Bret Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/ Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:59:56 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Jun 19, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-19-2019.html <p>AM - just under 3 miles this morning with Finn before work. &nbsp;I awoke early enough for a longer effort, but decided I was tired and went back to bed; then got up and decided to squeeze a shorter run in, because Finn was jumping around and essentially begging that he&nbsp;wanted / needed some exercise. &nbsp;Happy dog. &nbsp; He was so pleased when he got back that he went back to sleep...and I went to work. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 18, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-18-2019.html <p>PM - &nbsp;5 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 17, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-17-2019.html <p>AM - 5k with Finn before work. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Jun 16, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-16-2019.html <p>PM - 5 miles with Finn on Summit/Brittle and Phillips Circle - quite warm. &nbsp;Felt a little rough for the first mile or so. &nbsp;Warmed into it though.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 15, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-15-2019.html <p>PM - 3.1 miles with Finn - jetlagged - just wanted to get outside and stretch my legs.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 14, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-14-2019.html <p>AM - 6 miles quite early in Amsterdam- heading home today.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 13, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-13-2019.html <p>AM - cool damp morning in Amsterdam - ran from the hotel to Vondel Park. &nbsp;Staying a little further away from where I usually stay when I am here. &nbsp;Temps in the 50&rsquo;s and cloudy. Felt like a fall day instead of June. &nbsp; Here for 2 nights and then back home. &nbsp;Not sleeping very well with all of the travel and time zone changes.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 12, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-12-2019.html <p>AM - 5.25 miles in a steamy humid mire in Hong Kong - did loops around Victoria Park. Early meetings and then off to Amsterdam. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 11, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-11-2019.html <p>AM - 5 miles on the treadmill in Kuala Lumpur- no time to figure out a run outdoors as the road/highways and buildings looked like a labyrinth below from my hotel in the dark. Travel to Hong Kong after a morning meeting. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 10, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-10-2019.html <p>No run - traveled to Kuala Lumpur for business - 26 hours of transit - left Sunday morning and arrived Monday evening around 11 pm local time. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Jun 09, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-09-2019.html <p>AM - very early start- 4 miles on the treadmill before a lengthy day of travel to Asia. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 09 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 08, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-08-2019.html <p>AM - 10 miles early with Finn on Brittle/Summit and Wood Road trails. &nbsp;Rainy for a few days but we were fortunate to get about half of the run in dry before the rains resumed. &nbsp;He was a filthy mess from the dirt roads. &nbsp;Lots of wildlife and farm animals to check out at the daybreak including one very vocal rooster. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 08 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 07, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-07-2019.html <p>PM - 4 miles very easy on the treadmill. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 06, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-06-2019.html <p>AM - 5k with Finn before work. &nbsp;Late start, limited time.&nbsp;</p> <p>PM - lunchtime - treadmill workout: &nbsp;4 x 800 @ 5:45 ppm with a 400 rest; then 1 mile at 5:45 pace. &nbsp;Warm up and cool down. &nbsp;Felt solid the whole time. &nbsp; Pretty sure the treadmill&#39;s calibration is not accurate, but the HR effort is what I was seeking, which was right in the high tempo to threshold zone.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 05, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-05-2019.html <p>AM - just a little less than 5.5 miles with Finn and with Dan before work this morning. &nbsp;Dan has had a knee injury and had taken a few weeks off, so I expected a shorter/easier run, but he pushed the pace and insisted his knee was not bothering him. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 04, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-04-2019.html <p>PM - lunchtime - a little over 6 miles. &nbsp;Was not feeling it early-on, may have been nutritional - like I had not eaten enough. &nbsp;Finished up considerably faster. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 03, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-03-2019.html <p>AM - 5.25 miles with Finn in the neighborhood this morning before work. &nbsp;Felt good and ran at more of a tempo effort.&nbsp;</p> <p>PM - 3.5 miles for a short easy run at lunch time. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Jun 02, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-02-2019.html <p>Travel day from Amsterdam back to Atlanta</p> Sun, 02 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 01, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-01-2019.html <p>AM - at sea for the day. &nbsp;Got up late - did about 4.25 miles on the treadmill in some rough seas - making balancing on the machine a bit of a challenge. &nbsp;</p> <p>PM - when Tracy went to get a spa treatment- I did another run on the treadmill- but this time the seas were calmer and I felt good and got about 8 more miles in. &nbsp;We arrive in Amsterdam early tomorrow and then transfer to the airport for the flight home. &nbsp;It has been a sedate and relaxing experience. &nbsp;Exactly what we wanted. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, May 31, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-31-2019.html <p>PM - in Bergen Norway on our last port before heading back to Amsterdam. &nbsp;Bergen is the second largest city in Norway at nearly 220,000 in population. &nbsp;It is a pretty seaport town with a very clean picturesque cityscape against 7 hills. &nbsp; Evidently it rains here quite a bit- like over 280 days of rain per year. &nbsp;But we were fortunate because although it was quite cloudy and looked like it would rain - we escaped with no precipitation. &nbsp;Quite cold though for my taste at barely 50 degrees and windy. &nbsp;We wandered around the shops in town and took the funicular rail to the top of a hill and viewed the city and countryside below. &nbsp;I ended up just doing a few miles on the treadmill late in the day since - too lazy to figure out a run outdoors. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 May 2019 06:00:00 Thu, May 30, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-30-2019.html <p>PM - our cruise ship made port in Molde, Norway on a cold cloudy overcast day. &nbsp;I awoke a little late and Tracy and I decided to walk around the town of about 18,000; but strangely no one was out and the shops and restaurants were all closed. &nbsp;Turns out to have been a national holiday in Norway - Ascension Day. &nbsp;We made our way back to the ship and after lunch Tracy got a massage treatment whilst I ventured back off the ship to run up a somewhat steep hill /trail to a panoramic view of the area which is said to have 222 snow covered peaks. &nbsp;I did not begin to count them. &nbsp;Pretty view though and a solid effort of&nbsp;about 6 miles in total. I made my way down the trail which was rather steep and at times slippery as I got&nbsp;caught in a&nbsp;rain shower. &nbsp;</p> <p>It is pretty far north here. In fact sun does not set officially until after 11:30 PM and then actually stays light&nbsp;for the most part until the official&nbsp;sunrise&nbsp;around&nbsp;3:30 AM. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 May 2019 06:00:00 Wed, May 29, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-29-2019.html <p>AM - ship was not quite into port of Skjolden a tiny village at the end of Norway&rsquo;s longest fjord. &nbsp; No obvious place to really run outside anyway. &nbsp;Ran at HR tempo effort. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 May 2019 06:00:00 Tue, May 28, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-28-2019.html AM - 5 miles around the village of Eidfjord Norway - fun exploring the area where we are in port for the day. Tue, 28 May 2019 06:00:00 Mon, May 27, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-27-2019.html <p>AM - 7 miles on the treadmill aboard a cruise ship traveling to Norway. &nbsp;Seas are a bit rough - but not bad. &nbsp;Had to grab the side of the machine a couple of times before losing balance with occasional movement. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>PM - 3.25 miles on the treadmill in the evening as Tracy was getting a spa treatment massage. &nbsp;Tried running on the top deck jogging track but it was really short -140 meters - and the wind was kicking and it was cold &nbsp;- so I went back inside. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 May 2019 06:00:00 Sun, May 26, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-26-2019.html <p>No running - travel day</p> Sun, 26 May 2019 06:00:00 Sat, May 25, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-25-2019.html <p>AM - 6 miles with Finn at daybreak. &nbsp;Peaceful morning with mist rising in fields between the hills and the trees. Lots of deer out today. &nbsp;</p> <p>Heading out on vacation for a week with my bride - to celebrate our 29th anniversary. &nbsp;Taking a Scandinavian cruise mainly to Norway out of Amsterdam. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 May 2019 06:00:00 Fri, May 24, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-24-2019.html <p>PM - just about 5 miles in the late afternoon with Finn on the Milton Trail. &nbsp;Very warm outside. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 May 2019 06:00:00 Thu, May 23, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-23-2019.html <p>PM - late lunch - treadmill tempo at marathon pace. &nbsp;4 mile warm up then 4 miles at MP or better. &nbsp;Good effort. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2019 06:00:00 Wed, May 22, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-22-2019.html <p>AM - just about 6.25 miles with Finn in the neighborhood before work.</p> Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:00 Tue, May 21, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-21-2019.html <p>PM - 8 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 May 2019 06:00:00 Mon, May 20, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-20-2019.html <p>AM - 5 miles with Finn before work - some rain showers were about.</p> <p>PM - around 4 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime. &nbsp; Sometimes when I am on a particular brand of treadmill at the gym and I am running too closely to front, my hand sometimes inadvertently&nbsp;strikes and actuates the control button for &quot;cool down&quot; which is on the handbar in front of the control panel...suddenly arresting my pace down to 4 mph - and requiring to me to restart. &nbsp;Happened on this run - and so I am not quite sure how far I had gotten as I quickly reset to restart the machine. &nbsp;I get so irritated when that happens...&quot;stupid treadmill&quot; - when I really should be saying to myself - &quot;run further back on the belt, and this would not happen...&quot;</p> Mon, 20 May 2019 06:00:00 Sun, May 19, 2019 http://Bret.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-19-2019.html <p>AM - 3 miles early on a Sunday morning with Finn before church. &nbsp;Did not feel motivated for any more running later in the day. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 19 May 2019 06:00:00