Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cross Country Begins!

The official cross country season has begun, on two fronts!

1.  I ran in long sleeves for the first time this fall two nights ago.  It was a great run, with cool temps (thus, the the long sleeves) inspiring me to a 5.5 mile trail run with some rolling hills at an alarmingly fast (and surprisingly easy) 7:58/mile average pace.  Typical runs of late, especially in the summer, have been 8:30 to 9 minute pace.  The surprising thing about this run, although when I started I said to myself "let's see if we can run a bit faster today" was how good it felt.

2. I am planning to run a 5K trail race this Saturday.  This is the same race that I "won" last year, by virtue of the first place guy participating on a Father/Son team, and thus was not eligible for the overall trophy.  Not sure if I'm quite in the same condition as last year, but we shall see!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Cross Country Season Begins!

I had to turn the heat on in the house this morning, and had a fire in the fireplace yesterday!  What does this mean?  Cross Country season!!

I ran my second longest training run of the year yesterday, 8.0 miles at about 8:42 pace.  This coming Saturday, I hope to run a hilly 5K trail race/cross country race in a beautiful wooded park setting, about an hour from Buffalo.  Last year I "won" this race, by virtue of the first place guy winning the Father/Son team title.  We'll see what happens this year.  I don't feel like I'm quite in the shape I was last year.

Stay tuned!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Alan Webb is living in Charlottesville

Alan Webb just won a low-key 5K race in 14:29, but more importantly, this article says he has been living in Charlottesville, VA!!  Eric, please look for him at the track or on the roads, and attempt to interview him for the blog!

Alan Webb in Charlottesville Wins 5K article

Fall Training Starts

Wow, finally, some reasonable weather for training!  After a long, hot summer, where it seemed nearly every run was under uncomfortable, hot conditions, we finally had some cooler weather this past weekend, inspiring me to start my fall cross country season training.  With that in mind, I ran 8.2 miles yesterday on trails, some of them fairly rugged, averaging about 8:51 per mile.

Paul Ryan's Marathon Time

Just when you thought politics could not get any sillier, it did.  And who would have thought it would involve marathon running?