Friday, December 28, 2007


Last night I ran an easy 5 miles on the treadmill. Two of the nice things about exercising at night are that; 1) it keeps me from eating and 2) I’m more likely to add in some ab work after my run. When I ran with Eric a couple of weeks ago, he asked if I was doing my ab work and I had to say no. I felt guilty and since then I’ve done ab 3-4 "workouts".

Last night I was looking at Daws’s and Lydiard’s schedule and seeing how they layout for Boston. It looks like I have one more three-week cycle of base-building before moving onto the hill phase.

This morning was one of those days when I thought, “How can you not love winter?” The temperature was 18 degrees, the winds were calm, and I had just finished skiing for 47 minutes. The trails were groomed right before I started, so skiing was a lot easier than my previous outing. I still need major work on my technique.

Since it’s pretty quiet around here, I went for a 6 mile run over lunch. The footing was crap, so I was happy to not pull anything. I wish I had my Yaktrax with me.

I’ve been reading a couple of new books lately. I started reading Again to Carthage (the sequel to Once a Runner) a month or so ago. I’m about 130 pages in and wondering why he didn’t title the book Once a Fisherman. There has, literally, been next to nothing written about running yet. Yesterday I did a quick search on to see what others have to say. Reviews were basically mixed, but I’d say the majority didn’t care for the book – at least not when compared to OAR. Someone said the running starts around page 170. I’ll get there but now it’s going to have to wait until I finish Bowerman and the Men of Oregon. I got this book last Saturday and haven’t been able to put it down.

Quote of the day;

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.” – Oliver Goldsmith


Anonymous said...

I received that same book last week and plan to start reading it this weekend so I'm glad to hear that it's good. I ordered a lydiard book so hopefully it will contain some of his training schedules as I look towards my next marathon. Do you do a combination of lydiard and daws for your training? Congrats on 3,000. Sure puts my 1,200+ to shame!

Anonymous said...

Bought the Bowerman book on Wednesday and am thouroughly enjoying it.

Thomas said...

What time do you do your evening runs? I cannot get to sleep for at least two hours after exercise, and I've read that there's a good physiological reason for that.

Chad said...

Chris, I consider Daws to be an extension of Lydiard. At this point, I was just looking at their schedules to see when I should be starting the hill phase.

Double, glad to hear you're enjoying the book too. I bet it brings back a lot of memories for you. The first half of the book is all before I was born - it's still interesting though.

Thomas, I've been trying to do my mileage on single morning runs. The times I do run in the evening, it's usually from 8 - 9 PM. I haven't had any issues with falling asleep afterwards.

chelle said...

I've got Again to Carthage coming in the mail this week. Probably good to be warned that it's not quite what the original was. I still want to read it out of curiosity though. Besides, fishing can I guess.