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Runnin' in the rain (sung to the tune "Singin' in the Rain")!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Went out for a run last Saturday. According to my Galloway recovery program for a 10K race, I was to run 3-5 miles. So since I needed to go to the library to drop off a book, decided to start / end my run there, as there is a nice quiet neighborhood to run in.

It was cloudy when I arrived at the library, and by the time I dropped off the book, the clouds had gotten lower and it started to spit a little rain. No worries -- I've run in a light rain before...

Well, the spit turned into a MAJOR downpour! That was a first for me! For 3 miles it was a wall of water coming down, and I was TOTALLY soaked. But...it was fun and cooling! I ran one more mile to get me to 4 for the run, most of that last mile was little or no rain.

An eventful run, to say the least!

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/29/2014 8:31PM

    Wet with rain or wet with sweat, still wet. Some times the rain is a refreshing change.

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CHUBRUB3 7/29/2014 12:42AM

    A new way to make it rain and save time!
Showers and fun.
Hugs,
Angela


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Great Wyoming (DE) Buffalo Stampede 10K Recap

Saturday, July 19, 2014

OK, to the important stuff: Ran a very respectable 1:02:06 today in my 2nd ever 10K race.

My plan today was be in the 10 minute mile range for the first 4 miles then start to pick up the pace and come in under 1 hour. Actually executed the plan pretty well, though my last 2 miles were 9:31 and 9:43, so need to do some work on those finishing miles. First 4 miles I ran in 40:20, so just a smidge off my target.

Plan to slow the pace up for the next few weeks. My right knee is pretty sore right now, and it was doing OK until the last few weeks of training. Am definitely going to find a 5K to run in August to keep my "race a month" goal for 2014 intact.

All in all, a great way to spend a July day!

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/29/2014 8:36PM

    Nice job! That's great time!

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PAULOBRY 7/21/2014 8:00AM

    Nice race! I'm impressed by the control, evidenced by the speedier closing miles.

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TERI-RIFIC 7/20/2014 6:13AM

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CHUBRUB3 7/19/2014 3:07PM

    That is amazing my friend!!
Speedy Gonzales!!
You are awesome!
Hugs,
Angela


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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2014 12:44PM

    That's a great time especially in the summer heat. Congrats!
Hope the knee gets better quickly.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2014 12:34PM

    That's a great time especially in the summer heat. Congrats!
Hope the knee gets better quickly.

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A blog about nothing?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

One of my quirks on SP is that I always like to finish the day with my points at either a 5 or a 0 (i.e..65, 70, 75, 80). Don't know why...guess that is why it is quirk! So for today, the only way I can reach that goal is to write a blog to collect my 3 points...so like "Seinfeld", this is a blog about nothing!

Ah but there is always something to blog about!

- Tonight my wife and I will be taking her parents / my in-laws out for dinner to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary (which is Thursday, 7/17). All I can say: WOW!!

- I have my biweekly 1x1 meeting with my manager at 3:00PM today. Part of the call won't be pleasant I suspect because I got into the middle of an internal squabble, so I expect to be chided for that. The good news is that it reaffirms my decision to take another position within my company where I suspect the political winds won't be be blowing as hard! August 15 can't get here fast enough!

- Ran my last training run today before the 10K race I am running on Saturday. Weather forecast looks like it'll be in the low 70's and bearable humidity for the 8:00AM race start.

So, yup, this blog was about "something"...

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CHUBRUB3 7/16/2014 4:41PM

    Thank you Patrick.
your something blog inspires me my friend.
Need that.
Hugs,
Angela


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MOBYCARP 7/16/2014 3:50PM

    Ah, but as I look at this blog I see your total Spark Points reported at 132,699. Perhaps you need one day with points ending in 1 or 6, in order to support your quirk?

Have fun running that 10K Saturday!

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Random Observations

Thursday, July 10, 2014

- Today was an interval speed training run day -- 16 quarter mile runs at a faster pace than I normally run, with a much needed 2 minute walk between each. Happy to report I completed this task, and my runs where right where I wanted them to be - in the 2:15 range!

- With it being VERY humid and 77F, I took along a small cooler with an ice pack, a bottle of water, and protective glasses (clear) in case the bugs were bad (it was cloudy, so sunglasses were not in order). Parked the cooler by the street sign where I start my runs. 2 miles and a little over 20 minutes later, i come back and the cooler is GONE! Suspects: 1) Garbage truck personnel that were in the area; 2) Postal delivery person (also in area); 3) Person who lives near sign. It's not a cost thing -- the entire contents are worth maybe $10 - it's the principle -- why the heck would you want to steal it?? Well, we all know what they say about Karma...
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We lost power for about an hour, but as you can see, it is back on, and I need to get back to work....

- Glad I got my run in when I did -- it is POURING rain outside now! It actually started maybe 10 minutes after I got home. Karma was on my side for that one!

- I know the scale isn't always our friend, but just for fun, decided to step on after my run today just to see how much fluids I lost in my 6 miles of running. Keep in mind, I had a big breakfast (600 calories), plus lots of coffee, and then after I got back, a BIG glass of ice water and a banana. Result: 5.2 pounds down from my morning weigh-in!! Which means probably even a few more more pounds than that! Amazing to see the effect strenuous exercise has on us!
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SEABREEZE64 7/12/2014 6:29AM

    Great job on the run! 16 repeats are not easy.

Bummer about the cooler.

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RUN4FOOD 7/11/2014 7:47PM

    Our running group doesn't set water out any more without someone watching it. The city of Houston is concerned someone may put something into the water and everyone that drinks it gets sick. Out coaches take turns at our water stops. I've worked at them many times in the past and it's always fun to chit chat and meet new people while trying to be of value to others.

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AGGIEKBEAR03 7/11/2014 3:48PM

    That is crummy about the cooler! Some people just don't have respect for other people's property.

Awesome job on the run though!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/11/2014 7:26AM

    It amazing the effect strenuous exercise has on YOU. I couldn't lose 5 pounds in fluids unless I exercised and then took 100 mg of Lasix. I know what you mean about the cooler. We once had our beach towels stolen while we were in the water. It takes all kinds. But now someone will do something unexpectedly nice and restore your faith in people. Karma works like that, too.

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New Running Shoes

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Monday evening I picked up a new pair of running shoes from a real running store! My 3rd pair of Brooks, and this time they were fitted properly! Also purchased what I am told is a top of the line orthotic insert -- Superfeet -- to go inside.

New shoes got a real acid test outside today -- 4 mile run with the heat index over 100F! Wasn't a particularly fast run (in fact pretty darn slow!), but felt like I was running on pillows!

Next test: 5K race on Saturday! Can't wait!!

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RUN4FOOD 7/11/2014 7:42PM

    Love new shoes.

I don't think I've ever bought the same shoe 3 times in a row. Every time I run a marathon or a half marathon for that matter my arches must change and I need to change the shoes I'm wearing.

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PAULOBRY 7/5/2014 7:16AM

    Good luck on the race!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/4/2014 12:56PM

    Yea for new shoes. Getting properly fitted makes all the difference. I credit that (and custom orthotics) with keeping me running for nearly 30 years.

Another thing we have in common. It also took me 6 months to run my 1st 5K. (I read your last blog). I believe in gradual progress. Seem to work. I'm 67 and still at it.

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MJREIMERS 7/4/2014 10:34AM

    Yay, I hope they pass the 5k test. I've found out why good shoes are so necessary. And I mean all the shoes we wear, not just running shoes.

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MOBYCARP 7/4/2014 9:10AM

    If you were running on pillows, no wonder it wasn't fast!

Seriously, it's nice that the shoes are working out well for you. There's a 5 mile race locally today that got chopped down to 4 miles due to construction on the route. I had wanted to run that one, but it won't happen. Maybe a medium long bike ride instead.

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CHUBRUB3 7/3/2014 11:58PM

    Awesome!!


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