Week in Review – June 28, 2015

This week I had some hill fun while training!

Training

Week Ending June 28, 2015
Week Ending June 28, 2015

This week I ran a total of 31.5 miles in 4:52:03. This included an interval run on Wednesday as usual, hill run on Friday and 10 mile long run on Sunday.

The interval run on Wednesday was actually not too bad this week. IT was a bit hot, but I felt good doing it. The longest interval was 3/4 mile and that wasn’t too bad. I felt good and strong doing it. I did keep my other shorter runs (except my trail run on Tuesday to the 3 or 4 miles required by the program rather than extending them a bit like I usually do. I should probably try and stick a bit closer to the program to not burn myself out given the mileage increase coming up.

Friday called for 4 miles of hills. Luckily, we went up north by my uncle and it is much more hilly there than at home. I got a good 4 mile hill workout in. Saw some deer, got bit by some bugs, and had a blast the whole time. I love the hills.

Sunday, my long run was 10 miles. I took advantage of still being up north and used the hills to really give myself a good workout. I ran a good pace and had a solid run for 10 miles. It was very nice to get to tackle some big hills on tired legs and push through them no problem.

New Gear

This week, I finally got my Saucony Nomad TR trail shoes I pre- ordered at the Run Away Shoes VIP night way back in January. I picked them up after work on Tuesday and went directly to the trails to try them out!

Saucony Nomad TR
Saucony Nomad TR
Saucony Nomad TR
Saucony Nomad TR

My first 4 mile or so run with them was great. I also own Saucony’s Peregrine 5 trail shoes, and that is what I usually do my trail running in. I feel like the Nomads are a bit lighter, a bit more cushioned, but a bit less traction and protection. The Peregrines seem a bit more stiff (I think it has a rock plate to protect your feet from stones and bigger sharp rocks) than the Nomads. The grip is a lot more aggressive on the Peregrines as well. I feel like the Nomads will be great for mixed trails. Trails where you have some off road dirt, but more gravel paths and/or pavement. The Peregrines shine in the mud and the looser trails. I will keep using booth and let you know what I think as I get more miles on them. Maybe a good side by side comparison.

That is it for this week. I hope everyone gets out to run and has a great week!

Week in Review – June 21, 2015

This week was a good week of training and included an adventure! I went backpacking/camping/hiking with my brother over the weekend, so that added so good workouts to my week.

Training

Week Ending June 21, 2015
Week Ending June 21, 2015

This week I ran a total of 30.32 miles in 4:39:39. This included a pretty tiring interval run on Wednesday and a Long run on Sunday.

The interval run was pretty difficult for some reason this week. I don’t know if my legs were just tired or it was the heat, but it was a tough one. I did complete it successfully, but I know I worked hard.

The long run on Sunday was a bit more difficult as well. First it was in the afternoon heat. And it was a hot one! Second, it was right after I got back from my camping trip on Sunday. A couple of nights sleeping on a pad in a tent plus over 13 miles of hiking, and then an eleven mile run. It was tough but I did it!

Adventures

As I said earlier, I went on a backpacking/camping/hiking trip with my brother. You can read more about that here.

That is it for this week. I would say overall the marathon training program is going good so far. I haven’t had to get into the real long mileage yet though, and that will be the real test. The intervals are a bit faster than they were for my half marathon training program, but I have so far been able to do them OK. So far, I would say I want to switch to the marathon in September, but I will know more in a month or so as my long mileage grows.

Hope everyone gets out to run this week!

Backpacking June 2015

I spent the weekend of June 19-21 backpacking/camping/hiking with my brother at Newport State Park in the most northern part of Door County, Wisconsin. It is the second year that we have done this trip and it was a lot of fun!

At the start of the trip.
At the start of the trip.

We drove up after work on Friday evening and made it there by about 6:30 pm. We checked in at the ranger station, filled our water bottles and water bladders and set off on the hike into our campsite. The hike in was 1.76 miles and took us about 42 minutes. We had to stop along the way to put on some mosquito repellent though and we took our time a bit.

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With the late start and dark coming sooner than later, we got the tent set up right away. The site was pretty nice. We had a bit of trouble finding a decent flat spot with no rocks to cut up the tent, but we got it. There were two benches which was nice as last year’s site only had one. There is also a bear box at every site to put your food and garbage in so you don’t have to worry about hanging it.

First night camp fire!
First night camp fire!

Once we had the tent set, we headed out to gather some firewood. Within an hour or so, and thanks to my pocket chainsaw, we had a decent collection of firewood. It took a bit to get it started as some of the wood was a tad wet/green but as you can see above, we had a pretty good fire going.

By the time we got all the work done, it was fairly dark and had cooled off. We still needed to eat supper, so we threw our headlamps on and went about to make some supper. I had a Mountain House Chicken and Rice Teriyaki meal that was very good!

Sunset the first night.
Sunset the first night.

We were camping right on Rawley’s Bay so we were able to watch a great sunset and get a nice picture of it as well.

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The next morning, on Saturday, we woke up and made some breakfast. I had the Mountain House Scrambled Eggs and Bacon meal. I have had it before and I do enjoy it. You can see our cooking setup above. I use a Jetboil Flash to heat water for my meals. My brother is using a cheap stove and a Toaks Titanium pot I got him for Christmas to heat his water. Mine did heat faster, but his worked great as well considering his setup was half the price or less, it worked well.

We then decided to hike to the ranger station to fill our water back up and to hike a different trail. We hiked 2.41 miles in about 53 minutes back to the ranger station. We did see a deer but that was about it. When we got to the ranger station we filled our water and checked our phones to see what the weather was going to be. We knew it was supposed to rain, and there was a possibility of sever weather so we wanted to know. When we checked it looked like most of it was moving further north, so that was good.

We then decided to hike around the park a bit, but for some reason my feet were really hurting so we ended up hiking back towards the campsite early rather than walk the whole park. On the way back, it actually did start to rain. I put my rain jacket on and put my rain cover on my pack and we pressed on. The hike back to camp was 3.41 miles in and hour and 20 minutes.

When we got back to camp it was raining a bit, but not too bad. We actually decided to play some cards in the rain. Funny part was, we could not think of a card game for two people that we knew all the rules to! We kind of figured out some rules for Kings in the Corner and played that. Then we played a couple rounds of Crazy Eights, a round of War and then four or five more rounds of Crazy Eights. It started to rain a bit harder so we decide to head into the tent and took a nap for about 3 hours or so.

When we woke up, the rain had stopped! I had a bit of a headache and didn’t feel like eating, but knew I had to so we decided to make some lunch at about 3:30 or 4:00 pm.

P6200031 P6200033I decide to make some oatmeal. The above pics are me enjoying the goodness! We also at some point in there collected more firewood, and we had kept it going hot through the rain, so it was easy to get it started back up. After all that, I felt better and we decided to hike some more. We walked around the whole outer trail of the park and hiked 4.42 miles in an hour and 33 minutes.

By this time it was starting to get dark so we collected a bit more fire wood and got the fire going again.P6200034As it was getting dark, I had a chance to get some more sunset pictures.

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This one is my favorite.
This one is my favorite.

As it finally got dark, we decided to start making supper around 9:30 or so. We started hearing all this rumbling like thunder. We quickly realized it was fireworks! We went back down to the water and you could see all the way across the bay, there was a fireworks show going on. We hung out and watched them for a bit. Was kind of fun to see and enjoy on a camping trip.

After the show we went back up to the site to get our supper made. I had Chicken flavored Ramen noodles mixed with some dehydrated veggies to make it a bit more soup like. It was fantastic! I really enjoyed that and will be having that for a trail meal again. We watched the fire a bit longer and went to bed about 11:30.

We woke up the next morning and got everything in our tent packed up. Then when we got out, we struck the tent and got all of that packed up and taken care of. Once we had that all done we made some breakfast. I had some oatmeal because I really like oatmeal and it tasted so good when I had it for lunch the previous day. Once we got that done, we finished cleaning up and headed back to the ranger station.

We hiked 1.64 miles in 34 minutes. Once back to the car we got our packs loaded and headed for home.

It was another great trip. It is always fun to do a different kind of camping. We own a camper and do that a few times each year, but backpacking an hiking has always appealed to me.

So in total we hiked 13.64 miles over the weekend. Oh, and when I got home on Sunday, I did my long run of 11 miles! It was a very great weekend.

 

Week in Review – June 14, 2015

This was a good week of training. I got in some solid runs and good cross training.

Training

Week Ending June 14, 2015
Week Ending June 14, 2015

This week I ran a total of 26.99 miles in 3:57:46. This included a nice interval run on Wednesday and a long run of 8 miles on Sunday.

The interval run was the second scheduled of this cycle, but the first I completed. The first one, I was too busy on Wednesday with kids activities to get it in, so I skipped it. It was not terribly difficult, but it was a good challenge. I like the good hard runs to break up the easier ones.

The long run was 8 miles, and was a decent run. Nothing too special happened. I had to get it in before my wife and I had to be somewhere, so the last mile or so of it (.91 miles) was run at 7:30! That is a pretty good pace especially after having already run 7 miles. I was happy with that.

That is really all for this week. A pretty straightforward week overall. Hope everyone gets out and runs!

Week in Review – June 7, 2015

This week I started a marathon training program. I am not currently signed up for a marathon, but I have it scheduled to end with the Fox Communities Marathon. I am currently signed up for the half marathon, but if the training goes well, I may switch.

Training

Week Ending June 7, 2015
Week Ending June 7, 2015

This week I ran a total of 22.65 miles in 4:34:56. I did skip one scheduled run this week. I had too much going on with the kids and at home to get the run in. It happens from time to time, so I am trying to not let it bother me.  Overall, it feels great to be back into a training regimen. The two light weeks were needed for sure, but it is good to have a goal once again.

As I said above, I am signed up for the half marathon in September. I want to do the full marathon, but I am not sure that I am ready. I decided to start this training program to see how it goes. If nothing else I can always switch to my half training program at the correct time, but if it goes good, I can switch to the full marathon, so I have some options.

That is it for this week. Hope you have a good week!

Week in Review – May 31, 2015 – Month in Review – May 2015

This week the month and week end on the same day nicely, so I will cover both in one post.

Training

Week Ending May 31, 2015
Week Ending May 31, 2015

This week has been another recovery week after the half marathon. My plan is to start up my next training schedule on June 1st so a bit of a light week will do me good to rest up into the next training cycle.

I ran a total of 17.42 miles in 3:43:51 this week. As I said, pretty light week for me. I skipped my long run on Sunday to try and keep my mileage down but was still went to the gym to work on the elliptical to keep my fitness up as much as possible.

Month in Review

This month has been a pretty exciting month! I was able to run, complete and PR my first half marathon. I got a lot of good training in leading up to it, and my recovery after has been good.

May 2015
May 2015

This month I ran a total of 112.54 miles in 16:27:57.

Year to Date - May 2015
Year to Date – May 2015

That puts my yearly total to 649.61 miles in 96:42:23. I am still well ahead of schedule to meet my goal of 1200 miles for the year. In fact, I the first five months of this year, I have now surpassed my 2014 yearly total mileage (though I didn’t start tracking or really running a lot until June).

I also signed up for my next half marathon that will be happening in September 2015.

That is it for this post. I am hoping to have my Cellcom Green Bay Marathon ARR wrapped up and out soon. I was waiting for pictures and have them now, so I just need to write it all up and get it out.

Hope everyone has a good week and gets out to run!