Friday, December 25, 2009

Running again?

Yesterday was 8 weeks since stopping running and I'm tired of being a couch potato and I'm not getting much skiing mileage in so I've decided to start running again. It's amazing how a 3.5 mile run around back cove can result in an achy body! Too. Damn. Old!

Today my son Will and nephew Ben and I did a burn-off-the-beef 5K. Not a race, just a 5K run at easy pace. It took some convincing to get the boys to go with me and nothing could get Tom off his butt. Why do people think a holiday should be a vacation from running? Holidays make the best running days!

Anyway, my plan is to sloooooooowly ramp up the mileage so that I'm in shape for Pineland this year, unlike last year. Then actually marathon train. Not sure I will actually run a fall marathon but I'm going to train as if I will. I'm going to avoid the fast interval stuff and stick to tempos, MP, and progression runs. I'll probably chicken out on the 'thon though. I'm not going to run one until I really feel ready.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

skate skiing is evil

7 weeks ago I stopped running. In that time I've done (in reverse chrono order)
6 weeks ago I ran 7 miles with the TMs on the River Trail and roller skied (skate) three out of 5 days
4 weeks ago I walked about 3 miles flagging a trail and I roller skied again once (skate)
3 weeks ago I walked about 3 miles cutting a trail
2 weeks ago I walked about 5 miles marking Blackstrap Hell and about 7 miles over two days picking up Blackstrap Hell
This past week I ran/walked three different times, between 2 and 4 miles.

That's not much activity for 7 weeks. The skate roller skiing aggravated my butt so I stopped. One of the days that I picked up Blackstrap Hell aggravated my butt. But the run/walking this past week was fine. I really felt like I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Then I skate skied 9 miles yesterday at Pineland. It was great to get out. But within 1-2 hours of finishing, my piriformis was on fire. And it's been on fire all day today. Skating seems to be the absolute worst activity for this injury. This really sucks.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Now I've done it. I've decided to make it official and co-coach the Falmouth High School Nordic team with James. "Kids, do as I say, not as I do"! Should be fun. Great bunch of kids.