January 2011

Pre Week Got Me Thinking!

Steve Prefontaine Running Heroes: The Early Years Last week was PreWeek. In celebration of what would have been Steve Prefontaine’s 60th birthday, there has been a week long celebration of sorts at www.trackfocus.com/preweek. Some good stuff. Pre’s was/is alot of runner’s hero (or at least one of them). I fall into that group as well. Before Pre, however, I had some other “favorite” runners that I looked up to with… Read More »Pre Week Got Me Thinking!

Five Weeks to Go!

Today’s weather rudely broke our little string of springlike weather here on the Front Range of Colorado. Friday it had been close to 70 degrees (67, I think) and the days book-ending it were in the mid to upper fifties. Last night, however, winter returned. Today is very windy with annoying little flurries blowing around and tomorrow it’s supposed to be extremely cold.  Normally I don’t gripe about the weather… Read More »Five Weeks to Go!

Chicked Again!

Well, it happened. I got chicked today during my run.  I was deep in thought cruising through the middle miles of a five mile recovery run and WHOOSH – she flew by! I’ve seen her before on the trail; lean, fast, usually sporting a top from the most recent triathlon. I should be outraged, embarrassed and hell-bent on revenge. Then there is d) none of the above. For a guy… Read More »Chicked Again!

Gu Be Gone!

Several issues grew out of today’s 20 mile run.  First and foremost, it’s over and I am pretty happy about that. Five minutes faster than last week with the same heart rate average. It was also the culmination of a 72 mile week. With my last three weeks being 62, 67, and 72, the coming 40-45 mile recovery week is being looked at longingly. After the recovery week, three more… Read More »Gu Be Gone!

Discretion is the Better Part of Something…

My usually stubborn, inflexible self, gave way to the wisdom of my years today. I moved my 20 mile run until tomorrow. I’d like to say it was purely a logical, practical matter but it was not. It was much more a climactic matter. Today’s winds were around 20 to 25  MPH, gusting to 30 to 35 and coming pretty much straight from the Northwest. Translated: roughly 16 miles of… Read More »Discretion is the Better Part of Something…

Rightside Running

While on a seven mile trail run this morning, I was thinking about the right side of my brain. The whole thing began, sort of, because of a conscious decision at the run’s outset: I chose to slap on the earbuds and crank up the iphone. I’ll confess right up front that this is something I do rarely. I’m one of those types who ran long before the music in… Read More »Rightside Running

It All Keeps Adding Up!

They say that once you get in a groove the next two steps are the rut, followed by the grave. I’m not buying that. A little less than seven weeks out from the Napa Valley Marathon and I’m in a groove. Every run is so much easier than a month ago. Paces that were tempo-ish are now easy, longer runs are focused and relaxed. I mentioned this a few weeks… Read More »It All Keeps Adding Up!

The Long Run

Having run 16 miles last week, I should have been smart and upped this week’s effort by two miles. That was, in fact, the plan. My point to point destination (Denver Light Rail at the Convention Center) was precisely at that 18 mile mark. But also in the back of my mind was a thought that if all was well at 18, it would be on to 20! I was… Read More »The Long Run

The Simple Choice

“It’s a simple choice: we can all be good boys and wear our letter sweaters around and get our little degrees and find some nice girl to settle, you know, down with . . . take up what a friend of ours calls the hearty challenges of lawn care.” “Or what? What’s your alternative?” She leaned over trying to get him back on track. He looked at her, surprised; his… Read More »The Simple Choice

Forrest Gump said it best…

I ran nine miles on the treadmill again today. As Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I’m going to say about that.”