Saturday, November 23, 2013
12mi*/1:15. Lil Rhody Runaround - 45:45 (5:43) 1st place. I went into this year's race feeling less than confident. The last 2 years I came into this race in monster shape (for me). Jonny was telling me how fit all the Rhody guys were and I had a large target on my back. I was scared that this year might be a real dog fight for the win. My strategy was to go out hard and accelerate on the trails and see who had the guts to follow me. I stuck to my strategy and had company right away. Mike Galoob and I thought Chris Garvin were right on my back. We went through the mile in around 5:13. (I heard Mike's GPS beep and I glanced at my watch. As we ran through the camp ground roads those 2 guys stuck close to me. I had about a 1 second lead which was a hint to me that maybe they weren't too relaxed with the fast pace. (I know if I was feeling good I'd sit right on the leader's shoulder to put a little pressure on). When we entered back into the trails after around 10min of running I decided now was the time to try and make a move. I ran hard. I slowly started to get some separation. As we hit the first sharp left hand turn after the bridges I glanced back and saw I had about a 10 second gap. I was hurting but I was happy with the gap I created. I decided to really push the pace through the technical bridge and rocky section before the covered bridge. When I exited the covered bridge, I glanced back and couldn't see anybody. I told my self to keep hammering. I ran the first half of the race in pain but happy to be building my lead. As I left the woods onto Buckeye Brook Rd., I glanced at my watch. I can't remember exactly but it was right around 24 flat which is pretty much what I always run to this point. I glanced back as I re-entered the trails and couldn't see anyone. I knew at this point in the race that I was going to win my 7th Lil Rhody. I was pleased but knew I couldn't relax. As the the trail climbed, I felt pretty terrible. I was starting to get hot and suffering from the fast pace. I saw the Seekels and the Ornsteins in the woods but I was too tired and focused to hear what they said. I finally got to the Kings Factory Rd. where I saw Bentley. He gave me some encouragement and I dug down. I was really hurting and looked back a thousand times. It was great to hit the line in 45:45. Not a stellar time for me, but I've won with much slower times and I was really pleased to win this one. I certainly had my doubts. Now it was time to cheer for friends and family to finish. Wooley and Galoob were the next guys across the line in the 47's. I was anxiously waiting for Jonny to cross the line. I was hoping he'd break 49. He came sprinting across the line in 48:59. I was afraid they'd add a second to his time, but the time held, 48:59. Sweet! Boj ran a solid race and Jen was pleased with her time. Pard crossed the line in 1:13 looking good. He won his 70+ age group though at first they thought a guy ran 49:30. Turns out that guy was 25, not 75! I did some research of older results and it looks like Pard is now the course record holder for 70+. That will give me something to shoot for in the distant future. He suffered a fall and had a nasty wrist contusion. Luckily, Jen is an athletic trainer and was able to take care of him. He seem unfazed by the injury, but it looked nasty. Sarah ran a great race and was really happy with her time. We had some great food and drinks at Jonny's house after. I don't know how many more of these things I can keep winning, but I sure would like to go for 7 more. I dedicated this win to my new niece and nephew, Emma and Brady and to my best cheerleading niece and nephew, Ellie and Jackson. Thanks mom for cheering too! I love this race and look forward to doing it for many years.
Posted by Greg at 1:22 PM
4mi/26min in Pisgah with Griffin and Jimmy. Cold morning run. Drove to Rhode Island in the afternoon. We got a flat tire and then went and bought a new tire on the way down. I thought we were going to have to turn around because I didn't want to travel 2hrs on a donut. Luckily, there was a Tire Warehouse not too far away. Tomorrow is Lil Rhody. Feeling ready.
Posted by Greg at 12:59 PM
9mi/68min in Pisgah with George, Boj and Griffin. Legs sluggish. Had to wear the headlamps for the last 25min which makes for slow going on the technical trails. I couldn't make it to the track for a workout because my truck was having some issues, so Boj and George came out to run instead.
Posted by Greg at 12:54 PM
Monday, November 11, 2013
10mi*/68min. Wounded Warrior 5K - 16:36 (5:21) 1st place. I think the course might be a bit long or at least I'm praying it is. Happy to get the win and a solid effort on a beautiful Veteran's Day. Nice warm-up and cool-down with George. Feeling good.
Posted by Greg at 1:50 PM
4mi/33min in Pisgah with Jen and Griffin. My body and legs were feeling tired and stiff. I decided to just go with a short easy run. Good decision. Total for the week: 51miles. Total for the year: 2,557mi. I'm going to have a hard time breaking 3000. It probably won't happen, but we'll see. Next week I'm racing at Lil Rhody.
Posted by Greg at 1:46 PM
12mi*/1:14 with Boj and Griffin in Pisgah. This was a moderate progression run. We got on the gas for the last 4 miles. My legs felt a little bit flat. I did 3x8 pullups and 3x25 pushups after. We saw 7 hikers on the Ridge trail which is pretty unusual. We also saw a couple of hunters on the Hubbard Hill trail. Nice day in the woods.
Posted by Greg at 1:44 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2013
10mi*/67min. Drummer Hill workout with Andy, Boj, and Clint. We did the mile first but we have no idea of where it ends. I ran hard for 6:20 what ever that means. After that we did the 400 and 200 equivalent hills that the college guys do. We went 4 x 400 with jog back down recovery: (71, 72, 68, 60). Then on to 4 x 200 (31, 29, 27, 24.9) I was really happy with my last 400 and last 200. It was nice to really get up on the toes and hammer. Pretty good effort all around. Seemed like everyone was psyched about their workout. Headlamp and reflective vest on for the cool down. Watched the first quarter of the Celtic's game at Boj's after. Who the heck are these guys?
Posted by Greg at 2:53 AM
Am: 3mi/20min on the roads solo. Pm: 9mi/62min in Saxton's River trails with Ferenc, Lena, and Ellie. We saw a porcupine and miracle of all miracles the dogs did not get quilled! We had to switch on the headlamps at the end of the run coming down the switchbacks. Tis the season for headlamps and bright orange clothing. Legs sluggish.
Posted by Greg at 2:48 AM
Am: 4mi/28min in Pisgah with Griffin. Good chilly morning run. I watched the NYC Marathon after at Glenn's house. Pm: 9mi/57min on the Putney dirt roads with Ferenc. Rolling along feeling good. We had a run in with a couple of dogs. Their owners stood there watching as the dogs growled at us inches from our crotches and thighs. We kicked at them to shoo them away. I asked the owners if they were going to call their dogs and they yelled back,"Don't kick them, they don't bite". I yelled back that we've heard that before and that they were closer to biting us than we were to kicking them. I then asked for an apology. We might be waiting a long time for that to come. An otherwise awesome run. Total for the week: 66mi.
Posted by Greg at 2:40 AM
13mi/1:23 in Pisgah with Ferenc and the girls. Ferenc saw and otter in a stream. I didn't get a great look at it, but I saw it's tail swirling around in the water. Later in the run we saw an enormous old raccoon that climbed an oak tree to escape the dogs. Great run on a warm November day. We realized from the top of Pisgah Ridge we could see the house that sits on top of "the Clearing", which is the famous Keene State long run. Feeling good.
Posted by Greg at 2:33 AM
I ran 218 miles in October. That's a 49.2 MPW average. It's a slightly misleading stat because I took a recovery week after the DeMar Marathon and I only ran 16 miles. I ran in 2 races where I finished 1st and 5th. I've done two track workouts that both went well and a handful of tempo runs. I'd like to get into a pattern of lifting and doing hill sprints for November. I'm not concerned about high mileage as I'll be building strength and speed for indoor track in December and January. I'm also looking to defend my title at Lil Rhody. It sounds like the competition will be fierce this year. I'm excited and feeling like I'll be ready.
Posted by Greg at 2:26 AM
Am: 2mi with Health class kids. Pm: 9mi*/58min - Track workout at Monadnock with Thomas, Andy, Boj and George. 400-200-200 x 4 with 200rest. (68, 34, 32, 67, 33, 32, 64, 31, 31, 61, 31, 29). Good workout. I probally ran the last two sets too fast, but I was chasing Thomas around the track and was trying to prove to myself that I still had some wheels. I'm pretty psyched about being able to roll a 61. Watched the Sox win the series at Boj's after the workout.
Posted by Greg at 2:18 AM