Bret Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 04:11:34 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Mon, Jan 21, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-21-2019.html <p>AM - 5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood - I was going to head out early before sunrise, but felt like I might be catching a cold, and the temps were in the low teens with the windchill - so I waited until later in the morning to go out.&nbsp; Still might be catching a cold but had a good run.&nbsp; Yoga session early.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 20, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-20-2019.html <p>AM - 5 miles on the treadmill and a yoga session before church.&nbsp; Cold and very windy/rainy ouside.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 19, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-19-2019.html <p>AM - 5 miles with Finn.&nbsp; Hilly route - probably a bit more effort than I should have done on a couple of the hills, but I felt up to it.&nbsp; &nbsp;Yoga session after.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Per my doctor&#39;s permission - I ran 5 miles each day this week.&nbsp; This worked out to 35 miles for the week.&nbsp; I looked back at my log - it is the most miles that I have run in a week since early October.&nbsp; I did not realize it had been so long since I was running regularly without issues.&nbsp; I feel so much improved physically, that I have no doubt that I would have no problem putting more miles in.&nbsp; I have to keep it limited to 5 miles per day however until the first part of March per doctor&#39;s orders.&nbsp; I feel like this will be a restriction I wish I did not have, but at the same time, I am still recovering - so I need to respect that processs, plus it will probably help keep me from getting injured by doing too much too soon.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 18, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-18-2019.html <p>AM - slightly over 5 miles this morning with Dan and Finn in a cool fog/mist before work. &nbsp;Yoga session after.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 17, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-17-2019.html <p>AM - just about 5 miles with neighbor Dan and with Finn before work. &nbsp;Yoga session after the run.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 16, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-16-2019.html <p>AM - just about 4 miles with Finn and my neighbor Dan on a frosty cold morning in the 20&#39;s. &nbsp;Ran another mile or so on the treadmill to even the distance out to 5 miles total, then a light yoga session. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 15, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-15-2019.html <p>PM - easy 5 on the treadmill at lunchtime - Yoga before work this morning. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 14, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-14-2019.html <p>PM - 5 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime. &nbsp;Ran the first 3 at a moderately&nbsp;high aerobic HR effort and then moved the speed to 6:47 for the 4th mile and then 6:31 for the 5th mile with the last half at 6:20 pace. &nbsp; Just to see how I would feel. &nbsp;All systems seemed to check out well. &nbsp;My HR was just slightly above threshold for the last little bit, but it felt good to see where I was fitnesswise. &nbsp; &nbsp;Yoga before work.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 13, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-13-2019.html <p>PM - 5 miles on the treadmill followed by a Yoga session.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 12, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-12-2019.html <p>AM - 5 miles with Finn on a cold windy grey morning with some spitting rain. &nbsp;Felt great to be out and to increase my mileage per what my doctor&#39;s have permitted. &nbsp;Yoga afterwards.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 11, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-11-2019.html <p>PM - 3 miles at lunchtime followed by Yoga.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 10, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-10-2019.html <p>PM - 3 miles easy on the treadmill at lunchtime (very cold out today) with Yoga before work this morning. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 09, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-09-2019.html <p>AM - 3 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime - Yoga before work.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 08, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-08-2019.html <p>AM - 3.5 miles with Dan and Finn in the neighborhood.&nbsp; Good to catch up with him.&nbsp; Yoga afterwards.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 07, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-07-2019.html <p>PM - 3 miles at lunchtime on the treadmill at a good pace - well under 8 mins per mile. &nbsp;Feeling well. &nbsp;Yoga this morning before work.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 06, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-06-2019.html <p>PM - 3 miles with Riley and Finn on an unseasonably warm-ish January afternoon. &nbsp;Really nice outside.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 06 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 05, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-05-2019.html <p>AM - 3 miles with Finn and Riley at Bell Memorial park. &nbsp;Yoga afterwards.</p> <p>I re-read my doctor&#39;s orders and was pleased to see that I am only restricted to 3 miles per day for the first 30 days (instead of 8 weeks - as I had previously thought)&nbsp;- so by the end of next week I can increase my mileage to 5 miles per day.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 04, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-04-2019.html <p>AM - 3 miles on the treadmill in the morning before work, followed by a yoga session.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 03, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-03-2019.html <p>PM - 3 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime at work. &nbsp;Yoga in the morning before work.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 02, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-02-2019.html <p>AM - 3 miles followed by a Yoga session before heading back to work for the first time since the holidays.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 01, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-01-2019.html <p>AM - 3 miles on the treadmill this morning to start off the new year. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 31, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-31-2018.html <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PM - 3 miles on the muddy Milton Trail in a light mist/drizzle with Riley and Finn - who was completely filthy after we were finished. &nbsp;Yoga after giving Finn a good scrubbing.</p> <p>So - my quick year in review for 2018:</p> <p>I had a decent year of running and training and racing starting off with a fun USATF Cross Country race in Tallahassee FL with Rob. &nbsp; I had a couple of good 5k efforts and a nice 10k effort in Dunedin over St. Patrick&#39;s Day weekend. &nbsp;</p> <p>I ran 3 marathons - Grandma&#39;s, Chicago and New York. &nbsp;I was only really trained up for Chicago and ran reasonably well after Richie dropped from the race - and ran a time that would have theoretically met the Boston Qualifying standard for my age at 3:27 but Boston was already full by then, and I am not certain that would have even gotten me in this spring anyway. &nbsp;I will need to go a couple minutes faster with the new qualifying times next year. &nbsp;My goal for next year is to get a qualifier for 2020.</p> <p>I covered just over 2000 miles of training this year which is slightly down from last year, but I did have a significant health issue in November/December that contributed to that decrease with a 90% blockage in my LAD artery requiring a heart stent. &nbsp;Thankfully I became aware of the problem with symptoms (jaw pain and general malaise in as little as 8 mins of effort)&nbsp;whilst running - and was persistent with my doctors who were thorough in their efforts - rather than being dismissive. &nbsp;Really felt as though I dodged a bullet - especially when I happened to pick up Jim Fixx&#39;s Complete Book of Running one evening (at our family Christmas dinner - in a restaurant&nbsp;waiting area with a library) and recalled through a Google search that he died at age 52 of a heart attack - with the post-mortem noting blockages in three arteries including one of 95%. &nbsp;He had a family history - father died at 43 after a heart attack at age 35 - but he never followed his doctor&#39;s recommendations to have a cardiac stress test even within a few months of his untimely death. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>I don&#39;t have a family history, never smoked&nbsp;and none of my annual physicals or labs gave any indication&nbsp;of a potential problem. &nbsp;Given my over 40 years of running - I never even considered (and neither did my doctors) that I would be a candidate for coronary artery disease or a potential heart attack. &nbsp;I guess you just never know...</p> <p>But now nearly 2 weeks since my procedure - I feel great. &nbsp;I have improved on my diet - which was not terrible to begin with - and I have been released to return to running (no more than) 3 miles per day for the next 8 weeks. &nbsp; Barring anything unexpected - upon fully release from my cardiologists,&nbsp;I hope to resume my routine of training for at least 1 or 2 marathons later in 2019. &nbsp;</p> <p>Happy New Year!</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sun, Dec 30, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-30-2018.html <p>PM - 3 miles on the treadmill followed by some yoga.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 30 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 29, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-29-2018.html <p>AM - 3 miles with Finn on a rainy morning.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 28, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-28-2018.html <p>AM - 3 miles on the treadmill as it was storming outside this morning.&nbsp; Ran the last mile at tempo pace/HR effort.&nbsp; Yoga afterwards.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 27, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-27-2018.html <p>PM - 3 miles on the treadmill after a long drive home from WV.&nbsp; &nbsp;Yoga afterwards.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 26, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-26-2018.html <p>AM - 3 miles with Riley in Moundsville WV along the Ohio River running trail.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 25, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-25-2018.html <p>PM - 3 miles with Riley on Christmas Day - easy effort - nice conversation. &nbsp; Merry Christmas!</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 24, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-24-2018.html <p>AM - 3 miles this morning on the town streets in Moundsville WV. &nbsp;Counted 3 &ldquo;leg lamps&rdquo; in house windows (from the Christmas Story movie). &nbsp; I tried to test things a little bit. &nbsp;Ran the second mile in 8:15 and the third in 7:15. &nbsp;Felt really nice to open up. &nbsp;Will need to work gradually for a while to reestablish my aerobic base. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sun, Dec 23, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-23-2018.html <p>AM - 3 miles in town of Moundsville WV with Riley before church. &nbsp;Yoga afterwards. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 23 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 22, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-22-2018.html <p>AM - 3 miles with Riley in West Virginia along the Ohio River Trail. &nbsp;Really cold. &nbsp;Yoga afterwards.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 21, 2018 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-21-2018.html <p>AM - 3 miles outside in the rain with Finn before we drive to West Virginia. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 07:00:00