I haven’t been able to run for the last couple of days as the wife was out of town. I suppose the dog could have watched the boys in the morning while I ran, but then what would I tell the sheriff when he came to arrest me? Luckily, the wife came back last night, so I was able to run today.
I had to settle for an afternoon run, something I usually try to avoid, because I spent my morning handing out hockey equipment. The youth league I coach in is starting next weekend so today was equipment day. Nothing like handing out some hockey gear to start off your weekend. Seriously though, the kids loved it and they looked so excited, especially the little ones. They can’t wait to get on the ice!
We’re having some unseasonably warm weather in Boston today, and it was about 70 degrees when I set out for my 8 miles. The run felt good. This was as far as I’ve run since the marathon and I feel like I’m ready to get back into 10 milers next weekend. I was able to step on the gas a little today and run a few miles under 8.
Rest tomorrow, and then an easy run on Monday morning. I don’t want to overdo it though, I’ve got my own hockey league starting on Monday night.
So, it was cold this morning in Boston. I was greeted for my first run since last Sunday’s marathon with 30 degree temperatures. The last time I ran, I had on shorts and a tank top with some arm warmers. Today I had on tights, shorts, and a long-sleeve thermal running top. Oh, and a hat and gloves as well. It was actually a very refreshing run. It was also a reminder of what the winter will bring for those of us that train outside in New England or other parts of the country that are cold.
I took 5 days off after the marathon and did nothing. No running, no biking, no gym visits, nothing. Today’s run felt really good. I didn’t worry about pace during my 4 mile run. I was just focused on…running. It was great. I definitely did some more stretching than normal before and after the run. My massage therapist said I need to work on my hip flexors, so I am trying to make sure I give them some stretching time prior to running.
This week marked the shortest reovery time after a marathon that I have ever had, so I guess I had really good training going into Chicago. I was actually really anxious to run this morning and it felt good to get back out there.
Hockey starts in about a week or so, and I am looking forward to using ice time as my cross-training. I will also pick up again with coaching youth hockey next weekend. I am really looking forward to that as well.
Off tomorrow and then on Monday I will pick up with a light training schedule during the week.
It has been a while since I posted. One week to be exact. I’ll try to sum up the week briefly. Last Monday I had a good 6 mile run. Monday night I played hockey and tweaked my knee. My knee was hurt enough that I took the next two days off to let it rest with ice and medication.
I got back out running on Thursday and Friday with a 5 and 6 mile run. Thankfully things felt pretty good by the end of the week.
Saturday brought my longest training run since Boston. I put in a solid 16 miles on Saturday and kept my pace at 9:10 for the entire run, which is exactly where I want to be. I felt very good after the run…but hungry! I ate a couple of GU energy gels during the run and remembered that I will need to stock up on some more GU to last me now that the training runs have begun to get a bit longer. At 9 weeks away, I can start to think about Philadelphia and preparing for the race.
This week the mileage will increase during the week a bit, and Tuesday brings a very tough workout of 8 miles, with 8 hill repeats.
It’s been a few days so I figured I would post an update. I was out of town and then just busy so I had no time to blog.
So far this week I’ve put in about 16 miles worth of morning runs with Dan and/or Michelle. Nothing major to report on that front. Today we did about 6.7 miles on the longer Allendale route. I was feeling pretty good this morning and tried to push the run pace a bit. Even though that route has a pretty long and nasty hill, I felt great running on it. Lots of fun!
I may do another run tomorrow, and then look to do about 10 miles on Saturday with Sunday as an off day. My summer hockey season begins next Wednesday, so I’m excited to have something to change up the cross training other than hitting the gym.
This post has nothing to do with running. For the first time since 1992 the Boston Bruins are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Philadelphia has been swept and embarrassed. That is all.
We are gearing up for another major storm here in Boston, this time worse than the last. I am not thrilled about the impending snow, only because it makes training outside more difficult. Dan and I have decided that if the streets are passable in the morning, we will be out there. Otherwise, I will be on the dreaded treadmill 😦
This morning Dan and I put in just over 4 miles. I felt pretty good, if a little tired from playing hockey last night. The weather this morning was particularly cold, but once we got moving it wasn’t too bad. I have another hockey game tonight and hopefully tomorrow, I can get in about 6 miles. Then I will try to run two more shorter runs of about 4 miles before this weekend’s 12-13 mile run.
Today is a cross training day, which means hockey tonight. I’m looking forward to getting out on the ice. I hit the gym today just to do an abs class and sit in the steam room and relax.
I feel pretty fresh and am looking forward to a run tomorrow morning.
I also got another donation today, so many thanks to Daryl Andrews!