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.
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.
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.
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