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Good Life Halfsy and the 2015 Race Calendar

Friday, January 23, 2015      9 comments

Today is Friday. It's a rest day on my training schedule, which means I don't run. Instead I do a little kettlebell work and some squats, walk enough to get my step count in, and do my every day exercises. Some rest days, I barely make it pas... Read more

MLK Day: Blood Donation, Cross Training, and Race Calendar

Monday, January 19, 2015      7 comments

It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is a paid holiday for my employer. It also happens to be the day for my routine blood donation, which works because the Red Cross does not take today as a holiday. I donate blood 6 times a year, and I've ... Read more

Cold Run, and Thinking Like a Veteran Runner

Saturday, January 17, 2015      8 comments

I could write a long blog about this morning's run, but that's not where I want to go today. Here's the short version: It's the week between the half marathon and the start of the next pace pass session, so I was on my own for a long run t... Read more

Race Report: 2015 Winter Warrior Half Marathon

Sunday, January 11, 2015      14 comments

**Disclaimer** Disclaimer and explanation for those who haven't followed the back story: I am 59 years old, and fast for my age. My target pace on long slow training runs is 8:30 per mile. It's always a struggle to keep it that slow. Ye... Read more

Musing the evening before the race

Friday, January 09, 2015      7 comments

It's so predictable: The taper is over. It's the evening before a big race, and I'm all anticipation. I want to run! Picked up my packet for the Winter Warrior Half, which consists of just a bib and the race hat: Read more

Last long run before Winter Warrior Half

Saturday, January 03, 2015      8 comments

Today was the last day of the 14 week pace pass program. The scheduled route was a mere 6 miles, as the formal training program it's linked to has the half marathon trainees entering the final week of taper. I ran 6.3 miles of hills Tuesda... Read more

Race Report: 2015 Resolution Run

Thursday, January 01, 2015      10 comments

I don't' do New Years resolutions. I never have done them. When I am prepared to change something in my life, I start working on changing it at the random time I'm ready to start. The most significant random date was July 11, 2011, when I rel... Read more

New Year's Eve - Looking toward tomorrow's race

Wednesday, December 31, 2014      7 comments

It's New Year's Eve. Traditionally, this is an evening when people stay up till midnight to greet the new year. In some circles, consumption of alcoholic beverages is customary. Even in circles where alcohol is not used, consuming traditional... Read more

Shorter Long Run and Returning to Normal Eating

Saturday, December 27, 2014      11 comments

On Christmas Day, I ate too much. But that was yesterday's blog. Today is Saturday, a day for a long run. I slept till the alarm went off, but fortunately had set it early enough to have enough time to get to the run. Still a bit shaky from ... Read more

Maintenance and Holiday Lapses

Friday, December 26, 2014      4 comments

I found Spark People in 2011. I struggled through the Christmas season that year, with a spectacular lapse coinciding with the Christmas Lunch at work. By the end of 2012, I was solidly into maintenance. The 2012 and 2013 Christmas seasons we... Read more

Race Report: Reindeer Run 5K

Saturday, December 20, 2014      10 comments

Today would have been a long run of possibly 20 or 22 miles, but instead I registered for the Reindeer Run 5K. 5K isn't very far when the long runs are over 10 miles, but it's a fun race. You wear fake antlers, and mingle with both serious run... Read more

Adjusting to the Holiday Lunch

Wednesday, December 17, 2014      5 comments

Today was the departmental holiday lunch at work. This fall, my employer shut down the building I had worked in for 23 years, sending my department to two separate locations. The lunch was at the other location, a 50 mile round trip. I knew i... Read more

Snowy long run and contemplating a marathon

Saturday, December 13, 2014      6 comments

Today's long run options were 10, 12, or 20 miles. When the routes came out, I didn't like the way they were laid out. The first 10 miles ended with a spiral around some blocks near downtown, with plenty of options to bail early and cut some d... Read more

Listening to Your Body 201

Friday, December 12, 2014      7 comments

Yesterday Robert (ON2VICTORY) posted something on Facebook that I wanted to respond to in more length than the Facebook format easily allows. Today he kindly reposted it as a blog on SparkPeople:
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Saturday Long Run - new distance PR at 18 miles

Saturday, December 06, 2014      7 comments

Today is Saturday, a day for a group run. At 7:30 AM it was 37 with light rain and negligible wind. The forecast was for these conditions to persist for 3 to 4 hours. This is better running weather than walking weather, and much better runni... Read more

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