Hills!
They’re unavoidable here in Hot Springs. I can either try to avoid them and end up running the same boring routes over and over… or, I can embrace them and run all over the place.
I guess I’ll embrace them.
So today, the schedule called for 14. With a 15 minute drive downtown, 15 minute drive back, and needing to start work at 8:00… ain’t nobody got time for that. I ended up with 11.5 and I’m good with that.
It was another awesome, nearly giddy run. 10 degrees cooler and I would have been giddy. As it was, it was warm and humid (75 degrees and ~99% humidity), but I couldn’t have been much happier. The running felt easy, I enjoyed the hills, and loved being out, in the dark, on familiar roads.
The overall time was about 1:32, which puts it right at 8:00 pace. livelongtrainhard (coach) would say that’s too fast… but it felt easy throughout and I didn’t feel like I was pushing it. Eventually my summer easy paces start to get faster… maybe that’s happening now.
I’ll enjoy my easy 4 tomorrow!

Hills!

They’re unavoidable here in Hot Springs. I can either try to avoid them and end up running the same boring routes over and over… or, I can embrace them and run all over the place.

I guess I’ll embrace them.

So today, the schedule called for 14. With a 15 minute drive downtown, 15 minute drive back, and needing to start work at 8:00… ain’t nobody got time for that. I ended up with 11.5 and I’m good with that.

It was another awesome, nearly giddy run. 10 degrees cooler and I would have been giddy. As it was, it was warm and humid (75 degrees and ~99% humidity), but I couldn’t have been much happier. The running felt easy, I enjoyed the hills, and loved being out, in the dark, on familiar roads.

The overall time was about 1:32, which puts it right at 8:00 pace. livelongtrainhard (coach) would say that’s too fast… but it felt easy throughout and I didn’t feel like I was pushing it. Eventually my summer easy paces start to get faster… maybe that’s happening now.

I’ll enjoy my easy 4 tomorrow!

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6 easy…

6 easy for me, running alongside my son for his long run.

Yep, little man knocked out 6 miles non-stop at a 10:40 pace. He’s doing great!

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Long running…

20 miles easy in 2:47. No phone at the moment, so no photos…

With warm-up and cool-down yesterday, I ended up with 5 miles. Honestly, I wasn’t sore, even yesterday. I don’t think I have to turnover to really hurt myself in a race like that right now. I mean, it wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as hard as a mile should be. I just couldn’t get my legs to turn over faster.

I was afraid that this morning’s long run, the nice round 20 miles, would be a slog. But, I woke up at 4:00, we were out of the house by 4:35, and running before 5:00 (yeah… driving downtown for a run does stink). I wasn’t too tired, I wasn’t sore, and I was actually pretty excited to run.

I ran the first 14 on the roads while Rach ran her 10. Then, when I got home, I finished the last 6 on the treadmill.

It was slightly cooler, about 73 degrees, but the humidity was nasty. Thankfully it didn’t take it out of me too much. I refilled my bottle once during the first 14, then drained another bottle during the last 6 for a total of about 60 ounces over 20 miles. Not bad.

The surprising part? No gels. No calories from the time I woke up til I finished the run. Just water. I never felt like my energy was low, either. It was nice!

I’m thankful to still be riding the running high from the last 2 weeks. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts!

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Just a mile…

But it was the same mile race I ran last year.

Overall, I’m really happy with how I ran. I ended up winning with a 5:26… 6 seconds slower than last year, but that’s okay by me.

It wasn’t a well-paced effort… quarters were 1:13, 1:20, 1:26, 1:26. I pushed too hard up the hill in the first quarter and paid for it on the small uphills in the second half. I’m pretty happy holding on evenly after the first half though.

I ran it to win and pulled it off, going to the front in the first quarter and just hanging on. In the heat (it was over 80 already), I’m really happy with that!

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I woke up this morning and couldn’t muster the courage to hit my tempo run with temps at 77 and humidity at 99%. 

In hindsight, it was stupid. It was 90-something degrees this afternoon and I ran on the treadmill in the garage. It wasn’t any cooler. 

Anyway, I ran a single warm-up mile, the started progressing through the 6 miles of tempo. Splits for the tempo section were 6:58, 6:59, 6:40, 6:40, 6:39, and 6:01. The paces all felt easier than usual. The last miles was a bit harder, but the 6:40 tempo miles felt oddly comfortable. It’s nice to see that progress and it makes me excited to see what happens when the weather cools down. For now, I’m excited to be able to get 6 in under 40 minutes. 

I wrapped things up at our running club’s pub run, running 3.1 miles with my son at around a 10:00 pace again. Even in the heat, he did great! He’s got a 6 miler on tap this weekend, and that’s going to be tough. 

Onward and upward!

I woke up this morning and couldn’t muster the courage to hit my tempo run with temps at 77 and humidity at 99%.

In hindsight, it was stupid. It was 90-something degrees this afternoon and I ran on the treadmill in the garage. It wasn’t any cooler.

Anyway, I ran a single warm-up mile, the started progressing through the 6 miles of tempo. Splits for the tempo section were 6:58, 6:59, 6:40, 6:40, 6:39, and 6:01. The paces all felt easier than usual. The last miles was a bit harder, but the 6:40 tempo miles felt oddly comfortable. It’s nice to see that progress and it makes me excited to see what happens when the weather cools down. For now, I’m excited to be able to get 6 in under 40 minutes.

I wrapped things up at our running club’s pub run, running 3.1 miles with my son at around a 10:00 pace again. Even in the heat, he did great! He’s got a 6 miler on tap this weekend, and that’s going to be tough.

Onward and upward!

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Another 9.5 miles in the dark this morning. Besides the humidity and warm air, it was another great run!

It wasn’t the 14 that was on the schedule, though… not enough time this morning. I’ll be running some make-up miles this afternoon, livelongtrainhard.

Another 9.5 miles in the dark this morning. Besides the humidity and warm air, it was another great run!

It wasn’t the 14 that was on the schedule, though… not enough time this morning. I’ll be running some make-up miles this afternoon, livelongtrainhard.

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5 miles with the little guy tonight. He ran those miles non-stop on the indoor track. No walking… Ran the whole thing strong at a ~10:00 pace. Not bad for a nearly 8 year old!

5 miles with the little guy tonight. He ran those miles non-stop on the indoor track. No walking… Ran the whole thing strong at a ~10:00 pace. Not bad for a nearly 8 year old!

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Wow, 13 years ago now. We were just kids!

It’s been a great life together so far, and I look forward to more adventures in the many years to come!

Wow, 13 years ago now. We were just kids!

It’s been a great life together so far, and I look forward to more adventures in the many years to come!

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And done!

And done!

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Maybe the prettiest sunrise I’ve ever seen?

Again, this was just an awesome run. It wasn’t fast, and it wasn’t the 20 the schedule called for, just 18, because of time constraints this morning. But, I ran the forest service road to the top of Hickory Nut Mountain and back. The view of Lake Ouachita was awesome this morning!

This run combined 2 of my favorite things: running early (started at 5:00 and the first half was mostly dark) and running on forest service roads.

I wish I had time for the last 3 miles (it was going to be a 21 mile route) because there’s and awesome uphill I was actually looking forward to running… It’s long and windy with a nice downhill on the other side. Maybe next time! With a half hour drive home and having to leave the house before 10, it, was just cutting it too close.