Sunday, March 26, 2017

Training Week: March 13 - March 19 + March 20 - March 26 + Gilmanton 5k

 Week of March 20 - March 26

03-20 - [Monday] - PM: 8 miles.

03-21 - [Tuesday] - AM: 5 miles easy roads. PM:  10 miles roads w/ Darin.

03-22 - [Wednesday] - PM: 10 miles uptempo.

03-23 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles easy. PM: 10.1 miles roads w/ Darin.

03-24 - [Friday] - AM: 6.3 miles.

03-25 - [Saturday] - PM: 4.1 mile w/ up w/ Dunham, Tilton, Mahoney (ran the course) and then more w/ DD (another mile w/ strides) + 3.1 mile race (Gilmanton 5k - 2nd OA - 17:22 (results)) then 3.1 mile cooldown.

03-26 - [Sunday] - PM: 6 miles.

70.7 miles on 11 runs.  

Good CMS contingent at the start....Tilton, Dunham, JJ, Mahoney...RD Scott Clark with his back to the camera.

I've all but given up on Boston and will just be 'running it' or bagging it.  It is kind of a pain in the a$$ now to be honest. I don't have any desire whatsoever to run 20 mile workouts in the cold and snow (or on the treadmill)...and I have even less of a desire to race a marathon on a Monday right before my birthday...

This week I ran the first CARS series race and it was my first time running the Gilmanton 5k.  It's got to be the slowest road 5k around for sure (Dave Dunham did a blog post a few years back about the All Time Sub 18 list at Gilmanton).  Needless to say, unless your name is Eric Morse and you're in 14:2X shape at the time, you won't be looking at breaking the record there and probably aren't going to break 16 if history is any indication...  The hill during the 3rd mile was all snow and a couple of mud tire tracks which made the climb a bit slower than usual.  Otherwise, the weather was pretty good. I just suck at downhill running right now.  I wouldn't even say my uphill was that great but it was better than my downhill.  During the first mile I got passed by the eventual race winner Warren Bartlett and my CMS teammate Chris Mahoney.  They opened up a pretty big gap with Warren comfortably out in the lead and Chris halfway between Warren and myself.  I was starting to realize I am not even able to break 5 minutes on a downhill mile right now.

When I hit the bottom of the hill and took the snowy turn onto Currier Hill Rd. I was in deep third and was only about 10 yards in front of 11 year old phenom Aiden Cox.  I started to get concerned that not only was I going to get smoked by Warren and Chris but now I had to try to deal with Aiden getting his first (of soon-to-be-many) scalp of me in a 5k.  I didn't give up though and just put my head down and looked for the best route to take up the climb.  Occasionally I looked up to see Chris battling with Warren.  They were now running together and they were weaving all over the road trying to find the best footing.

By the end of the climb, Warren had about a 10-15 yard lead on Chris and I had caught up to Chris.  I went past him and then had my sights set on 1st place.  He looked to be hurting a bit so I went from thinking 4th place or worse, to actually winning it....but those hopes were dashed as soon as I got within about 5 yards of him and the last downhill section started.  He took off and outdistanced me by about 10 seconds over the last .2 or so.  Unfortunately the race didn't continue to climb to the finish.  I may have been able to squeak it out if it had...but that last downhill section was the final nail and I had to settle for 2nd and hold off a charging Mahoney who was only 7 seconds back.

Overall though I'm satisfied with the 'race'. The time...not so much...but I didn't completely suck and give up too much like I was afraid I would. I hung tough and had some fight in me over the last part of the race which is a definite plus.  $100 cash for the 2nd place finish doesn't hurt either.

I also got to town-bag Gilmanton.  I had never run in that town before.  Thanks to race directory (and CMS legend) Scotty Clark and his family for putting the event on.  I may have to go back next year now that I know what that hill is all about.

Also, some catch up from last week... Forgot to post what went on during the running-phase (which is a whole lot of not much)....

Week of March 13 - March 19

03-13 - [Monday] - PM: 8 miles roads with Andy late in the day...

03-14 - [Tuesday] - off.  Storm hit pretty hard and Mill was closed.

03-15 - [Wednesday] - AM: 5 miles roads.  PM10 miles. 3 w/ up + 12 x 400 @ 5:00 pace with 1:00 in between each + cooldown.

03-16 - [Thursday] - AM: 5 miles roads. PM8 miles. Had to wait 20+ min for a cut the run a little short. Don was looking good hammering out the miles...

03-17 - [Friday] - AM: 5.1 miles roads.

03-18 - [Saturday] - PM: 10 miles on the mill and then about 3 minutes on the elliptical to see what all the fuss was about (it is by far the most popular machine in the room and people are cut-throat when it comes to getting their time in). It wasn't that bad actually. But I'm counting that 3 minutes...

03-19 - [Sunday] - AM: 14.3 miles with first 11 as a light progression...then easier 3+.

65.4 miles on 8 runs (6 days).  

Low motivation. One bagged day due to the storm and just pure laziness.  There was snow everywhere....then Tuesday happened and there was even more snow all over the snow we already had which blows.  Sh*tty weather in general. Not good at all for quality work and even if it was, I probably wouldn't have done it anyways.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Training Week: March 6 - March 12

Week of March 6 - March 12

03-06 - [Monday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-07 - [Tuesday] - PM: off.

03-08 - [Wednesday] - AM: 6 miles roads.  PM: 10 miles as 3m w/up and then 4 x 1200 at slightly faster than 5k pace with about 2:00 in between then the rest cooldown (just over 3 miles).

03-09 - [Thursday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-10 - [Friday] - AM: 6 miles roads (mountainous dirt rds of the East Madison highlands).  PM: 8.3 miles roads w/ Andy. Again, mountainous dirt rds of the East Madison highlands).

03-11 - [Saturday] - AM: 5.3 miles easy.

03-12 - [Sunday] - AM: 3.1 mile w/ up + 3.1 mile race (Leprechaun Leap 5k - 3rd OA - 16:52) + 3.2 mile c/down.  PM: 5.3 miles because I am p*ssed.

Hit up Downtown Darin Brown's 50th birthday bash extravaganza after the race on the way home in Tamworth.  Then sat around and sulked for a bit...then went to the Mill for a shakeout and to ponder retirement.

70.3 miles on 11 runs (6 days).  One day off (unplanned).

Raced the first NH GP of the year for the Milers and scored a solid 10 points (1st in 30-39 age group = 10 team points).  That put the Milers 6th out of 8 teams (who scored points) with just me running.  Not a bad start in that respect.  But the race itself was a dud for me.  Hilly, freezing cold wind chill, and a hard headwind for the first part of the race and it was just a slow day overall. Plus I felt like complete crap.  The course has quite a bit of up and down despite what the Mapmyrun website claims ... with 3-4 pretty good climbs and one (the last one) that was a real kick in the ass and climbs more in just that hill than the website says the whole course climbs.  Very steep climb out of the 2nd mile before a nice gradual downhill/flat for most of the last mile (and it also had a tailwind).  But by then the race was already decided.  The dude out front was gone from the gun and despite pulling close a couple times, he eventually got away from me.  The kid who got 2nd went flying by me so quick on the steep downhill (that we had to turn around and climb back up) so fast I couldn't even get a good look at who it was.  I was convinced he would catch the first place guy but he didn't. I battled back and forth with a kid (who I now see was only 15 years old).  He passed me during the steepest part of the first mile and then I passed him back on the flats and then he passed me back on the downhill and then I got him back on the steepest part of the last climb.  So in that respect, I hung on and kind of fought a little bit.  But the two guys up front were just too strong for me to give them a run at this point in my season. I had 3.15 on the Garmin so the course was good (yes I remembered my watch today) but it wasn't very conducive to running super fast times.  I would put the effort similar to my other two races so far (but I felt far worse today doing it), which really indicates I have quite a bit of work to do still.  I just hope by next month I'll be a lot quicker or this season will start to really suck.  I won't break 18 minutes at Gilmanton.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Training Week: February 27 - March 5

Casey, me, and Nate right after the race. Pic courtesy of John Mortimer

Week of February 27 - March 5

02-27 - [Monday] - PM: 7 miles easy roads with Darin.

02-28 - [Tuesday] - PM: 3 mile w/ up + strides in downtown Manchester w/ Huppe and then 5k race (Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday 5k - 1st OA 16:34 (results)) then 2ish mile cooldown.  Legs were definitely feeling heavy and strained from Sunday's long workout. My hamstring twinged bad during the warmup. I also forgot to bring my damn watch so I had no clue about any times, splits, distance, etc.  Race was fun but strange running a 5k at night.  The main streets were well lit but the 'side' streets were pretty dark.  The police car and Mortimer's lead vehicle were right in front of me so that was good.  I had no clue what pace I was doing and there were no clocks at the mile markers (I actually didn't even see the mile 1 or 2 markers because it was so dark). The course had quite a bit of gradual climb in the first mile + ...then a nice long downhill before an uphill kicker one street over from the last hill of the Cigna course.  In fact the last mile is basically the Cigna last mile I believe...I went out in 2nd place behind a guy who was blasting for about 2-3 minutes. I caught him and went by before the hill started.  Then Casey Carroll screwed by me like I was standing still and I thought I was toast.  He was running hard and kept me in the race for sure.  But I fought back a couple times in the course of about 2 minutes. I yo-yo'd with him a couple times and then eventually made a move which paid off.  Somewhere just before the neighborhood loop at the top of the course I pulled away and then the rest was me just fighting to stay ahead but it just felt way harder than it should.  I couldn't see anyone behind me because it was dark and difficult to make people out with the headlights of cars on the road glaring out everything else.  I was kind of shocked to see the time on the clock when I finally crested the last hill and made the turn. Part of me felt like I was running faster/harder than that and then part of me thought I was running way slower at times....having no watch and no idea of any splits, I guess I was going to be surprised at any time I saw on the clock at the end. But being at night and having a couple of kicker hills, I'll take it. I'll especially take the win in a race of about 900 people. In February.  Hopefully by April I'll be running A LOT faster or I'm in trouble.  I can't see how... but maybe it will just happen.

03-01 - [Wednesday] - PM: 5 miles.

03-02 - [Thursday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-03 - [Friday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-04 - [Saturday] - PM: 10 miles.

03-05- [Sunday] - 
PM: 10 miles.

60.1 miles on 9 runs.

Week was a bit of a down week (seems I go back and forth between 80 and 60 over and over again) but it was my 16th week in a row of at least 60 miles so that's at least something... but I'm still behind.  I felt kind of flat all week. Saturday's run was a little uptempo and Sunday's late run was rough. I literally went from a full turkey dinner and birthday cake at Harts Turkey Farm, to the mill to run 10 miles.  I had stuffing and squash coming back up my throat at was gross.  I probably gained weight this week.  Great weekend w/ the fam though. Celebrated the lovely and talented Kristin's birthday on Sunday. Hopefully it's the last real cold weekend we have for the season...

I closed out the month of February with a little bit of a low total but came out with 2 races and no real injuries to speak of.  280.2 miles with 1 day off.  I'm no mathematician but that's somewhere around 10 miles a day average. I'll take it.  It's funny how last year, February was my 2nd best month 'mileage-wise' behind only December. I racked up 44 miles more last February (leap year) than this year...but with 1 missed day this year and an extra day last year....and averaging my 10 per day, that would have only put me about 24 miles behind last I'll take it I guess. At this point I just have to keep plucking out the positives and hypotheticals that skew in my favor :).