Better, Stronger, Faster
2014 April 23 

4 mile run this afternoon: 8 min/1 min run/walk interval.

The weather was nice, which for me means warm and sunny.  Notwithstanding the beautiful day today, overall I am really struggling with my running.  It seems like it takes me about 3 miles just to get warmed up these days, and I just feel (and in fact, I am) soooooo sloooooow. 

On the bright side, my calves felt fine today. 

2014 April 21-22

4/21: rest day. Masseuse worked on my calves, which have been terribly tight in recent days.

4/22: 20 min swim.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

2014 April 20
5k row, changing stroke rate every 1k: 22-28-22-28-22 s/min

2014 April 20
5k row, changing stroke rate every 1k: 22-28-22-28-22 s/min

2014 April 19

6.5 mile run on a beautiful morning.

Left calf is giving me trouble. It started bothering me Thursday.

Overall: Legs were leaden at first, but it got better as I went on.

2014 April 18 — Friday Fun Night at Travis County Strength.  Do you detect the theme? Hint: it was tire-ing.

2014 April 18 — Friday Fun Night at Travis County Strength. Do you detect the theme? Hint: it was tire-ing.

A week in Boston

I’m back from a trip to Boston!

I had very long work days, but managed to get in 2 runs and a strength training session.

Unfortunately, the runs were on a hotel treadmill rather than on the streets of Boston or along the Charles River or anywhere else scenic. In the past, I have marveled at the number of historic sites that I run past in that city! The Boston weather can be tough on a Texan, though. Early in the week, winds from the Atlantic ocean were gusting up to 50 mph or so, but I still saw bike commuters managing to get through it! It also actually snowed overnight one night, so I was thankful I had packed a sweater — I had debated that one with myself while packing.

Next Monday, Patriot’s Day, is the running of the 2014 Boston Marathon, and there was a lot of news coverage about the race. This past Tuesday, April 15, marked the anniversary of last year’s bombing. At 2:49 EST, the city observed a minute of silence. There were several ships in the harbor, all sounding their horns simultaneously in remembrance of the victims. Although I am not a Bostonian, I love the city and felt at one with its people in that moment.

2014 April 14

Managed to get in a quick 5k on the dreadmill before going to a business dinner.

2014 April 12

Ran 7 miles, a mixture of roads and trails

Felt good overall. I was worried that all the squats yesterday would slow me down, but I did not feel any effects, probably because it was fewer than 24 hours following last night’s strength workout. I may be quite sore tomorrow, but the run should actually help with recovery.