Rodeoflip, an impressive array of races and persistence. So happy you nailed the last time out. Now you can just savor the victory (while pretending your feet aren't f*&ked). Battle wounds!
GM, you're getting some decent miles in these days and doing them fast! Looking good.
Hope all you VLMers get your stuff in on time.
GE, welcome back.
Bikeit, nice fast easy running. Cool weather is beautiful (although it seems like not too long ago I was freezing my arse off...how quickly the perspective shifts).
MsE, steady as she goes. Nice job listening to the internal barometer.
So I've officially run all over Siena. Kind of mentally taxing as there were not too many nice long stretches so I basically threaded my way all over town. Lots and lots of hills, so probably gained some power during this cutback week. Arrived in Florence today and walked all over. Love the Duomo...it's so damn big! Tomorrow will get a LR in along the river.
Then next 2 weeks are going to be hell on earth meeting big work deadlines. Then I can downshift and get back to the marathon training.
Quick drop in from Siena. Beautiful city, simply outstanding food. Love Italians so much I actually married one along the way! Very hilly here (timed this trip to be a cutback week). 132 miles over past 2 weeks before arriving, including a 19 miler (first true LR in a while) w/a fast finish. Earlier last week the subLT session was hard work, then the LR midweek felt surprisingly good, then had very good subLT Sat. Mileage creeping up and everything still attached (knock wood).
My best races as a young fella were the 400M and the 300M hurdles. Ran the 800 1 time and never wanted to follow it up, ever. 400 is the perfect race. Balls out the whole way...no need to pace or get hung up in no man's land like the 800. Brave stuff Lorenzo! Wonder how fast I could cover 400M these days (not!).
Poacher, legend indeed! Wow, got goosebumps just reading it. I'm too conservative to even dream of committing to such a race if my build up was virtually nonexistent. I bet the feeling of accomplishment was (and remains) incredible. Congrats!
PMJ, thanks for the link. Ultimately found a really good text article w/much more info than was in the video (which I found on youtube...but perhaps I saw only an abbreviated version as it was only about 5 minutes long). Seems pretty fishy though. Who could dream up the book w/a pill compartment carved out from it, asking a PT guy to ship testosterone cream needed for an ailing heart, etc, etc. Not good.
SJ, is the big boy race a full ironman?
15 and change today to round out 66 for the week. GM, weather here has alternated from scorching to cool. This past week was cool weather...really fine days for running.
Ah, Chick, what a huge bit of bad luck! You were doing so well and on your way again. And that allergic reaction sounds very nasty and scary. Did you break out in hives? Both my girls have had that reaction and required prednisone. Horrible experience. Glad to hear you are home and recovering. Perhaps you won't be as knocked out as majorly as you are predicting though. I'll be your optimist and say you'll bounce back well because unlike like a viral infection, this one will be cleared fast by the (proper) antibiotic. Hang in there.
Spen, are you able to run regularly again? If so, you'll bounce back for sure. The heat is always a factor.
I just capped off a 66 mile week and am feeling strong (but would be lying if I didn't say that I'm feeling very cagy that something will get hurt any time now). My HR has never been this low before on my easy runs so it appears something different is happening this time around.
I'll have to watch this BBC thing. Can you stream it after the fact? Major bummer as I have really felt pride for his runners and what they have accomplished in this world of performance enhancing drugs. No clue that they might be up to something, which may prove naïve.
Madbark, best of luck this weekend. I'm sure you'll do great but I worry about you in the longer term. Don't forget to protect what you have these days, eh?
Another strong subLT yesterday and an absolutely effortless 7M this morning (was surprised at this) brings me to 50 for the week. LR tomorrow. Starting to get used to running 6 days per week as opposed to my usual 5.