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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Holders steps in

35 minutes at WVC. I wore the HRM and kept the effort in the 130's and low 140's. socialized with the club. Afterward we went to Holders, the new breakfast place. Everyone seemed happy. We'll the miss the Carrows staff but once again, with them closing their doors, it was time to move on.

Since I joined the club in 1977 it's been...

The donut shop
The Ranch House

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Some life in them there legs

Tuesday and Thursday were replica's of each other. 35 minutes (the new hour) of easy running with 6 x 100 on the track at the tail end of the workouts. On Thursday I dropped in some 18's on the 100's without pushing. It's a sign that some of my long lost speed might be coming back (or I am running them too fast) ha ha!

Tom, Danny and even Rick K joined me except that Rick did his own speed workout.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

AT workout

Walked Lucy for thirty minutes.

I jogged an easy ten minute warmup over to and around Blackberry Farm.  Then I did a ten minute AT run on a loop. Start and finish was the same. Jogged and walked for 15 minutes afterward. My threshold seems to be around 168-69 or almost ten beats lower than a few years ago. I think I am just very rusty. Not used to working at that level. My plan is to gradually extend the time spent at threshold to around 20 minutes.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kini girl.

Danny and I ran 35 minutes and finished up on the track doing 6 x 100 strides. The last one was kinda fast but still under control. I ran in the 17's but I was being careful. It was the only one I timed.

Did a walk cooldown by "kini girl"...

I think it's the end of the season for beach volleyball at WVC.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Thirty minutes is the new hour

Thirty minutes is the new hour. Danny and I ran thirty minutes this morning with the last 7 minutes at 80%. I seriously could have gone harder but frankly 80% felt good enough.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Redux nd long run

With Dimitri out of town, I decided to do a redux and run in Cupertino starting from my own house ( oh no! ). I ran over to De Anza ( the ever closed track ) to finally see that it was open after its remodel job. It looked pretty nice but my west side hill is gone. Oh there's a remnant but its not runnable. Sniff, sniff.  After doing some super loops I returned home via McClellan Ranch and Blackberry Farm. 72 heart monitored minutes altogether. Stayed in the 130's for the most part but watched my HR crawl up to the low 140's in the latter stages.

It was all good. My legs felt okay and I was able to move along. Don't ask me at what pace. I have no idea.

I got home, hydrated ( let's hydrate ) and then took Lucy out for a half hour jaunt.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Missed breakfast

I drove over to WVC where I seem to do most of my so called running these days. While I jogged around campus with Matt the club was running Farwell. Danny decided to run it too. I guesstimated 28 minutes and change but Danny struggled in at 29 and change.  The field was light because the competitors were over at Santa Cruz for the first XC race of the season.

I ended up doing 30 minutes.

I never got to breakfast. Ended up chatting with Steve and by the time I got to my car it was 10 am. So I missed breakfast.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

35 minutes with striders

I ran 35 minutes total this morning. Took it easy until the end when I ran 6 x 100 striders. Tom ran part of the way with me and Danny was more than happy to run the striders.

Cutting back feels good.  

My plan is to run this way until I feel good again.

Might run a short campus loop tempo on Saturday or Sunday.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Walked and ran for 65 minutes. The running portion was maybe 30 minutes which included 8 x 100 striders. Danny ran with me and Tom mostly walked. He is having some pressure in his chest. Going to see his cardiologist.  It's been ten years since he had a stent put in.

I told Danny I am going to limit my running for now. We can still do an hour but one third to a half will be walking. He seemed fine with it.

Need to freshen up the old legs.

My right knee ain't going away. At times I can still feel it. No question that my SPLAT fall did something.  I am hoping I didn't tear the meniscus again. I don't feel it most of the time but I am monitoring it.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I have a ways to go

55 minutes of easy running. Threw in an 800 time trial at 3:23. I only pushed the last 200.

I have a ways to go. Decided to cut my running in half going forward at least for the time being. I seem beat up and not recovering well. I'll fill in the gaps with walking.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Easy stuff

No running for 3 days. So my legs were rusty. I jogged 40 minutes of easy stuff while the club did 600's.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Big day

Ran 65 minutes with Danny and Tom this morning. Ended up doing 5 x 100 at the end.

Later on I walked an hour with Bob ( to lunch and back ).

Sunday, August 04, 2013

That long thing

Really got into running that long thing this morning. 88 minutes with plenty of hills. Got stronger as the run progressed. Dimitri was my partner. Beautiful day. It started out overcast but then the clouds vaporized and it was sunny and cool. We ran around campus a bit to add time and then climbed the hill to Foothill Park and back. So a good amount of constant up and down.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Thursday and Saturday

Thursday was the same ole 60 minute run flavored with 8 x 100 strides. Trying to fire up the old spark plugs. Tom and I ran our hundreds in around 24. Doesn't seem that quick but it's faster than our training runs. It's all relative and for me, very conservative. If I were doing them alone, I would be hammering 18's to 20's. Nice but frankly overtraining these days.

Tom wanted to break 8 for the mile ( Yes, the mighty have fallen ). So I agreed to pace him through the first lap at an 8 pace so he didn't  go out too fast.

On Saturday I did just that taking him through in 2 minutes flat with a pre race recommendation that he stay at that pace though three laps and blast the last quarter. He did that too running 7:47.

I got in a total of 30 minutes easy running.

By the way, some of my eight pace stuff must be paying off. 2 minutes felt really easy.