Thursday March 4, 2010
Garmin Connect –Activity Details for Quabbin Tower out & back – 20 miler #1
A great day for a long run – sunshine, blue skies. The one thing I really love about my Forerunner 405 is that I just turn on the satellites start the training and off I go on a 20 miler of my choice. I have not run long on the Quabbin and it is down the street so not a normal run for me. I hate to drive to run, so off I went up Bay, Allen and over the top to the route to Ware that heads to the Quabbin. I remember the field trip and all the history behind this magnificent place. It is so beautiful to run along the Windsor Dam and see the water — this reservoir has a LOT of history! The wind was strong across the dam and in my face at times. I saw the sign up to the Tower and made the trek part of my run. It slowed me down, but was worth the view! There were a few cars, a couple hikers and “tourists” checking out the view – early in the spring season…. Back home I felt strong and fast. Pretty great for my first 20! In total I ran more than 24 and was very happy with the run.
Fuel: 2 GU, Performance
Recovery: OJ, Frozen Strawberries & Mango, Performance & Physique with ice in the vita mix, Bananas & PB, Almonds & peanut M&M’s!
Powersong: Breathe (2 Am) – Anna Nalick
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Garmin Connect –
Activity Details for 20 miler #2 – Neighborhood & Bike Path Loop
Another great spring day for a run todays trek headed me out with Oakley for a little warm up and then with indecisiveness I went out on a long run mapped out last year. Again so great to have the 405 so I don’t need to map, just go! I have been running these roads so much that is easy for me to estimate where I need to go and turn and finally after 3 years I am home here and know my way around! I felt a little slow, but remembered my 12.5 miler yesterday and that I wasn’t quite fresh. Need more stretching and advil prior to my run to help it feel better in the future! On the bike path I ran into an old friend that I met when her twins Eliza & Marin went to kindergarten with Schuyler. They are the most beautiful girls and so photogenic! Trisha Sorber was running with a friend, Kara, who is also training for Boston. I was pretty psyched to connect with them and hope to train with them in the future, especially Kara in this current quest we both share! It was mile 10 and I was chatting incessantly – they caught me all wound up and I LOVE to talk when I run so…. blah blah blah (I can hear my friends Beth & Judy laughing). I had 8 miles to go after I left them and went up and down the bike path checking out the swamps, the geese, the ducks and the random runners, walkers & bikers. A beautiful path that goes to Northampton where Schuyler will never forget our adventure in the thunderstorm! Homeward bound up the hill – Old Bay Rd detour to add on enough and then finish!
Fuel: Powerbar Protein, 1 GU and Performance
Recovery: OJ, Frozen Strawberries & Mango, Performance & Physique with ice in the vita mix. Bagel & PB!
Powersong: Get Up by Superchick
40 days to go to BOSTON!
1 more 20 miler (next week!) then taper!
$875 raised — only $125 to meet my goal for ACS Determination!
Hotel reservations made!
Boston #4 for me! Looking forward to it — and will start thinking about goals soon. Winter training is difficult with coaching at Mount Snow, but i think I have found a solution with some extra vacation time this year to make it work. Hoping that a 3:10-3:15 is in sight – with a new age group the results could be VERY cool.
Keep on running!