Saturday, March 27, 2010

Aspen Park


Well a month ahead of schedule Aspen Park is clear and in great shape for running. Two loops today, one in 49:30, next in 48:45. Good stuff for twisty turny hilly single track.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SUN SUN SUN SUN SUN

Its been the sunniest, warmest, nicest weather spring in the history of northern Michigan. I quit skiing early, started running early and have logged about 250 miles so far in training for the Grand Island Trail Marathon.

Last weekend I hit the trails for the fist time, only a few small patches of ice here and there in the low spots out of the sun, but Aspen Park is pretty clear overall. I managed a 50:30 loop and a 49:30 loop for 12 miles of twisty, hilly goodness. I'd say this about a month ahead of my usual schedule.

First test will be the Bayshore Half Marathon - Hopefully I can hold 7 minute miles like I did 3-4 years ago. We'll see. Time for track practice, gotta run.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sun, Run, and Spring. Yes!!


Longer days, an especially sunny start to March, little or no precipitation and a great time out running have made for a nice transition from skiing to running this spring. I actually started running a bit back in February and have continued off and on since. March 1st marked the "150 days until the Grand Island Marathon" and I started it off with a nice easy 7 miler. I am hoping to hit 30 miles this week and hold there for a few weeks until I bump up to 40. Back in the good old days (when i was in the 20's) I could stop skiing one day and hit a 5 minute mile and crank out 40 mile weeks without any transition whatsoever. Now days I have to be a bit more away of my old, creaky body to ensure I don't get injured. Gradual mileage increases and plenty of easy running.

BUT, a big key to keeping fairly competitive (and winning my age group at Grand Island) will be a focus on SPEED. Speedwork used to be 4x1 mile at 5:10, or a 16:00 5k race. This spring its 3x1 mile at 6:00 or so, or a 5k in 19:20ish. That's the reality of being 44. Can't wait for next year though - that 45-49 age group is going to have a bunch of OLD guys in it!! hahahahaha.