A Brick!

Today I managed a brick. Not only was this my first brick of the year, but the first time I have been on a bike since USAT Nationals in August! The run was an easy 5.5 mile jog followed by a 17 mile ride. I’m not going to say how slow I went.

I did test out my new winter gloves from Planet Bike. I picked up a pair of their Borealis gloves and am quite happy. The temperature was at 25F and a bit windy, but my fingers stayed toasty warm. Do make sure you pick up the current version, with the unattached insert as it is easier to use. With the old version, if a finger of the liner comes out of the shell, it can be difficult to get back in. I ordered an extra large, the the expectation that theyWould be roomy enough for a thin liner, but these run a bit small. I don’t have particularly large fingers, but XL fits me with little room to spair.

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Reasonable but slow first week of 2012

I got in my first full week of training. Well, “full” might be a bit strong. I didn’t ride or do anything but run, but run I did. I managed 32 miles at a slow 8:35 pace, much of it over hilly terrain. There is still very little spring to my step and I definitely feel the last few miles. My long run was a 9.5 mile hilly run through Shelburne Farms. Last year at this time there was probably 2 feet of snow on some of the trails I ran on, but then last year I could have probably run through those 2 feet of snow at the same pace I ran yesterday’s 9.5.

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Slow, but at least steady.

I ran on Tuesday and again today. Nothing special although the paced, at 8:17, was faster than I thought it would be. I’m in a deep hole and need to do a lot of shoveling to get out.

I did run in the Neuton MV2 on Tuesday and today ran in my Brooks T7s. I still don’t have the fitness to benefit much from these shoes since I’m mostly just plodding along.

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Yuck!

I managed run #2 of the season today: a 7.6 miles run at a painfully slow 8:40 min pace. I definitely paid the price for starting yesterday at such a brisk pace. I did get to run in two of my favorite shoes: yesterday I ran in my Mizuno Wave Universe ( close to 400 miles and still going strong, and todat in my Asics Piranahas.

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The Season Started Today…I think

We went skiing today. The conditions certainly weren’t great, with ice here and there and scratchy hard pack everywhere else, but nothing some good sharp edges couldn’t handle.

After getting back I went for a 5.4 mile run. This is my first run in a while and I felt it. I kept the turnover quick and the pace under 8 minute miles. I’m feeling it now. I’ll try to get out for a slightly longer run tomorrow, but I’ll need to keep the pace down.

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First Run of 2012

After having cut way back on my training due to work, being sick, and even taking a nasty fall in the ice I went out for the first run in a while and the first of the year. I managed only 5.4 miles but I did run those miles at a 7:38 pace. Normally, I wouldn’t be worrying about my pace, but I am guessing the time I can allocate to training will be very limited this year, again do to workload. So if I can’t run long, I might as well run hard.

The only two races I have on my calendar are American Zofingen in May, and USAT Nationals in August. I wasn’t particularly happy with my performance in either race and I don’t expect I’ll do better this year. Afterall I’m starting the race 9 pounds heavier and with a lot less base.

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Running around the Charles

It has probably 25 years since I gone for a run around the Charles.  Many years ago I lived in Watertown, MA, and even more years ago I lived in Boston.  During that time, running around the Charles was my favorite place to run.  I trained for my first marathon by running around the Charles.

Since I’m in Boston for work, I figured I take a long run around the Charles.  I ran from Copley to the Mass Ave Bridge, and then out to Watertown on the Boston side and back on the Cambridge side. A little over 16 miles, I think.

Little has changed in 25 years.  In some places the pavement is a little rougher than I remembered.  The big difference is the addition of porto-lets.  I can remember many a long run wishing they had such a thing.  The pollution from cars was pretty bad, but probably not any worse than it was 25 years ago.  And of course, there we now plenty of oblivious people walking along talking on their cell phones.  Yes, there were oblivious people 25 years ago walking along the Charles, but I think that cell phones have multiplied their numbers.

Overall, I had a great run.  I averaged less than a 7:15 pace on the way out.  I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to run sub 7:00 miles for 4 or 5 miles after making the turn in Watertown.  I averaged about 6:55, although I had to work to do it.

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My Garmin 305 is Back

I mentioned some time back that my Garmin Forerunner 305 had died after many years of faithful service. The 305 is a great tool with an intuitive interface and all the functions a runner or triathlete could want.

The fact that it had died did not reflect poorly upon Garmin or on the Forerunner line. My 305 outlived a Polar HRM and two Timex Ironman watches. If I had to throw it in the trash, I would have been OK with that.

But what is amazing about Garmin is that they allow all 305 owners to trade in their dead and out-of-warranty GPS for a refurbished unit for only $79. That is a great deal and reflects Garmin’s great customer service.

Thank you, Garmin!

My only complaint is that it arrived today and I have a rest day scheduled for tomorrow. I may have to find an excuse to go for a run tomorrow. Right now, it is sitting in its cradle charging.

As for my training, I ran 10 miles this AM at a <7:30 pace. I included 8 very hard hill intervals and 3 miles at race pace.

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54 Miles this Week

54 solid miles this week.  I was a little worried yesterday due to a tight calf muscle that was triggering some shin splints in my left lower leg.  After running yesterday AM I applied some Arnica and mangled my calf with some deep tissue massage.

This morning my calf was a little sore and bruised, but it had loosened up and wasn’t triggering the shin splints, so I got 16 miles at less than a 7:30 pace.

I’m going to cut back a little next week and take a recovery week because I’m feeling a little beat up right now.

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11 Mile Tempo Run

Another beautiful pre-dawn run…this one of 11 miles that included two 20 minute tempo intervals separated by a 2 minute recover interval. I’m still without my Garmin 305 (sent it back to Garmin for refurbishing after many years of faithful service) so I’m guessing on the pace of the temp intervals, but I think they were in the 6:30 area.  Overall my pace was 7:08 which is pretty good for me.

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