Monday, April 22, 2013

A Week Since Tragedy

Time: 71:25
Distance: 16.28 km
Pace: 4:23/km

It's been a week since the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy took place. It sure has been a week to reflect and see all of the New England running stores come together. It was actually been a more widespread connection than just in New England, but the bombing particularly hits close to home. Meagan and I headed out to start the week off with an easy run along the trail in Marblehead. We are both recovery from the race yesterday and wanted to start off the week on a positive note.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ring Around the Neck 5 Miler

Time: 46:06
Distance: 12.15 km

W/u: 19:07 for 4.01 km
Race: 26:59 for 5 miles

This was the second race of the YMCA North Shore Race Series that Karhu and Craft is sponsoring. If you are finding this blog and have interest in running the series, feel free to hit me up and I can provide some entries. I will only require that you head on over to the New England Running Company and purchase a pair of Karhu shoes. If you're in CLT or OKC and want to run a race this year, I'll be more than happy to host your and have you race in one of our events. Really... don't hesitate to ask. Salem is great during the summer.

Meagan and I set up our booth and hung out for a couple hours before heading off for a light warm up. The wind was going to be a slight factor during the race, but I didn't foresee there being too much competition. Going into the race I wanted to see how the drums were beating to use a term coined by Gabe Jennings. If the rhythm of the race felt right, I would run fast and hard. If not, then I would just run what felt like a good effort and see what the pace would be.

Avg Pace

I took the race out and had a lead from the start. My legs felt pretty good running into the wind but I never felt the effort really squeeze on the lungs. I was running hard and let the race come to me with the terrain dictating the pace. I would have liked to have run faster, but the effort was what it was.

After the race Meagan and I headed over to Scott Freedson-Crosby's new house and enjoyed a great spread of food. We were celebrating he and his fiancé's new home and her birthday. Great times on the weekend.

Long Morning Shakeout

Time: 36:07
Distance: 8.01 km
Pace: 4:30/km

Meagan and I headed out the door for a run around Salem to shakeout the legs. We are both running the Ring Around the Neck later this afternoon in Marblehead which is the second race of the YMCA North Shore Race Series that Karhu and Craft sponsor. My legs felt pretty decent which usually is a bad sign for racing later in the afternoon. For whatever reason, when I feel bad in the morning I race well and when I feel good, I race poorly. Time will tell...

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Evening Salem Run

Time: 36:24
Distance: 8.01 km
Pace: 4:32/km

After I spent the day at the "Castle on the Hill" which is what the Marblehead YMCA is affectionately known as, Meagan and I headed out for a light run around Salem to end the day of running. We ran a standard loop to make sure we knew the distance and chatted about what we did during the day. She ran earlier in the day with Emily Kroshus and I ran a with a throbbing headache this AM. Nothing too crazy to report.

Solo Hungover Run

Time: 44:48
Distance: 10.04 km
Pace: 4:28/km

Just like the title suggests, I headed out the door after Meagan headed on to Boston to run with friends. I groggily shuffled out the door to put in a 10km run before heading off to the Marblehead YMCA to help out with a race packet pick up. I didn't feel too fantastic for the first 4-5km, but then I was able to run with some fluidity. Meh... pretty much sums up this effort. It also doesn't help that I have a bit of a cold.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Double Run in Beverly with Meagan

Time: 56:44
Distance: 13.05 km
Pace: 4:21/km

I ran with Meagan after work and we ran a long modified loop around Beverly. I was a little tired from the run this morning and the fact that I'm a bit sick didn't help my cause. The pace was pretty easy for the first 10km of the run and then I started to pick things up just a bit. Meagan hasn't been sounding too great on easy runs lately which is a bit concerning. As a result, I've been holding back a bit on sections to keep from dropping her in one light move to a quicker pace.

Salem Friday Run

Time: 56:09
Distance: 13.41 km
Pace: 4:11/km

Meagan and I headed out together on this run around Salem on a familiar loop. We talked about last night and how it was cool to see the North Shore scene come together for a good cause. She headed back to the house to get 10km in and I hit the Salem Common for an additional 3km. I looped the gravel triangle a number of times and had a young family comment that I looked fast. Thanks!