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Monday, October 04, 2010


Wow. Now I need to play catch-up.

First off, congratulations Ken for getting into the addic... I mean, ACTIVITY known as running! You'll have a blast. Think of it as P90X, minus the pullups.

So last week I ran the 5k, or should I say, the not-5k, and IMHO knocked it out of the ballpark. I also knew I had more to give.

I had the opportunity this past Saturday to give it another go, with another local 5k. Once again, it ended up being a short race, 2.82 miles. I should have known, looking at last year's times on their website, all the times in my age group were REALLY fast. Now I know there was good reason for it. :) And once again, I totally and competely surprised myself.

Mile 1: 7:19
Mile 2: 7:34
.82 mi: 6:04 (7:25/mi)

My finishing time was 20:58, 7:27/mi. Multiplied out to the full 5k, and I PR'ed again, this time at 23:04... a FULL MINUTE faster than LAST week.

What the heck has happened to me? WHY am I running so much better and so much faster than even a month ago? Obviously the training must be helping, and all the supplemental gym work I'm doing is paying off, I just didn't expect it to be going this well.

Sunday was supposed to be a long run, on a stepback week, at 11 miles. My wife had been out of town all weekend, so I had planned to run after she got back, but she ended up not even in town until 6pm, and I still had to pick her up and go grocery shopping after. I ended up not doing the long run.

Today I ran 7 miles to make up for it a bit. It's supposed to be a cross training day, which I did some of this morning at the gym in Body Pump class. I figured, since yesterday ended up being a rest day, I could run today and be fine. My goal was to do 7 miles at race pace, which I exceeded.

Mile 1: 8:49
Mile 2: 8:42
Mile 3: 8:44
Mile 4: 8:11
Mile 5: 8:47
Mile 6: 9:12
Mile 7: 8:51

7 Miles, 1:02:12, 8:49/mi average, 748 calories burned

I just had to share my good fortune. Honestly, I don't know how long this is going to last, I hope I'll keep it up the whole way to CIM in December.

From Twitter 10-03-2010

  • 03:07:16: New post on my blog: From Twitter 10-02-2010: 03:01:46: New post on my blog: From Twitter 10-01-2010: 03:06:39: Ne...
  • 08:50:00: Wt: 174, RHR: 49, BF: 16.1% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 09:29:24: I went on a bit of a food bender this weekend (Thursday thru Saturday) and the scale reflects it. Back on track today. #fb
  • 09:48:57: It just took me 15 minutes to find out what #mkelfm meant. All these marathon finishers, congrats, but that wasn't an obvious hashtag.
  • 09:55:21: WOW, I can't say my kids don't read labels. I told the kids I don't like them drinking Bug Juice or Tum-e-Yummi...
  • 09:55:38: My daughter said, "But dad, it has 100% value." She's 6.
  • 09:56:03: Kinda like my son telling me the other day that his heart rate was higher than normal because he was playing. :P
  • 10:48:43: I'm at Arco AM/PM (1129 North Beale Rd., Marysville).
  • 11:31:51: I'm at The Rivers Foursquare Church (1548 Poole Blvd., Ste. D, Yuba City).
  • 14:34:33: I just got a call from Meg Whitman. She's out of the area according to caller I'D, and she did all the talking. #fb
  • 15:54:21: The fresh ground peanut butter I got at Whole Foods is too fine, next time I'll buy the coarser grind from Bel Air. #boringcrap
  • 15:58:06: All my Tweeps appear to have died following the marathon.
  • 16:28:26: These social networks have become antisocial as of late.
  • 18:00:41: Oh man, this rules. My son's account on the vista machine kicks him off at 6pm. That was hilarious.
  • 18:01:36: Kudos to you, spammer, for successfully spamming me on Twitter. Wouldn't it be helpful, though, to provide a link and make the spam useful?
  • 18:06:47: Ah yes, there's my confirmation. No run for me, my wife wasn't dropped off at home, I need to go pick her up. At least it's a step-back.
  • 18:06:56: It won't hurt to skip an 11-miler.
  • 19:05:27: I'm at Walmart (1131 North Beale Rd., Marysville).

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