Still running after 363 days

by david on 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 beyond my nagging malady right into sinus troubles.

Then Runner Susan told me she was coming to run the 2013 Space Coast Marathon with me and I better get ready. So I resumed running to build up base miles in May and by July I was up to training speed and barely got my registration paid in time to run in December. Who knew it would sell out??!!

For the first time since 2002, I didn’t race before July, but I committed to run the 1013 New England race circuit: the Narragansett Blessing of the Fleet 10-Miler with Running Chick Michele B. and then the New London John and Jesse Kelley Ocean Beach 11.9-Miler with Running Chick Diana H. Neither race time is worth recalling but my car didn’t blow up this time even though it rained in Narragansett. The sun never came out in New London either ruining the beach time; yet both races were great reunions for us Running Blog Family veterans.

I threw in a Stonington Dog Watch Cafe 5K with fellow RBFer Billy J. for good measure. The beer was delicious.

After August, I dutifully followed the FIRST training plan that I’ve used for four years now. I put in four 19+ mile runs including one 22-mler that just about killed me. The other three weren’t so bad, so my expectations for Space Coast were better than modest, which is why we went off script, changed our race plan five minutes before the race and subsequently crashed and burned on the final six-mile leg. Same old story in Cocoa, but, hey, the company was great and just about everything else worked out well (not to mention another car blowing up on me) (Note – “blowing up” is a figurative term).

After Space Coast. I resumed running to keep a 20-mile weekly base going into the new year. I’ve experimented with different Galloway pace intervals. All are good but not what I need if I choose to run shorter races. I need more speed, which Galloway affords, but I need more speedy length in my runs. We’ll work on that.

Next race is the Season’s 52 5.2K race at the end of January.

With one more run Tuesday to close out the year, I will have clocked over 770 miles in 2013. I haven’t run that few in a year since 2004. I learned one thing (I think) last winter/spring. If I keep running, I don’t get sick. So I’ll do that to avoid the sinus plague. If I put in 1,000 miles in 2014, I’ll have run half way to the moon, according to my Dead Runner Society miles tracker.

Here’s wishing you a happy new year, which includes all my running buddies on Sunday mornings: Christine, Jack, Jamie, Arnett, Ed, Chris, Liz, Liz, Dave, Seth, Bob, Mark, Carol, Atif, Cheryl, Pumpkin, Luis, Carlo, John, Jack, Debbie, Kim, Rose, Danny, Mike, Simone, Marty and whoever else I missed.


Peter December 31, 2013 at 11:47 am

Nice article, thanks for the update. It’s good to hear you’re running so well after all these years and desp-ite the ordinary ups & downs you’re still at it.

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