Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rule: "I run every day"

Last autumn: 
no running due to weird neurological thing going on with my eyes
no rowing due to same and a fat pad impingement in knee
weight gain (2 stone! that's 28lbs - shocking).  

Then, new year, new me, cleared for light slow exercise, especially slow running - HURRAH!           you might expect ...................

I rediscover that Rules are better than Discipline and create the new rule in the post title.  Slow, fat burning runs, no watch, just enjoying, hilly, muddy, fartlek if I feel like it, walk if I feel like it, stop to feed a horse if I feel like it:  BLISS  

Bliss, even if a run-every-day rule means some had to be done at 5am with a flashlight due to early trains/planes.   

Plus:  during this goal (actually, a system rather than a goal itself), I get to lose the autumn weight (almost all off), enjoy running again, not need rest days which I did when training for races, enjoy my cross training if I do any, and at my current daily mileage may hit 2016 miles for 2016.   (TODAY:  am at a nice round 570 miles for 100 days).

Highly recommend this.  Yes I am being careful, yes I am dialling up the mileage but gently, and yes am stretching and generally trying to be good.  

bring on
the next 100 days
the next 100 days
the next 100 days
etc etc etc.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Still slow.  Did 5ish at 10 minute pace yesterday.  Couldn't have really gone faster.  Not sure what's going on. Maybe I'm fighting off the bug du jour. . .  Resting today, will try again tomorrow. . .

Sunday, March 13, 2016

30 Mile Week -- Dead Legs

You never know when dead legs are going to hit.  I was feeling good on Tuesday, great on Thursday, pretty good on Friday.  Saturday I went up to Boston to visit family, and couldn't get my legs to turn over.  The same was true today.  Maybe it was the unfamiliar terrain, but even 10 minute miles felt hard.  Go figure . . .

Monday, March 7, 2016

Best running conversation with my daughter ever

"Hey dad, can I run a half marathon with you if you give me time to train?"

We have targeted the fall 2017 Newport RI Marathon.

Starting with a 5K in Providence on March 19th.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Marathon Week

Some weeks, you run 26+ miles in a day.  This week it was a major victory to do that over the course of a week.  My hamstring still makes me nervous.  It occasionally reminds me to pay attention to form, but it has not "sproinged" in a month. I managed the Prospect Park loop for the first time in months.  It's nice to be building up some base.  Maybe I'll be able to run the Brooklyn Half after all . . . .

Friday, February 19, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Still Cold -- More Cross Training

I was going to run outside today.  Really, I was, but our upstairs neighbor's pipes froze, and we had to turn off the water in the building.  This meant I was going to have to shower at the gym one way or the other, so another tri-day, this time spin/run/swim.  I am feeling my base coming back, and am looking forward to warmer weather over the next few days.