I should start running

by david on May 11, 2015

It’s been awhile but I’ve got the hankering to start running again. As I see what lies around the corner from the heavy work in front of me this month, I can imagine running two summer races in New England. At 10 and 11.6 miles, I better get some base miles on these legs so I can avoid walking them in.

I need encouragement from the darkness so make some noise.

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New York time

by david on November 1, 2014

It’s November and time for performance. Tomorrow is the NYC Marathon and I’ll be following along with seven year-old memories of my own run through the boroughs. Neighbor Julie and near-elite runner Heather are on my tracking list. I’m sure I’ll find others. New York is unique. Isn’t it amazing that 50,000 people will finish 26.2 mile runs in Central Park tomorrow? I walked through the park in September and there were runners everywhere, out putting in their miles. I wish I was there now.

Where am I? I’m on track in training to earn the 2014 Challenger medal at the Space Coast Half Marathon  November 30. I haven’t missed a mile since training began and I’m enjoying the dialed-back demands of half training vs. full training. Where I’d run lots of long-run miles three days a week in marathon training, I’m enjoying shorter runs five days a week in half training. My annual mileage is still on track (ahead of) my 1,000 mile goal. October was my top mileage month of the year and sixth highest monthly total in the last 58 months.

I made a pact with Runner Susan after our harrowing final 10 miles of the 2013 Space Coast Marathon that we were done with 26.2-milers. I considered rescinding my agreement when the pain wore off but while reflecting on my 15 marathons I could only count three as satisfactory finishes. That’s bad odds for future happiness. (New York, Hartford and Gasparilla were the good ones).

I feared the loss of  rigor in marathon training would lead me into a running decline. I knew the training was what really mattered for my physical health, not the race. Fortunately, the opposite has turned out to be the case and I’m feeling as good as ever.

I hope to return to road-trip racing again sometime soon so I can visit my Running Blog Family members and other good friends.

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Twice better half way through

June 29, 2014

I record everything. Not audio or video but data points. Especially running data. Today was my last run day in June which is the half way mark in the year of 2014 running. After another month of 80+ miles I sit at 501 for the year. My goal is 1,000 for the year so I’m […]

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Memorable Season

May 27, 2014

I’m still posting 20+ mile weeks even if it required a Fri-Sat-Sun surge to keep on pace. Here we are at the end of May and I’m on an annual miles trend line that hasn’t been seen since 2008 and 2009. That’s a point of pride. Another 1,000 mile year is still attainable even without […]

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Crickets are stirring

April 16, 2014

It’s been a long time since anyone posted here. I’ve enjoyed a streak of unparalleled proportions – running 20 miles per week for three months. The cool weather and a commitment to do it were responsible. The streak was broken the first weekend of April when I had to go to New Orleans for a […]

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Newfound fun

February 17, 2014

A lot of realizations have come into my head since the last time I entered here. The essence of it is that short races are easier for me and more rewarding. I have two negative-split 5Ks to prove it. That’s not to say I’m done with long races – I signed up for the Space […]

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Would I do it again?

January 20, 2014

Yesterday, it was “cold” outside. That’s a relative term. Running in cold temperatures usually brings a lot of speed out of me, I guess because we run faster to get warm and stay that way. Plus we don’t labor in breathing. On the other hand, I tend to shy away from “really” cold days. I […]

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Running like I mean it

January 13, 2014

Last year, as we saw in last year’s last post, was not very strong on meeting mileage goals. Since 2006, I’ve set 1,000 as the goal. It seems I get behind early and then catch up in the summer drenching heat. Not this time, my friends. I’m out to put in 20 a week even […]

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Still running after 363 days

December 30, 2013

It’s been a year of progress. I couldn’t say that 363 days ago because I was already on the dump heap after a pitiful showing in the 2012 Space Coast Marathon and a nagging health condition. I pretty much stopped running in mid-December last year until it warmed up again in May. Health-wise, I moved […]

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Still running after all that spacey stuff

December 8, 2013

Monday was recovery day. Tuesday was standing-upright day. Wednesday morning was time to shake out the kinks left over from the race so I ran a brisk three miles. I actually felt great during and after the run. It was later, that afternoon, that stiffness returned, then a student shot a student at one of […]

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Yeah but … we did it

December 4, 2013

It may not have been to-the-letter perfect but it was a great marathon weekend with Suzie and Dana. Thursday: Suzie’s Spirit plane arrived 20 minutes early on Thanksgiving evening but her reaching the curb coincided exactly with my reaching the same curb to pick her up. Once home, Dana served a delicious holiday turkey dinner […]

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it’s go time which precedes show time

November 30, 2013

Runner Susan has been with us since Thanksgiving. We’ve eaten well, seen the sites including about nine peacocks near Seth’s house, had lunch on the Avenue, done some shopping, been for a massage, packed our bags, picked our running attire …. and now it’s time to go to Cocoa for the race. Kennedy Space Center for […]

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