Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4 (Wednesday)

March 4 (Wednesday) - 5.4 miles on the roads of E.Madison and Madison Corner.  Nice and easy on a beautiful afternoon.  Then 6.6 miles after work on the mill to round out the quota for the day.  Recovery day from workout last night.

Picked up a copy of New Hampshire magazine tonight...you'll find my Q&A on training for a marathon on pages 24/25.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 3 (Tuesday)

March 3 (Tuesday) - 6 miles at lunch on the roads in Madison.  Beautiful day out there.  Took it easy and just rolled down to the small town beach on the west side of the lake and then headed back.

After work, I headed over to the Mill for a workout.  2 mile warmup (16:00) and then 4 x 2 miles with .25 in between each.  Hit 10:36 / 10:38 / 10:37 / 10:34.   Decent workout.  Probably could have done a couple more without much issue.  The only thing that was remotely an issue was the pounding on the treadmill getting to my legs a little bit.  Hit the .25 in between each set in about 2:10-2:15.  10 minute cooldown (1.25 miles).  1:14:55 for 12 miles.  18 miles on the day.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2 (Monday)

March 2 (Monday) - 6 miles on the roads at lunch relatively quick (6:18 pace) up and down East Madison Rd.  Felt good getting out with the bird chirping and some of the snow melting.  Stretching and massage after.  Legs a little tight still from last week so I bailed on additional junk mileage afterwards.

Good race report here by my CMS teammate Patrick Rich on his experience at Caumsett this past weekend.  This guy had an absolutely monster training cycle this winter training for this race but alas it wasn't in the cards yesterday for him... He'll be up to some pretty amazing things this year I have absolutely no doubt.

photo of the start courtesy of @PatrickSRich

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 1 (Sunday) and Weekly Summary

March 1 (Sunday) - 10 miles on the mill at the mill nice and easy late in the day.

Weekly Summary:

Another good week of running but a little near the danger zone mileage-wise. I need to be smart so I can continue pushing forward this year without issues cropping up.  I got a pretty nice workout in on Tuesday that felt pretty controlled and then had a good race this weekend at the night race in Madbury (also felt very controlled).  My 6th win in a row in 7 races this year so far (5 snowshoe and 1 road).  This was also a pretty solid wrap-up of the short month of February.  I got 334.8 miles in in February (just about 12 per-day average).  That is my highest February mileage-wise, ever (by about 22 miles....previous best was back in 2009).

Miles: 90
Runs: 11
Races: 1
Longest Run: 14 miles

Monday: AM: 6 miles on the treadmill. 45:00.  PM: 8 miles on the treadmill. 60:00
Tuesday: PM: 14 miles on the treadmill as a workout: 2 mile w/up + 10 mile tempo (57:10) + 2 mile cooldown. Total time: 1:27:10
Wednesday: AM: 6 miles on the treadmill. 41:51.  PM: 8 miles on the treadmill. 60:00
Thursday: PM: 10 miles on the treadmill. 69:40.
Friday: AM: 6 miles on the treadmill. 41:45.  PM: 6 miles on the treadmill. 41:48
Saturday: AM: 5 miles on the treadmill.  40:00.  PM: 11 miles total with 3.7 mile warmup on roads and snowshoes then 4.3 mile snowshoe race + 3 mile cooldown on the roads.
Sunday: PM: 10 miles on the treadmill.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 28 (Saturday) - Kingman Farm Moonlight Snowshoe Race



February 28 (Saturday) - On Saturday morning I headed over to the Mill in the am for a very easy run on the mill to loosen up.  5 miles.  Then it was down to Bedford for some personal business.  Early in the afternoon I shot up and over to Madbury, NH for the Kingman Farm Moonlight Snowshoe race (results).  I got there super early so I had to wait around a bit more than I would have liked but by 4:30ish, people started to fill into the parking lot.

I was pleased to see a good field being assembled for this one including my CMS teammates Chris Mahoney (who used to blog, then he stopped, then he started again, but then he stopped) and Eric Narcisi, and also Bob Jackman and Andrew Drummond among others.  It was shaping up to be a quick one as the majority of the course looked to be very solid and fast.  Race Director Chris Dunn promised some 'interesting' spots of the race including the open fields (which were messy as usual) and a new section that certainly lived up to they hype.

I warmed up w/ Chris M. and Eric on the roads for 3 miles and then Chris and I did another 0.7 miles of a mile or so on snowshoes over the first and last parts of the course.  Then we all lined up as darkness fell (start pushed back 15 minutes because this is a late date for this night race to take place), for the start of the 4.3 mile moonlight trek around the woods of Kingman Farm.

On the go command, I was off and running relatively quickly but still cognizant of the fact that there were some tough sections out there and the race was on the longer side of normal (4.3 miles this year).  I clipped through the first mile of twisting and turning single track right around 5:50 pace on my watch.  Seemed like a fast pace for the effort, which was a good sign for me for sure.  After that, my watch seemed to be going in and out at times. I'm not sure if the battery was going or what.  But I pushed along and by the mile I did have a pretty good lead. I could still see headlamps behind me (no doubt Chris and Eric) but it was a pretty substantial lead.  There was one rather confusing section (confusing to me because I didn't pay too much attention to the pre-race instructions and also I didn't study the map at all so I didn't know that the race course had any 'two way traffic' sections.  I came to a left-hand turn that looked like I could go both ways.  I looked at the other side of the trail and the arrow was going right...but the direction of the flags and the arrow right in front of me was going left.  I staggered for a quick moment and stopped for a second to try to figure out what to do.  I quickly made the decision to go left.  That was the right way....but on the way back, that intersection proved to be the killer for quite a bit of the top runners.

The field section seem to come pretty quick.  The open fields you run across is basically a meandering single track of snowshoe rail that has been laid down in no real particular route. It's just kind of weaving around.  It makes it very interesting each year.  Another cool thing this year were the addition of periodic ice sculptures in the shape of cylinders with candle lights inside.  Every once in a while throughout the whole course was one of these lighting the way.  By the time I came off the fields, I had a pretty big lead on whoever was in second. I could see lights across the field but you obviously cannot tell who it is.  I just went through the motions on the field, thinking that no way anyone was going to make up any time on me on that sloppy, unpredictable snow.

Once I got back in the woods, I started down this familiar wider path until there was a new very sharp turn off and up to the left (I almost blew straight past it).  This was the new section that Chris mentioned and it definitely was a ball buster.  The snow was deep, complete sugar, and postholed to death.  Every step was a foot's worth of sinking and tripping all over the place.  It didn't stop at the top either.  It climbed a decent amount and then cut across an open area and back down to the normal trail.  The entire thing was a nightmare and made me realize why I started to kind of fall out of love with snowshoe running this year.  I never saw anyone the rest of the time.  The last time I had seen lights behind me was on the field.  So after finally getting off that section of basically breaking trail (or even worse considering the whole thing was post-holed), I opened it back up again down to another section that confused the crap out of me.  I ended up coming to a two-way-traffic section of the course I just never remembered or expected.  I got really nervous and thought I was going the wrong way. I would see an arrow going in the opposite direction but then would see another going in the right direction.  I just kept thinking I did something wrong or missed a turn because at night, even with the headlamp, it gets very disorienting and it's a lot tougher to try to envision where you are.

Then I hit the intersection of death.  It was the first confusing (to me) intersection that I noticed on the way out.  Just the way it was laid out (maybe in the daytime it was obvious but at night it was very tough to determine) was a bit confusing when you are running at top speed and trying to make a split section decision.  I started to slow down thinking I was going in the wrong direction and didn't want to go too far in the wrong direction before having to turn around.  I actually stopped for a moment again and tried to figure it out.  I took a couple steps forward and noticed an arrow and additional flagging going straight.  I also remembered that if I took a right there, it would go back to the start, which would have been wrong.  It definitely helped having run this race before, even if some of the course changes.  I headed up straight until I came to the far end of the field that in previous years, we came off of in the opposite direction.  I saw the familiar right-hand turn onto the start of the climb.  I knew I was good there and started to climb. I had no visibility on my time as my watch looked like it had shut off...but there was absolutely no one behind me.  Little did I know that at that time, 2nd place through maybe 5th or 6th all went the wrong way.  So there was no one behind me for many minutes at that point.  I hit the climb and really just took it easy over the last mile.  I knew I would make it back in 1st and didn't really kill myself on the climb which seemed to go by very quickly. I got to the top in no time and then dropped down a bit, then back up, over, and back down.  My watch looked to be working by the time I got near some spectators on the way to the finish area.  I saw close to 4.3 on the watch right when I finished, which was right on what Chris said the race was.  Then my watch shut off again so I wasn't sure this would even upload until I got home. I started asking around and the range of distances people had were pretty interesting.

The most shocking thing at the time though was when I came across the line to finish and saw Chris and Eric already standing there.  I think one of them may have said something like 'congrats on third'...  I immediately thought 'oh my God I went the wrong way'... but then they explained that they had taken a wrong turn at that last junction on the two-way section and had come back to the start/finish area from the wrong direction.  Chris Dunn had immediately told them they had gone the wrong way.  Chris Mahoney had about 3.8 or so on his watch.  They had completely missed the last climb and switchback section.  I then saw Bob Jackman come walking in carrying his snowshoes.  This is the second time in a snowshoe race I've seen Bob with his snowshoes in his hand at the end, where he'd miss a turn.  He's got some bad luck for sure in some of these races.  He had also gone the wrong way at that same intersection and so did Andrew Drummond who was in the top 5 or so when he also went the wrong way.  He and Bob went back and did the last bit (more or less) and Andrew got into the results having run 5.3 miles or so.   I think there were a couple others who unfortunately got lost on the way back too and ended up either running long or dropping out.  Before things got too out of hand, Chris Dunn ran down to that junction and made sure people went the right way.  So the damage was minimized after the first couple groups of people.

The results I believe have the per mile pace set for a 5k distance.  This was 4.3 miles so I was able to clip off about 7:09 pace overall, which is actually pretty incredible considering that in the new section where (according to Strava) I dropped down to 15:07 pace for a bit... and then the field, where I never could really get going all that quick.  The climb at the end (switchbacks) isn't bad at all, but that still cuts the pace way down... Overall, I was happy with the effort and of course the good fortune of staying on course for the win.

I cooled down with Jackman, Mahoney, and Narcisi for another 3 miles around the roads of Madbury before promptly bonking just in time to go inside to grab something to eat.  16 miles on the day.

Aside from the mishap at the end for a few of the top dogs, it was yet another fine event put on by acidoticRacing (as if we ever expected anything else).  There were some great raffle prizes to be had afterwards and there was a chili cook-off competition on the side with many great chili recipes to try.  I few of the ones I wanted to try had unfortunately run dry before I had a chance to taste test because Andrew Drummond got to all of them first.

Strava Data:









Friday, February 27, 2015

February 27 (Friday)

February 27 (Friday) - 6 miles on the mill at lunch and then another 6 miles on the mill after work.   A little over a week until Daylight Saving Time and 20 days until Spring...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 26 (Thursday)

February 26 (Thursday) - 10 miles after work on the mill.  Was thinking of going 8-12 so 10 seemed like a good fit.  No afternoon run as I was busy at lunch running 600 feet of ethernet cable down into the basement and up into the living room to the TV so Tabby Rose could watch My Little Pony's Twinkle Wish Adventure on Netflix over and over and over and over and over and over and over again without any network latency or dropped packets do to spotty my wireless signal.

Also...this month's (March) edition of New Hampshire Magazine features a small interview about how to train for a marathon by yours truly.  It's a slightly abbreviated writeup but it captures most of the important points I was trying to make.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February 25 (Wednesday)

February 25 (Wednesday) - 8 miles easy at lunch.  Then another 6 miles after work.  All on the mill.  14 miles on the day.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 24 (Tuesday)

February 24 (Tuesday) - No lunch run as I had a meeting.  After work, 14 miles on the treadmill as a tempo workout.  2 mile warmup (15:00).  Then 10 miles in 57:10.  2 mile cooldown (15:00).  1:27:10 for the 14.  5:45s for about 8 miles or so and then slowly juiced the tempo up a bit.  Finished the last couple min. at 5 min pace.


Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23 (Monday)

February 23 (Monday) - 8 miles at lunch on the mill nice and easy.  After work another easy 6 miles.  Total on the day: 14 miles.

Some video of the last mile at the Exeter Snowshoe Hullabaloo this past weekend courtesy of Gianina Lindsey.  This was right near the intersection and in the background you can still see people starting the second loop as we are finishing.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 22 (Sunday) - Weekly Summary

February 22 (Sunday) - It was a beautiful day outside and I was really tempted to enjoy the near summer-time temps (30s F) with a spin on the roads (by spin I mean run, not biking of course).  But alas I decided to take advantage of the weather by doing a lot of much needed outside work around the  house. I hadn't even shoveled during the last storm we had and now we had another 6-8 inches on top of what was already there.  I had been lazy and just 4-wheeling it in and out of my driveway.  So I spent some time shoveling, de-icing steps and walkways, snowblowing, digging out the mailbox, roof-raking the shed and back porch, and knocking down all the massive icicles hanging off the roof.  There was one that was all the way down touching the ground.  I also had some icedams backing up some water under the overhang of the roof I needed to take care of.  Then it was cleaning out my car and going to the dump, etc.  The usual Sunday stuff.  By the time I thought about running it was 4pm.  I waited a bit more and then went to the mill to bang out just over 12 miles (12.2 miles) to get to an even 81 miles for the week.

Weekly Summary:

Legs and everything feeling really good.  One step closer to wrapping up the snowshoe season (I think I have 2 races to go) and one week closer to getting in some real running.  The weather at the end of the week was a tease but it was mentally a boost I needed.  I'm still hovering around 11.4 miles per day as an average for the year 2015.  Even with a day off at the start of the year when I was sick as balls.  The goal was to try to hit 11 per day average for approx. 4000 miles for the year.  February is quickly coming to a close and I'm still on track... Only 10 more months to go.

Miles: 81
Runs: 12
Races: 1
Longest Run: 12.2
Total Time: 9:54:00

Monday: AM: 6 miles on the treadmill.  41:51.  PM: 6 miles on the treadmill.  45:00.
Tuesday: PM: 8 miles on the treadmill. 55:48. (no morning run...tweaked my back).
Wednesday: AM: 5 miles on the treadmill. 37:30.  PM: 9 miles on the treadmill (workout) as 2 mile warmup (8 min pace) + 5 miles at 27:23 (just south of 5:30 pace) + 2 miles cooldown (8 min pace). 59:23 total.
Thursday: AM: 6 miles on the treadmill. 41:49.  PM: 10 miles on the treadmill.  75:00.
Friday10 miles on the treadmill.  75:00.
Saturday: 2.1 miles warmup before race (on snowshoes) + 3.7 mile race (snowshoe)(strava) + 3 mile cooldown on the roads with Wood and Wood.
Sunday: 12.2 miles on the treadmill (1:24:59).

Saturday, February 21, 2015

February 21 (Saturday) - Exeter Snowshoe Hullabaloo

February 21 (Saturday) - I made my way down to Exeter for the Exeter Snowshoe Hullabaloo (results).  This was the latest race in the Granite State Snowshoe Series for 2015.  I did the Exeter race back in 2011 and won it against a pretty good field on a very challenging day.  The race was cancelled in 2012 and 2013 because of no snow.  Last year I didn't go to this race.  So this was only my second time doing the race and I remember all too well, how challenging the conditions were back in 2011.  The race is entirely single track.  It's run in Henderson-Swazey (aka Ft. Rock) Woods in Exeter, NH and consists basically of two big loops.  The course back in 2011 had a lot of snow but it was treacherous.  It was single track (including the start) with a nice 'looking' packed out rail, but it was deceiving.  If you stepped anywhere near the edge of the rail, you punched through a foot or more of rotten snow and went down on your face.  I remember being so nervous with every step last time.  This year, the race course layout was identical and the rail looked about the same but the difference was that it was definitely harder packed for the most part.  There were more 'passing lanes' put in periodically, and there was a nice double-wide start that was about 100 yards or more long...so you could actually line up a few across.  But the rest of the course was tight single track, up and down, twisting and turning.  Don't get me wrong, if you stepped anywhere outside of the packed route at all, you were on your face, but at least the area of the single track that was packed down, was for the most part, solid.  There were very little surprises this time around.

I warmed up a little over 2 miles on a small loop on the course (most of it with Jonathan Miller) and then did some more running around to stay loose, use the bathroom, etc.  So I got a little over 2 miles in (all on snowshoes) before the race.  It was a very cold morning, but after the warmup, I was pretty much overheating, so I opted to go light on the clothes and cover.

I took my spot right on the front of the line and the race was off.  I shot out to the front but kept it relatively under control.  Sam Wood and Andy Drummond were right behind, as was Damon Gannon (who is going to Nationals next weekend).  Those were for the most part, the three guys I was worried about.  Andy sandbags worse then I do, so I never know how in shape he really is.  The guy makes me look lazy as hell as he skis, bikes, runs, hikes, surfs, etc. every day.  I'm pretty sure he also works somewhere in the middle there as well, but he is always a threat.  He said he wasn't really in shape but I figured that was a tall tale as that's what I usually say too ;).  Damon has been a podium guy all season and Sam is always there lurking.  I always think of the 2008 Children's Museum race in Portsmouth when I see Sam and remember him spanking me there pretty good.  I never take anything for granted in a snowshoe race and knew it could be anyone's race.

About 0.3 in, I took my first digger.  Straight down on my face.  Punched both fists and arms directly down into the snow and planted my face right into the cold powder.  I got up, dusted myself off quick, and looked behind me as I started running again, all within 2 seconds (which feels like 20 when it's happening). I could see everyone lined up and coming around the corner, but no one had caught me and no one saw the fall.  I pushed on and opened it up even more over the rest of the first mile.  I continuously kept catching the side of the rail with my snowshoes and almost wiping out, especially on the turns.  The pace of the race was crazy due to the constant changing of ups and downs and lefts and rights.  There was hardly ever a moment of flat, straightaway running.  I clipped through the first mile in 7:35 or so.  I was clear at that point and decided to lay off just a little bit as I suddenly realized that the race was 4 miles, not a 5k, and also I remember how tough of a grind it was over the later miles.

The second mile was about 10 second slower (7:45) ...so much for laying off the pace...but had a pretty good bunch of climbing (small hills but slow and loose snow).  I wiped out again on the way up the steepest climb of the course.  I just lazily stepped on my own snowshoes and fell on my face again.  I was almost walking anyways.

By the third mile split (8:00) I was borderline bonking.  I felt pretty beat.  I was climbing up to where the loops intersect and I went by a course volunteer who told me I was 'almost there'.  I saw I was only just past mile 3, so I knew that was a little bit of a misleading statement, but I appreciated his encouragement.   I dogged the last 7.5 or so and was feeling like complete death.  The course just sucked the life out of my legs and lungs.  I was trying to envision how Nacho would have run on this course and how much further ahead of me he would have been.  It was also hard to fathom that anyone would have been much further ahead of how I was running, but I knew it was probable that I would have been getting killed at that point by the likes of a Newbould or Tilton or someone else who thrives in single track, uphill, messes.

I ended up coming through the finish in 29:03 and was basically on my last legs.  I went out a bit too hard probably (and pulled everyone else out too hard).  Everyone had about the same story....first mile you felt pretty good....second mile was ok....third mile started to get interesting....fourth mile was a nightmare.  The funny thing was that each mile looked about the same...there was nothing really special about the last mile or mile and a half that stood out from the rest...it was just a tough day out there the way the race played out. I was thankful I was able to stay ahead of everyone, even with the brutal last stretch.  I also fell one more time during that last mile on a downhill section but I almost welcomed the second or two rest I had, picking myself up out of the snow.  Andy and Damon rounded out the podium.  The race was a pretty good success as everyone seemed to love the course and thought it was very challenging.  111 strong finished the race, which is the largest field of any GSSS race this year so far, just nipping the field at Whitaker.

I did a 3 mile cooldown with Sam and Abbey on the streets right near the industrial park and then promptly bonked on my walk from their car to the food tent.  As blurry vision ensued, I stuffed my face with cookies, munchkins (the donut holes, not the little people from the Wizard of Oz), chili, and the tastiest hot chocolate I've ever had dispensed from a water cooler.  I slammed 3 cups back and tried to regain my strength before hitting the ride home.

9 miles on the day and another snowshoe race down....One step closer to Spring.

Next weekend is the Madbury night race down at Kingman Farm.  I'm thinking the conditions are going to be insane and the open fields are going to be fun.  I just started charging my headlamp so it will be nice and bright by the time the race goes off.

Strava Data:


Friday, February 20, 2015

February 20 (Friday)

February 20 (Friday) - Nice and easy 10 'miler' on the treadmill tonight after work. No more....no less.

Just a reminder to anyone who hasn't already signed up early (via an invite)... the Mount Washington Road Race Lottery registration is now open (it opened a couple days ago)... Lottery registration closes at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015.  Make sure you don't wait until it's too late (ahem, Josh Ferenc) to get your name in.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

February 19 (Thursday)

February 19 (Thursday) - Another snowstorm rolled through town yesterday and then it snowed like crazy this afternoon.  It's starting to look like Worcester out there (minus all the stink).  10 miles at lunch on the treadmill at the Mill nice and easy.  Then later on, another 6 miles on the mill.  16 miles on the day.

Throwback Thursday: Here's a result for you... The St. Charles Children's Home 5k in Portsmouth, NH from 2009.

http://www.coolrunning.com/results/09/nh/Sep7_13thAn_set1.shtml

Notice who was 3rd and who was 9th.  9th place was just an 'average guy with exceptional hair'...  Eric (spelled wrong in the results) Jenkins from Portsmouth... Who now runs for the University of Oregon and is a bonafide stud.  He ran a 7:44.91 this past weekend in the 3k, which was just off the American Collegiate Record (owned by Galen Rupp) and puts him currently 2nd in the World this year in that distance and puts him 5th all time in NCAA history.  Pretty incredible.  But back on September 7, 2009, when he was a young 17 year old, I kicked his ass.

Video of the 2009 race (Jenkins is the first person you can see come into frame when the race goes by...wearing his maroon Portsmouth HS singlet.)  There's also some sweet footage of me blowing his doors off at the finish.  But seriously, the kid is a serious talent.  I'm just glad he's way out in Oregon and probably won't waste time running any races I'll be at anymore :)


Video below of Eric and Will Geoghegan being interviewed after the quick 3k this past weekend.  I like Eric's response to the first dumb question of 'Who are you'...




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 18 (Wednesday)

February 18 (Wednesday) - 5 miles easy at lunch on the mill and then a moderate workout after work.  2 mile warmup and then 5 miles in 27:23. Then 2 mile cooldown. Total 9 miles.  14 miles on the day.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 17 (Tuesday)

February 17 (Tuesday) - Was originally going to sneak down to Manchester to run the Fat Tuesday 5k but that plan went out the window the moment I tweaked my back yesterday while shoveling snow. It was super sore and stiff last night on the easy mill run and today when I woke up it was worse.  I tried to massage and roll but it really wasn't getting any better.  Decided to opt out of the race and probably for the best considering it's freezing cold, on possibly slick roads, and at night (not a fan of night races unless it's on snowshoes).  I hit the mill reluctantly for 8 miles after work and didn't do a lunch run as I was on a call (which probably was also for the best).   It wasn't too bad tonight but I want to make sure I don't get any worse.  Called it at 8.

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16 (Monday)

February 16 (Monday) - 6 miles easy at lunch at the mill.  6 miles even easier at night at the mill.   Tweaked my back shoveling snow this afternoon and the second run was pretty uncomfortable.  Easy 12 miles on the day.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 15 (Sunday) - Weekly Wrap Up

February 15 (Sunday) - 6 miles easy on the mill at the end of the day to wrap up the week and have a quasi-day off.  I packed up the miles early in the week and was able to coast to the end.  

I ended the week with 90.7 miles (with a short day at the end as a rest day).  Only got outside once this week but I got the miles in and got a couple of quicker sessions in with no real workout to speak of (the race on Saturday was cancelled due to the weather). I did get in a couple decent longer spins on the treadmill.  I had 3 doubles and a long run of 15 miles and two other 'longish' single sessions on the mill of 13 and 12.  I got in a little backcountry xc skiing as well on Saturday before my run on the mill.  A decent week for sure but wish I had the race under my belt.  It was postponed until 2/28, which still works, so it shouldn't be too big of a deal.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February 14 (Saturday)

February 14 (Saturday) - Around noon I headed over to the Oliverian Brook Trail to do the East ski loop on my backcountry xc skis.  Did about 2.3 miles ( a little longer than that but I forgot to start my Garmin until a little ways in).  Slow going and snowing pretty heavy the whole time.  There was a nice rail packed out but the snow was super deep and soft.   The Kanc was a mess.

Then after dinner I headed over to the mill in lieu of the Kingman Farm Snowshoe race which was postponed until Feb 28.  I did 12 miles at a decent clip (1:16:18).

Start of the Oliverian Brook Trail (East Loop)






Friday, February 13, 2015

February 13 (Friday)

February 13 (Friday) - The first of 3 'Friday the 13th's' this year (March 13th and November 13th being the other two).  Hit up the mill at lunch for a pedestrian 6 miles very easy.  It was a beautiful brisk day out but I opted for the warmth and solitude of the Mill.  A lady bug flew right into my mouth near the end of the run, during a deep inhale, and slammed right into my uvula.   8.7 miles later on with Kevin Tilton and his fresh new haircut around the streets of Center Conway.  The infamous 'Stark Road Loop' as it's called by the locals and carnies.  Nice and easy.  Cold as a witches t*tty in a brass bra though and the wind didn't make it any better.  It was strange running outside...Even stranger to run after work and have most of it be in actual daylight.  I am loving the longer days...  14.7 miles for the day.