July 19, 2010

Week 2-- 89 days left of training

so this week has been a bit off and i hope this doesn't really happen again. I did the 12 miles last week in my new Asic Ds Trainer 15's, but without the regular in-soles i use. Which i think messed me all up. It set up for a bad week, but everything worked out ok

Monday: 7 miles easy in somesville. Really nice, quite hot at the end. My right leg was starting to bother me.
Tuesday: woke up to the leg hurting, worked my way through it going around Long Pond In seal Harbor for 4.5 miles. Leg was throbbing at the end
Wednesday: running day off, went out and did 13 mile bike ride down to NEH from the campground.
Thursday: completely off, hit up the beach for a nice relaxing day. Quite the rip tide at Sand Beach
Friday: 6 miles easy, feeling better after new in-soles, but still not 100%
Saturday: 2x mile repeat with 800 rest. much better. Hot day though
Sunday: Distance PR! 14 miles. East Side of Eagle lake followed by Bubble pond to Jordan than west side of Eagle. I did have to walk a few times. Those hills are scary!

all in all a good week. Need to keep going at it and stay consistent.

July 11, 2010

Week In review

This past week was one of the hotter one's of the summer so far. Defiantly feeling it in the legs as i take my first rest day of the week. I've worked up to now 6 days a week, and will probably do 6 days a week for another, then switch to 7 for a couple of weeks before easing back into 5-6 again. Not interested in pushing it to hard or anything like that, I just want everything to go smoothly.

Mon: 7 miles around eagle lake. Quite the Hot one so i didn't run till later since i had the evening off from the Restaurant.
Tues: Attempted a workout. I bike 1.75 mi to the MDI high School, warmed up and got lost on a 2 mile out and back, did 2x800 (2:48, 2:41). I had planned on 4x800 at least, but the heat was insane. Biked back to the campground.
Wed: 2 loops around Jordan Pond nature trail. Took a nice head first dive into the root system off the board walk, and scratched my knee, but it got better and i got up and ran again.
Thurs: Ran Seven Bridge (which is really only 6 bridges), no idea why they call it that. (ill let you know later on)
Fri: 5 miles wicked easy on the park loop road. hot out there, but i felt surprisingly good. I think it was just the idea of being on pavement again. Thinking this would be a great spot for my long runs of 14-18 miles.
Sat: 12 miles. Loop around Eagle lake then ran Witch Hole loop and added some at the end. Felt alright through the first 6 miles, then it got a little harder and i was really feeling it in the legs. First off i need someone to run with and second i need to slow my long runs down. Finally hydration is a problem I need to find something that works better than the belt we bought 2 weeks ago. Since there is no water on the courses usually, i need to bring something with me.

Spark note version! 40 mile week, good stuff. Looking to slow down the long run and go longer next week and looking for people to run with on Saturday or Sunday for a long run.

30% of the way there! Thanks everyone!

July 8, 2010

Keep on a trucking

So with the heat the whole east coast has been getting, Bar Harbor has been surprisingly cool. Sure it got up to 85 for a couple of days, but today was beautiful with partly cloudy skies and in the mid 70's.

With working two jobs, i'm struggling to answer my own question here. Should i place my long run on Sunday like i have always done, or place it on when i have a day off from the Campground, like tomorrow morning?s It's not that i don't mind running longer mid-week, it just kind of interrupt my normal routine. On the other hand, this week is special, well the weekend. The 3rd place game of the world cup game in on Saturday, followed by the Final game on Sunday. Both games take place in the middle of the day here on the east coast, and i need to work both Jobs over the weekend. Oh the dilemma.

So my current training has been pretty lax, up until this week. I have been averaging about 35 miles a week for all of June, with my pace on most of my runs about at 6:30 (+-). Look at a number of sites i get different ideas and just try to plan accordingly. I don't think I'm going to follow one single running plan thats out there, but combine many of them, and listen to what my body can handle. By no means does that mean i won't push myself to new heights. Cause i believe that is one goal of mine for this Marathon, and any in the future.

Thanks for reading, and remember to check out my Charity page. Please comment and let me know. http://www.active.com/donate/friendsofacadia/EMauricette

July 7, 2010

Friends of Acadia My Beyond the Finish Line Chairty

So, you may ask what is Friends of Acadia (FOA) and why am i running for them as my Charity. There were 5 or 6 other choices, but i felt they were the most important to me. I'm not saying some of them weren't worth anything or something like that, but being stewards to the outdoors, FOA make it possible for future generation to enjoy the beautiful National Park that is in out back yard here in Maine.

FOA is an organization that is an independent nonprofit that help improve the excellence of Acadia National Park and island through protection beyond what the government can do. You can find out more about them at wwww.friendsofAcadia.org.

By the way, yes i have worked with them before. It was actually just this past May worked with them. I took a "may term" through the University of Maine, that partnered with FOA to help improve the carriage roads on MDI. I took part in a Vista restoration project on one of the loops.

Thanks for reading! Currently as i post this I'm up to 20% of the way there, only $800 to reach my goal! Please continue to help me out, take a look at my donation page here http://www.active.com/donate/friendsofacadia/EMauricette Keep on checking back on my blog for further updates on training and just tidbits along the way!

July 6, 2010

My First Marathon!

So, it's official. I have received the email from active.com that i have paid my $75.00 entry free for the MDI Marathon. I'll be running for Beyond the finish line Charity program. My charity is Friends of Acadia.

I'm going to make it a goal of mine to update at least twice maybe three times a week, but I'm not sure yet with being so busy at work both in the morning and at night. I need some time for running in there.

Please visit my Charity page here http://www.active.com/donate/friendsofacadia/EMauricette