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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: 0.00 Month: 4.25 Year: 1026.40
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
981.5037.207.700.001026.40
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with the guys and the dogs from Starbucks.  Hammy was very slow to warm up to normal movement - and then became a bit more painful near the end.  But it was good to see the guys to start the new year right with a run with friends.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.500.000.000.001.50

PM - doing a bit of an experiment with "barefoot" running on the treadmill with the Vibrams to engage the hamstring differently.  Actually went well - but I need to keep the volume low to prevent an injury to the foot.  So just a mile and a half - but very little pain - like not even a 1 in a scale of 10.   Then did 2000 meters of rowing (also good for hamstring) and then 45 mins ride on the Peloton. So a triathlon of sorts - run, row and ride.  

Comments
From jtshad on Sun, Jan 02, 2022 at 19:58:47 from 65.129.150.132

Happy new year. Hope this approach helps with the hamstring, sorry for the issues.

From Bret on Mon, Jan 03, 2022 at 13:24:33 from 99.1.32.252

Happy New Year Jeff - thanks. it is always something we have to sort out as runners - then we become subject matter experts on our recovery :)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

AM - 1 mile walk with Finn - in a light snow - nothing was accumulating since it was literally 70 degrees yesterday afternoon.   2 miles on the treadmill with the vibrams "barefoot" - then 2000 meters of indoor rowing.   Stretching and strengthening exercises afterward for the hamstring.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

AM - 1 mile walk with Finn and then 2 miles on the treadmill "barefoot" and then 2000 meters of indoor rowing.   Had physical therapy early in the morning too - with some additional exercises for the hamstring.   Some good days and some not so good days; yesterday and the day before were much better than today. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles outside with Finn on the roads.  Pretty much a jog at 12 min pace - but the good news was that the hamstring pain level was below a 1 on a scale of 1-10.  I view it as progress.   30 minutes of yoga afterwards.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 3 miles in the neighborhood then 1 mile on the treadmill in the vibrams and then 30 minutes of yoga.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 2500 meters of indoor rowing, then 30 minutes of yoga.   

PM - 4 miles with Dan on the trails with the dogs.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 4 miles with Dan on at a new place - with a 1.5 mile trail loop on Lachey road.  A bit too steep and muddy to do with a leash on the dogs - so we let them run free.   After emerging from the woods we ran on the dirt road approaching the park and then into a neighborhood and back to the parking lot trail head.   Did an additional mile on the treadmill with the vibrams and 2000 meters of rowing.   25 minutes of yoga.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

PM - 7 miles on the treadmill followed by 1500 meters of indoor rowing.  Did a yoga session earlier before church.   Run was decent and pain level for the hamstring was around a 1 but following the run I felt really cold and nauseous and there was some achiness in the left foot.  I assume it is from the barefoot running I had done earlier in the week - though I did not do any today and never did more than a mile on Friday and Saturday and completely without pain during or following those efforts.   Will keep things to a minimum for a few days if it is a stress reaction.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

PM - 3.25 miles on the trails with Dan and with Finn after work.   Did a mile walk with Finn this morning then 2000 meters of indoor rowing and the 30 mins of yoga.   Hamstring pain was less than a 1 - so that's moving in the right direction.   The foot is probably fine too, but it will require caution - like if I were to run hard or run barefoot, it could progress to something more serious.   So for now, just a few easy miles with full reocovery only in shoes.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.000.000.000.001.00

AM - 30 minutes on the Peloton and then 1 mile jog on the treadmill to be conservative for the left foot as well as the hamstring.   Going to approach it this way for a few days to give some time for recovery.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn.  Started off thinking we'd just walk and maybe test some running, but once we got started, things felt ok and so I continued with the run.   Very little pain in the foot and hamstring pain was less than a 1.   I did a yoga session when I got back.

PM - 45 mins on the Peloton and then 2000 meters of indoor rowing followed by some stretching and hamstring strengthenen drills.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn - a bit faster today.  Hamstring pain was at times about a 1.5 and the second toe on the left foot had some discomfort.   30 mins of yoga following.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trails.  Hamstring pain less than 1 for most of the run - foot pain similar.   Yoga session following.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - drove downtown and did a quick run with Finn - decent speed today but felt a bit off afterwards.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Finn around the White Columns golf course in the snow.  Lots of high winds overnight and the temps are not cool enough at the surface to allow for much accumulation.  It seems every year since we moved here we get at least a day or two with snow each winter.   Decent effort even on the hilly sections - pain level was probably nearing 2.5 at the end.  Yoga session afterwards. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn in the neighborhood on a quiet morning.   Chilly with patchy snow still on the lawns and trees from yesterday.   Foot and hamstring no worse / no better - and manageble today.  25 minutes of yoga following.

PM - 3000 meters of indoor rowing and then an easy mile on the treadmill followed by some PT strengthening exercises for the hamstring.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 5.25 miles through WC and then across Birmingham Hwy into the Grove neighborhood and back.   Took my time and saved the hamstring strain by not running up the uneven stairs on the cut-through of the golf course.   Although the watch showed my overall pace was slower than my normal training pace - I actually felt pretty good about how my body felt on this run.   Hamstring pain was at times unnoticeable, as was the foot.  Feels like a definite upswing in my slow rehab injury recovery over the last several days.  

PM - 2500 meters or so of indoor rowing followed by a mile jog on the treadmill and then stretching and hamstring strengthening exercises.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - just over 5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horse trail roads.  Just under 30 degrees for what seems like a string of over a week now.  Supposed to get another shot at some snow on Friday evening.   Hamstring was a non-issue today - (its not 100% of course) but it now seems to be just a nuisance-type of issue that is manageable.   Foot likewise is the same.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 5.5 miles from Dan's house with the dogs.   Perceived effort was higher today, and the hamstring was more noticable particularly at the end of the run.  Noting that I did not do any rowing or short jog with hamstring strengthening exercises yesterday afternoon due to time constraints.   Also, rainy and a good bit warmer this morning in the mid 40's from the last several days of being at or below freezing.  

PM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing and then 1 mile on treadmill easy.  Feeling solid this afternoon.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs through North Valley early.  Much colder - but good run - even on the climb on Dinsmore.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 10 miles with the guys starting from my house - good hilly loop.  Was planning to keep the pace no faster than 8:30 pace, but we were conversational at 8 or better - and just went with the flow.  Good effort with avg hr at 142 - which is just slightly higher than what I would do for a long run.  Happy with the progress on the hamstring - which feels to be about 90% back to normal give or take.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing and then a 1 mile jog on the treadmill before church. Feeling some of yesterday's effort in my hamstring and foot this morning.

PM - 5.25 miles around the neighborhood with Finn.  Bright sunshine and blue skies but deceptively colder and windier than I had expected.   Kept my pace and effort very easy.  Yoga session after. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horse trail roads -  28 degrees with a "feels like" temp was 24, but it was really not uncomfortable.   Strange how adaptable we become from the first cold weather in October.    Yoga session following the run back at the house. 

PM - 2500 meters of rowing followed by 2 miles of easy running on the treadmill.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - just under 6 miles with Dan from his neighborhood with the dogs.   I had been given a gps smart collar for Finn from my son-in-law.   Either the device is not working correctly or there was user error - as it indicated that he walked 2.7 miles :) 

PM - 2000 meters of rowing followed by 2 miles of easy running on the treadmill.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs in the neighborhood and about a third on the golf course.   Quite cold again today in the 20's.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.001.000.009.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn very early before sunrise.  Yoga session following. 
 

PM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing then 3 miles on the treadmill.  Workout of sorts - 4 x 400 with 200 rest - just to test the legs and the engine.   Ran the first one at 6:50 pace and progressively got faster  - last one was at 6:15 pace.  Minor discomfort in the left hamstring and a little discomfort in the left foot - but not significant.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs before sunrise on the horse farm road/trails.  Foot (I think it is a morton's neuroma) and hamstring had more discomfort following yesterday's double with the spontaneous 4 x 400 treadmill workout.   Foot was only an issue going downstairs this morning - but not really painful or limiting once I had my running shoes on.   Hamstring was more noticable at various points on the run - not limited to just uphills.   So - I will be a little more conservative with the intensity for a while longer.  Yoga session following the run.  

PM - 2000 meters of rowing followed by 2 miles on the treadmill   

 

 

 

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.250.000.000.0012.25

AM - 12.25 miles with Greg and Dan on the Greenway trail.   Quite cold even at 11 am - with temps at or around 25 and windchill temps at 16.    Good run - faster than I wanted but not unexpected when running with Greg.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 1 mile on the treadmill and an easy yoga session. 
 

PM - 6 miles with Finn on the former golf course.  They are still converting part of the course to running trails but I mistakenly run in the part that the city has allowed to be reclaimed by nature - and ended up in some really thorny brush and had some serious cuts and scratches from them.

oh yeah -- this was run streak day 700 for me.   

Comments
From Jason D on Mon, Feb 07, 2022 at 20:58:46 from 73.161.42.48

That's quite a streak, Bret. Commendable for sure.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - about 5.75 miles with Finn - around 4 of which were on the WC golf course.  I am actively seeking softer surfaces for the left foot - which is either showing symptoms of a mortons neuroma, or a stress reaction or both (or neither and it is something else).  There is definite numbness and mild diffuse discomfort in the ball of the foot early in the morning or following a run - no pain on the top of the foot and it causes me to turn my foot outward going downstairs - which then pulls on outside of my lower leg tendons.  But generally it is really not noticable during a run.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jan 31, 2022 at 10:46:40 from 163.248.33.245

We're in the same boat Bret. I feel constantly on the razor's edge of running and not running.

From jtshad on Mon, Jan 31, 2022 at 14:31:44 from 141.221.191.222

Lately my hip has been keeping me on that edge too. The curse of being old and active.

From Bret on Tue, Feb 01, 2022 at 07:44:39 from 99.1.32.252

Kinda nice to hear the challenges are shared among us - sucks nevertheless!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horse trail roads.   Dan was cautious about a hamstring flare-up and so we moved slowly for a couple of miles and then he decided that was enough for him.   Finn and I continued and increased the pace as we got warmer.   Foot was less of a problem today than the last two days.   Hope this turns into a trend - :) 

PM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing followed by a 2 mile jog on the treadmill. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood and partly on the golf course - slowly.   Yoga and stretching afterward. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 6 miles on the treadmill - steady rain and mid 40's - just did not feel like running outdoors in that. 
 

PM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing and then 2 miles on the treadmill.  Last mile was 7:15 and felt pretty easy.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles in the rain with Finn - temps were in the mid-50's and Finn had no exercise yesterday - so I decided not to use the treadmill this morning - though it was tempting.  Ended up being a decent run despite getting acclimated to the cool rain at the start. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.000.000.000.0015.00

AM - 15 miles this morning - decent effort - quite cold at the start.   Finn ran with me and we met Dan and his dog Rosie around 4 miles and then we ran about 4 mile together around the horse farm roads.  Dan's hamstring has been giving him difficulty - so when we got to his car, I had him bring Finn back home as he'd already done 8 miles and then I continued on for another 7 mostly on the dirt roads. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - easy 3 mile shakeout on the former golf course - which is still under construction in the conversion to a looped trail - passive greenspace.   Lots of rains on Thursday and Friday - and then very cold temps yesterday and today created some favorable-for running traction - frozen red clay mud - in some low lying places that would have been quite messy if warmer.   Had Finn entirely off-lead with the combo e-collars of Fi and Dogtra - neither of which are ideal separately or even together.   But he had a blast.   

PM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing followed by 4.5 miles on the treadmill at a quicker pace  

 

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood and with a little on the golf course.  Yoga session following. 

PM - 2500 meters of indoor rowing - then 3 miles on the treadmill. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles or so with Dan and with Finn on the dirt roads of Brittle Summit and Wood.  Cannot remember the last time I did not need tights to run in the morning - so many sub-freezing days in a row it seems.  Ready for some warmer temps. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and Finn in the WC neighborhood - partly on the golf course - temps still below 30 degrees again today.   I did not do a second run or rowing yesterday - as my legs were feeling some fatigue and achiness in the peroneal tendons - which I am attributing to the ramp up of mileage volume over the last couple of weeks.   I think the additional rest was somewhat helpful. 
 

PM - 2.5 miles with on the treadmill after my workday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Finn through Wood Valley.   Right foot tendon on the top of the foot near the ankle is achy and somewhat painful - probably tendonitis.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs at the horse farm dirt road trails.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

PM - in Stowe Vermont for a Valentines weekend with Tracy - got out for a run when she was getting a massage.  There was a good amount of snow on the ground from last week but it was warmer yesterday and today so it was melting and slushy.  Really had little plan of where to run - so I just explored.  Whenever the sidewalks or bike trails that were plowed ended I would turn around and head in another direction. Good way to see the quaint little town.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.000.000.000.0015.00

AM - 15 miles on the treadmill at the hotel in Stowe Vermont.  Very cold outside - and really unfamiliar with the area to put together a long run outside.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - just under 3 miles in Stowe.  Frigid temps - 1 degree with a wind chill of -14 light snow with a coating on the surface.   Bundled up and made the best of it before we head home.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs in the WC neighborhood.    It was 30 degrees but that was literally nearly 30 degrees warmer than my run in Stowe yesterday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - ran with Dan and the dogs from his house.  First day in shorts in a while - with temps in the low 40's.   Had a "run-in" with a maintenance guy when we ran around the perimeter of a private school - wherein we were rudely informed that the "owner does not permit dogs on the property" - and so we apologized and told him it was the first time we'd run on the campus and were not aware of the rules.  Dan then said sarcastically - thanks for being so welcoming to your religious private school - to which the maintenance dude shouted "you're not welcome!!".   :) 

PM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing followed by 2.25 miles on the treadmill.   Last mile about 7 min pace give or take.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horsetrail roads.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.750.000.000.007.75

AM - just under 7.75 miles with Greg and the dogs - on the trails.   Colder and windier today - Greg's training pace is about a minute faster per mile than Dan's.   So this was a bit longer and a good bit faster than yesterday.  Good run though.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
21.000.000.000.0021.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn in the neighborhood.   I was not going to run this morning - as we had guests coming over for a brunch - but Finn's routine of a run every morning really had him stalking me and begging to go out.  

PM - 18 miles on the Forsyth Trail from Fowler Park north to the terminus in Cumming.   Never have run beyond where the very steep hills begin around the 5 mile mark going north.  Quite a bit of climbing as it turns out.  Some nice areas though and a huge panoramic vista near the end made it worthwhile.   Last 4 miles were relatively flat and so I ran a bit faster to finish - but my legs were about dead at the end.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles on the former golf course - still under construction.  Icy mud in spots - nearly fell slipping on a few icy areas.  Finn was off-lead and probably ran twice as far as me.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Finn mostly on the WC golf course - to give my legs some more recovery on soft surfaces.   Slow going, not as cold today.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.002.500.0010.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs from his place - wet roads from overnight rains, but actually on the warm side with temps in the 50's.  
 

PM - treadmill workout 5 x 800 @ 3:05 pace with 3 min rest.  Mile warmup and half mile cool down.  Felt reasonably comfortable with this.  Will see how my recovery is doing in the next couple of days.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - just under 6 miles with Finn on the horsetrail roads - got caught in a pretty steady rain for the last couple of miles but it was warm, in the 60's today so the rain was not uncomfortable.   Left foot was a bit achy and felt like the ball of the foot was a little swollen and the left hamstring was also achy - which was probably from yesterday's treadmill workout.   We were both filthy with the dirt road / mud and rain when we finished.  Finn got a somewhat overdue bath to clean up when we got home.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - low energy levels this morning - shuffled through 5 slow miles with Finn in a damp/mist run in the neighborhood and on the golf course.   Everything is really wet and saturated from rains over the last week.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs through the WC neighborhood and partly on the golf course.  Rainy at the end.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
18.500.000.000.0018.50

AM - 18.5 miles from my house today.  Started with Dan and the dogs for the first 5 miles and then Dan left with Rosie for a meeting and I left Finn at the house because I didn't want him running that far - and I continued on for another 13.5 hilly miles.  Bright sunshine got me a little dehydrated in the last several miles.  Good effort.  Napped for like an hour after a shower and some food.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles in a cold rain with Finn before church.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Finn before my workday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.254.000.000.0010.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn through the North Valley neighborhood.   Did the Dinsmore hill on the way back.  Decent effort for the last couple of miles.  Still cold and frosty this morning but it is supposed to steadily get warm the remainder of the week and weekend.   This was Day 730 in my run streak - so 2 years of no days off.   
 

PM - 5 miles on the treadmill- 4 miles at MP or approximately 7:20 pace.  HR was in the mid 140's and so this was managable from a cardio perspective.   Feet and legs felt a little rough.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horsetrail roads.   Left hamstring was notably sore following yesterday's treadmill tempo - but Dan forgot his dog's collar and so she was off-lead and we needed to start and stop a good bit to get her back with us from time to time - so the easy run with some breaks was good for the soreness, I think.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan mostly on the golf course.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan from his place near Cambridge HS - weather is really getting quite nice. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
22.500.000.000.0022.50

AM - did a short run with Finn of 2.5 miles to give him some exercise - then drove to the Alpharetta Greenway and did 20.  Greg joined me at 3 miles and Dan joined at 5 and then they turned around when I was just over 8 miles and so I continued to the end of the trail to get 10 miles and when I was around mile 14 another runner who had been going the opposite direction and was making his turnaround- causghr up to me and then we ran together for about 3 miles and chatted.   He was training for a half Ironman in May.  The last 3 miles were solo.   Quite warm in the upper 60s for this time of year.   First shirtless run of the year.   Good effort with company to help me along the way.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn early before church 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Finn through the neighborhood and Birmingham to Nix.   Pleasant temps - but the weather looks like rain and cold the rest of the week.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - Just under 5.5 miles with Dan and Finn from his place (he had a flat tire and so we changed from the trails to his house as our starting point).  Randomly my hamstring was much more noticably sore today - after being relatively unnoticable for days.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - heavy thunderstorms overnight and when I awoke this morning - so I slept-in for a bit and then did a short "provisional" 3 miles on the treadmill in case I do not get time or the weather persists later in the day for a proper run. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles in the neighborhood with Dan and the dogs...he has a contract on a house now, nearer to me than the place he's renting, and he was telling me all about the inpsection etc.   

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 horsetrail roads - weather is supposed to turn quite bad late today and through Sunday morning with a chance of snow tomorrow and windchills in single digits on Sunday morning.  Last Sunday it was nearly 80.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
23.250.000.000.0023.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the former golf course - late winter storm came through last night with rain changing over to a mix and snow - with high winds - so I did not want to do a long run in the mess - we just ran easy and let the dogs enjoy the mud of leash.  

Later AM - 20 miles on the treadmill - had to stop at one point to assist Tracy who came down with a stomach bug and needed my assistance.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 3 miles with Finn before church - quite cold in the low 20's but not as windy as yesterday.  
 

PM - 3.25 miles with Dan from his house to get a few more miles in and give him some company on his run. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn - hopefully this will be one of that last mornings at or below freezing until late Fall.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and Finn partly on the trails and a detour to Dan's new house to get an idea of the distance - it is about a mile and a half or so - which means when he finally moves in a few months from now - he'll probably run to the meeting point on Redd road instead of driving.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - steady rain outside - and my water heater was leaking last night - needs to be replaced - so I did not want to run with Finn in the rain and not have warm water to clean him off when we returned - so I stayed inside on the treadmill.   Faster paced miles over the last 3.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and Finn through the neighborhood. 

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 horsetrail roads - nice skies at daybreak. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - just 3 miles with Finn - lots of stuff on the calendar for this weekend - running will be difficult to squeeze in. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.007.000.000.0011.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn before church.  

PM - treadmill tempo - 1 mile warm up then 7 miles at 7:30 pace.

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 horsefarm trails - hamstring and legs were tired from yesterday - still having cold starts to the days in the mid 30's but it will warm to the low 70's.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - 4.5 miles with Dan and Finn from Dan's place.  Hamstring felt remarkably good today - inexplicable with the exception of changing up shoes with different drops that last few days, and introducing some additional strengthening exercises - perhaps the lack of a significant long run?   Who knows...it'll probably be painful again tomorrow or in the next few days. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles on the treadmill due to heavy rains outside, and having to travel into the office for early morning meeting - had to keep it short. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - just under 5 miles with Dan and the dogs in the neighborhood and the golf course.  Very slow conversational pace.  Hamstring was achey afterwards.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles early with Dan on the horsetrail roads with Finn.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
19.000.000.000.0019.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn to give him some exercise this morning.  

PM - 16 miles on the Alpharetta Greenway - mid afternoon- coolish but very windy and dry.  Greg met me for about 5 miles late in the run. Hamstring was achy but managable.  Last long run in this training period before Boston. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

PM - easy 3.25 miles with Finn of lead on the former golf course.   Legs were fatigued as expected from yesterday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - just under 5 miles with Dan and the dogs early on the horsetrail roads - morning temps are still chilly - in the upper 30's.   Ready for springtime to start feeling more like springtime.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - a little over 5.25 miles with Dan and Finn from Dan's house - decent pace today without his dog - who is really sweet, but not much of a runner and she tends to drag back on the leash and slow the pace.  Some days that's good for recovery type runs.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles - awoke a little late and short on time.  Tried out the new AlphaFly Nikes.  Quite an unusual looking shoe - and the first half mile felt like I was running on springs.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 easy miles on the treadmill - I awoke with the beginnings of a cold with a sore/swollen throat - and it was raining outside.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and Finn in my neighborhood.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan from his house before he heads to the airport with his son for a sports weekend in Boston. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn just before noon - temperatures were in the upper 50's by then - lots of pollen in the air.  My cold is kicking into high gear today - struggled to get this one in. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horsetrail roads - temps in the upper 30's and Dan's dog just really was not into the run today - but that was fine with me - still dealing with my cold - so it was on the slow side.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.750.000.000.004.75

AM - 4.75 miles with Dan and Finn in the neighborhood.   Went to the doctor yesterday for my cold and got some antibiotics - feeling a bit better today. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn on a wet, misty, foggy morning after a day and evening of storms.  Feeling a bit deflated about my prospects for Boston in a little less than 2 weeks. I will be able to run, but the reality is my pace on my training runs and given my heartrate at those dimnished paces as compared with my recent few years - suggests that I will really need to re-calibrate downward, my expected time for the race. I am just really not running very fast and I think it is the functional deficit of the chronic hamstring issues I have been having for really about 5 months.  It is still achy and painful, but sometimes it is more managable than other times.   I have been able to put in some decent volume of mileage and got consistent long runs nearly every weekend since late January - but any time I tried to run a workout or do anything with a faster pace - I struggled to recover several days afterwards - and so I just ran easy between long runs.  As a result, I probably have decent endurance but no reasonable expectation of a pace to which I am accustomed.  Oh well - I will just have to take what I am given and deal with it.  

Comments
From jtshad on Wed, Apr 06, 2022 at 14:45:23 from 141.221.191.225

Then go into the race expecting to just have fun...stop smell the roses, high five the little kids, kiss a girl at Wellesley scream tunnel, have a beer at the top of Heartbreak hill. Have fun and enjoy the experience!

From Bret on Thu, Apr 07, 2022 at 07:12:54 from 99.1.32.252

Thanks Jeff - I will indeed do just as you suggested and enjoy the experience.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn - cooler again this morning with a front and rain coming through overnight.  Decent run - my cold is improving considerably. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles very easy in the neighborhood with Finn.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - quite cold in the mid 30's with frost in the forecast (though I did not see any) - was going to run on the former golf course but as I got started the work crew for the ongoing construction / conversion to trails arrived with their heavy equipment.   So I took Finn out on the roads instead.  Not a great run - and somehow got a cramp or something in the left foot in the last half mile or so.  Hope it is nothing too serious or lasting. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Finn before church.  Frost on the ground today.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Apr 10, 2022 at 19:58:35 from 67.177.30.39

We don't have a single 70 degree day in the next 2 weeks!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles in DC on the Mt Vernon trail from Crystal City.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles in DC along the Potomac from my hotel in Crystal City.  Warmer this morning - still struggling to find my groove on a run.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - 3.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horsetrail roads before sunrise.   Warm enough to consider a shirtless run this morning - amazing considering it was below freezing 3 days ago.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - easy 3 miles with Dan and the dogs from his house near Cambridge HS.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Dan and the dogs in neighborhood.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Riley from her apartment in Cambridge - ran across the Mass Ave bridge to Boston and back.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - 4.5 miles - ran over to the finish area and met Richie about halfway and took some photos and then headed back.  

Comments
From jtshad on Mon, Apr 18, 2022 at 06:50:24 from 141.221.191.225

Have fun on Monday!

Race: Boston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:34:08, Place overall: 11538, Place in age division: 541
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.200.000.0026.20

 

Boston Marathon 2022 - I was fortunate enough to toe the starting line for the 126th running of this event.  As I mentioned in some posts over the last few weeks, I have struggled with some lingering chronic hamstring and foot injuries over the past several months which really prevented me from doing any fast or intense training and left me feeling a little bit disappointed that I would not be able to run as well as I would have liked.   But given that reality - I decided that I was not hurt enough to stop me from running - and I had my friend Richie and his friend Tom and a few others I knew were going to be running - along with having my wife making the trip and staying with my daughter - I would make this an enjoyable experience regardless of my performance.  It really turned out probably even better than I had expected.

The weather was very nice - which a few days before appeared would not be the case - in the mid 40's, blue skies and not much wind.  It would get windier as we neared Boston with some cooler headwind gusts - but those were almost inviting and cooled us on the way to the finish.

Richie and Tom and I met at the starting area  - each arriving by different transportation.  Mine was the traditional school bus ride from the Boston Common.   We had what seemed to be a brief wait at the Hopkinton Middle School, until we were summoned to the starting corrals - maybe an hour at the most which was just enough time to use the bathroom, finish-up some pre-race hydration, fueling and gear decisions.  Richie was actually seeded in a corral just behind us, so we moved back to start together.    

Each of us knew Richie was very fit and likely could have run in the low 3 hour timeframe - but Tom and I were dealing with similar injury woes and had to scale back our expectations.   But from the gun, Richie insisted that he was going to run with us and enjoy the day - despite our urgings to have him take-off.  

And to our surprise, we ran reasonably well for the opening miles at right in the 7:50 pace per mile range.   Very consistent with our splits.   Richie is a talker and a loud one and very entertaining - for everyone around it seemed.   He was taking photos and selfies and videos and generally making everything very enjoyable.

My "race plan" was to keep my heartrate no higher than the low 150's particularly early-on regardless of what that translated in pace; and to drink water or gatorade at every station, and to eat 4 gels over the course of the event.   I pretty much knew if my HR exceeded 160 for any extended period of time, I would have a challenge not bonking.  So I had to stick to my game plan...and I did just that - although it was not easy - because I was certainly tempted at times to run at an HR that exceeded that plan.

As most know, the early part of the route is primarily downhill - but there are some short uphills and very little "flat" periods.  As we neared the 8-9 mile mark, I noticed I was allowing my HR to get into the upper 150's as I tried to maintain the pace with Richie and Tom - and so I let them know at mile 10 - I needed to stick to my game plan and would not be able to go with them on the uphills.   Tom's metatarsal injury allowed him to climb rather quickly, but he had to slowly go downhill; my issue with the hamstring was the opposite - I had less power to go uphill and thus it took more effort, but I could go much faster on the downhills.  Anyway - when I told them I would need to do my thing - they bid me farewell - and thought they'd seen the last of me.

But as it turned out between the uphills and downhills - I was able to make my way back to them by as we made our way up to Wellesley College around mile 12 - it was quite fun running through the high-pitched, very loud cheering of the women of the college who came out in full force this year.   Richie took a video on his phone with one hand and slapped high-fives with the other.   Lots of fun.  

As we got to the center of town in Wellesley, which is the halfway point - we started going uphill again and so Richie and Tom got some separation from me - and then I saw Richie fist bump Tom and start to move away from him.  And then I lost sight of the both of them.

Initially I thought my pace had slowed and I had some negative thoughts that I was going to have a rough run from that point - but as I stuck to the game plan, much to my surprise, my pace was consistently in the range of just under 8 mins per mile - even through the hills of Newton - I was no slower than 8:30 pace.  When I crested Heartbreak and ran by the students at Boston College, I felt reasonably certain that I would be able to finish up with the same relative pace over the last couple of miles.    Having run this race so many times and having spent time on the race course running from my daughter's apartment in Boston over the last several years - I have become really familiar with the roads and the landmarks and it is no longer a mystery of what to expect - and that in a sense is reassuring if the race is going as planned. 

As we rounded Cleveland Circle I spotted Tom - who is very tall and was wearing an orange t-shirt - I kept him in my sights and caught him at just past mile 23.   I grabbed him by the shoulder and announced my return - but he was in grind-it-out mode - and told me not to stay with him, but instead to keep going at my pace and to meet him at the finish.   And so I did.  

The last couple of miles I ignored my HR figuring I would be able to sustain the higher effort through the finish.   Tracy and Riley and her friends were at the overpass of Mass Ave. just before the turn at Hereford from Beacon and we spotted each other and their cheers really made me smile and allowed me to run even more strongly through the end of the race.  The crowds were really loud and it was easily my most enjoyable Boston experience ever.  

Shortly after I was in the finish area I spotted Richie who was walking back toward the finish line having finished a few minutes ahead of me - and initially he seemed like he did not recognize me - and he was a bit altered and his speech was slurred - and he began telling me that after he turned on Hereford, his right arm felt like it was floating away and his right leg had the same sensation; and that when he tried to call his wife who was right near the finish line with his two youngest boys in a stroller, that he could not speak clearly and that she could not understand him and panicked that he needed medical assistance.   As I tried to assess the situation I walked him over to a wheelchair and suggested that we get him checked out - but he would not stay in the chair, and insisted that he just wanted to get to his wife.  So we got our medals and blankets and I walked him out of the finish area and into the Prudential center mall - found Tracy and Riley who I alerted about Richie - and we got him to his wife - and by that time, his speech and coherence were about back to normal.   We sat in the lobby of the hotel with Tom's family and others and he seemed fine and agreed to get "checked-out" when he got home the next day.  

Although that was a bit scary - I think he is fine - he attributed it to a possible electrolyte imbalance - and I checked on him a couple of times that evening and this morning and it was all good.

It was Tracy's birthday yesterday and we so went out to a wonderful dinner at La Voie on Newbury with Riley and her boyfriend and had a really great meal and an enjoyable evening together.   I even remembered to get her a nice gift before the trip :)

So - this was my 8th official Boston Marathon and my 40th marathon.  Really great memories from this weekend already.

Comments
From jtshad on Tue, Apr 19, 2022 at 13:52:06 from 141.221.191.225

Congrats, sounds like you had a great time!

From Tom K on Wed, Apr 20, 2022 at 06:39:50 from 47.206.202.65

Great race report. "easily my most enjoyable Boston experience ever" - That is Awesome.

From Mark on Wed, Apr 20, 2022 at 11:59:15 from 108.191.16.124

Great job at the race this year! Knowing the course and what to expect is definitely a huge plus.

This was my first year there as a spectator and although I missed running it was glad to be there. Followed your splits on the app as I was out there cheering for Tom. Was a chilly day for spectating unless standing in the sun then it was quite nice (worried though if I felt comfortable would it feel too warm for the runners).

Looking forward to reading your 9th Boston marathon race report!

From Jason D on Thu, May 05, 2022 at 21:56:08 from 73.161.42.48

This is a truly classic FRB long race report, of which I enjoyed every word. I am glad Richie is fine and that your race when better than expected. That almost never happens in a marathon.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

AM - 2 miles in Cambridge in a cold rain - so pleased that this was not the weather we had for the marathon yesterday.  Richie called me during the run to check-in and he was feeling better and had done a bunch of google research on what possibly happened to him medically yesterday.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horsetrail roads - I have a flight to Vegas for work late morning - but wanted to catch up with him for a few minutes.   Legs felt really surprisingly not very fatigued or sore. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - in Las Vegas for my company's user conference - got an early start but just 3 miles. Legs felt pretty heavy today.  Quite windy but comfortable temperature wise, before the sunrise.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.004.200.004.20

PM - Ragnar Relay.  A group from my church invited me to join their team for Ragnar Atlanta which was a single location trail race in Conyers near Stone Mountain.   Three legs of varying distances over a 24 hour period - overnight camping.   First leg for me was a 4.2 mile loop which was a legit technical single track with steep ups and downs.  I blew it out in the first mile and ended up running at threshold HR for the rest of the leg.  Was really feeling it afterwards.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.500.000.000.0011.50

Early AM - just before 2 am for this Relay leg I ran a 10k in the darkness. This loop had a lot of challenging terrain of granite rock.  Very difficult to walk let alone run in the dark and wet stone with the overnight dew and humidity.   Headlamp died with 2.5 miles left and there were no runners nearby to share their lamps.  One guy passed me with a headlamp and a flashlight and I said "hey my headlamp died" and he said "I know it's rough".  Perhaps he misheard me. :)

I managed to get the light to come back on for a few more minutes a couple of times and then the route was near the parking lot and so I was able to finish up.  Surprised I did not fall. 
 

AM - 5.3 mile last leg.  Doubled up the last loop with another runner on the team to finish early - so we had to run at her pace which was easy and I was fine with it.  I did trip on a root as I was running behind her on the single track a little too closely.  Small knee abrasion - nothing significant.  
 

Overall this was a good experience to get together with some folks from my church and get to know them better during a unique sort of endurance event. We were not really competitive but it was not about that    

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - 3.5 miles with Dan and Finn on the new trail on the former golf course.  It's pretty nice.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Apr 24, 2022 at 20:58:40 from 67.177.30.39

I've neglected to congratulate you on your fine Boston run. Congratulations!

From Bret on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 09:37:46 from 104.129.207.10

Thanks Rob!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and Finn on the horsetrail roads at sunrise.  Really nice morning - very stiff and sore but Dan pushed the pace a bit and I reluctantly went along.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.000.000.000.001.00

AM - just one mile on the treadmill this morning - provisionally to keep my daily run-streak alive.  I got the second booster of the Covid vaccine yesterday and the first of two doses of the Shingles vaccine.   Really hit me pretty hard overnight.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and Finn on the horsetrail roads...feeling much better, no more fever from the vaccinations. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Dan and the dogs on the new trail behind my house.   It is really nice to have this and to let the dogs run free early in the morning with no one else out.   Finn was a filthy mess and had burrs all over his fur - so a lengthy bath and clean up was needed; but he had so much fun and probably ran at least a mile or more than we did.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and Finn from his house near Cambridge HS.  Good pace this morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Greg and the dogs from downtown.  He just got back from a business trip to Chile.  Sounded very cool. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Finn early in the morning before church. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles in the neighborhood with Finn before my workday started.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and Finn on the horsetrail roads - I have noticed when Dan doesn't bring his dog Rosie, our pace is significantly faster - as was the case this morning.   Some days an easy run with a slow dog is what you need.... is all I am saying...

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill - strong thunderstorms rolling through this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the new Milton former golf course trails.   Dogs were off-leash - and Finn was a filthy mess completely covered in burs and seed pods and required som extensive clean up.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Greg and Dan and the three dogs from Dan's house.   Each dog was particularly difficult today - with lots of starts and stops and so we basically just gave up and stopped battling with them for a shorter and slower run than usual with the three of us together.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and Finn from downtown.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Finn on the former Milton golf course trails.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM 5.25 quick miles with Dan and Finn on the horsetrail roads - quick pace. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - just under 4.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on former Milton Country Club - yet to be named park trails.   The dogs love this run as it is completely off-leash but Finn ends up filthy and covered in burrs requiring extra time for clean up.  Rosies is a white lab mix and just needs a quick hosing-off - as her fur doesn't seem to pick up any of the plant burs.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and Finn on the horsetrail roads - quite early as I have meetings at the office at 8 am.  This was run streak day 800. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - just under 5.75 miles with Finn in the neighborhood and on the WC golf course.   Really pleasant morning - everything is all greened-up late spring early summer, but it is not yet too warm or humid.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - 4.5 miles on the Milton Preserve trail- recently named - with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - a little over 5 miles with Greg and Dan and 2 of the dogs on the Milton Preserve trail behind my house.  Jumped in the pool after.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - a little over 5 miles with Finn on the roads to North Valley and back up the Dinsmore climb to Freemanville before church   

 

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and Finn on the horsetrail roads - my watch malfunctioned showing negative miles/distance in sort of a count-down display - so I had Dan tag me for the Strava upload or else it would appear that I ran .13 miles at a 5 hour and 24 min pace per mile.  :) 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - 4.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the Milton Preserve trail - lost Finn for a brief period - he never stays too close when off-leash and the meadows have now grown to a point which exceeds his height - making it challenging to find him when he goes off the main trail.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Finn through the neighborhood.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and Finn on the horsetrail roads.   Celebrating my wedding anniversary today 32 years - and we are heading out on vacation to Greece later this afternoon.  

Comments
From jtshad on Tue, May 24, 2022 at 07:21:56 from 141.221.191.225

Happy anniversary! What a great trip! My wife and I celebrate 30 years next year and have booked a river cruise from Paris to Rouen!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

PM - in Athens Greece for vacation- after checking into the hotel whilst Tracy took a recovery nap due to some air sickness - I went out and explored the city a little bit.   Ran around the Acropolis and through botanical gardens - about 4 miles.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - had some fun in Athens this morning.  Ran to the Olympic Stadium - site of the 1896 first modern Olympic Games and the 2000 Games and ran some laps around the track - took some photos and even got on the podium for a few fun shots.   The track has very narrow turns - with the straights measuring roughly 185 meters or the equivalent of antiquity measure of length of a "stade".   I read where the 200 meters of ancient times was the premiere race and so it can be covered almost entirely without a turn on the track.  In any event this was a pretty run nerdy awesome experience. The seating is all marble including the stairs and the setting is tucked in some trees and when I ran to the top of it the Parthenon and the Acropolis is easy to see close by.   Really fun time - as I was leaving a young couple arrived to run as well and were just as giddy as I was    "This is so cool!" 

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

PM - we traveled to Santorini this morning and I went out exploring on a run later in the afternoon.  Steep hill to climb back to the hotel - but fun run all the same. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 1.50 miles early in the day on a hiking trail - but I needed to get back to meet Tracy for breakfast and the trail was steep and technical so when I got to what I thought was the summit but it was shrouded in cloud cover /marine layer.   
 

PM - went out later in the day for another go at the hiking trail.  Not so easy for running - loose rocks and steep - I was told by one hiker that I was the only runner they had seen all day.  It is a long trail between the towns of Oia and Fira which is a total distance of 10k.  I ran about 2.5 miles out and turned back and took lots of photos.   This seemed the type of run that Jake and Andrea would do on vacation.   Views were great.   The island in the Aegean Sea is really the rim of an ancient caldera that filled with water and they built these cave like villas on the spine of the ridges and down the sides - all painted white with some domes painted blue.   It's a very unique experience.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles from our place to the end of the town of Oia and back.   Wanted some relatively flat terrain for a day.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM 4.25 miles from the hotel running the reverse route I did on Sunday.  Steep climb at the end either way.   Then Tracy and I did a hike on the trail of 2 miles.   She did very well on the steep terrain.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles in the town of Oia and up the road towards Fira.   Last day here for our vacation.  Head back to Athens later today and fly home tomorrow.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - last day of vacation - explored a bit more of Athens this morning and covered some of the same ground of previous runs around the area including the stadium and the Acropolis and surrounding area.  Heading home later today if all goes well.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - 3.5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood at home.   Got in very late - and after just a couple of hours of sleep, but wanting to get back on the right time zone schedule I was fine when Finn woke me up at 6 am to run. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn before church.  Went at a quicker pace and felt fairly solid.  Did a bunch of stretches afterward to loosen up the periformis which I think is my "hamstring" issue.   Unfortunately I think I actually inflamed the nerve as a result.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.250.000.000.002.25

AM - short run with Finn on the new Milton Preserve trail behind my house.   They put up signs every few hundred yards now unfortunately that indicate all dogs must be on leashes on the trail.    I tried to ignore the first few, because there was no one else on the trail, but decided to abide with the rules after about a mile.   They also put up signs restricting people from the unfinished portions of the trail, which was also disappointing.   In any event, my periformis syndrome was quite aggravated, so I cut things very short today to give it a rest. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles on Redd Road (horsetrail roads) trying to ignore the periformis, but it was a struggle - not very enjoyable.   Vigorously researching stretches/strengthening exercises after the run - and did some rowing to perhaps be of some remedy.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - really painful, horrible run this morning due to what I think is an inflamed periformis muscle that is causing issues with the sciatic nerve on the left side from my upper hamstring.   I had tried a new set of stretches / exercises yesterday for it and actually felt really good in that area by the end of the day - but when I tried to run this morning...not so much.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 very slow miles on the trail with Finn.  Did some more research on the periformis and discovered some guidance on a PT website that a lot of people think that the muscle is tight and needs to be stretched and that's actually the opposite of what is needed - instead contracting the muscle with exercises will allow it to properly heal.  That checked out with my experience in stretching it a bunch and feeling much worse and painful as a result.   So I did the basic contraction exercises (mainly clam shell) late yesterday.  Avoided crossing my legs when seated and generally tried to stand or lay flat for much of time - and then did a very easy jog this morning that I expected would need to include some walking, but happily it did not.   Hopefully the healing progression will continue over the next several days and weeks.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles less painful but not ok yet. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles a little faster - still problems but gradually improving. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - 3.5 miles - hoped to be over the problems with the periformis/hamstring, but only marginal improvement today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn partly on the golf course - quite hilly.   First part of the first mile was ok, but the injury continues to give me issues.   Seeing a chiropractor later this afternoon.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles on the new trail with Finn.  The upside of requiring dogs to be leashed now on this trail is that I do not need to give him a bath after we run on it.   When he is off-leash he's all over the meadows and brush and mud.  They have also put signs up to limit the use to just the recently finished part of the trail; the trail is only about 2.25 miles out and back.  However it has a loop around a pond that is about 350 yards or so and it is relatively flat.  So I did a few circuits of the pond and will consider this as an option for training workouts - the surface is soft and quite similar to an old cinder track.  

The injury to the periformis/hamstring is incrementally better day-to-day; some days the increments are only marginal.  I would like it to be much further along than it is - but as compared to a week ago - the improvement is not insignificant.  Last Wednesday I could barely run 12 min pace due to the injury.   Today I was able to run about 9:45 pace for 3 miles - which is not great - but as compared to the last couple of days, the pain/weakness was less - perhaps a 4 out of 10 which is the lowest I have had in over a week.   Went to the chiropractor yesterday and his assessment was that this was not a sciatica nerve issue and that he really could not offer any treatment, noting that I had done physical therapy with this injury back in December/January and would encourage me to continue with the exercises they had given me - or alternatively go to an ortho or physiatrist to perhaps get an injection for pain relief.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn in the neighborhood - marginal improvement on pain level at times in the hamstring - and average pace is improving - but this felt like a grind for much of the run probably due to all of the hills/ups and downs.  Just need to be patient...certainly going in the right direction and not getting worse.  

PM - 30 mins of deep water running / aqua jogging.  Have not done this in many years, but found the aqua jogger belt in my garage and headed out to the pool at lunch.  Watched a few videos about it and remembered how I really did not like it when I did it previously.  But to my surprise, it was not really all that bad this time - and after I warmed-up a bit and got more comfortable, I was able to keep a steady HR at just under 120 bpm.   I have read where you should do timed interval workouts - I may give those a shot too.  I am estimating 3 miles for the 30 mins of effort as the equivalent to a dry-land run.   Hamstring pain was somewhat noticable, but did not have the level of discomfort of the run I did this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trail - I was able to maintain a decent sub 10 pace with not too much discomfort and weakness.  Good to catch up with Dan and hear about his vacation to Italy.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - 3.5 miles on the Milton trail from Wood/Phillips Road - out and back with Finn.   Finally felt a bit more strength or less weakness in the hamstring this morning.  First couple of miles were mid to low 9 min pace, but the last mile and a half was sub 8 mins which felt like significant progress especially considering 9 days ago, it was so painful and weak, that I could not manage much better than 12 min pace. 

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Fri, Jun 10, 2022 at 10:32:11 from 67.177.30.39

I'm glad you're making progress.It's crazy how excited I get about sub-8 pace these days!

From Bret on Tue, Jun 14, 2022 at 09:51:47 from 104.129.207.10

Thanks Rob...all things are relative as we age I guess particularly with pace. I was actually seriously pondering this morning perhaps for the first time, wondering when there may be a point in which running is not something I can just do on a daily basis. May have been because I was reading something about 70 and 80 year old runners still getting after it.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jun 14, 2022 at 10:55:39 from 67.177.30.39

More and more I don't wear a watch and I'm happy to make concessions if it means I can keep doing it. I believe Ed Whitlock ran every other day after 70 with long walks in between. I could definitely be happy with that.

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6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - met Greg for a run from downtown today.  Good run at just under 8:30 pace - still some pain and soreness in the hamstring but much improved.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn before church - hamstring was a bit tighter and achier than yesterday - pace was slower too as a result. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the horseroad trails - very warm today even early in the morning.   Hamstring was marginally better than yesterday but still annoying. 

PM - 30 minutes of easy deep water running in the pool.   Giving the equivalent of 3 miles of running on land. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

 

AM - 6 miles with Dan and Greg and with my dog (Greg's dog is no longer enthusiastic for a run each time he goes, and Dan's dog is really not built for running very quickly or very long).  Super warm and humid for a 6 am start - I think it was 75 degrees with humidity in the 90% range but more signficantly the dew point was in the 70's.   My weather app said it was "dangerously humid".   Anyway we ran at a decent effort of near 8:30 pace for most of the miles with the last couple of uphill miles seeing my HR crest over the LT and perhaps Finn's as well (he was not in favor of adding any more distance to the end of the run when it was proposed).  Hamstring was incrementally better at the beginning of the run today versus yesterday - and I am thinking it may have something to do with the deep water / aqua jogging I did yesterday afternoon.   Hoping it is allowing for better blood flow to the muscles without no impact.   BTW pool running is only marginally more saturating/wet than running outdoors in the current hot and humid conditions.

PM - 30 mins of deep water running after my workday.  

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the new Milton Preserve trail behind my house - super warm and humid - dew point was 75.  Feels like temp at 6 am was 86 degrees.  Busy schedule today - in the office and then a flight to London overnight for work. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - over night flight to London - meetings beginning at noon - so I quickly did a 1 mile run provisionally cover my streak in case my schedule kept me from getting a run in the evening.  
 

PM - squeezed in a 3 mile run before 8 pm local time - running on fumes with minimal sleep.  Perhaps pushed the hamstring a bit too much on this one. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.750.000.000.0012.75

AM - after a full nights sleep, I was able to enjoy a leisurely sightseeing run of nearly 13 miles this morning. The hamstring was quite sore and so I kept the pace easy though it was quite fatigued toward the end. Ran from my hotel through Hyde Park, through Westminster and along the river Thames to Tower Bridge and return. Beautiful weather quiet a good start to the weekend

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 08:26:23 from 216.181.160.78

I just compared this run to my run today (January 20) and found my run to be lacking.

From Bret on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 08:34:20 from 104.129.207.10

Why? Sounds like you had a nice run around Green River!

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 08:45:45 from 216.181.160.78

It was EPIC!

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4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - 4.5 miles with the guys and the dogs on the new trail.  Hopped in the pool after. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles on an unseasonably cool morning before church.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

AM - tested positive for COVID yesterday evening - feel kinda crappy - just got a couple of miles in to keep up the running streak.   

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 08:27:13 from 216.181.160.78

Ew...sorry! This is such a weird disease.

From Bret on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 08:35:54 from 104.129.207.10

Yeah - kinda sucks. Pretty sure my travel had something to do with getting it. I don't feel all that bad right now. Hoping it doesn't get any worse.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 08:44:57 from 216.181.160.78

I have been waiting to get my second booster until the end of summer before I'm confided in a classroom with 30 snot nosed teenagers again but I may do it now.

From Bret on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 09:10:31 from 104.129.207.10

I got my second booster in April. A lot of good it did me.....

From Jon on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 22:29:37 from 75.136.121.106

Everyone I know that is getting covid right now is at least 3 shots in...

Hard to know how to balance keeping running streaks going when sick.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

AM - day 2 (.5)? of COVID - ran easy 2 miles to keep the streak going.    Felt worse as the day progressed yesterday and no better this morning.  Hoping for improvement today. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

AM - beginning day 3 of COVID - no fever for the last 12 hours - which is an improvement.  2 miles on the trail.  Felt ok - but kept the effort easy - feeling like if I pushed at all, I may start feeling bad.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - got up feeling reasonably improved - still fatigued and congested a bit - but well enough to go an extra mile this morning.   Hopefully the gradual trend back to normal will continue.

Comments
From jtshad on Thu, Jun 23, 2022 at 06:25:58 from 141.221.191.225

Praying for a continued recovery.

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3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles with Finn around the neighborhood. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 5k with Finn on the horsetrail roads - pace is getting better.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles on the new trail with Dan and the dogs.   He just returned from dropping his son at camp up in PA.  Feeling a bit fatigued this morning - assuming it is COVID related. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and Finn on the horsetrail roads - really felt like this was way more of an effort than it should have been.   Yesterday I took 2 naps - which I never do - and today I just felt heavy and slow.  Hamstring was hurting too.   We actually ran a relatively decent pace but it felt hard in the heavy humid summer air.   My only consolation was that as soon as we stopped, Finn immediately laid down - indicating that he was worn out from the effort as well.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.750.000.000.004.75

AM - 4.75 miles with Dan and the dogs from his place.  A bit slower pace because his dog is slow on leash - felt less COVID fatigue today too.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - 4.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the new trail.   We had a fair amount of rain over the last couple of days, so the trail was a bit muddy in places and it was quite heavy/humid out, so the effort was fairly slow-paced.   The hamstring does better with easier efforts.  

PM - 30 mins of deep water running - equivalent of 3 miles I suppose.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - just under 5.5 miles with the guys and Finn on the horsetrail roads.  Day 850 of my run streak. 

PM - 2 miles of deep water running - I used the "indoor running/treadmill" setting on my garmin to record the distance.   I think the watch records the distance based on the movement of the arms. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the new trail.  The city obviously discovered that the trail had poor engineering for drainage on the trail and so it is now essentially redoing the whole thing in fixing it. But it is open for use - and the dogs love it.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
981.5037.207.700.001026.40
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