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Friday, October 19, 2012

For us in the northeast, I think that would be right now. Well, not RIGHT now, as it's pouring cats & dogs out. Totally appropriate, as it's our 27th anniversary & it's exactly like the weather on our wedding day.

But it's so pretty out - coming to an end real soon; we're already past peak & this storm will take down more leaves . . . which will need to be raked up . . . which eats into my exercise time. I say that every year at this time, too.

But it's just the right temps to run most days. I'm using the runner's world smart coach app. I remember trying to use it to train for my first HM & just finding the mileage & paces too difficult for me & abandoning it -- the app, that is, obviously not the race.

You plug in what you're training for, a recent race result, how often you run, your usual mileage & how long you have to train - & it spits out a training program for you for free. This time I'm not having any problems with what it's asking me to do, altho actually sometimes I can't run as slowly as it wants me to on easy runs & we all know I am NOT a fast runner.

In fact, it wants me to run my long runs at a 14 mm pace. Which seems awfully slow . . . and basically it's predicting pretty much the same finish time a my lat HM. Course, right now if I even go hinges on how my dad comes thru his surgery. Plus I'm running with my buddy NATPLUMMER, whoi think is slightly faster than me but unfortunately has been plagued with injuries. And then there's just the sheer number of runners in Vegas.

So I'm gonna try to run my long runs that slow & we'll just see what happens.

Much family drama going on over trying to figure out how to get my parents, myself, & my 2 siblings to NYC . . . where to stay . . . how to get everyone back home . . . while we're still figuring when/how to meet up with our friends in NYC (the ones going there for the wife's breast cancer treatment).

Everything one step at a time.

Still working on my Kauai photos. I've whittled them down from 650 to less than 100, but there are still duplicates of some to decide on . . . is this wave better? This angle? Is the sunrise more colorful in this photo?

That is the secret to making people think you're a good photographer: only show them your best work. Edit, edit, edit!
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    I use the smart coach as well. I think it is great - I agree it is difficult to slow down those long runs...I also have a hard time getting some of the long runs in on the week end - but I am trusting the system.

    Hoping to do well in Vegas which I am using as my goal race.
    2067 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/24/2012 12:39:00 PM
    Happy anniversary! Sounds like a pretty cool app.... I may have to check it out.. It's perfect running weather here in TX too!
    2072 days ago
    Happy Anniversary!
    2072 days ago
    Sounds like you are on the same whirlwind of life I'm on right now too. deep breathe, one thing at a time, and keep on running. Thanks for the tip on the app, I'm gonna check that out. Take care of yourself among all the craziness of life. Big emoticon and lots of them from me.

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    2072 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/19/2012 12:56:39 PM
    I do run my long runs at about 14mm pace...though this weekend will be much slower as I'll be walking a good portion to up the mileage.
    Jeff Galloway says you cannot run the long runs too slowly.
    It does sound like lots of stuff going on. I hope it all comes together okay.
    Edit, edit, edit.....that's what all good photographers do ;-)

    2072 days ago
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