Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mesa Rd.

5 Miles 32:46 6:33 average per mile
1:30 pm)very warm low 60's sunny!
Legs were a bit tired from yesterday's tempo run but I still
managed to push the pace pretty hard.
Weather was awesome! I had to enjoy it as tomorrow it will
be 40 degrees colder!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway

12.25 Miles Total
10:45 am) sunny & warm
10 Miles Tempo 1:02:34 6:15 average per mile
6:24, 6:20, 6:16, 6:24, 6:24, 6:09, 6:07, 6:25, 6:12, 5:51


Monday, November 28, 2011

Mesa Rd.

5 Miles 35:03 7:00 average per mile
12:00 pm) 50's Sunny
Thinking about 2012 Races.
Jan-Feb Winter Series
March - Marathon
May - Greenland Trail 50k
June - Garden of the Gods 10 Miler
July - Barr Trail Mountain Race
August - Pikes Peak Ascent
August - Pikes Peak Marathon
Sept. - Marathon or Bear Chase 50k
This is some of them. I will do more than this as I will do
some 5k's and such.
I'm thinking about the double! Ascent and Marathon. I think this
is the year I do it. Have not wanted to try it before but feel
I'm ready for it.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Incline Club Group Run

7.5 Miles 1:03:53 8:31 average per mile
8:00 am) cold & sunny
Got off work early today so I was able to make the first Incline
Club run of the new season. Today was also group picture day.

Today's run was up to 15 miles. I took a shorter option as I'm
tapering. I went out 3.75 and then back. Started at Memorial
Park went up Ruxton then over to Ute Pass to Longs Ranch Road
then back.

I felt good pretty good today. It's a tough 7.5 mile run lots
of ups and downs. I guess I ran pretty well as I caught up
to Matt C. at mile 3 and ran with him till I turned around.
Matt was doing the long course so he was not pushing it hard
at all. Still pretty neat to run with the legend. Kind of made
my day. Funny story as we were running together I said hi I'm
Brad and Matt says I'm Matt Carpenter. Like I didn't know that.

Afterwards we had a little party at the park. We all brought
food and drinks and then shared it all. Good times.


Saturday, November 26, 2011


12 Minutes Treadmill 1.7 Miles
10 Minutes Elliptical
Didn't feel like doing much today. Bit sore from yesterday and
working last night. Just wanted to loosen the legs up a bit.
First time on the treadmill in months. I found it to feel
harder than running outside. For fun I put it at 11.1 towards
the end just for some fast turnover.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway

16 Miles 1:50:29 6:54 average per mile
11:50 am) cloudy 47 degrees
Was not sure what I was going to do today. I didn't want to
commit to running a certain pace or distance until I got
a mile or two into the run before deciding. Well I could
tell my legs did not want to do fast turnover but felt
okay if I kept the pace at a moderate pace. So I decided
to make this my last longer run before the marathon 2 weeks
from tomorrow.
7:11, 6:50, 6:46, 6:50, 6:52, 6:53, 7:00, 7:03, 7:07, 7:02,
7:08, 7:13, 7:07, 6:38, 6:42, 6:05
Last mile decided to finish strong and see what I could do.
I was happy to finish on a good note.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Briargate YMCA 5k

3.1 Miles 18:08 5:51 average per mile
27 out of 2422 3rd Age Group (40-44)
Sunny & Warm 50's
Pretty happy with my race today. I had no real goal as I was
exhausted before the race even started. Last night I worked
very hard and didn't get off till almost 8:00. Race started
at 9:00. First half mile I was sluggish hard to get the legs
moving. After a half mile I got into a better grove and
started to pass all the people that flew by me. From this
point on no one passed me and I passed runners the rest
of the race.
The weather was perfect today! I could not have asked for
better. This is a fun race. They had over 2800 runners.
The Course is not flat it has some rolling hills. I actually
liked the hills today though as I would gain ground on the
other runners every time I hit one. I guess all the training
on hills this past summer is paying off.
Last year I was 30th Place 5th Age Group. I averaged 6:08 per
mile compared to 5:51 this year. So I am getting faster.
Picture above looks like I have no arms! I can assure you
I do have arms.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Palmer Trail Loop / Section 16

5.46 Miles 44:55 8:14 average per mile
10:15 am) Sunny & Warm Upper 40's
Needed some trail running today as I'm kind of tired of road
running. Was nice out and I enjoyed the run. I felt slower
than usual on the climbs but faster on the flat sections
and the descents. I love this short loop it is probably my
favorite run. You work very hard the first 2 miles then you
can fly for the last 3.5 miles.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway

11 Miles Total
10:15 am)
Today was going to be a 10 mile tempo run. Well it didn't go
well. I ended it after the 8th mile. I was struggling and
mentally weak. I jogged back to the car. Tempo started out
good but it was hard from the start.
6:17, 6:25, 6:22, 6:27, 6:28, 6:07, 6:15, 6:30. Glad I ended
it as even the jog back to the car was not easy. Not sure
why I had a off day. Maybe doing 10 yesterday was a factor.
I usually run less the day before my tempo runs.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway

10 Miles 1:08:13 6:49 average per mile
10:30 am) 30's Sunny
Chilly run today but with the sun and light wind it felt pretty
nice. Felt good today and ran harder than I wanted to. Was
supposed to be easy. Tomorrow is a harder run so hope today
didn't jeopardize that.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Manitou Incline & Barr Trail

5.3 Miles Total
1 Mile Incline 26:53
I knew the Incline time would be slower today with me doing my
long run yesterday. I actually felt pretty good just didn't have
a lot of energy. Coming down Barr trail I felt great though.
Nice sunny day but very windy. At the top of the Incline the
wind was really blowing. Barr trail was in great shape no snow
or ice.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway Long Run

20 Miles 2:17:58 6:54 average per mile
9:30 am) 50's Sunny!
This run was a struggle today. I felt okay till mile 11 then
for some reason I started to bonk. At 14 miles I wanted to
end the run. I decided at 14 that 22 was not going to happen
and told myself lets at least try for 20. Got the 20 miles
so happy about that but am wondering what happened today.
Maybe just an off day?
My splits to give an idea of the slow down. Never really
crashed but did slow down.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hill Repeats

7.10 Miles 48:41 6:52 average per mile
10:15 am) cold 30's Sunny
Did something I have not done since March 26th. Hill Repeats!
I did a 2 mile warm up followed by 4 X 20 second strides.
Then I ran up 17th St. it's not steep but has a gradual incline.
I did 6 X 2:00. After each one I would jog back down for
recovery then repeat. After each one of these I was getting
to the same spot so I figure I ran them all at about the same
pace. On the 6th one I pushed harder and finished about 10
yards further down the road. This was a very effective
workout. Want to do it 2 more time before the marathon.
Quads are a bit sore from yesterdays run. I guess that's good
though. Easy day tomorrow then last long run on Friday.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway

10 Miles 1:02:31 6:15 average per mile
9:30 am) 40's - 50's Sunny & Breezy
Good run didn't really feel super but ran well.
12.35 Miles total


Monday, November 14, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway

5 Miles 36:01 7:12 average per mile
12:15 pm) 50 degrees sunny
Hamstring is a bit tender so I took off yesterday and ran relatively
easy today. Hamstring is still a bit sore but I think it's okay.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon Highlands Ranch, Colorado

13.1 Miles 1:31:33 7:00 average per mile
3rd Overall 1st Age Group
Was a lot harder course than I was prepared for. Lots of rollers.
Never felt very good all day. I can't complain about being 3rd
but wish I would have felt better than I did. I was second for
first 3 miles then I got passed by 2 runners then the 3 of us
kind of stayed together trading positions every now and then.
I was in second until mile 9 when I got passed again and could
not respond. My legs were pretty much dead at that point.
Hung in for last 4 miles for 3rd.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Palmer Trail Loop / Section 16

5.48 Miles 44:10 8:04 average per mile
12:00 pm) 50's Sunny! Awesome weather!!!
Felt great today and ran this 28 seconds faster than I ever have.
I'm very happy with that time and I could have probably broke
44 minutes if not for some icy sections I had to slow down on.
Ran in short sleeves and shorts! Back home in Wisconsin they
are getting snow. Glad I'm here.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway

10 Miles 1:02:45 6:16 average per mile
10:20 am) 40 degrees Sunny & Windy!
Wanted to do 12 miles today but decided 10 would be enough.
I was tired before even starting this run so figured 10 was
better than nothing. It was chilly and windy for this run
making it even harder to get motivated for it. I did a
mile warm up. Was still kind of cold but once I started
the tempo run I was warm. I started out against the wind
so I would have a nice tail wind on the way back.
6:40, 6:33, 6:29, 6:37, 6:35, 5:56, 5:57, 6:16, 5:56, 5:45

New Shoes Brooks ST 5

Monday, November 7, 2011

Canya Canyon 6K

4.04 Miles 33:54 8:24 average per mile
3rd Overall
Mile 1 7:35
Mile 2 10:39
Mile 3 7:50
Mile 4 7:40
Last minute decision on this race. I worked the night before
the race so I was a bit tired going into this race. My
schedule was for a shorter faster run so this worked out
Mile 2 was extremely hard! I had to even do some power walking
due to me red lining early into the race. I recovered pretty
well for mile 3 & 4. I was 4th place until the last mile
when I made a pass going up hill. Was a risky move but was
able to hold on for 3rd. I was pretty far back from top
2 runners so even if I was fresh I would have been 3rd.
Top runner Peter Maksimow broke 30:00 (29:47) for a course
record. That guy is in shape!!!
7 Miles on the day.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Uintah to Garden of Gods & Back

8 Miles 55:21 6:55 average per mile
9:15 am) 40's Partly Sunny


Friday, November 4, 2011

Manitou Incline & Barr Trail

5 Miles Total
1 Mile Incline 26:33
Pushed pretty hard on the Incline. Took it easy coming down
Barr Trail as I was a bit sore from yesterday's run.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pueblo Front Range Trail

20 Miles 2:12:46 6:38 average per mile
11:40 am) low 40's Sunny!
This was a hard run today. I didn't feel great for most of the run.
The last 5 miles were especially tough. I struggled just to hold
on. Glad to get this run in though. Not really sure why I didn't
feel better. Maybe because I did a hard tempo on Tuesday.
Another factor could be that I just haven't been logging that many
miles lately and my endurance is weak. Not sure that's the case
though last week I did 18 and felt very strong.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pikes Peak Greenway Tempo Run

10 Miles 1:02:19 6:14 average per mile
10:00 am) 40's Sunny
Probably the fastest I have run 10 miles since living in Colorado.
So far my training couldn't be going any better. Hope I can keep
it up for a few more weeks before the taper.