Summary Oct 14-20

Sunday Oct 14, 7 Miles 220′ :58 Early morning run with Gene and Dave. Both Gene and Dave are “getting back into shape” which translates to training extremely cautiously after having some bouts with injuries. Part of their plan it seems, is to run a lot of rail trails, for while I’m more than happy to tag along, after all, they’re great company, and even when they’re “getting into shape” they’re pretty quick (trust me, even though this time doesn’t reflect speed… it also started before dawn)

Monday Oct 15, 7 Miles 410′ :49 Solid feelings through the back-roads. The sunrises over fall foliage have been great, I really should start bringing the camera on my road runs as well.

Tuesday Oct 16, 7 Miles, 410′ 46:48 Quick repeat of Mondays course, time would be near a personal best on course, but I had to make a pit stop at mile 5 or so, which required stopping the watch, and finding some leaves (fortunately it’s autumn) which functionally invalidates the time as a continuous effort. The stopwatch does however reflect total time spent running.

Wed Oct 17 AM, 4 Miles, 175′ 29:56 Feeling lazy, short run. I’m still grappling with the whole running in the morning thing, and the requirements of…. getting out of my bed.
PM 2 Miles, 16:18 Guilt miles, I couldn’t let myself get away with a light morning when my legs felt good.

Thurs Oct 18 AM 3 Miles 21:45 Light loosening up before the day starts. I’m finding that I really prefer not to leave the house for “life” until I get in something at least resembling a run.
PM 5 Miles 360′ 38:47 Highlands Hashers “Ace of Pace” night. Basically, state the finish time you expect, and then try to get as close as possible without using a watch. I finished +27 from my estimated total of 38:20. John won overall, with +7 (or was it -7) Bob got the broken clock award, being off by several minutes (although he was admittedly racing Luis, and ignoring the prediction part)

Fri Oct 19 1 Mile, 8:54 Tired/beat up/lazy/no real good excuse. I suppose since I’m not “really” training for anything I’m allowing this day to be a mulligan… plus it’s probably good to rest a bit while I have the chance.

Sat Oct 20 11.6 Miles 1500′ 1:48 Allamuchy in the late morning/early afternoon. Yea, that’s more like it. This is what running is really about for me, single-track, trees, vert, rocks, mud… Really positive on the first couple of splits, with a 15:57 ascent, 7:19 from peak to the scout parking lot, and back up to the peak in another 8:30 or so. Unfortunately, my over-zealous first hour came to wreak havoc on my energy levels on the final 5k or so, proving that I’ve lost all sense of pacing on trails. It does seem, however, that babying my right knee for the summer, especially while hitting major vert in ME, has made me incredibly more confident in my left leg, which made for some snappy and exciting descents, as well as adding to an overall cavalier attitude on the most technical portions.

Totals: 47.6 Miles, 3078′ Vert

Me Gene and Dave Sunday morning

Back in my natural state


Summary Oct 7-13

Sunday Oct 7, OFF
Had an orchestra concert the night before, and feeling pretty run-down in general, felt like time for a day off (first day off since Sept 16)

Monday Oct 8, 4 Miles, 175′ 29:57
Really short loop through local neighborhoods. Overslept, and had to begin my days practicing, so only enough time for a few morning miles.

Tuesday Oct 9, 7 Miles, 410′ 49:32  More of a typical morning road-run, almost all of the vertical gain is in the second mile, which makes the course a little funny between what it looks like on paper, and what it’s like to actually run it. Average time overall, maybe a tad fast, feeling pretty good.

Wed Oct 10, AM  4 Miles 175′ 29:15 Again, short on time, I really need to get better at this time management/using my damn alarm clock thing during the academic year.
PM 3.2 Miles, 20:48 Always good to get out and run a 5k-ish semi-hard… for some reason this is always an honest judgment of my overall fitness… Really not going to complain about the time, especially since I managed it without really breathing heavy at any point (and exhausted from a full days rehearsing/practicing)

Thurs Oct 11, AM 5 Miles 740′ 37:36 Powerline run. Felt like I was huffing and puffing the whole way through, in fact it seems like every time I go out, unless I’m deliberately trying to run “easy” I’m exerting some substantial effort. It turns out, after looking at my watch, and then subsequently my log book that I’ve been running hard, feeling crappy, and dropping seconds/minutes from my courses every week. Apparently my brain/body are still under the impression that I’m still slow after the injury, which isn’t really the case anymore. PR on this course is in the 36:xx range if I’m not mistaken, which puts this effort in as rather respectable. Maybe this recovery thing is working out after-all (and now I can start taking a couple of “easy” run days?)
PM 5 Miles 360′ 42:34
The “easy” Thursday night run is back. Ran with the highlands hashers and Jason for a really relaxed 5 miler.

Fri Oct 12, 3.2 Miles, 22:12
Feeling tired, and beat up, plus I had to cart myself into the city for the afternoon. Felt like a good excuse for an easy day.

Sat Oct 13, 10 Miles 550′ 1:14
Typical around-town 10 miler in the early AM, frost and all. First day that I’ve had to wear tights and a jacket all season… it’s tough to remember that I’ve run hundreds upon hundreds of miles in this weather…. I guess I’ll get tougher… or something. Wheels fell off pretty hard due to some indigestion, but it’s still early in the training period, so I’m not overly concerned yet.

Totals: 41.4 Miles, 2410′

I’m still relearning how to run, and stay on top of my academic commitments, which takes a lot more diligence and energy than I remember from the spring, but is gradually becoming easier. Even though I haven’t posted here in about a month, my running has been pretty consistently between 40 and 50 miles per week, although at times my physical recovery feels… sluggish. For now, I’m trying to dial in my diet a bit better, and organize my runs with some more foresight, with the hope that I can gradually increase my mileage while avoiding injury, and  overall burnout….