Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005

Haven’t posted in a bit. Have been going to PT for a while, to work on overall form and my right knee. Things are going slowly. But last night I was able to get 8 laps of the Bronxville Track at a decent pace. It hurts a decent amount to start, but then it eases up a bit, and I could make it. Today (Rosh Hashanah, so I worked from home), however, I went out on the Nature Study/Twin Lakes trail on my mountain bike. I think I&38217;m becoming adept at it. But one must avoid hubris, especially in a sport where it’s easy to crash. On Sunday, I hit a stretch where I was sure that I was going down but somehow pedaled my way out. Today there was a tree across part, so I had to use a detour. It was pretty hairy in spots. On a second lap, I only had to get out of the pedals once, but that was pretty scary. There was a large rock. After being out of the pedals and stopped, I still thought I would go over the handlebars. But I didn’t. Otherwise no problems with the ride. Passed a bunch of Iona College X-Cers; they’re ranked No. 6 now. Also some others from, I think, Iona Prep and Ursuline.

Was also in London last month, but couldn’t run. Tried on the first day in Hyde Park, but it was not good. I did take some pictures as Iffley Road’s track (the gate was temporarily open):

Many of the pictures of Bannister’s finish white out the building that had the chimneys (but no longer does) and a bunch of the people. ESPN2 has the movie Four Minutes this Thursday, Oct. 6.

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Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005

Turns out I’m not supposed to have been riding on certain trails. Oops. It was pouring rain on Saturday, but I was in Chester Heights, so I decided to drive over to the stables parking lot and see how things went. Hadn’t run on a trail in a while. Turned out to be easy. Hobbled for about 50 yards, but then it felt fine. Didn’t see a soul in the rain, and much of the course (only around the Lake) was in puddles. They were fun to run through.

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005

So Sunday, headed to the OCA South. Screwed up with the watch; hit the wrong button. But figure went about 7.5 minutes, turning where you hit the trail from Tibbetts. And back. Again, slight trouble at start, but then OK. Had to climb over one small branch, both ways. But felt pretty good.

Monday, Oct. 10, 2005

Back to Twin Lakes on Monday (Columbus Day), and did 16:30 worth; full lap and then back on a back trail. Trail in good shape, and had fun. This time, saw some dogs and people and one young deer.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005

Drove to Bronxville Track. It was slightly drizzly when got there, but it stoppped. Lane 1 at a pretty good pace, but don’t know how fast because didn’t bring watch. Thought about 12 laps, but only did 10, and struggled the last 4. Not a matter of the knee, which hurt for about 50 meters and then was fine (only a twinge), but because got tired. But felt good.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005

Day off.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005

Went down to track. Hoped to do at least 12 laps, but stopped on the back-straight of lap 10 when the knee srarted to hurt a bit. But while first few laps were about 100, picked it until doing 6:15-20 pace. A bit of a strain in terms of effort, but felt pretty smooth. Stopped as a precaution.

Friday, Oct. 14, 2005

Raining all day, and fairly heavily when got home. Decided to do a run on the road; first time in months. Ache for maybe 20 meters and then nothing but a slight ache for the duration. Ended up doing a fairly relaxed 22:20. Maybe I’ll try the Larchmont 5K.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005

Art show in Litchfield, CT, so went to White Conservation Center just outside of town. The park, however, goes down to Bantam Lake and much of it is low-lying. So several roads were closed because of flooding, and I had to turn a couple of times on trails with flooding. The park takes some exploring to find good trails, but I’m sure they’re there. I ended up on “Windmill Hill,” but ran out of gas at 11 minutes. What I did run was fairly hilly, first down, and then up, and couldn’t quite make it back up the hill. Knee a little sore, but mostly just tired.

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005

In the morning, rode the trail bike at Sprain Ridge. A humbling experience; had never been there and it was difficult. In the afternoon, went to Twin Lakes. No real knee problems, but pretty tired. Decided to try for 2 laps, but then just wanted to get the bridge on the northeast side, and did that, in 19:31.

Monday, Oct. 17, 2005

Have to face the roads sooner or later, so did it tonight. Wasn’t planning on too much, but felt well enough to head into Bronxville and do that loop. No problems, and did just under 26 minutes. Gotta be happy about that.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005

Ran to Bronxville Track, ran 8 laps, and died, so didn’t run home. Laps started getting a bit quick; fastest was 93. No knee issues notwithstanding a quickened pace.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2005

Tired from work but decided to go out and glad I did. Relaxed through Fleetwood and into Bronxville and around. Beautiful run for a Friday evening.

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Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005

Drove to Twin Lakes in a slight drizzle, although didn’t notice it in the shade of the trail. Went to Webster Avenue and back around the lake. Tired at end, but happy with the run, just under 32. These are pictures I took:

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005

Drove to OCA South. Ran to Weir and back; out in 16, back iun 15:30. Pretty relaxed and no knee issues. Saw a few other guys going pretty quickly.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005

Bronxville hills. Pretty tired going out, without a watch, but it was great to get there. These are the closest thing I can think of to X-C running on the roads, because you are constantly going up and down short stretches with turns. Although tired, decided to climb Crow’s Nest Road via Midland, and finished easily. A nice run.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005

To Bronxville track for 8 laps and then back, via the Crow’s Nest hill off Midland. No watch and took it easy.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005

Ran the Saints John and Paul 5K in Mamaroneck. The course begins with a sharp down-hill, which will become an uphill on the finishing stretch. It has a lot of turns through the neighborhood, but it is well-marshalled. The mile mark came in a too-fast 5:40 since I was aiming to take it easy at about 6 minute pace. But my knee was fine. Overall, however, I struggled. Fourth at the mile, with 1st well away and 2nd and 3rd just ahead. At the mile, the course entered the Leatherstocking Trail for about half a mile. This stretch was flat, and carpeted with leaves; there’s a stretch on a boardwalk. Out of the trail and on the road. I was pretty tired, but kept going. One guy passed me and then the first woman, with about 3/4 to go. She and I stayed together most of the way in. There was a nasty, but short, uphill a little before the final straight, with a downhill right afterwards. Then the uphill to the finished. 6th place, in 18:51. But I was pretty tired out on the course. I attribute that to a lack of work. I don’t think I’m up to the 8K at VCP next week-end. But I may be able to do the Turkey Trot on Nov. 20. But I’m not going to be in race shape, so my focus is on building a base for the spring.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Easy after race. From Bridle Path parking, to Webster Avenue. 31:12. Relaxed

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