Quarry Road 8K Trail Race – MT WK4 D2

Today was Quarry Road’s 8K trail race and it is the hardest for me. The big hills on the South and North loops kick my butt and then the two trails along the river finish the butt kicking.

So tonight, I looked at this race as simply a training run and didn’t have any big expectations, other than to finish and have as much fun as I could have running up and down hills on trails in 82*F and bright sunshine. Continue reading “Quarry Road 8K Trail Race – MT WK4 D2”

Back to Treadmilling and a Little Get Together – RunLog 3-21-18

Yesterday was one of those days where it felt a lot colder than the temps were saying or else I am tired of the cold and just don’t feel like dealing with it all that much now. Either way after Bennie’s long walk both Mary and I both decided to do indoor workouts.

I had a few errands to do, which meant that in order for me to get back before 12:15, so I could eat lunch with Mary, that I would have to hustle.

So once the errands were finished, I headed for the gym to do a nice recovery/easy run on the treadmill. Nothing fancy or earth shattering happened during the run. It was one of those get on the ‘mill, run 3.0 miles at 7.0 mph, get off and go home kind of runs.

Which is all that I wanted to really do.

The 10+ Miles on Tuesday had taken a bit out of me, so it was nice to have a relaxing run and yes, later in the afternoon, I did an easy 7.0 mile on the elliptical. I would like to keep most days at a combined 10 miles and see how that does for me for a while.

Then last night I left the house, yeah I know a new and exciting thing, because I hardly ever go anywhere in the evenings. However, the Central Maine Striders (my running club) was having their annual banquet over at Mainely Brews in Waterville.

It good to see many of the familiar faces in the crowd and even more exciting to see some new faces. We did a lot talking, catching up on how things were going, good stories were shared and more great memories were made.

Congratulations to Gene and Geoff for being recognized for all that you have done for the Central Maine Striders over the years. You both are inspirations to what being a club member should be.

However, as usual I was one of the first to leave, while I love catching up on things, being around that many people in a social setting just wears me out and I have to move on sooner than others tend to. It seems to take a lot more mental energy for me to function in those settings, because when I got home I was a lot more tired than I usually am in the evenings.

Even so, I wouldn’t miss those get togethers for the world and the opportunity to listen to the stories that were told.

CMS Group Run Cold but Sunny – RunLog 1-28-14

I know 16F and feels like 16F (the temp app said 0 wind – well it lied, there was a 5-10 mph breeze), so it was not warm, but at the same in comparison to subzero temps, at least it is pretty runnable. Oh Fred’s Coffee said it was 27, but that was in direct sunlight and it sure didn’t feel like 27F. Enough about the weather – it seems that is about all we talk about this year –  well for good reason.

Course Map 1-29-14
Course Map 1-29-14

It was only Barry and I today, but it was still a good run. I wasn’t sure how I would do after yesterday’s tough interval/speed work session and really wasn’t expecting a lot. I do know that the hills hurt a lot more than usual.    Continue reading “CMS Group Run Cold but Sunny – RunLog 1-28-14”

CMS Group Run and Hill Repeats – RunLog 1-15-14

Barry & Patrick after the CMS Group Run
Barry & Patrick after the CMS Group Run

Yesterday – yes yesterday, I got busy with life again, after running yesterday and didn’t write-up the run last night. Oh well, the way it goes.

What a gorgeous day! Mid 40’s, just a little breeze – in other words the January Thaw is here and I actually thought about wearing shorts, but at the last-minute chose not to, but I could have.

The only thing that wasn’t fun was avoiding traffic and having to run through the puddles and the left over ice patches.

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Central Maine Striders Group Run – RunLog 12-18-13

Ah finally, a day where the temps were not in the single-digits and mid 20’s felt down-right balmy. Not quite shorts and tshirt weather, but a few less layers than I have been running in lately.

Today was the weekly Central Maine Strider’s “nooner” group run out of the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville.

Barry, Patrick and Brian at the Weekly Central Maine Striders group run. Photo by Harold Shaw
Barry, Patrick and Brian at the Weekly Central Maine Striders group run. Photo by Harold Shaw

Barry, Brian, Patrick and I showed up for the GREAT weather and we decided to do 5-6 miles up through Colby then over to Silver Street. Continue reading “Central Maine Striders Group Run – RunLog 12-18-13”

Central Maine Striders Group Run – RunLog 12-11-13

CMS Course Map 12-11-13
CMS Course Map 12-11-13

Another Central Maine Striders “nooners” group run yesterday – at noon ;-). The usual suspects were there Barry, Greg, Patrick an myself. Not a bad winter day to run, just a bit breezy up through Colby.

As usual I was the drag on the group, especially until we got to the top of the hill past Colby, yes “they” hehehhe had to wait for me at the Rice Rips Road turn off, but it was all good. I figure that they need a slower run at least once week, so I don’t really worry about slowing them down and it is more of a “running” joke with us than anything, that I am so much slower than they are.

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CMS Group Run and a Little More – RunLog 12-4-13

Today was the Central Maine Striders’ weekly “nooner” run that starts over at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville.

Central Maine Striders Group Run at the Alfond Youth Center 12-4-13
Central Maine Striders Group Run at the Alfond Youth Center 12-4-13

Greg, Barry and Patrick showed up (yes I was there taking the picture) ready to run. Patrick had meeting at 1:00 so we had to hustle up and decided to do only 4 or so.

Unfortunately, I am the old, slow guy of this bunch – you know that anchor that drags everyone back. All I know is that this was the fastest run I have done outside since the Rise ‘n Shine 5K back in September. The “young” guns (they are all younger than I am, even though Greg isn’t that far away at less than a decade back), pushed this old fart pretty damn hard. Continue reading “CMS Group Run and a Little More – RunLog 12-4-13”

Tough Start and CMS Nooner Group Run – RunLog 11-20-13

Today started out pretty tough, as I was getting ready to walk Bennie, I looked over and Joey (our black cat) was nudging his brother Domino, who looked like he was sleeping on the couch. Unfortunately, he wasn’t. He had died sometime during the night. Domi looked as though he just went to sleep and didn’t wake up.

The boys Domino "Domi", Joey and Bennie. Domi was the one who passed away today.
The boys Domino “Domi”, Joey and Bennie

This was totally unexpected, so it was a tough morning. We consider our cats and dog a part of our family and they are our friends as well, so it wasn’t a good morning – to say the least. I might be an old tough guy on the surface, but when it comes down to it – let’s just say I am not.

Central Maine Striders Group Run

The good thing was that today was also the Central Maine Striders “Nooner” Group run, which starts over at the Alfond Youth Center. It was only the second time, so we are still getting the word out and establishing that we are going to do it year round. So for a while the running group will be smallish, but hey we are trying. It was also a good way to take my mind off what happened to Domi. Continue reading “Tough Start and CMS Nooner Group Run – RunLog 11-20-13”