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Posted: 12/02/2016 at 19:57

Well PMJ, we can call that a sneaky week! Nicely done.

Gul, what is the White Peak like? Flat, hilly, combo? Good luck (I'll keep my fingers crossed you don't pick up any niggles between now and race day...you are due!).

KR, training must be going well to have a high mileage easy week like that (and I assume you are obviously feeling good too!).

SubLT session #2 for me. 2 degree weather and 15 mph wind equals elements! I was good for the first 7 miles, then turned into the a head wind and pace dropped noticeably. Just not consistently nailing these sessions like I normally would. But I have lots of miles on my legs right now and this is all going in the bank. 64 miles on the week and plan an easy effort to edge of 70 tomorrow (will very cold again but seem to have found the right mix of gear).

I am tired!

BB, hope your are not in too much pain today!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 00:39

Lorenzo, it's one of the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Incredibly beautiful place with awesome weather. Nice run BTW.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 23:48

Hello Folks! Back from my trip to St. Thomas. What a beautiful place. Had a great trip and highlights included seeing countless iguanas, a mongoose, catching (and eating) tuna and king fish, and, of course, running in shorts! Got some good runs in and on one I found my self running with racers for a bit (they were just off a cruise ship and were doing a marathon a day for 7 days...hitting all the islands...thought Badbark should be signed up for that!). Anyway, training progress has included 2 more 20+ mile LRs (22 M today), and getting my pace to drop a good bit on a subLT. Holding together and bracing for a huge wave of subzero weather on the way (hence the midweek LR!).

Too much going on to comment on everything here but did want to say great job to Leslie for getting that running back to old hat(!) and that I hope Birch's knee gets better quickly.

Badbark, you are an animal. Of course you ran 50 miles! Good luck tomorrow. I predict you will get a clean biopsy and be on your way!!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 19:44

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

Sub 3h15

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 16:15

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.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 23:20

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!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 16:40

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."

Sub 3h15

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 22:31

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!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 16:52

PhilipMJones VMLM 24 Apr sub-3 if possible, if not enjoy it.
SJ - Manchester (if can get some miles in) - sub3:15 - Run-walk experiment.
Poacher - Manc - cd be GFA (3.19.59) attempt, if not then a sighter.
G-Dawg - VLM16 - Just enjoy my first GFA. Probably be too warm for sub-3.13 (PB)

VTrunner - Boston - sub3:15 hopefully (but training conditions may dictate); have fun above all else though..

GM, you could also bundle you cut back weeks to coincide w/your son's visits.

Icy out today so not sure if I can get my subLT session in (But tomorrow it will be single digits cold and windy so today is the day!)...miss dry roads...


Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 16:33

GM, that's right out of "Once a runner". Miles of trials and trials of miles. If it doesn't break you it will turn you to steel!

Badbark, how are you doing? Any more news or tests. Been thinking about you. Hang in there!

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