Saturday, January 16, 2016

Week of January 11th to 17th, 2016

3mi/25min with Running Club on Horseshoe Rd.  Cold and windy day.  Slow and easy with the kids.  At night, Jen and I drove to Peterborough to watch the movie "Run Free" a documentary about Caballo Blanco.  It was a great movie, he lived a pretty amazing life.

1mi/8min + drills at YMCA after lifting weights.  My body felt great today and I was able to lift heavy (for me) and I felt super snappy and had good range of motion on my drills.  I did a fast walk when I got home from the gym with Griffin which kept her moving at a good trot.  She's turning 13 in a couple months and she can't run with me anymore but this was great for her.

I played some intense floor hockey at school.  Fun stuff! 

11mi*/1:17 - Baker St. track workout with Andy and Thomas.
400m-200m-200m x 4 with same distance recovery jogs
(74, 34, 35, 73, 34, 34, 72, 34, 34, 69, 33, 31)
Good workout!  Cold and windy.  My lower back and hip were a bit stiff but loosened up for the last set.  We did a nice long 4mi cool down.  Played more floor hockey at school.

0mi.  I reffed 2 basketball games at night and played more hockey at school.

0mi.  I did a 25min hike in Pisgah with Griffin.  I did agility ladder drills and then played 1:15 of indoor soccer.  Glenn played which added to the fun.  I felt pretty quick and agile out there.  More hockey during the day.

0mi.  Lifted weights and went for a 20min hike with Griffin in Pisgah.  I tried xc skiing around my yard but the new snow was too slushy and sticky.

15mi/1:45 in Pisgah with Ferenc, Lena, and Ellie.  Good crunchy snow conditions.  Beautiful day out there in the woods.  Feeling good.

Total for the week:
30mi.  Good week I was active every day.

Week of January 4th to 10th, 2016

0mi.  I did DDP yoga in the morning.  Lazy afternoon.

9mi*/63min - Track workout at Baker St. with Andy and Thomas.
Mile, 4 x 400m, 4 x 200m with 400 rest after mile and 400's, 200 rest after 200's.
(5:28, 75, 74, 74, 74, 35, 36, xx, xx)
Decent first workout of the year.  It's been a loooong time since I've done any form of speed work.
The mile was slow but it's a start.  My left hip/hamstring was bugging me so I skipped the last 2 200's.

1mi/8min + drills at YMCA after lifting weights.  Got swole.  At night I rock climbed with George at his gym in his barn.

0mi - Lazy day.  I had a late meeting at work.

0mi - Did agility ladders and dynamics before playing indoor soccer for 1:30.  It's a blast playing soccer again, especially indoor which is faster paced.

0mi - lifted weights and took Griffin for a 40min hike in Pisgah with Jen.

9mi/60min - Athens trails with Ferenc, Lena and Ellie.  Good run but the weather was awful.  It was 35 degrees and pouring rain.  We were going to go longer but we were both soaked and cold.

Total for the week:
19mi.  I should probably run at least 4 days a week, but pleased with the speed workout. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 Year in Review

2015 is over.  It was not a great running year for me.  After 21 years of running and racing I decided to take it down a couple of notches.  My goals were to have fun and stay active and not go crazy with the running.  Here are the numbers.

I ran a total of 1,876 miles for a 35.4 mpw average.
I raced 14 times
I won two races the Pisgah 23K and the Chesterfield 10K
I set one course record at the Chesterfield 10K in 37:43
I ran 3 snowshoe races and got 2nd in all 3 of them
I got 2nd at Lil Rhody, Big River 1/2, Run for the Beavers and the Fast Friends 4.5mi road race
I did 9 track workouts
I set two training run pr's on my Friedsam loop in 28:37 and Kilburn loop in 47:05

I was pretty pleased with a couple of results despite my lack of training.  I was happy to get 2nd to Ferenc at Prospect Mtn snowshoe race.  I also was pumped with my 2nd place at Big River 1/2.  I really thought I could have won without getting confused with the lack of course markings.  Run with the Beavers and Lil Rhody were pretty solid runs for me as well.  I also had a great time running the Ragnar trail relay with a fun group of runners.

In some of my non-running activities, I started xc skiing which was a blast.  I also did some stand-up paddle boarding in the summer.  I got into lifting again which was fun.  I also got back into largemouth bass fishing and caught a nice 5lber and countless other nice fish.  I've been playing indoor soccer and rock climbing a few times as well this year.  I touched rim again this year which I'd like to still be able to do at age 40. 

Looking forward to 2016 I have some goals:

Stay healthy
win at least one race
Do some epic runs
snowshoe race
xc ski
break 5min in the mile (I've done this every year since I started running in 1994)
paddle board
mtn bike
play soccer and basketball
rock climb
keep my winning streak alive against Jonny ;)
start to build up my running once I turn 39 so I can crush it at age 40
do yoga more
keep blogging even if it's not impressive

Cheers to a happy and healthy 2016 to everyone!