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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

7 x Boston Marathon (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2020 (virtual due to covid) 2021

11 x NYC Marathon (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  

Personal:

Old guy - (grandfather even) been running for 40+ years.  

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Miles:This week: 31.00 Month: 69.25 Year: 1250.95
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2162.7083.4614.300.002260.46
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k on the treadmill- lots of heavy rain all day.  Awoke with some type of stomach bug and was really feeling unwell for much of the day.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 8.25 miles with Dan and Greg with their dogs.  Kept Finn home to give his injury a little more rest.   I felt like I would run easy and maybe shorter than what the guys had in mind - but it was a nice day and my body seemed to recover from whatever had me down yesterday.  Perhaps it was something that I had eaten that didn't agree with me.   Hope that I don't regret it later.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

PM - 6.25 miles on the treadmill in the late afternoon/early evening.   Too many house projects and clean up of the holidays to get outside earlier.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - just about 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - chlly this morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.750.000.000.006.75

AM - just about 6.75 miles with Dan and the dogs mostly on the golf course this morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - cold morning - 5.25 miles with Finn through the neighborhood.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and his dog as I kept Finn inside today again.   He's having some type of problem physically not during but sometime later after a run where he seems to have an injury such as a strained muscle - last week it seemed to be in his left hind quarter - but this week it appears to be either his ear or perhaps a toothache?  He will cry out as if in pain suddenly when he repositions himself on the floor - very abruptly and then is fine.  Seems to go away if I give him a few days off of running.

Very shocking and disappointing day we witnessed yesterday in this country.   Dan and I certainly had a lot to discuss on our run. 

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on a misty/drizzly cold morning - a few degrees colder and further north they have snow.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Finn on a cold gray winter morning.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.004.004.000.0010.00

PM - completely unplanned tempo effort 10 miles with Finn on the Forsyth Greenway trail.  Temps in the mid-40's with very little wind; I started off the run not realizing that my pace was already under eight minutes per mile at mile 2 and then was surprised to notice that I was running seven minute pace when I made the turn around. I increased the pace slightly to just around 6:50 per mile and finished  the last mile at 6:38 for an avg of 7:05 pace for the full run.  This was just one of those days where things just felt very good and I decided to take advantage of it.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - a little over 4.5 miles easy with Dan and the dogs this morning before some weather moves in.  Leg's were fatigued from yesterday's effort.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on a wet cool morning - early start.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - a bit colder and foggy this morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - mostly on the golf course. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 8.75 miles with Dan and the dogs.  We attempted to run each of the culs de sac in the neighborhood.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - 7.25 miles with Greg, Dan and the dogs over in the Cambridge HS/North Park area.  Gray cold day, with some snow flurries.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.001.100.000.0013.10

PM - treadmill long run - half marathon with the last 1 mile fast finish.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - roughly a 10k this morning with Dan; we took the dogs on the former golf course which is still not open to the public and let the run off lead - which they thoroughly enjoyed.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - about 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs this morning - about half on the golf course - temps in the high 20's.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course - good bit warmer this morning.   Turned my ankle on a pine cone - I need to rememember to wear my contacts!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles in the cold rain with Dan and the dogs.  Finn got a bath afterwards and he was not happy about it. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn in the neighborhood. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 8.25 miles with the 3 amigos and our dogs on the Summit/Brittle/Wood road trail.  Crisp 32 degrees but sunny.  Great conversations.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.250.000.000.009.25

PM - 9.25 miles with Finn on a hilly route.  Worked harder than I should have.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs in a light rain.  Cool out as well but warm enough for shorts.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on another rainy morning.   Pretty signficant electrical storms came through overnight, but by the time we ran, it was just light rain. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on yet another rainy morning - 3 days in a row.   Much heavier rainfall at times today - we ran along the cart paths on the golf course because the grass is too saturated and slippery in places - but even the cart paths had some ankle-depth standing water.  Slow slog.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Finn - windy and cold - over 30 degrees colder than when I ran 2 mornings ago.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Dan is taking his eldest daughter back to UVA this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Noon - ran with Finn along the Alpharetta Greenway - started on Windward to explore the latest construction of the trail to ultimately connect it with the Forsyth trail.   They still have some work to do - but they were actually doing quite a bit of work even today.  Ran very even splits - just about 7:45 pace each mile - the whole way from start to finish - the trail is nearly flat so there were no significant hills to influence the pace except at the end.   I should have been pleased with the run, but the weather was overcast and cold and I was not feeling all that great for some reason - so the last few miles were more of a grind than usual.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

PM - 6 miles with Greg Dan and the dogs.   Wet roads and cold but we escaped any rain.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs in a very fine light snow - no accumulation.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - very windy - cold wind chill in the low 20's.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - a little over 7 miles on another cold morning with temps in the 20's.  Ran with Dan and the dogs through the neighborhood and the Grove and Tullamore. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn - partially on the golf course.   Still cold. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Greg, Dan and the dogs on the trails after an overnight rain.   Dogs were filthy muddy afterwards.   Nice sunrise with mist/fog from the rains on the horse pastures.   Happy Friday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 10 solid miles with the guys and the dogs on the Forsyth Greenway.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs in Wood Valley - snowed and rained overnight - no accumulation.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - we explored a different route this morning - which turned out to be primarily uphill - and with about a half mile or more of running along a busy road in the dark with no sidewalks (not the safest of situations) - but overall it was good for a change. 

PM  2.25 miles on the treadmill then 3000 meters of indoor rowing. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.008.50

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs around the golf course.  
 

PM - 2.25 miles on the treadmill and then 2000 meters of indoor rowing.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn on a warmer morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - overnight rains made for a foggy damp morning with temps in the 50's.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - 7.25 miles with Dan and Greg and the dogs in a cold rain.  Part of it was in the woods on the Kings Ridge cross country course.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - nice run with Dan and the dogs - connected some different routes we normally run - for a total of 8.25 miles.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - another cold rainy/drizzly morning - Dan had the day off for President's day and decided to sleep-in, so Finn and I plodded along "solo" today.   

PM - 2.25 miles on the treadmill after work to transition/stress relieve and then 2500 meters of indoor rowing. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 3.25 miles on the treadmill before starting my workday.   Weather forecast said black ice was likely and so Dan and I decided we would try to run at noon for the main run of the day.

PM - noon - with Dan and the dogs - it was only 25 degrees at noon and quite windy.   No ice was noticeable - so we probably could have run in the morning.   I was pressed for time and could only squeeze in 5 miles.  
 

PM - 3500 meters of indoor rowing 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 5.5 miles - quite cold in the low 20's - Finn wiped out on some ice in the parking lot of the golf course.  
 

PM - 2.5 miles on the treadmill and then 3000 meters of indoor rowing.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill - steady rain, 38 degrees with occasional lightning, and a gimpy Finn, kept me from going outdoors this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles - solo as Finn needs a few days to recover from whatever he tweaked when he slipped on the ice when we were running a few days ago; and Dan texted that he's got a sore throat and his son has had a slight fever - so playing it safe and keeping our distance for a few days. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - 8.5 miles with Dan - a chilly but sunny morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.008.50

AM - 8.5 miles with Greg Dan and the dogs.  We went into the woods for a mile or so and one of the dogs inadvertently roll blocked me down.  No harm done and it was pretty funny.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - just time for 4 miles this morning, as I had a short notice early call scheduled at 7 am and some delays getting outside.   Another rainy cool morning - I am ready for some warmer temps which I think are maybe a few weeks away.

PM - 3 miles on the treadmill and then about 4000 meters on the indoor rowing machine.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.008.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - about half on the golf course - temps in the mid to low 30's but clear skies and a nice sunrise.  
 

PM - 3 miles with Finn after my workday.  So nice outside with temperatures in the upper 60's - I had to get out to enjoy it.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn through Wood Valley. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

AM - just shy of 6 miles with Dan and the dogs in the neighborhood; it felt colder than the temperature indicated.  The afternoons are warming nicely - may try to get out for a few more miles after work to enjoy the weather. 

PM - just short of 3 miles with Finn on a very pleasant afternoon/early evening after work .  2500 meters of indoor rowing following dinner. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - pouring rain and in the mid 50's, a sore throat and an insistent spouse (not to go outside) had me running indoors on the treadmill.   Just 3 miles - may do more later. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles with with the three amigos and the dogs on the trails. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles with Dan and the dogs on a foggy damp morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

AM - 6 miles in the rain with Finn before work.   This marks exactly 1 year - 365 days of running without a day off.   I have run at least 3 miles per day since March 1 of last year.   Pleased that I have been blessed with the good health and time, to be able to do this everyday. Certainly one benefit of the pandemic is the elimination of international travel from my schedule and not having to otherwise commute to an office.  

PM - 3 miles with Dan and the dogs after work and then 2000 meters on the indoor rowing machine.  

Comments
From Nora Jo on Thu, Mar 04, 2021 at 16:21:43 from 68.50.212.88

Congratulations! That is quite the accomplishment. May you have another successful year of running!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - temperatures dropped again in the upper 30's.   Ready for Spring to kick in.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles around the golf course with Dan and the dogs.  Rained overnight, but was clear by the time we ran.  Still on the cold side in the mid 30s.

PM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - a little over 6 miles with Dan and the dogs.   Pace has been slower the last week or more.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

PM - 8 fastish - hilly miles with Dan.  My dog pushed the pace.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 8.25 miles with Greg, Dan and the dogs on the trails.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 chilly miles with Dan and the dogs before work. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn- a bit faster pace this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs mostly on the golf course.   Warmer today.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 8.25 miles with the guys and our dogs on the trails.  Really pleasant weather - lots of pollen in the air though.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles with Finn averaged under 7:30 per mile the last couple of miles.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs - partly on the golf course and an easy recovery pace.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - good bit colder and wet.  Watched the NCAA Cross Country Championships on YouTube from yesterday - the coverage was great - and Conner Mantz was very impressive with the win - just throwing down in the last kilometer.   Nicely done. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - slightly different route - same weather, cool damp/wet.   Dan and his wife were vaccinated yesterday - they went to a Kroger to get placed on a waiting list, and happened to be there when there was a no-show for 2 appointments and instead of putting them at the bottom of a lengthy list, they just administered the vaccines for them on the spot.  Timing is everything sometimes.  My wife and I are traveling to Toccoa tomorrow for our first doses.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs in the rain - with some storms blowing through.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn - temperatures dropped again - Springtime fluctuations.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

AM - 9 miles with the guys and the dogs on the Forsyth trail - with crisp temps in the upper 30's.   Was suprised to learn that a friend of mine participated in the Barkley Marathon this week - evidently when you are selected to do the race, it is an unwritten rule not to make it known to too many people.    He completed the first loop and had to stop in the second loop when it was clear he was not going to make the cut-off.   One of the last books he had to locate was entitled "It wasn't always easy, but I sure had fun" - which is what he entitled his Strava entry.   He wore orange and blue including a Florida Gator's visor.  Of course only 2 runners even completed the "Fun Run" this year of 3 loops.   Well done, Chris Hanlon.  
 

Update- I had not realized Karen McNeany - also was a participant in the Barkley race   She and Chris met when he crewed for Amelia Boone in 2018 and have been a couple for nearly since that time.   Karen finished the first loop outside of the cutoff time but had the distinction of having bib#1 in this years race.  Congratulations to Karen as well.   

 

 

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 09:29:52 from 67.177.30.39

I feel like the race director was offended that Jared completed it 3 times and so now has made it close to impossible.I predict it will be another decade before anyone finishes.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Dan and the dogs - great morning for a run. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs - easy pace on the golf course - very dark and the battery on my headlamp was low so the light was not as bright.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Finn decided we were going to run on the golf course again, and would not accept no for an answer.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs - early start because of early meetings for work - same distance as yesterday, but completely different route.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - a little over 6 miles with Dan and the dogs in a light rain which is supposed to continue through the weekend.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.750.000.000.009.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs.  It had rained and stormed overnight, including some hail, but it was warm enough that I went shirtless the second half of the run.  Coincidentally, I think it was last year to the day, that I put in the blog that it was the first day of the year for shirtless running.    

Dan had taken his dog, Rosie, off the leash when we were running on the golf course.   She inadvertently clipped my heel from behind when we were running on the cart path and took me down like a cornerback making a great open field tackle.   Scraped up my leg and knees, and Dan was overly apologetic and Rosie came over to offer her sympathies as well.  No real harm done - it looked worse than it actually was.

PM - 4 shirtless miles with Finn after work   

 

Comments
From dugco on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 13:01:39 from 73.42.43.155

Not sure the cornerback/open field tackle analogy works for a guy barely cracking 130 lbs soaking wet... how bout a cheetah taking down a juvenile gazelle... hyena cross checking a baby antelope. Sorry, maybe I got too caught up in your story ;-)

From Bret on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 13:17:05 from 99.1.32.252

LOL - true - probably more accurate to say old dude fell when the tennis ball came off his walker....

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - just under 6.5 miles with the guys on the horse farm trails. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - ran with the guys downtown today for a change of scenery.   Lots of people out walking and running with their dogs too.  We finished on the old track of the former Milton HS which was rebuilt as a STEM school called Innovation Academy.  They did not renovate the track which is in poor shape and interestingly actually is not on a level plain - so part of the track is uphill! :)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn before work - temperature dropped overnight to the high 30's again - and it appears later this week we may get even colder on those mornings - but that may be the last gasp of cold weather - I hope.   The trees and flowers are all in early bloom - the azaleas outside my office window greeted me with pink and white flowers this morning when I opened the shade.
 

PM - 3 miles with Finn after work.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs - a bit warmer than yesterday, more comfortable and a nice daybreak finish - sunrise not yet quite visible with lots of birdsong.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs in the rain. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn.   Dan started the run with us, but the pollen in the air was considerable, and he wears hard contact lenses - and some pollen got in his eyes which he could not clean out - so he returned home after less than a mile.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 hilly faster miles with Finn - chilly for April 2 - it was 31 degrees with a real feel of 27.   Perhaps one more day of winter weather before we leave it all behind. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.007.300.009.30

AM - 15k with Finn mostly at tempo effort.  Up Mount Pritchard and around Echelon - cold start with frost on the ground but an otherwise glorious morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn before church this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn on a crisp Spring morning.  Lots of pollen out now - nearly every surface is coated with the yellowish dust.   

My streak of running everyday continues - I am at Day 400 without a day off.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM  - 5.5 miles with Finn before work.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn before my workday started.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles a bit easier than the last several days.   Got my second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine today.   :)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.250.000.000.009.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan who returned from a ski trip in Colorado yesterday.   The second vaccine dose that I received yesterday had me feeling achy and I had a headache.   Drank a few bottles of water and that seemed to resolve the issues by mid morning.  
 

PM - 4 miles with Finn after work. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 10 quick miles with Greg and the dogs on the Greenway. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn before church 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - a little over 5 with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - just under 5 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 with Dan and the dogs.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Finn. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

PM - 7 miles with Finn late afternoon.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.750.000.000.006.75

AM - 6.75 miles with the guys and the dogs downtown.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - feeling a bit fatigued- just 4 miles with Finn before work 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - easy 5.5 miles partly on the golf course with Dan and the dogs.   Dan had his second dose of the vaccine yesterday and wanted to take it easy.  

Registered for the Boston Marathon for October.  Have to wait to see if it will be accepted.  My age in October will be 55 which moves me to a standard "BQ" qualifying time of 3:35.    I submitted my Grandma's marathon effort from 2019 of 3:13.   Hopefully that will be sufficiently under the standard for my age-group to get me in.    Although I have officially run the race 6 times - I have been trying to run it for the last 3 years since my daughter started law school in Boston and actually lives on Commonwealth Ave - but with a heart issue in 2018, and then all of the disruptions of Covid - the opportunity never came.  Now, she will actually graduate this May - before I get the chance to possibly run!   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs before work. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - partly on the golf course - very unseasonably cold start at 30 degrees this morning!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - ran with the guys and our dogs on the Milton trails today before work - as a provisional in the event that our Saturday run gets rained out as forecast.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill- I had met the guys earlier for a run in the rain but a decision was quickly reached after we got out of our cars that the rains were too much and we called an audible and went for coffee instead.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

PM - 8 miles with Finn midday - warmer than Finn was prepared to handle - cut it short to get him some water and shade.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.   Really pleasant morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs - shirtless warm weather for maybe the second morning so far this year.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - just under 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.  The dogs ran off-lead and had a grand time.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.007.500.000.007.50

AM - 7.5 miles with Greg for part of the run on the Greenway.  We got our signals crossed and he had started earlier; but we connected and ran about 4 miles together.   I would have gone longer but Finn basically shut it down a few hundred yards past the turn to the parking lot and refused to go anywhere but back to the car.   Either he was thirsty or not into the fast pace or got spooked about something ahead.   So I went with his guidance and finished earlier than planned.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - got an early start on a day with lots of things to do - 5.25 miles with Finn before sunrise.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - very sore muscles from working around the yard yesterday.  Easy 3 miles between rain storms.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Managed to avoid the rain and storms today. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs after a night of storms.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs.   Cold front over night took the long sleeve shirt out of retirement for the summer - upper 40's this morning.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with the guys and our dogs downtown.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 8.75 miles with Finn before church.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles in a light rain with Dan and the dogs - legs fatigued a bit sore from a faster effort on some hills yesterday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - just under 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.   Finn had a great time running a dog fartlek off lead.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles in a steady rain with Dan and the dogs about half of it was on the golf course.  I generally would have opted to run indoors on a day like today - but between Finn and Dan who both love running in the rain .... Good training partners for sure.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - a little over 5 miles with Finn.  Crisp spring morning in the upper 40's with mist rising from the creeks and ponds in the valley heading into the East Bluff neighborhood.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs - another really nice spring morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - just under 7 miles with Dan and the dogs.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8.5 miles with the guys and our dogs on a pleasant morning before church. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - a little short of 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Dan's dog, Rosie, was not in the mood for running this morning - stopped multiple times just to sniff and then dawdled even when she resumed, at a really slow pace.   But sometimes you need an easy day, so it was relaxing.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - better pace today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan (sans his dog) and Finn - about half on the golf course.   

My wife and I will celebrate 31 years of marriage today.

Comments
From dugco on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 06:41:53 from 73.42.43.155

Congrats on the anniversary... and the run as well, of course. Finn is surely the fittest dog in the southeast.

From jtshad on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 07:24:08 from 141.221.191.222

Congrats on your anniversary, that is a great accomplishment and model for all of us.

From Bret on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 15:11:19 from 107.77.233.5

Thanks guys!

From Rob Murphy on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 19:25:06 from 67.177.30.39

Wishing you 31 more. Congratulations!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn; we ran about 3 miles or so with Dan and his dog, but she has been far more interested in sniffing and walking lately, and Dan has had some knee discomfort, so he planned to only run part of the way with us.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.001.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles with the guys on the trails along the horse farms - beautiful morning in the mid 50's.  Ran a quick last mile.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - 7.5 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.006.250.000.006.25

AM - impromptu tempo run with Greg and the dogs.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM- 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs at an easy pace.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 or so miles with Dan and Finn - a bit faster than usual as Dan ran without Rosie this morning.   Day 450 of my running streak.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.750.000.000.004.75

AM - just under 4.75 miles on the trails with Dan and the dogs.  Heading up to Boston this afternoon for Riley's law school graduation tomorrow. 

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Thu, May 27, 2021 at 06:27:11 from 67.177.30.39

Wow...that went by quick! ongratulations to Riley.

From Bret on Fri, May 28, 2021 at 18:27:09 from 50.235.88.98

It sure did Rob. Thanks - I will let her know!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 8.75 miles around Boston near BC and the Chesnut Hill Reservoir - commencement ceremonies later - met Riley for a short part of the end of this run.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles in a cold rain, quite windy.  Ran out Commonwealth Ave - reverse heartbreak hill and then back - but not to the bottom as Riley texted me to run back to her place to run a few miles with her.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - 7.25 miles from Cleveland Circle to Boylston on Beacon.  Basically the last 3.5 miles of the Boston marathon course.  Cold amd windy going into town.  Rain started up again as I finished. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Riley in the rain on her birthday before we head home.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn back at home. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 10k with Finn before my workday.   Dan is on vacation this week and then next week he starts a new job out of state and will be moving to Virginia Bch and commuting on a weekly basis until permanently relocating....So our runs together  will be few and numbered before he relocates toward the end of the Summer.  He's been a great training partner and friend.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn before my workday started. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Finn - nice late spring/early summer - warm misty morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.750.000.000.007.75

AM - warm humid morning - met Greg at the Alpharetta Greenway - ran with the dogs.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with the guys and the dogs at sunrise.  Finn decided we were finished before we were actually done.  It was quite humid and warm and he seemed to know he needed some water.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - just under 6 miles with Finn on a very muggy humid and drizzly morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - just 3.5 miles in the mist/drizzle - tropical-like weather today.  Busy morning schedule, will try to get some more miles later. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 hilly miles with Finn before my workday started - very humid still, but a nice morning to enjoy the sunrise.  Did not get a second run in yesterday as I hoped.  Instead we had a picnic dinner with my grand daughter on the Milton Green whilst my daughter conducted a yoga class for new moms.   Turned out to be a much more enjoyable option over a second run.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles mostly on the golf course with Finn.  Been battling horseflies the last two mornings...

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Dan and the dogs- we did a walk run because Dan was sick and his calf was tight   

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn and partly with Dan. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles on the treadmill- late afternoon.   Too hot for a run outside.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 09:38:50 from 67.177.30.39

104 here today. Ugh!

From Bret on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 09:41:41 from 99.1.32.252

That's oven-like! But at least it is a dry heat. :)

From Jason D on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 21:12:25 from 73.161.42.48

I guy I used to work for used to tell of how he was out west somewhere in the army and his superior office would shout "it's [whatever temperature] in the shade and their ain't no [expletive] shade!" I do like low humidity, which for Bret might be in the 70s? and for you, Rob, in the low teens? Lower? It was in the 50% range here (glorious), though it has been a very mild summer in Michigan so far. Upper 40s tonight! (Well below normal).

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 sluggish miles with Finn - to be fair it was a little hilly - but also my legs felt leaden and it was very humid.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - just under 6.25 miles with Finn - hilly but I felt stronger today.  Passed a high school aged runner going uphill on the Milton trail - small victory for an old guy.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn before my workday.  Much cooler out today - though that did not help today with my pace.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - 3.5 miles with Finn on Summit/Brittle trails - when I got a text alert on my watch that there was a water leak in my basement - so I had to cut it short and get back home.   Having an issue with a bad check valve in my basement sink pump - with the water coming back up the sink instead of out to the septic tank...yuck.  Helpful to have leak detector devices set up to mitigate water damage - but also, it ruined an otherwise enjoyable run.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs - he's back in town for the weekend.   Nice time catching up and running on the golf course.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with the guys and the dogs on the trails.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.750.000.000.006.75

AM - 6.75 miles with Dan and the dogs - dodged a few raindrops as the area is blanketed with the remnants of a tropical storm from the gulf passes through.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 slow miles this morning in some heavy humid air.  Not feeling it today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - in NYC for business - just under 8 miles from my hotel and around central park.   I pushed the pace a bit too much in spots - given the humid conditions.   The buildings messed with the gps on my watch too - so not sure just how much distance I covered - the first mile showed a split of just over 2 mins 30 seconds :).  

Comments
From Jason D on Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 20:57:00 from 73.161.42.48

Put it down on the PR board :-)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles or so with a co-worker from Chicago - we ran along the Hudson River for a bit.   Big day for my company - IPO - the opening bell ceremony at the Nasdaq.  Exciting stuff. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 easy miles early before my return flight to ATL. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn on the golf course. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with the guys and the dogs on the trails. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and Finn. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn - heavy warm summer morning air - Finn even just stopped at one point for a rest.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn - early part in a light mist/rain. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs as he is back in town for a couple of weeks - run/walk for parts of it as he's got some calf injury /discomfort.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 slow easy miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - easy 4 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Race: Peach tree Road Race (6.214 Miles) 00:45:45
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.506.210.000.008.71

Peachtree Road Race - 10K.   - originally the plan was for Richie to make a trip from Florida to run together- but his plans changed last minute - and he could not make it.   As it happened I had picked up his race number - and Dan did not have a race entry - so he ran with Richie's number.   

Dan has been nursing a calf problem - so he did not want to push too hard and seeing as we only have a few weeks before he relocates to Virginia - we decided not to race but to run it with a decent but conservative effort.   Had a great time   We were conversational most of the whole course.   Very small spectating crowd from a normal Peachtree race - and much smaller field - though this was the first of 2 race days - to accommodate for Covid.   
 

I think we averaged just over 7:15 pace and in the last .2 miles we ran sub 6 mins for fun.   Really enjoyed this one.  

 

 

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 03, 2021 at 10:23:49 from 67.177.30.39

Great job! 261 runners in my race today. How about yours?

From Bret on Sat, Jul 03, 2021 at 12:32:45 from 107.127.28.123

Nice racing to you as well. We had 10000 in our race - but compared to a normal year of 50000 it was a noticeably smaller crowd.

From Jason D on Sat, Jul 03, 2021 at 17:53:23 from 73.161.42.48

Good to see you out racing, Bret. Solid pace for a controlled effort.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with the guys and the dogs on the trails before church.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM- 5 miles with Finn before starting my workday.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.   Quite humid and drizzly at times - probably from the tropical storm in the gulf pushing north.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM -  6 miles with Dan and Finn - we finished up on the former golf course behind my property which is finally being converted to a passive park with trails - contractors are out there setting up to remove the old concrete cart paths - and to install a different type of walking / running / hiking path, with crushed granite.   Look forward to them getting this project finished so that I can resume use of the park which is currently closed to the public.  It is still very overgrown and we passed over some poison ivy and I picked up at least one tick on my leg that I noticed during my post run stretching.    

Comments
From Jason D on Fri, Jul 09, 2021 at 21:25:31 from 73.161.42.48

I assume this is good news for running routes when the project is complete?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - early start due to some early work calls today - 5 miles in some very heavy humid air with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with the guys and the dogs downtown.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - got out a little before the other guys and met them back at the cars on the trails for 10 miles before church this morning.   Heavy warm humid air was relieved a bit by some drizzle. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn before my workday started.   He decided as we started down a cul de sac for some extra distance that I thought would be worthwhile, that he was not onboard with that decision and firmly stopped so that we could turn around and head back to the house.  He knows where he is and how much he's got in the tank.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn - a bit faster and on a hilly route. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn on the golf course.   Odd behavior on my apple watch this morning using the Strava app.   I looked down at it when it showed a little over three miles - but it was not recording any splits and it was counting backwards on the mileage when I looked at it again.   I finished with negative .75 miles.   Really weird - not sure if that was user error or I was in some type of time warp vortex.   Also, this was day 500 on my streak of running everyday. 

 

Comments
From dugco on Wed, Jul 14, 2021 at 08:41:52 from 73.42.43.155

Pretty sure you answered your own question there at the end... 500 days in a row is too long for Apple/Strava to comprehend ;-) Good job!

From Bret on Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 07:45:53 from 99.1.32.252

:). Thanks Doug!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn before my workday starts. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.   He closed on the sale of his house yesterday -- will be moving to Va Bch in the next few weeks - gotta get our runs in while there is still time to run together. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with the guys and the dogs, minus Rosie, downtown and on the Alpharetta greenway.   Very warm and humid.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

AM - 11 good miles with Dan and Finn in a light rain before church.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 easy miles with Finn on another very muggy and damp morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - another rainy morning run with Finn. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - a little over 6 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs.  No rain this morning for a change.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles in and around the Disney resort properties in some expected heavy warm humid Florida air.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

AM - 11 miles on the treadmill at the hotel - a bit easier than trying to find a route outside with enough distance.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles around the resort area near Epcot and Hollywood Studios at Disney.  Heading home later this morning.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 06:57:04 from 72.184.235.251

Were you able to experience the magic of Disney through the eyes of a small child?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles at home with Finn.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Finn on the Brittle/Summit/Wood trails this morning before my workday started.  Warm and humid but not quite as oppressive as Florida was over the weekend.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn before beginning my workday.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.250.000.000.0011.25

AM - 11.25 miles with Finn for the first 3 or so - and then brought him home.  Went back out and met Dan for the remainder.   Terrible run.  HR blew-up several times on climbs and I got nervous and walked a bit.  Shoes were completely soaked with sweat.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 easy miles with Dan and the dogs.   Felt nearly normal today - must have been dehydrated combined with the high humidity and temps with the fast uphill pace at times, that just put me on the limit for some reason.   Always a concern in the back of my mind that it is not just a normal "bad" run, but something more significant regarding my coronary artery disease.   Will consider medical examination/intervention if it becomes a pattern or trend of course.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - part of it in a light rain.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn before my work day starts.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn before my workday started.  Humid but not as oppressive as last week - and really this summer was not very hot and humid as some summers here.  Can almost feel things starting to get into the early feel of Fall.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Finn just before sunrise - really nice morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with the guys downtown. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.250.000.000.0012.25

AM - total of 12.25 miles. Started outside with Finn for around 5 miles to give him some exercise- and then brought him home - but t switched it up by hopping on the treadmill for another hour or so.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - a little over 6 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.   

Comments
From Mike on Mon, Aug 09, 2021 at 06:49:33 from 168.213.12.2

They don't kick you off the golf course?! You have nice attendants!

From Bret on Mon, Aug 09, 2021 at 14:38:46 from 99.1.32.252

Mike - we are indeed fortunate - I am a member at the club, but since there are no golfers out there that early, the grounds keepers probably figure a couple of old dudes running around won't do any harm.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs through Wood Valley and made our way across the former Milton Country Club into my backyard.   The deconstruction of the golf course to return it to a passive greenspace park is finally underway - all of the concrete cart paths have been removed - with piles of concrete still left to be hauled away.   Should be a matter of months and then it will be reopened to the public for use as a running and walking path of natural packed dirt/clay and decomposed granite.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs.  The moving truck is in front of his house today.  2 more morning runs left. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - 4.5 miles quite early with Dan and the dogs - I had an early meeting in the office and needed to get the run finished up early.   Felt strange discomfort at the beginning of the run - but HR was not high or anything.   May get scheduled for a check up with the cardiologist since this has been happening a couple of times in the last few weeks. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with the guys and the dogs on the trails.  Sad last run with Dan as he is moving to Virginia today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Finn on a particularly humid amd warm morning.  Probably went out too late.   Did not feel all that great and had some issues in the first mile until I got rolling.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.0014.00

AM - 14 miles with Greg on the Alpharetta Greenway before sunrise.  Whenever I run with him - it ends up being much faster than if I ran solo particularly on long runs. I think we averaged under 8 min miles for the first 10 until t declared that my HR was much closer to a tempo effort in the warm extreme humidity than a long run pace.   But perhaps this is a good training approach - we shall see. 

Comments
From Jason D on Mon, Aug 16, 2021 at 21:50:05 from 73.161.42.48

It's funny, sometimes it's great with training partners but sometimes it's detrimental (as many things in life it goes a few ways). I follow the Hanson runners on Strava and I think some of the women just get pushed too hard when they aren't ready on longer runs (coming back from injury).

I do miss training partners for a few runs a week though even though I'm mostly solo to the bone. My first trainer partners had easy paces of about 6:30 pace and the other around 7:30 pace. I never ran easy runs much faster than 8:00-8:30 even though I was capable of it. Long runs were always interesting, especially when they would want to run at reasonable adult hours :-)

That humidity is a killer though. You can feel great until you don't. It's been extremely mild in Michigan this summer, though we don't have anything close to what you have even in the worst of times.

From Bret on Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 11:52:54 from 99.1.32.252

Yeah Jason - I know the prescription / and intended purpose of the long run is time on your feet at an aerobic effort - and clearly today I was pressing the envelope. But at the same time, perhaps because of my age and wanting to be able to get to the starting line uninjured, I have not done any mid-week workouts such as tempo or speed. So....in a way - I feel as though if I alternate long runs at aerobic effort with long-ish runs at tempo effort every other week, it may have a good training affect.

We shall see.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn - partly on the golf course - very slow active recovery effort. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.008.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Finn in the dark during a driving rain from Tropical Storm Fred - reminded me of running in the sometime heavy summertime rains in Florida during cross country practice when I was in high school.   We would sometimes go to the golf course and slide on our bellies on the wet downslopes of the fairways.  Landsurfing. 

PM - 3 miles on the treadmill after my workday ended

Comments
From Mike on Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 13:15:33 from 168.213.12.2

That should be a sport!

From dugco on Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 13:19:38 from 73.42.43.155

Yes, you XC guys were touched in the head - I was a track guy playing XC... I do remember serious rainstorm runs to Clearwater Beach and back though - good times.

From Bret on Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 11:59:42 from 99.1.32.252

It was great fun Mike - - and we called it a "fartlek" workout to make it seem legit to our coaches.

Doug - you gotta give yourself more credit - you were a true XC guy to all of us, with amazing foot speed and hurdling ability, during track season that none of us had. :)

From dugco on Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 12:06:43 from 73.42.43.155

Well it was the best coaching move lightfoot ever made imho - get the long sprinters into XC and see what if any cross over with track could happen... surely made me a better athlete

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Finn - some faster pace toward the middle and the end.   Just not feeling all that great running lately.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - a little over 6 miles with Finn before my workday starts.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Greg and Finn on the trails - heading out to Hawaii for vacation later today.  Looking forward to some time off.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles in Hawaii around the Diamond Head volcano park.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 10 miles in Hawaii- ran past Diamond Head - with a vague plan to run between 10 and 14 miles - but thanks to some very humid sticky conditions and barely got in 10.  Really tough push to get the last few miles in.  

Comments
From jtshad on Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 15:09:06 from 141.221.191.225

Running around Diamond Head, the Kahala neighborhood and into Waikiki during the early morning is one of my favorite runs ever!!

Enjoy the time in Hawaii.

From Bret on Sat, Aug 28, 2021 at 12:18:03 from 72.253.208.42

Thanks Jeff - really did enjoy it.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles this morning - ran the other direction towards Honolulu.  Kept the pace easy and the heart rate in active recovery.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - got 7 miles in this morning in the rain up the hillside near the University of Hawaii and meandered my way around.   Good run. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

AM - decided to go back up the hillside and found round top road with a series of switchbacks to the top.  Really enjoyed the scenery and even got a rainbow from a shower looking back down on the city and the ocean.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles around a local municipal golf course perimeter and then some meandering in Waikiki.  Legs were leaden today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - clockwise around Diamond Head and a little faster today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

AM - 11 miles this morning along the coast past Diamond Head to the Kahala neighborhood and resort. Heading home later today   

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill just to get some mileage in following an overnight flight where I did not sleep.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn this morning.   He cut things short - apparently out of shape since he has not run in over a week.  :)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn in the neighborhood before the rains and storms from the remnants of Ida are expected to commence.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn before sunrise - busy day. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Finn - sightly cooler and not quite as humid this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.750.000.000.007.75

AM - took Finn down to the trails this morning - beautiful weather - slightly cooler and less humid - nice sunrise.   Had a cardiologist appt. yesterday and though she doesn't expect to find anything, I am going to be scheduled for a heart catheterization next week. I hope she's right.  No restrictions on running or exercise - all my vitals were good etc.  But I had 3 times this morning where I felt some "angina" (put it in quotes because I am not sure that's what it is) pressure - 3-4 mins in; then at 37 mins and at 51 mins - lasted probably less than a minute or so - but it is not something that I have experienced since having the stent in December 2018.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

AM - 11 miles with Finn this morning.  Really nice weather and without a definite plan on how long we would run - it was nice to just go by feel and monitor Finn's capacity to maintain the distance effort - I think I might have gone a few more miles if I was solo - but pleased with what we got today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.000.0010.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Dan has moved back to GA as his family just could not get comfortable with relocating to Virginia.  Happy that he's back.  
 

PM - 4 miles on the treadmill late afternoon.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 6 miles with Greg and Dan this morning - picked Dan up as he was exiting his new neighborhood and met Greg and his dog at Starbuck.  Greg told us of his adventures in Alaska having just returned from a quick camping trip there yesterday for a few days.   

I discontinued taking the statin that I have been on for about a year - on Friday.   The cardiologist had said although she did not think I have a new blockage but wanted to do a heart catheterization to confirm - that it could possibly be the statin that is causing my symptoms.   So, I stopped taking it very next day.   Each day have felt progressively better - and today I would have to say I have felt like a million times improved (only slightly exaggerated).  
 

PM - 4 more miles on the treadmill. 

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Sep 06, 2021 at 13:52:37 from 67.177.30.39

Glad you were able to get that figured out.

From Bret on Mon, Sep 06, 2021 at 15:12:52 from 99.1.32.252

Me too!!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trails before sunrise (and as it turns out, just before a pretty heavy rain). 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.503.000.000.0011.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Finn - about a third of it on the golf course which was verys soggy from rains overnnight.  

PM - lunchtime workout - treadmill Yassos - 6 x 800 at just under 3:10 per rep with around 3 minute recovery.   Good workout. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - a little over 5.5 miles with Dan and Finn on the trails before sunrise.   Faster pace without Dan's dog, Rosie, who although she's a very sweet dog and eager to please, is not really built for running at faster paces (over 75 lb lab mix).   We usually run slower with her and she takes random breaks at times.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs from his new place near Cambridge HS.   The school's cross country team was out running as we got started.  Great weather with temps in the upper 50's.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.000.000.000.0016.00

AM - in Las Vegas for a conference - headed south on the strip for 8 miles and then turned around.  Dry but warm upper 80's by the end.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.250.000.000.0011.25

AM - 6.25 miles in Las Vegas - heading to Anaheim midday today for a different conference.   
 

PM - met up with Greg who coincidentally is at the same conference as me and used to live here.  So we went for a run at 3 pm with temps at 90 - but it was dry and we had a good quick-paced 5 miles.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.250.000.000.0012.25

AM - 8.5 miles with Greg in Anaheim- we ran around the Angels stadium and a trail along the Santa Ana river.   Nearly got lost - even though he used to live out here.  
 

PM - 3.75 miles around the perimeter of Disneyland - needed to de-stress a bit.  Busy day both at the conference and my day job.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 17:35:10 from 67.177.30.39

I lived next to that trail until I was 13. It's called "the bike trail".

From Bret on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 18:22:16 from 68.170.73.5

Ah - cool. I think I saw a sign that said bike trail. Itís pretty nice and well maintained.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 19:58:22 from 67.177.30.39

Last time I did it there were many homeless camps.

From Bret on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 20:51:17 from 107.127.56.57

Greg had said that he had heard they were no longer there - and sure enough - no campers.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

AM - 8 miles with Greg on a different part of the bike trail.  

PM - flew up to San Francisco for my next conference - had an hour or so to kill, so did another 4.5 miles from my hotel down to the water and around the Giant's ballpark - fans lining up to head inside for a game tonight against the Padres.  If I did not already have a client dinner scheduled, I would have probably gone back and bought a ticket.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - active recovery effort 6 miles along the embarcadero in SF.   Quite quiet on the streets.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - early few miles before an early flight in San Francisco.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - back home with the guys on the trails with the dogs in the rain.  Everyone had early days so we kept it short.  Will get some additional running in later today hopefully.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
17.500.000.000.0017.50

AM - treadmill sandwich-  started early indoors - and then Dan came over and we ran with the dogs for 9 miles and then I did a few more miles on the treadmill for about 17.5 miles in total.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan on the trails late afternoon between rain showers. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs in the neighborhood - rained part of the run.  We are in a really wet weather pattern - with nearly constant showers and drizzle for it seems over a week now.  Supposed to finally clear out on Thursday. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.003.000.0011.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs from his new place across from Cambridge HS - light drizzle - explored a different neighborhood.   
 

PM - treadmill workout- 3 x mile with a 3 min rest - 6:11, 6:13, 6:14.   1 mile warmup amd a short cool down.  Solid effort.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - easy shakeout 3.25 miles.  Legs felt fatigued from yesterday- so we took it easy with an active recovery effort   

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trails - temps were very much cooler - low 50's - very pleasant running weather.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles along the Ohio river in West Virginia.  Here for a few days to visit Tracy's family. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Marcus - showed him around the town of Moundsville and Glen Dale a little bit as we ran. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles before church - reversed the route Marcus and I ran yestereday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles very easy in the first couple of miles - then did some 10 second pick-ups and one longer one.   Have a diagnostic heart cath tomorrow to rule out any issues.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Finn before going to the hospital for the procedure.  Unfortunately they found a new blockage right near the prior stent.  80% occlusion.  New stent is in now and I am to be discharged later this afternoon.   

Comments
From Mike on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 12:50:06 from 168.213.5.162

Yikes. What does that mean for a recovery time?

From Bret on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 06:26:22 from 99.1.32.252

Mike - the doctor's said - "hey you can walk jog even tomorrow and resume with moderate running within a week if you feel up to it...just no heavy lifting with the right arm where the inserted the catheter through the artery for the procedure."

Boston is less than 2 weeks away. They did not rule out that I could even do that if I kept the effort reasonable.

So I walked and jogged 3 miles this morning less than 24 hours after the procedure.

Pretty amazing right?

From Mike on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 06:39:47 from 168.213.5.162

That's beyond amazing! I cannot believe the turnaround is that quick. Then again, your are WAY more fit than most people.

From Mike on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 06:40:01 from 168.213.5.162

Also, I'll be in Boston too :)

From Bret on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 06:58:09 from 99.1.32.252

Thanks Mike. Here's hoping it all works out.

Good luck in Boston - it will be a bit different with the rolling start plan - and having it in October too.

Maybe we will run into each other!

From Jason D on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 17:34:54 from 73.161.42.48

Glad you got the issue sorted, Bret. Excellent news.

From Mark on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 11:53:52 from 108.191.16.124

Good thing they looked and were able to put in a stent. Great news you can still do Boston, that is amazing!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles walk/jog - kept the HR average right at 100 bpm and probably jogged as much as I ran.  Felt great and normal following yesterday's procedure.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles - probably ran more than I walked - maybe 75% running/jogging easy.   Walked sharp uphills and averaged HR was just under 120 bpm.  Felt fine.   Just very cautious in my approach.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - jog/walk with Richie in Clearwater.   We came down last night for a wedding here over the weekend.  Richie drove from his place in St. Pete and we walked/jogged a little over 3 miles - Feeling better every day. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Richie and Justin and a new friend of Richie's named Brian in downtown St. Pete.   They were planning a long run, and I just wanted to see some old running buddies for a few easy miles - they went on to run 18 at around 10 min pace - so, I circled back to my car as they continued on.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 solo miles on roads before sunrise on Clearwater Beach.  Lots of memories here - including races - enjoyed the time just trotting along in the early hours.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - back home - ran with Dan this morning on the trails in some on and off rain.   Pace ended up being a little over 8:30 per mile and though my HR was a bit higher than it normally would be at that pace - I felt good.  Steady improvement on a daily basis recovering from the procedure.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - heavy rains through the night and when I awoke persuaded me to run on the treadmill this morning.  3 miles - last mile was right at 8 min pace.  1 week post-op from the stent #2.   

Comments
From Mark on Tue, Oct 05, 2021 at 10:48:25 from 108.191.16.124

Going strong!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Dan and the dogs in the rain at times near his new place around Cambridge HS.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Dan and the dogs in the old neighborhood.  Still rainy out - but not while we were running.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with the guys and two of the dogs on the trails.   Averaged under 8 min pace - felt normal.  HR may have been a bit higher than I would expect to see at that pace, but it was quite warm and humid today - in the low 70s with some drizzle (and I did just have a heart procedure 10 days ago).   I see the cardiologist as a follow up this afternoon before heading to Boston - hopefully she gives me the green light to run Boston on Monday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles from my daughter's apartment in Cambridge to the finish line area on Boylston.   Just happy to be here.  

Comments
From jtshad on Sat, Oct 09, 2021 at 08:41:47 from 75.174.1.173

Have fun at the race.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Oct 09, 2021 at 19:09:52 from 67.177.30.39

I predict this will be one of your most memorable Bostons. Enjoy!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 5k shakeout miles early.  It will likely be in the upper 50s to low 60s at the start but also on the humid side with an east wind.  Not terrible but it will not be a dry cool day with a tailwind either.  :)

Race: Boston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:36:30, Place overall: 6351, Place in age division: 394
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.0026.200.000.0027.20

125th Boston Marathon.

Less than 2 weeks ago I had to have a stent implanted in the left anterior descending artery - the second such implant in less than 3 years for a recurrent signficant blockage.   At the time, I was quite disappointed and frustrated that it would probably mean that it would not be recommended that I consider running this event so soon after the procedure.   The first time around they recommended no running for 7 days and then only permitted 3 miles per day for 6 weeks.  But much to my surprise, both of my cardiologists said that with as much running as they were aware that I have been doing - they said that as long as I was feeling up to it, they saw no undue risk in my participation in the Boston Marathon.

Honestly I was a little bit nervous about how I would be feeling and frankly whenever I told people that I was running so soon after the procedure, they were understandibly either surprised that my doctors were onboard with it, amazed that I would be able to recover so quickly, or questioned whether it would be too risky.  But I did see my cardiologist on Friday who confirmed the "green light" to participate and wished me good luck. 

Each day of running post procedure has been an incremental improvement.  However, I could feel that I was not fully there yet to how I would normally feel, fitnesswise a few days before race.   In fact on Saturday morning - in an "easy" run of about 4 miles - I was running about 8:45 pace - but my HR was proably a good 15 bpm faster than I would normal see on that type of an effort a few days before the event.   It was way better than it was 5 days earlier, but I expected to have a difficult time running any type of pace below 8 mins per mile on race day without my HR being near threshold.  And I really did not want to push myself into anaerobic HR - which for me is around 161-163 bpm, so soon after the procedure - at least not for any signficant period of time in the race (e.g. like maybe in the last few hundred yards or on the hills of Newton).

In any event, things turned out a bit better for much of the race than I had expected.  

Due to COVID - the race directors set up some new protocols.  Everyone was required to have proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test in order to pick up a race number.   A wrist band was affixed and was required to be worn the whole weekend until after the race as confirmation of the above.   Aside from the elite competitions, the remainder of the participants would not have a traditional corrall/wave line up at the start.  Everyone was assigned a bus pick-up time from Boston Common - and then when your bus arrived at Hopkinton - you were shuttled about a mile to the starting area, and told that you could begin when you were ready - in a rolling start fashion after the elite competitors' races had all commenced. 

I arrived about 15 mins early for my bus pick up time, and ended up loading onto a bus with folks who were in the bus pick up wave ahead of my schedule - each of them having red bib numbers and mine was white.   The bib numbers and colors were to correspond to the qualifying times - with the faster qualifiers being given early pick up times.   So, when I got to the starting area - the men's elite race was just about to start, and then the volunteers asked that the red bib numbers be allowed to roll into their starts, before the white bibs.   I probably had about 10 mins standing to the side before we were permitted to begin.   

In a way, I kind of liked that approach.   No lengthy time congregating at the middle school track infield, no standing in corrals until the race gun goes off, no long speeches or instructions.   I did however miss chatting in the corrals to runners around me, and listening to the national anthem and generally getting excited for the race to start.  

Once I was underway, I ran completely by feel for the first few miles - as my garmin watch was not synced well with the mile markers for autolapping at every mile - (in some places it was as much as .40 miles behind) all I used the watch for was to check on my HR.   Unfortunately because I kind of started with the faster qualifiers, I really did not have the opportunity to latch onto a group of runners to settle into a pace.   I felt like I was being passed by runners or being left in the dust by those in front of me.  So that meant I just had to run my own race.  

I knew that I was running sub 8 min pace early and I did my best to keep the HR at or sliightly above 150.  But I was so excited to be there and was really enjoying how well I was feeling - that I allowed myself to just run at a perceived comfortable effort - and if on occassion it felt a little uncomfortable, I would check the watch and generally it would show my HR creeping up close to 157 or 158 and I would back-off for a few minutes.  

There was some drizzle before the start and low cloud cover for the early part of the race, but it was humid and in the low to mid 60's with forecasts to bring in some sun and clouds and low 70's.   As a result I knew I would likely pay for my early exhuberance when I had to start climbing the hills after mile 16 and the temperatures would begin to rise.   

As I had expected, but had optimistically hoped would not happen, my efforts up the hills, though measured and conservative, caused my HR to push all the way up to 163 and by the time I crested Heartbreak at Boston College, the sun was out and I was a bit cooked.   At that point I had 5 or so miles left, and decided to back-off partly because I really was starting to feel the wheels coming off (and it was less of a choice) and partly because I was concerned about putting too much pressure on my cardio system.   So when I got to perhaps mile 23, I even walked a little bit to allow the HR to drop down and then I did so again at least 2 more times before the finish.

With less than a mile to go, I heard my daughter Riley call out my name as we went under the tunnel/overpass just before the turn onto Hereford Street and looked up to see my wife and waved to her as well.   I soaked in the last half mile down Boylston at a pedestrian effort - but happy to see the finish finally in sight.  

With the exception of feeling a little rough over the last few miles and slowing a bit, and given the circumstances of the recent medical procedure - was quite pleased with the result.  Interestingly, I just missed a qualifying time by 31 seconds.  

 

 

 

Comments
From dugco on Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 08:59:31 from 73.42.43.155

Well done, Bret - Rob and I chatted while tracking you - big fun. Awesome that you were able to share a quick wave with Riley and Tracy. Your close attention to heart rate over time serves you well.

From Mark on Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 10:31:30 from 108.191.16.124

This is amazing that you were still able to run this so soon after the procedure, and then still run a respectable time while playing it smart and still enjoying the whole experience soaking up what Boston is all about. Great report!

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 14:40:27 from 163.248.34.220

Great report! Your 2014 Boston race report hasn't aged well.

From Jason D on Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 18:50:11 from 73.161.42.48

First-rate report. Glad you got to go and glad you are doing well.

From Jon on Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 20:57:40 from 75.136.121.106

Good job- very impressive right after your procedure.

From Bret on Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 06:23:48 from 99.1.32.252

Thanks for the positive vibes everyone! Rob, I had not read that 2014 race report in years...famous last words - never say never again!

From jtshad on Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 06:27:18 from 141.221.191.222

Congrats on a strong race and great effort after the surgery. Glad you felt well and had a fun and safe time. Sounds like the event did a good job trying to keep people safe in the current pandemic and organized, seems like these are great logistics and approach.

Glad you felt the race and your health exceeded your expectations, awesome job.

From Mike on Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 12:58:05 from 35.142.90.55

What an amazing race and accomplishment! To read your entries from a couple of weeks ago, I would have never guessed this. Unreal and impressive.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - met Dan for a morning-after shake-out with the dogs on the trails.   I arrive a bit early and did a short walk/run for about a mile and then when Dan arrived we did another 3 more miles together and I had a chance to share my stories of the marathon from yesterday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Finn in the neighborhood.  Legs still sore with post marathon fatigue. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 easy miles with Finn in the neighborhood...legs are improving. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn before my workday starts.  Cooler fall weather to begin late Saturday and early Sunday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with the guys and the dogs from downtown to the Greenway and back.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 good paced miles with Dan and with Finn on a crisp fall morning with temps in the upper 40's.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - just about 4.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trails.  39 degrees - first time below 40 since last spring. 

Comments
From Mike on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 14:21:43 from 168.213.5.162

Must've felt downright cold!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.  My garmin did not record a map and thought we started the run at 3:30 am.   

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 07:49:17 from 163.248.34.220

So a typical Jeff Shadley morning run?

From Bret on Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 09:22:15 from 99.1.32.252

Hahaha - precisely. :)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 6 miles with Dan from his house.  I brought Finn but Dan kept Rosie inside - as she was limping after yesterday's run.   Different/new route - good conversation.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - met Dan early at the trails as he had an early flight this morning - so we kept it short as well with just over 3 miles.   Feeling very good with running the last few days with my avg HR being at or under 130 at 8 min or better pace per mile.   It is cooler, but also, the recovery is coming along nicely from both the procedure and the marathon last week. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - Day 600 on my streak of running everyday.  5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood - thunderstorms overnight left the roads wet and the air humid and a bit warmer than normal for this time of year.  

Comments
From Jason D on Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 20:03:28 from 73.161.42.48

That's an impressive streak.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 20:22:57 from 67.177.30.39

And on the same week Brady threw his 600th TD pass! Hope nobody tried to give away your shoes!

From Bret on Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 07:28:49 from 198.73.226.15

Thanks guys. I had not made the number correlation with Brady's TD pass record - but actually was watching that game when Evans inadvertently gave the ball to a fan in the stands after scoring - and then later watching his face with realization of what he'd done when he was told, and then the efforts to relieve the ball by negotiating with the guy. Very entertaining.

From Jason D on Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:22:10 from 73.161.42.48

They got off pretty cheap. I would have charged a lot more.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 10 miles with Greg and the dogs on the Forsyth trail - great weather in the upper 40's to low 50's - felt great and averaged around 7:30 pace which was conversational the entire way   

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 3.25 miles easy around the neighborhood before church. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 6 miles with Finn before my workday.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trails before work.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and Finn in the neighborhood - good bit colder today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood during a timely break in the rain.   Really did not want to go out in the cold rain, and Dan decided to cross train, but Finn whined and ran to my dresser drawer where my running clothes are located...so out we went.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and Finn from Dan's house in a light drizzle.   My Apple watch decided to end my run a little over 4 miles in, and then switched it to a bike ride recording, and then recorded it as an outdoor walk.   So I finished with a "triathlon" of activities according to my watch.  Might have been caused by rain hitting the watch face as I had not "locked" it.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - hilly 8 miles at sub 8 min pace with Dan and Finn on a dreary drizzly fall morning. Good run with good conversation.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles very easy before church. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - just under 4.5 miles with Dan on the trails with Finn - a crisp 44 degrees with some patchy fog which cleared for a nice daybreak horizon as we made our way eastward off the hill at Summit.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - easy 3.25 miles with Finn. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.750.000.000.003.75

AM - 3.75 miles with Dan and the dogs.   About 1.5 miles into the run, Dan seemed to have a hamstring pull - quickly and unexpectedly - and severe enough he had to stop and walk.  I walked with him for a bit, and then he urged me to get a few miles in as he walked back to his house.   We were not running quickly or on uneven terrain, and we'd really already warmed up into the run - so this was surprising.  He had taken yesterday off from running and done a workout on the Peleton bike - so perhaps that was the source of the issue.  We talked after I finished and he planned to get into a doctor.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 3 miles on the treadmill - it was raining and 43 degrees outside.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Finn before work.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 3 miles from Delaney's place in Brooklyn along the East River - running NYC marathon tomorrow with Richie. 

Race: New York City Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:44:46, Place overall: 4541, Place in age division: 135
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2021 New York City Marathon -  This race was not on my radar two weeks ago - but Richie who I have known now for nearly 20 years and have run literally all over the world with in races and training runs reached out to me as a long time donor for Team for Kids and offered me a spot in the event along with several other of his friends who were running as well.  He's very generous and keeps people connected and over the years from time to time, he's gotten either me or my daughter into the race (which is difficult to do under the lottery system).  He's also very sentimental and wants get folks together to enjoy the race weekend.  Some years it is his old high school cross country team friends and other years it is coworkers or friends from his neighborhood.   

This year was particularly special because one of Richie's old high school runner teammates, Anthony - who I got to meet and run a few times with, tragically was killed in a cycling accident late this summer.   Richie was very close to him, and his family who live in Pennsylvania.   At the funeral, Anthony's son, Danny who is a senior at UVA and a very good runner in his own right - told Richie that he wanted to run a marathon in his Dad's memory.   So Richie had a part in making that happen at NY this year.

We all met on Saturday evening for a big family style dinner at an Italian restaurant in NYC and I got to meet Danny and to reconnect with Richie's old high school friends, several of whom I have run with in the past - but who were not running this year.  It was the nice to meet Danny - talk to him about his dad and to connect with a few other new participants in this year's event.  

Because of Richie's long time donor status, he was invited to a shakeout run with Meb Keflezighi - on Friday morning before the race.  We've each met and talked to Meb before, but because of the small group who were invited to the shakeout run, Richie got to spend some time talking to Meb - and the even exchanged phone numbers.  Turns out Meb moved to the Tampa area where Richie is located.

On the morning of the race as we were exiting the Team for Kids tent, Meb who had given a short speech to the runners a little earlier, walked over to Richie calling him by name, to wish him good luck in the race - which prompted Richie to introduce everyone to Meb including Danny - and he told Meb the story of Danny and of the loss of his father.   Meb was so moved by the story - he leaned in for a hug with Danny and told him that when he was running today, to think of his dad and how proud he would be.   You could not have scripted it better - and certainly you could have orchestrated that meeting, but it was completely unplanned and so authentic - and emotional.   

Danny had a great day - and ran 2:58 in his debut marathon.  Yes, I am certain that his dad would have been very proud.

Anyway....My race - which was less important in my view, was decent, with a little trouble in the second half due to dehydration.  Richie and I tried to run with each other.  And we were feeling very good at about 7:50 pace for the first half - some miles faster than that, some a bit slower.  We enjoyed the scene over the bridge and the crowds in Brooklyn.  The day was cool at the start, but there was bright sunshine.  

My youngest daughter lives in Brooklyn now, and the race course literally goes along the cross street (Bedford) to her apartment just about mile 11.   My middle daughter from Boston, travelled down and they were assembled to cheer for us as we got to her neighborhood.   Richie deposited a hooded sweatshirt with them, as they were planning to hop on the subway and meet us at the finish.  

Shortly after we arrived at the halfway mark, my heart-rate shot up to 168 going over the Pulaski Bridge and I got concerned, and told Richie I needed to back off the pace a bit.   We slowed to a little over 8 min pace, and then as we started up the 59th Street Bridge at mile 15 - we fist bumped and he took off - hoping to run a BQ which we were slightly slower than he needed at that point.  

My pace up 1st Avenue was around 8:15 to 8:20 but when I got to mile 20 and the Willis Ave Bridge, my HR hit 170 and I think that's when I started having trouble with leg cramps.   Dehydration perhaps from the bright sunshine, and not taking in enough fluids on the cool day, resulted in leg spasms that would cause me to stop and walk to keep the cramps from locking up. The last 10k was pretty much stop and start running/walking to manage the cramping.   Not very enjoyable.  But I persevered and made it across the finish for the 11th time in NYC.   

 

Comments
From dugco on Mon, Nov 08, 2021 at 18:11:43 from 73.42.16.20

Sorry for the struggles with your race, but what an experience - thanks for sharing, Bret.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Nov 09, 2021 at 06:29:27 from 67.177.30.39

That was great Bret. It didn't even occur to me that you might be running New York. I'm thinking maybe just you and Shalane Flanagan did Boston and New York this year!

From Mike on Tue, Nov 09, 2021 at 13:30:19 from 168.213.5.162

I've run with Richie quite a few times! Small world. That is a wonderful story, and thank you for sharing! That's a special son to do something like that. He'll never forget that moment with Meb I bet. I am impressed you were able to run another marathon so quickly. I hope you all had a fun time in NYC, even if the logistics to get to the start line are tough. :)

From Mark on Tue, Nov 09, 2021 at 16:43:14 from 108.191.16.124

Congratulations on another good marathon even if there were some struggles, sounds like overall much more good than bad that day. I'd love to go back and try NYC again, didn't go so well for me in 2017 but still look back at it fondly. My brother and his daughter got to meet Meb in Corning NY when they were there for the Wineglass Marathon. He always seems willing and eager to interact, really gives back to the running community.

From Jason D on Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 19:55:28 from 73.161.42.48

I always think of you when I think of the NYC marathon, Bret. I remember you sitting in the airport when it was canceled due to Sandy (I think I might have been traveling to Philly to see Megan at the time). A fantastic writeup and glad Richie got to run in his Dad's memory. That's a great way to remember someone.

From Bret on Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 07:59:28 from 99.1.32.252

Thanks everyone...it was a good experience and it was not just about the run.

Mike, it is a small world indeed, I suspected that you and Richie may have crossed paths in St. Pete at some point in time.

Rob - lol! Shalane is amazing - she averaged in the 2:30's for all of those majors this Fall!

Mark - Meb is a true ambassador for the sport in the way Bill Rodgers was back in the day - and not only that - he just seems like a good person, sharing positive vibes with everyone he encounters.

Jason - you have a long memory! NYC has been my most frequently run marathon by far - and it is a special event. I would encourage anyone to give it a try if you have the opportunity - it is unlike any other.

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 10:34:57 from 163.248.33.245

Two more and your total for New York will equal the total of all my marathons.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 3 miles shakeout with Finn very early before heading into work.   Surprisingly not that sore and the run was nice.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - just under 4 miles with Finn out Dinsmore and back through the old golf course - Fall colors are approaching their peak I think.   Not very sore, but took it very easy too.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn in the neighborhood before my workday started.   Cool fall morning with a nice sunrise.  Legs felt a bit dead this morning - perhaps some delayed onset of muscle soreness without the actual soreness - just no life.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - met up with Dan on the trails with the dogs to test out Dan's injured hamstring.  His PT told him he could consider walk/run at the end of this week; he's got a strain; not a tear.   We ended up walking most of the 3 miles because each time he attempted run a few hundred yards he felt some pain/pulling.   So it was nice to catch up and chat.   When I got back to the house I did a quick 3 miles on the treadmill - to squeeze it in before my first call of the day.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn on a cool damp/foggy morning after some overnight rains.  I got the flu vaccine and the Covid booster yesterday.  Legs felt kinda dead this morning.  Not sure if that's still hangover from the marathon over the weekend or related to the vaccinations.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - 4.5 miles with Finn- still feeling the vaccine achiness.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn on the first freeze of the season - lots of frost covering lawns and fields at sunrise - very pretty.   Felt much improved with the initial vaccination side effects having subsided.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 5 miles with Finn before my workday started. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - took Finn down to the trails and ran a little over 5 miles at daybreak.   Still cool in the upper 30's but not as "cold" as the last few days.   

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 08:29:52 from 163.248.34.220

Colder in Dunedin last night at 8 pm than it was here in Salt Lake.

From Mike on Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 06:55:38 from 168.213.5.162

Don't worry, we're back in the 80s today :D

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AM - 5 miles with Finn around the golf course - trees are about 50% bare now and the colors of the leave that remain are deep reds and browns.  Pleasant sunrise on a crisp morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM -  a little over 5 miles with Finn in neighborhood and a little bit on the golf course.  Hamstring has been tight/slightly painful for a few days.   Will take some more time for yoga/stretching after my runs this week.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - just 4 this morning with Finn - temps right around freezing - went to the Falcons Thursday night game and got in a little later (but not too late, as there was no need to stay much past half-time).   Left hamstring is still tight and a bit painful if I open up with any type of real pace - so I have been keeping the effort light and doing lots of stretching and yoga.   I suspect I am a little dinged-up as a result of 2 marathons in 4 weeks.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM- very easy 3 miles with Dan and Greg and the dogs.  Dan said he was "released" from his PT to do a walk/run on his hamstring.  This seemed to work fine, until it did not. Around 2.5 miles he felt some sharp pain and had to walk it in, unfortunately.   Good to catch up with the guys after too many weeks, nonetheless. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn in the neighborhood and partially on the golf course.   Left hamstring has some lingering soreness - not sure if it is origin is from running, or not stretching enough, or from the new non-statin medication that I have been prescribed. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles on the treadmill on a rainy morning.  Just did not want to run in the cold rain today.  Did a short pull on the rowing machine afterwards.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Finn on a much colder morning - 28 degrees - but not much wind - so it was actually not really uncomfortable at all.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn.  Felt much colder this morning - even though the temperature was about the same.   My two youngest girls came into town for the holiday, along with my in-laws.  The last group arrives this evening - Tracy's brother and our nephew and his wife.   Love this holiday.  

Comments
From Mark on Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 14:02:46 from 108.191.16.124

Enjoy the holiday! Nice to have out of towners for the holiday, much more festive.

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 18:09:36 from 67.177.30.39

Happy Thanksgiving Bret. More and more it's my favorite holiday. Might be the perfect one for this stage of life?

From Bret on Thu, Nov 25, 2021 at 11:29:41 from 99.1.32.252

Indeed it is a good stage in life to really appreciate and enjoy the holiday. Happy thanksgiving to you both.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k run with my family and Finn around the neighborhood - only 3 of us decided to go this year and we opted not to awake super early to do the Atlanta Thanksgiving day 5k.   But we had a nice relaxed pace and conversation.  Riley's recovery from a foot stress fracture is coming along well with no symptoms today in her new Hokas.  Delaney was in much better fitness than she expected - but she lives in Brooklyn now and is walking much more having sold her car and she's been playing soccer with a local coed league.  I made cinnamon rolls and maple rolls for breakfast afterward and enjoyed coffee with the rest of our house guests watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.  

Happy Thanksgiving!
 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM  5.5 miles with Finn- chilly windy morning 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn and Riley.  Her foot stress fracture seems to be healed and so we just ran easy and walked in intervals to keep from doing too much too soon.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Nov 27, 2021 at 12:40:45 from 67.177.30.39

Are you watching the Gators battle to become bowl eligible?

From Bret on Sat, Nov 27, 2021 at 12:42:34 from 99.1.32.252

Yes - and it is painful

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Riley before she heads home later today.  It was nice to get a few runs in with her during the holiday week.   

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5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn around the neighborhood before sunrise.  Cold to start, but warmed nicely.   Got these smartwool gloves a few days ago - and once warmed-up they are really nice at keeping my hands warm, but they are thin, and not too bulky.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - got a late start and only time for 4 miles - chilly cold this morning in the upper 20's.  Tracy is driving her folks home to WV today and I needed to help load the car to see them off. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn before my workday starts.  Deceptive chilliness in the air even though it was 45 degrees - it felt much colder.   I have finally caught a head cold, having not gotten sick in nearly 2 years since COVID started.   Had the booster vaccine a couple of weeks ago, but getting tested just to be sure later today.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn on the trails - needed a change of scenery.   Still struggling with a cold.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - did a walk/run with Dan and the dogs this morning - he's finally on the mend from a hamstring injury and needs to gradually build up to full runs - but we had not connected too much in the last several weeks; it was good to have a chat and run with dogs (and walk at times) as the sun rose over the horizon of horse farms on the trail.  

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6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn with a run up the Chicken Creek to Freemanville on Dinsmore climb segment.  Decent effort though I was not really trying to go hard. 

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3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - late start and only time for 3.25 miles with Finn before church. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn on a damp cool morning mostly on the golf course.  Lots of ups and downs.  Not really feeling all that great on my runs lately.  Left hamstring is giving me some negative feedback on uphills or if I try to push the pace; and I am kinda feeling like my energy levels are low.  Hopefully thing will improve with some steady increase in volume at easy efforts.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn at day break.  Much colder this morning - mid 30's than yesterday.   Resumed taking iron supplement on Sunday - and today felt some slight improvement in energy level (may or may not be related).  Historically struggled with low ferritin levels - but ceased taking iron supplements ahead of my first heart stent - just coincidentally, not as a result of a doctor's recommendation.   Going to get some labs done to get a baseline.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill using Zwift to record on Strava.  It was raining and 43 degrees outside - glad to have the indoor option on days like this. 

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4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Dan on the trails with the dogs - his injury recovery is progressing well, and we only walked a couple of times briefly.   Quite cold this morning - good conversation and a pretty sunrise. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - raining and 46 degrees outside - so I opted for a treadmill run indoors.   Good run, continuing to feel better and stronger everyday with the iron supplement.  

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4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Dan on the trails which were very muddy.   Finn was a mess; got a proper bath afterwards. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - just under 7.5 miles with Finn before church.   Much colder air came through after the storms yesterday.   Had planned maybe a slightly route but was blocked from taking a cut-through for the gated section of White Columns as they erected a fence.   Turned out to be more enjoyable running the long way around anyway.  

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5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn about half on the golf course.  Mostly uphill it seems as well in looking at the route on Strava afterwards. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - a little over 5 miles with Finn - and included the Chicken Creek to Freemanville climb which went well.  Temps below freezing and frost on the grass.   Wore shoes with little to no traction  - quite slippery when stepping off the road for passing traffic.    

Got my lab results from yesterday - as suspected my Ferritin levels were below normal (even for a non-endurance runner) - and that was after a week of taking iron supplements.   Feeling much better now that I got that sorted.   Just have to figure out the nagging left hamstring issue.  

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5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 slow miles with Finn - got a late start -not super motivated this morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM 7.5 miles with Finn on the trails before my workday started.   Hamstring and hips were ok to start at 10 min pace but as I warmed up and increased the pace - discomfort in the left hamstring limited me a bit and made for a subpar level of enjoyment.  Decided to go a little longer today - perhaps a gradual increase in volume may help along with hamstring strengthen exercises.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood.   Will discontinue the meds I am prescribed for cholesterol for a period of time to see if that will relieve the muscle and joint discomfort I have been having in my hips, pelvis and hamstring -  When this last occurred in 2019 with a different cholesterol (statin) - it took about 6 weeks or so to exit my system, and I switched to another med.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - a little over 8 miles with Finn on the Alpharetta Greenway - the newest extension - and then along the sidewalks connecting to the Forsyth Greenway - until I reached the temporary fencing where that trail is under repair.   Hamstring was tight and a bit painful at the start, and then just achy until mile 6 where I was going downhill on a curve, and it became probably the most painful that its been - so I managed through the discomfort to complete the run.  Quite unseasonably warm in the low 60's - but cloudy and wet - with rain starting just as I finished.  

PM - Did an open ride on the Pelaton of about 20 mins and then 3000 meters of indoor rowing. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.750.000.000.007.75

AM - 4.75 miles with Dan in his neck of the woods.   Cool and rainy.   Hamstring very sore.  

PM - 3 miles on the treadmills and then 2000 meters on the indoor rowing machine. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with the guys and 2 of the 3 dogs on the trails before sunrise.  Hamstring quite tight and painful to start - got somewhat better after warmed up a bit - but still limiting.  

Comments
From jtshad on Mon, Dec 20, 2021 at 10:56:02 from 141.221.191.225

Sorry about your hamstring issues, I hope you can get the cause figured out and issue resolved soon.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

From Bret on Tue, Dec 21, 2021 at 07:27:02 from 99.1.32.252

Thanks Jeff. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

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3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 10 miles on the Peloton - attempted to do a workout with Dan and Greg at the same time, but I could not find the session that they had choosen.   Anyway, it was a decent workout to warm up the hamstring a bit; so I did 3 miles on the treadmill thereafter.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - tried to run this morning with Dan - really struggling with the hamstring issue - 3.5 miles of mostly slow and at time kinda uncomfortable running.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and the dogs - quite cool in the upper 20's.   Have a physical therapy appointment for later today for the hamstring. 

As expected - the diagnosis is a high or proximal hamstring tendinopathy - I was given a number of strengthening exercises and told that I could continue to run as tolerated but to try to keep the activity pain level to no more than a 4 out of 10.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - a little over 5 miles with Dan, Greg and the dogs from the Starbucks parking lot.  Nice Christmas eve morning run right around freezing temps.  The hamstring felt remarkably improved in just 24 hours from when I began the 5 or so strenthening exercises.   Still challenging to move uphill with normal ease, but the flats were much easier and far less painful on the hamstring.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

PM - 4.25 miles with Dan and Finn on Wood road during a brief break in the afternoon.   Merry Christmas!

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3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn, Riley and her new boyfriend who came to stay with us over the holiday.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles in the neighborhood and about half on the golf course.   Hamstring strengthening exercises may have resulted in some fatigue - first mile or so was still painful and so I kept the pace really slow the whole way.   Really not very enjoyable.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn before sunrise.   Ran slightly faster and had slightly less discomfort in the hamstrings.   Did less "extra" strengthening exercise yesterday - as I think some of them that I did on the weekend, may have fatigued the muscles a bit. 

Went to PT this morning following my run - and interestingly, there was little to not pain on the insertion point (proximal tendon) but some tightness in the belly of the hamstring.   The physical therapist thought that was a little unusual too...in any event, she did some dry needling of the tight spots and some massage - and we went through a few new exercises to strengthen the muscle and tendon.   I expect this to be a lengthy process with some gains and losses day by day.  

Comments
From Jason D on Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 17:08:39 from 73.161.42.48

Best wishes with the issue, Bret. Belated Merry Christmas and a an early Happy New Year!

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5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - raining - so 5 miles on the treadmill - hamstring was a bit better today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.752.000.000.008.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Finn in the rain - hamstring was poor today - not a very good run.  
 

PM - 3 miles on the treadmill- last 2 at below 7:30 pace and the last half mile below 7 mins just to test the legs - and build back a little confidence.  It was not easy but I did not feel as though I could not manage it.  Had PT this morning and so my legs were a bit beaten up.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

 

AM - Went to the trails to do a walk run with Finn, but got a text from Greg just as I got started to see if anyone want to run - so I did a mile easy with Finn as a warm-up of sorts and then when Greg arrived we ended up running fairly well with my hamstring not giving me too much trouble for the first 5-6 miles - which were just under 8 min pace - and then we stopped for his dog to jump in the creek and when we resumed the hamstring kinda tightened up and either it was fatigued or the stop/start thing had an impact - but it became apparent that the pain level went from a 2 to a 6 or 7 and I needed to back off the pace.   After one or two starts and stops to walk, I bid Greg a Happy New Year and he took off and I finished with a jog back to my vehicle the short way around - and called it a day.   Somewhat crestfallen with how well I was running to sort of have the wheels come off at the end.  If I had just finished the run at 5 miles I would have been very pleased with the day and the progress.  Anyway - I expect to have a number of these set backs - and will take it all in stride.   Happy New Year.   

This was day 670 on my run streak.  

 

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