Bret Jardine Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:40:35 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fri, Nov 17, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-17-2017.html <p>PM - 4.5 miles on the golf course with Finn on his first proper run in weeks since he got sick. He&rsquo;s doing so much better. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 16, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-16-2017.html <p>PM - 5 mile treadmill run after work. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 15, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-15-2017.html <p>PM - feeling a little better today. &nbsp;I think I had the flu (as opposed to a bad cold). &nbsp;Anyway - I did about 5 miles today at lunchtime. &nbsp;Really nice weather - sunny and cool. &nbsp;Had not planned to go that far after being that sick, but I felt fine for most of the run.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 14, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-14-2017.html <p>AM - took Finn out for a little jog this morning.&nbsp; I am still not feeling well.&nbsp; Cannot seem to shake this cold.</p> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 13, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-13-2017.html <p>Sick!!</p> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sun, Nov 12, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-12-2017.html <p>PM - still sick but wanting to get out - I did a mile with Finn outside and then another 2 indoors on the treadmill. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 11, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-11-2017.html <p>PM - hike with the family at Kennesaw Mountain- little bit over 2 miles.&nbsp;</p> <p>PM - little over 3 miles on the treadmill. &nbsp;Struggling with a chest cold. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Nov 10, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-10-2017.html <p>AM- a little over 6 miles on the treadmill. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 09, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-09-2017.html <p>PM - 5 miles easy at lunchtime. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 08, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-08-2017.html <p>PM - 2 easy miles to shake things out from Sunday. &nbsp;No lingering fatigue or soreness at all. &nbsp;Going to take it easy for several days nevertheless.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 07, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-07-2017.html <p>rest</p> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 06, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-06-2017.html <p>rest</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sun, Nov 05, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-05-2017.html <p>I was invited by my friend, Richie who sponsors a Team For Kids team to join him in this race after he was unable to join me in Berlin as previously planned. &nbsp;The plan for NYC was to run it together at a managable pace and perhaps finish strong if we both felt good. &nbsp;</p> <p>We arrived on Saturday afternoon - and I met (was re-aquainted with) his two high school track and cross country teammates would would be running with us. &nbsp;Had lunch and dinner together, stayed in the same hotel and traveled via the Staten Island Ferry together to the start. &nbsp;Great time, commraderie and a nice time getting our way throught 5 boroughs together.</p> <p>We ran consistently ran right at 8 min pace through the first half of the race. &nbsp;The weather was not comfortable for racing - high humidity and dew point, but with cloud cover and misting rain. &nbsp;Not too disimilar to Berlin a few weeks ago. &nbsp;When the conditions are unfavorable like that, I generally keep myself in check by locking into an HR rate that I know will get me through the race without a struggle. &nbsp;</p> <p>Well - we&nbsp;happened upon another former high school running friend of theirs just before mile 13 - and she was running a bit faster than our pace. &nbsp;Perhaps due to the excitement of that connection - Richie latched on to that pace and we started running a series of faster miles all the way down to 7:20 pace at mile 17 - which include the climb over the 59th street bridge. &nbsp;Because of pushing the pace, my HR was well above my conservative range for those miles and having crossed that threshold - I was toast. &nbsp; If I had been running by myself or had just protested and just kept at the pace we were running, I think I would been fine. &nbsp;As a result,&nbsp;&nbsp;I lost contact with them just before mile 17 and then the last 8 miles I had to back off the pace - to attempt to get my HR down and essentially&nbsp;&quot;ride the struggle bus&quot; to the finish. &nbsp; Kind of a miserable experience to finish things up. &nbsp;But overall we had a nice time together. &nbsp;I ended up about 10 mins behind everyone - who all eventually split apart in the last miles as well. &nbsp;Was extremely pleased to hear that Shalane won the women&#39;s race.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 05 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Nov 04, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-04-2017.html <p>No running - travel day to NYC</p> Sat, 04 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Nov 03, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-03-2017.html <p>Rest day before another out of town Marathon adventure. &nbsp;Head to NYC tomorrow morning for the race on Sunday. &nbsp;2nd Marathon in 6 weeks. &nbsp;Running with Richie for fun this time. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Nov 02, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-02-2017.html <p>AM - 3 miles very easy in St Pete ahead of a day of client golf. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Nov 01, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-01-2017.html <p>PM - in St Pete for a client fundraiser function. &nbsp;5 miles on the bay front and Snell Isle. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 31, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-31-2017.html <p>PM - lunchtime easy 4 - still not over the cold but felt well enough to run. &nbsp;Then I tripped and fell (again) losing yet more skin on both hands. &nbsp;Going to need to invest in some type of protection. Ouch. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 30, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-30-2017.html <p>Awoke with a cold this morning...no running.</p> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 29, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-29-2017.html <p>PM - a little over 5 miles on the treadmill. &nbsp;Cold and windy outside.</p> Sun, 29 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 28, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-28-2017.html <p>PM - a little over 11 miles today in the rain. &nbsp;Ran a couple of miles with Finn who is doing much better - then headed out without him. &nbsp;Unintentionally found lots of hills on this route - but I enjoyed most of it. &nbsp;</p> <p>Experimented with the Apple Watch and the Garmin - on each wrist. &nbsp;Early on, the Apple watch was showing faster splits, but about 7 miles in - the Garmin started showing faster splits - and they were both getting close to the same mile markers. &nbsp; Weird. &nbsp;I think the HR were relatively the same. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 27, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-27-2017.html <p>AM - about 2 miles easy with Finn. &nbsp;He&#39;s been on a slow recovery from the bacterial infection that had him down the last week or so. &nbsp;This was the first time in over a week, that he was awake before me in the morning and really wanted to let me know he was ready for a run - so I kept it short and easy and he seemed to be fine.</p> <p>PM - Lunchtime - a little over 6 miles. &nbsp;Testing out the new Apple Watch... I think there will be a&nbsp;fair amount of getting used the features and differences on the device from the Garmin. &nbsp;I like that I have the cellular feature and can be reached or can call or text if there is an emergency for some reason - and I like that I have the option of audio/music/books etc. if I want to use that without having to carry a phone with me. &nbsp;I am not crazy about the actual running app yet particularly the size of the display and&nbsp;the data/information configuration. &nbsp;The ease of use of the touchscreen with sweaty fingers was frustrating. &nbsp;I will give it a few more uses to sort out my preferences and see if I can make friends with it. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 26, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-26-2017.html <p>AM - early run up the Hudson River bike trail - a bit on the slow side - not feeling all that great the first part of the run. &nbsp;Felt better towards the end.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 25, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-25-2017.html <p>AM - Cross training: &nbsp;1 mile or so walking on the treadmill at 13% incline @ 3 mph. &nbsp;2000 meters of indoor rowing. &nbsp;</p> <p>PM - travel to NYC for business dinner and board meeting. &nbsp;Got in early enough to squeeze in a run up through Central Park. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 24, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-24-2017.html <p>PM - a little over 4 miles - easy shakeout. &nbsp;Lower back upper left leg is tight and tender. &nbsp;Tried to roll it out and stretch. &nbsp;May need to lighten the volume for a few days. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 23, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-23-2017.html <p>AM - ~ 1 mile on the treadmill walking @13% incline at 3 mph. &nbsp;Stretching foam rolling and yoga afterwards. &nbsp;No lingering soreness or residuals from Saturday&#39;s long run - and a day of rest on Sunday. &nbsp;Pouring down rain outside - hoping to get an outdoor run in at lunchtime - but may stay indoors if it is not cleared up by then.&nbsp;</p> <p>PM - treadmill MP workout. &nbsp;2 x 10 mins @ MP after a 20 min warm up and a 10 min cool down. &nbsp;Felt heavy and like the pace&nbsp;was too much effort -&nbsp;even my warm up.</p> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 22, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-22-2017.html <p>Rest day - family time.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 21, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-21-2017.html <p>PM - lunchtime - Long run at the Forsyth Greenway - mostly flat lots of boardwalks - one sharp climb.&nbsp; Kept the pace and HR easy enough - with a fast finish in the last 2 miles.&nbsp; Legs were tired in the last 4-5 miles.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 20, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-20-2017.html <p>AM - 1 mile walking on treadmill @15% incline 3.4 mph</p> <p>PM - 5 miles easy.</p> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 19, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-19-2017.html <p>AM - ~15 mins on the treadmill 15% incline walking 3 mph</p> <p>PM - Lunchtime 7 miles.</p> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 18, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-18-2017.html <p>AM - 2 miles with Finn - something&#39;s not right with him.&nbsp; I think he&#39;s sick.&nbsp; So I kept it short.&nbsp; Came inside and did 10 mins on the treadmill walking at a 15% incline 3 mph.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>PM - Lunchtime treadmill tempo workout.&nbsp; 20 min warm up then 3 miles at tempo - and 10 min cool down.&nbsp; Using HR to guage effort.&nbsp; On this treadmill in the gym it was 6:47 pace.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>My doggie has taken a turn for the worse - we brought him to the vet who was puzzled by his condition.&nbsp; Fevered and dehydrated and 3 of his four paws are red, irritated and by the end of the day they became progressively swollen and weeping.&nbsp; We brought him home for the night since the fever broke and he had iv fluids in him.&nbsp; Will sleep in shifts to take him into the ER if his condition worsens.&nbsp; Vet gave him steroids and antibiotics - thinks he&#39;s got some bacterial infection.&nbsp; Little guy is so sleepy lethargic and sad looking.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 17, 2017 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-17-2017.html <p>PM - lunchtime run - easy - sunny, cool and dry - as you would expect (finally) this time of the year. &nbsp;I found a new route - which is scenic, though with a good amount of hills - with one lengthy one near the end on Peachtree Dunwoody road which is about 1.2 miles in length&nbsp;with an average grade of 3% but it kicks up to 14% in a couple parts. &nbsp;(Data by Strava). &nbsp;I am enjoying Matt Fitzgerald&#39;s training log for his build up to Chicago. &nbsp;He spent 12 weeks with the pros in Flagstaff. &nbsp;What is interesting is that he is adamant that he&#39;s not an elite runner - but better than average - which is why his little experiment resonates with me. &nbsp;He ended up running 2:39 which was a 2 min PR and about 10 mins faster than his fastest most recent marathon. &nbsp;Not a bad result at age 46.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:00:00