The last week has just been insane. Aside from putting in 55 hours at work (which has
been pretty common lately), I also threw a surprise party for Kate's birthday, and had her
sister over to visit for the weekend. Overall, a lot of fun, but it sure hasn't left much room
for training (and no room for writing about it).
That hasn't been an entirely bad thing. I think I've healed up a bit. I seem to be running
reasonably well without any debilitating pain the next day. Now, if I can just get some
time in the woods and some time to sleep, I might turn in a decent result or two this
3/4/08 Faster than driving
Another reason to run to work: it's faster. Really! OK, it's usually not, but today it was.
We got 8 inches of snow during the day (which is a lot for this town). I took the train to
Clayton and then ran home from there. Traffic was totally snarled, so I counted how
many cars I passed. At times, traffic would start moving so I'd have to count backwards.
That made my brain hurt, so I gave up, but I was around +300 and I don't think I lost
many places after that (I was only a mile from home when I stopped counting).
My commute time for the 17-mile trip home was 2:08 (including 3 minutes waiting for
the train and 15 minutes riding it which cut the run down to around 12 miles). It was tough
running in such deep snow, but fun. I would have gone nuts sitting stationary in a car for that long.
3/5/08 March Mapness, 2008
This year I'm going to repeat the intense map training. I'm going to do it a little different
this year. Rather than focus on simply getting out on a map every day, I'm going for 4-5
quality sessions each week. A "quality" session will incorporate at least one of the
Map reading at or close to VO2Max.
Very meticulous terrain interpretation (e.g., mapping).
SLOC put on a meet today at S-F. The course was a bit on the easy side, which was a
little disappointing given that S-F is some of our best technical terrain. However, it was
still a lot of fun to run fast in the open woods. David Frei, Jeff Sona, and I drove down
early because we had to get back for Doug Nishimura's wedding. David got me by three
minutes. Not sure how the rest of the field did.
3/9/08 Wedding bells for Doug
Actually, I don't recall hearing any bells, but Doug and Sara did get married yesterday. A
better looking couple would be mighty tough to find. You'd also be hard pressed to find
two nicer people. I just hope Doug doesn't gain 60 pounds in his first year of marriage
like I did - I have enough trouble keeping the boat straight without putting an extra sack
of concrete in the bow.