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Training Log Archive: cmorse

In the 7 days ending May 17, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Run - Mixed1 3:00:00 21.9(8:13) 35.25(5:06) 48054.0
  Run - Trail2 1:52:14 13.56(8:16) 21.83(5:08) 40051.4
  Total3 4:52:14 35.47(8:14) 57.08(5:07) 880105.4

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Sunday May 17, 2009 #

Run - Trail race (Soapstone Sampler) 27:14 [5] 5.83 km (4:40 / km) +100m 4:18 / km
shoes: NB 790 {orange}

A bit of stiffness in the legs from yesterday's run, but decided to race it today anyway since I was defending my 2008 win on my home course.

Started in the E group with 4 starting groups behind me (all the younger, faster guys) which gave me a 1:54 advantage over the scratch runners. Goal was to go out fast on the first 1/2 mile or so of dirt road to distance myself from the fast guys behind me (and hopefully stay out of sight in front) which I managed to do, then settled down to slowly pick off scalps through the middle part of the course. Hit the sandpit about 2/3 of the way through and since I knew they were recording bib #s there I asked how many were in front of me - 3 scalps left to take. Well 3rd place was right in front of me, so I passed him before my answer was even back from the bib takers, then off along the rim of the sand quarry I went in search of my prey. All the way back to the Shenipsit Trail and up Woodchuck Hill searching for my quarry and nothing until I hit the flatter part on top and espied Dick Stoeffler, my neighbor up ahead. Dick is 76 so managed to gain a 13:30 advantage on the field by starting first. Reeled him in with friendly wave and off to find #1. I know this trail exceptionally well and tend to really fly down the back side of Woodchuck knowing the placement of every rock and root along there - about a third of the way down I passed the lead runner, a pretty fit F60 who was moving pretty well. But the combination of course knowledge and gravity sent me flying past her with a bit less than 3/4 of a mile to go. Back out onto Sodom Road (dirt) and pushing as hard as I could, looking over my shoulder occasionally to check for fast dudes, but none appeared. In to the finish about a minute ahead of my winning time from last year.

Hayden (age 8) had a great race too, running conservatively but steadily and managed to reel in his running club coach about halfway around (she had a 4.5 minute head start on him) which is also about where I passed the two of them. He got ahead of her and stayed there and managed to finish about 1:20 ahead of her. I guess he has bragging rights at running club tomorrow.

Also saw Mark B and Scott T finish up the 24k race along with lots of other running folks I've met over the years.

A little damp and cool today, but nonetheless a great 25th Annual Soapstone Trail Race. Results will be up on the Shenipist Striders website as soon as I get them from the results crew.

Saturday May 16, 2009 #

Run - Mixed (Long Run) 3:00:00 [3] 35.25 km (5:06 / km) +480m 4:47 / km
shoes: Adidas Response Trail 14

Long Run with Bruce, 5am start, just light out, clear, mid 50's. Started at his house on Apple Rd, Grant Hill, Silver Street, Long Hill over to 7-11 in Andover, then rail trail N to Valley Falls, then roads again via Hatch Hill, Cedar Swamp, Gehring. A very good run, in that I now know that I can still do long distances - but I need to mentally get past the achiness and inflammation of the lyme and persist. Ibuprofen doesn't hurt either...

Tuesday May 12, 2009 #

Run - Trail (Crandalls) 1:25:00 [3] 16.0 km (5:19 / km) +300m 4:51 / km
shoes: NB 790 {orange}

Multiple 2.5 mile loops rolling trails on lower part of Crandalls, swinging by the car for a handful of pretzels or water refill where necessary. First three loops within 10 seconds or so of 20 minutes (8min pace) then slowed down to take the last loop at 10 minute pace - at least my perceived pacing seems on target. Left leg quite achy throughout - hip and knee - I suspect inflammation from the lyme, but not 100% sure. May try a similar run later this week but with some vitamin I to keep the inflammation down.

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