Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mud, Rain and Trails

Past two days off... well, kind of. Sunday was off but yesterday I did hike just under two miles to a remote pond to fish. But today, a real run on real trails in real mud. It was awesome. With the rain there were some puddles so big they could have held trout.

What was more important was I felt great. Given the mud and the pouring rain, the pace for this route was nice and it felt easy. If I can continue to feel like this for the rest of my short runs this week - but while holding back, mind you - I will be very confident when I toe the line in Hopkinton. 

And yes, I probably overuse this video for muddy runs, but I don't care because it's still one of the greatest songs of all time:


Ran 3.6 miles @ 8:49/pace. 
Trails, very muddy with large puddles and some patches of ice. 
Very hilly. 
Upper 50s, overcast, heavy to moderate rain. 
New Balance MT1010, short, short sleeved shirt, cap. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jack and Jill and Gnarlins

A really great Jack and Jill baby shower today for my very good friends Ian and Emma. Naturally, running was involved, and it was a great day with my super duper awesome Trail Monster Running friends.

Kate and I got their early to help set up a bit. Well, Kate set up a bit in all fairness... I just joined the group getting a jump start on the running since Ry-Bread and John were going long.

My plan was 10 miles, but the trail conditions were... well... horrendous. Pretty much equal parts of dirt, mud, snow and ice. Treacherous ice at that. As a result, the going was very slow, especially since I had regular trail shoes that weren't screwed and the YakTrax were foolishly left at home.

So, as a result, I was very satisfied to get in roughly 8.5 miles (my GPS wasn't behaving). This run was worth at least 11 miles.

Afterwards, there were barley sodas, awesome food and of course, watching two awesome friends open baby-related gifts. All the while I was musing at what incredible parents they are going to be and that kid will be very lucky to have them.

Ran 8.5 miles @ 11:40/mile pace.
Trails, full gamut of conditions.
Slightly hilly.
Lower 50s to lower 60s, sunny.
New Balance MT1010, shorts, short sleeved shirt.

Friday, April 11, 2014

70 Degrees

Yep. 70F/21C during today's run. It felt really, really nice. My body was like "Whoa, I'm not used to running in this warm crap" but my mind was like "Ha ha ha ha, this is awesome".

Legs... well, my kneecaps felt a little sore, but that was not an issue once warmed up. Just a mild case of runner's knee, I think. Energy... meh. Though with the sudden warm temps I'm sure that threw me off a bit. It always does.

Afterwards, some fishing near a friend's camp but got skunked... April is always extremely hit and miss, with way more misses than hits for most folks. Especially this year, with winter running later into the year. So, it's all good.

Came home, and Kate and I lit some logs in the fire pit while enjoying a few barley sodas. Peeper Ale was had. Why? Well, funny you should ask. We have an annual tradition that we have said beverage when we hear the spring peepers for the first time. Such was the case this evening. Nice.


Ran 4.1 miles @ 7:41/mile pace.
Paved roads, small trail section.
Slightly hilly.
70 degrees, partly cloudy.
Saucony Virrata, shorts, short sleeved shirt.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Dog Crap

Dog crap. It sucks to step in. It sucks even worse when your run feels like it. Such was the case today.

Ran a warm-up and it didn't feel all that great. Began some interval work and the feeling stayed. Legs just felt dead, so I cut it short.

Gotta say, I'm really frustrated right now. Ever since I got the flu last month, I just haven't felt the same. Expectations are now pretty low for Boston. But it is what it is. Let's just run the dang thing and try to have fun, then follow it up with a spring/summer of minimal racing, but lot's of running and fly fishing... combined. I think my heart is already at running out to very remote streams and ponds and catching trout.

w/u: Ran 1.7 miles @ 7:46/mile pace.
Intervals: Ran .9 miles @ 6:46/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Slightly hilly for w/u, flat for intervals.
Upper 40s, partly cloudy.
Saucony Virrata, shorts, short sleeved shirt, long sleeved shirt.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Holding Back

Held back today. No, no, not my pace! The urge to go to the bathroom. After three miles a Code Brown alert was issued. I knew a path was just down the hill where I could get into the woods and take care of things, and it took all of my willpower to get there without fumbling the ball.

I emerged from the trees two pounds lighter and continued on my run. All of that aside, I otherwise felt pretty mediocre. Normally less than two weeks out from a marathon, I'm experiencing taper worms and having to hold back. This time around, I feel a bit like a semi-truck with three flat tires driving down a washed out dirt road. Stupid flu.

Very light interval workout tomorrow. Then I'll fish. Yesterday, I had good success on a local pond, landing my first brookie of the season. Despite part of the pond being covered with ice still and no hatches that were visible, they were hitting the surface and I landed this little guy with a dry fly.

Caught and released. 

Ran 7.1 miles @ 7:58/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Very hilly.
Lower 50s, overcast.
Saucony Virrata, shorts, long sleeved shirt.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Dodging Earthworms

Rain had just ended when I began the run, but a cool mist still hung in the air. However, what lended to a spring-like feel was the plethora of earthworms on the sides of the roads. I saw some robins that were quite busy on the lawns.

Run was... well... meh. I started out feeling sluggish, but at least it didn't get any worse. A level feeling of mediocrity-at-best throughout. Legs felt fine, it was just my energy. Not sure why exactly, but only a little over two weeks left to finish kicking off this rust.

Ran 15.4 miles @ 8:11/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Moderately hilly.
Mid to upper 30s, overcast, light mist at the start.
Saucony Virrata, long tights, windbreaker, short sleeved shirt, buff, gloves.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Easy Fiver and Boston Thoughts

Uneventful five miler at an easy pace. Weather a bit on the cool side but still nice.

Gotta say, I'm now getting pretty excited for Boston. Part of me just wants it to be over with, but a bigger part of me that continues to grow is remembering that it is an honor to be in this race and I can't wait for two weeks from Monday.

Obviously what's helping with that is turning that corner after the flu and I feel like I'm back at a good spot. I don't think breaking three hours is realistic for me at this point, but if I'm feeling awesome on race day I'll certainly go for it. Regardless, I should still have a good outcome that I'm happy with. Like I said, it's just an honor to be a part of it.

Ran 5.0 miles @ 7:56/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Slightly hilly.
Lower 40s, sunny.
Saucony Virrata, shorts, short sleeved shirt, long sleeved shirt, beanie.