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Broken Streak and Recovery Musings

Sunday, May 01, 2016      5 comments

When I completed the 5K Your Way program in 2011, I set a Spark Goal to run at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week. I reasoned that if I ran on my lunch hour, I wouldn't have time for 30 minutes but 20 minutes would be possible. I was concerned a... Read more

Changing the plan mid-day

Wednesday, April 27, 2016      9 comments

Having time to blog every day is a novel experience. Right now, it is also a side effect of not running. This morning my calf and hip abductor felt just about normal. The 2 minutes of jogging up and down my hallway while waiting for my egg... Read more

Non-running status update

Tuesday, April 26, 2016      8 comments

Things look better in the morning, but not all the way better. Yesterday's sore calf felt almost normal, allowing yesterday's secondary ache to rise to the forefront. That is a spot in my right thigh. I wasn't quite sure exactly what it was t... Read more

Recovery Struggles

Monday, April 25, 2016      10 comments

Life has its ups and downs. I've had perhaps more than my share of the up side and successes recently, particularly in the area of running. Qualifying to run the Boston Marathon is worth a lot of respect in the running community. Running Bost... Read more

Race Report: 2016 Flower City Half

Sunday, April 24, 2016      13 comments

I'm cheap. When I saw the early entry fee of $250 for the Four Seasons Challenge, I couldn't pass up 3 half marathons and a full marathon for that price, all local with no travel expense. The down side of that decision was, Flower City was onl... Read more

The Boston Blogs 3: Mental Games and Information Gap

Thursday, April 21, 2016      15 comments

We get used to watching TV coverage of sports events, and may not realize that the competitors don't know everything that the announcers tell the audience. I recall watching the online coverage of Kona a couple years ago, and there was ongoing ... Read more

The Boston Blogs 2: The Race

Thursday, April 21, 2016      17 comments

I did not sleep well the night of April 17. Woke before the 3 AM alarm for my thyroid med, took the med, and set about gearing up to go. Had to catch a bus before 6 AM, and I wanted to get to the VIP lounge about 5. Boston is a different ... Read more

The Boston Blogs 1: Prelude

Wednesday, April 20, 2016      13 comments

Boston is a big race. It's bigger than a single blog race report, particularly when I need to get to bed and don't have time to tell the full story. Most of the readers of my blog will know the story from my sister's viewpoint already: Read more

Boston minus 3 days: Last minute preparations

Friday, April 15, 2016      16 comments

Today was the last run of the 16 week Boston training program I've been using. I was allowed an easy 30 minutes. Got out at 10 AM, at 47 F with sunshine and no wind; shorts and tee weather for running! The last 3.86 miles brought my 16 week t... Read more

Boston minus 5 days: The Office

Wednesday, April 13, 2016      13 comments

They got me good. Today was my last day in the office before Boston, as I work at home Thursdays. My boss' boss was going to be there today for a team meeting. We saw each other in the parking lot. "How you doing?" "I'm going a... Read more

Boston minus 6 days: The local send off party

Wednesday, April 13, 2016      10 comments

Yesterday evening was the local Fleet Feet's Boston Send Off Party. It was scheduled for 6 PM, the same time the running club meets. But it starts with a hill run on the same hill where the club meets. I solved the scheduling problem by t... Read more

Boston minus 7 days: Into the taper

Monday, April 11, 2016      6 comments

7 days out from Boston, I'm into the taper. The weekly mileage target is 45 miles, but there is a specified assignment each day and they won't add up to that many miles. That's okay. I expect I will run 40 miles or less this week, which is less ... Read more

Boston minus 10 days: Taper Musings

Friday, April 08, 2016      8 comments

The Boston Marathon is a week from Monday. Nominally, my taper started this week. In practice, the plan I follow cuts mileage for the last 4 weeks. The last 2 weeks have more specified workouts, many of which are intended to limit how much I ... Read more

Training Update: Boston minus 2 weeks

Friday, April 01, 2016      11 comments

Boston is 2 weeks from next Monday. I'm currently in a cut back or early taper week, with a target of 56 miles. The targets for the next 2 weeks are 50 and 45 miles, respectively. For reference, I entered the structured training program with a s... Read more

Race Report: 2016 Spring Forward 15K

Saturday, March 26, 2016      8 comments

The 2016 Boston Marathon is 3 weeks from Monday. Because my training program is labeled as a countdown, today ended Week 4 and tomorrow starts week 3. Yes, this is a race report; but because Boston dominates my running right now, I ran Spri... Read more

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