Sunday, April 27, 2008

Training - 04/21/08 - 04/27/08

Weekly Training for 04/21/08 - 04/27/08 - Total: 83 Miles

This week I had 1 pretty good workout and a decent race (tempo effort). I also got in the water for the first time this year (w/ the yak). Chico and I took the kayaks over to Canobie Lake for a couple hours but the water was still too cold. Not even a bite this time around...but that was to be expected. It was just nice to be out on the water again. Another couple of weeks and they'll be biting for sure.

Monday - 76:45 (11.25 miles) - medium - Salem, Methuen, Pelham (roads) - solo
Tuesday - 73:24 (11.25 miles) - medium - Salem, Methuen, Pelham (roads) - solo
Wednesday - 1:55:00 (16 miles) - 30 min w/up to Phillips Academy woods then 4x (3min on + 30 sec off + 30 sec hard + 3min easy + 2min on + 30 sec off + 30 sec hard + 2min easy + 1min on + 30 sec off + 30 sec hard) with 3min easy in between sets + 20min c/down - w/ Matt Pimentel, Jon Healey, and Garry Cuneo (83 degrees) - total 16.
Thursday - 58:00 (8 miles) - easy shakeout - Salem, Methuen, Pelham (roads) - solo (69 degrees)
Friday - 32min w/up over course and around NHTI campus + 3.1m race - NHTI / Delta Dental 5k (1st - 15:42 - Course Record) + 25min c/dwn w/ CMS guys. Total - 10
Saturday - 1:39:57 (15.25 miles) - medium - Salem, Methuen, Pelham (roads) - solo.
Sunday - 75:15 (11.25 miles) - medium - Salem, Methuen, Pelham (roads) - solo.

Approx. mileage for the week....~ 83

Signs that Spring is here and Summer is coming...


Monday, April 21, 2008

MVS Marathoners

This weekend was chock full of outstanding MVS performances in the marathon. Aside from the usual MVS invasion of the Boston Marathon, we also had 2 women compete in the US Olympic Marathon Trials. Seeing I didn't run this weekend, I went and took some shots of the trials competition. It was a great 2 days for running, capped off by an amazing 3 minute PR for Caroline Bjune and an absolutely fantastic race by MVS Open Men's Ace Dan Vassallo.

2008 Boston Marathon - Boston, MA

Dan Vassallo - MVS / adidas (bib 1053) - 24th Overall

Splits:

5k - 0:16:29
10k - 0:33:20
15k - 0:50:06
20k - 1:06:48
Half - 1:10:25
25k - 1:23:46
30k - 1:41:08
35k - 1:59:06
40k - 2:17:21
Finish - 2:25:10
Pace - 0:05:32



Dan ran the fastest MVS marathon time ever in his 2nd ever marathon (and first ever Boston). Dan had previously won the 2007 Maine Marathon in an amazing debut time of 2:26:54. He PR'd by more than 1 minute on Monday with a 2:25:10 (5:32 pace) which was good enough for being 7th American and 24th overall. This kid is totally legit now (as if he wasn't before)... Unfortunately I had to work so I couldn't get out there to support Dan and the rest of the MVS runners who all deserve kudos for racing today. I also couldn't get any pictures, so I used a picture of Dan from New Bedford...Sorry Dan, but great job today buddy! You are the ace for sure ;)...

2008 US Women's Olympic Marathon Trials - Boston, MA


Caroline Bjune - MVS / adidas (bib 108) - 35th Overall

Splits:

Mile 3 - 0:18:24
Mile 4 - 0:24:30
Mile 5 - 0:30:38
Mile 6 - 0:36:41
Mile 7 - 0:42:51
Mile 8 - 0:49:00
Mile 9 - 0:55:09
Mile 10 - 1:01:21
Mile 11 - 1:07:39
Mile 12 - 1:13:47
Mile 13 - 1:20:00
Half - 1:20:42
Mile 14 - 1:26:14
Mile 15 - 1:32:27
Mile 16 - 1:38:44
Mile 17 - 1:45:02
Mile 18 - 1:51:15
Mile 19 - 1:57:26
Mile 20 - 2:03:38
Mile 21 - 2:09:47
Mile 22 - 2:16:04
Mile 23 - 2:22:22
Mile 24 - 2:28:29
Mile 25 - 2:34:42
Mile 26 - 2:40:46
Finish - 2:42:02
Pace - 0:06:11

On Sunday, Caroline Bjune ran an amazing race in which she PR'd by more than 3 minutes (bettering her 2:45:31 from 2006) by running a 2:42:02 for 35th place overall. This was an amazing and inspiring run by Caroline. I got some pretty cool pics over this very spectator-friendly loop course. I plucked out the ones of Caroline and put them up here.

Molly Taber - MVS / adidas (bib 82)

Splits:

Mile 3 - 0:18:11
Mile 4 - 0:24:02
Mile 5 - 0:29:58
Mile 6 - 0:35:54
Mile 7 - 0:41:57
Mile 8 - 0:48:00
Mile 9 - 0:53:59
Mile 10 - 0:59:58
Mile 11 - 1:06:01
Mile 12 - 1:12:07

Molly also ran the US Olympic Trials this weekend, but her day ended just shy of the halfway point. Molly (a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier) was running an amazing race and was right up front early with the leaders. She was on pace to run very very fast but was forced to drop suddenly with a bad calf cramp. Molly's goal now, is to run up in Ottawa next month to take advantage of the current fitness she has built up, and to rebound from this weekend's unfortunate outcome. Regardless of how her second trials experience turned out, we are all very proud of Molly and her determination, dedication, and accomplishments. I also plucked out the pictures of Molly from my batch of Trials photos. See them here.

The rest of my photos (including some of both Molly and Caroline mixed in the pack just at the beginning) are up in two sets. Set 1 and Set 2. Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Training - 04/07/08 - 04/13/08

Weekly Training for 04/07/08 - 04/13/08 - Total: 78 Miles

This week... Miles run = 78. Sports played: 3 (running, baseball, roller hockey) Miles flown -~3000 + . Weddings Attended: 1 (Congratulations Kevin and Julie!).

This week was loaded with nice trail runs as the weather slowly starts to cooperate. I ended the week with what was supposed to be a long run on Sunday, but because of my 7am flight out to San Jose for the Adobe Wintech Summit (some quick photos I took here), I didn't get in until about 12 in the afternoon (PST) and was pretty tired to say the least. Despite the 90 degree temperatures and zero wind, I went for a run over at Santa Teresa County Park, which was only about 2 miles from my hotel. This was probably the best trail running I've ever done. It was extremely hot and hilly, but absolutely fantastic trails and amazing views of Silicon Valley. The mountain lion and wild pig warning signs weren't quite enough deterrent to keep me out, but it was in the back of my mind just about the whole time.

Monday - 5:30pm - 8 miles (58 min) - medium - N. Andover (trails) - with Matt Pimentel and Molly Taber.
Tuesday - 5:30pm - 10 miles (70 min) - medium/easy - Salem, Methuen, Haverhill (roads) - solo. Had to stop a few times to stretch left calf.
Wednesday - 12:00pm - 6 miles - (44:30) - medium/easy - Salem, Methuen (roads) - solo shakout. 6:00pm - 11 miles - (77:00) - medium - Andover (Harold Parker trails) - with Jon Healey and Matt Pimentel. - Total 17 miles for the day +45 minutes of throwing the baseball around with Matt (cross training).
Thursday - 5:30pm - Trackworkout - 25 min w/up (trails) + 6x400m @78-80 w/ 100m jog rest + 10 min easy (track) + 6x400m @72-75 w/ 200m jog rest + 10 min easy (track) + 8x200m @31-34 w/ 200m jog rest + 18 min c/dwn (roads) - Lawrence Tech H.S. - w/ Jon Healey. - Total - 14.5.
Friday - 3:30pm - 8.0 miles - easy (60 min) - Salem, Methuen, Haverhill (roads) - solo.
Saturday - 11:30am - 8.5 miles - medium/hard (60 min) - Wakefield/Saugus - Breakheart Reservation (trails) + 60 minute skate in EMRHL @ Hockeytown.
Sunday - 1:30pm (PST) - 12 miles (85 min) - San Jose, CA (Santa Teresa County Park) roads and trails (hilly). Solo. 85 - 90 degree heat.

Approx. mileage for the week....~ 78

Check out a really cool Eagle Tribune article about MVS's own Molly Taber and Caroline Bjune who will be running the US Olympic Marathon Trials this coming weekend in Boston.

Also, pictures from Kevin Andriolo's wedding are now up on my flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fountainxix/sets/72157604557200263/


The wedding was at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, NH. It was an absolutely beautiful place to have a ceremony and reception. Judge Michael Jones was the JP which made for a really cool ceremony. My longtime friend and former UML teammate Joe Dunn was the best man and gave one of the best 'best-man' speaches I've heard. Pictures (as usual) by Ms. Kristin (more on the flickr site).