Friday, April 1, 2016

04/01/2016 Speedwork aborted! 5 1/2 miles instead

Unfortunately, this isn't an April Fool's joke.  I had planned, as I wrote yesterday, to do a pyramid run from 200-16, then back down.  However, 5 steps into the first 200M, my left hamstring was ablaze and I shut it down.  I decided to simply get in a few miles to get me to 30ish for the week and not put the hamstring.  On a regular run, there is a little discomfort, but it's nothing I can't handle.

However, there was no way I was running anything in the 6:00/mile pace range today.  I need to ice, pop some pills, and figure out what's up.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

My Racing bucket list

Here is a list of the races I currently have on my radar.  Some of them are easy logistically, maybe this year.  Some of them are a stretch and I may be hard pressed to get to.  However, that doesn't mean I won't at least attempt to try and talk my wife into some of them. :)

The list will undoubtedly grow and I will put it in the sidebar as a constant presence.  I have to start off with number one, and it's a race I did last year and hope to do every year for the foreseeable future.  After #1, the list is in no particular order, except grouped by distance.

  1. The New York City Marathon-  What's better than running through all 5 boroughs with 50,000 of your closest friends while a million strangers cheer you on for hours?
  2. Boston Marathon-  It's the world's oldest annual marathon.  It is held in the great city of Boston.  It has legendary stories of American runners including Alberto Salazar, Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Amby Burfoot, and more.
  3. Marine Corps Marathon-  A prestigious marathon in our nation's capitol.  The largest, no prize money marathon.  Thousands of runners, servicemen/women, patriotism, and as the website says, "honor, courage, and commitment."
  4. Eugene Marathon-  A marathon in Tracktown USA?  It ends on the legendary track at Hayward Field.  Steve Prefontaine, Bill Bowerman, and more have graced that track, and one day, I will too (hopefully :).
Ultra distances:
  1. Three Days at the Fair- Race Directors, Rick & Jennifer McNulty put on events throughout the year.  "Three days" is a whole bunch of races, from marathon up to 72 hour races.  A few of which, the 50K and the 24 and 48 hr races, are the USATF-NJ Championships.  They are super organized and well stocked for runners.  It's a tight knit community that loves to sweat and form blisters together.  I look forward to trying out an ultra race there.
  2. The NorthFace Endurance Series, Bear Mountain-  A 50K and a 50 mile race have been on my mind for years at the Bear Mountain venue.  It's only about 40 minutes from me, and it will happen.
  3. Cayuga Trails 50-  In only a few short years, this 50 miler has grown in size and popularity.  It is now the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships and it looks like a great, challenging course.
13.1 and below:
  1. NYC half Marathon-  This March race is like a mini version of the NYC Marathon with it's huge field, great crowds, and lottery based entry.  Another great race in the best city in the world.
  2. West Point Half Marathon-  I just heard about this race and it sounds like a great one.  Another March race, tons of hills around the legendary West Point campus, and 2016 was the first year that non-cadets were allowed to run.  
  3. Fear the Deer Trail Half-  A difficult trail race in Colorado, put on by Scott Jones, @athleteonfire, and his race company, Lifes2short events.
  4. Falmouth Road Race- Since 1972, this road race in Cape Cod has become one of the most storied events in the nation.  It is heralded by the elites and draws top runners from all over the world every year.  At 7 miles, you are running an off distance race in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.  
  5. B.A.A. 5K-  During the Boston Marathon weekend, this 5K is a classic and it's full of the hype and lead up to the Boston 26.2.
It will remain a work in progress.  I will probably add, but am unlikely to remove, races in the future.

03/31/2016 Beautiful day for a run

It's a beautiful day for a run and I just finished up a decent 5 miler.  It took me about 41 minutes as I was just out to get a run in, on my fourth day in a row.  I didn't want to blow it all out as I have a big workout tomorrow.

I have decided to do a pyramid workout tomorrow.  It looks like it's going to be 200m, 400m, 800m, 1200m, 1600m, and then back down.  I plan on doing 100% recoveries in between.  Taking the warm up and the cool down into play, I should end up with a strong 7+ mile workout tomorrow.  It should also put me over the 30 mile threshold for the week.  

Then I get the weekend off, for my body's sake :)

A great, easy granola recipe, from @ahealthfulheart

Recently, I was browsing a group I belong to and found a great recipe for granola.  I am a sucker for granola and have to keep myself from eatings 8 servings at a time.  The biggest problem most granola recipes have is that they are often loaded with sugar in some form or another.  However, this one in the link below is not heavy on the sugar at all and it's not a difficult recipe.  I like the idea of switching the chocolate chips in it to dark chocolate chips for some added nutritional power and, I like dark chocolate better.  Enjoy!!

Chocolate Chia Granola

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Quick run and a new post coming

I had limited time to run today, but wanted to keep the momentum up.  I got out for a fast run of about 5 miles and finished in exactly 40 minutes.  A strong run for a third day in a row, even though my left piriformis and hamstring just suck right now.  I can manage to run, but my range of motion is a little less than normal.  The worst part is that I feel it on every step.  I think I need to put in a call to my tri-teammate, Physical Therapist, Jeff Zeigler.  

In the meantime, I have a few post ideas I am working on to give you more and more information you can use.  Some of the ideas are smaller, easier, like a write up featuring some bucket list races I have that might also interest others.  Some, like two part interview series I am currently brainstorming, will take a little.  Also, I am gathering some intel on the world of podcasting, thought I might give it a shot.

I don't know if people want to hear my weird voice though.  FYI, National Running Day is coming up in a few short months, June 3rd.  Make your plans now!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

03/29/2016 Faster run, more miles needed

It's mid to high 40's here, but windy as hell.  I'm not a fan, and the wind was in my face more than it was at my back.  I went out a little quick for what I wanted to accomplish today.  I was looking to get in 8 or so miles.  I cut it short at 7 miles, but am happy with the pace.  I finished in a total of 55 minutes.  A 7:51/mile pace is strong, especially with the decent hill on the loop every time through.  I ran 7 loops and almost a quarter mile hill each time around.  

More miles and some speed work will hopefully round out this week.  I am debating on whether I want to do 400 meter repeats on Friday or a pyramid of 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1600, 1200, 800, 400.  Either of those will kick my ass, so I cannot go wrong.  I am leaning towards the pyramid as of now, since it would be less boring.

Monday, March 28, 2016

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03/28/2016 Back at it and a lot in the works....

It's been a little while since I ran or posted anything of real significance.  I offer no apologies though, as my kids have been through the sickness ringer over the last 2 weeks, highlighted by a 4 night stay at Valley Hospital for my 2 1/2 month old.  The all inclusive stay at Valley was required by a nice bout of RSV, that made it quite difficult at times, for him to breath well.  Now that the RSV, the Strep, and the bad cold seem to be headed out the door for TJ and his siblings, I can get back out and run my ass off.  Literally.  I have about 11 weeks and 10-15 lbs. to lose before the Franklin Lakes Triathlon.  Cue the yogurt and tuna lunch today.

It always feels good to be back running after a few days off.  The body feels fresh and you remember why you enjoy running so much.  Sometimes, during the throws of training, the fun can seem far away.  I was happy to be running for my roughly 6.5 miler today, in about an hour.  The only bad part, was that it was indoors because of the rain and cold.  It did give me a lot of time to mull over some topics, and content I want to expound upon soon. 

In the coming weeks, I hope to add some new elements to my blog, as well as begin to reach even more people.  More on that in the future.