Birch, what an incredible journey! I can only hope to have such longevity. Viva la Birch!!
Been on ice going on day 3 now w/this nasty toe/callus/blister thingy. Killing me as I'm going to St. Thomas later in the week and will likely not get much training done there. So 2 cut back weeks in a row not optimal on a short training plan. Oh well...
Tonight I see Wilco at our local theater. They are excellent musicians and I should be in for a treat tonight! As others have thrown out music (forget the theme) I would add The Tragically Hip. Bob Mould, Morphine, Pavement, and the earlier stuff from Radio Head. Will be seeing Pearl Jam at Fenway park this summer (will be my 5th or 6th time I believe...first one back in 1993 in Winnipeg...another group of great musicians). Yes, I was in high school when the Seattle grunge scene hit. Not my fault. Victim of circumstance
BI, excellent race and congrats on the sneaky PB! You are right...the subLT sessions are key ingredient for me. I'm actually doing 2 of those sessions per week now.
Gul, excellent LR. You seem to be hitting your paces well these past few weeks.
GD, nice LR from you too.
OO, nice park running (per your usual)
KR, that 11.5 w/the 400 hills sounds like a tough session. MIght have to try it!
Lorenzo, great scramble to get the miles in today and good week's volume.
MsE, I have questions about how to prepare for Boston as well. my SubLT route is downhill first half and uphill second (out and back). Am hoping this will help but probably need to do striders downhill, etc.
CC2, congrats on the win!
Got my first 20 miler in today. Good energy the whole way round and core pretty good so very satisfied with that. 69 miles for the week off 6 days running with 2 subLT sessions and strides on one of the easy runs. I think my body had adapted to the mileage and speedy stuff now. Although these miles feel like they count more because of the weather. For example, my subLT runs were done in very windy, ~17 F days. Today's LR was at 2 F. My wife asked if it was snowing out when I returned because I was covered with snow (which was actually frost from my perspiration). I just pointed at the thermometer and she rolled her eyes (and said, as usual, you're crazy!). Considering half the run was in pitch blackness I'm not sure I can disagree! Only casualty today was my big toe. Got a nasty blister under a rather large callus there (SJ, it really is a thing of beauty). Popped it and dissected skin and part of callus away. I have a short week coming up (going to St. Thomas!) and this may cause some havoc getting miles in before we leave.
Had a work deadline dropped combined with a huge project going in last week so tonight it's cocktails and a sleep in tomorrow. Ah, yes, life's simple pleasures.
Another SubLT bagged. Still not as fast as I would like but the 80% maxHR effort zone is feeling much more manageable over 10 miles now. Hopefully the pace starts to drop soon as I still remember my times from the fall (and makes me feel sloooow right now).
Birch, yes, hit us with the data!! Can never have enough stats. Congrats on 30 years strong!
Badbark, I agree with SJ that your news is very positive. And you will look bada$$ on the streets and trails with your new look Anyway, have the scar revision done, heal up, use that month as your loooooong overdue offseason, and come back blowing the doors off of all you current PBs. That's how I see your long term trajectory.
BTW, I got the runner thing at the doc too. Went to ER w/kidney stone, couldn't even stand up due to the pain. The nurse takes my pulse while I'm fetal on the floor and says to my wife "does he have some heart condition? His heart rate is extremely low." My wife says back, with appropriate snark (for me and my running habit) "he's a runner."
Oof, that was a windy subLT! Pace was slow (not just due to wind) but so be it. HR was dialed into correct zone and getting the work in. Now sitting in my office working in the warm afterglow of endorphins and feeling comfortably knackered.
GM, I lived in Albuquerque and San Diego for a period of about 12 years (6 in each) and I can safely say I'd be just fine w/out winter. But my kids LOVE snow and all things to do in it. Other than being inconvenient for running, I don't mind it too much (or the cold for that matter) and I actually love to shovel snow. But then again I used to live in Fargo, ND and was happy there too so apparently I'm easy!