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What a week!

Set a couple of “mini-goals” last week, involving mileage and stride rate. Worked out pretty well. Didn’t adjust mileage on the plan overall, but I did go upwards (to 60) last week. A personal best for me. The goal for stride rate this week was to improve to 175 bpm from 166. In the end, I averaged 174. Nice improvement from the previous week, and it took some concentration on what I was doing with my feet at various points during the week. The better news is that my stride rate picked up naturally as well. As in, I didn’t really have to think about it towards the end of the week. Like to get that rate to 180 this week.

The real story…not sure why I saved it for second…was completing the planned 60 miles with a move from Dallas, to San Diego to Honolulu. The breakdown was:


Dallas – 4

San Diego – 53

Honolulu – 3

Suppose you always have time for the things you care about, right? After three weeks of tough, high heat/humidity runs in Dallas (70+ degrees with 70+ percent humidity), everything came together in San Diego. Much less humid, perfect temps in the mornings. Closed out with one final effort in Hawaii after my flight arrived on Saturday. First of many miles to come here, I suppose. And there we have it. This 16-week plan was to have runs in  five states: Indiana, Arkansas, Texas, California, and Hawaii. And it’s all done in week 6. Great feeling.

So, yeah. I met this guy in San Diego too:


Meb was at a local event in San Diego hosted by Jim Ryun to commemorate Ryun’s sub-4:00 high school mile. Got a picture with Meb as well. Felt bad for him because we all swarmed him on the field to get one. Appreciate him taking the time to promote the sport. Lots of other talents and legends there as well: Eric Avila, AJ Acosta, Sarah Brown, Deena Kastor, Mary Slaney, Jearl Miles Clark, Joaquim Cruz. Fortunate to go there with a friend and a lady who turned out to be a baller in the world of USA Track and Field. Knew EVERYBODY…she did. Made it easy for me to meet people. Pretty…effin’…cool. And inspiring.


Last Week:

Sun: 4 miles (morning) / 0 miles (night)

Mon: 0/13

Tue: 4/3

Wed: 8 miles (4x1mile w/ 0.5-mile jog, 1 mile Warm & Cool)

Thu: 5/0

Fri: 6/8

Sat: 6/3


Tracking Goals:

I’d be happy in August if the following occurred:

  1. Hit 70 miles in a week in late July-August. [60 miles this week. Personal best. Set the tone with a 13-miler on Tuesday to say to myself that I wasn’t going to fall behind. Up to 62 next week.]
  2. Avoid injury, particularly of the foot and knee variety. [No problems this week.]
  3. Drop weight. [Ah travel. Ran hard. But ate just as hard. Didn’t lose a pound for sure. Probably didn’t gain one either though. No net change for the season. Going to see if I can take control now that finally on the island.]
  4. Increase pace on easy runs, gradually. [Massive gains this week. Previous fastest run at the 75% heart rate limit was 9:11. This week, broke 9-minute pace three times this week at the 75% heart rate limit. Best pace was 8:27 on a 6-mile run Saturday morning. Volume is starting to pay off.]
  5. Run increasingly faster in four three 5K races. [Will pick a race this week that I will run in two weeks. May decide to run an additional race in August to restore the goal to four.]


Great effort last week. Need to keep pouring it on here. Will begin the new job this week. And trying to get used to the decent running routes here. That is, those without lots of tourists who don’t want to be run over. Approaching something that feels like me being in great shape to run. I don’t think I’ll be in personal best shape until these runs start approaching the 8:00-mile mark. Plus, the speedwork would have to improve considerably. I was running repeats at near 5:30 pace when I PR’d three years ago. So far this time around, I haven’t planned to run much faster than 7:00 on the repeats. That said, the long easy runs are making my shorter speedwork feel really easy. Closed in 6:16 on the repeats on Wednesday – just out of curiosity. Maybe I won’t have to run all that fast in practice on speed days to reap the benefits. We’ll see.

Making progress. I’ll take it.

See you next Sunday!




Working it.

A couple things have become apparent after this week:

(1) I’m going to have to adjust my mileage upward. I planned to hit between 10-12 hours/week based off an estimated 11:00-mile pace at 75% heart rate for most of my easy runs. The problem is that I’m averaging around 9:30 per mile at 75% heart rate, so I’m cheating myself out of overall running time. Case in point: this week I completed 58 miles in 9 hours, 10 minutes. Have to do some math, but I’d like to get back to the 10-12 hour range I’d set out for myself at the beginning.

(2) Run cadence. Bought a Garmin footpad before I left Indianapolis, and I really haven’t been using it well. At some point today I remembered to check my stride frequency during my long run on Saturday. The real challenge is increasing turnover without increasing heart rate above 75% on the easy runs. If I’m going to improve overall – for fast or slow runs – my turnover has to improve as well…to the point where I’m more comfortable. Elites average between 180-200 strides per minutes (spm). Last week I averaged 166. Next week, I’d like average 175.

So there you have it. More mileage. More strides.


Last Week:

Sun: 0 miles (morning) / 0 miles (night)

Mon: 8/0

Tue: 7/0

Wed: 8 miles (4 miles tempo, 2-mile Warm & Cool)

Thu: 8/4

Fri: 8/3

Sat: 12


Tracking Goals:

I’d be happy in August if the following occurred:

  1. Hit 70 miles in a week in late July-August. [58 miles this week. Personal best. Will increase next week.]
  2. Avoid injury, particularly of the foot and knee variety. [No problems this week.]
  3. Drop weight. [Down 1 pound this week. Steadily lost 1/5 of a pound through the back half of the week. Will up carbs to support running and dropping protein load in return.]
  4. Increase pace on easy runs, gradually. [Improvement: At 75% Heart Rate: 9:11 mile/pace on the long run. Same as two weeks ago. Only difference is that this week I ran the pace in 89% humidity.]
  5. Run increasingly faster in four three 5K races. [Will pick a race in Hawaii once I get there. May decide to run an additional race in August to restore the goal to four.]


Whew. This was the last full week in Texas. I won’t miss the humidity, but I will miss home. Next week, I run in three states: Texas (Sunday), California (Monday-Friday), and Hawaii (Saturday). It’s going to be a huge challenge to get the mileage in with two flights, a convention and in sum…a move. That said, I do feel fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and work. I’ve certainly been without either for extended periods of time. As I said, last week, I’ll do my best to get the mileage in. Helps to keep this blog to stay accountable.

Stay motivated!




That’s it for Indianapolis. 11-miler at 5 a.m. to close it out because Dad and I are going to hit the road to Texas in a minute here. Been a challenge running in the Midwest in the winter and early “Spring”, but mornings like today make it all worthwhile. 59 degrees, breezy and no one on the roads. Lots of mileage (by my standards) this week, and it was for the most part…fun. Running’s a great way to start the day and relieve the tension at the end the day as well.


Last Week:

Sun: 4 miles (morning) / 3 miles (night)

Mon: 4/4

Tue: 4/3

Wed: 8 miles (4x1mile w/ 0.5-mile jog, 1 mile Warm & Cool)

Thu: 4/3

Fri: 4/3

Sat: 11


Tracking Goals:

I’d be happy in August if the following occurred:

  1. Hit 70 miles in a week in late July-August. [55 miles this week. Personal best. Up to 57 next week.]
  2. Avoid injury, particularly of the foot and knee variety. [Not bad. No run-stopping pain. Still some foot tension though.]
  3. Drop weight. [1 pound lighter from Saturday to Saturday. Good pace. Not too fast.]
  4. Increase pace on easy runs, gradually. [At 75% Heart Rate: 10:44 pace last Saturday; 9:28 pace this Saturday.]
  5. Run increasingly faster in four 5K races. [Need to pick a race to run in three weeks. Goal for this week.]


Time to wash up, pack up and drive off.

Good luck with your training.

See you next Saturday!

Hello again,

When I last left off, I was getting set to run a race in Columbus at the end of April. Two foot “injuries” later, I’m now starting another schedule for the summer. Not going to say January-April was a failure though. Gained a lot of strength in the weight room and on the track in those months. Probably packed on about 5-7 pounds in the process. That said, the weather’s getting better. It’s time to do what I really love doing.

Just run. Moving to Hawaii sometime this summer for work. I am vaguely aware of what that sounds like. Just reporting the facts here. Move involves stops in five states: Indiana, Missouri, Texas, California, and of course Hawaii. Not much room to hit the weights and the track on the road. So, I’m keeping it simple. Mileage. 10-12 hours per week. Morning and and night. No more than an hour at a time. Easy work. The old Lydiard way. Long runs on the weekends. Tempo and “speedwork” outside on Wednesday. I just want to be outside.



I’d be happy in August if the following occurred:

  1. Hit 70 miles in a week in late July-August.
  2. Avoid injury, particularly of the foot and knee variety.
  3. Drop weight.
  4. Increase pace on easy runs, gradually.
  5. Run increasingly faster in four 5K races.


Last Week

Sun – Thu: Fartlek Runs, 20-40 minutes

Fri: Off

Sat: 11 miles…Sllllooooow


Last week in Indiana. Time to run…and pack…



Workout: Warm [2.5 mi.], 3 miles @ 6:17 pace, Cool [2.5 mi.], Drills Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy.

Recap: Painful.

For whatever reason today’s workout was hard. Maybe it’s because tempo running is supposed to be hard. After about a mile, the  workout felt like an all-out race. There were times when I was able to stride out and convince myself that maybe this pace was something I could hold for a long time. After all, there are marathoners moving at my tempo speed. In the end, there was no relaxing. Just all out effort. I finished at a 6:13 pace for the tempo portion – mainly because I was trying to get this workout over with. The best tempo run of the season, but not necessarily confidence inspiring when I’m planning to run a race 40 seconds faster per mile.

My goal is to rely a little more on training and adaptation and less on character and toughness. When similar workouts feel easier from week to week, I take that as a sign of improvement. With that said, I’m happy to have finished the run today because it’s definitely one I could have seen myself quitting. Having a blog was useful as well because I wasn’t prepared to tell a losing story today.

Oddly enough over the course of this training plan, it’s the long runs that have been my better runs and not the shorter tempo and speedwork sessions. At least lately. I can be confident that with adequate carbohydrate intake that I will complete any long run that I have planned. But the tempo runs and the speedwork are a bit of a turkey shoot. I just go outside and give it my best. Whatever happens…happens.

On a positive note, I have to remember that my weekly mileage is more twice what it was when I started this plan. Of course speed is going to suffer. Just have to hammer through these workouts and hope that the taper week will save me.


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Workout: Warm [2 mi.], 3 miles @ 6:23 pace, Cool [2 mi.], Drills Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy.

Recap: Excellent.

Had some fear going in. Last week’s lesson was not to wear racing flats for training runs anymore. The shoes are too tight and the right foot starts acting up. So today would be the first tempo run of the season in the heavier regular training shoes. Also, last week didn’t go great. Took two days off, didn’t have a good tempo run and struggled to finish the shortened “long” run of 7 miles. The heat hasn’t left yet, and it’s been raining. 73 degrees and 89% humidity. I ate cookies, onion rings and baked chicken last night. Carb intake has not be on-point. How in the world was this going to be a good tempo run?

The other lesson from last week was not to try to quiet these negative voices. I’m the ball player in the opposing ball park. The fans are booing, and no one likes me. But I’ve got to try to execute. And that’s what happened. Two things did go right for me, despite all the negativity going into the run. (1) During yesterday’s easy run, I practiced running tall. Easy days are heart rate based, so I’m always trying some new form or mechanic that will be more efficient – something that will lower my heart rate and let me run faster. Near the end of yesterday’s run I practiced running a little more upright – keeping the weight off of my legs. Not a bad feeling. Run tall. (2) Water. Got to reading a bunch of articles last night about water, and so I tried it this morning. 16 oz. upon waking and 16 oz. before heading out the door. Run tall. Check. Drink water. Check.

And that was all I needed. Smooth warmup of 2 miles and then the 3-mile tempo portion. I thought that even though running tall was difficult at first, it would preserve my legs for later in the run. Mentally, I also broke the tempo portion into 5x1000m – about the length of the park loop I kept circling. None of the problems that I anticipated came to light. Shoes never felt too heavy. Humidity wasn’t that big an issue – though my HR was up slightly. Didn’t need the sugar carbs to get through this. Settled in at 6:17 pace for the tempo portion. No problem with the cool down either.

Big week. Looking for 54 miles – a personal best. Might have to work through some rain to get there.

16 down. 38 to go.

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