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Monday, September 22, 2014

So last night's run proved that I still had the stamina for the long runs. With my hips being a little tired, I just felt like changing things up a little bit. I ran at a pretty good pace last night, so I figured I would give ANOTHER shot to attempting to increasing it. I came out marginally better, but it's always the same result. I can't lengthen my stride long enough at 5 strides a minute faster to come away with a significant difference. Still, I actually felt more of my legs doing the work tonight, so I did get some benefit out of increasing the rate on the metronome tonight. I think I'm going to do the runs the same way for a little that are under the 3.5 mile mark and see what happens. I might be able to adjust my stride to it eventually. Just something new I did tonight that I figured I would share.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tonight was a statement run. Over nine in a half miles tonight at the pace I've been working at all year. I'm there. I just put on talk radio for some background noise and locked into my pace. And it's in temperatures that are probably going to be very similar to Vegas when I go. While it's shorter than the half marathon, coming off of tonight's run was more sweaty than tiring. I also put in just over 35 miles for the week, so my runs have really picked up, even considering that most of them have come around the midnight hour and beyond. I'm not a fan of daytime running, but it also gave me the chance to see how treacherous the roads are that I've been running on at night. This, like most of the runs I've been doing lately, just was a run that I kept stretching out. I think if I get out and have a planned run, I will come away with an even better time. Lot's of variables will be present with this half half with the crowds and the atmosphere, but with everything just about in place it's about time to take a look at the characteristics of the run itself (mileage points, turning points, inclines, declines, etc.) It was just really reassuring that I'm right where I want to be with my runs. I was a little freaked out about the inconstancy with my runs (not the frequency, but the mileage I was putting out.) Seems like I've rebounded STRONGLY and need to stay focused with these remaining 8 weeks left to get ready.


Mentally there but haven't done that....................yet

Thursday, September 18, 2014

So I'm on a REALLY late run last night (or morning depending on how one looks at things,) and I'm just thinking of how proud I am to be out there. It's the dedication. I don't know where it came from in the everyday running, but it's amazing. I only can equate it to getting up and going to work everyday. It's just something I do. Unless I physically can't do it (which might require my heart to actually stop) I show up. I was thinking about all the people who don't have the follow through. The people who manage to find the excuses. The people that burn out or get bored. Yet everyday here I am. And there's not a day that I forget, and that's the really fascinating thing. I just know. No mental effort. It's just a matter of when the run takes place, where it's at, how far it is, and how long it takes. No matter what, I put something together. I thought again back to my runs from last year when I was half marathon training. I'm also proud of that too, and I have it on display in my basement. Funny how I ran a lot more runs than the training designed me to, but there was that ONE week where I was a run short. I just remember it, like it's a scar or something. This year though it's a constant pound on the calendar. I'll figure out a way to print that too (I hope I logged them all because I certainly know I did them all.) That's my award, my reward, my prize, my medal, and my trophy right there. Sure I'll have another bib, another certificate, another shirt, and another medal to put up there. None of that is possible in two hours if I don't run everyday for it ( and then for the month and a half left in the year too.) It's funny. While I'm excited to see if I can get a finish time in under 2 hours, it's just not that important to me now even though I'm still working at it. If it happens, it happens. I'm just eager to start another race with thousands of people and find holes to run though. I think the bigger challenge I'm wrapping my mind around is how I'm going to do a few of the daily runs outside of the half marathon when I'm in Vegas. I mean I'll be in the Grand Canyon for one or two of those days. I think that I'm mentally ready and confident about the race, and my focus is plugging in the rest of the details of my trip.


NA na na na na na...............not so fast now

Monday, September 15, 2014

So yesterday we went to a BBQ at a friend's whose fiancee recently had stomach altering (I cant remember what type so I phrase it as such) and has of course had success with it. It sparked a topic of conversation between my wife and I on the ride home. She said a lot of what I had been thinking in my path to a conclusion on this. This person basically is forced now to make the changes she had the option to do on her own before. That just sums it all up. That's where my wife and I agreed. While I do know changes come down to decisions to do or not to do things, many people lack the follow through on their initial intentions. So with a history of failed attempts, is a course of action that forces a person to o bide by those changes wrong? Sure I could say it's a waste of money or it's unnecessary. I'm not fighting their battles, much like when I was in a similar situation years ago. That being said, I have come to this thought. If a person gets this type of procedure done, that alone displays their commitment to change. Sure it may seem like self parenting or policing, but if that's what it takes to stop the tendency to indulge or gorge then so be it. The bottom line is that person is doing what they need to do to get the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

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KLONG8 9/15/2014 11:59AM

    I think that sums it up. The decision may be the right one for one person and absolutely NOT the right one for another. Keeps life interesting, doesn't it? And I liked your wife's statement that now the friend is basically forced to make the decisions she wanted to make but didn't before.

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LALATIDAH 9/15/2014 11:49AM

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Everyone has to deal what is dealt in their own way. I, myself, would never surgically alter my body to lead me to my goal, unless it was due to a life threatening situation.
I wish you and your wife much success in our mutual journey to good health!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Answered back STRONG last night with a 6 plus mile run last night. After I posted that blog late last night I threw on a sweatshirt, jogging pants, a face mask, and off I went. It's becoming the normal now just to get out with a short run or route in mind and turn it into something more substantial. It's nerve racking and aggravating to go through that kind of mindset before my run last night. It's very defensive, and that's NOT me. I got psyched out basically. Fear set in about not being where I where I want to be. So yeah, it's awesome just to put a decent run together last night. And instead of my time being minutes off; it instead was only seconds off of an acceptable pace for me. I also felt that I could have added a few more miles if I wanted to or if it wasn't so late. It's reassuring because complacent thoughts of "just completing the upcoming half" started to enter my head. No. That's bull$h!t. That's NOT me, and that's NOT happening! I will continue to go at this at FULL THROTTLE until I run this race, and then I will finish out the year running however I feel afterwards. I WILL NOT SETTLE FOR LESS! And I have ALL the time and NO EXCUSES to make this happen. If I have to run during the day to catch warmer weather or run at 1am through a blizzard dressed all poofy like the Stay Puff Marshmellow Man............I WILL GET THIS HANDLED!

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KLONG8 9/15/2014 12:01PM

    I can feel your energy, your determination and I predict the combination of both will lead you to great running success. RUN ON!

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FLGIRL1234 9/14/2014 11:08AM

    You will never "just" run a race. You are too head strong and determined to let that happen. Take the runs as they come and kick some ass as usual. Rooting you on for a fabulous finish to a great running year! You rock.

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