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.

2013 in Review

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

At first glance 2013 was a failure for me. I wanted to run 2,013 miles and only ran 1,443 miles. I wanted to run sub 30 at Al’s Run and I ran it in 31:54. I wanted to be running races at a 6:00 minute per mile pace but I am not there.

However, upon closer inspection 2013 was a good year for me. I ran 311 miles further than last year which is more miles in a year than any other year in my life. I had several great races even taking home some age group hardware. I was faster at Al’s Run yet again this year making that four years in a row with a sizable improvement. I joined a gym so that I can run when the temps drop to the point that I would have skipped a run – I actually run. I am down nearly ten pounds and very close to an ideal racing weight. I am in much better condition at this point versus last year at this point.

I have set my goals extremely high considering I never ran for high school or college and I am closing in on them with a fierce passion.

Lastly, I have a great coach. His passion for running is an inspiration. His ability to understand a runner’s strengths and weaknesses very quickly allow him to set the runner up for success. He gives the runners all they need to become successful and meet or exceed their goals as long as they put in the required work.

Thank you Ryan for being that coach!

Update on my thoughts about the Garmin Forerunner 410

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

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Not quite as great as I first thought

I earlier wrote a post generally on GPS running watches but not hiding the fact that I had the Garmin Forerunner 410 and that the positives I had found were based on my experiences with that watch. I’ve also talked with quite a few people praising the features of the Forerunner 410. I truly believed it was a great watch and expected to love it for years to come. I wanted to offer an update because my impression of this device has changed dramatically over the past few months. I still think there are benefits to GPS watches but I’m questioning my investment of $200+ on the Forerunner 410.

About 13 months after I bought the Forerunner, its battery life began rapidly declining. While I could go about a week between charges (6-7 days in "power save" mode and roughly 8 hours in "training" mode) when I first got it and even 11-12 months after purchase, it rapidly deteriorated to the point where I could barely get through a weekend (about 2 days in "power save" mode and less than 3 hours in "training" mode) by 13-14 months after purchase.

I attempted to contact Garmin support 4 times. I never heard back from the first 3 attempts. On the 4th attempt, I got through. I was then given instructions to do a factory reset on the watch, let the battery run down to empty, then fully recharge it. This seemed to help a little bit…for less than a month. I was also told, if this didn’t work, I could send it to them with $90 and they would repair or replace it…after I was without it for an undetermined number of weeks.

Now, the Garmin is 15 months old. Before yesterday’s run, I started it up and checked the battery life. 41% remaining. Good to go. So I put it in training mode and it immediately beeped at me with a low battery warning. The screen then went blank and the watch restarted. As soon as it was started up, I checked battery life again. 0% remaining. Just seconds after it reported 41% remaining. It then beeped at me again and restarted. It then got stuck in that loop, beeping at me and restarting about once every 10 seconds, for the next 5-10 minutes. Roughly through the first mile of my run.

So, to recap, things began getting bad about 13 months after purchase of this $200 device. Their fix didn’t work. Now, if I want it fixed, I have to spend another $100+ (with postage) and be without it for some number of weeks. Then I can count on it to last, what, another year before I have to put down another 100+ to get it repaired or replaced? This is not the quality I thought I was paying for when I bought this $200 device.

As much as I like the features and I fear I’ve become somewhat addicted to a few, I would not recommend purchasing this device based on my experience. I’ll be holding on to this until it dies for good, then I’ll be on the market for a different brand with similar features and hopefully better durability and reliability.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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Due to the holiday, my online time this week is going to be limited so no new posts this week.

However, I did want to take a moment to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for at HillRunner.com, mainly all of you who make HillRunner.com what it is.

Without those of you who loyally visit to see what I have to say or use the tools I have provided elsewhere on this site and especially without those of you who are willing to share your own thoughts, HillRunner.com wouldn’t be here. It means a lot to me that you are willing to take the time to read everyone’s thoughts and especially that some of you are willing to take even more time to share your own thoughts.

Even more, it means the world to me that several of you have placed your trust in me to guide your training. I always strive to do my best and I love that you challenge me to make myself better every day. The group of runners I have the privilege to coach is a great group of diverse people who always make the job exciting, fun and challenging in just the right way.

I am thankful every day for running and all that running has given me. I hope those of you reading this feel the same way.