I've been a bit lazy with posts the last few weeks but here goes. The photo on the left is from the start of a track 5K race I did in Ann Arbor on August 17. Next to me on the right is my BMLC teammate Tom Sisson and sandwiched in between us is another BMLC teammate Stephen Magee. I hoped to run faster in this race, but it was crazy windy -- probably pushing 25mph at times and I ran a really even paced 18:01. Just couldn't get into a good 5K groove. Stephen ran 18:14 and Tom ran 18:17 so we had a very solid pack. After a low mileage week two weeks ago, I cranked out 62 miles this week, including a nice 15 miler on trails. I feel really great and I think in retrospect I let my mileage slip a little too much this summer. I'm definitely more of a strength guy so I'm better off doing more volume with a little less intensity. Next race will be a 5 miler on September 1. I'm not going to taper for it, but I still hope to run well. The focus this fall is on Masters XC Nationals in Cincinnati on December 8 with my half-marathon debut three weeks before that on November 18.
I figured that as long as I still had hair I'd let it rock out with complimentary 'burns like '70s running stars Steve Prefontaine and Paul Geis, pictured below. For what it's worth, the longer it's been growing, the faster I've been running, though it's probably due to the fact that I've been training my ass off. :-)
Pre and Geis:
My '70s burns!
Got in 47 miles this week in pretty hot and humid conditions. It was pushing 90F when I did a session of 5 x 1000, followed by 4 x 200 on Wednesday and yesterday wasn't much better when I did my weekly 12 miler on the trails. All and all though I'm feeling pretty fit and these dog days of summer are building character as I brace myself for cooler weather and hopefully, some pretty damn good racing in the fall. Looks like it may only be about 75F next Friday when I race my track 5K in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If all goes well, I'm hoping for something in the neighborhood of 17:20 (5:35 per mile pace).
Part II! I'll post the rest if I can find it on You Tube!
This documentary rules! If this doesn't make you go out for a workout, nothing will.
I've really started to hate my day job a lot lately, but I'm in that trap where the pay and benefits are really good and I work with a bunch of cool people, but the company I work for has gone seriously downhill since it underwent some big time corporate restructuring in the spring. If I didn't have any rock 'n' roll debt to pay off I'd quit in an instant and get a manual labor job or something. I'm glad I have running and music to keep me sane, but I don't know how much longer I can take it. I can definitely relate to the little guy in the photo. Work is the new school for sure though I think I even liked school better than this crap.
Probably the best band of the mid '90s -- their song "Vendetta" inspired me to start a magazine of the same name and adopt the moniker Ben Vendetta
Dio "Holy Diver"! I don't know if it's all the running that has boosted my testosterone levels back to my teenage levels, but lately I've been listening to a lot of the same stuff I did when I was a kid! Cheesey, yeah, but this seriously rocks! Beats the hell out of most of today's indie rock!