Thursday, March 28, 2013

1,200+ Mile Review / Update: New Balance MT 101 & MT 110

I fancy myself as a barefoot runner but I do a lot of running in shoes.  I run in shoes when out on the trail, when it is cold, when it is hot, and sometimes when it is dark.  The New Balance MT 101 were my first pair of proper trail shoes and about a year later I picked up the MT 110.  I haven't bought any new shoes since then.  I haven't closely tracked the miles but both pairs are safely past 1,200 miles.  The MT 101s have held up better than the 110s but the 110s work better with my foot shape.

I didn't run in the 101s for about 6 months and they sat in a basket on our front porch.  Then one day it was too hot to run BF and my 110s were caked in mud in the back of my car.  I tossed on the 101s, after emptying out the dirt my son had filled them with,  and realized they worked pretty well for short fast runs.  I then used the 101s for shorter runs and the 110s for longer runs.

I'll have to try and salvage my 110s this week since the hole in the picture below is getting to be a bit of a nuisance.  I figure that I'll run them through the was and then try to super glue the flap back to the sole and have my wife stitch the upper mesh back together. 

A few more pictures of wear and tear.

My biggest complaint about the 101s, outside of being too narrow in the toe box, would be the separating lining on the inside of the heel.

What a great song:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Taper Week 1 Ending 3.24.13

Monday - Gym - P90x Chest and Back

Tuesday - 45 min stairs

Wednesday - Off

Thursday - AM - 45 min stairs, PM - 6 miles, NB MT 101

Friday - Gym - Bench, Squat, Dead - did squat and dead at about 80% of normal to avoid any chance of injury.

Saturday - 8 miles - 6 miles NB MT 101, 2 miles BF

Sunday - 6 miles, BF

I typically taper for 2 weeks and seem to get sick more often than normal in that 2nd week.  So I am going to to taper for 3 weeks this time.  Who knows if it will make any difference at all.  Typically Hells Hills is one of the 1st really warm races of the year but it looks like we might get lucky with some cool air this year.

Firestone Walker comes to Texas

Monday, March 18, 2013

Two Weeks Ending 3.17.13

I have not posted in a while and have been grinding.  I some how lost a bit of my training log when my laptop restarted itself, so this is just the last two weeks.

Starting 3.11.13:

Monday - 45 min stairs

Tuesday - 27 miles, NB MT 110

Wednesday - 45 min stairs

Thursday - AM - 45 min, PM - 4 miles, NB MT 101

Friday - Lifting - Bench, Squat and Deads - pulled my heaviest Dead to date @ 255, should be able to hit 300 in early summer

Saturday - Off - Kids soccer games in the morning and then a whole bunch of relaxing

Sunday - 20 miles, 16 NB MT 101, 4 BF

Monday - 45 min stairs

Tuesday - AM - 45 min stairs, PM - 4 miles, BF

Wednesday - AM - 45 min stairs, PM - 4 miles, BF

Thursday - 45 min stairs

Friday - 45 min stairs

Saturday - 22 miles, NB MT 110 - I was aiming for 30 miles but a late start and a busy afternoon forced me to cut the run short.  This was probably for the best with it being the warmest day of the year.

Sunday - 20 miles, 16 NB MT 101, 4 BF - nice easy run

Total - 101 miles plus 6 hours of stairs

Time to taper.  I managed to work in 9 runs of 20 or more miles in this cycle (plus an 18) and that is by far the most I have ever been able to grind out.  Now, will that produce results come race day?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The No Beer March

I love beer but I also understand than throwing back 600 - 800 calories of the magical nectar a night won't help me shed any weight.  I'm sitting at 207 right now and would like to be down to around 195 come Hells Hills.  The only way that I am dropping that and not starving myself is to cut out beer....  It will be a long month but I will endeavor to persevere.