Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MMXIII - Week 22

MON.- 0mi. * -- technically a zero but in my holiday weekend-ending drunken state, the family and I played "The Hunted" at 2000 hours.  They all ganged up on me and tried to hunt me out in the yard.  20 mins of short, hard sprinting (5-20 seconds each).  I felt like a weak mammal being hunted by a pack of hungry, cunning carnivores.  My heart rate was through the roof and man I was effing winded.  Not sure how to count it but it was a short workout! THAT is what running is all about.  When is the last time you ran and laughed and laughed and laughed?

TUE.- 5mi.-- aimless wandering and not really into it but got excited when I explored more unmarked trails on private land.  I'm absolutely convinced that this is going to be the "right of way/easement" that the Hopkinton Land Trust is going to use to connect Tomaquag Trail from Rte. 95 to Grills Sanctuary.  I'd bet on it.  I'm a pioneer ahead of my time really. [38:10]

WED.-7mi. -- ran from Mason's practice.  Planned on doing short but intense effort hill repeats up "Woody Hill" but my legs felt dead and I wimped out.  Instead I wandered around different areas in Woody Hill (the "Pond", etc.).  Made sure I kept up a solid effort/pace throughout (despite space watch).  Then, on the way back, I hammered ONE hill just so I didn't feel like a total pussy.  [51:32]

THU.-4mi. -- ugh.  Short & "easy" but the humidity made it less than enjoyable [32:15]

FRI.- 0mi. -- fishing all day. Lazy but did boat a big and fat 35" striper on very light tackle in the pond on Friday that fell prey to a slow-rolled Slug-O.

SAT.- 7mi. -- a "late" morning run around Winnapaug Pond.  Originally wanted to run 10-13 but my 3 mile tempo really tuckered me out.  In the sun and into a decent head wind for much of the effort along Atlantic Avenue and I really struggled to maintain a consistent T pace (6:02/6:03/6:01).  Thought I could cool down the last mile or so and then "play" in Champlain Preserve for 3-6 miles but I had nothing left. 

SUN.- 5mi. -- After depriving myself of sleep and going fishing earlier in the morning I was super sluggish and not at all motivated for this early afternoon run.  At least I squeezed this one in. Unfortunately, my guess earlier in the week about a right of way/easement through private land has now been clearly and conspicuously marked "POSTED: PRIVATE PROPERTY. ABSOLUTELY NO TRESPASSING!" Guess they saw me running into/out of there earlier. Oh well. [36:15]

Why my mileage sucks this week....
-->a very pathetic week.  It appears that fishing and school will continue to stymie my running efforts in the month of May into June once again.  It's REALLY tough to stay focused on running when bass and bluefish are slamming topwater plugs. Finite time and infinite wishes for fun activities.  Gotta get focused here.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

MMXIII - Week 21

MON. - 6mi. -- Woody Hill exploration.  Feeling pretty good with the S/SW side of the area (Swamp Trail, Fern Drive, Wahaneeta, etc.).  Time to start opening it up and getting down and dirty in the E side of the management area. [44:28]

TUE. - 10mi.  -- ugh.  Hot and humid.  First time in 2013.  Just wanted this one over as quickly as possible without overdoing it.  Struggled a little bit the final few miles.  Glad its done.  Pretty solid pace overall.  Good Blessing of the Fleet "reminder"/appetizer. [1:11:38]

WED.- 10mi. -- tried to go a little slower from home in and around the "808" to Mason's game.  Humid and overcast with very light misty/drizzle.  Felt pretty good. [1:16:54]

THU.- 4mi.-- easy "beer-covery". In a modified phrase borrowed from fellow LVL member, EJN, "I run because I drink, and I drink because I run.".  The Bruins "need" me tonight and as Muddy and his IPAs go, so go the B's. [33:XX]

FRI.-9mi.-- raced storm clouds north into CT then back into Rhody.  Really worked East Clark Falls Road hill climb.  Soaked in the woods on Tomaquag Trail--the bog/stream that is traversed by 4 plank bridges was knee high (over the top of the bridges).  No sense in trying to pussy foot across them. Good fun! [1:01:XX]

SAT.-4mi. -- wandering around in the light rain.  Some more exploration in the woods off Peloni Way.

SUN.-14mi. -- fun, easy run with Crutch and Seth in all "three" Grills' properties.  [2:05:XX]

--> my highest mileage week since before Boston and my knee debacle.  I really enjoyed it. It's really rare for me to not take a day off but with a few easy, really shorties mixed in it felt like I zeroed.  Gonna try to have another decent week next week before reigning it in a little for a Friday night 10K on 14 June.  Onward and upward, bitches.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MMXIII - Week 20

MON.- 5mi. - visited the parents so I looped around some roads into Carolina Mgmt. Area.  Tried to run a little aggressively up "Essex Trail" segment but still missed the KOM (behind Jonny).  I'll take that in June when school no longer interferes with life's important goals. [37:XX]

TUE.- 0 - a good zero.  Went to beach to school Mason on techniques of casting with wind for stripers and educate Layla how to poop in the sand behind driftwood and bury it.  2 yr olds soak up knowledge and skills like a sponge. Life's lessons cannot be underestimated.

WED.- 7mi. -- 6 x short hill repeats in the rain.  Not a particularly deadly hill but just long and grade-varied enough to rig up near the top if you're pushing it.  Only takes about 60 seconds to run hard up it.  My splits: 60/60/59/58/58/55.  I was hurting on the last one.  Took 30 seconds at the top to get it together/try not to lose stomach contents.  Good fun.  [51:XX]

THU.-  4mi. -- snuck in an easy shorty before a later start to altered school day for presentations.  Unfortunately, didn't get to leave school until after 2000 so this was all I got. [32:XX]

FRI.- 10mi. -- day off to take care of boat before dunking her in the drink.  Got to try for a little Gazelle Hunting at Barn Island.  Couldn't remember where the segment/spur trails were (all marsh crossings and side single track look the same to me).  I ended up doubling over some of them.  Did the West Spur segment easy in the right direction and hard in the wrong direction.  No CR.  Also failed to overtake the featherlite hooved Walker beast on East Spur (missed by a second).  Couldn't find the Stony Fort (?) segment but I like its name--sounds like a cool college bar.  Fun run in the morning.  Beautiful weather with a lot of avian life (Marsh Wren and American Redstart were notables).  [1:14:20]

SAT.-12mi. - another day, another trip to the Barn, this time with Gazelle and Mike B.  Fun run that wound through a lot of single track.  We tried to nailing three segments. Apparently I failed at all of them somehow but I do question the fact that one said I finished 5 seconds behind Jeff.....really?!?! I'm know I'm fat and slow but that fat and slow? [1:40:XX]

SUN.-0 - Went fishing and clamming on the boat's 2013 maiden voyage.  Fun stuff.

Game on, bitches!
--> another two day zero but I guess that's ok.  It still feels like the month of May (time of year) is a difficult one for me in terms of running.  Between school work, weather, outdoor activities, beer, and kid activities, running is tough to get in sometimes.  It'll be interesting to go back over the past 6-8 years and compare May totals.  Even though I feel lethargic, 2013 may actually be fairly decent totals comparatively speaking. 
PS- where is all that stretching and strengthening I'm supposed to be doing????

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MMXIII - Week 19

MON.-5. 5mi. -- a really fun, aimless run in which I did a little sketchy trespassing (what is private property anyway?) on land across the street from me.  It's a 130+ acre parcel owned by some  development corporation (Maxson Hill LLC).  There are old carriage roads on it and people ride horses.  I "discovered" a rather large, old, run down house (built in 1800).  It's trashed inside (damn teenagers doing the pot, spraypaint & sex stuff) but I can't wait to go back and explore the property.  I'm such a dirtbag. [40:50]

TUE.- 4mi.  -- two separate runs: a slow one from the Narragansett Trail Head at Asheville Pond with Mason.  He was excited but his enthusiasm faded quickly when he realized that "It is so hard and rocky and we keep going up." After dropping him off back at the truck (locked him in and kept the window opened like he was a dog), I ran a few more miles up Stubtown Rd. into Canochet Brook Preserve.  I was trying to push it a tad on the way back but SpaceWatch told me I was running 8:30 pace.  Whatever.

WED.- 6.5mi. - single parent day.  As such, I pulled a Jonny and left work at lunch (but didn't return).  In the humid, moist air, I ran from Grills Sanctuary, across the brook, onto Chase Hill side, then across river into Grills Preserve, then ran 2 miles of road back to the van.  I had fun and kept the pace honest in the woods, despite being "told" I was running 10:30 pace....I was working hard!  One nice feature is the GAP online.  It's nice to see that although you're running 9:00 pace, going up a short, stony hill your Grade Adjusted Pace is actually 5:10.  Good! It felt like it.  Had to pause at the picnic table at the top to get my sh*t straight.  On the roads on the way back tried to progress each 800m from about 6:50 pace (drop 20-30 seconds off pace each interval) until I got back to the van. Sucking wind at the end.  Sweaty but happy!! [44:16]


FRI.-7mi. - more rootin, tootin' trespassin' in the woods near home.  Newly discovered road/trails that promise more exploratory adventure in the future, as long as I don't get caught/shot. [51:59]

SAT.-10mi. -- Aussie Quarters w/ Jonny at CHS track.  3 mile w/u then 8 x 400 (shot for about 80 secs for each) with 200 m "floating recoveries" at 6:30 pace.  The numbers don't make it seem that fast but the weird recoveries made it interesting. Splits: 83/82/81/82/80/80/79/80.  All recoveries: 47 - 49 secs.  [70:15]

SUN.-0 -- lazy.  Mom stuff and gardening (a.k.a. beers) instead.

--> enjoyed this week despite remaining stagnant (in terms of weekly mileage).  Finally got two quality (effort-wise) runs in (Wed. & Sat.) but no long run and zero Sunday was less than awesome.  Time to maybe start stepping up mileage a bit (into 40s/week for a while?).  Also, I definitely need to stretch and perform core strengthening activities.  Since my injury "went away" I've basically stopped.  Reading about the injuires/problems of my fellow runners reminds of how I got into my own trouble in the first place.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pursuing The Good Life

Someone passed this along to me today.  I'm not a big forwarding/email guy (i.e. Forward along this picture of a kitten eating peanut butter to 10 friends, say a prayer and push CTR+ALT+F6 or you'll be cursed forever") but this struck a chord with me.

This time of year (year round actually), sometimes we can get caught up in stress from work, money, the rat race etc., with the long view dream of "getting rich" so we can then relax and enjoy life and do the things we want to do. 

Screw it.  I want to run, fish, drink beer, garden, laugh, and play with my children!  Work doesn't matter nearly as much as it seems. Don't let it affect you physically, or emotionally.

Keep running.  Catch fish.  Drink beer. Laugh out loud.  Do what you want to do right now.  Live your dream. Be the Mexican.

For tomorrow we all die.

Pursuing the Good Life

An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.
The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.

The American then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time?

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?"

To which the American replied "15-20 years."

"But what then, senor?", asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions. "

"Millions, senor? Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."