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Run #101 Sprinklers, dog walkers & joggers

Friday, May 11, 2012

Either it was the day, or it turns out that cross-island on Grand Street is a very popular morning route. I didn't notice this on previous runs, but today there were a lot of joggers and dog walkers out. I got hit by the sprinkler at one of the churches and had a nice, cold, early hose down. I tried to dodge it but ran out of room and it just kept tracking me. Grand St turned out to be a good choice for my run today. I was having a bit of a slog, and I just kept telling myself, I can run to the next stoplight (nearly every block) an I kept going that way. Total 3.12 miles. I had plans for increasing my mileage early this year, but that doesn't seem to be happening. I think I am still becoming a stronger, better runner though, and increasing my fitness, I just feel like I should be able to do more, Maybe I am not pushing hard enough. On the other hand, I only have so much time to give, so I have to go faster if I can't go longer...Just stuff I think about.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/11/2012 3:21PM

    emoticon for a mostly nice run. I've come across sprinklers like that ... they seem to be determined to catch people!

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Run #100 The no baby duck, baby duck run

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Today on my run I struck out on my original running route, which I have not done in months. I discovered my original run was about 2.4 miles. I went to the park, looking for baby ducks. Apparently baby ducks sleep much later than adult humans. I saw lots of ducks, and a night heron, and a robin, but no baby ducks. I didin't play any music on the first half of my run, because the battery in my player was low and I wanted to have it if/when the going got tough. I just focused on the sound & rhythm of my breathing, the sound of my footfalls, how hard my feet were striking, how my arms were swining, etc. Then when I headed for home I turned the music on. My calculations were a little off for the turn around point and I came in at 2.92 miles. All in all a decent run.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/10/2012 11:49AM

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Baby ducks

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Today I saw baby ducks on my way to work for the first time this season. It seemed kind of late in the season to me, but then I realized that I have not walked through the park in a long time. So tomorrow, for my 100th run, I am going to go looking for baby ducks.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/9/2012 3:27PM

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How very fun to see them. Even if you don't spot them on your run, having your 100th be back out in the park should be very pleasant!

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TERESANAVARRO 5/9/2012 11:56AM

    I hope you see some! Looking for baby ducks seems like a good distraction while you're running, too.
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Run #99 Almost to the milestone run!

Monday, May 07, 2012

I thought about giving myself an extra day off today because I was just feeling a little beat, and I didn't get my running clothes washed, but then I remembered if I went today I would hit 100 runs on Wednesday. So I dragged some slightly dirty clothes out of the laundry basket and went for a run. I decided I should run to Webster St & back, because I hadn't done 3 miles in a while, and I knew that would put me over. I did about 3.3 miles in 45 minutes (including warm up and cool down time). Hooray! I took a water bottle along today to see if that helped any. I drank it all, but hard to tell if it made any actual difference on the run. Though I think it is making a difference now, an hour later. It was a bit of a challenging run, but nothing like my 3 yucky ones last week. All in all, satisfactory.

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Run #98 No bear to chase me

Friday, May 04, 2012

Today I set out for a shorter run because DH and I both had to be out of the house by 8, and I wanted to make sure we succeeded. Right from the start this run was a battle. I had to tell myself every step of the way that I could do 2 miles. At the end I found myself making deals with myself, as I sometimes to. "Ok girl, you can run to the end of that fence." Usually that brings back my resolve, and I go that far, or farther. Today when I was striking bargains some other voice in my head, that apparently is usually asleep at that hour, woke up and chimed in, "Sure you can. But so what? It's not like there's a bear chasing you!" emoticon I ran past the end of the fence anyway, and on to the fountain.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/4/2012 5:56PM

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Maybe next time you need to growl at that voice like a grumpy bear and say "Isn't there?"

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TERESANAVARRO 5/4/2012 3:09PM

    Congratulations! Some days it's really hard to keep going. I found myself slowing to a walk and telling myself "I can't do anymore". One day another voice said, "you can't, or you don't want to?" Then I decided that even if I didn't want to keep running, I wanted the results. I still have days when I slow to a walk, but they're fewer. Next time I want to stop running, I'll tell myself AIKIGAL made it past the fence and on to the fountain.

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