wisconsin winters

by most accounts, this winter has been relatively mild. that said, i do remember my first winter of running back in 1989/90. track season was starting soon and i was running after school with my friends to get ready.

i remember waking up one morning to the news that school had been canceled. undaunted, a few of us met up in town to run the freshly plowed streets. we all agreed that it wasn’t that bad outside and a little snow wasn’t going to stop us from getting our miles in. the next day, friends who didn’t run with us just shook their heads in disbelief; which made it even better.

since those days, i’ve run through another twenty five wisconsin winters. just about all of the time i run by myself but the same sentiment remains – – it’s not that bad outside.

1/8 – 7 miles
1/9 – 7 miles
1/10 – 10 miles
1/11 – 7 miles
1/12 – 7 miles
1/13 – 7 miles
1/14 – 7 miles
1/15 – 7 miles
1/16 – 10 miles
1/17 – 7 miles
1/18 – 7 miles
1/19 – 7 miles
1/20 – 7 miles
1/21 – 7 miles
1/22 – 7 miles
1/23 – 10 miles
1/24 – 7 miles
1/25 – 7 miles
1/26 – 7 miles
1/27 – 7 miles
1/28 – 7 miles
1/29 – 7 miles
1/30 – 8 miles
1/31 – 8 miles

Jan: 231.25 miles (31/31 Days, 35 Hours)

2/1 – 7 miles
2/2 – 7 miles
2/3 – 7 miles
2/4 – 7 miles
2/5 – 7 miles
2/6 – 13 miles
2/7 – 12.5 miles
2/8 – 7 miles
2/9 – 7 miles
2/10 – 7 miles
2/11 – 7 miles
2/12 – 7 miles
2/13 – 9.25 miles

MTD: 104.75 Miles (13/13 Days, 15 Hours & 10 Minutes)
YTD: 336 Miles (44/44 Days, 50 Hours & 10 Minutes)
Odometer: 43,286 Miles

February 13, 2016 by Jerry Cameron
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numbers game

one of the ways i stay motivated is to keep track of the miles i run. with a few weeks left in the year, i usually take a look at where i am at for my mileage and choose a number to shoot for before midnight on new years.

in years past, i have resorted to running in the dark on the evening of the 31st to get in those last few miles in. however, this year i was able to get it done with a day to spare. looking back at 2015, there are a few numbers that stand out.

340 – Days Run in 2015 (340/365 = 93% AKA “A”)

2,800 – Miles Run in 2015 (new personal record by 189 miles)

Looking a bit further back, i also noticed…

10,225 – Cumulative Miles Run during 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 (averaging 49 miles per week)

…and 7 days into the new year i was able to roll past 43,000 on my odometer.

not bad. we’ll see what the rest of 2016 brings. 😉

11/23 – 7 miles
11/24 – 7 miles
11/25 – 7 miles
11/26 – 6 miles
11/27 – 10 miles
11/28 – 7 miles
11/29 – 7 miles
11/30 – 5 miles

November Totals: 194.2 Miles (26/30 Days, 28 hours & 41 minutes)

12/1 – 7 miles
12/2 – 7 miles
12/3 – 7 miles
12/4 – off
12/5 – 8 miles
12/6 – 10 miles
12/7 – 7 miles
12/8 – 7 miles
12/9 – 7 miles
12/10 – 7 miles
12/11 – 7 miles
12/12 – 12.5 miles
12/13 – 13 miles
12/14 – 7 miles
12/15 – 6 miles
12/16 – 7 miles
12/17 – 7 miles
12/18 – 7 miles
12/19 – 10 miles
12/20 – 7 miles AM, 8 miles PM
12/21 – 7 miles
12/22 – 9 miles
12/23 – 13 miles
12/24 – 7 miles
12/25 – 9 miles
12/26 – 7 miles
12/27 – 12.5 miles
12/28 – 9.25 miles
12/29 – 7 miles
12/30 – 7 miles
12/31 – off

December Totals: 245.25 Miles (29/31 Days, 35 hours & 50 minutes)
2015 Totals: 2,800 Miles (340/365 Days, 410 hours & 54 minutes)

1/1 – 10 miles
1/2 – 7 miles
1/3 – 7 miles snowshoeing
1/4 – 7.25 miles
1/5 – 7 miles
1/6 – 7 miles
1/7 – 7 miles

MTD/YTD – 52.25 Miles (7/7 Days, 8 hours & 11 minutes)
Odometer – 43,002 Miles

January 7, 2016 by Jerry Cameron
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roughly right

actually, by mid-September i was “all right” when i lined up on wisconsin avenue for al’s run. i had no pain in my right calf and was able to average 6:10 per mile pace for 8K (4.97 miles) which put me second in the M40-44 age group. as a team hillrunner.com, we finished fifth and three of us received age group awards.

after not having any issues with running at a faster pace, i stepped up the training volume so i could run a fall marathon. late in october, i tweaked my calf again – – twice. once on the run and another time when mowing the lawn. being a bit of a blockhead, i signed up for the marathon anyway.

to take a bit of pressure off my calves, i slipped heel lifts into my running shoes and toed the line for the inaugural milwaukee running festival marathon. i ran at a reasonable pace for the first half but was putting a lot of effort into maintaining it on a fairly windy day on a challenging course. shortly after the half, i began to slow and the reality of it not being my day began to sink in.

with six miles to go, the course turned east which put the wind at our backs. i’ve been there before, struggling through the later miles of a marathon. my focus shifted to simply left – right – repeat and i eventually crossed the finish line in 3:25:56.

milwaukee-running-festival-2015

on a bad day for me, i was still able to muster my 9th fastest marathon with an average pace of less than eight minutes a mile. to be honest, my calf really wasn’t an issue but my quads were real sore which suggests i wasn’t prepared enough for the hills.

i’d say that i bounced back fairly quick from the marathon and was able to take advantage of an early snowfall to do some snowshoeing. for the year i’m up to nearly 2,500 miles on a little more than 300 days of running. i don’t have any races in mind for the rest of the year but i am aiming to push my miles past my current best of 2,610 miles.

showshoe-nov-2015

9/1 – 7 miles
9/2 – 7 miles
9/3 – 7 miles
9/4 – 7 miles
9/5 – 8 miles
9/6 – 7.25 miles
9/7 – 7 miles
9/8 – 7 miles
9/9 – 7 miles
9/10 – 7 miles
9/11 – 7 miles
9/12 – 18 miles
9/13 – 7 miles
9/14 – 7 miles
9/15 – 7 miles
9/16 – 6 miles
9/17 – 5 miles
9/18 – off
9/19 – 1 mile w/u, 8K (4.97 miles) in 30:52
9/20 – 9.25 miles
9/21 – 7 miles
9/22 – 7 miles
9/23 – 7 miles
9/24 – 7 miles
9/25 – 7 miles
9/26 – 14 miles
9/27 – 21 miles
9/28 – 7 miles
9/29 – off
9/30 – 7 miles

September Totals: 227.5 miles (28/30 Days, 32 hours & 40 minutes)

10/1 – 7 miles
10/2 – 7 miles
10/3 – 11 miles
10/4 – 14 miles
10/5 – 7 miles
10/6 – 7 miles
10/7 – 7 miles
10/8 – 7 miles
10/9 – 7 miles
10/10 – 11 miles
10/11 – 14 miles
10/12 – 7 miles
10/13 – 7 miles
10/14 – 7 miles
10/15 – 7 miles
10/16 – 7 miles
10/17 – 11 miles
10/18 – 7 miles
10/19 – 7 miles
10/20 – 7 miles
10/21 – 7 miles
10/22 – 7.5 miles
10/23 – 6 miles
10/24 – 6 miles
10/25 – 6 miles
10/26 – 6 miles
10/27 – off
10/28 – off
10/29 – 5 miles
10/30 – 3 miles
10/31 – off

October Totals: 212.5 Miles (28/31 Days, 30 hours & 50 minutes)

11/1 – 26.2 miles in 3:25:56
11/2 – off
11/3 – 4 miles
11/4 – 5 miles
11/5 – 6 miles
11/6 – 7 miles
11/7 – 7 miles
11/8 – 7 miles
11/9 – 5 miles
11/10 – 7 miles
11/11 – 7 miles
11/12 – off
11/13 – 6 miles
11/14 – 8 miles
11/15 – 7 miles
11/16 – 7 miles
11/17 – 5 miles
11/18 – off
11/19 – off
11/20 – 7 miles
11/21 – 6 miles (snowshoeing)
11/22 – 11 miles

MTD – 138.25 miles (18/22 Days, 20 hours & 31 minutes)
YTD – 2,499 miles (303/326 Days, 366 hours & 50 minutes)
Odometer – 42,648 miles

November 22, 2015 by Jerry Cameron
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bounce back

with two less than inspiring race efforts, and my lowest mileage total in eighteen months, the month of july didn’t exactly turn out the way i had hoped. the problem was an ongoing right calf strain that seems to get aggravated when i run at a pace that is less than seven minutes per mile.

to help rehab it, i eased back on the mileage during july and picked up a stick to work out some of the kinks. around the house, i’ve been wearing my knee high recovery compression socks but pairing them up with sandals tends to get a less than favorable response from my kids.

during august i focused on slowly increasing my mileage and avoiding fast paced efforts. i ended up rolling 252 miles for the month, which is my ninth best monthly total…ever. that in itself gives me some degree of satisfaction but it will still be a few weeks before i try running at a fast pace again. by then i’m hopeful my calf will be closer to roughly right.

7/1 – 5 miles
7/2 – 5 miles
7/3 – off
7/4 – 1 mile w/u, 20K in 1:25:26
7/5 – off
7/6 – off
7/7 – 7 miles
7/8 – 6 miles
7/9 – 6 miles
7/10 – 5 miles
7/11 – 6 miles
7/12 – 5 miles
7/13 – off
7/14 – 5 miles
7/15 – 6 miles
7/16 – 5 miles
7/17 – 5 miles
7/18 – off
7/19 – 1.5 miles w/u, 10K in 42:00
7/20 – 5 miles
7/21 – 5 miles
7/22 – 6 miles
7/23 – 7 miles
7/24 – 7 miles
7/25 – 8 miles
7/26 – 7 miles
7/27 – 7 miles
7/28 – 7 miles
7/29 – 7 miles
7/30 – 7 miles
7/31 – 7 miles

July Totals: 167 miles (26/31 Days, 24 Hours & 15 Minutes)

8/1 – 8 miles
8/2 – 7 miles
8/3 – 7 miles
8/4 – 7 miles
8/5 – 7 miles
8/6 – 7 miles
8/7 – 8 miles
8/8 – 7 miles
8/9 – 7 miles AM, 8 miles PM
8/10 – 7 miles
8/11 – 7 miles
8/12 – 7 miles
8/13 – 7 miles
8/14 – 7 miles
8/15 – 10 miles
8/16 – 7 miles
8/17 – 7 miles
8/18 – 7 miles
8/19 – 7 miles
8/20 – 7 miles
8/21 – 7 miles
8/22 – 14 miles
8/23 – 10 miles
8/24 – 7 miles
8/25 – 7 miles
8/26 – 7 miles
8/27 – 7 miles
8/28 – 7 miles
8/29 – 16 miles
8/30 – 10 miles
8/31 – 7 miles

August Totals: 252 miles (31/31 Days, 35 Hours & 42 Minutes)
YTD: 1,921 miles (229/243 Days, 282 Hours & 47 Minutes)
Odometer: 42,069 miles

August 31, 2015 by Jerry Cameron
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midway musing

with six months behind me and six months still ahead, now seems like a good time to evaluate where i’m at.

the half-full view would be that i’ve racked up fifteen hundred — and two — miles so far this year. that total is fourteen percent more than i’ve had at this point in a year. in fact, during the months of march, april and may i was averaging 65 miles per week…which is really good for me.

the half-empty view would be that i haven’t put forth any real stellar racing efforts. plus, i’ve had my fair share of nagging injuries. during april and into may, it was shin splints in my left leg along with significant swelling of my ankle and foot. i’d had shin splints before but never the accompanying swelling so i ended up buying a pair of compression socks to help fix both issues. as of late, it’s been knotted calves and hamstrings. none of these issues have kept me from training but they have made me less than eager to toe the line and race.

the realistic view is that i slow down a great deal between the half marathon and the marathon. my ~1:24 half marathons in 2013 & 2014 only translated to a 3:13 marathon last fall. granted, my 3:13 was a boston qualifying effort but it was still far short of what i should be able to do…based on what i can do at shorter distances. the ideal would be to thrive with higher training mileage — versus simply survive — which could fix that dramatic slow down over twenty six point two.

5/2 – 13.25 miles AM, 8 miles PM
5/3 – 12 miles AM, 8 miles PM
5/4 – 7 miles
5/5 – off
5/6 – 7 miles
5/7 – 5 miles
5/8 – 7 miles
5/9 – 10 miles
5/10 – 10 miles
5/11 – 7 miles
5/12 – 7 miles
5/13 – 7 miles
5/14 – 7 miles
5/15 – 7 miles
5/16 – 6 miles AM, 8 miles PM
5/17 – 10 miles
5/18 – 7 miles
5/19 – 7 miles
5/20 – 7 miles
5/21 – 7 miles
5/22 – 7 miles
5/23 – 15 miles
5/24 – 10 miles
5/25 – 7 miles
5/26 – 7 miles
5/27 – 7 miles
5/28 – 7 miles
5/29 – 7 miles
5/30 – 6.50 miles
5/31 – 15.50 miles

May Totals – 270.25 miles (30/31 Days, 38 Hours & 12 Minutes)

6/01 – 7 miles
6/02 – 7 miles
6/03 – 7 miles
6/04 – 9 miles
6/05 – 7 miles
6/06 – 7.5 miles
6/07 – 10 miles
6/08 – 7 miles
6/09 – 7 miles
6/10 – 7 miles
6/11 – 7 miles
6/12 – off
6/13 – 8 miles
6/14 – 8 miles
6/15 – 9 miles
6/16 – 7 miles
6/17 – 7 miles
6/18 – off
6/19 – 7 miles
6/20 – 8 miles
6/21 – 7 miles
6/22 – 7 miles
6/23 – 7 miles
6/24 – 7 miles
6/25 – 7 miles
6/26 – 7 miles
6/27 – 8 miles
6/28 – 7 miles
6/29 – 7 miles
6/30 – 7 miles

June Totals – 207.5 miles (28/30 Days, 30 Hours & 39 Minutes)
YTD – 1502.25 miles (172/181 Days, 222 Hours & 50 Minutes)

June 30, 2015 by Jerry Cameron
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