Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday - June 5th

Easy trail run with Kevin Tilton in Madison and Freedom.  From Black Brook Rd/Lead Mine we headed into the snowmobile trails and up around to Trout Pond and then down to the airstrip (end to end) and back.  I did 2 miles solo before meeting up w/ KT as he was caught in gridlock Conway traffic.  We got to 'redline' a couple of SOS snowmobile connectors that neither of us had been on.  Saw gigantic bear paw tracks in the sand on the airstrip (about as long as my own footprint).  Kevin thought they might have been Inov-8 'Bare X Grip' prints but agreed they were bear tracks after closer inspection.  The airstrip is a great place to not only see wildlife, but see the tracks left behind as they scurry back and forth, as essentially it is like a mile and a half long beach.

10 miles in 1:19:28 with 466 ft of elevation gain (which was basically all one hill going up to Trout Pond).  Nice and easy.  Not bad considering over a mile of it was in the loose sand of the airstrip.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tuesday - June 4th

Another day, another non-run in the AM as the baby was up pretty dang early and I wasn't about to head out for a run while she was stirring and going through her normal morning routine.   I waited until after work and shot up to Whitaker Woods for the usual Tuesday night fun run (unofficial until next  week).  Warmed up 2 miles w/ Darin and Nick Brown, Peter Haine + some other Milers and then ripped into the fun run (5k) + another 3.2 or so cooldown with Peter and Kevin Tilton.  The fun run (pre-Summer Series) is usually just an easy 5k jaunt over the Whitaker course with a small group warmup and cooldown.  It's not official until the series gets underway and the clock and timers are there, chute is assembled, and start/finish are officially organized.  But sometimes someone will show up and want to make things interesting, which is what Nick Brown did.  As we all clicked our watches and headed out (laughing and talking, etc.) Nick shot out to the lead and took off hard, all by himself.  His father Darin looked over at me and said 'go get him, go get him!'.  So I did.  Because of the slow reaction and my reluctance to run fast just 2 days after running up and down a mountain hard, I decided to go after him but didn't catch him until probably a quarter mile or so into the run.  We ran together until about 3/4 of a mile and then he fell back a bit.  I rolled through the first mile (trails) in 5:51 (slow by summer series standards) and then hit the very hilly 2nd mile split in 6:17.  My last mile was 5:32 and then the last bit (GPS is always a bit off) for a total of 17:52.  Nick I believe was 18:55 or so.  Another 3.2 miles in Whitaker (trails), running the perimeter trails w/ KT and Peter Haine.  8.3 miles total in 1:06:59 with 528 ft. of elevation gain.  Foot was aggravated on the cooldown, but I managed.  Shot right out of there and gave Wild Nick Brown a ride home afterwards (stopping at Fire 21 for a couple milk shakes on the way).

Dates for the WMM Summer Series:

6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/13

If you are up in the Mt. Washington Valley this summer and are around on Tuesday night, looking for a free trail 5k with some great folks, pop on in!

(Skipped date in August is because of the Wellinghurst 5k in Madison on that Tuesday night as part of Madison Old Home Week)... If you are in the area, come by that one as well!  It runs right past my house and the course record is 'soft'. ;)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday - June 3rd

Couldn't drag myself out of bed for the morning run (as I think will be the case for most days).  Shot KT a text at 6:15 and told him I was putting the kibosh on the the morning run.  I figured I'd make it up either by piggy-backing the evening run with a few extra or just try to squeeze something in during lunch...

Rolled into the Walmart parking lot in North Conway at 5:00pm and had Don Fredrikson unexpectedly pull in right next to me only a couple minutes later.  Got a text from KT that he was running late and he said to just go without him, so Don and I started rolling through some snowmobile and single track for about 4.4 miles before heading back to the cars.  The original plan (by Don) was to go for an hour but after pushing the pace and trying to lose me on some uphills, he called it a day a little earlier than he wanted.  Don took me up an ungodly climb on single track that went up a small ridge with continuous switchbacks in the shadow of Rattlesnake Mt.  The climb was OK for me but the descents were just an exercise in trying to keep my big toe from smashing into the front of my shoe.  My left big toe is all black and blue and I will soon lose the big toenail again (which will actually be awesome if that can happen BEFORE this year's Pemi Loop).  Right before we got back, we ran into KT who had just started his run.  I turned and went back for another 5.7 or so with KT (out and back on snowmobile trails).  Right hamstring was tight and everything else was just a little sore from the day before.   Nice and easy 10.17 miles total in 1:27:44.  945 ft of elevation gain.

Training Week: 5-27 - 6-02

Chocorua Lake on a hot afternoon...

Training Week: 5-27 - 6-02

Good week of training in with a bum foot (a big step in the right direction).  Got some relatively flatter runs in and some doubles while avoiding a zero (barely) on Monday.  Great longer run on Saturday morning (longer for me nowadays) w/ KT around Rob Brook and Church Pond.  Saw a Moose on Saturday w/ Eric MacKnight on my road, and spent a good amount of time in some of the lakes and rivers around the valley this weekend.  It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise (hot, but I like it) and I am starting to remember why I love the summer here so much.   Fitness is starting to come around.  I really do have to work on getting my feet healed up so I can push off again and work some of these climbs in races.

71.8 miles

Running days: 7
Rest days: 0
Races: 0.5
Total running time: 9:52:39
Elevation Gain: 5727 ft

6-02 - Sunday: 8.7 miles - Carroll, NH.  2 mile warm up w/ KT and MacKnight + 6.7 miles of wandering around on Bretton Woods before taking a wrong turn and jumping in the river and doing another mile back to my car all in the water (which I think killed my Garmin).
6-01 - Saturday: 16.1 miles - 12.5 miles in the late AM w/ KT at Rob Brook (Albany, Bartlett, Livermore, NH).  HOT.  This was a bruiser.  Trails and dirt roads in near 95 degree weather.   Then another 3.6 in the PM w/ Eric MacKnight in Madison (small hilly loop from my house).
5-31 - Friday: 8.0 miles.   Tamworth, NH w/ KT. Out and back from Chocorua Lake.  Headed up towards the Liberty/Brook Trailheads and then back (dirt roads).  HOT.
5-30 - Thursday: 11.5 miles -  Conway, Albany. 3.5 in the AM with KT from Ranger Station on the Kanc. 8.0 miles in the PM with KT from Town Hall Rd. in Jackson / Chatham, NH.   Up and back on dirt roads.  Hot...
5-29 - Wednesday: - 12.1 miles - Conway, Albany. 3.5 in the AM with KT from Ranger Station on the Kanc. 8.6 miles in the PM with KT in Conway.  'River Trail' loop (out and back + power lines) w/ KT from his house.
5-28 - Tuesday: 12.2 miles - Conway, Albany. 3.5 in the AM with KT from Ranger Station on the Kanc.  Then 8.7 Whitaker Woods in the PM with select WMM's, KT, etc.
5-27 - Monday: 3.2 miles - Conway, Albany.  Albany Town Forest w/ KT from Ranger Station on the Kanc.  Late day run as to not take a zero on Memorial Day.