Sunday, July 27, 2014

30 Jun-27 Jul

Since I haven't been able to keep up with my blog, among other things, over the past few weeks, here is another mass publishing.

30 JUN - 49:00 -- 4.70 miles -- 415 elevation gain
01 JUL - off
02 JUL - 45:33 -- 5.00 miles -- 339 elevation gain
03 JUL - 45:35 -- 5.54 miles -- 289 elevation gain
04 JUL - 2:32:41 -- 17.72 miles -- 1293 elevation gain
05 JUL - 47:21 -- 6.51 miles -- 287 elevation gain
06 JUL - off
TOTAL - 5:40:10 -- 39.47 mils -- 2623 elevation gain
Last week at OCS, but after candidates graduates on 03 Jul I was able to get some quality runs in throughout the rest of the week.

07 JUL -- 1:37:03 -- 11.44 miles -- 894 elevation gain
08 JUL -- 28:33 -- 4.04 miles -- 214 elevation gain (quick run before driving to Florida)
09 JUL -- 34:10 -- 5.03 miles -- 7 elevation gain (Florida has no hills)
10 JUL -- 33:37 -- 4.65 miles -- 21 elevation gain
11 JUL -- off
12 JUL -- 1:21:00 -- 9.86 miles -- 30 elevation gain
13 JUL -- off -- ate a ton of food
TOTAL -- 4:34:23 -- 35.02 miles -- 1166 elevation gain
My photographer and I took a vacation down to see my grandparents in Florida.  Other than a bridge with about 80 feet of elevation, which I didn't even run during this week, there were no hills.  Most of my runs in Florida were joint adventures with my photographer and/or brothers leading me on my grandparents' cruiser bicycles.

14 JUL -- off -- 0545 departure for a visit to Cape Canaveral for the day
15 JUL -- 1:06:44 -- 9.02 miles -- 10 elevation gain (headed to Georgia afterwards)
16 JUL -- off -- spent the day with Kari in Savannah, GA
17 JUL -- off -- drove back to Virginia all day
18 JUL -- 1:18:14 -- 8.89 miles -- 764 elevation gain
19 JUL -- 4:40:11 -- 21.10 miles -- 5889 elevation gain (Buck Hollow trail with Alex P.)
20 JUL -- off
TOTAL -- 7:05:09 -- 39.01 miles -- 6663 elevation gain
Split time between Florida, Georgia, and Virginia this week.  Luckily, I had time over the weekend to get in a solid run with Alex P. in Shenandoah with some decent elevation/hill training for Grindstone.

21 JUL -- 1:32:19 -- 10.17 miles -- 985 elevation gain
22 JUL -- 39:11 -- 3.74 miles -- 286 elevation gain
23 JUL -- 2:35:03 -- 16.06 miles -- 1641 elevation gain
24 JUL -- off -- stretching
25 JUL -- 1:32:19 -- 10.27 miles -- 996 elevation gain
26 JUL -- 1:06:02 -- 9.18 miles -- 424 elevation gain
27 JUL -- off -- I was Ikea-fied building boxed furniture all day -- so...much...cardboard...
TOTAL -- 7:24:54 -- 49.42 miles -- 4332 elevation gain
Pretty solid week with a few longer runs.  Due to an upcoming Physical Fitness Test for work next week, I decided not to run on Sunday in order to have fresh legs this week.  Once I get into a rhythm at my new unit I'll ramp up my mileage and find some time to get on the Grindstone course for practical application!



Monday, July 7, 2014

05 May-29 Jun

I'm going to mass publish the last few weeks.

5 MAY -- off -- heat and stretching
6 MAY -- off -- heat and stretching
7 MAY -- 27:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 155 elevation gain
8 MAY -- off -- stationary bike for 8 miles
9 MAY -- off -- upper body weightlifting
10 MAY -- off -- Insanity workout
11 MAY -- off
TOTAL -- 27:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 155 elevation gain
Early during this week I strained my piriformis muscle and had terrible pain when running.  I had to stop training and heat/stretch every day with the Athletic Trainer at OCS, which was equally as frustrating as it was helpful.  It got better quick after heat, stretching, and some physical therapy, and I was able to start running shorter distances again the following week.  As I am currently writing this on 5 July, I am happy to report that I have not had any issues with the bloody (not literally) piriformis since early May.

12 MAY -- 18:39 -- 3.00 miles -- 58 elevation gain
13 MAY -- off -- heat and stretching
14 MAY -- 30:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 274 elevation gain
15 MAY -- 30:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 175 elevation gain
16-18 MAY -- 36:00:00 -- 120.00 miles -- 3000 elevation gain (3 Days at the Fair)
TOTAL -- 37:18:39 -- 129.00 miles -- 3507 elevation gain
Clearly, I didn't want to run at all before the 48 hour race.  However, work and training always trumps my personal hobbies, so I unwillingly participated in platoon and company PT runs throughout the week before the race.  Most were in boots and cammies.  The race went well, but it rained for 12 hours straight during the first day, which really lowered morale at a rapid rate.  Tristin and I stopped after 36 hours and decided to drink beer and sleep instead of running through the second night.  Plus, I knew I had another week full of organized PT events at work the next week.

19 MAY -- 40:00 -- 4.00 miles -- 289 elevation gain
20 MAY -- 40:00 -- 4.00 miles -- 594 elevation gain
21 MAY -- 30:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 347 elevation gain
22 MAY -- off -- upper body circuit and muscular endurance course
23 MAY -- off -- upper body development circuit
24 MAY -- off -- stretching
25 MAY -- 55:56 -- 7.72 miles -- 323 elevation gain
TOTAL -- 2:45:56 -- 18.72 miles -- 1553 elevation gain
Again, another week of organized runs and PT events at work.  As expected, I was pretty slow during the first run on 19 May, and I made myself look like a fool.  I was forced to explain my weekend hobby when the boss noticed me walking up the first hill.  Towards the end of the week I got my legs and knees back and got in a decent run on 25 May.

26 MAY -- off -- upper body development circuit
27 MAY -- 31:25 -- 3.01 miles -- 280 elevation gain
28 MAY -- 56:23 -- 7.29 miles -- 357 elevation gain
29 MAY -- 40:14 -- 4.10 miles -- 292 elevation gain
30 MAY -- 45:33 -- 6.42 miles -- 261 elevation gain
31 MAY -- off -- pick up day
01 JUN -- 23:22 -- 3.03 miles -- 172 elevation gain
TOTAL -- 3:16:57 -- 23.85 miles -- 1362 elevation gain
Nothing spectacular this week, just a bunch of short runs to keep in shape.  I picked up my platoon of officer candidates on 31 May, so no PT at all that day.  From 31 May-02 July, I only got in a handful of personal runs in.  Most of that time was spent executing a particular training schedule to include running and other PT events. 

02 JUN -- off -- obstacle course
03 JUN -- off
04 JUN -- 32:47 -- 3.30 miles -- 251 elevation gain
05 JUN -- off -- obstacle course
06 JUN -- off -- upper body development course
07 JUN -- off -- rope climbing
08 JUN -- 44:01 -- 6.11 miles -- 353 elevation gain
TOTAL -- 1:16:48 -- 9.41 miles -- 604 elevation gain
Pretty slow week, but work was crazy.  Every day was a 20-hour day this entire week.

09 JUN -- 55:00 -- 2.50 miles -- 42 elevation gain (Muscular Endurance Course)
10 JUN -- off -- martial arts
11 JUN -- 53:45 -- 4.00 miles -- 241 elevation gain (4-mile hike w/45 pound pack)
12 JUN -- off -- martial arts
13 JUN -- off -- combat course
14 JUN -- off -- log drills and upper body development
15 JUN -- 56:04 -- 7.42 miles -- 416 elevation gain
TOTAL -- 2:44:49 -- 13.92 miles -- 699 elevation gain
Another slow week, but just enough to maintain...

16 JUN -- 1:20:00 -- 5.00 miles -- 347 elevation gain (5-mile hike)
17 JUN -- 19:00 -- 1.74 miles -- 145 elevation gain (Obstacle/Stamina Course)
18 JUN -- 53:00 -- 3.79 miles -- 271 elevation gain (Fartlek Course)
19 JUN -- 19:00 -- 1.74 miles -- 145 elevation gain (Obstacle/Stamina Course)
20 JUN -- 1:40:00 -- 6.00 miles -- 597 elevation gain (6-mile hike)
21 JUN -- 54:29 -- 6.85 miles -- 460 elevation gain
22 JUN -- 48:01 -- 6.01 miles -- 406 elevation gain
TOTAL -- 6:13:30 -- 31.13 miles -- 2371 elevation gain
A little more mileage and a significant amount of time on my feet, but most of it was hiking with a pack.  However, time on my feet and mileage = continuous preparation for Grindstone!

23 JUN -- 19:00 -- 1.74 miles -- 145 elevation gain (Obstacle/Stamina Course)
24 JUN -- off -- combat fitness test
25 JUN -- 18:39 -- 3.00 miles -- 58 elevation gain
26 JUN -- off
27 JUN -- off -- martial arts
28 JUN -- 1:00:18 -- 7.21 miles -- 583 elevation gain
29 JUN -- off
TOTAL -- 1:37:57 -- 11.95 miles -- 786 elevation gain
Slow week...


Well, I'm all caught up.  That's all for now.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Training Update

Hello again,
Well, after 6 weeks of training officer candidates and running through the hills of Quantico, I am back into training!  I only averaged about 20 miles per week since the end of May, most with plenty of gear, a rifle, and in boots and cammies.  In fact, I ran more during 3 Days at the Fair in 36 hours than I did over the past 6 weeks.  However, the plus is that my body is well rested and ready for lots of hill workouts and LSD runs with Alex P and the VHTRC gang.  Although the Grindstone 100 is the only race currently on my calendar, I plan to run a 50k race sometime between now and the beginning of October.  I dropped from 3 straight races during the hot and humid summer last year, so I plan to take it easy and train on my own in Shenandoah as often as possible.  I am too hard-headed to half-ass a race, so I won't race too much before Grindstone.  I intend to get my mileage up to 70-80 miles per week, effective immediately.  More time on my feet = better prepared for Grindstone.  A few of us have plans to camp and run the Grindstone route for an entire weekend at some point - I just hope we can all find the time to actually follow through with it.  Bug spray will be required.  This weekend the running club has runs planned for each morning, so I should be able to get out the door in time for at least one of them.  I am excited to get back into the mountains and regain the muscles I lost since May.  But first, I am taking a long and much needed/deserved vacation to visit family in Florida with my photographer and brothers - lots of time on the beach and lots of slow running as I ease back into training.

Monday, May 5, 2014

28 Apr-04 May

28 APR -- 20:09 -- 1.80 miles -- 372 elevation gain
28 APR -- 32:31 -- 3.95 miles -- 244 elevation gain

29 APR -- off -- lower body weightlifting

30 APR -- 1:09:09 -- 8.42 miles -- 525 elevation gain
30 APR -- upper body weightlifting

01 MAY -- off -- stationary bike for 8 miles
01 MAY -- upper body weightlifting

02 MAY -- 1:17:38 -- 10.00 miles -- 769 elevation gain

03 MAY -- 1:07:27 -- 5.91 miles -- 755 elevation gain (at the 24-hour race)

04 MAY -- 1:35:53 -- 5.89 miles -- 755 elevation gain (sweeping the 24-hour race course)


TOTAL -- 6:02:47 -- 35.97 miles -- 3420 elevation gain


When I realized the 48-hour race is only about 15 days away, I decided to take it rather easy this week and the next.  I also have a few physical training events planned at work over the next few weeks, which will keep me in shape.  Tristin and I spoke yesterday and we are ready!


Friday, May 2, 2014

Quick Thoughts

After a solid winter, which paid off during multiple spring races with good times and new PRs, I am ready for the 48-hour adventure with Tristin in two weeks. Currently, I feel great – my legs have recovered from the Promise Land 50k last weekend, my mind is right, my family is doing well, my friends are doing well, and work is somewhat slow until the end of May. In June, I will be at work 24/7 for six solid weeks. Until then, however, I have plenty of time to train and squeeze in some really long runs on the weekends. With a baby on the way, a very busy summer work schedule, and a new job come July, I should feel more stress than I do. I credit my parents, my wife, and my time as a Marine for my calm nerves, positive attitude, and hard work ethic. The nearest alligator to the boat, though, is the 24-hour Adventure Trail Run this weekend – Alex P. is the race director and Kari and I volunteered to help out. It is going to be a blast! Alex’s races are always fun and promote a relaxed yet motivating atmosphere. We are eager to spend time in the woods with friends, away from the DC hustle and bustle. Camping…food…running…story-telling…beer…what could be better?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Announcement

 
I want everyone to know that I worked hard to get the grass this color

 
 
 
 

Monday, April 28, 2014

21-27 Apr

21 APR -- 58:22 -- 8.64 miles -- 320 elevation gain

22 APR -- 51:43 -- 6.28 miles -- 676 elevation gain

23 APR -- off -- stationary bike for 6 miles

24 APR -- off -- rest day

25 APR -- off -- rest day

26 APR -- 5:38:49 -- 33.77 miles -- 7699 elevation gain (Promise Land 50k)

27 APR -- off -- rest day


TOTAL -- 7:28:54 -- 48.69 -- 8695 elevation gain


As always, I wanted more mileage this week, but I'm still satisfied with my performance at Promise Land 50k.  My foot started feeling goofy after Tuesday's 6-mile run, so I rested my legs Wednesday and rode a stationary bike.  I tend to play it safe when it comes to potential injuries, especially 3 days before a race.  Next week, I intend to get back on the trails and jeep roads to prepare for the 48-hour race in three weeks.  I'll cash in my 12-mile-5,000-feet-elevation-gain-Saturday-morning runs for longer and flatter training runs over the next few weeks.  I've got a couple of great runs in mind for next week, all of which are very similar to the race course. 

Until next time...