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time to rest


new york city in 7 weeks

Been knocked out the past couple of days, a combination of fatigue and the heat.  The past couple of weeks of training culminating with last Saturday’s half and subsequent workouts in this current heat wave we’re having along with a busy week at work did me in.  The sore throat was a sign I needed to recover a little, and that’s what I’m doing.  Will play it ear the next couple of days in hopes of being ready for Sunday’s XC race.  A good dress rehearsal for taper time.


so close, so far


Sore legs, tired.  This evening’s 14 miler to the park and back was a rough one.  But was able to maintain composure and finish strong. Monday’s done, less than a week to go to finish the training, feel like I’ve reached the top of Heartbreak and it’s about 6 miles to the finish, so close, so far…

sweet 16


This last week of the cycle before tapering started strongly with today’s 16 miles to the park and back, the pace was steady, not a tempo run but faster than a typically leisurely Sunday jaunt.  Feeling good, keyed in right now, getting in everything I need to do ahead the important upcoming taper. Things seem to be coming together…

with momentum


Pushed a little more and got in a 16 mile run to the park and back on a cold but calm night.  A tough run with one week left before taper, tonight’s run completes 100 miles for the week, approaching the end of this cycle with momentum.  Will try to continue the intensity this week, starting tomorrow.

one month


14 more miles to the park and back on a cold windy day, legs sore but got me safely through the run.  Maybe a tune up 5k this Sunday in addition to continued miles.

One month away from Boston, time to start getting inspired, this video never fails, with the awesome 70’s/80’s tv graphics, the final stretch around Hereford to Boylston to the finish line called by the dean of Boston sports, the legendary Bob Lobel, the commentators (Bill Squires and Katherine Switzer?) seem to lose objectivity and root for ‘Dickie’ Beardsley during the final sprint of the epic ‘Duel in the Sun.’   As a 9th grader watching I rooted for the hometown boy, Salazar; over the next 35 years ‘Dickie’ Beardsley became my running hero for what he did on the road and what he overcame off of it… Boston, one month from today…

boston is april 16th


14 blissful miles in the park, on a cool day of snow showers.  Had a restful night of sleep. Though it didn’t clear away all the soreness in the legs, the good sleep seemed to clear away the metal funk from the constant mileage.  The light at the end of the tunnel, I can see the taper beginning just around the corner. And today’s the 15th of March, Boston is April 16th.

keeping on


14 miles to the park and back in the evening, the ground partly covered by snow that fell earlier in the day.  The body felt like it has for the past couple weeks – sore and tired, but not enough to prevent a run. A week and half away from taper, and just over a month from race.  Just over a month out, wow.

to stay the course


14 miles to the park and back as the first snowflakes fell on what will be a minor lake effect snow storm, tamer than the Nor’easter hitting the coast again.  Tired but fortified by the strength of the training thus far, to continue on this week and finish off the heart of the cycle next week…then taper. To stay the course is the thing…