2015 in Review

This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

Well December was a letdown of sorts but better than last year. I ran 23 times missing out on four planned runs. I only had a total of 160.2 miles and 20.46 hours of total time running. Last December was “zero” runs – so way ahead of last year. Also, December was the third best month of 2015 for total miles. I averaged a 7:39 pace through December as well. A good strong pace.

2015 overall was a pretty good year. Started out very poor with no miles in January/February and only 40 miles in March. But then things improved and I finished 2015 with 1,324 miles a very low total (less than 2014 which had 1,355) but quality miles. I averaged a 7:30 pace for the year – nice and strong.

Only entered two races in 2015 and performed quite well in both. I surpassed my goal in the first race by earning a podium finish in 3rd place (overall – not age group) and got a nearly one minute PR in the 5K finishing in 18:30. The second race was a big race – Al’s Run in Milwaukee. Of the 2,575 runners I placed 81st which was good enough for 3rd place in my age group of 88 guys aged 40-44.

Seeing as I am going into 2016 with good miles in Oct, Nov, Dec of 2015 and planning on Jan, Feb and March I’ll have six months of running behind my heading into spring of 2016.

My race plans for 2016 are as follows:

The Deer Run – April 30th a 5K – looking to beat my current course PB of 19:22 and hopefully beat my 5K PR of 18:30. This would require a pace of 5:56 per mile or better.

Silver Lining – June 5th (May 29th?) a 5K – Looking to take home an age group award once again and show signs of a possible sub 30 by Al’s.

Hootie Hustle – August 27th? A 5K– Looking for a stronger performance and to make the podium again and to improve my course record as well as my PR. Aiming to be at least down to an 18:00 flat or better. This would require a pace of 5:47 per mile or better. This will be very tough.

Brigg’s & Al’s – Sept 17th? An 8K – Looking to go sub 30 and crack into the top 40 and again earn a medal in my age group. This would require a pace of 6:02 per mile or better. This is very achievable.

Milwaukee Running Festival – Nov 6th – ½ marathon. Looking to PR in the ½ which would demand a sub 1:28 – actually hoping for 1:25 or better. This would require a pace of 6:29 per mile or better.

October and November Updates

This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

October and November were nothing to write home about but this is a blog and not home – so . . .

October and November were about recovering from the racing season and getting back into running because I love to run. There was no structured training or pressure to get out the door. October saw 22 total runs and only 122 miles in a total of 974 minutes or 16.25 hours at an average pace of approximately 7:31 per mile. November was even lower with 17 runs and 97 miles in 739 minutes or 12.3 hours for an average pace of approximately 7:40 per mile.

December is going to be a nice little build-up and has started very well so far – hopefully the weather makes it easier to stay out there running through December, January and February. Once we hit March running outdoors gets easier and easier. But it would be nice to carry over most of last year’s training into the 2016 racing season.

I have plans to race much more in 2016 starting with the 5K Deer Run on April 23rd! It is a great course and I am hoping to crush my course record (19:22) by over a minute and lower my 5K personal record (18:30) by any amount as well. Who knows where things will go from there –

Get out there and do some running!

September’s Monthly Update

This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

September was a mixed month. I started out great having recovered well from an injury running the first seven days. On the eighth day I had a great workout but then tore my calf in the cool down period two miles from home. Hopped and limped home for two full miles. I was just 10 days out from my big goal race of the year – not good. Had five days with no running and then little slow two milers to feel out the calf. Race day was, in my opinion, a poor performance of where I should have been and I was not yet at 100%.

I finished the month out strong while slowing getting back to 100% Last day of the month was an outstanding workout. I did a ten by one minute interval session – the intervals averaged a 5:32 pace!

I only ran on 22 days for a total of 125 miles and 15 hours and 20 minutes of running at an average pace of 7:23 per mile.

Looking forward to one more race this season if I can get enough people together for a 5K team event on November 1st. Otherwise, I’ll settle into late Oct as a “take it easy” month before hitting another base building phase to prepare for an amazing 2016.

Monthly report for August

This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

Other than a great race performance August was a terrible month for my running. The month started off while I was camping in the woods – still hadn’t figured out the logistics of running and getting cleaned up after the run (got it now). So I did not run the first nine days of August. Then on the 19th I twisted my ankle and needed time off.

Ten days and five runs later I had a phenomenal race (see the race report.) I earned a new PR that was 52 seconds faster than the previous PR and in a race as short as a 5k that is huge.

All told – Only 105 miles. 15 runs plus a race. Just shy of 13 hours of running.

Next race is Brigg’s and Al’s run 9/19/2015 – a great team event – looking forward to another PR.

July’s Update

This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

I know this is a bit late but I was camping deep in the woods for the first week of August.

July was an amazing month. Not only did I run my highest ever monthly total miles but also had my fastest average pace. I did not even have a race in July to bump that average.

July had a total of 28 runs for 229.29 miles and a total run time of 27 hours and 6 minutes. I averaged about a 7:20 per mile pace.

I am also about 8-9 pounds from my goal racing weight (down from 15.)

Monthly Update

This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

Instead of a daily or weekly blog post I will do a monthly update instead.

After all that time off from running I am finally getting back into good shape. I started running again on 03/10/2015 and here is a simple breakdown of each month through the end of June.

March – 16 runs – 39.66 miles – 2.48 miles per run (average) – 5 hours 17 minutes – 7:59 average pace per mile

April – 26 runs – 113.79 miles – 4.38 miles per run (average) – 14 hours 34 minutes total – 7:41 average pace per mile

May – 24 runs – 129.46 miles – 5.39 miles per run (average) – 16 hours 9 minutes total – 7:33 average pace per mile

June – 28 runs – 186.8 miles – 6.67 miles per run (average) 22 hours 56 minutes total – 7:22 average pace per mile

2015 Boston Marathon prediction contest

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

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Win some cool HillRunner.com gear!

It’s Boston Marathon time! You know you’re already thinking about who will win and how fast the winning times will be. Why not win something with your predictions?

We’ll have two winners, one each for the men’s and women’s races.

How to enter:

– Pick the top 3 for each race

– Pick the winning time for each race

– Get them to me, via comments, contact form, email, Twitter, Facebook or any other method available.

Scoring

If one of your chosen top 3 wins: 5 points

If one of your chosen top 3 finishes second: 3 points

If one of your chosen top 3 finishes third: 1 point

2 bonus points for each runner who finishes the exact place you pick for them.

In case of tie, the tiebreaker will be whose predicted time is closer to the actual winning time.

Again, the men’s and women’s races will be scored separately. We’ll have a winner for each.

Here is the most recently updated elite entries list I was able to find.

The elite women start at 9:32. I will accept any entries received by 9:00 Boston time (8:00 Central) race morning.

My daily run thoughts

This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

In an effort to keep myself honest and get myself out there even if motivation is low I thought having a daily run blog would help. I also hope that it may inspire others and get them either running or become more consistent as well.

Today’s run was uneventful – a short three miler at a 7:54 pace. It did feel very good – still a bit more of an effort than before my long break from running but not as tough as a week ago. (I started running again on 3/10/2015 after a five month hiatus.)

I was thinking that my racing season would be very short and at the end of the year but the way things are coming back it might not have to be as truncated as I first thought – only time will tell.

See you tomorrow –

Long time off is over.

This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

Due to a set of circumstances partly out of my control I lost five solid months of training. Coach Ryan has taught me how to make the past, "the past" and look forward. So, I have run seven of the last eight days – I think I am back it! Now of course they have all been about two miles and at a slow 8:00 minute per mile pace – but I am getting out there. I know that in a matter of weeks – things will start coming back nice and strong. Al’s run is so important to me because of Team Hillrunner – I am focused strongly on that race and it is in fall – I have time.

I look forward to posting my furthered success of improvement in the coming weeks and months.

The Washington Post is catching up

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

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Reported on this last year

Last year, I blogged twice about the latest trends in running shoes. Essentially, that the minimal shoe market was reverting back to the mean and the pendulum was beginning to swing toward the "maximal" end.

Well, now the Washington Post is up on this latest development.

Not pretending to be holier than thou. Just interesting how trends that we could see a year ago are now making it into the mainstream media as if they are fresh, breaking news.