Mileage:228 (50.86 per week)
Overall: A good month of training had 2 pr's at both the half marathon and 4.5 miles. started building the mileage up in the middle of my 3rd week at 60 planning for one more week at this mileage before bumping it up. Goal for next month avg. above 60 a week and continue the solid workouts, also hope to add in some long runs
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
This morning was the Fast Friends 4.5 miler,the race is directed by Andy and all of the keeyans go over in support. The course itself if very challenging and adds a element with being 6days removed from the half marathon. After a nice warm up with James I threw on my new mayfly's to give them a try and headed to the start area to meet up with everyone. As the race went out the first mile is mostly flat, Fyffe,Miller and Hammett got out ahead of George and myself. A little before the mile I put in a surge to give myself a gap on George going into the climb knowing I can't climb with George. This worked perfect as he caught me at the top and I didn't give up much ground, the down hill really made the half come back into my legs as my calf's started to tighten up. I was able to make one final move at 2.5 and pull away from George to put myself in 4th at this point I could see Hammett in the distance. The final mile is deceiving as the climb isn't to bad but after everything its the icing on the cake it just sucks up any wheels you were hoping to have at the end. Overall I finished 4th in 25:23 which is a new pr for that distance. Also for those who enjoy a fun a challenging race they should try this one!!!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This weekend was the New Bedford Half, the first race of the 2011 grand prix. Everyone seemed to be excited for the race as well as that the team got new sponsors. As for the race, I headed to the start about 5mins of 11 and realized it was going to be tough to get up front with the team, I managed to sneak in with the 7-8 min mile group and couldn't really move any further forward. Over the first few miles I was moving threw the crowds looking to locate some fellow CMS guys. I came threw the mile (my watch) at 5:34 and finally could see some of my teammates I spotted George Adams and a bit ahead of him Jim P. Over the next few miles I worked to get with George, I caught him at 5m (28:30) and spotted Jim as he was ditching his gloves. I noticed he was in a large group and I wanted to try and get up with them. I set the goal of catching them by 10m but we seemed to be running the same pace, around this point I was able to catch Kevin Tilton who was coming off snow shoe nat's we worked together to try and get with the group ahead over the next couple of miles. As we approached 11m I realized that this was were I began to fall apart last year and didn't want the same result, I also noticed Jim making a strong move and breaking up the group he was in this helped me greatly as people were coming back from the group. As we approached 12m I saw DD and used him as a marker to tell how from from the front of the group I was about 14-15secs which held till the end. Overall I was very happy to run a PR and also that the team ran well.