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Monday, December 31, 2007

Another year behind me

Day 116 - December 31, 2007

2007 was not the greatest running year I've ever had, but I think I may have turned the corner by starting the streak. It wasn't until I looked back at 2006 that I realized how poor my running was in 2007. Here's my monthly mileage from back in 2006. As you can see I was running a lot of miles and doing it at a good pace. But, after July, I started to tail off.

Here's a look at 2007 - ugly!

The monthly mileage is coming back up now that the streak is in full swing, but the average pace is way down from last year. But, that will be a good motivator for me as I prepare for the next 10 miler.

Now I'm sure some will argue that running everyday may be the reason for the slower miles and lower daily average, but I think it is premature. The main reason for the slower miles is the big dump I took in the middle of the year. As the next chart shows, I ran 50% of my miles this year in the last 4 months. I think by April I should be back to where I was running in the peak of '06. We'll see.

I closed 2007 out with a new run in Charlottesville. It was a nice 4 mile run that I felt really good on. I'm hoping that is a good sign heading into 2008 and I can look forward to my best year of running yet.

Have a safe New Year's Eve,


Day: 116 Time/Date: 11:45 AM 12/31/2007 Weather: Windy, 49F
Run: Four Seasons Loop Miles: 4.0 Time: 28:38 Pace: 7:09 min/mile
Miles to Date: 435.9 Total Running Time: 53:30:58

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Closing out the Year

Day 115 - December 30, 2007

December is finally coming to an end and life is slowly returning to normal. It was a cold dreary day today and I wasn't very motivated to run. So I hung around the neighborhood and went through the motions for 3.5 miles. No heroics to end the month. The weather forecast looks better for tomorrow, so hopefully I can celebrate the end of 2007 with a better run.

In keeping with my looking back at 2007 theme, you can see that it has been a very up and down running year for me. I never really got it going at the beginning of the year and fell off into complete laziness by the summer.

With September and the beginning of this streak, I've gotten much more consistent. Even with the minimal running I've done in December, I'll still should hit 90 miles for the month.
Tomorrow I'll compare this year to 2006 and hopefully show (even myself) that the streak is a good thing.

Day: 115 Time/Date: 11:45 AM 12/30/2007 Weather: Light Rain, 42F
Run: Geranium-Amicus Miles: 3.5 Time: 25:40 Pace: 7:20 min/mile
Miles to Date: 431.9 Total Running Time: 53:02:20

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Racing Arizona

Day 114 - December 29, 2007

As 2007 comes to a close, I figured it was a good time to update the trek cross country. With the last update, I was leaving Las Vegas behind and on my way to the Grand Canyon State. And even though the runs have been pretty short this month, I've slowly plodded along and have now crossed into Arizona.

Over the next few weeks, I should make my way into Utah and into Zion National Park. Maybe I'll spend some time visiting the to Hoodoos.

Check back to see what I find.


Day: 114 Time/Date: 4:15 PM 12/29/2007 Weather: Cloudy, 50F
Run: N Carnation-Davis Miles: 3.6 Time: 25:26 Pace: 7:04 min/mile
Miles to Date: 428.4 Total Running Time: 52:36:40

Rain and Fog

Day 113 - December 28, 2007

As you may have guessed from the very late post, I just barely had time to squeeze in a run after work and before the evenings festivities. Lucky for me it was just after dark, in the middle of a foggy downpour. The rain gear proved sufficient to keep me warm enough and I did my best squirrel impersonation with each passing car as I tried to avoid being run down. Good times.


Day: 113 Time/Date: 6:15 PM 12/28/2007 Weather: Fog, Rain 40F
Run: Carnation Loops Miles: 2.6 Time: 18:36 Pace: 7:09 min/mile
Miles to Date: 424.8 Total Running Time: 52:11:14

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Just another 2 miles

Day 112 - December 27, 2007

Another blah morning as I try and shake this cold. I felt much better last night, but I managed to get in another short run this morning. I'm still hoping to get into a better routine once January arrives.


Day: 112 Time/Date: 6:15 AM 12/27/2007 Weather: Cloudy, 32F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile Miles: 2.0 Time: 14:31 Pace: 7:15 min/mile
Miles to Date: 422.2 Total Running Time: 51:52:38

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

First cold of the season

Day 111 - December 26, 2007

Well, I can no longer deny that I have come down with my first cold of the year. It started on Monday with that nasty sore throat feeling you get when you have dripping sinuses. By yesterday it had spread to my ears and I just felt blah. By this morning, I didn't even want to get out of bed and I ended up 2 hours late to work. But not being one to let a cold get me down, I took my own SIUCB advice and went out for a few short runs. By tonight I was feeling a bit better and now that the run is over I feel great. I'll still take it easy for another day or two, but I think I have managed to keep the streak going through my first cold.


Day: 111 Time/Date: 6:15 PM 12/26/2007 Weather: Cloudy, 42F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile Miles: 2.0 Time: 14:18 Pace: 7:09 min/mile
Miles to Date: 420.2 Total Running Time: 51:38:07

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Day 110 - December 25, 2007

This year is most likely the first time I have ever ran on Christmas morning. I went out the front door at 5:50 this morning trying to finish before the munchkins were up and ready to open their gifts from Santa. Good thing I only ran two miles, because no sooner was I home and trying to get in the shower when they came bursting into our room. They patiently (sort of)waited for me to quickly shower and get dressed and then the chaos began.

I hope your Christmas morning was full of excitement and that Santa was good to you.

Merry Christmas.


Day: 110 Time/Date: 5:50 AM 12/25/2007 Weather: Clear, 31F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile Miles: 2.0 Time: 15:04 Pace: 7:25 min/mile
Miles to Date: 418.2 Total Running Time: 51:23:49

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

Day 109 - December 24, 2007

The entire run felt like I was in slow motion today - it turns out I was. It still was cool to run in the full moon light under crystal clear skies. Enjoy the last day of shopping.


Day: 109 Time/Date: 6:15 AM 12/24/2007 Weather: Clear, 31F
Run: N Carnation-Davis Miles: 3.6 Time: 24:27 Pace: 7:29 min/mile
Miles to Date: 416.2 Total Running Time: 51:08:45

ooops - I thought I had posted already

Day 108 - December 23rdish, 2007

I can't believe I forgot to come back and record my run. The streak still continues - just poor blogging. Today (Sunday) was 2 miles in the fog and mist. Nothin' fancy.


Day: 108 Time/Date: 6:45 AM 12/23/2007 Weather: Cloudy, 39F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile Miles: 2.0 Time: 14:50 Pace: 7:25 min/mile
Miles to Date: 412.6 Total Running Time: 50:41:47

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Last Saturday to Shop

Day 107 - December 22, 2007

I just grabbed a quick 2 miles this morning because I knew I would be running through he crowds at the mall today. Family invasion number 1 will prevent any nighttime running this weekend, so it was get out early and get it done quick. Nine more days to go.


Day: 107 Time/Date: 8:05 AM 12/22/2007 Weather: Cloudy, 40F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile Miles: 2.0 Time: 13:40 Pace: 6:50 min/mile
Miles to Date: 410.6 Total Running Time: 50:26:57

Friday, December 21, 2007

A Peaceful end to Autumn

Day 106 - December 21, 2007

It hardly felt like the winter eve tonight with temperatures still hovering around 40 at quarter till 10. It was nice to get out for a run and not have to wear the long winter pants and multiple layers to stay warm. The air was very still tonight and the clouds filtered the nearly full moon light without making it too dark to see. All of this combined for a peaceful run to end a hectic and busy season.


Day: 106 Time/Date: 9:45 PM 12/21/2007 Weather: Cloudy, 40F
Run: Geranium-Amicus Miles: 3.5 Time: 24:53 Pace: 7:07 min/mile
Miles to Date: 408.6 Total Running Time: 50:13:17

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Here's to 2008

Day 105 - December 20, 2007

Eleven more days and December will be over - my running life is very much looking forward to that.


Day: 105 Time/Date: 5:30 AM 12/20/2007 Weather: Clear, 29F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile Miles: 2.0 Time: 14:43 Pace: 7:22 min/mile
Miles To Date: 405.1 Total Running Time: 49:48:24

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Death by MP3

Day 104 – December 19, 2007

Today was a relatively quick hitter day. I wanted a little more than my minimum two miles, but rolling out of bed early enough to go much further didn’t happen. So I settled for a simple 3ish at a comfortable pace. Traffic was tricky this morning and I actually took a dive into the ditch to avoid a pair of cars traveling in opposite directions. It was, as they say, impeccable timing that they both arrived at the same time, on a curve, after cresting a small knoll. Fortunately, while they had no idea of my presence, I could hear the car from behind coming and could see the headlights of the oncoming car reflecting off the trees above and knew that I had but one option.

Moments like these are why I could never run with headphones on. I have to be able to hear cars coming so I don’t do something dumb. When I saw the headlights approaching, my first thought was to cross to the other side of the road. There was very little shoulder on my side and I knew that the car was going to break over the hill and I would be right there. Just as I started to make my move, I heard the car coming from behind. If I had been jamming along to “Eye of the Tiger” I’d probably be vulture dessert.

I’ll save my rant about forgoing personal safety because people can’t run without their IPods for another day.


(You may have to turn your sarcasm filters off to read the comment below)

PS – For those of you too young to even know what Eye of the Tiger is – rent Rocky III – it’s a classic with two of the greatest actors of all time: Sylvester Stallone and Mr. T.

Day: 104 Time/Date: 6:30 AM 12/19/2007 Weather: Cloudy, 30F
Run: Carnation-Swift-Davis Miles: 2.9 Time: 21:30 Pace: 7:25 min/mile
Miles to Date: 403.2 Total Running Time: 49:33:41

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Finally 400

Day 103 - December 18, 2007

Today was another day where actively managing my run was important, but I wasn’t able to avoid the cold. I would have liked/preferred to rest longer than 10 hours between runs, but knowing that my schedule tonight is pretty packed, I forced myself out early into the cold. Again, this is a situation where I might have gone for the bare minimum, but seeing that my mileage to date was 3.1 miles short of 400, I decided to extend it out a bit just to crack that milestone. Quirky, but it forced me to run 50% further than I would have otherwise.

It was funny to compare to last night’s moonlit run to this morning’s run after the moon had set and before the sun had come up. It was much darker and almost no visible shadows on the ground. I actually had to use my flash light this morning where as last night I could see well enough with just the light of the moon.

Over the last three months, I’ve noticed that my mood/attitude about running in the dark is much better when I have a little bit of moonlight to run by. I never realized just how much difference there was between a full moon and the new moon. Even the partial moon last night was enough light to allow me to see the road and my surrounding without batter powered illumination. I am going to start actively monitoring the moonrise/set times to see if I can add that to the mental algorithm I use to determine my best time to run each day. To keep going for 1000 days, I’m sure I’m going to need all the tricks I can come up with to keep me motivated.

Day: 103 Time/Date: 6:20 AM 12/18/2007 Weather: Clear, 20F
Run: Random Miles Miles: 3.3 Time: 24:24 Pace: 7:24 min/mile
Miles to Date: 400.2 Total Running Time: 49:12:11

Monday, December 17, 2007

Between Orion and the Moon

Day 102 - December 17, 2007

One of the keys to a healthy consistent running program is to actively manage it. A lot of people I know try to set a routine and won't vary it. The problem with that is you don't have any flexibility, and when life throws you a curve ball, you skip the run. You don't feel great on a scheduled hard day and you miss an important piece of the training puzzle.

I prefer to actively manage my running schedule but allow it to be flexible. By keeping track of the weather forecast and watching my schedule, I try to carve out the best time to run each day and maximize my running effectiveness. Today is a perfect example. My plan was to run early before work, but when I realized it was only 22 degrees and there was a 20 mile an hour wind I was less than enthusiastic. I did a quick check of the weather and saw that the wind was forecast to die down by afternoon, so I had 2 options. I could still run before work and probably only run 2 miles or I could wait it out and run after work. I chose to wait and was rewarded with a perfectly calm and clear evening. If I had been locked into a routine, with no streak to keep going, I probably would have just skipped the run today.

By waiting until this evening, I had much better weather. It was still cool, but I dressed warm, put on all my safety lights and headed out. The moon and stars were out in full force and cast a beautiful blue light to light the way for me. The constellation Orion kept pace with me as I ran around the 4.4 mile loop. So, instead of cutting the run short on a chilly windy morning, I was able to get a relaxing, quiet run in that was longer than any I have done in the last 10 days. So while it is important to have a plan, it is just as important for me to be flexible and adapt. Allowing myself that flexibility keeps me from feeling guilty when I need to back off and in return I occasionally will run further on a day when I'm feeling better.

It is a strategy thats been working for me.


Day: 102 Time/Date: 8:00 PM 12/17/2007 Weather: Clear, 30F
Run: 5 Hill 4.4 Miles: 4.4 Time: 33:09 Pace: 7:32 min/mile
Miles to Date: 396.9 Total Running Time: 48:47:47

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Double take

Day 101 - December 16, 2007

After a long night of cold rain, this morning cleared off and the weather turned quite nice. I ran the same route as yesterday thinkin gI would try and improve upon my time. My thinking being that yesterday I ran really relaxed and never looked at my watch until I clicked it off at the end. Today I set out at a quicker pace and felt like I was pushing the entire way. I was quite surprised when I finished to see that I wa actually 2 seconds slower than yesterday. The differene? Well it was the wind. It was hitting me square in the face almost the entire way out today. I guess that was enough to cause me a few seconds in time while making it feel like a much harder effort. It was still a good run with my pace well below 7 min/mile and is a good start to my second 100 days.


Day: 101 Time/Date: 11:50 AM 12/16/2007 Weather: Partly Cloudy, 44F
Run: N Carnation-Davis Miles: 3.6 Time: 24:27 Pace: 6:47 min/mile
Miles to Date: 392.5 Total Running Time: 48:14:38

Saturday, December 15, 2007

100 Days of Running!!!!!!!!!!

Day 100 - December 15, 2007

I have finally cracked into triple digits. It actually has been much easier to accomplish than I had imagined. In fact, at this point it is sort of routine, which is the point. There have been plenty of days where I would have taken off without the streak in place. The reality is I probably would have taken at least 40 days off based on past experience.

Sure plenty of people have mocked my short days where I only run 2 miles - as if there days off are somehow superior if they run similar weekly mileage in 4 or 5 days a week, but I don't care. I have had less injuries and need to take a week off (which they seem to need to do often). So why on a given week they may run as many miles - I wonder how they compare over a month or three?

The streak is working well for me - without it I probably would have been lucky to have 5 runs in this month so far. But instead, I've run 389 miles over a total of 47 hours and 50 minutes. Almost 2 full days worth of running! I am excited about that and am looking forward to running more miles through he winter and into the spring. Over the next 100 days, I will begin training for the Charlottesville 10 miler and begin a speed workout routine to make myself faster. I plan to run closer to 450 miles over the next 100 days and get myself closer to being on track to reach my goal of 4200 miles in 1000 days. I hope you will continue to follow my progress and maybe even drop me a comment or two now and then and tell me about your current running streaks. To my regular readers - thanks - and yes there are more than one of you.


Day: 100 Time/Date: 2:30 PM 12/15/2007 Weather: Cloudy, 38F
Run: N Carnation-Davis Miles: 3.6 Time: 24:25 Pace: 6:47 min/mile
Miles to Date: 388.9 Total Running Time: 47:50:11

Friday, December 14, 2007

Leaving Las Vegas

Day 99 – December 14, 2007

It has been too long since I updated my fantasy cross country journey and now that I've updated the route, I see that I passed through Las Vegas miles ago. Bummer – I would have liked to have seen that, but apparently with all this early morning running in the dark I missed it. Who knew they turned the lights off there. I guess Al Gore probably had something to do with that – or maybe he just invented the light bulb – I don't remember. Anyway, I've made a good deal of progress since the last update and if I continue on Route 15 I will shortly pass through the NW corner of Arizona and into the SW corner of Utah.

Today was a chilly 2 miles - with only 2.5 hours of sleep and about 8 hours since yesterday's run, I was not going to push it. So while the last 10 days have been pretty pathetic mileage wise, I am now poised to make the jump to the second 100 days. Check in tomorrow to see how I celebrate.


Day: 99 Time/Date: 5:50 AM 12/14/2007 Weather: Clear, 29F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile Miles: 2.0 Time: 14:42 Pace: 7:21 min/mile
Miles to Date: 385.3 Total Running Time: 47:25:46

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Day 98 – December 13, 2007

Ok – I know I know – those three words should never be uttered less than 8 hours before a run. What can I say – I'm a glutton for punishment. We were at the mall so the girls could give Santa their wish list and well then we needed dinner. The female vote was unanimous and so of to Red Robin we went. What is a guy to do on a cold foggy rainy night when faced with the messy goodness of hot chilly smothering a juicy cheeseburger?

I won't say much more about the run – I'm sure my poky time says enough. I will tell you this – that burger tasted much better the first time.

Tomorrow I plan to update my fantasy journey across the country. So check back and be as surprised as I was at how far I have progressed in the first 99 days.


Day: 98 Time/Date: 8:55 PM 12/13/2007 Weather: Fog, 39F
Run: Daffodil Geranium Loop Miles: 2.7 Time: 19:52 Pace: 7:21 min/mile
Miles to Date: 383.3 Total Running Time: 47:11:04

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tropical Breezes

Day 97 - December 12, 2007

It is getting harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning. Partly because I'm waiting for more daylight, partly because I'm not getting enough sleep, and partly because I'm avoiding all the work that needs to be done before Christmas. Procrastination left me a very small window to run in this morning and running this evening is completely out of the question. So, the mileage suffered again today. The run itself wasn't bad and the warm southerly breeze made it feel almost tropical - well as tropical as 51F can feel. It's a shame that I didn't make more time to run today and enjoy the weather. So if you have time today - get out and enjoy it.


Day: 97 Time/Date: 6:50 AM 12/12/2007 Weather: Clear, 51F
Run: Davis 2.5 Miles: 2.5 Time: 18:13 Pace: 7:17 min/mile
Miles to Date: 380.6 Total Running Time: 46:51:12

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Two miles closer to January

Day 96 - December 11, 2007

Today felt good. With more time and few more hours of sleep this week it could have been an awesome run. I probably should have named this the "Obsessive Compulsive Schizophrenic Running Blog" for as often as I change my attitude about my running and my need to run every single day. January is only three weeks away!


Day: 96 ...Time/Date: 6:40 AM 12/11/2007 ...Weather: Mist, 44F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile... Miles: 2.0 ...Time: 13:40 ...Pace: 6:50 min/mile
Miles to Date: 378.1 ...Total Running Time: 46:32:59

Monday, December 10, 2007

Turning the corner

Day 95 – December 10, 2007

After a better night's sleep, the run this evening was an improvement over the last week's worth of garbage runs. I'm starting to feel guilty about the lack of miles this month. That's a good sign that the motivation is returning. Given that time is still going to be really limited as Christmas approaches, I don't expect any miraculous runs to find their way into my schedule, but hopefully the quality can improve. Plus hey, I've got that 100 day milestone approaching quickly – that's got to be worth something.


Day: 95 .....Time/Date: 8:00 PM 12/10/2007 .....Weather: Partly Cloudy, 50F
Run: Carnation Loop .....Miles: 2.6 .....Time: 18:27 .....Pace: 7:06 min/mile
Miles to Date: 376.1..... Total Running Time: 46:19:19

Sunday, December 9, 2007

ughlaaaah - the sound of exhaustion

Day 94 - December 9, 2007

Exhausted after only getting 3 hours of sleep last night, I chose the shortest route I could find today. I'm starting to worry about injury from not getting enough rest, so I'm going to keep the runs as short as possible until the work load lightens up. I hate that I've lost momentum heading into the last week of the first 100 days, but with 900+ days to go, there's plenty of time to recover.


Day: 94 .....Time/Date: 1:05 PM 12/09/2007 .....Weather: Clear, 52F
Run: EDaff Dam Loop.....Miles: 2.0..... Time: 15:00..... Pace: 7:30 min/mile
Miles to Date: 373.5 .....Total Running Time: 46:00:52

Saturday, December 8, 2007


Day 93 - December 8, 2007

I had forgotten how much easier it is to run during the day. Today's warmer temperatures and actual daylight were very welcome. I felt pretty good and was able to pick up the tempo for a quick sub 7 min/mile run. I guess my funk is more about the dark than the actual run. So here's to one week shy of 100 straight days!!!


Day: 93..... Time/Date: 12:05 PM 12/8/2007 ..... Weather: Cloudy, 46F
Run: N Carnation-Davis..... Miles: 3.6..... Time: 24:51..... Pace: 6:54 min/mile
Miles to Date: 371.5 ..... Total Running Time: 45:45:52

Better Late than never

Day 92 - December 7, 2007

No, the streak didn't end on Day 92 - I just ran out of time to post before I passed out on the couch. But, today's run was certainly not a run that will live in infamy. It was just another quickie after work just to get some miles in. Most likely this will be the routine until at least Tuesday as I have more things scheduled than there are hours in the day. Gotta love December.


Day: 92..... Time/Date: 5:45 PM 12/07/2007..... Weather: Cloudy, 38F
Run: Daffodil Geranium Loop .....Miles: 2.7..... Time: 19:49 .....Pace: 7:20 min/mile
Miles to Date: 367.9 .....Total Running Time: 45:21:01

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Going through the motions

Day 91 - December 6, 2007

Ok - I'm officially in a funk. This morning it was all I could do to go through he motions of running. It was cold, I was tired, and I had no desire to go out and run this morning. But you know what? Even getting in that short run this morning I felt better after showering and getting some food. I'm hoping this funk is more about all the business and less about my desire to run. Until I figure that out, I'll just keep plugging along and being thankful that I have a streak to keep me motivated.


Day: 91 .....Time/Date: 6:30 AM 12/6/2007 .....Weather: Clear, 23F
Run: N Carnation-Davis..... Miles: 3.6..... Time: 27:21 .....Pace: 7:36min/mile
Miles to Date: 365.2 .....Total Running Time: 45:01:12

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

First VA snow

Day 90 - December 5, 2007

A light snow covered the ground this morning. It definitely wasn't as dark as last night, but it was a little slippery. I chose my route this morning to make it the easiest and shortest I could. My mileage will really be down this week, but that's ok. Surviving until January....


Day: 90 .....Time/Date: 7:00 AM 12/05/2007..... Weather:Snow, 29F
Run: Amicus 2 Mile .....Miles: 2.0 .....Time: 14:53 .....Pace: 7:26min/mile
Miles to Date: 361.6 .....Total Running Time: 44:33:51

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Unnaturally Dark

Day 89 - December 4, 2007

Where did all the light go. It was as if someone had sprinkled Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder all over the road. Even the light from my flashlights was sucked up by the darkness. I must have stepped off the road and into the ditch four times tonight. I finally had enough and cut the run short. December is turning out to be tougher than I expected. Too many work and family responsibilities forcing the runs into the smallest windows of opportunity. I'm going to just do what I can to make it through the month and be ready for the 10 miler training in January.


Day: 89 .....Time/Date: 8:10 PM 12/04/2007..... Weather: Clear, 30F
Run: TL 4.2 .....Miles: 4.2 .....Time: 31:18 .....Pace: 7:27 min/mile
Miles to Date: 359.6 .....Total Running Time: 44:18:58

Monday, December 3, 2007

Well, at least it was a run

Day 88 - December 3, 2007

Today's run was lousy and not even worth the electrons used to write this. BLAAAHHHH.

Day: 88 .....Time/Date: 6:30 PM 12/03/2007 .....Weather: Clear, Windy 36F
Run: Carnation Loops .....Miles: 2.6 .....Time: 18:35..... Pace: 7:07 min/mile
Miles to Date: 355.4 .....Total Running Time: 43:47:40

Sunday, December 2, 2007

We Need the Rain, but Jeeeesh!

Day 87 - December 2, 2007

The cold wet weather is getting tough to take, but I'm glad that I managed to get another run in today. I was hoping to run at least 5, but decided that pouring rain again today was a good excuse to cut it a little short.

It's kind of funny that the first time I ran this run, I thought of it as a 5 hill run. Today I just kind of breezed through it and really didn't pay much attention to the hills. Of course I also was four and a half minutes faster than when I ran it back in October. I guess that is a pretty good sign that running everyday is paying some dividends.


Day: 87 .....Time/Date: 4:00 PM 12/02/2007 .....Weather:Rain, 36F
Run: 5 Hill 4.4 .....Miles: 4.4 .....Time: 32:18..... Pace: 7:20 min/mile
Miles to Date: 352.8..... Total Running Time: 43:29:05

Saturday, December 1, 2007

A quiet return

Day 86 - December 1, 2007

The day kind of snuck away from me today and I ended up with just enough time for a short run. The weather was much better than Buffalo, but I expected it to be warmer. It was good to be back on familiar routes and not have the o-so-healthy Buffalonians looking at me like the bearded lady who sticks drills up her nose at the circus. I'm sure there are other runners there, but I didn't see any with the nasty weather that occurred while I was there.

Day: 86 .....Time/Date: 5:15 PM 12/1/2007 .....Weather: Partly Cloudy, 39F
Run: Narcissus, E Daff Dam .....Miles: 2.5..... Time: 18:29 .....Pace: 7:24 min/mile
Miles to Date: 348.4 .....Total Running Time: 42:56:47