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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sluggish and then strong

I met up with Dimitri at Foothill. He wanted to milk every bit of value from his time by running tempo and fartlek on the track. I wanted to do the exact opposite. I was feeling sluggish and so I jogged around for an hour going pitifully slow at first and then later on speeding up to a 9:20 pace. That's 6:50 age graded to put it in perspective. So the last 30 minutes of the run was actually strong.
So it was like two workouts. One half abysmal and the second half acceptable.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Interesting workout today. My buddy Tom continues to have vascular issues related to his heart. He really can't run. He's headed back to see his cardiologist. My other friend Danny did the workout with me. We were both "off" our game but went ahead anyway. I wouldn't characterize the workout as hard but it wasn't a walk in the park either.


The first two reps were sluggish. But we got faster as we went along while avoiding upping the perceived effort. The 800's are in bold.

3:00, 2:57, 3:45, 2:51, 3:40, 2:47. 

The 800's were our strongest showings. Next week I move to three of them.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Big day

Big day!!!! 8-9 miles total.  Ran for an hour with Danny and Tom ( Tom was dragging ) in the morning and then walked three miles roundtrip with Bob to Tom's Cafe for lunch. It was a good day to die ( Hoka Hey ) but I survived.  Had a great convo with Bob on the best way to run The Double. This has been an ongoing thing with us. But honestly, I have never run The Double. May never run The Double.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

81 minute run in the hills

Dimitri and I ran a variation of our usual routes up and down the Los Altos Hills. We clocked around 81 minutes when it was all done. We did take a wrong turn but ended up back at the college anyway. My legs felt recovered from Thursday. We made sure the run was at a very easy pace. The hills were enough work.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

8's again

It was a full house this morning. Tom, Danny, Vince and myself. My legs felt better this morning. Not 100% but good enough to run the 8's. We decided to run 5 x 600 plus 1 x 800 (stepping up). Everything seem to come together though. I did feel the pace but I found that whether I pushed or ran relaxed the result was well under an 8 pace. Numbers like 2:51, 2:48, 2:46 kept popping up. Even the 800 was 3:42. I kept mumbling about backing off but I seemed grooved into a certain pace.

The hangover from Sunday's run was still evident but nothing like Tuesday. But I did pay a price.

On my way to 6 x 800.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Run in drag

Dragged through the workout this morning. 60 minutes plus dog walk. 7.5 miles total. Just not my day ( except for the dog walk with Lucy...that was good ). Probably a hangover from Sunday. I was not recovered yet.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Dimitri and I ran the Moody 7. Up and back. Nothing fancy ceptin I wore the HRM and vowed to get up into the 70-75% range and stay there. Steady state run...Legs felt good and loose so we went for a course record. Note to all. Course record somewhere in the low 74's.

We hit the top in 37 flat. Our best by 7 minutes. Came back in 27:29. Whola! New record. Shocked by the improvement. I was looking for low 70's. This one is gonna be tough to beat.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Circling the track

Ran the track for an hour straight with Vince and Danny. Hardly ever do this sort of thing for an easy run. It was kinda fun. "Just follow the line," Vince said. Just follow the line

Turns out Vince (good guy that he is) gave blood late last week which explains why he was "tired" on Tuesday. He had no idea that no good deed goes unpunished. He'd given away 1/10th of his oxygen carrying capacity. It takes 6-8 weeks for the body to replace the deficit. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Easy Hour

Easy hour. Cool and sunny. I wore my cycling gloves to keep the chill off my hands.

Danny kept me company. We passed Vince who was walking on the track and did not make direct eye contact. He mumbled something about being tired. We left him alone. It was strange though.

My legs were still recovering from Sunday's hard run back down from the Park.  Quads felt sore. You never know in this old guy's running life. Some days you just don't have it but you just grin and joke your way through the run.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

A good 75 minutes

Dimitri and I ran our usual course wining up to Palo Alto Park and back. My legs felt heavy going up and I was surprised that we got to the park entrance in just a tad over 45 minutes. We cooked coming back down. Legs started to feel great and we arrived at the end in the low 75's. So overall, a good run.

The weather was overcast and moderate. I wore a T and running shorts.

Gung Ho!

Thursday, March 06, 2014


Ran my 8's today except I'm beginning to think I better start calling them seven and a half's. (7 1/2)

After a good warmup I ran 8 x 600 averaging 2.48. Danny ran most of them with me and that helped big time. Anyway, much faster than two weeks ago. I didn't push the pace. I kept the effort even but I was just faster. Once again, we were off the track and using the tennis court loop instead. Much more fun that way.

I've been hesitant to use the HRM to gauge HR but the time may be coming. I am doing these by feel. I am getting faster at 600 which means it is time to go longer.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Torrid run

Ran early at WVC with Danny. At one point I ran close to 70% of max hitting a 9-9:20 pace. Age graded that equals a sub 7's. Low 9's are torrid these days.

It was actually warm out. Kind of humid.

Sunday, March 02, 2014


Dimitri and I ran up the never ending hill that is Altamont Road to Palo Alto Park and came back down Moody via trails, Moody Court and eventually Moody Road (aka Moody). We did it under 75 minutes. A little bit slower than last time but who's counting.

The weather was moderate but with post rain storm, clean air.

We had a good time arguing about whether or not the US should be involved in the Crimean mess. Actually we both agreed that the USA should stay out. I likened Russia's move to Hitler's with the Sudetenland back in 1937-38 that eventually swallowed up Czechoslovakia. That's where the disagreement resided. There's the rub. If the Ukraine disappears back into the stomach of mother Russia then I will be right.