: 8 miles mill.  Warm and dry.  Fun.

02-04 - [Saturday] - AM: 8 miles.

02-05- [Sunday] - AM: 2 miles w/up (short warmup + strides) + 5k race (Super Bowl Chili 5k (results) - Manchester, NH - 2nd OA - 16:04) + 2 miles cooldown.  Warmup/down with Hamel, Weston, and Pat Ard.  Barely got the warmup in and was disinterested in a cooldown.  

63 miles on 10 runs.

Another ho-hum week training-wise with less than I planned for but I am having no problems at least getting out the door. I wimped out on Thursday night and instead of going to the mill, I took the family out to dinner.  So I lost 8-10 miles there but I'd rather be at dinner w/ the family than running so it was all good.

The race on Sunday was a good rust buster and wake up call. 5:10-5:15 feels AWFUL. I ran 'uncomfortably comfortable'.  I basically ran with no b*lls and just sat content in 2nd almost the entire race.  Hamel pulled away over the last half mile and I did nothing except look behind me to make sure I was enough ahead of Brandyn.  Course, time, etc. aside, I should have just raced better but didn't have anything to offer Derrick in form of competition.  Hopefully I get that kind of late-race drive back sooner than later.  First race since September though!  Crazy.  The more I do this, hopefully the better things will go. It's ONLY February 5th, so I guess I'll take it!

I also got a new machine this week.  Yes, it's the first week of February and yes there's still 1.5 feet + of snow covering everything and yes the ground underneath that is very much frozen...but I got a new machine!  I picked up a Makro Racer 2 pro pack.  With the machine comes a stock 11x7" search coil and a 5"sniper coil. I also ordered an additional 15.5x13 big search coil that will help me in the fields and to identify the deep targets.  I also got a slew of other bags, digging tools, a new pinpointer, a couple pairs of headphones (including wireless headphones that were backordered) and some other stuff with it.  Overall it's going to be like starting all over again, which is nice. I'll be able to go over all the same areas again with this new machine that I think is much more stable and more sensitive than my other previous machine. It has more search modes, more depth, and seems to handle better in the iron.  The only thing that seems to be a letdown with it is that it's not fully waterproof (which I knew about before I ordered it).  So I'll have to get another Garrett AT Pro (to replace the current one I have that I believe is faulty) for water hunting (only).   But I'll worry about that when the summer comes...which seems very far away at this point.

I may do a comparison video of the two machines I have at some point before I start using it outside... just to compare the features and initial impressions I have.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Recap for 2017

You can almost see a sled-run I made a month or so back... peaking through the base in the backyard. After getting a grillfull of snow, Tabby was 'one and done'.

January Recap for 2017:

Miles run: 320.4
Days run: 30
Days off: 1
Runs: 35
Longest Run: 20.4 miles
Shortest Run: 5 miles
Doubles: 5
Races: 0
Injuries: 0
Weight Gained: probably.

My January history for last 9 years (cannot find 2007 details as I kept spotty records before 2008, and other January's at college, etc. I kept NO records because I hated running).

2017: 320.4 miles - 1 day off.
2016: 278.9 miles - 3 days off.
2015: 351.2 miles - 1 day off. **
2014: 305.8 miles - 2 days off.
2013: 237.2 miles - 2 days off.
2012: 201.3 miles - 3 days off.
2011: 340.2 miles - 0 days off.
2010: 295.7 miles - 0 days off.
2009: 336.6 miles - 1 day off.
2008: 333.5 miles - 0 days off.

** that type of volume for me led to a nice stress fracture in the spring.

I was WAY ahead of Kemibe's 316.5 for January.  Outdistancing him by 3.9 miles with ease.  It was a relatively strange month with no racing but still managing 10.3 miles per day including the day off.  I think I got that much in because there's simply not all that much else to do right now.  If the weather was better, I would have surely found more things to do outside and around the house and the mileage wouldn't have been that good.  I seem to be able to get in the work over the winter, which is good I guess.  January has always been one of my better months 'mileage-wise'.  I managed to get 6 'workouts' in...workouts being used a little loosely here as I include the periodic tempo run as a workout.  I got 4 interval sessions in and 2 longer tempos + 5 'longer' runs (anything over 12 I consider a long run).  I don't feel fast and when I try to do the uptempo intervals I feel terrible.  It feels like way too much work for having just completed 11 straight weeks of over 60 miles, which I am considering a good base.  I feel like I should be further along and I just feel flat.  It could have everything to do with the fact that I haven't raced since September 25.  This was the first January I didn't race since 2006.  I was close to going to the Derry 5 miler this past weekend but at zero hour I got a text about a long run in Portsmouth that I felt would suit me better in the 'long run' (pun intended) I opted for more miles on the seacoast w/ some mates rather than forcing a 5 miler all the way down in Derry just to keep my January streak alive.  The races will come.  They will probably be slow at first, but they'll come.  I kind of almost did something race-related as I signed up for Mt. Washington with my bypass entry and also registered for MSD10k which is a week before Washington.  I usually signup as early as possible for Redhook, MSD, and Washington because they all sell out quick (or are lottery based of course).  Doesn't look like Redhook is open yet, but I'm starting to be all set for June at least.

Days until DST: 38
Days until Spring: 46
Days until Boston: 74
Days until I'm a Master: 80
Days until Mt. Washington: 135

On the treasure hunting front (which is obviously slow going right now), I did manage to unbelievably find 2 coins.  A 1799 KGIII and an 1803 Largie.  Neither one required me to leave my house, which was awesome (and which would have been impossible thanks to the 2 feet of base in the yard).  I also ordered a new machine (and coils) which should help my land hunting once the damn snow melts.  My 'water' machine needs to be replaced now and I'm going to wait probably until the weather really heats up before I need to worry about that one...but for now, I am looking forward to getting the new machine hopefully tomorrow (according to Fedex).  As I type this now, the snow is falling pretty hard which is kind of not moving in the right direction for talking about metal detecting but it is a short month.... Think Spring!

The guy playing King George III in this great clip from 'John Adams' looks nothing like the dude on my coin...but his madness definitely is on display... must have been terrifying for a newly appointed US Ambassador to GB just after the rev war.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Training Week: January 23 - January 29

Week of January 23 - January 29

01-23 - [Monday] - PM: 10 miles.

01-24 - [Tuesday] - AM: 6 miles. easy.  PM: 9 miles.

01-25 - [Wednesday] - AM: 5 miles easy roads. PM:  9 miles (57:11). w/up + 4 x 1200 @ 5k pace + c/dwn.

01-26 - [Thursday] - PM: 8 miles easy roads. 50+ degrees!

01-27 - [Friday] - PM: 10 miles.

01-28 - [Saturday] - PM: 5 miles easy.

01-29- [Sunday] - AM: 20.4 miles. (2:16:51) Route details (GPS) here. Nice road loop with Matt Garfield and Andy Huebner.  Through Portsmouth, Greenland, Newington, and Kittery, ME.  Good loop over many of the area's race courses.  By my estimate we ran parts of the Eastern States, Market Square Day, Redhook, Fox Point, St. Charles, Harbour Trail, (Old) Children's Museum, Out of Hibernation, and Paddy's courses among others.  Those are just the one's I'm familiar with.  Dropped Andy off at his house at about 16.5 and then Matt and I added on over the bridge into Maine and back.  Crazy bad blister on my big toe towards the end which was a little annoying. If you dare, take a look here.  Disregard the black toenail that is about to pop off (from the VT 50 4 months ago). The blood blister is from the run today. Maybe time for new shoes... picked up some stuff at Runner's Alley after getting some coffee w/Matt and his wife and then headed back home up into the Arctic tundra.

82.4 miles on 9 runs.

Kind of a weird week. Felt like I was doing jack-sh*t but ended up over 80 so I'm definitely pleased with the outcome.  The conditions outside are horrendous for anything of any quality that I can tolerate.  I haven't slept in my own bed since probably last week. Been doing a 'sleep over' with Tabby who refuses to sleep alone and in her we've been 'camping' on the living room floor.  I've felt kind of tired all week but I managed to get in a relatively solid week with an OK workout on Wednesday and a few road runs including the long run on Sunday which kind of salvaged my mileage seeing I mailed in a run on Friday night and barely did anything.  Was good to actually get out and run with people and talk shop. I have a little bit more motivation after talking to the guys today and feeling like a real runner by actually getting out on the roads and doing an honest effort.  The good news is that the 6:42 paced effort for the 20+ miler on Sunday felt easy.  None of it felt like work at all and we (I) talked the entire time.  I feel worse on 7:30 paced runs by myself here down the street so I was glad I kind of figured out that it's just mental and not really anything physical at this point.  I may not have any speed anymore but I can do long runs which is something I guess.  I need a few more of these before April so I don't embarrass myself completely. I hope to get together w/ Matt some more and do some longer efforts.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Training Week: January 16 - January 22

Week of January 16 - January 22

01-16 - [Monday] - AM: 5 miles. Easy.  PM: 8 miles.

01-17 - [Tuesday] - PM: 8 miles.

01-18 - [Wednesday] - PM:  9 miles (56:27) as 20 min w/up + 5 x 1000 @ 5k pace + cooldown.

01-19 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles. Easy roads w/ Darin.  PM: no run. Work meltdown right as I was going to leave for my after-work run. Figures. Good thing I got out at lunch for something at least.

01-20 - [Friday] - zero. First zero of the year.  Was up for over 36 hrs.  Didn't go to bed on Thursday at all because of a hot customer issue and was up clean through to Friday night working on other issues and doing damage control. I could have gone out for some easy miles after work but I was so beat, I just decided to take an off day and get some rest. I had a screaming headache all day because of the all nighter and felt sick. Not a good way to end the week.

01-21 - [Saturday] - AM: 5 milesPM: 15 miles as 2.5 w/up + 10 miles in 60:00 + 2.5 c/dwn.(1:34:44).

01-22- [Sunday] - PM: 5 miles. Easy.  Squeezed in an easy/short run before it got dark once Kristin got home from her latest 4k-footer.  The awesome news is that you can head out at 4pm and easily get in a slow 5 without a headlamp now.

60 miles on 8 runs.

Week got completely derailed on Thursday afternoon with a high priority work issue. I was up completely overnight and never went to bed on Thursday.  Near-migraine headache all Friday.  Needless to say I missed my second run on Thursday (a planned 10) and then was just not able to get the rest of the week's planned quality in (including a complete zero on Friday). Running on fumes... What a nightmare.  I was happy to get in 20 total miles on Saturday with a light tempo and one decent speed workout on Wednesday.  Week wasn't a complete mess I guess. 60 miles on 6 days with most of my runs under 10 miles this week for a change.

48 days until daylight saving time.... 56 days until Spring.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Training Week: January 9 - January 15

Week of January 9 - January 15

01-09 - [Monday] - PM: 8 miles. Easy.

01-10 - [Tuesday] - PM: 9 miles. 60:00.

01-11 - [Wednesday] - PM:  11 miles as 5 mile w/up + 6 x 800 @ 5k pace with about 1 min rest in between + 2+ cooldown.

01-12 - [Thursday] - PM: 10 miles.

01-13 - [Friday] - PM: 7 miles. Very late run. Also drank 3 cokes.

01-14 - [Saturday] - AM: 10 miles.

01-15 - [Sunday] - PM: 15 miles roads (Madison, Tamworth, West Ossipee).

70 miles on 7 runs.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Training Week: January 2 - January 8

Week of January 2 - January 8

01-02 - [Monday] - PM: 10 miles. The 'Great Plague of 2017' continues... can't believe I even left the house today.

01-03 - [Tuesday] - PM: 10 miles. Felt slightly better today....definitely no worse at least.

01-04 - [Wednesday] - AM:  5 miles  roads. PM: 8 miles (49:40).  Warmup then 8 x 600 @ 5:00 pace with about a minute in between each then cooldown.

01-05 - [Thursday] - PM: 10 miles (66:40).

01-06 - [Friday] - PM: 10 miles.

01-07 - [Saturday] - PM: 12 miles.

01-08 - [Sunday] - PM: 15 miles.  2.5 mile w/up then 10 miles in 60:00 then 2.5 mile c/dwn. (1:34:50).

80 miles on 8 runs.

Still sick throughout the week but not as bad as last week.  Felt much better by week's end. Didn't do quite as much as I had hoped due to work and some last minute things here and there (and being lazy)....But I still got in some solid runs distance-wise and can't really complain too much.  Somehow salvaging 80 miles is good all things considered.  Somehow I gained weight this week though...not sure how.  I'm getting old.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

ANOTHER Large Copper for 2017...1803 Draped Bust found in my basement!

This morning, I went poking around again down in the small section of the basement.  I put the Garrett 5 inch Sniper coil on so I could get in the tighter areas and went back over the same area I pulled the King George III copper from on Tuesday.  I found a bingo!  My first complete Largie found detecting, and it is an OLD one!  They were only making official US coins for 10 years by 1803.

1803 Draped Bust large cent!

The obverse. 1803 solid date. Pretty worn but I'll take it!

The reverse showing the 1/100 very faint at the bottom.

How it 'should' look....

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Good Start to 2017!

Some winter detecting today in the BASEMENT believe it or not.  Literally went down to the basement at lunch for about 15 minutes and found a 1799 King George III colonial copper coin in the top soil in a small corner of the dug out area.  Since I couldn't go outside (with about a foot and a half of snow all over everything), I figured I poke around in the basement and see if anything fell through the cracks over the years from the floors above.  What a find!

This makes four 1700's coins I have found all within the last year and all within a mile of here.  3 on the property (2 outside in my backyard and 1 inside now in the basement) and one in the neighbors yard down the street.

So now I have 2 King George II (1735 and 1736) as well as 1 King George III (1799) and a 1780 Spanish half reale silver coin.

obverse: King George III - bank of England issue 1799
reverse: photo doesn't do it justice but the date is visible in the right light

What the coin 'SHOULD' look like...

The line up of my 1700s coins (so far)...1 silver and 3 coppers.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Training Week: December 26 - January 1

Week of December 26 - January 1, 2017

12-26 - [Monday] - PM: 10 miles. very light hill program. 69:47.

12-27 - [Tuesday] - PM: 10 miles. very light hill program. 69:46.9

12-28 - [Wednesday] - PM: 10 miles as 2 w/ up + 6 tempo in 35:12 (5:52 pace) + 2 c/dwn.

12-29 - [Thursday] - PM: 10 miles 64:36. Middle bunch of miles at 6:00. Getting sick.

12-30 - [Friday] - PM: 10 miles easy. Sick. Two hrs of shoveling/snowblowing then some skiing then some sledding. By the time the run came, I was a bit worn out and am battling a cold.

12-31 - [Saturday] - Headcold from heck.

01-01 - [Sunday] - PM: 10 miles easy. Even sicker. Lucky to get anything in this weekend.

60 miles on 6 runs.

The week got derailed due to bad cold I'm still battling.  I was going to race somewhere on New Years just to get the feet wet again in the faster race situations but got sicker as the week went on. I still got a decent amount of miles in but it pretty much ruined any chances I would have had at feeling good while running anything uptempo so I decided to bag it and wait another week or two for racing season to start.  The next week will be interesting as I think I'm still getting worse.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,  and Happy New Year.

3099.2 miles for the year with 54 days off.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Training Week: December 19 - December 25

Week of December 19 - December 25

12-19 - [Monday] - PM: 8 miles. Most definitely have the start of a little IT flare up...

12-20 - [Tuesday] - AM: 5 miles easy. PM: 8 miles (49:54).  2 w/up then 4 @ 5:42 (pipe dream marathon pace at this point) then 2 c/dwn.  Kind of an ad-hoc workout I could handle with the IT band barking pretty loudly.  Probably not a good idea but I got it done and was able to walk out of there on my own power.

12-21 - [Wednesday] - PM: 10 miles. Got on the mill the same time as a local college guy was hammering a workout on the other one. He juiced it up to 13 mph and I was cranking a lowly 10 mph on the other one and bam! ...the circuit blew.  Both of us stopped dead in our tracks.  He only had 5 min left in his workout and I was only about 12 minutes into my run.  After a 15 min break, I was able to resume when the maintenance guy popped the breaker back.  It was hot as hell in there too. I had all the windows open and was drenched in sweat.  They've been having problems with the heating in the building and now it's full on tropic in there.  I hope to get back outside a little this week after all this excitement.

12-22 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles. PM: 10 miles.

12-23 - [Friday] - PM: 18 miles roads (Wakefield, Milton, Acton (ME)).  Happy Birthday Tabby!

12-24 - [Saturday] - PM: 6 miles easy. Then about 10 minutes stretching in the hot tub for the first time this winter...felt good.

12-25 - [Sunday] - Merry Christmas.

70 miles on 8 runs.

Felt better this week health-wise but the leg was bothering me (just slightly) most of the week.  After that 2 hr treadmill run at the end of last week I started dealing with some IT and knee pain that is just normal treadmill overuse pain I usually deal with in I'm ahead of the game this year. Shut it down later in the week after a nice easy long winter run on the roads.  Got a nice long run from the Poor People's Pub with Jonathan Miller on Friday.  Was in Wakefield for the day helping my parents close up the house for the winter... Afterwards, met Jon and got a good long easy run in with some hills sprinkiled in. Weather was good. Roads very quiet and in good condition.  Really good winter loop as the traffic was non existent and roads were very well clear.  Also, officially town-bagged Milton (ahead of this winter's Moose Mountain SS race). Haven't gotten a new NH town in a long time (only 1 last year with Epping).  I'm basically down to doing it by accident nowadays.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Training Week: December 12 - December 18

About as close as you can get with both of them looking in the general direction of the camera...

Week of December 12 - December 18

12-12 - [Monday] - AM: 8 miles. PM: 10 miles.

12-13 - [Tuesday] - AM: 6 miles. Got a little screwed w/ the schedule and couldn't get the full planned run in or another run later.  Daddy duty in the PM.  Also took a scary wipeout head first on the snowy shoulder right in front of oncoming traffic on 113 during the run.  A car swerved to avoid me and another guy stopped and got out to make sure I was ok as I laid there in the snow and gravel.  It was one of those worst case scenarios you think about when you are running against traffic on snow and ice...slipping and falling right as a car is going by. Good thing I fell the other direction into the shoulder. Was a little p*ssed after that and bailed at 6. Could have probably fit in 8 before my next conference call but probably needed the rest anyways. Scratched up my iPod pretty good in the fall. It still works though, as the 80s big hair music still sounds decent through my headphones.

12-14 - [Wednesday] - AM: 6 miles roads. PM: 12 miles with the middle 10 miles in 60:00. (73:56).

12-15 - [Thursday] - PM: 10 miles.

12-16 - [Friday] - PM: 10 miles.

12-17 - [Saturday] - PM: a few ski runs up and down the back trails breaking in the xc skis until I wiped out... then 12 miles.

12-18 - [Sunday] - PM: 16 miles.

90 miles on 9 runs.

Felt better as the week went on as far as my cold goes (it was pretty much gone by Tuesday).  But my allergies were kicking my ass to the curb by Sunday.  Had to go short on Tuesday which kind of put me behind a little, but I'm over-planning with the expectation that I may come up a little short each week. So I'm still getting a decent block of mileage in.  Another good easy tempo effort on Wednesday and I'm starting to feel those 10 mile runs are getting a lot easier.  I may back down a bit this coming week or two as 90 is a bit too high for me at this point I think.  75-85 is a good target to hit with regularity...if only it was that easy all the time.

In other related running news. It was very cool (and I was pleasantly surprised) to see that I got NH Runner of the Year this year. I haven't gotten it since 2008 and 2009.  I was on a good tear last year and then got hurt which basically killed my chances...but I did get recognized for the first half of 2015 when they do the mid-year recap.  This year, even though I didn't race past the VT 50 at the end of September, I did get 31 races in and won 17 of them (not including my RTB legs) without any weekly series races (which generally give me even more 'W's), so it was a good stretch considering.  I had a few ok races time-wise, but it was just more of a widespread year of going to a bunch of races consistently up through the late summer and doing well at some of the bigger events.  Being the first NH runner at Mount Washington definitely helped...and winning the Seacoast Series is generally a good step in that direction.  Special thanks to Nancy Eckerson and Andy Schachat for putting this list together and recognizing me this year.  Andy joked around with me this year a couple times about how I last won the NH Runner of the Year in 2009 and that 'it's been a long time'....'2008 and 2009 were a long time ago'.   He told me that I needed to do something else soon so he could stop having to go so far back to say something about me when he announces me at races.  I thought that was funny but he was right.  After Mt. Washington, he came up to me and indicated that the Crossan Cup was a good step in that direction.  Now he has something a little more recent to say about me this coming year :).  Hopefully I make it to the starting line!

Need to start my Christmas shopping this week...

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Training Week: December 05 - December 11

Week of December 05 - December 11

12-05 - Monday - PM: 8 miles.
12-06 - Tuesday PM: 10 miles on the Kanc (65 min). A little slick in spots.
12-07 - Wednesday AM: 5.3 miles easy roads with Darin.  To quote my mother it was 'snowing to beat the band' outside. PM: 11.1 miles roads.  The 'Madison Elementary OKT'.  That is 'Only Known Time'. 1:14:25 for 11.1 miles made up of 43 laps around the f*cking elementary school.  One dicey corner with snow and ice and the rest of it was clear but wet.  What a mess.  I initially drove down to the Mill to use the treadmill but it was a full up nightmare down there. Both treadmills were taken, but by real runners, so I couldn't complain too much.  Just bad timing I guess. I got there just in time to see Darin a mere 5 minutes into his second workout of the day and Don only 15 minutes into his... so I couldn't just sit there and wait...I drove back home, suited up, slapped on a dim headlamp that hasn't been charged (or used) since Reach the Beach and ran down to the school, banged 43 laps around the school, and then headed back home. There's one tiny hill in the back so it's got a good mix of quick up/down but it's not even a quarter mile around each lap so it was a exercise in futility.  Dedication or stupidity... it's a fine line in times like this.  I should have asked Darin if I could use HIS TREADMILL THAT HE HAS AT HIS HOUSE while he was using the one at the mill...but I digress.
12-08 - Thursday - AM: 6 miles easy on the roads. PM: 10 miles. 
12-09 - Friday PM: 8 miles.  Got screwed earlier in the day with an install for a customer and couldn't get out for a lunch run because it went hours over what I thought.  Probably for the best as I feel like crap. Came down with a head cold.
12-10 - Saturday - AM: 10 miles at the mill. 64:30.  First 6 quick and then last 4 easy.  Was pressed for time again because of the birthday party for Tabby.  Got to the Mill nice and early in the morning, which I NEVER do and had to wait for a machine for 25 agonizing minutes (while a couple walked and talked and had a grand ole' time on the treadmills).  Kind of irked me but they paid their money so they have the right.... But 2nd time in a week I had to either wait or got screwed out of a run because of others using the treadmill (how dare people use the treadmill other than me!).  This may have only happened to me 2 other times in 4 years ...but 2 in one week was a little tough.  I had to run faster than I wanted to get it in in time so I could get my errands done before the party.  I had to cut it short too as I planned on a 12 miler or more initially.  This week is falling apart slightly...
12-11 - Sunday - PM: 14.7 miles roads. COLD! Got this in very late in the afternoon (finished just before it started getting dark) after everyone went home from the weekend.

83.1 miles on 9 runs.

The week got derailed a bit and it seemed that divine intervention was trying to throw everything it could at me to try to screw my training plans ... the 11 headlamp miles around the school and the tough 10 early on Saturday after everything in my head told me to just bail, were definite wins.  That and the 14+ late on Sunday in the bitter cold.  I was also sick most of the 2nd half of the week (and still am).  So getting in as many miles as I did this week is a shock really.  I had originally planned on a double on Friday that didn't happen and a longer run on Saturday that was cut short but alas I'll certainly take 80+ again this week.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Last 4 weeks

Some catch up since early November...just some base building miles and the beginnings of some short / moderate workouts...still trying to heal up w/ the rib situation...

Week of November 7 - November 13

11-07 - Monday - AM: 30 min core routine. PM: 10 miles.
11-08 - Tuesday - PM: 10.6 miles easy roads w/ Darin. Beautiful day!
11-09 - Wednesday AM: 30 min core routine. PM: 9.35 miles.
11-10 - Thursday AM: 30 min core routine. PM: 8 miles easy.
11-11 - Friday - PM: 10 miles.
11-12 - Saturday - PM: 9 miles.
11-13 - Sunday - AM: 3 mile hike. PM: 30 min core routine.  

57 miles on 6 runs.

A little more miles this week and some core work with a day off again.

Week of November 14 - November 20

11-14 - Monday AM: 4 miles trails/roads. PM: 8 miles.
11-15 - Tuesday AM: 5 miles roads. PM: 6 miles.
11-16 - Wednesday - PM: 10 miles.
11-17 - Thursday - PM: 10.5 miles easy lake bang with Darin.
11-18 - Friday AM: 10.4 miles easy roads/dirt roads with Darin.
11-19 - Saturday - AM: 3 mile hike.
11-20 - Sunday - AM: 5.3 miles roads/trails easy. PM: 6 miles.

65.2 miles on 9 runs.

Aggravated my ribs/side a bit with some of the core work last week so laid off it this week. Had some side stitches pretty bad at the end of the week but landed 65+ on just 6 days with another day off again... I have taken a day off per week but have done a fair amount of walking/hiking on that off day.  More moving in the right direction.

Week of November 21 - November 27

11-21 - Monday AM: 5 miles easy roads. PM: 8.5 miles as 20 min w/up + short tempo 5k @5:30/m (17:04) + 20 min cooldown.
11-22 - Tuesday - PM: 8 miles roads.
11-23 - Wednesday AM: 5 miles easy roads. PM: 10 miles.
11-24 - Thursday AM: 8 miles.
11-25 - Friday AM: 5 miles easy roads. PM: 10 miles (tempo) (60:00).
11-26 - Saturday - PM: 6 miles easy.
11-27 - Sunday - PM: 11.6 miles roads w/ Darin.

 miles on 10 runs.

Short tempo on Monday that felt a little harder than I would have liked but it wasn't too bad for a rust buster. Legs and back were surprisingly stiff on Tuesday. Good uptempo 10 miles on Friday.  Heading in the right direction... Felt pretty good by week's end except the ribs are on and off sore still.

Week of November 28 - December 04

11-28 - Monday AM: 5 miles easy roads. PM: 10 miles.
11-29 - Tuesday PM: 6 miles (38:00). Very busy at the Mill. Had to wait 30 minutes for a machine. Only got slightly more than half my planned run in but did 6 x 400m at 5 min pace with 40 sec rest in between each, midway through the run. Good short workout.
11-30 - Wednesday AM: 8 miles easy roads w/ Darin. PM: 8 miles.
12-01 - Thursday PM: 9 miles.
12-02 - Friday AM: 5 miles easy roads with Darin. PM: 10 miles (tempo) (60:00).
12-03 - Saturday - PM: 12 miles.
12-04 - Sunday - AM: 14 miles Freedom roads.

87 miles on 10 runs.

Halfway through the week, clicked over into December. The November recap looks to be pretty good as I hit 279 miles with 3 days off.  So I was in the 300 ballpark if I hadn't bailed on those 3 days. That puts this as my 4th best month of the year believe it or not.  Not too bad for a normally quiet time of year.  A very short workout on Tuesday and another 60 min 10 miles on Friday, which is good. I want to try for one of those a week (or alternative) where I can fit it in. Finished the week off with a couple of longer runs. Ribs were actually pretty painful during some of the runs this week. Towards the end of the run on Sunday morning I struggled a bit with them over the last few miles.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Shocking News This Morning

Woke up this morning to an absolute shock.  Once I hopped onto the web to see what was going on in the world I was absolutely shocked to see that even though losing last night, Edmonton was atop the Pacific division and tied for the 4th best record in the league.  No words.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Seacoast Series Wrap Up for 2016 and Personal Series Numbers

I FINALLY got my Seacoast Series trophy from Darin this week (and the cash!).  He picked up my award at the Great Bay 5k, as they always do the overall series awards at that race (being the last race in the series).  It's the first time I've not been there to get it in person.  I felt bad but I know they'll be another chance next year for top 3!

This year, I finally got things right again on the SRRS and was able to make the first 6 of 8 races (enough to qualify for the series and enough to win).  I didn't do the last 2 races due to VT 50 again, derailing me...but this time due to injury.  I am not doing any more ultras anytime soon.  The minute I know I can't run fast (or as fast as I think I can) at the shorter distances, I'll look at them again.  For me, they are just too risky and it's not worth that risk if it means I'm going to miss out on races I enjoy going to.  I got one win, one 2nd place, two 3rd place finishes, a strangely played out 5th place, and an abysmal 9th place in one of my worst races of my life... but 'series-wise' it was 6 'first' places which is a perfect score for the series (you have to do 6 of 8 races).

Even though it's my favorite series of races all calendar year, I've only finished the series a surprising 5 times since I first did the entire series (or enough races to score in at least) for the first time in 2008.

My Overall Series Finishes:

2008 - 1st
2009 - 2nd (John Mentzer 1st)
2010 - 2nd (John Mentzer 1st)
2012 - 1st
2016 - 1st

Seems like every 4 years I end up winning the series...think that will be the case in 2020?  I'll ONLY be 43....still got a shot right?

I had to go back and look at why I didn't compete in the entire series the other years.  In 2011 I was on a tear, having arguably the best season of racing I've ever had.  I had qualified for the World Championship 50k that year and did that race in August which forced me out of a couple of the races. I then got hurt and started the downward spiral that became the last 4-5 years. In 2013, I had the worst year of racing ever. I had just started a family and running took a backseat.  I barely did any real training and only raced a lot of local stuff here in the valley...and trail races.  2014 started out halfway decent but I got derailed by missing Redhook again due to getting banged up at Wachusett the day before and then I signed up for VT 50 and spent a good deal of the summer focusing on that and didn't compete in the series.   In 2015 I had every intention of doing the series but got a stress fracture after the first race (the day after actually).  I only came back to run one other race that year.

In all I've done 45 Seacoast Series races total since 'accidentally' doing 3 of them in 2007 (I wasn't trying to do the series then).  I first discovered the series back in the winter of 2006/2007 when I was studying the layout of the land with regards to the New England road racing scene. I was just getting back into running again and had been trying to figure out what races to go to in the upcoming season.  I got ahold of the 2007 New England Runner Road Race Calendar and saw an awesome photo of a race start that immediately made me want to go out and race whatever race that was. I remember putting one copy up at work and the other one at home in my office.  I made it a point to figure out what race it was and to sign up for the next one.  Since my college teammate BJ was on the cover, I asked him what race it was. When he told me it was from the 2006 Redhook Brewery 5k, I immediately looked it up and signed up the first day it opened and started keeping an eye on the series it was a part of...  From that point on, I have never missed signing up for Redhook...although I have failed to reach the line a few years due to injuries.  I always plan to run that race.  From there, I learned about the Children's Museum race and Market Square Day and from there it was just ingrained into my running schedule.

Awesome photo of the cover of the race that got me hooked on road racing.  It's a picture of the hardcopy I still have.

The photo has a bunch of mid-2000s regulars on the scene including winner Mark Coogan, Dave Hinga, Nate Huppe, Scott Rowe, Scott Clark, Rod Viens, Tim Rider, Mike Slinskey, etc. I've gotten the calendar every year since this and I still think this was the best one (so far).

Here's a complete breakdown of my Seacoast races in total since I first did them in 2007 (and related stats):

All Time Series Wins: 9 
  • Children's Museum = 4
  • York Days = 2
  • Fox Point = 2
  • Redhook = 1
Runner Up: 12
Worst placement (other than the one DNF): 10th
Years I did all 8 races: 2 (2008, 2009)

Year Race Place Time Notes / Excuses
2007 Redhook 7th 16:33 My first 'big race'.
2007 Market Square 10th 34:07 My second 'big race'.
2007 Harbour Trail DNF - Dropped out at a mile. Huppe for the win! Last year of this race in the series. Race is no more but I did go back in 2009 and got 2nd to Ethan Hemphill.
2008 Children's Museum 2nd 15:56 Last time this race was in Portsmouth. Sam Wood for the win! Race is now in Dover.
2008 Redhook 1st 15:32 Duel with Dan Princic over the last mile. My first Seacoast series win!
2008 Market Square 4th 33:01 1 Kenyan and 2 Keenyans in front of me.
2008 York Days 1st 15:46 Another good Seacoast series win!
2008 Saunders 4th 32:58 Alliette for the win! I was still recovering from almost dying at Savoy.
2008 Fox Point 1st 27:42 DOUBLE. Ran Ollie 5-Miler earlier that morning.
2008 Great Island 4th 15:55 Again, 1 Kenyan and 2 Keenyans in front of me.
2008 Great Bay 2nd 15:53 Miller for the win!
2009 Children's Museum 3rd 16:13 Mahoney for the win!
2009 Redhook 2nd 15:38 DOUBLED up with Wachusett day before. Mentzer for the win!
2009 Market Square 3rd 32:45 Moulton and Mentzer 1-2.
2009 York Days 2nd 15:46 Mentzer for the win!
2009 Saunders 3rd 32:20 Mentzer for the win! Alliette sub 32!
2009 Fox Point 3rd 28:23 Got directed the wrong way! DOUBLED and ran Ollie 5-Miler earlier that morning!
2009 Great Island 5th 15:48 3 Kenyans and Mark Miller up ahead!
2009 Great Bay 2nd 15:38 Scotty McGrath for the win!
2010 Children's Museum 3rd 15:53 Wiles for the win!
2010 Redhook 3rd 15:34 DOUBLED up with Wachusett day before. Wiles for the win!
2010 Market Square 7th 32:47 Had a terrible race but the time wasn't too bad looking back (and compared to what I run now!)
2010 York Days 2nd 15:27 Mentzer for the win! 15:05!
2010 Saunders 2nd 31:53 Sub 32! Mentzer for the win! 10K PR.
2010 Great Bay 3rd 15:31 Crowell for the win. Mahoney outkicks and humiliates me in a 5k!
2011 Children's Museum 1st 15:46 Pulled away from Crowell after 2 miles.
2011 Redhook 2nd 15:28 DOUBLED up with a WIN at Wachusett day before. Wiles for the win at Redhook!
2011 Market Square 3rd 31:56 Wiles for the win. P.Moulton 2nd. One of my best races ever. Close to a PR.
2012 Children's Museum 3rd 16:13 Was injured. Newbould for the win!
2012 Redhook 2nd 15:37 DOUBLED up with Wachusett day before. Huebner for the win!
2012 Market Square 2nd 32:33 Gomez for the win! My best placement at MSD.
2012 York Days 1st 15:40 DOUBLED up and ran Carver 5M the day before in 25:35.
2012 Saunders 2nd 32:32 Huebner for the win!
2012 Great Bay 4th 16:23 Was injured. Only race I ran in 2012 after August. Just ran to place in the series.
2013 Market Square 5th 33:10 Awful. Worst year for my racing/running.
2014 Children's Museum 1st 16:25 Slow but a win! Nobody close.
2014 Market Square 5th 34:06 Awful. 3 dudes went the wrong way.
2015 Children's Museum 1st 15:49 Great race. Day before I got a stress fracture.
2015 Fox Point 1st 26:50 Good race back from missing all summer with a stress fracture.
2016 Children's Museum 1st 16:10 I ran well enough for a rare Seacoast win in my old age!
2016 Redhook 3rd 15:58 Alex McGrath outkicks Leuchanka!
2016 Market Square 9th 33:57 May have been my worst race ever.
2016 York Days 5th 16:15 DOUBLED UP and Won Stratham the day before. Hottest two race days of the entire year.
2016 Saunders 2nd 34:05 Hot but still just ran like crap. Garfield for the strong win and PR!
2016 Fox Point 3rd 26:39 Not a bad race. Millennium's cutest couple for the handholding win!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

November 6 - Sunday - Weekly Recap

I've been slacking a bit with the last few days and updates...But here's the recap of the week...

October 31 (Monday) - 8 miles
November 01 (Tuesday) - 9 miles (60:00)
November 02 (Wednesday) - 8 miles easy.
November 03 (Wednesday) - 9.35 miles (60:00)
November 04 (Wednesday) - 6 miles easy.
November 05 (Wednesday) - off. Daddy duty all day. Built a shelf.
November 06 (Wednesday) - 10 miles (69:40).

Total: 50.35 miles on 6 runs. Unfortunately 1 day off again but hopefully I fix that sh*t.

I'm trending in the right direction.  35.2, 45.6, and now 50.35...those are my last 3 weeks since I retired from ultras.  Back to work this coming week.

Looking at the race results, it was great to see my mates on CMS run so well today and get yet another team win at the GP marathon.  Vassallo and Mindel ran their asses off (no surprises there).  E-Narc ran tough and fast enough to help the team wrap up another GP team win at the marathon distance.  CMS will finish 2nd to BAA by 5 or so points in the overall GP team competition.  Nothing I could have done would have helped the team finish any higher today so I'm not as bummed that I missed it after seeing how well they ran through the rolling streets of Manchester.  I hope to help with some GPs next year in BOTH the open and masters categories.  I'm looking forward to seeing what the GP schedule is going to look like for 2017, now that 2016 is finally in the books.

After watching the NYC marathon this morning, I had grand aspirations to go hit a new permission or a few different sites possibly down south a bit, but ended up just walking up into the backyard again and detecting for about 2.5 hours.  Mostly just covering spots I couldn't quite get access to in the summer when everything was grown in.  I landed 5 buttons, an 1863 'fat' Indian Head, a small musket ball, a buckle, an old pocket knife, another axe head (#20), and some other junk... all in all it was a good day swingin'.  Not too many of these left unfortunately... Winter. Is. Comin'.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November 3 - Thursday

More mill action tonight with a 9.35 mile effort in 60 minutes.  Started out easy and got progressively quicker with the last couple miles in the 5:4x range.  Got a late start and it was pretty busy in there tonight but I snuck it in.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 2 - Wednesday

An easy 8 miles on the mill at The Mill.  It was a beautiful day out... should have run outside when it was light out... didn't. Then almost took a zero....Forced myself to get down there late.  Thought about doing just 5 or 6....but then did 8 like I planned and got outta there... It's gonna be a long winter.

The 'new' view at the weight-machine-thingy.

Poison Ivy Update... starting to dry out...