56 miles this past week with a little sharpening to get ready for my first race of the year on March 10. On Monday I did an 8 mile progression run @ 6:36 pace, covering the first 4 miles in 27:28 and the second 4 in 25:22. Wednesday, I did 8 x 800 with :45 second rest breaks in 2:55 and felt great and reasonably relaxed. A good sign. The other key workout was a 16 miler on Saturday. Everything else was just easy distance running.
(By Stephen Magee) Stone Brewing Company from San Diego has recently made a splash in the markets outside California. Stone Brewing Co. has chosen the Gargoyle as the figured head for it's beer, "A fearsome figured carved from stone that has powers to ward off evil spirits...such as chemical preservatives, additives, & adjuncts. One taste, and you can tell he does his job very well." (from the SBCo. website). I have sampled the Stone smoked porter, the stone IPA, Stone ruination IPA, Arrogant bastard, and the Double Bastard.
The most worthy offering I have found is the Double Bastard Ale. This beer is available in 2 sizes the 22oz and the limited edition 3 liter bottle. Each bottle has a silk screen logo on it and comes with an amusing back label. See picture for the Diatribe on the Double Bastard. While the bottle and the verbiage will entertain you it is the liquid inside that has to capture your taste buds. This beer clocks in at over 100 IBU's and 10% ABV, first released to the public in 1998, you will have to wait until October 2007 to get this year's batch, you can still find the 2006 around. This is one serious beer and you will enjoy the hopped up taste. It is very full bodied with a solid malt character. Better yet stop reading this and pull down a bottle you can read the label and still enjoy the beer. To get more propaganda go to http://www.stonebrew.com/ One slogan on the website taunts you "It's not too expensive your too cheap!".
Highlights from USA Winter Cross Country Nationals in Boulder, Colorado on February 10. Watch Alan Culpepper in the Senior Mens race who is in 3rd place early on -- and pretty far back -- come back and pull away for an easy win over the muddy 12K (7.5 miles) course.
Pete Maravich was my favorite basketball player when I was a kid. He was way ahead of his time! People forget that the NBA didn't have a three point shot back then. God knows what his scoring average would have been. My favorite part of this clip is where he tells the guy interviewing him that he practiced 8 hours a day as a 12 year old. The announcer looks a little bewildered and Pete just says, "You don't get here by wishing." Damn straight.
Pretty brutal weather here as we got a bigtime blizzard in NE Ohio midweek. That said, Wednesday was the only day of running I missed this week (my first day off in 2007). I managed to log 52.5 miles on 6 runs, including a 14 miler, a 12 miler and an 11.5 miler, which included 3 x 1.5 miles @ 10K effort with 60 seconds between each rep. My first race will be a 5 miler on March 10 and I'll follow that up with a 5K on March 31. Both of these races are part of the Ohio Grand Prix Series, so hopefully I'll fare well in the masters category in both events. Training plan through March will be to try to hit about 55 a week and push the quality days a bit more and rest up a little more on the recovery days. Next week's big workout will be 8 x 800 with 45 seconds rest between reps. I'll probably have to do it on a marked road 800 as the track will be a slushy mess.
I've been getting lazy with this Blog because truth be told, I don't like writing very much anymore. Any way, the past two weeks have been pretty brutal with a lot of sub zero temperatures with the wind chill. Nevertheless, I managed 54 miles two weeks ago and 56 this past week. I decided to open my racing season on March 10 with a 5 miler so my coach Josh has given me 4 interval workouts to do over the next 4 weeks to try to get race sharp. Other than that, I'll just be keeping the mileage up at 55-60 a week and bump it down a bit the week of the race.
Because we're all working...