Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Good Start To 2012

1/2-1/8: 51.7 miles, 7.05 hours, 5x(5:00 on, 3:00 off); 1:00 on,1:00 off hills then 5k tempo

1/9-1/15: 76.2 miles, 11.38 hours, hilly 50:43/7.9 mile (6:26 pace) 3:00 on, 3:00 moderate fartlek on the roads; 5k tempo then 8 x 1:00 hills, all on snowshoes; 17 mile long run with about 12.5 miles of up-tempo running with Double J

1/16-1/22: 65.9 miles, 12.13 hours, hard climb up Kearsarge (37:58, 3.1 miles, 2700 ft. elevation gain), directed the Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble

1/23-1/29: 65.2 miles, 11.51 hours, 45:21 for 6.2 miles (7:17 pace) on snowshoes doing 3:00, on 3:00 moderate; 4 mile threshold run on snowshoes (33:15, 8:19 pace); 21.2 mile snowshoe run up and down Mt. Shaw with Double J and Judson Cake

1/30-2/5: 56.1 miles, 10.20 hours, 4 x (5:00 on, 2:30 off), then 1:00 on, 1:00 off uphill, all on snowshoe for 4 miles (34:06, 8:31 pace); great 20.2 mile long run with Double J on the Hemenway State Forest snowmobile trails

2/6-2/12: 41.5 miles, 6.59 hours, needed a down week and I got one as I took Saturday and Sunday off with a stomach bug that has been going around. I didn't get violently ill, but I definitely didn't feel like running. Got in one good workout on the hilly Hemenway trails. 10.3 miles of 3:00 on, 3:00 moderate fartlek in 1:09:35 (6:45 pace).

I had to take this Monday off after getting pretty dehydrated from the stomach bug, but I've bounced back nicely the last few days. All of the weeks above have included either drills, strides, lunge routine or hill bounding after most of the easy runs. I can really see a difference in my leg strength from doing those. Looking to pile on more miles and workouts this week and next week, then looking to rip a good one at DH Jones. I haven't raced since November, which may be a new record for me. I feel really fit right now, but I don't know if that means 52 flat or 54 flat at DH Jones. I know I'm going to be in pretty damn good shape for the World Snowshoe Championships in Quebec in March. The snowshoeing and snowmobile trail running here in the Mt. Washington Valley have been pretty good despite a lack of snow in the rest of New England.

Tuckerman Ravine on 2/15/12


  1. was 1 week from removing 'Glimpse' from my list. that's what happens with abandoned blogs after time...

  2. The ease in which you ran up Mount Shaw I think you're in damn fine shape. See you at DH Jones.

  3. Sweet pic of Tucks. That brings back some memories. I look forward to the snowshoe trip because of either some crazy facial hair or some road trip non stop through the night being more entertaining than the race report.

  4. Jim, you don't need to read my blog. Sometimes I get the feeling you're already looking through my windows.

    Judson, I hope to run well at DH Jones. You were the one that killed the Mt. Shaw run!

    GZ, thanks on the Tucks pic. Check out some of the ones I took the next day on Washington on Facebook. No snowshoe nationals for me this year, but I am running at the World Championships in Quebec in a couple of weeks. Driving 6+ hours with my wife trying to read French road signs won't be quite as entertaining :-).