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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

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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

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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

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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

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I Don’t Know…

… if I can actually do this. I am struggling to hit distance goals and I’m not having much fun doing this. I’m sure once it’s over, I’ll be stoked… but for now… I really don’t like this. At. All.

I’ve opted to plateau my mileage, so I was shooting for 8 again today. I ended up walking most of the uphills, though I tried to a run .10/walk .05 cadence up the worst of it.

Today’s Stats: Minimum – 8 miles
8.44 miles
1:54:20 h:m:s
13:32 avg pace

Total miles trained: 77.27

Zoom!

So last Tuesday was my last run — a week off, and I definitely was starting to get the itch to get back out there. Possibly some of that was the Sword of Damocles hanging over my head, knowing I have more training to do… but mostly I just was feeling the urge to get out and run. This weekend I’d got up early to go run, so I hadn’t planned on slacking for a week; I just had some wonderful justifications I couldn’t waste.

I’d forgotten I signed up for a lunch thing today. Parenthetically, why do these things happen on run days? Does this happen to anyone else? Is it a cosmic conspiracy to test my/our dedication? If so, I’m failing, really since I’ve let two days slip. Anyway, since I was reminded of that yesterday, I opted to only go out for 3 miles today; but I told myself I’d do them fast. Or try.

Turns out this is my fastest average pace (by ~40s/mile) of the last 68.83 miles. By the way, that number is also kind of fascinating to me… I wonder if I should keep a running total of miles I run in a year. Go me.

Today’s Stats: Minimum – 2 miles
3.12 miles
36:28 m:s
11:41 avg pace

Total miles trained: 68.83

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