I am still in base training. My miles for the month of November will top off at 50. Most of my runs have been very easy runs with some speed stuff mixed in, too. My longest run has been 13 miles — one mile more than I was supposed to run. Though the temps have elevated a bit of late, I have enjoyed some really nice and cold AM runs. The challenge of course is running slow. When the temps drop, there are days in which I feel as though I am simply jogging… when in truth I am moving. I will finish this week of base training at 48 miles, which feels like I am not even running much. The past 6 – 7 weeks of very light maintenance work has been good on my mind.

I did put on a few pounds, but I have pretty much shed that weight. Today, I did a training run with my top cross-country runner, Cameron — pictured above. He is currently a sophomore who finished in 14th place at this year’s state cross-country championship. His dad joined us too. They have great genetics. We did 8 miles including 5 x 3 min @ 6:30 pace. It felt pretty easy. My focus for the next few weeks is to rest and get my mind ready for a big half-marathon in New Orleans in March — and the Boston Marathon in April. Also, after doing a great deal of reading, I have concluded that I must make a greater effort to get my weight down; 157 to 160 lbs is just too heavy to run the times that I want to run; I am convinced it is part of the problem — if not the problem. I am more than convinced that I have the talent to get better. I do lack discipline (snack too much, drink too much, lack sleep, etc.). This of course is what I have mentioned to my wife, coach Pete, and coach Karl. I aim to capitalize on my talent this year.

Here is my problem:

Lifestyle: What you do outside your training will have a big impact on your performance. Late nights, partying, drinking alcohol and eating badly will not help you run under three hours. If you train hard and then fail to address these other factors of your lifestyle, your hard work running could be in vain. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep to give your body a chance to recover. Avoid late nights and alcohol the night before your long run or a hard session. Be disciplined, it might mean you have to leave a friend’s party early or not drink at a family wedding, but a hangover could mean you run poorly the next day – or don’t have the energy to run at all. The sensible approach will pay dividends on race day – and you can have a big celebration afterwards.

Total miles today: 8

I will post my trainings more often once I am “officially” training.