Picture is a little blurry, but wow… It was muggy!

After some storms last night, the fog rolled in this morning. The air was warm and thick, and with the temp at 70, felt a little suffocating. But, it was fun to run in the clouds around West Mountain, North Mountain, and Hot Springs Mountain. 

10 miles total, all easy, but with some decent hills thrown in. 

I’m glad I got it done this morning. I have two long-ish work days coming up, so having tomorrow morning off will be nice!

Picture is a little blurry, but wow… It was muggy!

After some storms last night, the fog rolled in this morning. The air was warm and thick, and with the temp at 70, felt a little suffocating. But, it was fun to run in the clouds around West Mountain, North Mountain, and Hot Springs Mountain.

10 miles total, all easy, but with some decent hills thrown in.

I’m glad I got it done this morning. I have two long-ish work days coming up, so having tomorrow morning off will be nice!

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Another nice road to run on. 

This wasn’t the greatest of runs. I just wasn’t feeling it this morning. It was slow, sure, but that wasn’t the problem. It was muggy, of course, but I’ve run in much worse. 

I don’t know. Just one of those days. Thankfully it was only 5 easy miles. I’m hoping I’m a little more enthusiastic about my 10 miles tomorrow. 

5 miles on 45:05. See, Billy, I can run slower!

Another nice road to run on.

This wasn’t the greatest of runs. I just wasn’t feeling it this morning. It was slow, sure, but that wasn’t the problem. It was muggy, of course, but I’ve run in much worse.

I don’t know. Just one of those days. Thankfully it was only 5 easy miles. I’m hoping I’m a little more enthusiastic about my 10 miles tomorrow.

5 miles on 45:05. See, Billy, I can run slower!

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We continue with the lower temps here. This morning, it was a nice 65 degrees. It felt even cool at the start! Didn’t take long for the humidity to catch up, though. See the haze in the photo? That’s 99% humidity. I can tell a definite difference in my breathing. 

It was a nice 7.2 miles in 1:02:58. Lots of easy running still, but I’m trusting livelongtrainhard's training. I feel pretty strong and am taking the mileage well. 

My legs were a little tight this morning, mainly my calves. I’ll foam roll at some point during a break today.

We continue with the lower temps here. This morning, it was a nice 65 degrees. It felt even cool at the start! Didn’t take long for the humidity to catch up, though. See the haze in the photo? That’s 99% humidity. I can tell a definite difference in my breathing.

It was a nice 7.2 miles in 1:02:58. Lots of easy running still, but I’m trusting livelongtrainhard's training. I feel pretty strong and am taking the mileage well.

My legs were a little tight this morning, mainly my calves. I’ll foam roll at some point during a break today.

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A sweaty, dusty treadmill. 

Schedule called for 9 with strides today, but I had to cut it short due to time constraints. I still got in 7 miles with some nice, quick running. 

I felt great during the run, anxious to go faster. That’s a feeling I haven’t experienced in a while. I think that’s progress!

A sweaty, dusty treadmill.

Schedule called for 9 with strides today, but I had to cut it short due to time constraints. I still got in 7 miles with some nice, quick running.

I felt great during the run, anxious to go faster. That’s a feeling I haven’t experienced in a while. I think that’s progress!

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Marathon Training, Week 3

3 weeks down, and I think 18 to go!

I feel like this week was kind of the first “real” week of training. My volume is back up there a bit, and there was another tempo run in the schedule.

Unfortunately, I was a little under the weather Monday, so I had to rearrange the week. Normally, the day off is Friday, so this meant 6 consecutive days running. That’s not too big of a deal… I’ve run back-to-back days much longer than that before… but not at that volume in a while.

Also, the tempo run this week… I was pretty nervous. The first one of this training cycle went okay, but not really well. I struggled with it, and ended up not feeling that confident. This week, though, we’ve had some great weather, so I was excited to give it another shot. It went much better than expected!

So, here’s the rundown…

Monday

Plan: 10 miles easy
Actual: Sick day

Tuesday

Plan: 10 miles easy
Actual11.4 miles in 1:37:40 (8:33 pace)

Wednesday

Plan: 8 miles with 4 @ Tempo (~7:10 pace)
Actual8 miles with 4 tempo in 7:35 (?), 6:42, 6:37, 6:40

Thursday

Plan: 4 miles easy
Actual10 treadmill miles in 1:25:21 (8:32 pace)

Friday

Plan: Rest
Actual4 miles easy in 46:35, (11:39 pace)

Saturday

Plan: 14 miles long
Actual17.15 miles in 2:21:00 (8:13 pace) *Re-mapped, and it was a little longer than I thought.

Sunday

Plan: 4 miles easy
Actual4.3 miles in 36:44 (8:33 pace)

Total

Plan: 50 miles
Actual: 54.85 miles

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I really wasn’t sore after the long run yesterday, but I could feel the tiredness in my legs the first couple of miles today. Thankfully, that worked its way out, and it turned into a nice recovery run. 

62 degrees! I’m going to hate when the temps crawl back up. Humid and foggy again this morning, but I’ll take it with temps that low. 

4.3 miles, 36:44.

I really wasn’t sore after the long run yesterday, but I could feel the tiredness in my legs the first couple of miles today. Thankfully, that worked its way out, and it turned into a nice recovery run.

62 degrees! I’m going to hate when the temps crawl back up. Humid and foggy again this morning, but I’ll take it with temps that low.

4.3 miles, 36:44.

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I waited a little late for my long run today. In the summer, that’s dangerous. Today? It was awesome.

Temps were in the low to mid-70’s, there was some shade on the route, and a slight breeze. Again, it’s in the middle of July. It’s supposed to be 100 degrees. I love this!

Plan called for 14 easy, but I had a long point-to-point route on forest roads that ended up being over 16. Lots of rolling hills and great scenery. I like running on these roads, so time seemed to just fly by. I only saw 1 other vehicle (other than the in-laws’ Jeep) on the road.

Rachel, the kids, and the in-laws did some exploring in the Jeep after dropping me off, and I met up with them at the end.

My phone died, so RunKeeper didn’t get to record the whole thing. My estimate is 16.4, and the total time was 2:20:20. I’ll map it out and see how close my guess is.

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It’s July 18. And it was 56 degrees this morning!

We’re up visiting the in-laws. They have a house and cabin in a fairly remote area. It’s expansive (lots of acreage) and quiet. I enjoyed running on their property this morning, taking full advantage of the weather. The clouds rolled in so the views are gone… But it’s still pretty cool.

4 slow and easy miles. I did walk a steep hill, but generally it was a slower run. After 10, 8, and 10 the prior 3 days, it was nice to be slow this morning.

The weather will be like this again tomorrow, so it should be perfect for the long run!

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I felt pretty good following the tempo run yesterday. I didn’t have any soreness or pain to speak of. And, it was relatively easy to wake up… I actually woke up just minutes before the alarm was going to go off. Seeing 3:50 on the clock and not dying to go back to sleep is a nice feeling. 

Unfortunately, there was a nice cell of heavy rain right over us when I needed to get out the door. Light rain is one thing… that’s fun to run in. But heavier rain, with heavy, wet, and soggy shoes can get ugly. I chose to stay indoors. It’s a shame, I would have enjoyed the cooler temps we’re having now. 

Other than that, there’s not much to report on the run. I ran easy. It felt easy. Legs were a little tired the first couple miles, but really, the last 8 were great… enjoyable, even on the treadmill. 

So, 10 miles in 85:27. 4 is going to feel short and easy tomorrow!

I felt pretty good following the tempo run yesterday. I didn’t have any soreness or pain to speak of. And, it was relatively easy to wake up… I actually woke up just minutes before the alarm was going to go off. Seeing 3:50 on the clock and not dying to go back to sleep is a nice feeling.

Unfortunately, there was a nice cell of heavy rain right over us when I needed to get out the door. Light rain is one thing… that’s fun to run in. But heavier rain, with heavy, wet, and soggy shoes can get ugly. I chose to stay indoors. It’s a shame, I would have enjoyed the cooler temps we’re having now.

Other than that, there’s not much to report on the run. I ran easy. It felt easy. Legs were a little tired the first couple miles, but really, the last 8 were great… enjoyable, even on the treadmill.

So, 10 miles in 85:27. 4 is going to feel short and easy tomorrow!

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There’s a restaurant downtown that has these lions by their door. I don’t know what they represent, but they’re interesting. A year ago or so, I ran by and fist bumped them… it looks like they’re asking for it. It’s been my tradition ever since. They got knuckles again today. 

The schedule called for 8 miles today, with 4 at tempo pace. That pace should be in the low 7:00 range as I build my base, but it was quicker than that after settling in the first mile: 7:34, 6:42, 6:37, 6:40. 

Not sure what was up with the first tempo mile. It could have been a GPS issue… the effort didn’t feel easier than the other miles. But, after settling in, those last 3 miles felt GREAT. It was exactly what tempo pace is supposed to feel like. Fast but controlled, comfortably hard. Maybe it was too fast, but the effort level felt right. I’ll take it!

The temp this morning was a cool 62. That’s about as nice a summer morning as we’ll ever have! I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

There’s a restaurant downtown that has these lions by their door. I don’t know what they represent, but they’re interesting. A year ago or so, I ran by and fist bumped them… it looks like they’re asking for it. It’s been my tradition ever since. They got knuckles again today.

The schedule called for 8 miles today, with 4 at tempo pace. That pace should be in the low 7:00 range as I build my base, but it was quicker than that after settling in the first mile: 7:34, 6:42, 6:37, 6:40.

Not sure what was up with the first tempo mile. It could have been a GPS issue… the effort didn’t feel easier than the other miles. But, after settling in, those last 3 miles felt GREAT. It was exactly what tempo pace is supposed to feel like. Fast but controlled, comfortably hard. Maybe it was too fast, but the effort level felt right. I’ll take it!

The temp this morning was a cool 62. That’s about as nice a summer morning as we’ll ever have! I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

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