Monday, September 27, 2010

Back to running

Kind of took the weekend off for personal reasons. Today was back to running. Even though I woke up late I got in almost 11 miles easy. I am hoping to get in a nice marathon pace run on Wednesday before I have to start doing all my errands before the wake that afternoon.

So maybe a run at lunch tomorrow which wont be more than 5-6 miles, then hopefully 12 with 10 at Marathon Pace on Wednesday. I also havent used my Garmin in over a week so I need to get used to wearing that again so it is comfortable on race day.

Only three weeks left till the marathon.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

1000 days

Today was my 1000th day in a row of running - that is almost 3 years. Unfortunately I didnt do anything special, just a quick less than 5 mile run before the Saturday routine of soccer games began.

I spent the week in San Francisco on business and got some great runs in there. I ran up Lombard Street, to the Golden GAte park, to the Ocean and had one nice long run over the Golden Gate Bridge and back.

I havent done any speedwork in about 2 weeks though, so I'll have to try to get some in this week. But my grandmother passed away last night so posting will be minimal this week and with the ceremonies next week, running may be tough.

Taper for the marathon starts on Monday.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

No speedwork this week

I twisted my ankle pretty bad I guess on Saturday during my long run. I took it easy Sunday and Monday I skipped the intervals and just did some easy mileage.

Today i was supposed to have my marathon pace run (9 miles) but my ankle kind of hurt when I got up (probably due to the position I sleep in). It felt a little better when I started running but I opted to do about 12 miles easy instead of 9 at marathon pace. I think it was the right decision. The marathon is about a month away now and I dont want to do anything that might keep me injured for race day.

So, I'll keep all the miles easy this week and go back to some speedwork (at least back to the marathon pace run - 10 miles) next week.

6 tomorrow, 10 on Friday and 12 on Saturday.

Starting to close in on day 1,000 of my running streak - only 10 days left. I will hit the 1,000 during my long run next Saturday.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ankle sprain... again

I really think that for some reason my right ankle must just be weak. I ran a 16 miler this weekend - ended up doing 5 laps around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA. At around mile 15 I twisted my ankle (again). It just seems to happen way more often than it should.

I was still able to finish up the 16 miler and it felt okay, but I really should have rested it the rest of the day. Unfortunately that was not going to happen. I had 3 soccer games to attend to Saturday, one of which I was coaching my 7 year old and was therefore running all over the field with the kids. They played great, but my ankle was really bothering me.

After that my other two kids had games and I was able to just sit and watch those (so ankle got rest but my legs tightened up). Saturday night we had my daughter's birthday party so we played Laser Tag for 3.5 hours (not good for the ankle).

Sunday I took it relatively easy but my son wanted to run in the local 5K downtown so I ran it with him. Only 3.1 miles but it really didnt feel good afterwards. I tried to take it easy the rest of the day watching the Pats win (Yay team!).

Today my youngest turns 7. She is so excited, so I got up early and started my run. I knew I wasnt going to do the intervals but planned on doing 10 easy miles. At mile 4 my ankle started hurting, so I walked for a few minutes and massaged it a bit and slowly turned around to head home (I was 4 miles out so I really couldnt walk back). It started feeling better so I eventually got my 10 miles in. Now I am at work and about to grab the ice pack to ice it today.

Tomorrow is just a 1 miler so that will be good to get the rest and we'll see how it feels on Wednesday before I decide whether I am going to do the marathon pace run.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Holy crap - a teenager!

My eldest daughter turned 13 today, so I officially have a teenager in my house. Kind of freaky since it still boggles my mind some days that I even have children.

But she was so happy this morning - big smile across her face and actually up early and looking excited to get to school. The two younger ones were downstairs right away, dressed for school and wanting to give her her presents. They are so cute.

Today is a soccer day - all 3 kids have practice tonight, getting geared up for their first games this weekend.

On a running note, I did 6ish miles this morning with Jeanne which was nice since we havent run together in a while. I may throw in another 1/2 mile or so at lunch to warm-up before lifting weights if I can get out of the office.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Broken up

Life gets in the way sometimes - it really does. My wife ended up having to work today, and tomorrow is my oldest daughter's birthday so I have to go do some shopping tonight.

So given that, I decided to break up my marathon pace run today. I was slated to do a 9 mile marathon pace run today. Instead, I was able to get out at lunch and do 7.3 miles (5.3 of them at marathon pace) and will do another 7 miles (5 at marathon pace) tonight sometime. I told my wife i had to run and she agreed, but there will still be a matter of finding time - hopefully before it gets dark.

So.... 5 more marathon pace miles tonight and then a couple of easy days tomorrow and Friday.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Soccer, soccer, soccer

This was a weekend of soccer as my oldest daughter played in a tournament this weekend. One game yesterday and then two today, so we spent the whole day at the field - with a little(long) picnic inbetween games. But man, I never realized how wiped out I could feel just watching soccer all day.

run this morning was fine - 8 miles easy recovery run. This week I am going to have to start replanning my running schedule. With soccer starting this weekend and the kids in full days of school, that means my wife's work schedule will change. She will now be working at the office two days a week, which could throw off my running schedule. With soccer on Saturdays now, I will have to move my long run to Sundays I think because I just dont think I'll get up early enough to do 16 miles and then get back, ready and to soccer by 9:00.

This will then throw off the days of my hard runs (intervals and marathon pace runs) so that will be the tough part to work out. I may have to move them to Wednesdays and Fridays. I'll figure it out later this week. This week should be fine since I am off tomorrow, but next week will definitely have to change.

10 miles tomorrow - probably will try to do the intervals - 3x2 miles at 7:15 pace.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

No course today

Did a long run today - was shooting for 12 miles but felt good so I ended up doing just over 14. It was raining when I started, but it kept me cool. I drove out and dumped some water in a few spots beforehand (which is time consuming but helpful for me so I dont have to carry anything).

I even turned it into a Progression run of sorts and picked it up for the last three or four miles. Calves are a little tight right now, but I am on my way to CPR class so I can finish up my coaching certification.

Recover 8 miler tomorrow and then we'll see about doing some speedwork on Monday.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A little extra today

Today I was slated to run 6 miles, but I threw in an extra mile and a half (even though I woke up late and was pushing getting to the office late) because tomorrow I'm not sure how much I'll be able to fit in.

Tomorrow is the first day of the Deutschebank Championship PGA tour. My brother and I have taken my father to this every year as his Father's Day gift for the past 5 or so years. The problem is - we leave pretty early. So, not being sure I'll have time to get the full 10 in tomorrow, I added a bit to today to try to make up for it. The rest of the weekend's runs shouldnt be a problem, but just not sure about tomorrow.

Tomorrow - supposed to do 10, hoping for 8. The 12 on Saturday and 8 more on Sunday.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Feelin Good

Did a 9 mile pace run today and felt pretty good. Granted, I didnt get much sleep and it was pretty humid out there, so I did feel a bit dehydrated at the end, but I was able to hold pace pretty well.

Funny thing is that the pace run today actually ended up being longer than my long run will be this weekend.

Now on to my debate. I have a 16 miler planned for next weekend (Sept 11/12) but there is a 5K on the 12th that is a pretty good course and right in my home town. I am tempted to give it a try but that would mean foregoing the long run I think - or running the 5K on really tired legs which isnt exactly a good idea either. So, not sure what I will do - right now I am planning on not doing the 5K and doing my long run, but I may change my mind several times between now and then.

Six miles tomorrow, then 10, then 12, then 8. Lots of mileage the rest of the week, but all of it slow. And I was really happy with my speed workouts this week.