19.6 miles in muddy and wet Forest Park

The route I had planned for today’s 20-mile run wasn’t particularly easy, and the pouring rain and frequently muddy trails didn’t make it easier. In other words, it was the perfect race-specific training for Hagg Lake and beyond. It was also my most taxing workout since the Portland Marathon, and may have even been harderContinue reading “19.6 miles in muddy and wet Forest Park”

The risks of running in the mud

I read a lot about ultra running and trail running, so as to (a) waste time and (b) be prepared for the things that might happen to me out there. But I have never seen anyone else mention what happened to me today. So I finished up my 20-mile trail run and drove home. SoakingContinue reading “The risks of running in the mud”

If I can get a minute per mile faster every nine months, pretty soon I’ll be finishing races before I start

I’m trying to do runs that push my speed on Mondays. Today I had to run at lunch. I went over the pedestrian bridge to Cook Park, then followed the trail along the river west, until it came out on 108th. Mostly flat asphalt and pavement; some gravel in miles 2 and 5. The firstContinue reading “If I can get a minute per mile faster every nine months, pretty soon I’ll be finishing races before I start”

Track Town U.S.A.

I went down to Eugene last night for my Mom’s traditional Chanukkah dinner (hey, two years in a row is a tradition if you ask me) and stayed over to do my 18-mile run down there today. I started with hills and mud, not leaving me a lot of oomph for the second half… butContinue reading “Track Town U.S.A.”

Both Virginia and Kentucky are way too wide, in fact

Another 4.4 miles last night. It was 46 and barely raining: not too bad. Have I ever mentioned the site I use right now to log my mileage? It’s http://exercise.lbl.gov,  and as bare-bones, unpolished,  and somewhat sluggish as it is, I still find it fun and motivating. The basic gimmick is that it tallies upContinue reading “Both Virginia and Kentucky are way too wide, in fact”