Wrap Up: 52.2 miles for the week on 6 days (with one day being only 4). OK week for having ZERO miles last week while letting my calf heal. Slowly built up starting with an easy 4 on Monday and working up, taking Thursday off to be safe, then running a couple good runs (10 and 16.3, which was the highlight of the week). I didn't want to jump into anything crazy with miles, especially now that Cape is right around the corner. I'm in no way ready for a high 2:20s or low 2:30s effort, but I think maybe a tad over 6 minute pace may be doable IF my calf and hamstrings hold up. High 2:30s could be achievable on this level of fitness I think, but then again, my luck in marathons and long races lately is anything but predictable. Baystate video coming hopefully this week....been very busy around here lately with some things happening that have been kind of taking my focus away from running...but I'm looking to re-kindle the love affair with miles hopefully after the Cape is dead and buried. I did get a little inspired this weekend though, seeing a lot of my mates and locals in big races...Nate, Fyffe, Ferenc, Dan the Man, Patrick, Sully, Joe Mo, MQ, etc. I wish I was racing again. I haven't finished a race in October (and only attempted 1). My last FINISH was Pisgah. Not good.
10-16-11 - Sunday: 6 miles (roads) solo whilst running to and fro during the Baystate Marathon in Lowell, MA. I ran 3+ miles on the course from about the 3 mile mark before watching Sully and Joe Mo and a few others come screaming by. I ran a few more here and there as I watched at the 3,8,13, and 26 mile marks. [45:00]
10-15-11 - Saturday: 16.3 miles (roads) solo. Derry prep course, Derry NH (plus the start back to the car). [1:47:41]. Went through the 16 mark in 1:45:00. Felt really good and had zero problems cardio-wise. Felt like I didn't miss a beat actually... but my calf started to ache around 9 mile mark (right before Drew rd. hill) and then again after 12, all the way to the finish. It wasn't too bad, but there is still something not quite right. It was beautiful at the starts, nice and sunny and warm. It got really windy in the middle, rained a little bit heading towards the end, and then got sunny and brisk at the end. Very strange weather-wise, but perfect fall day to run. Stretching, hydration, and continuous miles until Cape to make sure I can just stay within 8 CMS places of Greg Hammett :).
10-14-11 - Friday: 10 miles (roads and trails) with DQ in N.Andover. High School to trails, and then loops in town (in the rain most of the time) [1:15:00]. Going through the motions....kind of uninspired running right now...
10-13-11 - Thursday: off.
10-12-11 - Wednesday: 8.7 miles (roads) solo in Salem, Methuen. Little by little coming back. Right leg was bothering me a little at first, then it loosened up but gave way to my left hamstring getting a bit tight, but nothing serious. Bad stomach issues halfway through and had to ditch off into the woods on the way back to take care of business...sweet relief after that for the way back. Took it pretty easy, needing to make sure I slowly build back up without issue. [59:31]
10-11-11 - Tuesday: 6.2 miles (roads) solo in Salem, Methuen. Almost didn't get this in as it was a super busy day but got out and got a decent run in at the last minute. Baby steps... need to ease back into this so I don't get hurt and with the Cape all but around the corner, I just want to be able to be in some sort of running shape when I toe the line. I won't be in fast marathon shape for sure, but that's not really the goal at this point unfortunately. My hamstrings were REALLY sore from the start believe it or not. Must have been from no running for 8 days and then starting up yesterday. It's a good hurt though. [42:02]. I'll keep increasing a bit before obviously backing off a little right before 'the event' down in Falmouth.
10-10-11 - Monday: 4 miles (roads) with Emery Bickford in Salem, NH. First run in 8 days and felt pretty decent. Started out a little tough and found out it was a 6:30 first mile, so that explains it. [27:03]. Baby steps. Still planning on running Cape but just gonna go do it just to get it done in case the team needs me. A couple weeks to get back some fitness so that I can just grind through without any issues, will be the main goal.
On Saturday, I did a hike with Kristin up in the Whites. We bagged Mt. Liberty and Mt. Flume (2 more 4000'ers I didn't have). My calf held up nicely and only on the way down (6 hours into the hike) did my calf and achilles even give me a hint of discomfort. My plantar hurt more than anything else. Amazingly, today I feel absolutely fine. Amazing what time off will do. Just glad to be running again...