Wednesday, December 6, 2006


I tried my first LT of the season today. I decided to go for a not so ambitious 30 min (5 miles). I only did about 27 min (bathroom needs cut it short) but whats worse was the pace (and i was going at it pretty hard): 6:13 6:03 6:19 6:21 1:35 stopped early. This is not promising looking at Phoenix...


Sunday, December 3, 2006


I managed to make it out for 2:45 min. I think even at the slow pace, it must have been 20 or 21 miles... Lets get the training starteeedddd!!!!!!!!!! by the way, I include a shot of kevin brock and his pants at boston 05. I will be wearing those bad boys this year...

Friday, December 1, 2006

First workout with the CRC

So I finally made it to a track work out with the Cambridge Running Club. Seemed like a nice bunch, they were doing repeat miles at the MIT Indoor track. I was still feverish and could only manage 6 min miles, but they had a couple of guys doing 5:20's... I may be able to run with them when healthy.

So they do their repeat miles in a very interesting way, alternating a fast lap and a slower lap (8 laps to the mile, one lap in 40 sec, 1 lap in 50, and so on). This was a good way to do it as the "slow" lap was actually a chance to rest.

Anyway, I only did 3 repeats and jogged to and from the track for a total of about 10 miles. The flu is still kcicking my ass and this morning I feel like shit.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

You know it's bad when...

Your LT is slower than your Marathon pace!

Synopsis: 8 miles total; 5 @ LT @ 6:38 pace.

Josh showed up as Mesh's replacement today. Mesh was nursing a sore hamstring. Josh finished about 20-30 seconds behind me. He ran well really well since for someone who hasn't been working out. I've got no excuse and need to figure out a way to stay under 6:30.

Thursday rematch.

Turkey Trot and more...

Our results:

 26  5025 CHRIS WOODS               M  34   5/374    29:46 6:00      
44 5050 EDUARDO LEDESMA M 34 8/374 30:29 6:08
64 1502 RICK KENNEDY & BOSCO GIBSON M 35 8/345 31:08 6:16

On another note, after our long run Sunday I came down with a
heinous fever... I have been sick since. Hopefully this goes
away soon!
BTW it was great seeing everyone this Thanksgiving.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

and again....

No run today.... sigh!

Monday, November 20, 2006


Took a day off. Now I feel bad... Maybe I'll LT tomorrow to make up for it. I figure if I do 6 @ LT (48 laps at the indoor track) I will be vindicated.

Oh no you ditt’int!

Chris and Ed, you would have been proud. Not that were overly competitive, but…

So Friday morning, I was running along the Lakefront path minding my own business. Progressively I hear the footsteps of someone coming up fast behind me. I move to the right to make way as a sign of respect for this faster runner. This dude passes me, and I expect to see Chris Wehrman-like local running stud to appear. However, the guy who appears is some dude in his late 20’s wearing a white cotton long sleeve t-shirt he got in some 5K. Secondly, this backward hat wearing frat boy is swinging his arms wildly as he runs on ahead of me. I am just out for a recovery run, but “Oh, hells no”. The running pecking order had just been challenged. The “Dude Abides”, so I must respond.

I picked up the pace (maybe 6:45ish) for the pass. He immediately surges, but I counter keeping about 5-10 feet ahead of him. Now he’s hooked. I stay just within his reach enough to give him hope. I still feel pretty comfortable, but I can hear his breathing getting louder and louder. How long can I keep get him hanging in there? He musters a couple more surges which amuse me to no end and I can hear him seriously huffing and puffing now. This continues for only about ¼ mile, and then suddenly, I hear the relative quietness of only my own footsteps. He’s dropped. This may qualify as gloating, but I can’t resist doing the obligatory backward run for about 20 feet just to observe him walking and struggling to catch his breath.

It was a great little running pick me up.

Continuing my firsts

Did the first long run of the Boston 07 training effort. Nothing spectaular, but enough of a kickstart to keep it going.


Sunday: Long Run - 16 miles / Total time: Just more than 2:00

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Long Run

Ran for about 2:40 today... I figure I was somewhere between 18 and 20 miles. I'm pooped, obviously will need some time for the endurance to return. Oh well, this is after all the ENDURANCE phase of the new training cycle. Its nice running in the New England woods...

Saturday, November 18, 2006


Just did a slow 8 miler... Need to get me some motivation. Seriously thinking about doing Phoenix, if only to try and go sub 2:40. The question is.... can I do it in two months of training?

Friday, November 17, 2006


I did. I am actually back ON THE WAGON. The running wagon that is. I did 10 tonight, in pitch black condidtions. the pace was not much to talk about, maybe 8:00's I cant tell since there is no mile markers in any of these damn Boston trails. But it was slow. However, it was inspiring: I managed to berate some old lady on a bike who had the audacity to ask me to move over...

At any rate I was pumped as i found out that article about Coach's training methods which featured me as the proverbial "Boy Wonder" aka "The Freak that went from 8:30's to 6:15's in 2 years" somehow got printed in the New England Sports, the local version of Windy City Sports. So now I'm not only midwest famous, but world famous. Take that!

Anyway, you boys better get in gear 'cause I will school yous in the Turkey Trot!


By the way I added some images from the last Harvard party I attended. Note the wine spills in the front of the pin~ata shirt, as well as the sweat stains... Classy huh?

Bad trend starting

No running on Thursday. Brutal. This is how is happened to me last winter. Missing one workout leads to more easily skipping the next. Ugh.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Against The Wind

Man it was cold and windy this morning. Somehow Sweeny and I still managed to run 8 miles with 4 @ LT pace. The 4 miles were with the wind, so it was a highly assisted sub 6:15 pace. I'll take it any way I can get it. Secretly, I was hoping noone would show up and I would go back to bed. Now that it is all said and done, I am glad we did it.

Hey Muffin-Top. Keep that training up. You don't want Chris and I to school you.

First Tempo Workout

Wednesday was my first tempo workout of the Boston 07 training season.

Total: 6 Mi | Tempo: 4 Mi | Avg Tempo Pace: 6:28/Mi

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hey there. this is not the way i envisioned starting this, but I have not run in one week, and the muffin top is returning. On the other hand, I just got an email from CARA about the Fastest Male Award, so i should be motivated... Hopefully I can get my ass in gear in the next few days. Tomorrow I will try to run a few miles.