Saturday, August 02, 2008

Week Recap (27 July 2008 - 2 August 2008) - 61 Miles

Decent week, pretty much what I was shooting for. I had a couple of short days early in the week but I made up for it with a 15 miler on Thursday. I wasn't planning on running something so long this early but I felt pretty comfortable, which is really encouraging for the weeks to come. I only ran 6 days, which means I was on pace for 70 and I wouldn't have any trouble adding on another run to the week to make that happen. That was the plan, though, as I don't want to be doing any crazy jumps in mileage. I should easily be up there by next week.

Saturday, August 2, 2008 [0M]

I flew to Vegas this morning and following what has become a tradition I posted a goose egg. I was actually planning to a day off today anyway but would have probably done some biking instead of sitting by the pool.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008 [10M]

Hallmark Park. Standard loop through the park at a rather casual pace.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008 [15M]

Edgewood to Huddart. I left work somewhat earlier today and was on my way to Huddart by 6:30PM. I took on of my usual routes through Huddart, following Canyon trail to Crystal Springs Trail. I was 45 minutes in by the time I got there, which meant I would have to take the short route back to end up with something close to 12, as I was initially planning. I was feeling good, though, and decided to continue all the way to Skyline, which took another 20 minutes of climbing. I headed back down Richards road which was a shorter route but a much steeper descend. My legs definitely didn't appreciate the downhill part but it only took me 10 minutes to get back to Canyon trail and the rest of the way was a lot smoother. I made it back to the car in just under 1:48, which should be safe to call 15. I was once again surprised at how comfortable I felt running this kind of mileage on hilly terrain. Ordinarily I wouldn't run anything this long for at least another couple of weeks. As long as I'm comfortable with it I don't see any problems, even though this will probably end up being about a quarter of this weeks mileage.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008 [6M]

Alameda - San Carlos. I couldn't get out of work until 7PM and had plans to attend a poker game so I cut the run short. Definitely not a great excuse but I'm not that concerned about mileage right now.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 [8M]

San Carlos. I showed up at RoadRunners Sports a couple of minutes late and everyone had already taken off. I took off on my own, running on at a good pace to catch up, and didn't take too long to get to the front of the group. Unfortunately Doug hadn't showed up and with Brad all the way across the country I was left on my own. I guess this might not be that unusual from now on but I'll keep going for the dinner and beer following the run. Since I started a bit faster than usual I kind of set myself up for a fast run. I maintained the early pace for the first half, running 6:30s on the way out and getting closer to 6:00 on the way back. Pretty good run overall, it's been a while since I got the legs moving a bit.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008 [10M]

Foster City. Stayed a bit late at work and didn't get out until 8:00 PM. I hadn't run at night for quite a while but I managed to finish my runs in the dark for the second day in a row. It was a rather uneventful run, just putting in the miles.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008 [12M]

Hallmark Park - Brittan Ave. I made my life a bit difficult by not getting my run out of the way before heading to the beach at Santa Cruz. I was back around 8PM and out of the door within a half hour. The first 2 or 3 miles were a bit rough as my stomach was trying to tell me that I shouldn't be running a couple of hours after eating a gyro. I couldn't pass out, though, on eating at one of the bay area's finest greek taverns. Eventually I was feeling better and started having a good run. It was somewhat dark by the time I got to Hallmark but I still managed to put in one loop on the course before hitting the streets. I was feeling good, worked the hills well and once I started the descend I was rolling. I was actually a bit surprised at how comfortable I felt running this long. Sure, I don't call 12 miles a long run anymore but I've only been running for a couple of weeks after my break and haven't done anything this long in a while. It's good to feel like I'm in decent shape so early on.