Monday, December 15, 2008

Saturday @ Inov-8

Lisa, Carter, and I opened up the doors at inov-8 to a few friends on Saturday. For a while there has been some call for us to do this from people in the area. Both friends and strangers that have a tough time finding the inov-8 line in New England.

We have been thinking of doing this once a month to respond to that demand. It's a good way to connect with the local community as well as serve customers. So this past weekend was our first attempt at it. We asked friends to come to make the trial run easier to manage and we had a great time and learned a lot about how to improve the process.

The plan was to open up at 1 then run at 2PM. This was reasonably on track but somewhere along the way 2PM came 2:09 became 2:30 +. In future we'll try to be more on time since visitors are planning their day and in some cases their running around this run-from-inov-8.

Also, we'll move to the back -- back in the warehouse -- and have people be a bit more autonomous with style and size selection.

The run was great though. Friends Ryan and Ron were there and Ron brought along Jim and Paul, both nice guys and all great runners. We did 5.7 according to Paul's GPS at a pretty good clip. I'm looking forward to running more with these guys when ever time allows.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

6.4 @ 7:30 pace

I ran half way to work to pick up the car. It was raining and about 38F. It felt really hard and several times I slowed down briefly and considered walking a bit. I stuck with it though and finished the run in 48 minutes for 7:30 pace exactly.

No wonder it felt hard! I didn't realize I was running that fast (sadly, this is what passes for fast these days) at all.

Right now I'm pretty pleased with the run but it sure wasn't a lot of fun during.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Six Miles, One Day Late

I got my run in this morning by dropping the car at Lisa's work then running the last six miles to my work. I was spoiled with 60F+ temps and a light rain. Not so nice were the strong winds gusting to 30mph+.

Can't have everything. ;-)

So, so miles, 21 total for the last seven days.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

No Run Today

Well, it's 3pm and after being in a meeting from 11am to 2pm I'm out of time. My "1 more mile" streak will come to an end at only 5 miles.

I'll take today off then run the 6 tomorrow since it's supposed to be good weather.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Five miles

I ran inside again today. This time on the treadmill at work. The first 1.9 miles at about 8:30 pace then the last 3.1 @ 7:03 pace.

It felt ok, though some slight soreness in my Achilles. I finished up with some light stretching.

Six miles tomorrow in better weather outside hopefully (only 17F today).

Three Miles, Four Miles

Two more outings in the books.

I ran 3 miles on the gym treadmill while Carter was warming up for his swim meet. I ran this at 8 minute pace and wow did I feel heavy and slow!

Sunday I started out on our 8 year old treadmill only to have it break down 4 minutes in. After a quick clothing change I went outside and completed the run on snowy roads. It was cold, but nice to be outside after all.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Two miles

Day two, two miles. About 34 with mostly clear skies and a moderate wind. Wish I'd had something to cover my ears!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

One More Mile

So I am finally getting back to running after my MR100 experience. I ran twice while in the UK over Thanks Giving and have been on a day-on/day-off schedule since.

Today I started something new: start with a 1 mile run, then each day, add one more mile to your distance.

Sounds easy enough to start with but if you do this for 31 days, you end up with a final week mileage total of 171 miles!! That's more than double my biggest week ever (65 miles in '04 training for WS100).

I thought I'd give it a go and restart it each time I reach 9 or 10 miles. Today was the easy part ;-)