Thursday, April 30, 2009

4/27/09 - 2m easy

4/28/09 - 7m easy progression, 1m warm-up then 2m @ 6:46, 6:44, 2m @ 6:33, 6:29, 2m @ 6:17, 6:13.. walking cool-down. It felt good to get a little faster leg turnover for these. I still have some work to do, but this is a good start.

4/29/09 - 4m easy, MHR 150

Today will be ~9m of 1m and 2m repeats @ half marathon pace.. tomorrow will be easy and then I have the Indianapolis Mini marathon on Saturday. I'm not really putting to much focus on this race but instead treating it as a hard tempo run. I'm still going to treat it as a "race" and run as hard and evenly as I can, but won't put to much emphasis on the outcome. Last year I went 1:24, and would like to run something around that time this year. If I don't, so what... the bigger picture is in another 5 weeks.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

June 6th... Back on the horse baby!! 6 weeks and counting...

I need to get back to Boston, and this is the first step... I'll wait until two weeks prior to race day and make the call... If I don't feel like I can go 3:10 or better, then I'll just wait until the fall. I feel great now, the next three weeks will be crucial.. ciao for now!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

4/25/09 - 10 miles, very...very easy with Jon. Felt very good to start, quads were a bit sore toward the finish. Average pace was a very manageable 7:43.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Feeling much better today.. I can actually swallow without wincing in pain. I can still feel it back there, but it's like night and day from last weekend.

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous, sunny and around 75 I think.. Today it will be sunny and around 80... Yesterday I was outside running around with my boys and I can barely feel the marathon in my legs. I'm ready to get back at it but will restrain myself for another day, maybe two.

I have the Indy mini marathon to do not this weekend but next. I still think I can run decent there if all goes well this coming week. Last year I ran 1:24, I'd like to run at least that this year.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I decided to go see a doctor yesterday to get something to help me with my throat. It has been very painfull to swallow food or drink since last Friday... I was getting headaches and body aches, but attributed that to my running and just general stress leading up to the race. After stepping out of the doctors office, I was looking at Strep throat and walking pneumonia. If I would have had just "plain" pneumonia, I would have had to have been checked into a hospital because those syptoms could become life threatining if left untreated. Walking pneumonia is a relatively minor lung infection and although the bacteria is causing an infection in the lungs, the disease itself is so minute that it is possible the body can cure it without additional treatment. This is the difference between walking pneumonia and pneumonia, since it is possible to do things "normally" despite what is going on inside your body. Of course, treating walking pneumonia nonchalantly is definitely not recommended, since the disease still produces uncomfortable symptoms and can be contagious.

"So, what are the symptoms of walking pneumonia? Many of the major signs of walking pneumonia will mimic what a person experiences when they have a bad cold or a flu. These can include headaches, nausea, a sore throat, fever, chills and chest pain. There are also more troublesome, (yet manageable), signs of walking pneumonia including: rashes, a lump in the neck, ear pain and an increased respiratory rate. So, while walking pneumonia won’t require hospitalization, you still want to at least get bed rest as your body is going through these symptoms. You would do that even for the flu, a disease that doesn’t have the infamy of pneumonia."

It looks like I'll take off a little more time than originally planned. I'm on Zithromax for 5 days, so on Monday I'll make the call and see how I feel and go from there...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Boston Marathon

It wasn’t my fastest or my slowest, but it was one of the most enjoyable and satisfying marathons I’ve ever run. I had high hopes of running a sub 3 hour time based on my training runs throughout the last 12 weeks. I did have that small blip of a calf problem 5 weeks out, but my calf held up fine throughout.

The walk from the high school to starting line was just enough to get out that last little bit of nervous energy. I made my way to corral 4 and settled in. It wasn’t long before we off and running, I had to make a short pit stop in the woods around mile 1, but was back in a rhythm in no time.. I took it out real conservative, 7:03 – 7:06’s through 10 miles, the plan was to drop it down to 6:50’s at this point, I’ve been running for long enough that I knew something was wrong and I could tell that it just wasn’t going to happen. Mile’s 11-14, my pace dropped to 7:11-7:23’s and was losing strength fast… I was already trying to figure out what went wrong.. I was very conservative with my pace, I was very meticulous in my nutrition strategy leading up to the race so I was sure that wasn’t the issue. So what was sapping my strength? I starting getting a sore throat on Thursday and got progressively worse leading up to the race, but I wasn’t going to let that alter my plans. It was a bit painful to swallow and eat, but I was getting in plenty of both. I was taking throat lozenges which helped a bit to minimize the discomfort. Back to the race…

By mile 15 I had slowed to 10:00 – 11:00 pace and just trying to keep one foot in front of the other. I was hurting; my 20 mile training runs were easier than this… I was frustrated and mad at the same time; there was a fleeting moment that I considered bailing and calling it a day. The thought quickly left my mind as I considered all that I would be leaving behind… the chance for my 3 sons to brag about there dad being a Boston Marathon finisher…the chance to go through the deafening wall of screaming girls through Wellesley… the chance to run up and over heartbreak hill… the chance to FINISH the Boston Marathon. I summoned all the strength I had to keep going… and I got to experience all of the above… the cheering in Wellesley could be heard over a half a mile away, and was music to my ears as I high fived my way through hundreds of screaming college women… up and over the Newton hills until reaching the bottom of Heartbreak. I made it point to run the entire length of it to get the full experience. I ticked off miles 22, 23, 24, 25… and leading up to that final left hand turn onto Boylston… as I made the turn, about six or seven hundred yards away you could see the finish line… I had a lump in my throat and had to swallow hard to keep from breaking down right there. It chokes me up now to even think about it. It was very powerful!!! The screams of the crowd 6 or 7 people deep for that final stretch was overwhelming and gave me a great push to the finish. I’m a little disappointed at my time, but very grateful for the strength to keep moving in the face of frustration.

This only serves as a big motivator to come back and give it another try. Not meeting your anticipated goal is a bitter pill to swallow, but one that can help me become a better runner, person and father. After all, your teaching your kids that no matter what kind of circumstances your up against, never give up, never give in, and always fight your way to the finish.

Tim has been a great motivator and coach through all of these last 24 weeks… We talked briefly that evening and he’s just as frustrated about this as I am. I feel worse for not performing for him than I do for myself! I know it’s cliché to say, but this is a learning experience that will only help me… It’s so easy for something like this to knock you off your horse and keep you grounded for awhile. That’s not going to happen, I feel more motivated than ever.. I’ll take off a couple of days and get right back on the horse. When I got home this afternoon, I got my confirmation book for the Indy Mini in the mail waiting for me… two weeks... BRING IT ON!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009


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Friday, April 17, 2009

4/17/09 - 5 miles, 2m easy warm-up then 2m in 13:40, 1m easy warm-down.. sore throat.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4/14/09 - ~6.75 miles, 2m warm-up then 4 x 1m, 6:35, 6:39, 6:41, 6:40.. with 1' RI walking, 1/2 mile warm-down.. feeling good.

Monday, April 13, 2009

T-Minus 1 week...

About this time next week, I'll be sitting around the athletes village in Hopkinton anticipating the start. I have a little bit of nervous energy right now and I'm trying to channel it the best way I know how. It's not like this is my first marathon.. (I think to date I've done around 25 of them, with a half dozen of them being sub 3:00) But this is the first time I've had the will to make the trip to experience the "holy grail" of marathons... Boston. This week will be spent going over the game plan in my head, from what I do now until I toe the line. Can't wait to get there and start running...

4/10/09 - 4m easy with some pick-ups towards the end

4/11/09 - 14m with Jon..

4/12/09 - rest

4/13/09 - rest



Thursday, April 9, 2009

Start the Countdown...

9 miles consisting of a 2 mile warm-up, then 2 x 3 miles at marathon pace and a 1 mile warm-down... Feeling good, battling the tail end of a cold, so the breathing isn't quite there to start the workout, but always seems to better once I get into the meat of it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Great article on Brian Sell's "the other American" prep for Boston..
"“My prep is going well,” Sell says. “I miss having [former marathoner, now triathlete and Sell’s neighbor] Clint Verran pushing me every day, but I’ve had a few guys push me to the limit in just about every workout so far, so I think I’m getting fit. I ran 155 [miles] this week and hope for the same next week. I’m going to peak out at about 160 and then start coming down."
4/6/09 - rest day

4/7/09 - 9 miles, after a good warm-up with a build in pace, I did 4 x 200's, 40, 41, 39, 43 with 200 RI's, then: 6 x 800's, 2:51, 2:55, 2:55, 2:53, 2:55, 2:49 with 200 RI's... this workout felt great! It felt good to pick up the pace again and actually feel like I was going "fast"... 2m warm-down.

4/8/09 - 6m easy

11 days to go...

Monday, April 6, 2009

4/4/09 - ~6m with downhill repeats..

4/5/09 - 20m.. the second half all under 7:00/m.

Got a killer cold that is wreaking havoc on my breathing. I almost bailed after 10but started feeling better at 11 then just kept going. This was another treadmill run... I watched Blade Runner (one of my top 5 movies of all time..!) and The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy.

Friday, April 3, 2009

4/1/09 - Easy 6m

4/2/09 - 10.25m w/4 x 1m and 4 x 800 repeats..

At the begining of the week when Tim gave me this weeks schedule, this was the workout I was most worried about. But after the 1st mile repeat, I was feeling good and more relaxed about completing the rest of the session. Mile repeats @ 6:44, 800's in 3:15-3:20. The key to this workout were the length and pace of the RI's.

4/3/09 - 4m easy

I got in my Skins compression socks mid week and have been wearing them for all my workouts... They feel great and very comfortable. Aside from having to field 20 questions from the Gym gerbils about what they are, I think they'll be a great addition to my calf rehab. I bought some Skins compression full tights on Ebay as well, but I got them from a place in England, but I couldn't pass up the deal. I may be waiting a couple of weeks for them. As long as they get here before I leave for Boston, I'll be good to go.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

After recent events with my calf, this morning I got to thinking about chances… Webster’s defines chance as:

1 a: something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause b: the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings : LUCK c: the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence.

How many chances do we get to do what we want to? Sometimes it may be only a single chance. So I asked myself, do I take the chance and do this “thing” or wait until the opportunity presents itself again? I guess it all depends on what this “thing” is. Maybe it’s to do a race you’ve always wanted to do, for me that’s the Boston Marathon. Who knows if I’ll ever get the chance to do it again? Life is funny sometimes, maybe I twist an ankle, break a leg, get sick etc...

You only get one chance to raise your kids, there is no mulligan. Going to that first ball game, that first track meet… Going camping and fishing and teaching them how to bait a hook, the simple things that mean so much when they get older. One chance… Leading by example, instilling the values that are so important later as they get to be teenagers… Teaching your sons what it means to be a godly man and how to treat and respect women. One chance… I don’t want to be 65 years old and look back on what I’ve accomplished in life and think, I should have done this better or that different. I don’t want to be on my death bed telling my sons that I should have spent more time with them while they were young or my wife how much she means to me.

There’s no guarantee that any of us will be around tomorrow. EVERYTHING you do now has repercussions later... Cause and Effect… one chance… You only get just one time around, you only get one shot at life, one chance to find out that the one thing you don’t want to miss. One day when it’s all said and done, I hope you see that it was enough. One chance, one ride, one life to love…

So live life to the fullest, take chances, you’ll never know if you’ll get to be able to do them again. Who knows, with 17 days left, a lot could happen during that time, and I may not make it to the starting line in Hopkinton, but at least I’m willing to take the chance.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

3/30/09 - rest day

3/31/09 - 9 mile progression run.. I wasn't sure how this was going to go since I haven't run "fast" since I twinged my calf. 1st 3 below HR 150, next 3 HR 150-160, 7:30, 7:21, 7:08.. last 3 at HR 160-165.. 7:01, 6:58, 6:57... I've lost a little bit of speed, but not to concerned about it right now. I'm just glad the calf is holding together and feeling good. Today is an easy 6 then Thursday is a tougher 10 mile run with mile and 1/2 mile repeats.