Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31 (Friday)

October 31 (Friday) - 6 miles from Silver Lake train station.  On tracks for a bit, then power lines until the swamp, then snowmobile trails back around to tracks (new section of trail I had never been on before)... Lost my Garmin data because my watch locked up on me after and I couldn't even boot it again.  It was exactly 6.

Some shots of a beautiful (even though it was dreary) fall day..

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30 (Thursday)

October 30 (Thursday) - 5 mile bike ride to pick up my car at the garage in Albany... then later on....bushwhacking again w/ KT through some uncharted territory over near the 'proposed but never materialized'  Presidential Golf Course in Conway.  Then we hit up what we thought was Rockhouse Mountain but it ended up just being a logged out sub-peak just north of it.  Good times.  5.2 miles of easy running before the 'thon' this weekend.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29 (Wednesday)

October 29 (Wednesday) - 5.5 mile run from the service station after dropping my car off.  A small Albany neighborhood loop (home of Leslie O'Dell) and then back to my house.  Solid pace up and down E.Madison Rd.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28 (Tuesday)

October 28 (Tuesday) - Holy crap.  What started out as a late afternoon run turned into a bushwhack for the ages.  Kevin met me at my house after work and we decided to hoof it up to the Hocking estate up in highest elevations of Madison.  It is a 800 or so acre plot of land owned by a single family with a few nice homes on a road winding up to the highest point in Madison (Lyman Mountain) at 1558 ft.  We ran up Glines Hill from the Madison side (about 2-2.5 miles from my house, all back roads).  Once up there, we went past the beautiful main stone house and winded our way through some really nice open fields with great views of Mount Washington and all the surrounding peaks.  We ran to the end of the road and it ends at a very rundown abandoned farmhouse.  Through the yard there, was a logging road cut in on the hill and we followed it up as high as we could go before starting a bushwhack.  We should have probably turned around at that point, but we decided to just see if we could get up to the top before it got dark.  We had our headlamps, but still...the footing was rugged.   The entire area and mountain is on private property.  Although it is only posted in spots along the road for no hunting without written permission, it is in current use, meaning foot traffic is ok...however there are no apparent trails that we could see.  For this reason, the peak is pretty remote for a normal walker or hiker to try to find.  We guessed on the way up, as there were a few spots where we could have chosen between 2 or 3 peaks to run up.  We guessed right.  We made it to the summit (Kevin had 1550 ft on his watch for elevation).  But when we got to the top, it was pitch dark unfortunately. It is entirely wooded and also pretty spread out but you could see out through the trees at the top, over a ledge, and out towards the southern part of town and out to Eaton. We definitely need to go back and explore.  There may be another peak to the west that has even more exposed ledges to check out.  You find almost nothing about this area online because it's private.  I always try to respect the land owner's wishes if they post their land but since it's in current use and there were no signs anywhere, we headed on up.  The way down however was a nightmare.  KT decided he wanted to 'whack' down the north side of the mountain and just head in one direction back.  Well, that whack turned into an adventure that kept us out on a 7.6 mile run for an hour and 22 minutes.  We threw in a 15 and 17 minute mile in there DOWNHILL.  With only our headlamps to light the way and deep in the thick of 100s of acres of untouched woods, we ran smack dab into the pond and had to bushwhack around it until we finally hit the road again.  Looking back on it now was just another fun run up here :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27 (Monday)

October 27 (Monday) - Nothing to see here.  KT and I running at the Albany town forest...nice and easy trails for 6 miles.  Got a marathon on Sunday to 'taper' for (not even sure what that means)...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 26 (Sunday) - White Mountain Milers Half

October 26 (Sunday) - White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (results).  After last year's debacle where I showed up with a bad back and way under-trained, I decided to give this one another go on 'normal' training (but zero speedwork or road specific efforts in preparation).  It's been just a lot of trails and the normal day to day.  My goal was basically to run in the 1:13-1:14 range if possible and try to win if no big gun shows up.  I also can't help but support the local club and run in the hometown race.

The weather was pretty much ideal.  A little wind in spots but nothing terribly noticeable.  The temps warmed up a bit by race time and by the time we were actually off, all I had on was a light long sleeve, which was probably too much actually.  Tyrus Parker (recent KHS grad and currently at UNH) was in the field and the one I was most concerned with.  He's a White Mountain Miler teammate of mine and has been running and training under the guidance of Tim Livingston all year.   Tim has a knee issue right now and had to miss the race this year...  But Tyrus was coming off a 58 minute 10 miler in NH last weekend so I knew he was getting fit.

As the race went off, I immediately went to the front as the course started in a slightly different spot this year (and also added a small neighborhood section off of Westside Rd.).  Tyrus was pretty close behind and we were going hot early.  He had told me before the race that he wanted to run 6 minute pace for the first 5-6 miles and then see what he could do.  I was glancing at my watch during the first mile and knew we were going a bit too quick, but it felt really easy.  For the first half mile it was under 5 min. pace and seemed more like a 5k, however it really felt nice and smooth.   I motioned for him to slow down a bit and told him it was a bit too fast.

I stretched out to a lead during the first mile and hit the first split in the 5:14-5:15 range (my old half marathon PR pace just about)... I turned to see Tyrus only about 15-20 seconds back.   By miles 2 and 3, I had a pretty substantial lead as I made my way south on Rt. 16 through North Conway.  During the first 5 miles or so, I was weaving in and out of the early-start field and the walkers.  By the time I got over the covered bridge and on to Westside Rd. I only had a few more to go by before I was clear and all alone out on the road.

Passing by the big farm on Westside Rd. there was a bit of a headwind for a bit and then when I hit the neighborhood section about halfway through the race, it knocked the wind out of my sails a little. I just felt like it was slowing the pace down but it really wasn't. Once back on Westside Rd. again I just continued to keep the same effort up.  I wanted to keep it under 5:40s and around my PR marathon pace just to see how it felt.  I really did feel nice and relaxed, within myself, and like I was out for a nice smooth tempo run.  I was never in any distress and never had any issues to speak of.

Mile after mile clicked by in about the same ballpark pace-wise. I kept it around what I wanted and it seemed like it was really a positive sign to continue to click off the splits I was hitting on the specific sections of the course.  Once I turned onto North St. and approaching mile 12, I felt like I could continue that pace for a bit more without any problems.  I took the last turn into the park again and motored around the outside of the finish area and then into the final stretch, pretty surprised that I was running in the 1:12 range completely alone.  I crossed the line in 1:12:46 (5:33 pace) which is actually about 3-4 seconds faster than my PR marathon pace from a few years I'll take it!  A very positive sign, considering I did only 50-60 miles average and zero workouts or road work of any kind leading up....just very slow trail/mountain runs and some trail racing recently....I'm averaging just over 8 miles per day INCLUDING days off (31 of them actually this year) so that's not too of a serious training schedule, I think I can get back down around 1:10 or so.... maybe in 2015, when I'm 38? ;)....


5:14 / 5:32 / 5:37 / 5:31 / 5:23 / 5:27 / 5:34 / 5:29 / 5:41 / 5:36 / 5:33 / 5:21 / 5:36 and then 5:08 (pace) for last .2 on my watch

2 mile w/ up w/ Leslie on NoCo. roads + 13.1 mile race + 1 mile cooldown w/ Leslie on NoCo. roads = 16.1 miles for the day.

Myself and Leslie (women's winner and 4th OA!)

Top 3 men

Conway Daily Sun Article:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 25 (Saturday)

October 25 (Saturday) - Full day of family activity was in store so I took the day off from running ahead of the half marathon on Sunday and just focused on hydrating and staying loose.  Took the girls to Settlers' Green for trick or treating. It was a beautiful day out with warm temps and bright sunshine.  From there, we headed down to East Wakefield for dinner at my parents.  Didn't get back until late.  Good times though.

Tabby in her candy corn witches costume
Morgan in her butterfly costume

She didn't like the hat though...

The family taking a break at Settlers' Green

The view of the now quiet lake at my parents in E.Wakefield, NH

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24 (Friday)

October 24 (Friday) - Late day run down from the corner of E.Madison Rd. and 153 at King Pine.  Met KT and we went out for an easy (shorter) spin on the wet snowmobile trails that head into Freedom.  We hit 153 and headed back on the road w/ headlamps.   Better than a zero. 6.3 miles.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 23 (Thursday)

October 23 (Thursday) - Hurricane Huppe is dying down (I think)...still raining and windy and miserable but we got out for a late day jaunt on the 'Staples Loop' which is usually done only in the winter.  I met up w/ KT for the clockwise spin around North Conway.  8.3 miles in the rain.  I'll take it. Headlamps are coming on right at the end of the runs now... sad.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22 (Wednesday)

October 22 (Wednesday) - Tropical storm Huppe is blowing through northern New England and the weather is miserable...howling winds, pouring rain, etc.  Everything is soaked and cold.  Perfect day for a zero but KT and I decided to meet down at King Pine in East Madison and hit some of the flooded nordic XC trails and snowmobile trails that head down into Freedom.  We ended up around 7.2 miles, which is amazing considering how sh*tty the weather was.... I was freezing on the way home...I really need to get the heat fixed in my car before things get real serious.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21 (Tuesday)

October 21 (Tuesday) - Rainy wet mountain run.  From Thompson Rd. in NoCo. up Middle Mtn. Trail to Peaked Mtn. trail to the seemingly seldom travelled Black Cap Connector trail (newly redlined section for me) to the summit of Black Cap and then across and down to the summit of Cranmore before dropping down most of the mountain on some of the access road that this year's race was on and then cutting back across on the single track to the same trails again on the way out.  2374 feet of climbing in the rain and fog.  Not bad. I fell twice and had to tip toe over the summit of Black Cap because it was all wet, slick rock.  Visibility was like 20 feet. 9.6 miles.  Solid run.

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20 (Monday)

October 20 (Monday) - 8.9 miles w/ Kevin Tilton on Corridor 19 + Mason Brook (pits) loop.  Headlamps during the last mile.  A bit chilly.  Winter is coming...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19 (Sunday)

October 19 (Sunday) - In lieu of a run, I went for a nice hike w/ my Dad on Sunday up to the summit of Black Cap (2369 ft) in North Conway.  2.2 miles round trip up the most direct and easiest way to get there (at the top of Hurricane Mtn. Road).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18 (Saturday)

October 18 (Saturday) - 1 mile w/up + 11.5 mile race (12.5 miles total) (Vulcan's Fury Trail Race in Nottingham, NH).  1st OA.  1:26:35 for the 11.6 mile course with 1300+ feet of elevation according to my Garmin, but 2021 ft according to the race website.  I feel I am getting shortchanged w/ the Garmin on the elevation front.... Full race writeup to come.  The cooldown was 2 beers instead of miles.

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17 (Friday)

October 17 (Friday) - Call after call at work today... Was a bit unmotivated to drive somewhere to run but the weather was really nice...KT wasn't able to meet up today so I just ended up running from my house, which I haven't done in a while (on the road anyways).  I kept it as flat as you possibly can in Madison.  I ran down 113 to 41 and out to the small town beach on 41 before turning around and heading back.  Ran the first mile 'easy' and then the last 5 with Scott McGrath, Joe Navas, and Pat Rich................... Just Kidding...but you'd think I did.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16 (Thursday)

October 16 (Thursday) - Another day on the trails w/ the Tilton boy in Conway.  We hit up the Corridor 19 trail + some mountain bike single track and Mason Brook trail then dropped down for a snowmobile/road loop around the beautiful East Conway dump before hitting the snowmobile trails again on the way back.  Pouring rain the entire time + leaf covered ground + wet rock = 2.5 falls for me and a bunch of close calls.  8.4 miles total, on a day in which it normally would be tough getting out of the house... I'll take it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15 (Wednesday)

October 15 (Wednesday) - Met up w/ KT over at his palatial estate in Saco Woods for an out and back on the bypass snowmobile trail.  The trails go out right from his backdoor and run southwest into Madison.  The first couple miles are ROUGH but once you get past that, the trails get pretty awesome.  The Madison section is really nice.  We hit Colemans off of 113 and then turned and headed back. 10 miles total (5 out and 5 back) on a HOT evening in the valley.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 14 (Tuesday)

October 14 (Tuesday) - 11.2 miles mostly on trails w/ KT (last couple miles on the road) in Conway, Hales Location, and Bartlett.  Had to breakout the headlamp for the last couple miles.  Awesome weather out there today.. Trails were a little dicey with all the leaves, but good solid run.  Kevin and I checked out a couple beavers on the high school loop.  That sounds weird, but it was true.

2014 USATF-New England Mountain Series Wrap Up

Mountain Series Wrap-up for 2014.

Since running the Loon Mountain Race in July (USATF National Mountain Running Championship) and having one of my worst races of the year, I held my own in the last couple of mountain races in the series and ended up winning my 3rd USATF-New England Mountain Series Championship title in 4 years (Individual Final Standings here).   I ended up winning the Cranmore Hillclimb (results) in July.  This was my first ever Cranmore win, in 7 tries.  Cranmore served as the US Championship in 2009 (I was 12th), 2011 (I was 10th), and 2013 (I was 21st).  Other than that, I've been 2nd twice (once to Kevin Tilton in 2010 and once to Marco De Gasperi of Italy in 2012) and 3rd once in my first ever run here in 2008 (all those obviously in non-championship years). So it was nice to get my first win in my 'hometown' mountain race.

Cranmore HillClimb

As my amazing interview by LevelRenner indicates, I did think that this year's rendition of the Cranmore Hillclimb was the 'easiest' one yet.  It just didn't seem that difficult 'course-wise' this year.  Yes, there were a couple of climbs that were typical of the race, but compared to years where it was 3 laps or years where we did the far side (north end) of the mountain, this year's race seemed to be pretty tame.  I spent most of the first lap, trying to shake Todd and Matty Viega.  Matt actually took it out pretty hard early, and passed me only about a quarter mile in or so.  Todd stayed right behind me and by about 3/4 of a mile or so, I was able to pass Matt back before the middle grind up the far south part of the slopes.  There was a steep drop down through a glade and he slowed a bit in this section. I surged ahead and then was in the lead from there.  There was a pretty long climb in the middle of the loop but it did seem to 'flatten' out a bit from time to time.  I started to notice Todd creeping his way up towards me as the climb continued.  Nearing the top of the first climb, there is a flat section before it really goes for the kill.  There was a very steep grind where I ended up losing a lot of time and Todd moved up right behind me.  As I pushed out to the last pitch up the backside of the summit, I was only able to hold Todd off by a few seconds.  But as we crested over the top, I was able to put over a minute on him on the downhill.  Even though I was wearing the MudClaws, I still wiped out twice during the race.  Once right in front of the sign that said 'Ditch' (I went into the ditch anyways) and once while overshooting a turn and running right into the woods, off course, during one of the cut-through sections.

As I rolled through the start/finish area for the beginning of lap 2, I had a decent lead, but was not sure at all whether it would be enough to hold off Todd on the second climb.  He has been climbing a lot better than I have this year so I had little confidence I could hold him off.  My thought was that if I started the second loop with a big enough head start, I may be able to hold him off near the top and then put more time into him again on the downhill.  That is basically how it played out.

While I have no doubt Todd was able to make up some time, I was able to climb relatively steady on the way up the second loop and I never did get into danger of him catching me.  I surprised myself on the way back up and by the time I started the second downhill, I had way more of a lead than I had thought I would have.  It made the second descent easier to deal with. I was more cautious on the way down, although I did have to weave through lapped runners on the way down, which made things a bit more dicey.

In the end, I came through over 2 minutes ahead of a charging Matt Viega, who was able to overtake Todd for second place on the way down the second descent.  Todd finished up in 3rd place, only 14 seconds behind Matt. I was pretty pleased that I was actually able to win not only an overall race in the series this year, but also get my first ever Cranmore Hillclimb win.  (Considering you already probably know I won Bretton Woods before reading below, now, I've won every race in the series at least once, except Sleepy Hollow.  And if Josh Ferenc continues to go to Sleepy Hollow, that will never change :) )...

Strava Activity:

Bretton Woods

Most recently, in early October, I ran in the Bretton Woods Fell Race (results), which served as the last race in the USATF-New England Mountain Series.  Technically I didn't have to go to this one to win the series (as Dave Dunham had calculated that I would have just squeaked by in the series over Todd Callaghan by about 1.4 points or so).  I had done the Vermont 50 the week before, so I was skeptical as to whether I was going to be able to get out to this one and compete.  But as the week drew to a close, I felt better and better and just figured I'd be able to stick close to Todd and try to improve my score in the series (being able to substitute in a decent score from Bretton Woods and drop my Loon score).

My plan at Bretton Woods was simply to run the 'marked' safe route and/or try to stay w/ whoever was leading and just try to stay close and pray that my legs held up.  In the morning before I left for the ride up 302, I noticed on the website that only the route to the first 3 checkpoints was marked.  After that, there was no course markings at all.  This was a bit disheartening and I had to figure out another plan, as I hadn't studied the course at all and hadn't gone ahead of time to do any sort of planning.  When I got to the registration, I met up w/ DD and a few others who all had some intel on the course and potential routes they were going to take.  But the consensus was that Todd Callaghan would be the guy to beat (I agreed) and he had scoped out the course ahead of time (he went up the day before).  So my plan quickly changed to 'follow Todd wherever he goes'.

I warmed up w/ DD and changed into my MudClaw 265s.  My legs were a bit heavy and my calves and hammies were still pretty banged up, but I was excited for the race.

As the race began, there was a mad scramble in seemingly all directions by a big group of frontrunners.  I stuck behind Todd and shadowed every step he took for the most part.  Matt Viega was in tow and so was Erik Vendendries.  DD was lingering and that looked to be what the top 5 was going to be, very early on.   The first climb was a brute.  It was straight up to checkpoint A that was all the way at the top of the middle peak.  My calves got very sore and tight as the climb wore on and I fell back quite a ways.  Matt eventually passed me, as did Erik.  Just before DD rolled up on me, I stepped in a huge sinkhole up to my waist practically.  I could hear DD laughing behind me as I pulled myself to safety.  By the top of checkpoint A, I was in 4th, quite a ways behind Todd and right behind Erik.  I was just barely able to hold off Dave at the top.

 Once at the top, there was a slight reprieve before another climb up to checkpoint B.  I was following Matt and Todd and was able to drop Erik on the slight downhill between the two summits.  By the top of checkpoint B, I had almost caught Todd and Matt.  As the first big downhill started (all the way down to checkpoint C), Matty took off like he stole something.  Todd and I just rolled on the way down.  Then literally Todd rolled.  He took a pretty hard spill and slid down some grassy/rocky slope to the left of the dirt path on the ski slope.  It looked pretty nasty and his leg was all cut up.  He bounced up pretty quick though and we continued to push down the slope as Matt looked like he was pulling away.  I was really hurting physically on the downhill. My calves were getting very sore and my quads and hamstrings started telling me that they hadn't forgotten about the 50 miles I ran the previous weekend.

As we came through checkpoint C at the start/finish area, Todd and I started to gain on Matt a little bit.  Then we saw Matt take a slight left turn and head up a steeper slope than what Todd was going to go up.  I didn't hesitate and followed Todd's every move.  He wasn't even hesitating.  He didn't take the map out, didn't really even look at what Matt was doing.  It was like he was running a loop he does everyday.  I was content following and just remained a step or two behind him all the way up the far right climb.  As we pushed up I had to take an occasional step or two of a walk, because my legs were just really sore.  I wasn't really losing any ground on Todd though when I did this and just did it on and off for the rest of the climb up to checkpoint D.  Once at the top of that slope, there was a hard right up an incredibly steep slope to the checkpoint.  I looked all around and didn't see any signs of Matt or DD or Erik.  As Todd and I basically powerhiked that last pitch up to D, I figured Matt had probably taken a much longer way and gotten lost.  I asked the girl at checkpoint D if we were in 1st/2nd and she confirmed.  I then mentioned to Todd on the way back down, that we probably didn't have to kill ourselves the rest of the way, because I knew he had led us up the most efficient way possible and it was paying off bigtime.  We ran into Matt as he popped out of the woods on the opposite side he came up, and he mentioned he got lost.  We pointed him in the right direction and I knew at that point, there was no way he'd be catching us unless we got lost.  Shortly after seeing him, we saw DD as well, coming towards us.  He had also taken another way up.  I commented to him that right around the corner, he'd have a pretty big climb up to D.  From there, it was just Todd and I. We wouldn't see anyone again after that.

The drop across and then down to checkpoint E (about halfway down the middle slopes) was nice and easy.  Todd and I talked back and forth and I even moved out ahead a couple times but all the while, didn't want to start pushing it, because I had no clue where I was going.  Because nothing was marked, I either had to whip out my map and try to figure it out myself, or just stay with Todd and let him navigate.   A couple times, I moved slightly ahead and had to keep looking back to make sure I went the same way he did.  He would quietly take a left or right after I'd blow past it, and he wouldn't say anything (I probably wouldn't have either :)).  I would have to quickly adjust and follow him.

Once we dropped down and hit checkpoint E, it was back up a pretty serious climb across to F.   It was more of the same. Me shadowing Todd and us chatting about the course, how our training was going, etc.  Todd had mentioned he had a knee issue and he wasn't in the same great shape he was in during the summer.  I slowly started to think I wouldn't have a problem on the way down to the finish, but I needed to make sure I went the right way!  On the last climb up a rugged glade in the middle of the mountain, I saw checkpoint F.  I pushed ahead just a little and hit the checkpoint right ahead of Todd.  I then turned and started to bomb down.  My plan was now to open it up and run straight down (as straight as I could). I had NO idea if the slope I was on went all the way straight down or if it stopped and turned left or right, etc.  I was hoping it did dump out near the bottom, but was now committed to just pushing down for the win.

The more I dropped down through the glade, the more nervous I got as I moved ahead of Todd. I kept peeking back to see his blue shirt and knew I was still on track.  But then I got to a section where there was a quasi-fork in the trail.  I kept going 'straight' and turned around a bit later to see if Todd followed, but didn't see him anymore.  I kept looking and he was gone.  I immediately had that sinking feeling that he took the right way back up at the fork and I was running into never never land.  I pushed more and more down, ran over a wooden bridge, and then dumped out onto a dirt road.  I then came to a trail that dumped out to my right. I looked up it and it was steep as anything.  I looked down the direction I was about to go down and immediately convinced myself it was wrong.  I stopped.  I then tried to figure out if I was going to keep going or go UP to the right.  I saw the condos down to the right through the trees and it was deja vu. I kept thinking about last year.  Where I was running well and then I got lost and dropped out in the area near those condos.   I debated whether to actually bushwhack through those condos again or go right.  I started to run up the right hand slope. I got halfway up and thought that there was no way it could benefit me, to climb all the way up again.  So I turned, headed back down, and then just before I was going to reluctantly cut through to those condos, I turned again to look back up the way I came and I saw Todd's blue shirt coming down the slope!   I was never so happy to see someone catching me in a race.  I immediately turned and headed straight down the slope I was originally going to go down.  Only a few seconds later, it turned the corner and opened up to the start/finish area and I could see the finish line.  I had gone from thinking I was definitely going to win, to thinking I had screwed up AGAIN and was going to DNF, back to thinking I was going to win again. I pushed down to the line and was just 10 seconds ahead of Todd, who did ALL the work.  Matty V held his 3rd place (and secured 3rd place in the series behind Todd and myself), and a bloodied Dave Dunham held on for 4th place.

Strava Activity:

L-R: Matt Viega (CMS), JJ (CMS/Inov-8), Todd Callaghan (CMS)

Video courtesy of the Level.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13 (Monday)

October 13 (Monday) - Late day run w/ KT in the Green Hills in North Conway (a few years old, but HERE is a good resource for anyone looking to check out the extensive network of trails back there)...  We went from the new trailhead next to Walmart (the usual scene of the crime nowadays).  Headed up some single track, double track, and then got caught in the dark.  No headlamps meant a mad scramble back to the power lines so we could somewhat see our way back out of there.  Cut short to 7.7 miles but felt good to just get an easy run in after a 30 mile weekend and 8100 ft. of climbing....

Updates coming....

It's been quite some time since I've had the motivation to update the blog but I'm going to try to get back to some sort of regularity with this thing + some retrospective posts to make up for lost time.... Since I last updated this in July (yikes), I've raced 10 times, and put up some solid long runs, some workouts, and some OK mileage.  For those who aren't friends with me on Facebook or who don't keep in touch w/ me via other means, you probably haven't been kept in the loop at all. I'll try to fill in some gaps here and provide some highlights from the second part of my summer up until now.

Since July 12 (I last blogged on July 11), I've put in 810 miles and spent a lot of that focused on training for the Vermont 50 miler while also trying to remain healthy.  I also had another baby :).   I did some decent weekly long runs in the mountains and on the trails with Kevin Tilton and continued to do the USATF-New England Mountain Series + the rest of the Whitaker Woods Summer Series.

I am going to shoot up some quick race recaps of the rest of the summer + some training posts to recap some of the more memorable runs leading up to Vermont.

From this past weekend's run in my hood...