Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 IN REVIEW

Highlight of 2013... Marathon finisher!
Looking back, 2013 has been a very productive and successful year running wise. If 2012 was the year I became a runner, then 2013 was the year I became a successful and accomplished runner (in my mind). I did my first marathon (huge!), won a half marathon against an admittedly terrible field, and set PRs in just about very distance. I've kept running after the Portland Marathon despite the cold, wet, and darkness that I so hate.

2012: Ran 134 times for 704 miles.
2013: Ran 188 times for 1420 miles.

Didn't realize this until I just researched the stat above, but I ran DOUBLE what I did last year! My goal for 2014 will be to run at least 100 miles every month and beat my mileage from this year. I'm thinking 1600 miles would be a good goal, that's just a touch over 130 a month and I'll have two marathons in 2014 I'll be training for.

Almost 100 each month. February was the Las Vegas trip
where I got really sick.
Overall the highlight of my year was definitely completing my first marathon without walking or breaking down. I had a really good first marathon experience and I basked in the glow of that for quite some time. I have to say that glow has faded though and I'm eagerly anticipating Vancouver, BC so I can capture it again.

I am really looking forward to 2014. I have two marathons to train for, will be doing Ragnar SoCal with a bunch of strangers, and am traveling to Miami at the beginning of February for a half marathon. Should be an action packed year with lots to keep me motivated. Right now the cold and dark coupled with the lack of upcoming races is kind of hard, but I know in a couple months it'll warm up, lighten up, and the races will come fast. And I need to be ready!

One goal to start in 2014 is to have more effective training. I am not training hard enough while at the same time not training easy enough. I kind of keep doing my workouts toward the middle of the spectrum and the improvement is much more gradual. I am slowly getting better, but I can also see myself plateauing here very shortly. I need to really focus on some hard workouts and then make sure I am getting some easy miles in there too to. Ideally my week would have a tempo run, intervals, an easy run, and my long run.

I'll be kicking off the new year right, with a bunch of runners doing a 5k! It isn't one of those big events, like the First Run in Portland, but I am going to a party with ~25 other runners and we'll be running a 5k right before the new year, celebrating at midnight, then doing a short jog around the neighborhood for our "first run." The couple that puts it on is super nice and does it up with bibs, medals, etc. Should be fun!

COMPLETE RACE REPORT ARCHIVE

2011
9/25/11 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (28:01) - First ever race, first 5k.

2012
3/18/12 - Shamrock Run 5k (23:39) - New PR!
4/21/12 - Earth Day Run 5k (23:41)
5/27/12 - Run Rum 10k (47:31) - First 10k
7/22/12 - Run In The Country Half Marathon (1:42:32) - First Half Marathon
9/9/12 - Warrior Dash 5k (33:37)
9/23/12 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (21:45) - New 5k PR!
10/14/12 - Great Pumpkin Run 10k (47:44)
11/25/12 - Hot Buttered Run 12k (57:28) - First, and only, 12k
12/9/12 - HoHo 5k (22:44)

2013
2/3/13 - Zena Road Runs 15k (1:12:23) - First 15k
3/17/13 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:12:21)
4/14/13 - Corvallis Half Marathon (1:39:49) - New Half PR
4/21/13 - Earth Day Run 5k (22:33)
5/26/13 - Rum Run 10k (45:56) - New 10k PR
6/8/13 - Helvetia Half Marathon (1:40:29)
7/7/13 - Stars & Stripes Half Marathon (1:39:40) - 1st place overall, Half PR
9/8/13 - Pints to Pasta 10k (46:07)
9/29/13 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (21:50)
10/6/13 - Portland Marathon (3:36:42) - First full marathon!
11/3/13 - Rivalry Clash 5k (21:08) - New 5k PR
11/28/13 - Give N' Gobble 10k (45:00) - New 10k PR

2014
2/2/14 - Miami Half Marathon (1:44:47) - Death march!
3/16/14 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:06:16)
5/4/14 - BMO Vancouver Marathon (3:33:16) - 2nd full marathon, new PR
5/25/14 - Rum Run 10k (44:01) - New 10k PR
6/7/14 - Soles2Souls 5k (20:38) - 1st place overall, new PR
6/21/14 - Bald Peak Half Marathon (1:46:07)
7/5/14 - Stars & Stripes Half Marathon (1:37:48) - New PR
8/2/14 - Ladybug Run 5k (20:55)
8/2/14 - Crawfish Crawl Half Marathon (1:47:21)
9/7/14 - Pints to Pasta 10k (44:45)
9/28/14 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (20:28) - New 5k PR
10/5/14 - Portland Marathon (3:33:14) - Marathon PR by two seconds
11/9/14 - Rivalry Clash 10k (43:27) - New 10k PR

2015
1/25/15 - Miami Half Marathon (1:41:32)
2/1/15 - Zena Road Runs 15k (1:08:42)
3/15/15 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:12:55)
5/2/15 - 500 Festival Mini Marathon (1:42:26)
5/17/15 - Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon (1:40:37)
5/24/15 - Rum Run 10k (45:40) - Not official due to route mix-up
6/20/15 - Bald Peak Half Marathon (1:49:49)
9/27/15 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (21:11)
10/4/15 - Portland Marathon (3:39:33)
10/18/15 - Detroit Marathon (4:21:00) - Second marathon in 14 days, legs crapped out
11/29/15 - Hot Buttered Run Half Marathon (1:44:22)

2016
1/24/16 - Miami Half Marathon (1:48:12)
2/7/16 - Zena Road Runs 15k (1:13:12)
3/13/16 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:15:27)
4/10/16 - Blooms to Brews 10k (49:09) - Pacing Katie F.
5/21/16 - Rum Run 10k (55:06) - Ran for fun, undiagnosed arthritis flaring

2017
1/29/17 - Miami Half Marathon (2:39:19) - Injured and untrained.
3/19/17 - Shamrock Run 8k (51:31) - Technically a PR! ;)
9/17/17 - Half Boring Half Marathon (2:22:45) Ran the whole thing!
10/21/17 - Regatta Run 5k (25:21)
11/23/17 - Give N' Gobble 10k (52:19)
12/10/17 - Holiday Half Marathon (1:56:34)

2018
1/28/18 - Miami Half Marathon (2:06:18)
3/18/18 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:16:44)
4/15/18 - Corvallis Half Marathon (1:51:27)


RACES BY DISTANCE (** Current PR):

5k
9/25/11 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (28:01)
3/18/12 - Shamrock Run 5k (23:39)
4/21/12 - Earth Day Run 5k (23:41)
9/9/12 - Warrior Dash 5k (33:37)
9/23/12 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (21:45)
12/9/12 - HoHo 5k (22:44)
4/21/13 - Earth Day Run 5k (22:33)
9/29/13 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (21:50)
11/3/13 - Rivalry Clash 5k (21:08)
6/7/14 - Soles2Souls 5k (20:38)
8/2/14 - Ladybug Run 5k (20:55)
9/28/14 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (20:28) **
9/27/15 - Corvallis Fall Festival 5k (21:11)
10/21/17 - Regatta Run 5k (25:21)

8k
3/19/17 - Shamrock Run 8k (51:31) **

10k
5/27/12 - Run Rum 10k (47:31)
10/14/12 - Great Pumpkin Run 10k (47:44)
5/26/13 - Rum Run 10k (45:56)
9/8/13 - Pints to Pasta 10k (46:07)
11/28/13 - Give N' Gobble 10k (45:00)
5/25/14 - Rum Run 10k (44:01)
9/7/14 - Pints to Pasta 10k (44:45)
11/9/14 - Rivalry Clash 10k (43:27) **
5/24/15 - Rum Run 10k (45:40)
4/10/16 - Blooms to Brews 10k (49:09)
5/21/16 - Rum Run 10k (55:06)
11/23/17 - Give N' Gobble 10k (52:19)

12k
11/25/12 - Hot Buttered Run 12k (57:28) **

15k
2/3/13 - Zena Road Runs 15k (1:12:23)
3/17/13 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:12:21)
3/16/14 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:06:16) **
2/1/15 - Zena Road Runs 15k (1:08:42)
3/15/15 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:12:55)
2/7/16 - Zena Road Runs 15k (1:13:12)
3/13/16 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:15:27)
3/18/18 - Shamrock Run 15k (1:16:44)

Half Marathon
7/22/12 - Run In The Country Half Marathon (1:42:32)
4/14/13 - Corvallis Half Marathon (1:39:49)
6/8/13 - Helvetia Half Marathon (1:40:29)
7/7/13 - Stars & Stripes Half Marathon (1:39:40)
2/2/14 - Miami Half Marathon (1:44:47)
6/21/14 - Bald Peak Half Marathon (1:46:07)
7/5/14 - Stars & Stripes Half Marathon (1:37:48) **
8/2/14 - Crawfish Crawl Half Marathon (1:47:21)
1/25/15 - Miami Half Marathon (1:41:32)
5/2/15 - 500 Festival Mini Marathon (1:42:26)
5/17/15 - Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon (1:40:37)
6/20/15 - Bald Peak Half Marathon (1:49:49)
11/29/15 - Hot Buttered Run Half Marathon (1:44:22)
1/24/16 - Miami Half Marathon (1:48:12)
1/29/17 - Miami Half Marathon (2:39:19)
9/17/17 - Half Boring Half Marathon (2:22:45)
12/10/17 - Holiday Half Marathon (1:56:34)
1/28/18 - Miami Half Marathon (2:06:18)
4/15/18 - Corvallis Half Marathon (1:51:27)

Full Marathon
10/6/13 - Portland Marathon (3:36:42)
5/4/14 - BMO Vancouver Marathon (3:33:16)
10/5/14 - Portland Marathon (3:33:14) **
10/4/15 - Portland Marathon (3:39:33)
10/18/15 - Detroit Marathon (4:21:00)

Friday, December 27, 2013

CHRISTMAS WEEK RECAP (NEW WATCH!)

Christmas Eve dinner. Don't mind my mom not looking at the camera, we took another one but this one is better of me.
Had a really good Christmas this year! It landed on a weird day this year, Wednesday, so I had a half day on Christmas Eve Tuesday. Since I was off work at 2pm, I ended up taking advantage of the daylight and running three miles on what is normally a rest day. It was fun!

Christmas morning I woke up and joined a group at 9am that was running from the Starbucks in Tualatin. A lot of people ended up showing up, probably 15 or so, and it was a good time. I expected us to really not see anyone else, but it turns out there were a lot of people out that morning. Unless you have kids and are doing that whole thing on Christmas morning, I guess that makes sense though. It was a beautiful sunny day so why not get outside and enjoy it?

So another five miles Christmas morning then over to my parents' house for the family Christmas. That was a ton of fun as well. Pretty small group, but all my favorite people. We had cioppino again, which was delicious. I had complained about it on past Christmases, but I've been in love with this dish the last few years. Yum! Overall, I think I have gained a new perspective on the holiday. When I was in college Christmas had lost its magic and I wasn't a sentimental adult yet. Now, I just love being with family and the holiday is really special again.

Me at the Christmas morning run. Notice
how festive I am! (for me)
The highlight present of the year was a GPS running watch, the Garmin Forerunner 220. Yay, so excited! I now don't have to use my phone to track my runs and have that clanking around in my pocket. I kind of liked the security of having the phone with me, but I guess I'll get used to running without it. It will be so nice to be able to have "lap pace" and not have to yank my phone out to pause the run! I also received some t-shirts (Beavers and Blazers), nice gin (yum!), and some candy.

This weekend is shaping up to be busy. My goal is to run twelve miles on Saturday but I have to golf around noon. So I'll have to get up early. Since I ran Monday (5), Tuesday (3), and Wednesday (5), I'd like to run tonight but I don't want to tucker myself out for the run in the morning. I'm thinking maybe I'll just do three miles again. That combined with Tuesday's run will make the six miles I usually do during the week on Thursday.

Maybe that is a plan that will stick. Instead of running four times a week, I can run five and just break one run into two. Is it easier to motivate myself for two 30 minute runs in the cold and dark compared to one sixty minute run? I have no idea. The dark and cold is really bothering me.

Monday, December 23, 2013

TWO LOOPS IN T-TOWN

Coach Jim pre-run photo. That's me on the right in gray behind that cluster of bright yellow.
On Saturday I joined the Coach Jim running group for the second straight week. Coach Jim is a free long run group that meets every weekend and does anywhere from 10-20 miles (they pick a target race and then work towards that). The last few weeks they have been doing twelve miles, which has been perfect. The weekend before I did twelve with the group and it felt a lot harder than it should have.

The problem with the group is they meet at 8am. Ugh! So it is a miracle that I have got my ass out of bed for TWO straight weekends to go running in the cold. So pat on the back for me. Today they were doing "twelve plus" which ended up being 12.75 miles. I knew I wanted to do more than that so I had plans to run more to hit sixteen so I don't fade too much from marathon distance shape.

Two loops of fun!
What was nice about this weekend's run was that it was in my old stomping grounds of Tualatin where I was born and raised. Part way through we crossed into Tigard and basically ran a bunch where I used to run when I lived in the apartments off 99W. So it was a very nostalgic run. I have to say these twelve miles went by a lot easier than the weekend before. It was a fun run and went by pretty quickly.

Once that portion was over, I had made plans to drive the five minutes to my parents' house and then run the old three mile loop I used to do from there (way before I started running seriously, when I'd do fits of running a couple weeks at a time to try and lose weight). Alejandro ended up joining me because he is always up for a challenge, so why not do 16 even though he just planned on 12?

So the nostalgia tour continued! Around mile fourteen I started to get really sore and those last couple of miles were painful. But we got them done and I had a lot of fun running my old route. After I was done I hung out with my parents for an hour or two. I was pretty sore and my legs honestly felt like I had run twenty miles! The next day I felt much better though. I just always get really sore for some reason. Old man syndrome.

All told I ran sixteen miles at a 9:39/mile pace. That's 2 hours and 34 minutes on my feet starting at 8am. I think a screw is loose in my head.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

Bad news: Brandon is a quitter.

Good news: I can go to run group!

I actually feel bad for Brandon. He had a little (read: biggest ever) meltdown yesterday when I tried to pick him up to go to basketball practice. He absolutely refused to go and after about fifteen minutes of campaigning by his mom and me nothing changed. I've never seen his resolve so high on anything. He just stared out the car window and refused to acknowledge us or answer our questions other than one or two word replies, haha.

Apparently he thought he would know people on his team (his team was all kids from different schools he didn't know) and the coach was a flake and never called us so he missed the first two weeks and just felt stupid. I know after a few practices he'd get to know the kids, even become friends with them, and have fun, but none of that seemed to matter.

Came a little out of nowhere because I took him to practice Monday and afterward he didn't seem to completely hate it. Was much more rational then, but I guess he was dreading this next practice all Tuesday and Wednesday and then had a complete mental shutdown. Whatever. I hated running around that indoor track anyways (did seven miles inside on Monday... not fun!).

Anyways, I missed run group last night and then didn't get outside to run after the whole Brandon thing because it was cold and rainy, so I have some catch up to do. I was almost temped to stop by the rec center and run inside again, but I figured I'd just force myself out there today and then see how I am feeling on Friday. I am planning sixteen on Saturday, so I want to make sure to rested for that.

Monday, December 16, 2013

RUNNING IN CIRCLES

Not his only sport anymore!
For the next three months I'll be running in circles inside on Mondays and Wednesdays instead of going to running group at PRC. I'm super bummed about this but it will only be a temporary setback. Let me back up though. Brandon had talked about possibly wanting to play basketball. His father is all soccer all the time. His mom really wants him to play another sport other than soccer (dad can get a little too into it). I remember playing lots of different sports growing up as a kid and loved the change of pace each provided. I'm afraid Brandon will get burnt out on soccer so I really wanted to give him the opportunity to play something else.

Anyways, I volunteered to sign Brandon up for basketball and drive him to all practices/games. Transportation can be an issue at times for them and I knew the only way he would be a reliable teammate is if I were to spearhead the entire thing. So I signed him up. And the second I did that I just KNEW practices would be on Mondays and Wednesdays just to fuck with me. That's how the world works for me.

Long story short, I get the news that practices are indeed on Mondays and Wednesdays and start at 5:30. Which means I have to get into work an hour early so I can get off an hour early to truck my ass over to Hillsboro to pick him up in rush hour traffic. A few dozen swear words later I accepted my fate. The coach neglected to call us so Brandon already missed a week of practice. He's also never played basketball or any other sport other than soccer competitively. So he's afraid of being the new kid and starting a new sport and tried back out and say it was okay, he didn't need to play, etc.

My new home for 12-14 miles a week. I wonder if
Endo will be able to track me decently in here?
Don't want to count laps.
Oh, no you don't! One, you are going to have a blast after one or two practices when you are no longer the new kid and basketball isn't scary and new. And two, we don't quit! If we sign up for something, we follow through. Believe me, I wish I could have just said, "you know, you're right, that will be a giant pain in my ass, let's scrap it." However, that would be the wrong reply. I will miss my PRC running buddies but come March I'll be able to go back running with them and Brandon will have had a hopefully rewarding season in basketball!

Luckily, his practices are at the main THPRD Sports Complex, which consists of six indoor basketball courts and an INDOOR TRACK circling above. So, on the bright side, I get to still run and it will be inside during the cold and often wet winter months. Plus, I'll get to watch him in practice a little bit as I circle the track. I'll miss the scenery and friendship of the PRC run, but I've already decided I'll load podcasts onto my phone and listen to those as I circle to hopefully break up the boredom. I'll also maybe try to convince mom or dad to give Brandon a ride from time to time so I can check in with my PRC peeps.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I HATE ICE

My name is left front wheel. I took the brunt of the impact
with the curb and now I'm totally fucked up.
Thomas plus ice plus car equals crash. For the second time in about five years I've fucked my car up. Going to work yesterday I hit a patch of black ice rounding a corner at about 10mph and slammed into the curb. Wasn't going that fast but it was enough to fuck my steering up (wheels locked) and cause me to need a tow and have the car in the shop for a couple weeks. Yay! Initial estimate from Geico is $2,500 of damage, thank goodness for insurance (although the $500 deductible right in time for the holidays sucks).

About five years ago in my old Protégé when there was maybe an inch of snow on the ground (but apparently ice underneath it) I was going like 5mph around a gentle curve and lost control and slammed into the curb. Same thing happened, wheels got fucked up and the car had to go into the shop. That one was only like $600 but not covered by insurance.

I really hate this stupid ass freezing weather and driving in it. Anyways, yesterday I didn't run with group because my whole day was kind of fucked up from that, so I'll head out tonight. I might just toss that run and do only two this work week... we'll see, I might get the other one in on Friday. Just in a bad mood and going outside in the cold and dark to run alone doesn't sound the greatest.

Looking to do 12 miles again this weekend and then hopefully sixteen the next. We'll see, no solid plans really. I had visions of traveling to Detroit or Chicago for a marathon this fall but I think this recent car incident ate up my funds for that. Maybe I'll feel different in a few months, but this month I bought a new phone and tablet (to my credit this was before carmageddon), will spend hundreds on Christmas presents, need to sign up for the Vancouver Marathon, will pay Libbie $365 for Timbers season tickets, and probably other crap I forgot. December is going to be in the DEEP red.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 HOHO 5K RACE REPORT

Running through the neighborhoods in 18 degrees. Isn't this fun buddy?!?
This race kind of snuck up on me. Libbie and I had talked about doing it but both of us neglected to register until a few days before the race. When I went to register, I noticed kids were only $8. I was supposed to hang out with Brandon on Sunday and the race was a later start (10am) so having him tag along wouldn't be an issue. Hmmm, idea forming!

So much to Brandon's surprise he was running a 5k Sunday morning! When I told him on Thursday he moaned for a second but then just kind of accepted it. I told him it was only 3.1 miles like the last race he did and that seemed to help a lot. He thinks I am going to sign him up for a half marathon or something, haha. Right after I picked him up he was asking about his time on the last race and made it his goal to beat that time. So he ended up getting into it!

Oregon, and really the entire nation, has been in a cold snap recently, so the temperature at race time was 18(!) degrees. Holy crap! Once the three of us got our bibs we huddled back in the car and tried to stay warm. Last year it was 42 degrees and in my blog post about it I was complaining about it being chilly. Sounds downright balmy at the moment! I ended up running with a fairly heavy winter coat on since I'd be running slower with Brandon.

We call this the "walk break."
The race went really well. We got out of the car at 9:55 and were at the start line for the 10am start. Santa was there again in his Sleighburu to lead us on the race. The course was the same as last year, so flat in the park for about a quarter mile and then up that big hill. I told Brandon we could run to the hill and then walk it and that's exactly what we did. Once we hit the top we started running through the neighborhoods.

Brandon needed to walk a little bit less than last summer but we still took our fair share of walking breaks. Most breaks we'd take just thirty seconds and then start running again. Other times we'd use cones or trees as markers to either start or stop running. I never let us walk for more than about 40 seconds and we had sustained running periods of two minutes or so. I didn't want to kill him but I also wanted to make sure we challenged ourselves.

He did a pretty good job pacing himself and even ran farther than I thought he could in certain spots. At one time he starting bombing up a mini hill in the park but I just let him go. By the time I trotted up it responsibly he had caught his breath and kept running. I was super proud of him the whole time and kept shouting encouraging things.

Eventually we wound our way to the finish line and he took off like a bat out of hell once I challenged him to beat a six year old girl in a pink coat that was about 50 feet ahead of us. He ended up beating her by a good 60 yards (seriously though, freaking awesome time for that girl for her age!). He was tired at the end but not nearly as drained as the summer race, although that was in the heat. Brandon seemed to have a fun time and I am glad we brought him!

Hot cider at the finish line!
This course is short though. Somehow I convinced myself last year that it really was 3.11 miles, that my GPS lost me in the woods and cut corners on me. No. Last year I clocked it at 2.92 and this year 2.91. When I got home I painstakingly traced our route by hand and it came up with 2.9114. Brandon was faster than July, but not four minutes faster (gun time was 32:49 compared to 36:49 before).

I decided to adjust our time for the 5k distance. When he does a 5k next summer (shhh) I want his PR to be beatable, so comparing himself against a 2.9 mile long course wouldn't be fair. Taking his finishing time of 32:49, I adjusted it up accordingly to 35:12. So we will pencil that is as his new PR and see if we can go sub 35 next time!

Overall it was a really fun time and felt good to just jog a race easy after twelve super hilly miles the day before.

Brandon's Official Time: 32:49, 124th out of 202 overall.
Adjusted Time for 5k distance: 35:12, 11:20/mile.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

GIVE N' GOBBLE VIDEO

Yours truly appears 0:15 seconds into the video. In the bright orange shirt with blue sleeves starting Endomondo on my phone and looking a little less stiff than the Rivalry Clash.



Funny, I watched this video about a week ago and tried to spot myself but I couldn't. Then at run group Alejandro is like "I saw you in that video for Give N' Gobble you liked on Facebook" and I pretty much didn't believe him because I looked for myself and figured I was just lost in the crowd. And there I go running right by the camera! Sometimes I am not the most observant.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

LONGEST RUN SINCE PORTLAND

Part of the barkdust trail on the Nike Campus.
After the Give N' Gobble I felt pretty good. I used to get really sore after races, even short ones, but I think I might have put enough miles in my legs that during most short races that won't happen any more. I'm sure I'll still get sore after anything over a 10k, but for now its nice to be able to crush a 10k and not be hobbling around for a few days.

While I wasn't very sore, my legs certainly weren't very springy. After taking all of Friday off and doing absolutely nothing I forced myself outside on Saturday and ran sixteen miles. I'm surprised I actually ended up doing it, I was laying around all morning thinking about how I could rationalize doing less or skipping the run altogether. The excuse that I just PRed in a 10k almost won out, but the fact I had a long weekend and had eaten way more than usual finally won out.

I ended up running a new route up to the Nike Campus. Pretty conventional way of getting there, up the powerline parks to TV Highway. At this point I didn't want to wait for that long light so I had a plan to run along the railroad tracks and use the underpass for the trains to get across without waiting.

It worked and was a fun adventure but I'm not sure I'd do it again! The threat of a train hitting me and the fact the ground was either really large gravel or timing your strides to hit the slats of the track wasn't the most fun! At one point I almost shit my pants because I started running on a bridge without realizing it. I was paying so much attention to my footing I didn't realize the bridge was coming up and then all of a sudden I'm running on a wooden bridge with large gaps down to the water! Yikes!

Anyways, that mile along the tracks took a little bit out of my legs and the trails at Nike took even more. I mixed the Campus Trail (2 miles) with the Hollister Trail (1.5 miles) and did each twice in a big loop to clock 7 miles on campus. The campus trail is barkdust and was soggy from some recent rain so that was a little more work than I am used to (almost a "trail run"). My mile times went from the 9:40s to the 10:15s just due to the change of surface.

After the Nike portion of the run, which overall was pretty fun, I just ran back straight along Murray to my house. I was feeling surprisingly good for the distance I was running and normally hate running along busy roads, especially straight ones. Something about running up Murray was fun though, I could see the top of Sexton Mountain way in the distance and knew once I made it to the top of that, it was all downhill to my house.

So I just put my head down and killed it. I wanted to make up for the over 10 minute miles at Nike so I ran hard home on miles 13-16! Last three miles averaged 9:18. I was feeling great! Was so glad I decided to go out there and run and do the full sixteen. Before I knew it I was at the top of that hill and I coasted home. I hit 16 miles right as I entered my neighborhood. Perfect!

The run did take a little out of me though. I was fairly sore and worn on Sunday and yesterday (Monday) I wasn't feeling too hot either. Ended up doing five too fast miles at run group and irritating my glute again, which had been quiet since before the marathon. My body recovers so slow, it's annoying. Anyways, I'll be more determined to run slow at group Wednesday and not get suckered into following the crowd.