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The Fire Still Burns

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Entering last weekend I planned on doing a second consecutive weekend long run of 10 miles in order to keep my distance up for next weekend’s Island to Island Half Marathon.  This will be my second… Continue Reading →

Running on Feel

Thursday, September 17, 2015 Headed out the door this morning for a simple and slow 3-miler.  My entire focus right now from running, to eating, to resting, is focused almost solely on the 20-miler coming this Sunday.  It’s an important… Continue Reading →

Breaking It Down

Sunday, September 13, 2015 It’s finally here.  The NFL gets into full swing today and I could not be happier.  Although my team, the Oakland Raiders have had a rough decade or so, I enter the new season with hope… Continue Reading →

Long Ass Way

Sunday, September 6, 2015 With Labor Day Weekend comes the end of week #9 of training which means there are just 7 weeks left to prepare for the 40th Marine Corps Marathon.  As I entered the weekend I have to… Continue Reading →

Cadence

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 No, not this Cadence.  But what a great scene from the 2001 movie Shallow Hal, starring Jack Black.  No, the cadence I speak of has everything to do with running.  The beauty of being alive in… Continue Reading →

Near Perfect Execution

Sunday, August 23, 2015 I’ve been around and involved in sports ever since I was a kid.  One common theme that has come up over the years as a player, coach, and official is the concept of execution.  In order… Continue Reading →

Impro-VINCE-ation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A lot of times the marathon is a lot of things planned for, but often it is a lot of things unplanned for.  That's why it's good every now and then to have to make an in-run adjustment or deal with a situation that is out of your control.  It helps to keep you on your toes and ready for that moment when, inevitably, something will begin to go wrong.  It helps to build the mental strength to overcome the adversity, no matter what that adversity or situation may be.

Wednesdays are interval days and today called for 4-6 Yasso 800's*Note: yesterday I wrote that I had to run 4 but after I posted last evening I double-checked my schedule and realized it was 4-6. With family in over the weekend for an extended four-day visit, my sleep schedule has been a bit erratic, so I awoke with plenty of time to get going, but somehow found myself up against a time crunch as I moved around the house at a snail's pace.  So I decided I would do five Yasso's after my normal 2-mile warmup at a light jogging pace.

Week 6 intervals would be thrown a curve, however, as I entered the track a few minutes past 6:00 a.m. and saw that the Parkside Rams cross country team had commandeered the track.  Realizing I needed to make a quick decision, I turned back and decided I needed to improvise.  After running what I felt was an approximate 800 meters, I realized that right nearby the track is a neighborhood that has a large oval outer road that I often run on as part of my regular running routes.  So I decided to head over there and map the oval to stick with a track-like feel at a minimum.  To my surprise, the loop measured as an almost perfect 800 meter circle (probably about 795 meters).  After doing the first lap there and having realized the actual distance of the loop, I was able to focus on the intervals themselves instead of watching the GPS on my Runmeter app.

Just like my experience on Sunday my workout seemed to fly by because of the variety added to the workout.  It was a speed session not on a track, but also in a location that was not heavily traveled and was a perfect substitute for an actual track.  As I was enjoying the variety I couldn't help but think to myself that variety is truly the spice of life.  That, and the fact that today called for what will be known moving forward as some improVINCEation.  From the looks of it, I may need some of that tomorrow too if the WBOC-TV forecast is accurate.

Run on...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 A lot of times the marathon is a lot of things planned for, but often it is a lot of things unplanned for.  That’s why it’s good every now and then to have to make an… Continue Reading →

Thursday, July 29, 2015 It seems simple enough.  How many times a day do you wonder, “what time is it?”  Maybe you ask someone for the time.  Maybe they ask you.  In the world of running and racing, it’s all… Continue Reading →

Thursday, July 23, 2015 I’ll begin tonight’s post with a quick update from yesterdays Post, which included a photo of several law enforcement officers and a taped off Royal Farms.  The featured photo for tonight’s post is timestamped on my iPhone… Continue Reading →

Runnin’ with the Rams!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Today was Wednesday, and according to my Runner’s World VIP training schedule that meant one thing: Intervals!.  Interval Wednesday was something I looked forward to last week but after the heat and humidity made it a… Continue Reading →

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