It's all relative Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/ Fri, 27 Apr 2018 02:10:41 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Thu, Apr 26, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-26-2018.html <p>PM: 10.3 miles solo.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 25, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-25-2018.html <p>PM: 9 miles solo then the gym- arms, back, abs.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 24, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-24-2018.html <p>AM: 9 miles, 3 fast with the group.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 23, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-23-2018.html <p>AM: 9&nbsp;miles- 3 of them faster, ~6:00/mile pace.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sun, Apr 22, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-22-2018.html <p>AM: 12.5 miles with Anthony and Elia.&nbsp; Felt pretty spry- 7:00/mile average.</p> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 21, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-21-2018.html <p>AM: 8 miles and then the gym- arms, back, legs, and abs.</p> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 20, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-20-2018.html <p>PM: 7&nbsp;miles- felt good.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 19, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-19-2018.html <p>PM: 8 miles- felt good.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 18, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-18-2018.html <p>PM: 2+ miles and then gym- arms, back, legs, and abs.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 17, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-17-2018.html <p>AM: 1 mile.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 16, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-16-2018.html <p>The Boston Marathon Race Report</p> <p>Training: Well, as you can see, I have basically only the one decent 20 mile&nbsp;long run- on asphalt in 75 degree perfect weather with no hills... zero of my races have had hills... and I live in Florida... so, not really prepared at all.&nbsp; But- it&#39;s the Boston Marathon!&nbsp; I was excited anyway!</p> <p>Weather: 31 degrees wind chill, 40 degrees temperature, rain for the duration of the marathon with squalls/heavy rain, 26mph wind at the start that ended up being a constant headwind/Easterly wind&nbsp;the entire way, and even some small deposits of residual snow on the ground by the starting tents which added to the ambiance nicely.&nbsp; People were laughing when I told them I was from Florida- I don&#39;t blame them!</p> <p>Pre-race: The one hour bus ride was difficult- I forgot it took so long to get down there.&nbsp; I&#39;m about 6&#39; tall, so I don&#39;t fit into a yellow school bus very easily.&nbsp; When we finally arrived, the rain/wind/temperature&nbsp;was a tough combination to deal with, and I found myself shivering and and conversing with everyone while&nbsp;wondering how we were going to do this.&nbsp; I knew I was going to do it, I just thought it was a bit crazy of all bad weather days for it to be on this particular day.&nbsp; Finally they called for wave 1 and we trudged&nbsp;across the mud towards the start line, shivering.&nbsp; Fortunately, I was in corral 2, so I got a good look at the elites which was a fun sight- oddly enough,&nbsp;Yuki Kawauchi- the winner- noticeably stood at as looking particularly spry while Galen Rupp (or at least I found out later was Galen Rupp) looked like he was about to rob a bank in dramatic fashion.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Goals: A Goal- Run a 2:59 to keep my streak of sub 3-hour marathons intact.</p> <p>B Goal- Run a BQ so I don&#39;t have to run another marathon until Boston next year (approximately a 3:03 finish time)</p> <p>C Goal- Complete the marathon.</p> <p>The Race!-&nbsp; This was an insane, unforgettable experience.&nbsp; If I could make a race with the worst weather conditions at the start, I&#39;d have checked all of the boxes that this race had- enduring rain, squalls, headwind sustained over 25mph, and a windchill at freezing temperature- so as to be as cold as possible, but not cold enough to freeze.&nbsp; I started with an inordinate&nbsp;amount of clothes and decided to wear a poncho- a legit poncho- for the duration of the marathon, which proved to be absolutely worth it despite making me into more of a kite than a runner.</p> <p>Miles one to the 13.1 mark were difficult&nbsp;conditions, but the mild 6:32&nbsp;pace&nbsp;made it easy to sustain.&nbsp; I crossed the half in 1:25:45 and felt find condition-wise.&nbsp; Wellesley again was an incredible experience, and I was able to see my family twice, smiling and high-fiving every time.</p> <p>Miles 13.1-20 were a bit unprecendented.&nbsp; The rain squalls were intense and had me smiling at the sheer ridiculous conditions.&nbsp; I&#39;ll run in pretty much anything, but had I woken up for an important long run and it was doing&nbsp;<em>this</em>&nbsp;outside, I&#39;d have noped my way right back into bed and took the L.&nbsp;&nbsp;Some runners along the route were such an absolute mess that&nbsp;I felt bad.&nbsp; Some were shivering, walking, hunkered under blankets and tangents seemed to be the last thing on anyones mind.&nbsp; How 89% of the runners started the race who signed up and 95% of those who started were able to finish is phenomenal.&nbsp; Then again, I suppose if it&#39;s the Boston Marathon you just kind omit not finishing from your vocabulary, so I shouldn&#39;t be too surprised.</p> <p>Miles 20 &amp; 21 were slow, but I still felt fine.&nbsp; The Newton hills are a bit evil,&nbsp;mostly because they aren&#39;t necessarily challenging, it&#39;s just hard to speed back up after them and everyone slows so it&#39;s easy to slow&nbsp;paces and not realize or correct it.&nbsp; Not surprisingly this was my slowest 5k.&nbsp; Fortunately, I got to see my family/friends for a fourth time, and I was still smiling and high-fiving people along the way which was a good sign.&nbsp; I&#39;m shocked I was able to pick them all out so quickly in the crowd of umbrellas and coats.&nbsp; What a memorable experience!</p> <p>The last 5.2 miles were a lot of fun.&nbsp; I am usually a bit over running right about here, so the biggest benefit of Boston is you have a large group just pulling you along so looking at your watch isn&#39;t really needed which eases the mind and effort.&nbsp; Lots of smiling and high-fives.&nbsp; I did have&nbsp;to drop in a bathroom break within the last two miles, but it was worth the stop, particularly because it takes forever to find one after the race ends.&nbsp; I crossed the finish line arms in the air and still smiling at 2:53:30.&nbsp; What an uncanny experience!&nbsp; I truly enjoyed this race&nbsp;and was able to take everything&nbsp;in much better this time around.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Truly, the difficult part of this race was afterwards- they (the BAA)&nbsp;were NOT prepared for the state of the runners at the end.&nbsp; After waiting 20+ minutes just to get my bag of dry clothes, I was shivering pretty intensely and needed things to expedite- they did not have&nbsp;a good plan for places for runners to change/get dry/get warm.&nbsp; I felt like I was waiting at the DMV.</p> <p>Splits: 1st half- 1:25:45, 2nd half- 1:27:45 (6:37/mile overall pace)</p> <p>5k Splits: 20:23, 20:13, 20:10, 20:33, 20:22, 20:39, 21:13, 20:27, Finish- 9:33</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sun, Apr 15, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-15-2018.html <p>No running.&nbsp; The weather here in Boston is terrible.&nbsp; I am not in shape, but oddly excited for&nbsp; the conditions.&nbsp; I suppose it&#39;s because I don&#39;t have to meet any expectations other than to complete the marathon tomorrow.</p> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 14, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-14-2018.html <p>AM: 3 miles</p> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 13, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-13-2018.html <p>PM: 5 miles with Anthony.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 12, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-12-2018.html <p>PM: 7 miles with Jeremy and Anthony</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 11, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-11-2018.html <p>PM: Some miles on the treadmill followed by arms, back, and abs.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 10, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-10-2018.html <p>AM: 8 miles, 4.5&nbsp;on the track at effort.</p> <p>PM: gym- chest, tris, abs, and some more miles</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 09, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-09-2018.html <p>PM: 7 miles and the gym- chest, tris, shoulders, abs</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sun, Apr 08, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-08-2018.html <p>No running</p> Sun, 08 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 07, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-07-2018.html <p>AM: Ran a 5k parkrun in Clermont and then did the Clay loop in Clermont with Anthony and Elia.</p> Sat, 07 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 06, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-06-2018.html <p>2 miles and them gym- chest, tris, abs</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 05, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-05-2018.html <p>PM: 8&nbsp;miles (a mile of fast striders) and the gym- arms &amp; back</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 04, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-04-2018.html <p>PM: 7 miles, half of them with Anthony.</p> <p>Later PM: Gym- arms, back, abs, stretching</p> <p>Even later PM: Group workout- arms, back, body-weight (chest), abs (dynamic), and 4 more miles mixed with 3 sprints to clear out some soreness.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 03, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-03-2018.html <p>AM: Workout with the group.&nbsp; Mainly stayed well within myself with a workout planned tonight, but still probably did too much work.&nbsp; Workout was 2x100, 2x200, 2x300, 2x400, 2x600, 2x400, 2x300, 2x200, 2x100.&nbsp; I think this workout is a real staple when practicing form.&nbsp; I went sub 5:30/mile pace on everything, but didn&#39;t check any splits, just ran for fun.</p> <p>PM: About 10 miles total, with 6x800 at Jeremy and John&#39;s pace.&nbsp; Just tried to relax with tired legs and keep my cadence high.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 02, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-02-2018.html <p>Was waiting for the air conditioning guy to arrive for an appointment, but decided that he wasn&#39;t going to make it.&nbsp; I&nbsp;decided to go start a run to make something of my wasted evening... and lo&nbsp;and behold, as soon as I started there he was: right on time, 2.5 hours late.&nbsp; Thanks, bud.&nbsp; I&#39;ll take the angry quarter mile although.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sun, Apr 01, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-01-2018.html <p>AM: Ran with Anthony.&nbsp; We started decently quick but then he slowed down a bit- not sure why.&nbsp; At about mile 7 we split and I sped it way, way up to 6:00-6:30&nbsp;for every mile there on out.&nbsp; Averaged 6:50/mile overall for the whole 20 miles, but felt good that the last 13 miles were so fast.</p> Sun, 01 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 31, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-31-2018.html <p>AM: 7 miles.</p> <p>PM: 2 miles and gym- chest, tris, shoulders, abs.</p> Sat, 31 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 30, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-30-2018.html <p>AM: 10 miles, 7:11/mile pace with Anthony, Elia, and Jeremy.</p> <p>PM: 5+ miles then the gym- arms, back, abs.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 29, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-29-2018.html <p>AM: 8 miles, 5 of them fast with Jeremy at sub 6 pace descending.&nbsp; Nothing special.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 28, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-28-2018.html <p>AM: 7.2 miles and then the gym- chest, tris, shoulders, and abs.</p> <p>PM: 10.3 miles.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 27, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-27-2018.html <p>5 miles slow.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 26, 2018 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-26-2018.html <p>7 miles slow.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 06:00:00