Monday, October 17, 2011

Post Pisgah Phunk

This happened to me last year. I put a lot of effort and energy into training for the 50k at Pisgah and then I have to regroup and get re-excited for a road marathon. Back in August, I remember thinking it would be easier this year to stay motivated and keep going with high mileage in the 80's and 90's after Pisgah. Well here are my weeks after Pisgah:
1. 39mi
2. 51mi
3. 72mi
4. 60mi

As you can see, not too impressive. Life happens. I'm coaching xc this time of year and that gets in the way. Meetings at school. Blah blah blah. You get the idea. The 39mile week I was fine with. That was meant to be a recovery week. Following that was my 51mile week, where I got a very nasty cold that wiped me out. The last 2 weeks have been o.k. During week 3 post Pisgah, I had 2 good m.p. runs, which were good confidence boosters. Last week, week 4, I had a great 23 miler ending the last 5miles in 27:39. Maybe, just maybe, I'm snapping out of this funk and I'll be ready to run a great marathon at Cape Cod in two weeks. We'll see. I'd still love to go sub 2:30, but I'd be happy with anything under 2:34:32 (my p.r.). I'm getting married this Saturday which should be fun and will force me to taper. Hey Cape Cod, ready or not, here I come!!

Week of October 10th-16th

Monday: 7mi/50min in Pisgah w/Ferenc and the girls. I have sore legs. The woods are gorgeous right now.

Tuesday: 3mi/22min in Friedsam w/XC team
5mi/33min in Friedsam w/Griffin. Legs a wee tired.

Wednesday: 2mi*/12min in P.E. class. I ran the mile in 4:47. Kind of fun. Had a meet and knew I wouldn't be able to run. lifted weights

Thursday: 3mi/24min w/Health class and XC
9mi/62min in Pisgah w/Griffin. Great run. The foliage is at peak right now. Beautiful!

Friday: 0mi-lifted weights and drove to Hartford to watch Fyffe and Ferenc.

Saturday:10mi/66min in Hartford warming up, running around to watch the marathon and cooling down. I had a great time down there. It was WINDY!! I'm proud of Fyffe for going for it. It was fun being a handler.

Sunday: 23mi*/2:27 in Saxton's River. 18miles on trails w/Ferenc, the girls, and Whistle. Then I immediately changed shoes and hit the roads while Josh biked along side. I ran the 5miles in 27:39. This was a great run. The weather was gorgeous, breezy again.

Total: 60miles - I'll take it.

Week of October 3rd-9th


T-0-lifted weights


10mi*/58:09-M.P. run.

F- 1.5mi/11min


S-20mi*/2:04 M.P. run. - 8miles easy (6:25,6:43,6:28,6:47,6:10,6:24,6:26,6:25-51:52)
+ 10miles at M.P. (5:43,5:36,5:45,5:52,5:37,5:44,5:44,5:46,6:05,5:42-57:38) Good run. It was tough.

Total: 72mi

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Week of September 26th-October 2nd

Monday: am- 3mi/20min w/Griffin on rds
2mi/16min w/XC team
pm-14mi/1:32 in Saxton's River Trails w/Ferenc and the girls. Nice run. lifted weights

Tuesday: 9mi/63min in Pisgah w/Griffin. Legs tired today.

Wednesday: 0mi- Had an xc meet today and I have a nasty cold.

Thursday: 0mi - really feeling sick and crappy today.

Friday: 8mi/50min in Pisgah w/Griffin. Feeling a lot better. Great run. lifted weights

Saturday: 5mi/34min in Pisgah w/Griffin and Jimmy. Cold and rainy morning. Feeling a little worn out.

Sunday: 10mi*/62min @ Pinnacle Challenge-22:17 for the trail run(1st). Our team got 2nd in 2:03:32. It was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, George had a mechanical issue on the mtn. bike leg and had to run a lot of the course. We could have won and broken 2 hrs for sure. Next year!

Total- 51mi - Not a great week. Sucked getting a cold, but I'm feeling fine now.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Week of September 19th-25th

Monday: 0mi

Tuesday: 0mi

Wednesday: 10mi/68min. in Pisgah w/Griffin. Legs still a little sore, especially on downhills.

Thursday: 0mi - Had an xc meet. Starting to get sick.

Friday: 14mi/1:33 in Pisgah w/Fyffe and Griffin. It rained hard while we were out there. Legs feel good, but I have a nasty sore throat. lifted weights

Saturday: 10mi/68min on Westmoreland Tracks w/Fyffe, Ferenc, the girl, and the Bellows Falls xc team. Nice run. Had a great breakfast at Stuart and John's after. Driving home I saw a sandhill crane. Cool sighting.

Sunday: 5mi/44min in Pisgah w/Jen, Glenn, Jimmy, and Griffin. Nice and easy. I was gonna double but was being lazy.

Total- 39mi. Decent recovery week. I don't care about the low mileage. I'll run more next week.