Training Week 10/8

October 15, 2012

Training for the week 10/8 to 10/14 was about continuing recovery from Smuttynose Marathon. I have felt pounded in the body and joints since the race, so with no major race on the horizon, I’m dialing it back. Though there are a few long runs coming up, such as the weekend’s Ultra Border Crawl, a 36 mile slog of touching neighboring border signs, which I completed with two others in 6:28.

Week 10/8

Mon: 4 miles, easy – road
Tues: 5.65 miles, social – road
Wed: 8 miles, semi-tempo – road
Thurs: 5 miles, semi-tempo – road
Fri: 5 miles, easy, super slow – road
Sat: 36 miles, BRC Ultra Border Crawl, 6:28 total time – road
Sun: 6 miles, including Oktoberfest 5K, 18:18, 14th place of 1800, 3rd Master 40+, won Golden Drinking Chalice (what I came for!) – road

Total miles: 69 miles

Quality Workouts

Saturday: 36 miles, Ultra Border Crawl, average running pace 9:24. Total time including stops: 6:28. Had to grab an ice bath and hit up some Vitamin-I (not like me) to assist recovery for tomorrow…

Sunday: Oktoberfest 5K, 18:18, 14th place of 1800, 3rd Master 40+. Two mile split: 11:50. Ran well in spite not having that extra gear due to Ultra run the day before.

Next Week

Goal for the coming week will be to continue recovering from… running mega miles, both Smuttynose and the Ultra Border Crawl.

Beer of the Week

Cambridge Brewing Company (CBC) Great Pumpkin Ale — Sponsor of this year’s Oktoberfest Cambridge 5K, CBC has been making some great beer since around 2005 — it wasn’t always that way, but they turned the corner in a great way. One of the most-sought-after beers in their craft is their Great Pumpkin Ale. This is pumpkin that is worth getting your hands on. On tap it is divine. Made with a crazy amount of pumpkin and spices, the pumpkin is vast but not over powering. Spices round out the harvest flavor. What I like about it most is that it is totally drinkable. This in itself is notable because most pumpkin beers are one or two and done. Not so with this. You have one and you want another, and another. And this weekend it was free flowing from the taps at Oktoberfest. On top of that, the other great thing about this beer is that it is only 4.4% ABV. Most pumpkin beers of note are those that are stacked with alcohol. Not this one. Now served in bottles, Great Pumpkin is a must try for those local to Boston. But do yourself a favor and get down to the brewery so that you can enjoy this on tap. You will not be disappointed!


Training Week 10/1

October 15, 2012

Training for the week 10/1 to 10/21 was about recovering from Smuttynose Marathon, where I went 3:00:38, for 13th place overall of 1000 and my fastest marathon in 5 years. Even better was that this enabled me to submit a faster qualifying time to BAA for Boston Marathon 2013.

Week 10/1

Mon: 1+ mile keep-the-streak-alive run – road
Tues: 4 miles, easy – road
Wed: 4.5 miles, easy – road
Thurs: 6 miles, easy – trail
Fri: 8 miles, social easy – road
Sat: 5.5 miles, easy – road
Sun: 6.5 miles, sometimes tempo– road

Total miles: 36 miles

Quality Workouts

None.

Next Week

Goal for the coming week will be to continue recovering from Smuttynose. Since the race, I have felt pounded, the joints stiff and sore. A full summer of trails and mountains and a last two months of hard core speed work finally caught up to me.

Beer of the Week

Coming in a following week.


Training Week 9/24

October 2, 2012

Training for the week 9/24 to 9/30 was about short, easy runs and trying to get my chronic lower back issues, which had recently flared up, in order for a shot at going sub-3 hours at Smuttynose by week’s end.

Please to say that although my back worried me, with it having locked up my calf the week before when I tried to run hard, I spent the week stretching and trying to loosen the hip (made tight by the back). I stayed positive, visualized myself running strong on race day, and did all the right things to get myself to feel as ready as ever.

On race day, I gave everything I had. I was on pace for sub-3 or very damn near until the last mile, when I willed myself to run faster. All I needed was to run mile 25 through to the end at 6:00 pace… and I couldn’t do it. My lungs would not allow. I was already maxed out and could give nothing more.

Finish came in 3:00:36. It was a great, gutsy race by me, and I’m proud of myself for taking chances early, in the middle, and late and holding on to the end.

Week 9/24

Mon: 4 miles, tempo – road
Tues: 5.65 miles, social – road
Wed: 4 miles, easy w/few strides – road
Thurs: 5 miles, easy – road
Fri: 3.5 miles, easy w/few strides – road
Sat: 3.5 miles, social – road
Sun: Smuttynose Marathon: 3:00:38, 13th place of 1000, 5th AG M40-49, #75 (or maybe 76?) – road (28 miles in total w/wu + race)

Total miles: 53 miles

Quality Workouts

Sunday: Smuttynose Marathon, 3:00:38 (6:54 pace), 13th overall of 1000, 5th place AG M40-49. Marathon #75 (or mabye 76).

Next Week

Goal for the coming week will be to recover from Smuttynose. That’s it!

Beer of the Week

Ommegang Scythe & Sickle — When it comes to Belgian-styled beers, I have always been a huge fan of Ommegang, a tiny but now well-known brewery just outside of Cooperstown in New York. Ommegang does Belgian right, so when I heard about Scythe & Sickle, a limited release by the brewery, being a solid fall beer, I had to try it. And thankfully I did, because I was not disappointed.

Scythe & Sickle was brewed to honor the fall harvest. A typical (but good) Belgian that is stocked but by no means over-powering with malt, this beer brings two worlds together (darker harvest ales + Belgian-styled beers) together rather nicely. It tastes like an Ommegang (read: solid Belgian) with the banana-like earthy notes of the Beligan yeast, yet comes in with a stronger (for a Belgian) malt profile without crossing over into being too heavy.

Beer Advocate users didn’t rate it as high as I thought they would, but no matter, I really enjoyed this beer and would easily pick it up again.