TCM in 50 days

49 days and counting...kinda makes me nervous.  I haven't raced TCM in 20+ years, and while I'm not in any kind of shape to race like I was in 2012, this should be fun.
So how fast can I run with 50 days of training?  Time will tell, I guess...I think my biggest battle is with the scale.  This summer I wrestled with the 195-199 mark, this morning was a bit better at 191, but I need to show up on Oct. 5th at 181...those pounds lost are free speed!
It's been a trying year+ for me...our family cancer scare, the passing of my father and the stress fracture that sidelined me for 7+ months...wasn't sure when would be the next time I toed the line...enter TCM.
The year hasn't been an entire waste at the races, as I've had a glimpse or two of 'fitness.  I've managed to put myself in C+ biking shape; paced Lee and Jan to sub 1:35 at the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon in May; paced Jan to another Afton Trail 25K Master's win (while winning the Grand Master's …

Day #1, morning ride and stats...

And so the story begins...50 days to get ready for TCM.  ...but more about that later.
AM)  This morning I got out on the MTB, partly because I ran last evening, and partly because my left hammy was a bit sore.  A little over 14 miles in 46+ minutes, averaged 18.6 on the Regional Trail, our local hard-packed rail trail.  Back was a little sore, but felt fairly strong for the entire ride.
PM)  This afternoon, Jen and I loaded up the backpacks and headed out on the mountain bikes for a quick 3+ hour ride into Minneapolis from EP.  A quick stop at Run n Fun for some new shoes and a tour around the Lakes.  Can't really call it a 'workout', though 3 more hours of biking today at 14-16 mph should help get the weight off.  Run day tomorrow :)  
Finished the night with core (crunches and sit-ups) and a ton of push-ups...

...and as I begin my 50 day journey, here are my starting point stats...
Morning weight ~ 192...holy crap!
Resting HR ~ 39 (8-…

Hit the reset button...

Seems to be the theme, run/race well for a bit, only to get dinged up.  So here I sit, 3 months after my fibula stress fracture...chomping at the bit to get out there and run!
I ran 3 easy miles last night, but it was an ugly/painful 3 miles...pain at the fracture mark, only to move down into my ankle at around mile marker 1.
I have been staying fit (12.5 hourz last week) by spinning at Life Time, lifting, core, powerwalking while hauling a 90 pound sled in the cold.  I feel fit, strong...and ready to rumble, except for this damn leg. 
So, Boston?  Still not sure...if I can heal up quick, put in a little quality...maybe a long run or 2, I'll toe the line and roll the dice.  I won't be expecting anything, but to get to Boston again to run, vacation...visit with BPEC Race Team members.  I am registered and we have our hotel booked...besides the leg, I am ready.
What else has been happening? 
Race calendar for 2014?  I'm still thinking...if/when I get healthy, here is a quick li…

3 Hour Playlist you know, I don't do anything without of my favorite 3 hour playlists...enjoy!

We Are The Waiting - Green Day
Who's Your Daddy - Benny Benassi
Let's Get It Started - BEP
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Feels So Close (Extended Mix) - Calvin Harris
Jellyhead - Crush
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Sandstorm - Darude
Sexy Bitch (Chuckie & Lil Jon Remix) - David Guetta
Titanium (Feat. Sia) - David Guetta
Clockout - Devo
Uncontrollable Urge - Devo
The Pretender - Foo Fighters
We Are Young - Fun.
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
We Are The Waiting - Green Day
F.O.D. - Green Day
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Empire State Of Mind - Jay Z
La La La - LMFAO
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
Free Bird - Lynard Skynard
Stitches (Green Velvet Mix) - Orgy
Blue Monday (Club 69 Mix) - Orgy
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
A Love Bizzare - Sheila E. (12+ minutes...)
Who Am I (What's My Name)? - Snoop Dog
So Far Away - Staind
Magic Power - Triumph
The Promise - When In Rome
Scream & Shout (Feat. Britney…

Well this sucks...


Marathon #106...Marquette Marathon...done!

Well I guess you could say that the marathon 'cram' was a success...but I'm not sure if I wanna do that again!
To set the marathon stage, The Marquette Marathon is a small marathon in an even smaller town, my hometown, Marquette, MI.  Race date was Saturday August 31st, 2013.  I ran my first marathon there in 1981, I think in 3:02. 
Jen and I drove to Marquette on Friday.  After a late start, we pulled into Marquette (following a 7 hour drive) at 7:45p local time...shit, expo closes at 9:00...and I still need to register!
Good dinner, good sleep and I'm ready to rumble.
Saturday morning, race day, and I feel grand.  I have a good breakfast (NO Diet Pepsi), and we head to the start.  No Garmin today, I'm going to run off 'feel' and just let my playlist guide me. 
The plan (?) is to run 7:40's from the start, be consistent and run 3:24:59 to hit my Boston time by the 5:01 over mark, allowing me to sign up on week 1.  Well, plans change... 
Favorite shoes, (M…

Training mimics 'life'...

Happy Monday!
Finally, a quick update on the training-cram for the Marquette Marathon.
26 days to go, and things are looking aches, no pains to speak of, and best of all, the scale yesterday said 180.1...perfect, as I wanted to lose these final few pounds before the race...well, they're gone, now I can focus on training!
Friday August 2nd:  Got up early and ran 11+ miles on the trails outside of Long Lake with Jan and Beth...found myself still a bit sore from the beating I took from Brett 2 days earlier on the same trails.
Saturday August 3rd:  Crazy busy day was followed up by another surprising speed workout...surprising in that I'm not hurt yet.  After my 6 x 800's last week, I had a great stretch followed by an ice bath.  This week, time limitations only allowed me 45 minutes, so I did a quick 1.5 mile warm-up followed by 4 x 800 in 2:28, 2:33, 2:36 and a strong 2:28.  I couldn't have done 8 at this pace, but it was perfect for 4 of them.  6.5 miles in 46:08.…