Monday, August 21, 2017

Endur Stage 7 - Road Marathon

 The "Ultimate" is over winding up with a very hot 42.2 to round out the week.  I was aiming for a slightly sub 4hrs and ended up with 4hrs18min44sec.  I was through the 1/2 in 2hrs but the second loop I was hot and exposed....no death march just had to slow down and take care of business.   I never really hated the run but I was pretty uncomfortable in the heat but again I managed OK.   Fished 33 out of 58 that started that day and ended up 20th in the ultimate logging a total time of 16hrs22min7sec.

More data to be added and I will do a summary of the week but I don't need to say much because I have already registered for the 2018 Ultimate!  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Endur Stage 5 Picture

Taken at the top of Chicopee


Endur Stage 6 - 10km Time Trail

 Stage 6 the 10 km time trial was done this morning in a surprising 48min28sec.  Once again I had no idea what to expect but I did want to more or less run to my potential today.  With the Marathon looming tomorrow I wasn't sure if this was a good strategy but 10K's have never had any long lasting affect on my ability to carry on!  It was a pretty rough first km almost like I have forgotten how to run.  Once things warmed up it felt hard but natural.  The HR crept up to 161 so I backed it off keeping it in the high 150's through most of the race.   I am pleased with my results considering all the different events I have done this week!


















Friday, August 18, 2017

Endur Stage 5 - 25.6 km Alpine Run

Endur Stage 5 was done today 25.6 Ks on a 5.15 km loop at the Chicopee Ski Hill.    There was only two large climbs,  and one that was intermediate plus a handful or two of short ones... all walked.   There was some super fast single track on the back side of the Ski Hill.  Just went with what felt right today.   Figured a good goal was to beat my 25 km " Cross Country" run and I did just that coming in at 3hrs11min50sec good enough for 31st out of the 56 folks that started.

And once again I was pretty happy with my 5.15K Splits ... last lap was 5 seconds short of being the fastest!  




























Thursday, August 17, 2017

Endur Stage 4 - 10 Mile Hill Run - August 16, 2017

 Stage 4 is in the record books logging the 10 Miler ( 16.1 km ) in 1hr29min48sec.   I really feel like I am getting stronger each stage.   It takes a little while to get up to pace but I seem to be settling in nicely after a few Ks.   I honesty thought that last nights race was a 13.1 km ... the old Horror Hill Road course ....NOT!    When I did see the super fast folks coming back around the 4 K mark I asked someone how far and to my surprise it was 10 miles.  Doing the conversion thats 16 km ... yikes,  although it really didn't change much.    One of my goals was to run all the hills and thats what I did...ZERO walking ,  Yeah!!   The start was a bit rough but once I warmed up I really started to enjoy the run.  Being that it was an out and back I had the chance to cheer on all the runners ahead of me.    Strangely enough I am actually enjoying running faster its been a long time since I strung together so many days of " Speed".

To "Relive" the run click here!






















Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Endur Stage 3 - 30K Cross Country Run - August 15, 2017

Endur run stage 3 was done today a 30K Cross Country Run.    This was by far the fastest, averaging a 6:31 pace  and most consistent trail run I have done this year ,  check out the 5K splits.

32:50,   32:49,  32:46, 32:41, 32:35, 31:50


 I judge a good trail race not by my time but by how consistent I am and I must say I nailed this one!   It was a little on the warm side ,  real high humidity but all  and all it wasn't bad.  Hydrated ,  did a gel each time I past headed back out on the  5K loop.   I had a little quad pain after the two previous day of " speed " but it wasn't a problem I took care of it jumping in the hot tub at 4am for a good massage before leaving home at 5:30 am.  

 I finishsed 36 out of 55 runners.   There are allot of very fast folks doing this series!  

Relive the run...click here! 






Monday, August 14, 2017

Endur Stage 2 - 15K Time Trial - August 14, 2017

Second day in a row running " fast " ...good grief ,  not longer my thing LOL.   Actually I didn't mind the format made it kind of fun!  

 So it was an out and back on a flat road.   Those with the slowest times Sunday went out first and everyone was spaced 1 minute apart ,  I went out at 08:21 am!   Again I really didn't know what to expect so I just went with it again starting slowly logging one of my slowest Ks of the run a 5:23 pace.    Managed to pick it up a logged a couple of 5:00 though Ks.  HR was high and I just went with it.  The HR was never more then 5-10 BPM away from my 165 BPM Max yet it felt OK.   A couple of times it was creeping up into the 160's and it felt like things were going south so I backed down a bit!  High 150's it was for pretty much the entire run.    Heading back I caught a handful of runners in front and was passed by a couple but I was pretty happy tripping the mat at 1hr18min41sec.   

 Finished 36th out of 59 runners logging an average 5:15 pace.  

 The race was staged from the RDs house in Conostogo.  He had a rather large yard with and equally large pool and there was this over the top meal waiting for us .... I am really liking this Endur format.

Relive the run by clicking here...try it its super cool!