Monday, August 29, 2016

Training Week: Week of August 22 - August 28

Week of August 22 - August 28

August 22 - [Monday] - off.
August 23 - [Tuesday] - AM: 5 Miles (roads) easy.  PM: 3 mile w/ up + 2 miles XC Race (1st OA - 10:18) + 3.4 miles cooldown.
August 24 - [Wednesday] - AM: 5 miles (roads) easy with Downtown Darin Brown.
August 25 - [Thursday] - off
August 26 - [Friday] - PM: 8 miles (roads). Hot!
August 27 - [Saturday] - PM: 9 miles (roads).
August 28 - [Sunday] - PM: 25 miles (roads / dirt roads).

60.4 miles for the week.  Bad week all in all, but salvaged 60 miles on just 5 days (with one of those days being a 5 mile day only).  I got almost half my weekly mileage on Sunday.  Struggled for most of the week with headaches and pretty bad allergies. Couple that with getting a well drilled all week to the tune of almost $26K.  It was just shy of $16K for the drilling (808 feet with 141 feet of casing) which yielded next to nothing for water.  Then I had someone come hydrofrack it for another $3k.  Now we are looking at hooking up the pump system for another $6k this week.  The front yard is completely destroyed from all the digging and trucks and equipment.  The fracking got us more water but not a's manageable now but certainly in my opinion not worth the money that it has cost us.  The whole thing just sucks and is what led to a couple days where I just couldn't get out of the house (and probably the root cause of my headaches).

I did manage a good run at the Kennett XC Challenge though.  Since I lived here, I have run it 3 times (two 1sts and one 2nd) and missed the race in 2012 and 2015. This year I ran a 10:18.  In 2013 I ran a 10:31 for 1st OA and then in 2014 I ran a 10:07 for SECOND when Tim Livingston kicked my ass in the last quarter mile.  This year, Tim has had some knee issues preventing him from getting his normal training in. I was able to hang with him for about a mile and a quarter.  The first half of the race is on flat grass.  The second half is single track in the woods for half of it and then back out in the grass for the finish.  I stayed right behind and next to him on and off for about a mile, then moved around and once we were in the woods, I was able to slowly move away from him.  He did comeback hard at the end on the final 100 yards across the playing fields and he almost caught me as I had kind of settled into just running to the line...I looked back just in time near the finish to see him taking the tangent to the finish (which I wasn't doing by seemingly a lot) and almost catching me.  I kicked the last few strides in to make sure I got the win.

Sunday, because I barely did anything this week, I figured it was as good a day as any to get a long run in (longer than usual).  I wasn't tired from any sort of volume for the week but I was feeling a little off because of everything else. I decided to just run mid 7s for 25 miles along the roads of Madison/Tamworth/Ossipee.  It was a decent loop with some hills early and then flats most of the way back.  I carried water but ran out about halfway (it was hot and I was feeling dehydrated).  I stopped in at a campground in Tamworth to get a refill.  I was directed to the laundry room in the rec barn, which smelled so bad I almost couldn't stand it.  The entire barn smelled like mold.  The water was a custom mix of hot and cold water according to a sign above the sink, so it was obviously warm.  It also tasted awful but it was all I had short of asking a random house on the way back if I could use their hose.   I ran out of that water by the time I got back into Madison. I stopped in at an abandoned business right on the Madison/Tamworth line but the water was turned off when I found the hose out back.  So I had to go the rest of the way back home without water (about 6 miles).

I did get a couple days of detecting in (I haven't' been talking too much about my finds lately but I figured I'd make some more videos's been a decent year of detecting for sure...) and we did have our trash ransacked again over the weekend. I pulled the video from the security footage to show the bandit in question.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Training Week: August 15 - August 21

Week of August 15 - August 21

August 8 - [Monday] - PM: 3 miles (roads).  Just a late day shakeout as the legs were pretty stiff from Sunday's 22+ mile run in the mountains.
August 9 - [Tuesday] - PM: 9 miles (roads) at lunch. Was going to go short lunch run then more later but it started raining during the run so I stretched it out to 9 and called it with one run.
August 10 - [Wednesday] - PM: 10.5 miles (trails and roads).  Up E.Madison Rd., down to the boulder and then up and back to Ledge Pond Rd. via the old snowmo trail.  Then back down to train station via Chain of Ponds trails and then back to the house.  Watch died just as I was in view of the train station.
August 11 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles (roads) easy.  PM: 3.5 miles (roads) warmup in Rye before Saunders 10k with Alliette and a little with Huebner.  Then race: 6.3 miles (garmin) Saunders 10k - 2nd OA - 34:05.  Then cooldown - 3 miles (roads) with Garfield and Alliette.
August 12 - [Friday] - AM: 6 miles (roads). Horrendously hot out again...even worse than Wed.  Felt like crap the rest of the day. Allergies bad. PM: 8.4 miles (trails) from Lead Mine into the airstrip via snowmo trails.  Then back up around through the new cutoff trail to the Pine Barrens and back via E.Shore and Lead Mine.  Felt pretty sluggish.
August 13 - [Saturday] - PM: 11 miles (roads).  Almost bagged the run.  Waited until late in the day.  Got out for a decent run up into Chocorua village and back with a small detour up Tall Pines + a little bit of an add-on at the end to get 11 total. Feeling a little run down.
August 14 - [Sunday] - 15 miles (roads).  Felt 'ok' but definitely wanted to bag it before I even started.  Worked out in the yard all day and didn't get out until 5pm.  Watched the marathon in the am then watched the mountain bike race before eventually going out and trying to straighten up the yard and do some late summer de-weeding.

75 miles for the week.   Didn't run quite as long on Sunday as I was originally planning but I haven't felt that great post race on Thursday.  My allergies have been pretty bad this week and my sleep hasn't been good.  The girls are waking up a lot through the night now...probably due to the heat.  They wake up and eventually find their way into our bed and it becomes too crowded for me to get any decent sleep so I've been struggling a little bit and it caught up to me by week's end.  I still managed 75 miles with only a 3 day on Monday and 5 days of only singles... so not too bad.

The race was pretty bad for me but it was kind of expected.  I haven't done Saunders 10K since 2012 when I thought (at that time) that I ran bad to the tune of a 32:32.  That race was actually 'the beginning of the end'.  Back in 2012, it was right after Saunders, that I started getting hurt 'regularly'.  If you look at my race schedule from 2012, I only raced 1 time after Saunders for the entire year (that was Great Bay in October).  That year, Andy Huebner ran away from me and I 'struggled' to run 32:32.  Now that would be a stud time for me.

Going into the race this year, I just wanted to continue to get my Seacoast Series points but also knew it was going to be a sh*tshow in reality. I haven't done any speed work to speak of this summer and 10ks have been horrendous for me over the last bunch of years.  In the back of my mind I knew about 34 would be the range. I never would have thought I would run over 34 but that's what it was.  I went out a little quicker than that pace but then paid the price in the humidity later on as I watched Matt Garfield pull away over the 2nd half of the race.  Andy Huebner was with us for 2.5 miles or so and then fell off the pace when he started getting sick.  I fell off too but was able to hold on enough surprisingly for my third 2nd place in a row.  I'm hoping that with some focused training, I can get back to actually running fast again in at least one distance...right now, I'm continuing to get the miles in and build up a base.  Right now, the only thing I am getting out of racing (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) is some actual 'speed work' and the mental sharpness of being in race situations... but the fast times just are nowhere to be found right now.

I was really glad to see my teammate Matt Garfield run so well again and get the big win here. He does a ton of work and is so serious about racing now...his intensity and focus is admirable.  Hopefully I can give him a run soon enough but I won't be too surprised if this type of outcome becomes the norm.  He's a really good guy and deserves these good finishes he's had recently...his hard work is paying off.  I hope we both stay injury free the rest of the year.

My Saunders 10K History:

2016 - 34:05 - 2nd Place - Matt Garfield 1st
2012 - 32:32 - 2nd Place - Andy Huebner 1st
2010 - 31:53 - 2nd Place - John Mentzer 1st
2009 - 32:20 - 3rd Place - John Mentzer 1st, Alliette 2nd.
2008 - 32:58 - 4th Place - Alliette, Manning, Nurse 1,2,3.

I was killing Matt at this point.
Still beating Matt.
Already leaving Alliette in the dust and working on overtaking Big Al Fernald...
Matt has been finished for a long while and is already giving interviews...

Still out on the course. Matt had already gotten his t-shirt and is now cooling down.
Not done yet. Matt is already in traffic heading back up to Maine.

Matt has already updated Strava with his run and is now getting ready for bed. I'm almost finished.

I could not believe the clock had a 34 on it and I wasn't done yet...

Chillin. Morgan ate an entire watermelon by the time we left.

The three most beautiful girls in the world... 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Training Week: August 8 - August 14

Week of August 8 - August 14

August 8 - [Monday] - AM: 7.6 miles (roads and trails) with Andy.  Exploring new trails on 'New Rd.'.
August 9 - [Tuesday] - AM: 5 miles (roads) at lunch, easy.  PM: 2.1 mile warmup before Madison '5k'.  Then Race: Madison '5k' (Jim Wellinghurst Memorial 5k). (3 miles) 1st OA. 15:48.  3 mile cooldown with Peter, Andy, and Roger.
August 10 - [Wednesday] - AM: 10.3 miles (trails).  In Madison/Freedom town forest.  First 3 solo pushing the pace to catch up to Andy and Hill & Squall. Then last 7.3 with them easy on the trails (single track and snowmo).
August 11 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles (roads) at lunch, easy. Horrendously hot out... PM: 8 miles (trails and roads) after work.  First 5 with Darin in the Pine Barrens and last 3 solo on the roads near the beach. HOT!
August 12 - [Friday] - AM: 6 miles (roads). Horrendously hot out again...even worse than Wed.  Felt like crap the rest of the day.  PM: 3.4 miles (trails) in Conway. Just beating out the rain.  Wanted to get more in but felt like sh*t. The heat definitely got to me earlier in the day.
August 13 - [Saturday] - 8 miles (roads).  Early run before heading down to Boston w/ the family for the day.
August 14 - [Sunday] - 22.3 miles (trails). Got lost probably the worst I've ever been.  Thought about having to spend the night in the backcountry. Bad conditions in spots (wet, grown in trails) and trails that no longer exist, etc.  Made the most of the 5 hours I was running all over the place trying to figure out where to go.  At least the weather was ok.

84.2 miles for the week.  Another good step forward.  Got some ok runs in, but nothing too quality road-wise.... I did run 80+ miles for a week for only the 4th time all year.  I did it once in Jan and twice in Feb.  That was it.  Pretty crazy to think I haven't done that volume since but that's the way the year has gone.  No real injuries, just not a lot of focus on putting in the work. The positive for sure this week is that I got to run the Madison 5k again this year (4th time in 5 years I've been here for it...last year had to miss with injury). I've won it 4 times. I have probably timed it just right to have only really faced someone else in or near tip-top shape in the valley once (Tim ran it a few years ago and wasn't too far back).  I haven't had to race Nick when he's been 100% or Zach at 100%, etc. Kevin hasn't been at the race since before I moved here and most of the others that come seem to either run easy for one reason or another....I think maybe the one year I was here and Tim ran all out, he was under 16 (and even then, it was if I recall, after he already did a workout earlier in the day). Every other year, it's been only me running under 16. 15:04 is the record from my first run at it in 2012.  Tim was low 15-teens or so one year I think...and I have found a result with him around 15:20 from some years back.  Through the RD, I have access to all the results going back to the 1990s (a big folder full of hard copy results) so I may put together something this winter as a project, with some history of race times, etc.

  • 2012: 1st - 15:04 (CR)
  • 2013: 1st - 15:32
  • 2014: 1st - 15:15
  • 2015: injured. Didn't race.
  • 2016: 1st - 15:48

Definitely not trending entirely in the right direction with the times but it was still nice to get the race in.  Kristin actually ran, which was great.  It's only her 2nd ever official race.  She once did the Turkey Trot with me in Salem but that was a pretty crappy experience.  It was a very low key race and they didn't bother to wait for her to finish (they forgot she was still out there or didn't even know who was still out on course) before they shut the clock off and all went inside the gym.  I went back to run with her after I finished and when we came up to the finish, there was literally no one there.  They didn't even know she was in the race (we had to tell them when we went inside, what her time was) but it was all good because they messed up the results anyways so they were never even published.  She ended up walk/jogging because of her knees (surgery).  This year, she decided to do the Madison race with me and did great.  She was 50th of 88 people, nearly being able to stay with Roger Marcoux (a former winner of the race) but she had to take a natural break in the woods around 2 miles.  Otherwise she probably would have been able to stay with him to the finish. She still ran 28-mid for her first real 5k race.  My parents came again to watch us run and watch the kids.

We did well for the Old Home Week this week. We hit the beach dance party last weekend (and Kristin and the kids went to the blueberry bake sale after), the race on Tuesday, the ice cream smorgasbord and concert on Monday, and the fireworks on Friday.  We missed the bean hole supper on Saturday, which we usually go to.  It was pouring and we were on our way back from Boston so we decided on a family dinner inside at the best Chinese food restaurant in all of Wakefield.  Boston was fun on Saturday as we took the kids to the Children's Museum.

I opted out of the Cigna 5k on Thursday as I was planning on maybe going down with Nick Brown, who expressed interest in maybe carpooling to the race...but then on Tuesday at the Madison 5k he hinted at not going because his knee was bothering him, so I figured I'd pass too (it was hot as hell on Thursday).  Well, he ended up going anyways but I found out too late so I opted out of it (kind of had no choice as I found out when he was already on the road). Bummer.  Next up will be the next Seacoast Series race in Rye on Thursday night.

with my Mom and the girls... 
Kristin coming around the last corner and me peeling off...

In the home stretch...

The race.

Approaching one of my favorite stretches of trail in The Whites...

Off the Sawyer River Trail...

Sawyer River this view.  A nice tunnel for a couple miles.

Off the Sawyer River Trail 
Sawyer River of my favorites.  Flat, straight, and runnable. Kevin once told me it was an 'old railroad bed'....Ok Kevin told me this a lot more than once...

Sawyer River of my favorites.  Flat, straight, and runnable.

Off the Sawyer River Trail...

Sawyer River of my favorites.  Flat, straight, and runnable. 
Sawyer River of my favorites.  Flat, straight, and runnable.

Greeley Ponds

One of the only humans I encountered in 22+ miles. Greeley Pond fisherman.

Trail into the pond.

Greeley Ponds

Greeley Ponds

View off the trail into Greeley Ponds.

Ironically the only trail sign photo I got...I would come back to this multiple times later on...

Nice new bridge...that I also crossed multiple times...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Training Week: August 1 - August 7

Been hitting this beach a lot this summer...gonna miss this view in another month or so when the snow starts flying...

Week of August 1 - August 7

August 1 - [Monday] - 8 miles (roads/dirt roads) with Darin. Hilly loop from Darin's house.  Legs were beat from Sunday's 20 miler.  Easy run but the downhills still trashed my quads and calves.
August 2 - [Tuesday] - 10 miles (roads/dirt roads) with Darin.  Ran first mile or so solo, then ran easy with Darin up and back on E.Madison Rd.  Then back home solo last couple miles.
August 3 - [Wednesday] - off.  Unplanned but couldn't get away from work at lunch to do any run and then had to watch the girls all day.  Wouldn't have been able to get out until 10:45pm-ish. Actually got my stuff on, had the blinking lights hooked onto the waistband and had the shoes and headlamp on....then took everything off.  I kind of give myself credit for this one, but still it's chocked up officially as a zero.
August 4 - [Thursday] - 6.1 miles at lunch (solo). Pretty hot out. Stopped for a while on the way back up to the house when I saw my buddy Kent metal detecting the permission I GOT.  I had to stop and check up w/ him and actually helped him dig a signal or two before heading back up to the house.  Later on after work I headed over to the track for some laps.  Plan was goal MP pace for a 5 mile block.  I was a bit quicker than that but it's not really that big of a deal..when I go for longer blocks I'll be able to dial it back a bit.  Warmed up 3 miles on the track (again pretty hot out) and then hit 5 miles in 27:28 and then cooled down 3 miles on the rec trail. I had to run in the second lane a bit with some others there using the track but it was all good. Felt fine.  No issues at all and felt very relaxed and comfortable.  Weird considering I can barely run that tempo on the roads in races.  17.1 miles on the day.
August 5 - [Friday] - 8 miles roads/trails/snomobile trails/train tracks.  Easy. Very hot. Felt like crap.

Photo in the first 100 meters.
August 6 - [Saturday] - 3 miles w/up in Freedom w/ Doc Brown, Melissa, and Frank Holmes + strides.  Then Freedom Old Home Week 5k [1st OA] (results).  16:48. Then 2 miles cooldown with Darin, Melissa, Frank, and Terry Livingston.  Real goal was to just run a tempo effort and hopefully win.  I hammered a 15:59 2 years ago for the course record.  This year, I was running on some tired/beat legs and just wanted to continue to get some good work in this week so I figured I could tempo it and maybe win if Tim or someone didn't show up.  Well, I got out quick (not as quick as 2 years ago) but after about a half mile and in the clear, I put the breaks on and just kept putting them on and just stayed ahead enough where I knew the threat from Darin (back in 2nd) wasn't close enough to be of concern.  Still felt like crap though in the last half mile.  It was pretty humid so the effort felt way harder than it should have which was kind of a let down.  Still got the win though.  Not a super fast course with 2+ miles of it being dirt roads (and I swear the climb is way more than it shows on the topo which is used to calculate my climbs).  Then we all ran the kids race afterwards which was fun. I held Tabby's hand as we ran the lap around Freedom Elementary.  We beat 3 girls (including Morgan who had to be carried the last half lap by Kristin).  One girl ate pavement right after the start and started screaming once the initial shock wore off.  Tabby and I blasted around her and didn't look back.  Tabby and Morgan each got a ribbon for their participation.  Tabby held on to it for the entire trip to Wolfboro and then Wakefield. She was dying to show it off to her grandparents.  7.2 miles total on the day.
August 7 - [Sunday] - 19 miles trails/snowmobile trails/roads.  16 miles of offroad and 3 miles of roads.  Good effort of about 2:45 total.  We hit the Silver Lake dance party as part of Madison Old Home Week and then after that was over, I ran home but first did a loop through the Pine Barrens over to the air strip, then up and over Mary's Mountain, up and over to King Pine, then up and over Bald Ledge, down Goe Hill, and then back down E.Madison Rd.   I found some very nice trails on the south side of Jackman Ridge and did the new snowmobile trail section I hadn't seen before (that bypasses the camp ground along Ossipee Lake Rd.).  There's some ridiculous clearing now up the east side of Blazo Mountain.  It's completely clear cut.  Also, after that, the clearing down the back side of Bald Ledge is disgusting.  The logging 'road' is all knarled up with small timbers that makes it almost impossible to run safely through.  I had to hop all over the place and just pray I didn't impale myself.  Very slow going through there now unfortunately. I think that section will be very dangerous this winter for the snowmobiles now.  It's an 'unmaintained' section for the SOS club and now it's really almost not an option.  It's wide open, but it's a couple feet deep of downed trees.  The clearcut section of climb up the east side of Blazo mountain is interesting now.  They pretty much cleared out an old homestead I didn't even know was there.  Complete with cellar hole and rock wall around a huge field.  I will have to go in there one of these late afternoons or early mornings (in from the Shawtown Rd. gate) and see if there's anything to be had in there.

70.4 miles for the week.  Not bad considering I missed a day.  Hopefully I can recover in time for the Madison 5k on Tuesday.  And hopefully I feel better there than I did in Freedom.

Morgan cheering the runners on.
Very few photos exist of Tabby without a milk cup in her hand.