Showing posts from February, 2012

Snow Day

Where did all this snow come from?  Great for those of you heading to Birkie this weekend, but it sucks for those of us looking to run on some trails.  I know, it will be gone soon enough.What?  No Speedy this morning?  Sick kid?  ...we'll just have to manage without him.
Even with the fresh 5 inches of snow, Jeff, Brodie and I decided to head to the trails just North of Long Lake for our run...what were we thinking?  Mile 1 TO the park, 8:20ish, miles 2 and 3 THROUGH the park, 10:30+ pace, as we were blazing the trail, eventually running along a fence-line in 6+ inches of fresh snow.  Now THAT'S work...still running at 10:30 pace, HR at 166...? 
Once we finally hit the pavement, miles 4-9 were run consistently at 8:15 pace...beautiful 20 degree weather, good conversation...pleasant indeed!
Solid core session tonight...looking forward to my ride/swim tomorrow :)  ...and thanks for the run Jeff and B!

Where in the H have I been?

Seems like weeks since I've last posted...well calm down kids, it's only been a week...and here I am :)So let's get you up to speed as to how this past week went...I had a couple 'up' days as well as a couple 'strugglers'.
Life itself right now is pretty crazy...with Torun, BP and Gear West, my time is pretty limited, but I've still managed to maintain roughly 12 hours per  Not sure...I guess the thoughts of NYC in August keep me going :)
Let's go backwards in the calender, shall we?
Monday Feb 20th:  4 miles easy with Jennifer late Monday night...REALLY easy running in 4 inches of fresh HEAVY/wet snow.  Tough footing, but what a beautiful night!  Light weights and core as well.
Sunday Feb. 19th:  After a day of doing nothing...(and when I say nothing, that's exactly what I mean)...I went to Life Time SLP for a spin there an hour early and rode Z3, then rode almost a half hour after class to total 2:25 for the day.  And I wis…


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NEAR Epic today...

Hope you all had a great weekend...
It's Monday, usually a day to sit on the trainer for a couple/few hours, but as per the plan, today was to be an Epic (near Epic) day...and I was ready to rumble.
In the right frame of mind, wanting to ROCK, needing to was hopping, as were the tunes on the iPod....a modified Epic 21, here we come!
So here we go...and thanks to Mike Stone for putting up with me today.  You are a BEAST, Mike...always a pleasure!
The workout...a run focused brick.  Intervals with biking wrapped around it.
Bike/1 Mile run/Bike/4:00 run/Bike/1 Mile run/Bike/4:00 run/Bike/4 x 2 minutes/Bike
20 minutes on the bike/trainer...10E followed by 2 BP hillz...quick transition to the treadmill.
Tread, :30 at 7.5 then moved it up to 10.5 for the first mile...finished in around 5:50...felt GREAT!
10 minutes back on the trainer in upper Z2/aero...
...quick transition to the tread...:30 at 7.5 then 3:30 at 11.0.
10 minutes back on the trainer in upper Z2/aero...
...another quick…


This is hardcore training...I don't think I'm worthy.

I need a nap...

Image it time for a nap yet?  Sat on the trainer at LifeTime with Mike this morning...well, Mike and I didn't actually sit on the SAME trainer, he was on the bike NEXT to get the point.  2 hours and 10 minutes and I was done...still pretty run-down without much 'pop'.  I really need a good nights sleep somewhere along the line, but with work, coaching, training and 4 kids at home...looks like sleep won't happen until 2018.  (I know, bitch, bitch, bitch...)

Also, looks like I'll be rolling as a 1:35 pacer at the Get Lucky Half Marathon March 17th in the Twin Cities...join me?  7:14 pace...  It's a great course and should be a lot of fun :)

Rubbin' is racin'...

So late last week Speedy says 'Let's run this 5K race on Sunday as a tempo run...6:10 pace.'  Well, you know me...I never turn down a race, whether it's a 'race' or a tempo run...I'd race every weekend if I could...just to toe the line, ANY line, gives me goosebumps.
The Freeze Your Buns 5K held in Hamel, MN looked to be fun...26 degrees at the start, so not exactly 'freezing'.  Of course I toed the line in shorts and my new GW jacket, and a fully loaded iPod.
Remember, 6:10 was the goal..18:59...easy.  Gun sounds and off we go.  Bigger kid takes off along with an older, a tad pudgy road-racer sporting a pair of LunarRacers...who are these guys and why are they in Hamel, MN in January?  Well, mile 1 came by in 5:45 which put nice separation between the top 3 and the rest of the field.  ...but 5:45?  What happened to 6:10?  ...time to start slowing down.  Mile 2, 12:05, right on track.  At this point, Speedy and I were still running side/by/side up fro…