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It’s bigger than you

Reservoir Trail @ the Fells
There’s been so little natural light in my life of late – my work weeks have been a cycle of dark to dark, and a considerable mental challenge has been to get off the bus for the gym & it’s neverending treadmill. This week the best of those runs was a fairly intense mile repeats workout Wednesday. This weekend was better – I managed to get outside twice, hitting the Reservoir trail at the Fells again with TARC folk Saturday early then running my long in Worcester this afternoon. Despite starting that “early” at 1:30 or so, the sun was still setting when I made it back into the warm. Unreal. Solstice is still a month away.

This coming week is short at work with Thanksgiving Thursday. I’ll have the Gobble Gobble Gobble to start that day. The big forthcoming event is the TARC Fells Trail Ultra Winter 32 miler, two weeks on.


Song of the week, Experience the Jewel by Wintersleep.

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It’s cold in the desert

Gobble #6Team HBThe highlight of the week (running-wise) was the Gobble Gobble Gobble 4 miler turkey trot in Davis Square on Thanksgiving morning. This was my 6th GGG in a row, and I finished in 27:44, a 6:56 split. This was 25 seconds slower than last year (I’ll conveniently chalk that up to getting stuck in early race traffic & my lack of a GPS watch).

Other than that, a touch short this week. Despite running every day I still came up a few miles under my 40 mile goal. This was one of only a handful of weekends in the last few years I wasn’t able to get a half marathon distance in – I don’t like to slip on this goal, both for OCD and internal motivational purposes. That said, I did get a solid 2+ hour run of the Skyline Trail in the Fells in on Sunday to prep for next weekend’s ultra. It was supposed to be a confidence builder, but the fact that it was rainy/wet/icy wasn’t exactly reassuring. Steven is planning to help me finish it off, we’ll see if that’s enough to push me over the edge. I am very much hoping it will be dry come Saturday.


Song of the week, Cold Desert by Kinds of Leon.

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An off week

IMG_0927An off week to recover from my October races. This is the lowest weekly mileage since I hurt myself last September. I needed a bit of a break though, trying to heal some nagging injuries I’ve been running through. I’ve run some 1750+ miles this year, and am still well on pace to hit 2000 miles for the year in the 8 1/2 weeks we have left.

Coming up – I have two races left this year to round things out. On Thanksgiving I’ll be running the Gobble Gobble Gobble in Somerville (one of my favorites) and then on December 7th I’ve got the TARC Fells Trail Ultra Winter 32 miler. Not sure how that will go exactly but I plan to spend the five weeks between now and then trying to figure that out.

Oh and also – maybe one final race at the end of December, if that snowflake in the photo to the right is to be believed.

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  1. YJP says:

    Everyone come to DC for jingle blast, please!!!

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Turkies & trees

Turkey & Pilgrim Believe in (pre-Thanksgiving) ChristmasOne other thing to be thankful for – two more of my photos were recently published on the Universal Hub. The guy on the left is from yesterday’s Gobble Gobble Gobble in Davis Square. My official but totally BS time was 31:00 (I timed myself at 29:20 and the race clock said 30:50 when finished – truth lies within that range). More GGG ’11 photos are up here (& hondo’s are in here. The second is from the Christmas tree lighting at Faneuil Hall a few days back. Mayor Menino & Jerod Mayo were there, but the highlight really was staba’s 2-for-1 holiday sale on peppermint mochas.

(You can see previously published photos in my UH tag)

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We fastIt's friggin cold out here.Ebs gets a pep talk

The results for yesterday’s Gobble Gobble Gobble are up on Cool Running, and with a mix of pride and humility of my own greatness, I notice that I edged Ebs (who had his own number!) by exactly one second. Actually it looks like I beat everyone in the lead pack of Team HBZ by one second. For those keeping track, this is the second race in a row I’ve won by one second. All of us are equal, but some of us are just a tiny bit more equal than others.

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Pre-turkey trot

I could get used to three day work weeks.

CNHB points out that it’s just about time to get psyched for the GGG. Ok. I’m psyched. This Thursday, Davis Square, 9am. 4 miles? I’m gonna be “wicked fast” (actually if I can just beat Preggers McGreggers I’ll be thrilled). See you there.


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  1. Jared says:

    Something tells me that the free Guinness at the pub at the finish line of GGG would be more appealing than the Yuengling in cups at mile 20 of Philly. Good luck — I’ll be there with you next year (hopefully).

  2. nathanael says:

    The only thing I wanna see at 20 miles is cold grapes and a long downhill slope. Tailwind optional. BTW, congrats on Philly Jared!

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As is custom, an annual moment of gratitude. I’m thankful for my family – specifically my parents who with characteristic kindness were (without comment) willing to wake and take me to the airport at 4:30am. I’m thankful for my various sisters & their assorted hangers on. I’m uber-thankful to see the fuzzy one after a too-long break, thankful for getting to see both NYC & DC during the holiday. I’m thankful to have been able to see so many CNY & EP friends over the break (& Z!) and am immensely thankful to finally get my girl out to California (& to VC for rescuing both of us from SFO).

Team HB

I’m also thankful for Team HB for a fun and motivating realsgiving race at the Gobble Gobble Gobble this morning, thankful the city of Somerville has fairly modest hills, thankful for the grandma rocking the double stroller who passed me on the homestretch. I have to say though – grandma, if I see you (or your ilk) at the Bay to Breakers, you’re going down.

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Some bling for the Gobble Gobble Gobble

It’s no San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll* half-marathon, but the Somerville Road Runners are putting on their 12th annual Thanksgiving Day road race in two plus weeks. The finish line (and post-race debriefing) is at The Burren, exactly what one needs prior to an extended weekend of extended family extended togetherness. It looks like the course goes up from Davis Square and turns at Broadway and Medford, just skirting Winter Hill. Close enough for promotional purposes at any rate. Oh, and yeah – I got new kicks, from Zappos. Rock on.

Bling 1 Bling 2
Bling 3 Bling 4

*Not to be pedantic, but I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this should spelled be Rock ‘n Roll, Rock n’ Roll or even be concatenated to RockNRoll – anything other than the overly grammatically aware double single apostrophied abomination Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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  1. Hondo says:

    Well, I am looking forward to the extended weekend of extended family extended togetherness. AND the gobble gobble gobble!

  2. nathanael says:

    3oz lighter than the old ones, but they feel pretty stable.

    And yeah, I’m excited about the extended extenededness too.

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