Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Training 12-26 - 01-01

Weekly Wrap Up: 23 miles on just 2 days.  Sick most of the week and moved from Salem, NH up to East Wakefield, NH for the winter.  We sold our condo in Salem and are house-sitting for my parents at their lakehouse in East Wakefield (on Lake Ivanhoe) until the Spring.  We will be looking for a house of our own up north this winter and I will be doing my training here and looking forward to the peace and quiet of the area during the winter months. I just needed to get this move over with, and my illness over with.

01-01 - Sunday: 5 miles (snowmobile trails, dirt roads). Finished the week off (and started the new year off) with a run up in E.Wakefield, NH.  Ran from my house, on ice packed dirt roads, around the lake and onto the snowmobile trailhead over at McCutchon Corners and up through the Cross Lakes Trail North section to Balch Pond.  The lakes are frozen, but I wasn't about to run across, even with my Oroc's on.  The short snowmobile trail section was very nice but most of these trails here in the Seven Lakes Snowmobile Trails cross many of the lakes here in the region. Once the snow starts flying, I'll be able to shoe these in full, including the cross-lake sections. [35:00]

12-31 - Saturday: 0.  Again, moved all day.  Picked up the rental truck (same exact truck as Wed.) at 7am in Salem and proceeded to work with Kristin and my neighbor Peter to unload the rest of my world from our house and into the truck.  We worked until 1pm straight with zero breaks.  I still had waves of awful stomach pains that was VERY hard to work through.  Lifting heavy stuff was getting me winded and with that came waves of awful stomach pains that would cause me to keel over in pain and have to stop.  Went through this all day but thankfully I was no longer throwing up and was beginning to be able to hold down water and rehydrate as I moved.  I also had no more headache, so I could manage through the stomach issues as they came.  Kristin and I hit the road at 1pm and drove the 2 hours north to Wakefield (slow because we had a full truck) to unload.  We started to unload at about 3:15pm and didn't finish until about 5:00 or so.  Then we headed back down to Salem to drop the truck off and get something to eat.  We didn't get back until 7pm or so, then ate, then got back to the house to get our cars and load the cats up at about 9pm or so.  We then had to turn around and both drive our cars back up to Wakefield, NH another 90 minutes in slick and slow conditions.  We didn't get up into Wakefield and unload the cats and last of the belongings until almost 11pm or so.  Once we unloaded the cats and got settled into the house, there was again no way I was going to try to squeeze in a run.

12-30 - Friday: 0. STILL SICK. I slept for most of the day on Friday, as I still had a horrific headache.  Still going through what I think was food poisoning and bad stomach pains all day.

12-29 - Thursday: 0. SICK AS BALLS. I woke up early on Thursday after moving all day on Wednesday without as much as a 2 minute break, and proceeded to go through waves of projectile vomit and...ahem...other stuff. I had a massive issue with my stomach and my head was absolutely killing me.  I had a high fever and was throwing up all morning.  I could hardly stand up for more than a minute or more and had to keep lying down and putting a cold cloth on my head.  I had a migraine that lasted the entire day and I couldn't get out of bed for more than just to purge water and other things in the bathroom.  Definitely a case of food poisoning no doubt from that damn gas station sandwich on Wednesday night.  My puke was green, as was the italian sub.  Needless to say I laid in bed the entire day and slept through until Friday.

12-28 - Wednesday: 0. Moved all day.  I picked up my rental truck at 7am in Salem, NH.  Proceeded to drive back home and fill up with essentially everything I own that was filling my full sized garage.  I filled a 16 foot Budget rental truck and emptied out the garage + some of the house, all by myself in decent weather thank God.  But I didn't take a break, eat, or drink anything the entire time.  My calf started to kill, my back started to ache, my arms, etc. all started to get sore.  I finished loading the truck and was on the road at 1:15pm!  Drove the 2 hours north to the storage unit off of 16 in Wakefield, NH and got there about 3:15pm.  Went inside, signed all the paperwork, and was getting started with unloading (again, solo) at 3:30pm.  I worked for 3 straight hours all alone in cold, windy weather and some light flurries.  I didn't finish and get on the road again to head south until 6:30pm and it had already been dark for 2 hours.  I was exhausted and sore and had zero time to run, as I wouldn't be getting home until 8:30ish.  I stopped at the Irving Station in Wakefield on the way back to initially just grab a snack and coffee, but when I was in there, decided to grab a gas station sandwich.  BIG mistake.  I sat in the parking lot and ate the italian sub that had obviously been sitting there all day if not longer.  Then I made my way back home.  Got back to Salem and had to go drop the truck off and drive home.  Didn't get home until after 9, so I decided to bag the run.

12-27 - Tuesday: 18 miles (trails) - this was a dumb move.  In the midst of moving and coming off of two days of being sick as balls I decide to run for over 2 hours. Not good.  I ran 6 miles (out 3 and back 3) at River trail from hotel.  All was good.  Turned around and ran 3 back to get Matt Pims who was on his way down from his house.  We ran back to hotel to pick up Emery Bickford.  We all turned around and went back for 3 more out and back.  At the turn around on the last out and back, my calf started full blown sucking.  I'm talking as bad as it has ever been.  I had to stop and stretch a bit and it actually lasted the last 2 miles, but it is just super sore.  I am going to start doing some yoga w/ Kristin once we are up at the lake.  Spending the next few days moving, so I'm not sure how much good running I'll get in.  I know right now that my calf is killing me. Icing as we speak (and picked up a new spikey stick roller today to get some deeper massage on the muscles). [2:02:08]

12-26 - Monday: 0.  Sick as a dog on Sat. night/ Sun and didn't get good sleep on Sunday night.  Woke up early to go up to Wakefield, NH w/ my Dad to move stuff up there and go over some last minute things at the house before he leaves for the winter.  I have sold my place in Salem and am moving up to E.Wakefield, NH for the winter to house-sit for my parents while they golf down in Myrtle Beach for the winter.  They go from end of Dec. until April.  Kristin and I will be actively looking for a new house in the Madison/Conway area and should be up there by Spring.  I hope to solve this calf issue so I can start doing some good quality trail and snowshoe runs in the Wakefield/Brookfield/Ossipee/Western Maine area this winter.  On the way back down out of Wakefield, my dad took me over to the Moose Mountains (technically in Brookfield).  I had always wondered what mountains those were right on the border of Wakefield/Brookfield and to the west on Route 16 as you come into Wakefield from the South.  He took me up the road to the old Moose Mountain ski area, which now to our surprise is a new tubing and skating park.  I went in and talked with the owner, who gave me the green light to use the trails all over the mountain and surrounding area, that they groom ( & NH snowmobile corridor 22) this winter for some snowshoe running.  I just hope my calf will hold up.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Training 12-19 - 12-25

Weekly Wrap Up: 32.7 miles running + one small session on the bike and my calf is still an issue.  I also got super sick on Sat night / Sunday. Running has been pretty awful because of my calf but I've also been super occupied with moving.  I will do a write up in a bit, about the move and my plans / goals for 2012.  Right now, just trying to get the move over with and get healthy.  The super warm weather and lack of precipitation (of the white kind) has probably allowed me some more weeks than usual to try to get back to real training before I have to attempt to do some snowshoe races (whilst injured). Woodford already got cancelled (as supposed to be Monday - 26th) and it is not looking good for Beaver Brook on the 31st (although I don't think anything has officially been announced about BB just yet).

12-25 - Sunday: Off.  Sick as a dog all day and down in Pembroke, MA for xmas at Kristin's parents house.

12-24 - Saturday: 6.2 miles (roads) - Salem, Methuen.  Out and back 10k from house (solo). [41:30]

12-23 - Friday: 8 miles (trails) - River trail w/ Dave Dunham and Ken Tripp.  Out and back 6 + out and back to boathouse.  [57:33]

12-22 - Thursday: 30 min (bike)
. Didn't want to aggravate anything so I hammered 30 minutes on the bike.  That is about all I can swing on this thing at this point.  I was a sweating, hurting mess after 30 minutes and that's enough for right now. PF has been bothering me last night and today actually.  Slept with the boots (night splints) last night.  Been busy the past couple days moving and packing.  Spent most of the day up in Wakefield, NH moving stuff into storage... So the runs haven't been long the past week, but the quality was good yesterday and today's bike was a good cross over to make sure I keep somewhat fit and not aggravate anything.

12-21 - Wednesday: 4 miles (roads)  w/ Emery Bickford.  Salem neighborhoods from Emery's house.  Probably my fastest run since my last race.  Since it was a short headlamp run, we decided to work it a bit.  I think it was probably a little further than 4 because we ran pretty damn quick for 14 minutes and turned around...back in 12:20 but we were hammering. [26:20].  Unfortunately my calf and leg were sore before, during, and a bit after.  Not thrilled with how it felt, especially leading up to the actual run.  Did a lot of stretching and massage beforehand.  Thought I was out of the woods after yesterday's run with Chris, but apparently not completely.

12-20 - Tuesday: 8.5 miles (rail trail) w/ Chris Mahoney-Searles.  Salem, Windham, Derry. Don't look now but I had the BEST day 'calf-wise' in what seems like months.  Two days in a row without any calf 'sensation' at all.  I was beaming by the end of this run. Chris and I ran pretty steady.  It was the best run 'tempo-wise' I've done in a long while.  [1:01:51].  Fun talkin' running and racing w/ Chris...it's been a while.  Got each other pumped up for the 2012 GP.

12-19 - Monday: 6 miles (rail trail) w/ Emery Bickford.  Salem, Windham.  Headlamp run from Cycles Etc. Out 3 and back 3.  [42:11].  Calf felt good.  Hamstring barked a little but it was the best I've felt in a while (leg-wise).

Training - 12-12 - 12-18

Wrap Up: 48.6 miles running and 1 short spin on the bike.  The key to this week was running MORE miles than last week as I continue to take baby steps and build back up.  The calf is getting better for sure, but it just may take some time.  Happy with the miles this week.  Would have been over 50 had I not taken a day on Friday, but I think it's wise to ease back in and not rush it.  The difference between 48 and 54-56 is negligible in the grand scheme of things.  Good to see all my CMS mates running well recently though.  Winning XC and road stuff as well as some VERY fast track times this past weekend.  Greg H. blasting a 3k and 800 this early in the season (and he's the same age as me) gives me hope and motivation to get my arse back in the game eventually.

12-18 - Sunday: 10 miles (trails) River trail from hotel w/ DQ. Easy run. No real issues w/ calf but it was stiff for the rest of the day.  I think if I run easy, it will behave.  Eventually I have to start trying to test it though...or just never race again and run easy every day... [1:17:19].

12-17 - Saturday: 7.5 miles (roads/trails) w/ Dave Quintal in N.Salem, Windham, Derry. Up Gordon's hill from Aspen St. and across 111 to some roads and trail on the other side.  [58:00].

12-16 - Friday: 30 min spin (bike) + 10 min stepper (to try to strengthen my calf).

12-15 - Thursday: 7 miles (roads) - N. Andover neighborhoods w/ Dave Quintal. Nice and easy headlamp run in a light misty rain.  Calf felt fine the entire time but a little tight afterwards. [53:10]

12-14 - Wednesday: 8.1 miles (roads) - out and back in Salem, Methuen, Haverhill.  Solo.  Calf was weird the entire time.  I think if I dropped it down to race pace for any amount of time it would go on me again.  Running 8 or so miles at normal run pace seems to put it on that line.  Iced it after and lots of stretching.  [52:42].  This is the biggest 3 days I've had in a long time.  Got to get back to regular running schedule as much as possible.  January is right around the corner.

12-13 - Tuesday: 8 miles (trails) - on the River trail from the hotel. Solo.  Another out and back to the power lines.  Upped the tempo just a bit.  Calf has a 'sensation'...that is the only way I can describe it.  It comes and goes and it's not good but it's not too too bad.  Not sure what it is and why it happens, but it happens.  Right now, it's not preventing me from at least doing these medium runs.  Again a 100% 'Off-Leash' day, as we went 3 for 3 with dogs just roaming free to bite my face off if they so choose.  [55:57]. 

12-12 - Monday: 8 miles
(trails) - on the River trail from the hotel. Solo.  Out and back to the power lines.  Some slight discomfort in the calf midway through but never materialized into anything I was nervous about.  Very nice mid-December day out along the river.  Only saw 1 dog and of course, it was off-leash.  That is one thing I am not going to miss about running in the river trail.  Nice and easy [58:28].  Longest run in a while.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Video Footage

Some video I worked on yesterday and today... First is some footage from last weekend up in Conway/Albany, NH with Kevin Tilton on the Lower Nanamocomuck Ski Trails.  If you haven't seen this on FB already, here you go...

Second is a LONG edit of the Baystate Marathon from back in October of this year.  I downloaded the video clips to my computer and forgot about it until today.  Threw up some clips from the 2.5 mile, 8 mile, 13.5 mile, and 26 mile marks.  Also popped this up on FB today but I also need to cater to the blogosphere.

Third video is from today's easy running around some trails in North Salem, NH w/ Dave Quintal...just having fun and enjoying running (even with a bum calf)...

Lower Nanamocomuck Ski Trails:


2011 Baystate Marathon:


Trail Running in North Salem, NH:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Training - 12-05 - 12-11

Weekly Total: 33 miles for the week as I try to climb back up and run on a regular basis with my calf still a problem.  Got up to the Whites for a run on Sunday which made it all worth it.

12-11 - Sunday: 7.5 miles (trails) with Kevin Tilton. Covered Bridge in Albany, NH to Bear Notch Rd. on the Nanamacomuck Ski Trails. Cold and crisp morning along the Kanc. Calf started aching right away almost...but it never got any worse and I finished without any other issue although I didn't push it too much. Just liked getting out there and running some very nice trails [1:06:08].

12-10 - Saturday: 0 miles. Walked 2 miles around Lake Ivanhoe in E.Wakefield, NH w/ my dad and brother.  Calf actually bothered me near the end. Pathetic.  [46:01 ...yes I timed it].

12-09 - Friday: 5.5 miles (roads) w/ Dave Quintal.  Headlamp run in N.Andover.  Calf started to ache a bit on the way back. [45:58]

12-08 - Thursday: 5 miles (roads) solo.  Salem, Methuen. Same old thing...another eventful run over the same out and back I've done all week (and one of the only runs I've done around here in quite some time).  Not motivated to run in this area any more whatsoever.  I'm getting to the point where I want to enjoy every single run I do, regardless of whether it is a race, workout, tempo, or just a regular short, easy day.  And running around the streets of the Merrimack Valley just ain't doin' it for me any more. Hopefully I won't have to deal with it too much longer...because as soon as the snow starts flying and the roads get narrower and the snowbanks get higher and the dumb, inconsiderate drivers in these parts get even dumber and more inconsiderate, I'll be losing my mind.  At this point I'm banking on these last couple weeks before the holidays being my last to worry about around here. The good news is that I pushed it a little today to see where my calf was.  I am re-evaluating yesterday's run a little.  I have some occasional 'sensation' in my calf but not really pain.  It almost feels like my calf is just weak.  If that's it, I can deal with it and just keep doing my calf raises.  But the good news is that I floated today nice and steady, but a little hard in spots.  Maybe Cape Cod pace ;)...  Today was another confidence booster.  I did a great deal of massaging of the calf last night (ok insert jokes and ridiculous comments) and I believe that helped.  Alternating ice and heat is also key.  Starting to feel like I can keep doing 5s and slowly work my way up.  I am very eager to do some longer runs, including an interesting group run this weekend up on the Northshore, but I really need to take it easy and not rush into things... I am thinking big picture stuff here and at this point, I really don't care about anything 'race-wise' until 2012.  With a lot on my mind lately about living situation, I haven't been focusing on racing but I have been focusing on trying to get healthy and that took some downtime.  Ramping back up isn't really fun, but it feels good to just get back out there!  [31:44]

12-07 - Wednesday : 5 miles
(roads) solo.  Salem, Methuen. More of the same, as I just need to get back used to running every day again.  This time it was raining and colder than previous days but I ran w/ my calf sleeves on again and 2 pairs of tights to make sure my legs were warm enough.  Stuck to the same neighborhoods and the headlamp run again but this time my calf started to ache a bit.  ANY sensation in my calf is worse than the first 2 days of this week and today there were a few sensations for most of the way, but no real 'pain' above maybe a 1 or 2 on the scale of 1-10.  Kind of disappointed that I didn't have a third day in a row of calf-free issues, but on the bright side I ran a little faster and only had VERY slight pain in the calf.  More ice, more stretching/massage, and going to keep doing light mileage until I can start building hurtin' bombs once again. [32:51]. Got a nice pair of Roclite 400 GTX boots in the mail today... Gore-Tex boots for the winter weather we're eventually gonna start having (I think)...

12-06 - Tuesday: 5 miles (roads) solo.  Salem, Methuen.  More baby steps.  Very easy running again in Hampstead St. neighborhoods w/ headlamp.  Warm out and again I felt pretty solid calf-wise.  No issues at all.  Very much the same as Monday.  Starting to get a little confidence back, but still very apprehensive about this.  It has been a LONG time since I've been 100% or even close. [33:33]

12-05 - Monday: 5 miles (roads) solo.  Salem, Methuen. Had a massage last week on Monday and then again on Friday.  A 60 min. session on Monday night and a 30 minute session on Friday during lunch.  I only ran a couple days in between and biked.  I took it really easy last week, as my calf was still a big problem and an obvious issue that I needed to address with rest and applicable extra attention.  My run today was the first time in literally a month that I haven't had any real pain in my calf.  I had typically gotten pain only about 6-7 minutes into each run previously.  I took it really easy today and ran at night w/ headlamp around quiet neighborhoods off of Hampstead St.  I paid close attention to it and got through the entire run without any issues!  I had some tightness in most areas, but no pain.  Stretching and ice after.  Taking it really easy. Baby steps. [33:54]