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...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 1 - Tuesday

9 miles in 60:00 at the mill.  That is all.

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31 - Monday - Happy Halloween!

The pumpkin carving Kristin did today...
The same old 8 miles on the mill right after work and then it was down to Burke Field (a half mile down the street) to Trunk or Treat.  The girls had a good time dressed up in their princess costumes and they got their fair share of candy... there were less cars there this year but there was a cool bus from Halloween Town that was there and it was completely converted to a haunted house which was pretty cool. Morgan was freaked out and Tabby was just mesmerized.

Family photo...rare that everyone is looking at the camera!

A Madison firefighter hookin' it up...

Kristin with the girls...

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 30 - Sunday - Weekly Recap

I got in 45.6 miles for the week with another day off again but 2 decent back to back efforts on the mill with a slightly uptempo hill run and a light progression run.  Not too bad.  I would have had over 50 if I ran on Saturday.  But this is a decent step forward as I don't want to jump too high too soon after the time off.

October 24 (Monday) - 6.2 miles
October 25 (Tuesday) - 8 miles
October 26 (Wednesday) - 8 miles
October 27 (Thursday) - 8 miles
October 28 (Friday) - 9.4 miles
October 29 (Saturday) - off
October 30 (Sunday) - 6 miles

Total: 45.6 miles

I had to put up w/ poison ivy all week and keep on top of that as it seemed to spread throughout the week. Hopefully it's under control now.

Due to crap weather and the earlier sunsets, I didn't get out detecting all week... plus I was dreading having to clean up all my stuff as I knew there'd be some poison ivy oils all over everything for sure....I did get out on Sunday for about 5 hours (after hopefully thoroughly cleaning my machine, shovel, and other equipment.... I landed ANOTHER 1857 Flying Eagle cent.  My third this year.  This coin is relatively rare as far as the date range goes.  They did circulate them for 2 years (1857 and 1858).  They only made 750 of them total in 1856.  But in the other two years they minted 17 and 24 million of them (a normal distribution)... but for only having been distributed for 2 years out there, I have found 3 of them from 1857 just in Madison alone.  2 of them in the same location (the only 2 coins I've ever found there actually) and one in my back yard.  Crazy.  I'm basically only 1 year off from finding a braided hair large cent.  They actually did make those in 1857 as well... the last year. I have yet to find a 'largie'.  Time is running out on the year and I'll probably only be able to hunt on the weekends now until the snow flies...hoping to land some more goodies before having to put everything away for the year....

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 29 - Saturday

Spent the entire soggy day down in MA at a birthday party.  I brought my stuff to do a few easy miles and coordinated with Scotty McGrath to get out for some miles but ran out of daylight. The birthday cake didn't make it's appearance until it was dark outside so I didn't meet up with him and took an off day instead.  Good day with the family and the girls had a great time playing with their cousins...

The girls with their cousins... 
It was Matty's birthday but that didn't stop them from wanting to blow out his candles...

She's 2...blowing out a 9 year old's candle

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28 - Friday

Back to the Mill again for a run on 'the mill'.  9.41 miles in 60:00. Easy progression run. I like this time of year there as it's nice and quiet.  Unlike yesterday, I remembered my iPod tonight so at least I had some tunes to listen to.

It's been a good week so far, all things considered...but there's still plenty of time for it to all fall apart.

Poison ivy update... it SUCKS.  It's a weeping gross mess that has just blown up now on both arms and elsewhere in random spots.  It has expanded 100 fold on my arm since I first had it start bothering me at the beginning of the week.  What a nightmare.  I got horrendous sleep last night with not only this bothering me but also I may have overdone it with my allergy medication as I was a jittery, fevery mess for a few hours in the middle of the night.  Couple all this in with my ribs not allowing me to roll over in bed or sleep on my right side, and needless to say it's not good.  I'm falling apart.

still rockin' the SIX03 sweatpants...all week strong.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 27 - Thursday

Back to the Mill after work for another 8 miles. 55:49.  Did a hill circuit this time though.  First 4 miles was alternating a hill program between 3.5 and 7.8 %.  Occasionally there would be a min. of 1.5 % in there for reprieve.  Last 4 were on the lowest program that was between 0 and 1.5 %.  Just something to mix it up a bit rather than the same 8 mile run.  Legs feel OK. Ribs were an issue again but manageable.