Sunday, March 26, 2017

Training Week: March 13 - March 19 + March 20 - March 26 + Gilmanton 5k

 Week of March 20 - March 26

03-20 - [Monday] - PM: 8 miles.

03-21 - [Tuesday] - AM: 5 miles easy roads. PM:  10 miles roads w/ Darin.

03-22 - [Wednesday] - PM: 10 miles uptempo.

03-23 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles easy. PM: 10.1 miles roads w/ Darin.

03-24 - [Friday] - AM: 6.3 miles.

03-25 - [Saturday] - PM: 4.1 mile w/ up w/ Dunham, Tilton, Mahoney (ran the course) and then more w/ DD (another mile w/ strides) + 3.1 mile race (Gilmanton 5k - 2nd OA - 17:22 (results)) then 3.1 mile cooldown.

03-26 - [Sunday] - PM: 6 miles.

70.7 miles on 11 runs.  

Good CMS contingent at the start....Tilton, Dunham, JJ, Mahoney...RD Scott Clark with his back to the camera.

I've all but given up on Boston and will just be 'running it' or bagging it.  It is kind of a pain in the a$$ now to be honest. I don't have any desire whatsoever to run 20 mile workouts in the cold and snow (or on the treadmill)...and I have even less of a desire to race a marathon on a Monday right before my birthday...

This week I ran the first CARS series race and it was my first time running the Gilmanton 5k.  It's got to be the slowest road 5k around for sure (Dave Dunham did a blog post a few years back about the All Time Sub 18 list at Gilmanton).  Needless to say, unless your name is Eric Morse and you're in 14:2X shape at the time, you won't be looking at breaking the record there and probably aren't going to break 16 if history is any indication...  The hill during the 3rd mile was all snow and a couple of mud tire tracks which made the climb a bit slower than usual.  Otherwise, the weather was pretty good. I just suck at downhill running right now.  I wouldn't even say my uphill was that great but it was better than my downhill.  During the first mile I got passed by the eventual race winner Warren Bartlett and my CMS teammate Chris Mahoney.  They opened up a pretty big gap with Warren comfortably out in the lead and Chris halfway between Warren and myself.  I was starting to realize I am not even able to break 5 minutes on a downhill mile right now.

When I hit the bottom of the hill and took the snowy turn onto Currier Hill Rd. I was in deep third and was only about 10 yards in front of 11 year old phenom Aiden Cox.  I started to get concerned that not only was I going to get smoked by Warren and Chris but now I had to try to deal with Aiden getting his first (of soon-to-be-many) scalp of me in a 5k.  I didn't give up though and just put my head down and looked for the best route to take up the climb.  Occasionally I looked up to see Chris battling with Warren.  They were now running together and they were weaving all over the road trying to find the best footing.

By the end of the climb, Warren had about a 10-15 yard lead on Chris and I had caught up to Chris.  I went past him and then had my sights set on 1st place.  He looked to be hurting a bit so I went from thinking 4th place or worse, to actually winning it....but those hopes were dashed as soon as I got within about 5 yards of him and the last downhill section started.  He took off and outdistanced me by about 10 seconds over the last .2 or so.  Unfortunately the race didn't continue to climb to the finish.  I may have been able to squeak it out if it had...but that last downhill section was the final nail and I had to settle for 2nd and hold off a charging Mahoney who was only 7 seconds back.

Overall though I'm satisfied with the 'race'. The time...not so much...but I didn't completely suck and give up too much like I was afraid I would. I hung tough and had some fight in me over the last part of the race which is a definite plus.  $100 cash for the 2nd place finish doesn't hurt either.

I also got to town-bag Gilmanton.  I had never run in that town before.  Thanks to race directory (and CMS legend) Scotty Clark and his family for putting the event on.  I may have to go back next year now that I know what that hill is all about.

Also, some catch up from last week... Forgot to post what went on during the running-phase (which is a whole lot of not much)....

Week of March 13 - March 19

03-13 - [Monday] - PM: 8 miles roads with Andy late in the day...

03-14 - [Tuesday] - off.  Storm hit pretty hard and Mill was closed.

03-15 - [Wednesday] - AM: 5 miles roads.  PM10 miles. 3 w/ up + 12 x 400 @ 5:00 pace with 1:00 in between each + cooldown.

03-16 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles roads. PM8 miles. Had to wait 20+ min for a cut the run a little short. Don was looking good hammering out the miles...

03-17 - [Friday] - AM: 5.1 miles roads.

03-18 - [Saturday] - PM: 10 miles on the mill and then about 3 minutes on the elliptical to see what all the fuss was about (it is by far the most popular machine in the room and people are cut-throat when it comes to getting their time in). It wasn't that bad actually. But I'm counting that 3 minutes...

03-19 - [Sunday] - AM: 14.3 miles with first 11 as a light progression...then easier 3+.

65.4 miles on 8 runs (6 days).  

Low motivation. One bagged day due to the storm and just pure laziness.  There was snow everywhere....then Tuesday happened and there was even more snow all over the snow we already had which blows.  Sh*tty weather in general. Not good at all for quality work and even if it was, I probably wouldn't have done it anyways.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Training Week: March 6 - March 12

Week of March 6 - March 12

03-06 - [Monday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-07 - [Tuesday] - PM: off.

03-08 - [Wednesday] - AM: 6 miles roads.  PM: 10 miles as 3m w/up and then 4 x 1200 at slightly faster than 5k pace with about 2:00 in between then the rest cooldown (just over 3 miles).

03-09 - [Thursday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-10 - [Friday] - AM: 6 miles roads (mountainous dirt rds of the East Madison highlands).  PM: 8.3 miles roads w/ Andy. Again, mountainous dirt rds of the East Madison highlands).

03-11 - [Saturday] - AM: 5.3 miles easy.

03-12 - [Sunday] - AM: 3.1 mile w/ up + 3.1 mile race (Leprechaun Leap 5k - 3rd OA - 16:52) + 3.2 mile c/down.  PM: 5.3 miles because I am p*ssed.

Hit up Downtown Darin Brown's 50th birthday bash extravaganza after the race on the way home in Tamworth.  Then sat around and sulked for a bit...then went to the Mill for a shakeout and to ponder retirement.

70.3 miles on 11 runs (6 days).  One day off (unplanned).

Raced the first NH GP of the year for the Milers and scored a solid 10 points (1st in 30-39 age group = 10 team points).  That put the Milers 6th out of 8 teams (who scored points) with just me running.  Not a bad start in that respect.  But the race itself was a dud for me.  Hilly, freezing cold wind chill, and a hard headwind for the first part of the race and it was just a slow day overall. Plus I felt like complete crap.  The course has quite a bit of up and down despite what the Mapmyrun website claims ... with 3-4 pretty good climbs and one (the last one) that was a real kick in the ass and climbs more in just that hill than the website says the whole course climbs.  Very steep climb out of the 2nd mile before a nice gradual downhill/flat for most of the last mile (and it also had a tailwind).  But by then the race was already decided.  The dude out front was gone from the gun and despite pulling close a couple times, he eventually got away from me.  The kid who got 2nd went flying by me so quick on the steep downhill (that we had to turn around and climb back up) so fast I couldn't even get a good look at who it was.  I was convinced he would catch the first place guy but he didn't. I battled back and forth with a kid (who I now see was only 15 years old).  He passed me during the steepest part of the first mile and then I passed him back on the flats and then he passed me back on the downhill and then I got him back on the steepest part of the last climb.  So in that respect, I hung on and kind of fought a little bit.  But the two guys up front were just too strong for me to give them a run at this point in my season. I had 3.15 on the Garmin so the course was good (yes I remembered my watch today) but it wasn't very conducive to running super fast times.  I would put the effort similar to my other two races so far (but I felt far worse today doing it), which really indicates I have quite a bit of work to do still.  I just hope by next month I'll be a lot quicker or this season will start to really suck.  I won't break 18 minutes at Gilmanton.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Training Week: February 27 - March 5

Casey, me, and Nate right after the race. Pic courtesy of John Mortimer

Week of February 27 - March 5

02-27 - [Monday] - PM: 7 miles easy roads with Darin.

02-28 - [Tuesday] - PM: 3 mile w/ up + strides in downtown Manchester w/ Huppe and then 5k race (Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday 5k - 1st OA 16:34 (results)) then 2ish mile cooldown.  Legs were definitely feeling heavy and strained from Sunday's long workout. My hamstring twinged bad during the warmup. I also forgot to bring my damn watch so I had no clue about any times, splits, distance, etc.  Race was fun but strange running a 5k at night.  The main streets were well lit but the 'side' streets were pretty dark.  The police car and Mortimer's lead vehicle were right in front of me so that was good.  I had no clue what pace I was doing and there were no clocks at the mile markers (I actually didn't even see the mile 1 or 2 markers because it was so dark). The course had quite a bit of gradual climb in the first mile + ...then a nice long downhill before an uphill kicker one street over from the last hill of the Cigna course.  In fact the last mile is basically the Cigna last mile I believe...I went out in 2nd place behind a guy who was blasting for about 2-3 minutes. I caught him and went by before the hill started.  Then Casey Carroll screwed by me like I was standing still and I thought I was toast.  He was running hard and kept me in the race for sure.  But I fought back a couple times in the course of about 2 minutes. I yo-yo'd with him a couple times and then eventually made a move which paid off.  Somewhere just before the neighborhood loop at the top of the course I pulled away and then the rest was me just fighting to stay ahead but it just felt way harder than it should.  I couldn't see anyone behind me because it was dark and difficult to make people out with the headlights of cars on the road glaring out everything else.  I was kind of shocked to see the time on the clock when I finally crested the last hill and made the turn. Part of me felt like I was running faster/harder than that and then part of me thought I was running way slower at times....having no watch and no idea of any splits, I guess I was going to be surprised at any time I saw on the clock at the end. But being at night and having a couple of kicker hills, I'll take it. I'll especially take the win in a race of about 900 people. In February.  Hopefully by April I'll be running A LOT faster or I'm in trouble.  I can't see how... but maybe it will just happen.

03-01 - [Wednesday] - PM: 5 miles.

03-02 - [Thursday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-03 - [Friday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-04 - [Saturday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-05- [Sunday] - 
PM: 10 miles.

60.1 miles on 9 runs.

Week was a bit of a down week (seems I go back and forth between 80 and 60 over and over again) but it was my 16th week in a row of at least 60 miles so that's at least something... but I'm still behind.  I felt kind of flat all week. Saturday's run was a little uptempo and Sunday's late run was rough. I literally went from a full turkey dinner and birthday cake at Harts Turkey Farm, to the mill to run 10 miles.  I had stuffing and squash coming back up my throat at was gross.  I probably gained weight this week.  Great weekend w/ the fam though. Celebrated the lovely and talented Kristin's birthday on Sunday. Hopefully it's the last real cold weekend we have for the season...

I closed out the month of February with a little bit of a low total but came out with 2 races and no real injuries to speak of.  280.2 miles with 1 day off.  I'm no mathematician but that's somewhere around 10 miles a day average. I'll take it.  It's funny how last year, February was my 2nd best month 'mileage-wise' behind only December. I racked up 44 miles more last February (leap year) than this year...but with 1 missed day this year and an extra day last year....and averaging my 10 per day, that would have only put me about 24 miles behind last I'll take it I guess. At this point I just have to keep plucking out the positives and hypotheticals that skew in my favor :).

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Training Week: February 20 - February 26

Week of February 20 - February 26

02-20 - [Monday] - PM: 12 miles.  Was planning on more but alas the treadmill fuse tripped again at the Mill just as I hit 12. Was 2 miles into a progression run for the last 10 of the planned 20 miles.  Ran the first 10 normal pace and then was about to jump into mile 3 of the progression when the fuse blew.  Spring can't come soon enough.  Good news is that I didn't have any calf/achilles issues.

Also found 4 coins in the only snowblown (is that a word?) section of the yard/driveway today with the new detector. There was about a 10 x 2 foot section of 'soft-enough' ground to putz around on with my new Makro Racer 2.  I plucked 4 cents out of the grass in an area I have been over at least 100 times with my other machine.  That is a great sign. I cannot wait for this snow to melt!!!

02-21 - [Tuesday] - PM: 8 miles.

02-22 - [Wednesday] - PM: 10 miles.  Ad hoc workout. 2 miles then 5 miles @5:42 pace (28:30) then a mile at normal pace then 1 mile in 5:10 and then one mile cooldown.  Felt like the 5 mile chunk wasn't really as beneficial as it should have been because it was a bit slower of a pace than I did last week so I threw another 5:10 mile in there after just to get the somewhat tired legs a workout. Not too bad for something random.  I originally wanted to run that block of 5:42s for 10 miles but bailed halfway.

02-23 - [Thursday] - AM: 6 miles easy roads (solo). PM: 6 miles easy roads with Darin.

02-24 - [Friday] - PM: 8 miles. Pressed for time so I could only sneak in 8. Started easy and rolled up to 'marathon pace' by the end. 51:00.

02-25 - [Saturday] - PM: 10 miles roads with Darin. Beautiful out.

02-26- [Sunday] - PM: 20 miles
 (treadmill) 4 w/ up + 12 miles @ 5:49 + 4 c/down.  2:06:46.  Not sure why I decided on 5:49s...but that's where I landed. Had 2 bad blisters by the end.  First 6 or so seemed uncomfortable but then I started feeling better.

80 miles on 8 runs.

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.