Slice of life

Feeling a near pull in my right leg after yesterday’s 5.6 mile run and subsequent 3.8 mile walk. Might have worked my leg a little sore with hard massages. Wrapped the leg most of the day. Let’s see what a good night’s rest does.

"Boston Run"

I kept an easy steady pace for 5.6 miles today — aimed for 55 minutes for this loop. 10:05 per mile. I have been aiming for a 60 minute run. I’ll run like a two mile run on Wednesday, and then aim for 6 on Saturday. Soaked in a cold bath for a little bit to see if I can quicken my recovery. 

Excited to see Meb win the Boston. Good effort for Shalane. Wished for her a better result.

Why is it sometimes those ‘easy runs’ feel anything but easy? 3 1/2 miles today at target pace anyway. Came back sneezing up a storm so I must have picked up a load of pollen.

NOTE: That’s not pollen. That cold finally caught up to me…explains a lot.

Liking the splits

Took a run break at work. My aim is to run minutes, and not concentrate on the miles. Aiming for a 10 minute pace kinda works. I like the splits in this one. Working my way to running for an hour…almost there.

Still running with tight calves and heels, but keeping myself from doing too much too fast.

1 Year Later

It’s been a year since I was laid off from my previous job of 8 1/2 years. Though this is where I mostly runblog, it is a significant time to reflect. Being laid off was a kick in the gut at the time, but has provided a series of new beginnings: New job in the new year; new church where to minister; new disclosures to deal with in a healthy way. Very thankful for God’s care in it all. Resonating with Psalm 46 today.

Feb Running Recap

Now running over 30 minutes at a time, unless my wife says dinner is in 25 minutes, but that wasn’t until April.

Still achy, but progressing. I got to see my son and his girlfriend complete the Philly Love Run 1/2 Marathon on Sunday (miserable weather for spectators. Just heard about neighbor girl having signed up for a 1/2 in Bethlehem.

Here are pictures from the Philly Half. Topped off the day with a visit to a newly-discovered used book shop on Fairmount Ave, Philly.

Tohickon Creek at Route 212 near Quakertown on today’s 4 mile run.

Tohickon Creek at Route 212 near Quakertown on today’s 4 mile run.

Lazing on a spring Sunday by Lake Galena.

Lazing on a spring Sunday by Lake Galena.

Snowdrops: early signs of spring. Green grass is just around the corner!

Snowdrops: early signs of spring. Green grass is just around the corner!

Running errands

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Ran those errands today:  to the library to pick up a season of videos, then through the park and across town to cash a check, and finally back home. Felt so good to not be timing myself or watching my mileage. Fairly relaxed, but still a faster pace than I wanted.

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Nice break from the cold weather. Got some bedsheets blowing in the wind today, so they should be smelling pretty good when I slip into bed.

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Keeping pace

I could not figure out how to slow down today. I wanted to stay at a 10 minute pace, but kept going too fast…even after shortening my stride. Running always seems to be harder to manage after burritos. 

February Running Wrap Up

Slowly I’ve been building my running time. Sunday I should hit the 24 minute mark, and then 30 by the end of next week. I’ve been looking forward to this milestone for a while. After 30, I hope to lengthen one day each week and eventually go from running 3 days to 4 days, something like 30/30/10/40 and keep building.

I got to run in shorts last Saturday when we hit 50 degrees, but we are back down to single and negative Fahrenheit nights. All is good if you bundle up enough. Nice to not have my mouth covered today (love those Friday half days) and get a run in the sun. Next big snow is moving in Sunday night, so I will look forward to a run Sunday afternoon.

Hasn’t happened to me yet (beginner), but someday, I’m thinking.

Hasn’t happened to me yet (beginner), but someday, I’m thinking.

It’s getting deep! We’ve got a ways to go yet.

It’s getting deep! We’ve got a ways to go yet.