On December 31st, Amy and I set a goal of raising $10,000 in 2017 for NF Northeast for research
|Fundraising snapshot - June 2017|
I am happy to say that with the help and generous donations of our friends, family, and my employer's (Cisco) matching gift program, we have achieved that goal and it was roughly 7 months ahead go schedule.
Amy and I are not stopping now. We have both committed to run the Falmouth Road Race (August) with NF Northeast / raise another $2000 and we both will be participating in the Coast to Cure NF Bike event (September). We are greatly looking forward to these.
26 X 1 Club Challenge
Location: Medford, MA
Distance: 1 mile
Distance: 1 mile
In 2014, I crushed my PR (by 17 seconds) and broke 5 for the first time. Going into the race this year, I simply wanted to prove to myself that I still had a sub 5 minute mile in me.
|Post race libations at The Pub|
Going into the race today I was ready. The plan was the same as always: start out in the low 70's, try to remain under 2:30 at the half and 3:45 at the 1200, and the finish with a strong kick.
I started out a little quick with a 69 second first lap and was at 2:27 at the half. Pretty much right on target. I slowed a little too much during the third lap and was at 3:47 at the 1200 and had my work cut out for me. I closed with a 73 and handed the baton off in exactly 5 minutes.
While I would have loved to have gone sub-5 again, I am happy with the result and happy to know that I can really kick it into gear when I need to.
100 Mile Training
Since the Boston Marathon I have not been following a training plan. I was trying to keep it simple; get in some speed work, a long run here and there, and have some fun while keeping the weekly milage between 30 - 50. For the most part I obeyed this. I got in some good speed work (see above), a few good train runs (The Fells and the Western Greenway), and a long run of just under 24 miles.
While I enjoyed this brief back off, I am eager to get into my next cycle. Tomorrow I start my 17 week ramp up for the Hennepin 100. It is broken into four blocks with a recovery week every fourth week. This plan has me reaching a new weekly high of 117 miles and a new longest run of 66 miles. It has me tackling three sets of gnarly terrain with major league back to back runs.
While I am a little scared of this plan, I am also excited about it. I tried to incorporate everything that I have learned about endurance training over the past ten years into; balance of speed, volume, consistency, race specific training, and to keep it interesting and fun.
While it is doubtful that I will hit it exactly, you have to start somewhere so you mind as well dream big.
|The Hennepin 100 Training Plan - V1|