Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Week of March 12th - 18th

Monday - 8mi/55min in Pisgah w/Fyffe and Griffin.  Beautiful sunny day.  I left Jen in the woods waiting for me at the gate, while we ran home.  Oops!

Tuesday - 0mi

Wednesday - 10mi*/67min - Track workout 10x200m(32-31 sec avg) w/Fyffe and George.(James there also).  Nice and easy workout.  Lifted weights.

Thursday - 9mi/63min in Pisgah w/Ferenc and the Girls.  Trails are 100% clear of snow and ice.  Usually they're not clear until the 2nd week of April.  Lower back is tight.

Friday - 8mi/52min in Pisgah w/Griffin.  Good run saw some wood ducks and black ducks.  I did some yoga to loosen up my back.  It seemed to help.

Saturday - 5mi/35min in Pisgah w/Griffin and (Jen).  Drove down to Norfolk, MA to stay with Jen's brother's family the night before New Bedford.

Sunday - 17mi*/1:45 - New Bedford Half Marathon - 1:12:45(5:33) 38th??  (I'm not in the results - faulty chip?)

I wasn't sure about my fitness for this race, but I thought I should be very close to last year's time (1:10:26) + or - 30sec.  I ended up really struggling out there and tanking.  I'm not sure what happened.  I really think the heat may have affected me a little bit.  I'm notoriously the biggest wimp I know in hot weather, I love running in the cold.  My breathing and legs felt fine, I just kept running slower.  I've noticed that trend with me in warmer weather.  I also dumped a lot of water on my head which is a sure sign that I was over-heated.  It wasn't that hot out, but that's really the only thing I can think of.  I'll let my miles tell the story:

1mi - 5:14 - felt very relaxed, no stress, breathing good
2mi - 5:18 - still relaxed, enjoying myself
3mi - 5:33 - hitting the hills, purposefully running very easy.  Others around me breathing heavier
4mi - 5:39 - in the hills, again holding back, last year I was hurting bad here, running w/Dan and Al
5mi - 5:17 - I felt fine, expected that mile to be a bit faster though
6mi - 5:25 - Dan V. running away from me, I'm slowing down, not sure why
7mi - 5:14 - That's more like it, feeling hot, this is my final push to get back on pace
8mi - 5:33 - that sucked, into the wind, group went by, couldn't latch on.  UH OH
9mi - 5:52 - Oh man.  I'm tanking.  Hold on, keep plugging away. 
10mi - 5:32 - 54:38 split.  That's 1min 10sec slower than last year.  Slower than DH Jones, I'm always faster here then at DH Jones.  I am hot.  Where's the water? 2 cups on the head.
11mi - 5:45 - Scott Leslie goes flying by. 
12mi - 5:44 - This hill sucks.  There goes Al Bernier
13.1mi - 6:35 - finally finished, that was rough!

I had a nice cool down with the guys and enjoyed a fish sandwich and some chowder. 

Total: 57miles for the week.  Time to go into Vermont City Mode!


  1. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who hates warmer temps. Give me 20 degrees over 70 anyday, anytime, any run, anywhere.

    Don't worry though, you're still the man!!

  2. Hammetts were meant to be swimming in the ocean when it's hot.

  3. Nice race man!! It was a shock to the system the instant 70 degree day in march. See ya in 2 weeks at andy's race!

  4. I'm sure the sudden onslaught of heat had a lot to do with it. I was a little worried when I didn't see your name in the results. You still had a good race though. Look at it this way, when you feel like you're bonking at mile nine, you only have a little more than 20 minutes or so to go. I'm looking at a half hour+. Have a good week, missed you out there today.