Sunday, April 20, 2014

Week Ending 04-20-14

Another shit week, but I'm running so I really won't complain.  I'm feeling slugish and heavy-legged and my ankle was screaming "enough" by the end of the week.

Week - 96
Month - 270
Year - 1,406
Life - 124,427

M - Lunch 7 in 51:43
       PM Winni 6 felt terrible 45:05

T - Lunch 7 including 4x800 total 47:34
      PM Dan's woods 7 in 50:55

W - Lunch 8 easy in 64:37
        PM 6 on the Methuen Rail Trail in 47:55

Th - Lunch  in 52:42
       PM Dan's woods 7 in 49:52

F - 315am Industrial Park 5 in 41:31
      Lunch 7 in 51:21
      PM 3+ with Doug in Ipswich 26:34

Sat - 3+ warm-up in 24:06, 5k race in 17:23 ugly, 2 warm-down in 16:25
        Later nice relaxing 4 in 36:44

Sun - 630am 2 alone in to 7 with Petey and Scott S 1:17:28
         845am 4 at Winnekenni in 30:25

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Workout

Workout – 04/15/14

Well, you have to start somewhere!  I feel like I'm just about over the "sickness" that has had me hacking and stuffed up for the last two weeks.  My ankle is also holding steady so I figured the time was right to try a little speed work.

I decided to do 8x800 with 400 rest but since I was doing it at lunch I’d have to run it on the road. 

I mapped out where the 1/4 miles were but it was hard to know exactly how accurate they were.  Usually I had a good landmark but a couple seemed long. 

2 warm-up 14:40

800- 2:51 (into the wind)

Rest- 1:45

800 - 2:43

Rest - 2:02

800 - 2:43

Rest - 1:49

800 - 2:55 (into the wind)

Rest - 2:01

2 warm-down 14:01

I think that the ones into the wind were also a little long, especially since it seems like the rest was short as well.

I’ll take any workout at this point, so I’ll call this a good start.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Week Ending 04-13-14

My ankle was a bit rough this week, probably due to a bit more off-road running.  Downhill running and uneven footing aren't great for the ankle.  I kept the running "easy" to offset.

Totals
Week - 92
Month - 174
Year - 1,310
Life - 124,331

M - River 10 course in 78:05

T - Lunch 7 in 51:53
      PM Dan's trails 7 in 51:17

W - Lunch 6 (3 w Petey, 3 alone) 50:41
       PM 7 out/back with 54:01

Th - Lunch 7 in 50:49
       PM Dan's woods 7 in 50:40

F - Lunch 7 in 50:58
     PM 5m marking the course in 75 minutes with Tripp, Petey, and Tom H

S - 6am 6m marking the course and putting out mile marks plus 2 more 70:01
      Noon out/back 6m clearing the course with D-La

S - 630am 11 miles with Dan, Mark, Mick,and Mark...roads and trails around Winnekenni 1:29:354
      Later nice relaxing 4m out/back 37:45

Catching a moment of rest while working at the River Race

Friday, April 11, 2014

200 County high points (only 2900+ to go)

200th County High Point
 
I had planned on running a 50km race in Arizona to mark my 50th birthday, but my ankle injury meant that a 31 mile run wouldn’t be prudent.  Since I had a plane ticket I decided to do a bit of research and find some nice places to run in the Phoenix area.  Worst case, it would be a nice long weekend with some running in warm weather and sunshine.  I looked at a bunch of different county high points, quickly eliminating any that mentioned “exposure” or “scramble” and came up with Mt Union as a goal.
 
Mt Union was especially attractive as it had a fire tower on top and it could be accessed via a dirt road, so the footing would be good.  I bagged some other small hills while out running.
 
 
 
 

The ascent of Mount Union was pretty easy, although the access road was a bit rough for a low clearance vehicle.  The weather was ideal for the 3 mile round trip.  I spent about 5 minutes on the summit taking pictures.  There was a random snow shower while I was up there, just a few flakes flying but it added to the cool factor of this high point (7,979’). 
 
 From the “Hike Arizona” website:  When miners first explored the Prescott area in the early 1860's, some Confederate sympathizers among them named a nearby high peak "Mount Davis" for Jefferson Davis. In retaliation, Union loyalists named the adjacent higher peak "Mount Union".
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

200,000

On April 9, 2014 I passed the 200,000 kilometer (124,274 miles) mark for lifetime miles run.  I figured since I’ll never reach 200,000 miles it’d be easier to hit some milestones if I kept track in kilometers.  200,000 kilometers is the same distance the moon was from the earth…about 1 billion years ago (it is now only half the distance to the moon).

Breaking down the numbers, it took me 12,909 days including 1,623 days off to reach 200,000.  That means I averaged 15.5km per day (9.6 miles) or 17.7km (11.0 miles) per day on days run.  It will probably take me more than a decade to get to 150,000 miles and a little after that I can hope to reach 250,000 kilometers.

 

Onward!

 

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Week Ending 040614

Week Ending 04-06-14
 
Not a bad week, just not what I had hoped for.  I’d planned on going to Arizona to run a 50k to celebrate turning 50, but with my ankle troubles that was out.  Instead I went out and bagged some peaks, which is always fun!
 
Totals
Week – 94
Month – (April) 82
Year – 1,218
Life – 124,239
 
M – Lunch 7 in 55:44
      PM Methuen Rail Trail 5m in 41:07
 
T – Lunch 7 in 55:39
     PM Dan’s road 7 in 54:10
 
W – Lunch 7 in 55:30
       PM out/back 6 on the Merrimack River trail in 53:02
 
Th – 430am 3 miles with Petey in 29:15
       Lunch 7 in 53:05
       PM Dan’s road 7
 
F – 3am Industrial park 3 in 26:18
     PM 8 miles outside of Phoenix in 61:03
 
Sat – 7am Telegraph pass and Goat hill 8 miles in 60:50
        4pm 6m on the Greenway bike path in 47:09
 
Sun – 9+ miles on the Greenway and into the foothills 68:18
         Noon 5+ in 39:23

Friday, April 4, 2014

My 100th USATF New England Grand Prix race


My run at the An Ras Mor 5k was less than inspired but I was happy to be able to run.  It marked two milestones for me.  It was my first race as a senior (50+ age group) and my 100th USATF New England road grand prix race.  It took me 28 years to get 100 races and I’ve sure had fun along the way.  There have only been 205 GP races since the series was created in 1985, so hopefully it won’t be long until I pass the halfway mark.

I’ve had pretty good luck at the Grand Prix having won 14 individual titles and won the overall series title a record 8 times.  The closest I’ve come to winning the series in recent years was a second place to Wayne Levy (BAA) in the 45-49 age group two years ago.  With a lot of very good 50-54 runners, and even more good 49 year-old runners who will join the age group next year, it’ll be tough picking up another title.  I’d like to get a title but more importantly I’d like to just be out there giving it my best.  Onward!

My series results:

1987-38 Points - 1st place
1988-42 Points - 1st place
1989-37 Points - 1st place
1990-51 Points - 1st place
1991-41 Points - 1st place
1992-46 Points - 1st place
1993-48 Points - 1st place
1994 - Didn't race
1995 - 22 points - 4th place
1996 - 50 points - 2nd place
1997 - 10 points in 1 race
1998 - 18 points - 5th place
1999 - 27 points - 2nd place
2000 - 34  Points - 1st place
2001 - 22 points - 4th place
2002 - no points in 2 races
2003 - no points in 1 race
2004 - 1 race 8th master
2005 - 1 race 12th master
2006 - 1 race 23rd master
2007 - 3 races 3 points
2008 - 5 races 2 points
2009 - 7 races zero points
2010 - 2 races zero points
2011 - 4 races 2 points
2012 - 6 races 46 points, 2nd pl 45-49
2013 - 4 races 25 points, 3rd pl 45-49

100 Grand Prix races:

Date
Name
Dist
Time
Pl
GP Pl
City
St
08/02/87
City of Wor. 15k
9.32
48:08
2
2
Worcester
MA
09/13/87
Bud Light couple
3.11
14:08
1
1
Concord
NH
09/27/87
Marshfield RR
12.42
1:03:10
1
1
Marshfield
MA
10/24/87
The Human race
4.96
23:50
4
2
Boston
MA
03/27/88
Clinton Savings bank
18.63
1:39:09
1
1
Boylston
MA
05/14/88
Nashua Trust/Budweiser
6.21
29:17
4
3
Nashua
NH
07/17/88
NEAC 5K
3.11
14:36
2
2
Greenwich
RI
09/25/88
Coors-Wilton 15k
9.32
46:52
3
3
Wilton
NH
10/02/88
Jim Witt
4.96
23:46
4
4
Lowell
MA
03/19/89
NEAC 30K
18.63
1:37:54
2
2
Boylston
MA
06/25/89
NEAC 5K
3.11
14:23
1
1
Greenwich
RI
09/09/89
Collegetown classic
4.96
24:54
2
2
Amherst
MA
09/24/89
Wilton 15k
9.32
46:21
4
3
Wilton
NH
03/18/90
Bank of Boston
13.11
1:05:27
18
?
New Bedford
MA
05/06/90
CMHC
10.00
49:58
3
2
Worcester
MA
06/03/90
Superplace-Rd to gd health
6.21
30:38
8
4
Attleboro
MA
08/26/90
NEAC 5K
3.11
14:25
2
2
Greenwich
RI
09/23/90
Molson/Wilton 15k
9.32
46:33
5
2
Wilton
NH
03/17/91
NEAC 13.1M
13.11
1:06:06
5
5
New Bedford
MA
05/05/91
CMHC
10.00
49:36
1
1
Worcester
MA
06/08/91
Winthrop Hospital
6.21
30:50
3
3
Winthrop
MA
08/25/91
NEAC 5K
3.11
15:07
3
3
Greenwich
RI
09/22/91
Juice Bowl/Douglas
9.32
46:52
2
2
Webster
MA
03/08/92
Stu's
18.63
1:38:03
1
1
Boylston
MA
03/28/92
NEAC 20K
12.42
1:04:04
1
1
Pittsfield
MA
06/06/92
Mike Eruzione
6.21
30:12
5
5
Winthrop
MA
06/28/92
CMS/Polar
3.11
14:36
1
1
Worcester
MA
07/28/92
NEAC 10M
10.00
50:17
3
3
Newburyport
MA
03/07/93
Stu's
18.63
1:40:15
1
1
Boylston
MA
03/21/93
NEAC 13.1
13.11
1:05:02
1
1
New Bedford
MA
05/23/93
Riverside Twilight
4.96
23:59
3
1
Agawam
MA
08/03/93
Yankee Homecoming
10.00
50:25
3
2
Newburyport
MA
09/26/93
Elliot Hospital
3.11
14:30
2
2
Manchester
NH
03/05/95
Stu's
18.63
1:41:30
5
5
Boylston
MA
04/30/95
James Joyce Ramble
6.21
30:01
2
2
Dedham
MA
08/01/95
Yankee Homecoming
10.00
51:26
5
4
Newburyport
MA
03/03/96
Stu's
18.63
1:41:04
5
5
Clinton
MA
05/19/96
Riverside
4.96
24:31
4
4
Agawam
MA
07/30/96
Yankee Homecoming
10.00
50:23
5
3
Newburyport
MA
08/10/96
Bridge of Flowers
6.21
31:41
2
1
Shelburne
MA
09/26/96
Newport Savings
13.11
1:06:48
1
1
Newport
RI
10/27/96
Cape Cod
26.22
2:24:05
2
2
Falmouth
MA
03/09/97
USATF NE 30K
18.63
1:39:14
1
1
Clinton
MA
05/02/98
Chips
3.11
15:51
23
19
Manchester
NH
06/13/98
Market Square
6.21
31:33
13
12
Portsmouth
NH
07/28/98
Yankee Homecoming
10.00
52:39
7
3
Newburyport
MA
09/07/98
Cape Ann
15.53
1:24:33
2
2
Gloucester
MA
10/04/98
Rojacks
4.96
24:52
18
9
Attleboro
MA
02/28/99
Jones town/country
10.00
52:27
9
8
Amherst
MA
03/14/99
Law enforcement
13.11
1:07:29
5
5
Melrose
MA
05/22/99
Bedford rotary
7.45
37:24
2
2
Bedford
NH
06/12/99
Market Square
6.21
30:31
2
2
Portsmouth
NH
03/12/00
Law Enforcement
13.11
1:20:44
118
0
Melrose
MA
05/20/00
Bedford Rotary
7.45
38:13
5
3
Bedford
NH
06/10/00
Market Square
6.21
30:57
3
2
Portsmouth
NH
06/25/00
Bedford Lions
12.42
1:05:41
3
2
Bedford
NH
10/29/00
USATF NE marathon
26.22
2:30:53
5
3
Falmouth
MA
03/11/01
Law enforcement
13.11
1:09:58
9
7
Melrose
MA
04/29/01
James Joyce
6.21
30:45
11
7
Dedham
MA
05/19/01
Bedford Rotary
7.45
37:44
3
3
Bedford
NH
07/14/01
Stowe
8.00
41:12
10
5
Stowe
VT
03/17/02
New Bedford
13.11
1:11:51
46
30
New Bedford
MA
07/21/02
USATF 8m champs
8.00
44:45
36
30
Stowe
VT
06/29/03
Bedford Lions
12.42
1:16:38
48
 
Bedford
NH
10/31/04
Cape Cod
26.22
2:50:19
18
8
Falmouth
MA
07/17/05
Stowe
8.00
47:14
43
12
Stowe
VT
03/19/06
USATF NE 13.1 champs
13.11
1:18:22
95
23
New Bedford
MA
05/06/07
USATF 5K champs
3.11
16:34
53
12
Westford
MA
05/19/07
USATF 12k Champs
7.45
41:55
39
11
Bedford
NH
10/28/07
USATF NE marathon
26.22
2:49:25
27
8
Falmouth
MA
03/16/08
New Bedford
13.11
1:27:47
279
43
New Bedford
MA
05/11/08
Medical Center
3.72
20:22
48
13
Nashua
NH
06/01/08
Rhody
3.11
16:47
64
16
Lincoln
RI
07/29/08
Yankee homecoming
10.00
59:29
80
14
Newburyport
MA
08/09/08
Bridge of Flowers
6.21
36:05
59
9
Shelburne
MA
02/22/09
DH Jones
10.00
59:56
77
16
Amherst
MA
03/15/09
New Bedford
13.11
1:17:11
108
25
New Bedford
MA
05/16/09
Bedford Rotary
7.45
41:45
46
13
Bedford
NH
06/07/09
Rhody
3.11
16:30
60
16
Lincoln
RI
09/12/09
Ollie
4.91
28:36
99
19
Boston
MA
09/20/09
Lone Gull
6.21
35:17
70
15
Gloucester
MA
10/18/09
Baystate
26.22
2:59:41
75
16
Lowell
MA
07/18/10
Stowe 8 miler
8.00
46:30
56
13
Stowe
VT
10/16/10
Baystate
26.22
2:58:23
79
22
Lowell
MA
05/01/11
James Joyce Ramble
6.21
34:28
56
15
Dedham
MA
05/08/11
Medical Ctr
3.72
20:17
33
9
Nashua
NH
06/05/11
Rhody
3.11
16:36
64
12
Lincoln
RI
07/30/11
Carver
5.00
28:20
57
13
Carver
MA
02/26/12
DH Jones
10.00
57:15
64
2
Amherst
MA
03/18/12
New Bedford
13.11
1:16:48
89
4
New Bedford
MA
05/19/12
Bedford rotary
7.45
41:46
39
2
Bedford
NH
06/10/12
Newton 10k
6.21
34:27
43
3
Newton
MA
07/28/12
Carver
5.00
27:22
60
 
Carver
MA
09/23/12
Legacy 5k
3.11
17:12
87
 
Lowell
MA
02/24/13
DH Jones
10.00
57:50
47
1
Amherst
MA
03/17/13
New Bedford
13.11
1:15:11
81
2
New Bedford
MA
06/13/13
Fast five - USATF NE
3.11
15:39
55
3
Hollis
NH
07/27/13
Cranberry 5m
5.00
30:41
137
 
Carver
MA
03/16/14
New Bedford
13.11
1:18:52
 
8
New Bedford
MA
03/30/14
An Ras
3.11
17:21
86
3
Cambridge
MA