The plan for today was to do the Waffle Run. This is an annual event on Black Friday, at 9 AM. You run 3 or 5 miles from the local Fleet Feet, then have waffles when you get back to the store. My plan was to run 5 easy miles, have a controlle... Read more
Race Report: 2015 Race with Grace 10K
Yesterday evening I wasn't very excited about this race. Of course, that didn't last. I woke before the alarm, checked the weather several times, did my normal pre-run morning routine, and got to the site right around when I wanted to. At 46 ... Read more
Pre-race running musings
It's the evening before a race, and I'm not particularly excited about it.
No doubt I'll get into things tomorrow morning, but for now tomorrow's 10K seems like just a minor detail in the big running picture. It is the final race in the Ro... Read more
Less is More
Today I ran 16 miles. That's a bit noteworthy for being the first day I've run that far since the Buffalo Marathon. To be fair, I've had some 15 mile days and 3 half marathons since Buffalo; but the lack of true long runs for almost half a yea... Read more
Race Report: 2015 Good Life Halfsy
Haven't blogged since Wednesday because I was pretty busy. The lead in to the race: Thursday morning I went out and ran the planned workout of 20 minutes @E, 10 minutes at half marathon pace, 10 minutes @E.* Then my daughter and I got in the ... Read more
Taper and Travel
In the last week leading up to the Good Life Halfsy, I'm finally getting around to thinking about structuring my runs to point at the race. Better late than never, yes? But then, the last 2 weeks I had other races I was concerned with.
To... Read more
Race Report: Scare Brain Cancer Away 5K
Age group results are highly dependent on who shows up.
As the name implies, Scare Brain Cancer Away 5K is a late October race to benefit individuals with brain cancer and brain cancer research. While that is undoubtedly a worthy cause, I ... Read more
Friday rest day and packet pickup
Today is a rest day. I have 10K steps, but I won't break 12K. Took the day off work, because it's getting to the time of year when I take Fridays off rather than being forced to forfeit earned time off when the clock strikes midnight for New Y... Read more
Race Report: 2015 Finish Strong 15K
A race doesn't start on race day. It starts with preparation and training, even if the runner doesn't know what specific race he is preparing for. Today I saw some good results from preparation and training.
Due to some poorly coordinated... Read more
Four Years a Runner
Four years ago today, I completed Spark People's 5K Your Way Running Program. I went out and ran a route that I had mapped to be 5K, solo. I imagined passing other runners when I felt good, other runners passing me when I had to slow down. I ... Read more
Boston pre-training: Building a Base
This week, I'm experiencing a little cognitive dissonance. Tomorrow is the first paced run of the fall Half and Full Marathon training session. I'm not in the program, but I will be pacing with a target pace of 8:30 per mile. The first long r... Read more
Four Year Maintenace Anniversary
Let's put the oft-cited stats up front:
- The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%.
- When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%.
- When you've maintained for 5 years the likeli... Read more
Running and the Changing Seasons
The seasons are changing. On Sunday, I ran in 80° weather with some humidity. I wore a singlet and shorts, and was glad not to have sleeves to get weighted down with sweat. Today, I ran in 43° weather with 15-18 mph ENE wind. I wore light ... Read more
Forecast: The 2016 Race Calendar
Two weeks ago I completed the 2015 Four Seasons Challenge, a series of four half marathons in four different season. This generously counts the September 20 half as autumn, when it was technically still summer; but the weather was more like aut... Read more
Looking Forward: Training Plans
There are training plans, and there are training plans. And then there's training ad hoc without a formal plan. I've been thinking about training quite a bit lately, specifically training to run races. Very specifically, training to run the 2... Read more
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