Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Training 01-30 - 02-05

Weekly Wrap Up: 61.4 miles running.  30 minutes of biking during the 1 'day off'.  This is sadly my highest week of mileage since the week of September 12th of last year!!!  That is incredible.  It's easy to see that Pisgah was the end of it... or the 'beginning of the end'.  Felt good to get yet another long run in on Sunday though. That's 3 long runs in 4 weeks w/ Kevin Tilton (with one race mixed in there as well).  Mileage-wise, I'm moving in the right direction.  Calf-wise, it's not really moving at all, but I guess there was slight improvement at the end of this week.  Going to see someone tomorrow about some more work on my lower back and hips to see if that will affect my situation in a positive way. I hope so.  Even though my training has taken a major hit, running up here has just made me enjoy getting out the door and being outside. I never took my camera (phone) with me on runs back in Salem or the surrounding area.  Now I take it with me on multiple runs per week.  Don't get me wrong, I like cranking miles on the roads and being healthy, but  even my icy, snowy, lonely dark runs up here have been just as enjoyable.  I hope to move into more miles this coming week and creep back up to at least building a base.  I won't be cranking 53-55 minutes at DH Jones....but I'd like to try to beat the top woman (although looking at what Erica Jesseman did today in Maine with her CR 58:01, I'm not sure that will be possible).  Let me rephrase that...I'd like to FINISH DH Jones without having to DNF because of my calf. If I can run a hard 10 miles in sub 60 (anywhere under 60) 'I'll take it' (to quote DD).

02-05 - Sunday: 20.4 miles (snowmobile trails). Tamworth, NH w/ Kevin Tilton.  Started from Great Hill Rd. in Tamworth and ran up to the Fire Tower and then back down and out for a big loop that went up into the WMNF for a bit and came back down on all very nice packed snowmobile trail.  [2:52:55]. 2400 or so (maybe more) feet of elevation gain.  Pretty hilly run, but I expect that out of a run that KT sets up.  Ran in the new test pair of Trailrocs and they were great.  No crunching through at all on the trails.  Probably the best it can ever get to be honest.  It was COLD out there AGAIN.  Seems all of the runs I get together with Kevin for are cold as hell.  It's beautiful the rest of the week.  Today was amazing out though.  Crystal clear skies meant beautiful views of Mt. Washington from Route 16 in North Wakefield on the way up, and Mt. Chocorua as I moved into Ossipee.  Took a quick video from the top of the fire tower at the beginning of the run (below).  Was completely wiped at the end of the run. Everything was seizing up, I bonked with a half mile to go (good timing), and my 'winter' hydration pack frickin' froze up on me like 45 minutes in when I went to take water.  It was all frozen inside.  That is NOT supposed to happen.  I won this back at a snowshoe race last year or the year before. I never used it.  Today I take it out for the first time with room temperature water in it and by the first time I went to take water it was frozen solid.  I have since tried to find a review or even a place that sells this exact model online and can't find any in stock anywhere, which leads me to believe they've been discontinued.  Probably because people don't enjoy carrying solid blocks of ice on their backs.

02-04 - Saturday: 10 miles
(roads).  E.Wakefield, NH. House, out to Acton Ridge (the long way) and then up Perkins Hill, down and out to Canal Rd. and then back the same way.  [1:08:10].  Calf felt better than it has in probably weeks (I am thinking the massage had something to do w/ it).  Had a calf sleeve on with 2 pairs of tights to keep the calf nice and warm and compressed.  Worked the hills (hilly out and back) and stayed on the pavement for the most part (some shoulder running in spots).  The roads are in OK shape right now.  Beautiful sunny day, with great views of the Ossipee mountains and Moose mountains at the crests of some of the higher points.  It's days like this that I love running here.  It is so much easier to get out the door up here than it was down in the shopping mall parking lot they call the Merrimack Valley (at least for me).  I can't wait to get up to Madison, where it will be even easier to get out the door, as my options will be vast.

02-03 - Friday: 5 miles (snowy/icey roads and snowmobile trails).  Same as yesterday sans the last snowmobile trail out to the brook.  [37:35].  It was 4:45 when I was going out the door.  Amazingly I got the entire run in, including a stretch stop, just before it got too dark to see.  That's a good feeling.  Got work done on the calf today.  The therapist thinks there might be something off w/ my pelvis and recommended a chiro consultation...will go back on Monday to chat w/ the chiropractor and see what they suggest.  Calf super sore on the run but that was mostly do to the massage for sure.  The stretching, icing, and massaging routine continues.  At least I can run on it.  I was thinking today that there are a lot of folks out there that can't run at all due to injury.  I am lucky that at least I can go out and do a trail run or shorter road run and still be involved, even if my racing has taken a bit of a backseat.  I guess it can always be worse.

02-02 - Thursday: 6 miles (snowy/icey roads and snowmobile trails).  E.Wakefield, NH.  House out to snowmobile trail off of Acton Ridge Rd.  Trail up to Balch and along the shore a bit, then back out.  Trail was about 2 inches of wet snow on top of a thick base of old snow and ice.  Good for Oroc running.  Out to Dearborn Rd. and all the way down to Great East Lake, along the back side to the other snowmobile trail off of Wansor and out to Scribner Brook and then back to the house. [44:31]  Lucky to have gotten any run in at all.  Last night after stretching a bunch, I tweaked my back.  Got awful sleep and was barely mobile today.  Decided to just give it a go and wander a bit.  Got a longer run in that I had imagined I would.  Called and setup an appointment for a massage again tomorrow in Wakefield.

02-01 - Wednesday: 10 miles (snowy roads).  E. Wakefield, NH.  From house, Perkins Hill loop x 2 + extended lake bang. Ran on dirt/snowy shoulder most of the way.  [1:09:32]. These Orocs are a godsend.  Calf started to ache a couple times.  Had to stop and stretch out a bit and was able to continue at a decent clip considering the road conditions. Was happy with myself for getting out on a night like this, where it's cold, dark, and lonely out there.  Didn't get out until way after dark and had to go w/ headlamp, which only allowed me to see 10 feet in front of me because of the foggy conditions.  Would have loved to have been able to sneak out during the warmer daylight hours, but it wasn't meant to be.  January has come and gone and I only got 1 race in and I can't really see racing again until an attempt at DH Jones, but even then, it will be a test just to see if I can run more than 4 or 5 miles hard without tearing my calf.

01-31 - Tuesday: 10 miles (total)5 miles (am).  E. Wakefield, NH.  Easy run on very snowy/icey roads.  Snowing all morning (so far). Some tightness/discomfort in my calf but not bad. [36:22]. 5 miles (pm).  Same loop but backwards.  Snowed all day and the roads were covered but the road in (all ice) was covered which made it a little easier to run on. [35:14].  Trying to spread out these miles to try to let my calf heal without losing mileage...

01-30 - Monday: 30 min spin.  Calf got really bad at the end of Sunday's run and I took it easy today and just hopped on the bike after most of the day of stretching and massage.  Calf actually got sore during the spin. Wanted to do an hour but right before 30 minutes, the calf actually started to hurt.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Training 01-23 - 01-29

Weekly Wrap Up:  57.2 miles for the week + 2 hrs spinning. OK week with the calf until Sunday, when it really started to hurt (a la Winni 25k).  No snowshoe racing (both I was going to do were cancelled) meant I could get in a long 'epic' run in.  A horrifically hard slog on Saturday w/ Judson Cake and Kevin Tilton, who both KILLED me.  They were out of sight a few times and it sucked bad.  I needed this run as a good swift kick in the rump and a good long 'ultra-effort'.  Time-wise, this was probably one of my longer weeks of 'training' in a long time, so the mileage not quite being where I'd like to be isn't exactly a big deal.  I think it's time for another massage however.

01-29 - Sunday: 5 miles (icey roads and paved roads).  Just an easy shakeout. Horrible ice on the way out and way back (I actually had to walk the last few minutes on the way back and almost fell half a dozen times). [37:17].  Was going to run 8-9 but at about 4.5 my calf barked badly.  I had to stop and stretch.  Jogged back to the road into my place and walked the rest of the way.  Not good.

Image above is a screenshot of only a few seconds of video I got at the top because my camera was dead.  Mt. Washington is towards the right-hand side of the photo w/ the obvious snowcover on top.

01-28 - Saturday: 21.23 miles (snowshoes on snowmobile trail).  w/ Kevin Tilton and Judson Cake.  Epic run to say the least. Started out in West Ossipee and hoped on the snowmobile trails right off of Rt. 16.  Headed up around Mt. Whittier and followed the trails across and up to Mt. Shaw.  Horrifically long, tough grind.  The first 6 miles we were breaking through a thick crust making it almost unbearable.  We had to switch off taking the lead and breaking trail. There hadn't been any snowmobiles through there in a while.  When the climbs started, I started hurting pretty bad and my calf started to get bad.  6 miles into the run, the first group of snowmobiles came through thank god, and broke the trails for us for most of the way.  When the real steep climbing began, Judson and Kevin pulled away from me and I was left in the dust.  My calf got super bad and I had to walk some of the really steep sections.  We reached the summit in about 2 hrs. 2 minutes. My damn camera had died on the way up and I got hardly any of the summit on film, which was too bad because it was a crystal clear day.  The way back down was almost as brutal.  The top mile or so wasn't tracked through by the snowmobiles (as it was too icy for them to go all the way up) so it made going up and down on that section a little dicey.  There was a fair bit of decent climbs on the way back, but nothing like the way out.  We had to stop a few times on the way back down to eat some snow because none of us had any water and it was turning into a bonk party.  I probably bonked for the last 10 miles.  I didn't hydrate or eat breakfast like I should have for a 4 hour run.  I had no idea it was going to be that long and that difficult.  We finally got back in 3:52 total. Almost 4 hours of snowshoe running... the longest I've been in the Dion's at any one time. See Kevin's data here.  Some sick elevation gain (+- 4000 feet). I can barely walk and am sitting here typing this, hurting more from head to toe that I am even after running a damn marathon. Tomorrow is going to be horrawful.

Below is just a few clips put together as my camera just kept dying.

01-27 - Friday: 5 miles (icey dirty road/snowmobile trail). From house in E. Wakefield, NH around the lake and up into the snomobile trail that cuts over to Balch Pond.  Ran along the shore for a while and then turned and headed back out and back to the house.  Added on a few minutes at the end to get 5.  [38:00]

01-26 - Thursday: 10 miles (icey road/paved road) + 30 min bike.  E. Wakefield, NH.  Nice out again but the road in and out of the lake was horrific.  I had to walk to get out to the main road and walk back in.  10 miles out on the paved main roads (2 5mile loops) [1:05:12]. Got it in just before it got dark.  Calf got painful and stiff.  Stretched afterwards and hopped on the bike again for a 30 minute spin.  More stretching.  Bummed about BOTH the snowshoe races I was going to do this weekend are both cancelled (Sidehiller and Beaver Brook).  For my central/northern NH folks, let me know if anyone is up for a long run or something interesting on either Sat. or Sun. or both.

01-25 - Wednesday: 6 miles (ice) + 30 min bike.  E. Wakefield, NH.  Very nice weather but again, couldn't get out of the house until pitch dark.  Headlamp run on complete sheets of ice.  Wore the Orocs w/ the spikes and that was the only reason I didn't fall on my rump over and over.  Would have to loved to run longer but there are ZERO street lights around here and it gets VERY dark because almost nobody lives near here in the winter.  Most of the houses on the lake and in the surrounding area are seasonal and it's even tough to see with the headlamp.  Tonight there was a lot of fog and a lot of ice and it just made for a tough run.  Even on the main roads there are no street lights at all.   I ended up cutting it short and coming back in before I got hurt.  Hopped on the bike for a 30 min. spin afterwards.

01-24 - Tuesday: 60 min. spin on the trainer.  Worked through the daylight hours and then was on the phone w/ the bank and real estate agent until late.  Finally got away enough to hop on the bike even though the daylight hours were so nice.  A lot of the snow melted down and all the snow on the lake is almost gone.  A full hour on the bike was about all I could handle mentally. My calf actually started to ache, even on the bike.

01-23 - Monday: 10 miles (snowy/icey roads and paved roads) - East Wakefield, NH and Acton, ME.  From house out to Acton Ridge and up to Balch Pond and back down around to Great East and the loop back.  Exactly 10.  Felt tight and sluggish at first, but loosened up and felt great on the backside of the 10 miles.  Wore a new (3rd different) pair of test Trailrocs I got from Inov-8.  I just may have my new favorite shoe. Road was a little slick and about half of the run was on completely snow covered (but packed) roads.  Very hill loop (especially first 5 miles) but really quiet.  2 cars passed me on the entire run.  Both over 30 minutes in. Love running here!  [1:10:18].

Monday, January 16, 2012

Training 01-16 - 01-22

Weekly Wrap Up: 53.7 miles for the week but 3 days on snowshoes and most every day on some sort of snow or ice, made for a little slower going.  I also got a massage so I call this week as good as a 60-something.  Especially with the weather and road conditions. Calf is holding up.  The biggest thing is that I got a RACE in.  Yes, I raced.  First race since the first week in November.  I didn't want to miss Kevin's race up in North Conway on Saturday, so I headed up to test out the calf and more importantly the fitness level!  More on that soon as I put together an actual race report!.  A good week all in all. Some exciting news as we build up the team as well.  We're starting to come into real focus for 2012 and I just hope I can be ready to TRY to score for the team at DH Jones on February 26th. I have 35 days to try to weasel my way back into being able to get through a road race without dying and without my calf seizing up.

01-22 - Sunday: 10.4 miles (snowmobile trails) - out and back - ran on packed snowmobile trails w/ my microspikes w/ Judson Cake and Kevin Tilton from White Lake State Park in Tamworth, NH. [1:30:04].  -11 below at the start.  Eyelids kept freezing shut.  No real issues w/ calf, which is amazing.

01-21 - Saturday: 11 miles (groomed xc ski trail and single track) - 3 mile w/up (with strides) w/ Judson Cake over Whitaker Wood course in Intervale, NH (on snowshoes) [23:00]. Then 4 mile race: Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Race [1st - 27:28].  Afterwards, cooldown with Judson Cake and Dave Dunham while collecting flags from course. [46:18].  Calf only got tight to the point of being uncomfortable, during the cooldown.  It only slightly nudged me during the race near the beginning.  Full report to come.

01-20 - Friday: 4 miles (snowmobile trail) on snowshoes - Corridor 19 from Pray Hill down to near the Ossipee line. Could only do an out and back for 30 minutes because it was already 4:30pm. Most of the way out was downhill, way back was uphill.  [32:00].

01-19 - Thursday: 6 miles (snowmobile trail) - Seven Lakes Snowmobile trails from Ballard's Ridge Rd in Woodman, NH.  North on NH Corridor 19 .  Out was essentially all uphill.  Saw some great big bear paws (below) in the snow (got it all on video and may edit some of the run).  Great deep woods run. Nice and quiet. No snowmobiles to speak of but the trails were all nice and groomed out from prior traffic.  Ran up over Prey Hill area and down towards Belleau Lake before turning around and heading back (was running out of daylight). [42:03].  Got a massage earlier at a place I found in Wakefield. Really good work done there and just over an hour session for only 50 bucks! You cannot beat that.  Professional and friendly place that does Chiro, massage, ART, etc.  Calf (both actually) are killing me now, but I think it's from the massage and not really from the snowshoe run. Side note, the offer we made on the house we like in Madison was accepted.  Let the fun begin!

01-18 - Wednesday: 9 miles (ICEY as hell dirt roads, some ice covered paved roads, snowmobile trail, snow covered railroad tracks, and snow covered logging roads).  An out and back road run turned into a wandering session as I had to explore some surrounding trails and woods because the roads were so bad.  My road is now completely unrunnable.  The main road was so icey all the way across I don't know how cars could even drive on it.  I only ran down about a mile and a half and then hopped on the bottom end of the Seven Lakes snowmobile trails down near Seven Lakes Provisions, then ran along the crusty, snowy railroad tracks (which had only been traversed by a very large 4 legged critter before I came through there) until I happened on some completely snowed in logging roads that were pretty cool to run on, although I was breaking trail through a thick crust of icey snow and about 4 or 5 inches of powder underneath.  I started to come across a lot of posted land, which made me turn back and head out.  Running on the tracks makes me nervous because I don't know how often the train that runs up to Ossipee comes through and what direction it runs this late in the day, so I'm always looking back every 30 seconds or so. On a lot of the tracks, they are built way up with almost no ledge, so if the train did come, I'd have to jump down or slide down and find a place to stand until it passed by.  I hear it blowing the horn as it comes by in the distance, from the house, but I never know what direction it is going and it doesn't seem to be at the same time of day every day.  One of these days, I'll find out first hand :).  Enjoyable run nonetheless.  Because it wasn't a hard road effort, the calf was 'OK' but it was still tight.  [1:08:28].  Have an appointment tomorrow for a massage.

01-17 - Tuesday: 8.1 miles (icey, snowy dirty roads and paved roads).  House to the hayscale and then back. Beginning and end were extremely icey and slick as it was freezing rain falling on top of an already completely iced over road going into the house.  [54:01].  Calf felt sore and tight on the way back but not terrible. Everything was super tight again but not as bad as yesterday.  Ran up to a massage therapy place up near the hayscale and stopped in quick to see what they offer.  It's a full ART/sports massage/chiro practice so that's pretty sweet.  Scheduling an appointment to get in there this week for some continued work on my calf and everything else that is bothering me.

01-16 - Monday: 5.2 miles (icey, snowy dirt roads and paved roads).  Wanted to take a zero but decided to do a shakeout instead and man did I feel horrible.  I was so tight and stiff all over from yesterday's long run.  It took a while to get just a little loosened up.  My calf was painful and stiff most of the way.  When I finished I questioned whether it was better than a rest day. [37:20].  As I was running I saw about 30 wild turkeys in the middle of Acton Ridge Rd. I haven't seen that many turkeys in front of me since the 2011 New Bedford results ;).. JK.  The run was capped off by an idiot dog owner who had her dog ON a leash and it still got away from her and literally ran in between my feet in full stride as I was on a solid sheet of ice.  She seemed (get ready for it..) surprised that her dog did that.  I booted the dog in the mellon with my spikey Orocs on the back kick.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Training 01-09 - 01-15

Weekly Wrap Up: 61.2 miles with no days off but with one day at only 1.5 miles because of my escapade on the lake on Thursday.  Started the week off solid, threw in that horror show on Thursday, a couple of light days (one of them on snowshoes) and then a good longer effort on Sunday on some good hills.  Calf is 'holding up'.  I haven't raced since the first week of November of 2011, but I am still enjoying running just as much and more because of where I am now... More importantly, I'm enjoying life a bit more now since moving north and I still have a ways to go. Hopefully the calf progresses in the right direction.  Hopefully I also get fit one of these days. I felt VERY unfit on Sunday's run and struggled on the second half but that's simply because my mileage has been poop for so long now.  I've gotten very used to not racing...that is not good, but it is what it is.  I'm still not sure if I'll do any snowshoe racing this year because I'm not fit, my calf has been a huge question mark, and I'm just not feeling it...but we'll see.  Just glad to get some miles in this week and looking forward to building some hurting bombs.

01-15 - Sunday: 17 miles (paved roads and snow covered, groomed park roads). Effingham, NH, Parsonsfield, ME, Ossipee, NH, Wakefield, NH.  Loop with Kevin Tilton from Effingham Town Hall / Library up and around through Pine River State Forest (unplowed but nicely packed from snowmobile trails)  and back up Granite Rd/Pickpocket Rd to 153 and then back up through Parsonsfield ME and Effingham (with a small stretch in North Wakefield before and past Province Lake).  Honest pace from the beginning, as it was -11 this morning in Effingham.  Probably just under 0 or so at the start of our run.  5 or 6 degrees by the end.  Crisp and clear day out and a great day for meeting up with someone to get my butt going.  The water froze at our house right before I left and I think my lungs were frozen during the first few miles of the run.  This was a very hilly loop Kevin came up with and he dusted me on a few of the ups, actually putting some distance on me (a la Mt. Washington). The important thing here is that I took the state line from him about 12.5 miles in.  Then I bonked and was on cruise control after that.  That section along Province Lake was beautiful this morning... looking out past some of the mountains in Effingham, you got a great view of the snowy peaks of Whiteface, Passaconaway, etc. Kevin got a good view of my backside here as I smoked him to the town/state line...then he got the best of me over the next 4.5 miles.  Calf was junk immediately but never got any worse.  I call that a win. Almost 2 hrs of steady running in sub zero weather over VERY hilly roads and was able to manage 6:43 pace without a disaster (other than having my back, hips, hamstrings, etc. all seize up like it was mile 25 of Manchester)... I'll take it.  [1:54:27].

01-14 - Saturday: 6 miles (snowy, icey VERY SLICK dirt roads and paved roads). House to Perkins Hill to Province Lake Rd (153) to Acton Ridge and back + 1 mile add on. Solo of course.  [40:29].  Calf felt same as usual. No 'pain' but tightness in that same unusual way.  Looked at houses up in Madison and Tamworth all day and was lucky to get this run in at all.

01-13 - Friday: 6 miles (snowy, icey dirt roads and single track trail). Snowshoed the trails between Perkins Hill Rd. and the tracks.  These are established horse trails that I got permission to use from the owners last week. They welcomed me in there to help keep the trails open w/ my snowshoes.  Came upon some snowmobile tracks for the first time this season. Didn't run long or hard enough to even notice my calf.  That's a good thing I guess.  [50:00].

01-12 - Thursday: 1.5 miles (lake ice and snowy roads).  Snowshoes from house along the shores of the lake until the start of the third cove, where I fell through.  Stunned, I ran back on the roads. [11:00].  Better than a zero?  Not quite sure.  Too wet and cold after to continue.  A good rest day I suppose.

Visual Evidence...hilarity ensues at around 5 minute mark.

01-11 - Wednesday:
10 miles (icey dirt roads, paved roads, railroad tracks). From house up Perkins Hill and down to tracks.  Headed north on the tracks up through North Wakefield and all the way to just shy of the Wolfboro town line (North Wakefield Rd.) and then turned back.  5 out 5 back.  Tough footing on a lot of the rail bed and rocks on either side...slow going in spots.  Calf tight as always. I may just stop mentioning the normal calf pain/discomfort/tightness from now on unless it is really bad. [1:12:56]

I recently posted some footage (just the first climb) of my run over at Moose Mountain in Brookfield/Middleton, NH this past weekend.  See below for the first of maybe a few clips.

01-10 - Tuesday: 10.2 miles (icey dirt roads, paved road).  Out and back down Acton Ridge Rd. and out onto 153 North into Woodman, NH and Ballard's Ridge and back.  Hilly as a mofo (Wakefield is hilly in general).  Calf stunk on the way back but it is what it is.  Maybe it will just always hurt and I'll get used to it?  Got to do this run mostly in the daylight which was a plus.  Lots of stretching afterwards.  [1:08:08].  'Almost' felt like a real runner at one point.

01-09 - Monday: 10.5 miles (icey dirt roads, paved road). 5 lake bangs around Lake Ivanhoe in E.Wakefield, NH.  Solo w/ headlamp. Couldn't get out the door until about 5:30ish and of course by then there are only 2 street lights and almost no houses lit up in the entire 2.1 miles around.  Even w/ the headlamp it was tough to see.  Slick in spots w/ the ice on the dirt road most of the way.  2/3rds of the run is on dirt roads. Heard a dog barking somewhere off in the distance on each bang and actually saw 2 cars and 1 UPS truck out on the main road, surprisingly, during the 10.5 miles.  Calf was sore and tight by 4th bang.  [1:09:29].

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Training 01-02 - 01-08

Weekly Wrap Up: 43.4 miles on 6 days.  Good first week up here at the lake. One rest day because it was another end to end busy day on the road, closing on our place and getting the heck outta there.  I am so happy to be up in the mountains now and am really looking forward to exploring trails and country roads up here.  My calf hasn't been that great, but it really hasn't prevented me from doing anything yet.  It was also cool having some folks to run with on Saturday, as the Rochester Runners just happened to be doing their Lovell Lake run this weekend.  All in all, I am happy w/ this week and look to build up this coming week.

Above: the first part of the trail up Moose Mountain - Brookfield, NH.

01-08 - Sunday: 7 miles (mountain, snowmobile trails, ski slopes).  Brookfield, Middleton, NH.  Started out at Moose Mountain Recreation Area in Brookfield and ran straight up one of the ski slopes to the summit of Moose Mountain (1742 ft) and then around the top for a while and back down the other side via snowmobile trails (Evergreen Valley Snowmobile Trails).  Eventually wound back up and around and back down to the lodge. [58:00].  Great day for a run and it was awesome to explore what looks to be miles and miles of trails that wind up and over and around the Moose Mountains Reservation.  Calf was horrible at first, but loosened up a bit as I went.  Very slippery in spots with lots of ice on the rocks. I recorded the entire thing on my new GoPro Hero 2 headcam. I'll be editing and posting some stuff soon.

01-07 - Saturday: 12 miles (paved, dirt, icey roads) with Nate Huppe.  Met Nate and a group of Rochester Runners at the Poor People's Pub in Sanbornville (5 miles from my  house) at 8am. Nate and I ran around Lovell Lake on a very nice and very hilly lake bang over snowy dirt roads and nice rolling paved back country roads.  Beautiful morning out along the lake. Not one car passed by on the lake loop until we got out on the main road section, and even then, only a couple. I could get used to this ;).  We then hooked left and headed out across Rt. 16 into Brookfield, NH (bagged Brookfield) and down to the what I think are the Evergreen Valley snowmobile trails but we had to turn around at that point a we were over 10 miles out.  Ended up with a solid 12 miles before breakfast.  Haven't done that in ages.  Calf was bothering me but wasn't awful. As long as it isn't awful, I'm going to deal with it. Not sure about racing, but these runs are going 'ok' for now. [1:21:50].

01-06 - Friday: Off. Closed on my condo in Salem, NH.  On the road from E.Wakefield to Salem at 6:30am and didn't get back until 9pm after a long day of legal stuff, bank stuff, errands, DMV, etc.  Hopefully this is the last end-to-end busy day I have for a while...

01-05 - Thursday: 8 miles (icey dirt roads, paved roads, logging roads, train tracks). Exploratory run from house in E.Wakefield.  From house, out and up Perkins Hill Road to top of Perkins Hill and then explored the many logging roads around the north side of Perkins Hill.  Back out and down 153 to the train tracks that go to Ossipee Aggregates but headed south on the tracks back to Acton Ridge Rd.  Turned up Acton Ridge Rd. and headed back up (doing a small loop around Deboer Ln) to the lake for one lake bang back to the house. [54:14].  Starting to feel like a runner again (almost). I am liking the fact that I left at 3:50pm and even when I got back, it was still light enough to run without the headlamp. I am also liking the fact that it feels like I almost have the world to myself up here while on a run.  Even on the main roads there's no one around.  My stress level is at an all time low.

01-04 - Wednesday: 8 miles (icey dirt roads and snowmobile trails). E.Wakefield, NH from house. Ran south to Great East Lake on small section of snowmobile trail.  Many small bridges and very swampy/boggy as it goes into Great East.  The ground was frozen completely, as was the ice but I wasn't about to continue on the lake with no snow on it.  Turned and headed north and around Ivanhoe and picked up the trail north off of Acton Ridge Rd. and went up to Balch Pond and ran up around the area where the trail cuts across Balch and then back down and out to Ivanhoe again. Ran back around the lake and down Wansor Rd. all the way to Great East again on the dirt roads and did the big loop back on Dearborn and back to the house.  Again, didn't see a soul anywhere.  Very quiet, very peaceful.  Cold as hell.  Starting to enjoy running again.  Calf and hammies were sore but I'm looking ahead and need to start getting serious about this.  Will go and see how far I can push it eventually before I have issues again.  It's been months and rest hasn't helped.  Need to start building up some miles but need to do it gradually. Strange to see all the snowmobile trails marked with arrows, signs, tape, etc. yet almost no snow at all except pushed up from the plow on the side of the main roads. [56:00]

01-03 - Tuesday: 6.3 miles (icey dirt roads) around the lake again in E.Wakefield, NH from house.  Alternated direction on loops (3 bangs). Headlamp run for most of it.  Very dark. Not a soul around.  Heard a dog barking a couple times but that was it.  Orocs again.  Very icey and cold.  Calf is a little suspect. [44:47]

01-02 - Monday: 2.1 miles (icey dirt roads) around the lake in E.Wakefield, NH from the house.  1 dark lake bang w/ headlamp.  Frigid and icey and slow.  Couldn't get out until late after being gone all day down in Salem for some last minute cleaning of the now empty condo.  We are closing officially on Friday but had to go back down to clean and paint.  Didn't get back up to Wakefield until 8pm or so.  Went out and did one lake bang to basically avoid a zero.  It is DARK here at night.  Not that many year-round residents on the lake and almost no cars to speak of.  The road is all ice.  Wore the Orocs and was fine.  15 weeks until Boston.  Awful. [15:40]