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Less is More

Saturday, November 21, 2015      10 comments

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

Sunday, November 01, 2015      13 comments

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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015      6 comments

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

Saturday, October 24, 2015      8 comments

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

Friday, October 23, 2015      5 comments

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

Saturday, October 17, 2015      11 comments

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

Thursday, October 15, 2015      11 comments

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

Friday, October 09, 2015      4 comments

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

Wednesday, October 07, 2015      12 comments

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

Saturday, October 03, 2015      6 comments

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

Friday, October 02, 2015      9 comments

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

Monday, September 28, 2015      8 comments

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

Race Report: 2015 MVP Rochester (Half) Marathon

Sunday, September 20, 2015      13 comments

The weather this morning was just as forecast, mid-50s and cloudy. I'd thought about this race enough that the morning tasks were on the order of getting up early enough to leave on time. Gun time was 7:30, but the training group wanted a phot... Read more

Taper musings

Saturday, September 19, 2015      9 comments

One of the advantages of this being Boston Registration week is that it kept my mind off being in taper. Till today, anyway. Tomorrow is the MVP Rochester Marathon. I'll be running the half because it's the final leg of the Four Seasons Chall... Read more

Race Calendar musings

Friday, September 18, 2015      5 comments

After a few days of euphoria from registering for and being accepted into the 2016 Boston Marathon, today was time to be concerned about more immediate business. The MVP Rochester Marathon is Sunday. The half is the fourth leg of the Four Seas... Read more

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