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The End is in Sight

Today’s weather was perfect for running. There was a chill in the air and the breeze helped keep me cool. I had a meeting to get back for, so I kept it relatively short; but I did try to keep the pace up a bit. I wasn’t entirely successful, but I did keep the average pace under 12 minutes for most of the run.

Today’s run puts me over 100 miles training for this half marathon…

… which is only a couple of weeks away. I’m looking forward to its being over.

Today’s Stats: Minimum – 2 miles
3.01 miles
36:26 m:s
12:06 avg pace

Total miles trained: 100.88

Route pic


September 2019 — Nielson Challenge Result

I’ve been wallowing in some form of self-pity when it comes to running lately. I am glad this half-marathon will be over this month.

The Nielson Challenge is often a bit of a motivator to get back on it, though.

Today’s Stats:
2 miles
21:56.460 m:s.hhh


No Deal

Just over halfway through the run this morning, near the turn around point, there was an older guy sitting on the park bench near the Nielson Marker. As I ran by, I asked him if he wanted to trade… no deal. I’d already done the hard part, what more could he want?

It was actually a perfect day for running… mostly overcast and gray, not too hot at all. The sun poked through the cloud cover a few times, but mostly it was nice and cool. It’s hard to believe it’s already the last week of August.

Today’s Stats: Minimum – 2 miles
4.22 miles
52:18 m:s
12:24 avg pace

Total miles trained: 97.87

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Back To It

I haven’t run in almost two weeks. That’s not good. I’ve been a little disinterested in it. You know how it is when you have to do something instead of wanting to do it? I really think that’s where I’m at right now. I’m not enjoying the half-marathon training at all.

But having said that, I set out today to do 3 miles and felt pretty good (as you might imagine with nearly two weeks off), so I didn’t turn around for the 3-mile run and kept going for 4. I’ve been doing a new thing with my watch, too, the last few runs: Instead of keeping the average pace visible on the face, I put something else up. As it turns out, I’m not too much slower when I don’t neurotically monitor the pace.

Today’s Stats: Minimum – 2 miles
4.21 miles
53:27 m:s
12:42 avg pace

Total miles trained: 93.65


That Helped (a little)

I’ve post-op’d the last few long runs and one thing I figured I could change was not running from the house. Since no matter the approach it’s all uphill from everywhere, I opted to run at the park today.

But one lap of the park from to bottom is only 5-ish miles, so I did some wandering too… It mostly helped, but as I was staggering through the last mile or so, I realized it hadn’t helped as much as I’d thought. I’m still really struggling with the longer distances.

But I did it, and it’s another “longest run” in the books. And I’m still in the 3-hour finish mark. So I guess that’s good.

Today’s Stats: Minimum – 9 miles
9.01 miles
2:02:54 h:m:s
13:36 avg pace

Total miles trained: 89.44


Eighty Miles!

Today’s little shuffle in the park ticked me over the 80-mile mark. Eighty miles of half-marathon training. That’s hard for me to believe. I don’t feel 80 miles ready-er for this run, either.

I got the car back yesterday afternoon, so I jumped back into the training regimen right away with a short run. A week of bike riding to work wasn’t kind on my legs, and I’m a little sore right now. But I guess that’s to be expected.

I guess that’s about all…

Today’s Stats: Minimum – 2 miles
3.16 miles
38:34 m:s
12:11 avg pace

Total miles trained: 80.43


August 2019 — Nielson Challenge Result

It’s already August, and that’s hard to believe.

I’ve been riding my bike to work this week since the car’s been on the fritz — thanks VW. Fortunately that’s covered by warranty, but it’s too much to carry both running gear and work attire when I ride to work.

So this is my first run in a week, and it felt good.

Today’s Stats:
2 miles
21:09.170 m:s.hhh