Tuesday, August 28, 2012

8 27 to 9 2

mon easy 5, wings, chromium
tues 34 in pisgah 4:47 super humid but still a lot of fun. saw a black bear 2 hours into it. i was kind of slogging along and not feeling great, but seeing that bear gave me the shot of adrenaline i needed to get my pace back to where it was supposed to be. greg met me out there at the 3 hour mark with snacks and water, then ran kilburn with me. helped a ton. im definitely not as fast as last time i did the 50k, but at least im better prepared. last time i had one long run of 3:43. this time i have a lot more (3:25, 3:39, 4:01, 4:47) so i should be able avoid dying a horrible death with 5 miles left. i was so worked after, to the point where i could only get one chromium replacement beverage down. tomorrow could be one of those mornings where im afraid to get out of bed cuz i dont want to find out how sore i am. but itll be well worth it.
weds 3 did the cooldown with the weds workout crew. felt really good
thurs am 7, pm 8 still feeling good. najem kicked my ass at bowling. we decided to keep track of all the games every week. results: me- 169,178,148,178,135. naj- 153,213,158,221,159. total pins: me- 808, naj 904. best 3 consecutive game total: me- 504, naj- 592. games won: me- 1, naj- 4. averages: me- 161.6, naj 180.8 dickout gutterballs: 1 each. not the way i wanted to start off. it would be easy to blame my poor showing on high levels of chromium, but ive had good nights under the same conditions, so its no excuse. he had a great night and i didnt. i guess the good news i cant really do much worse, and it was still fun despite getting my ass handed to me.
fri am 8, pm 8
sat 10 watched the ksc alumni race, had lot of fun hanging out after.
sun 18
total miles- 101. my 2nd highest ever. total august miles- 354. my highest month ever. the hay is in the barn. now that the 50k is only two weeks away, i can start backing off on the miles and go into the race with rested legs.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

8 20 to 8 26

mon 0  the weekend festivities have taken their toll on me. i couldnt do anything today.
tues 10 felt better, except for some achilles bursitis. its been a while since this was a problem. ill have all day to rest it since ill be sitting in a car for a 5 hour trip back to rhody tomorrow.
weds 14 when i started, i could tell i would soon be in bathroom emergency mode. i realized i had no tp. this is a rare mistake for me. only fyffe brings more tp than i do. i started to look for ferns along the sides of the trail. i was moving kinda fast and not really watching where i was going. i jammed my toe on a root and went down hard. i got right up and kept running. i was covered in dirt. soon i had more problems. i had to start looking for ferns again. i stubbed the same toe again. that one took a few minutes to run off. this was becoming a really shitty run. the bursitis was worse than yesterday and continued to get worse over the first 3 miles. usually this is a sign that ill be walking back to the car. for the first time ever, it gradually went away. i could hardly feel it by the end. that was all i needed to turn it into a good run.
thurs finished painting, drove back to nh. hinsdale fun run 9 miles total. no problems with bursitis. cool.
fri am 6 in putney, pm 7 grafton pond
sat 17 putney mountain

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

8 13 to 8 19

mon 10
tues am 10, pm 4
weds pm 5, late pm 11 with big dave. fun run.
thurs took a zero after seeing i had run 89 in the last 7. instead i worked at my grandparents house. i scraped the peeling shingles, pulled out the rotten ones and painted. spent a lot of time up on a ladder. i was up at the peak of the second story and kind of zoning out on my work when the neighbors pulled into the driveway and beeped. this totally freaked me out and i almost fell. kind of scary. my landing options were either rocks or a picket fence. good thing i didnt fall. other than that, i really enjoyed the work. i was using oil paint and didnt have much paint thinner left after cleaning the brushes. this meant i wasnt able to wash all of it off me, so now im kind of green. maybe i look like a smaller version of the hulk. probably not, though. tomorrow im gonna try for over 4 hours again, then its off to pennsylvania for my cousins graduation party. if theres one thing my family does well, its maintain their chromium levels. should be fun. i havent found any good places to run down there yet, but maybe this time i will.
fri 26 really had a hard time on this one. i was feeling tired way too early and fell off the pace a ton, so i pulled the plug. i came up 6 miles and about 45 min short of what i was looking for. i guess if thats a bad day, im doing ok.
sat 10 found my way out of the neighborhood and away from the highway and found some decent places to run. a lot of farms, rolling hills. not much traffic. way better than i was expecting. had no soreness and hardly and any fatigue from yesterday. nice. hot tub. chromium.
sun 11 went out to the farms and backroads again. hot tub. chromium.
87 miles total. good stuff.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

8 6 to 8 12

mon tired, not sore, biked 12 miles while ferenc and naj did a workout. wings.
tues 12 total. pm 8 took rocko for a run, which is always fun. unbelievable how athletic that dog is. felt good, i guess going slow on long runs really works as far as quick recovery goes. late pm 4.
weds 13 total. 530 am 6 miles. after 3 nights of awesome sleep, of course i didnt get any last night, so i went for a run. attempted to sleep after from 8 am to about 1 or 2 in the aft. didnt happen. kept getting phone calls. up at 1130. watched olympics, ate lunch. slept again from 330 to 530. pm 7 took rocko out for a few.
thurs 14 total. early pm 6. late pm 8 hinsdale fun run, tired
fri 7
sat 14
sun 14 total. am 7, pm 7 felt good so i ran faster on the climbs. world record for above the shoulders spider webs. all over the face and in my mouth countless times. they were kind of sticky. if you started to go to a bad place in your mind, its ok. dont fight it. just let it happen. if youre as big of a fan as i am of saying 'thats whats she said', i just made your day. side note- i think splitting up the miles this week helped with recovery from the 4 hour run, as well as keeping the pace under control. 74 miles. cool.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

7 30 to 8 5

mon 14 i was going for 4 hours but was still feeling really tired from the okemo race. i had nothing on the climbs so i bagged it just short of 2 hours. i dont want to take a day or two off but its the smart thing to do.
thurs 13 hinsdale fun run. still not feeling good, but managed a good time in the mile (543) even though the course was really slow with very thick grass. i had no energy going into the 2.3 so i just ran it instead of racing.
fri am 5 with glenn and jimmy. i was tired and glenn was on the verge of puking the whole time, so we limp jogged. i still had fun. pm 5
sat 4 feeling better
sun 30 (4:01:30) really needed to get this done to feel like ill be ready for the 50k. felt better the second half of the run. kept the pace easy so it wouldnt take all week to get recovered.