To have a more successful blog, I really need to post more often than once a month!
My last post was September 26, and a lot has happened since then.
Here are some recap summaries before a couple of bigger posts on specific events:
Got up crazy early, and was on my feet for six hours or so, volunteering for the Monument Marathon. (A post on this later.)
Ran 19 miles, then got in a car and drove for 6 hours to get to a conference. I drank a lot of coffee, so had to make many pit stops, which turned out to help with the stretching. I was not nearly as stiff as I thought I’d be.
October 2 & 4
Got up early to do a couple of dreadmill runs in an overheated hotel workout room while at a conference. Drove home and caught the edge of a devastating early-season blizzard.
The biggie: the 20-mile run, segmented as 7 miles/break/7 miles/break/6 miles. Impressed myself with an 11:59 average pace. I felt so much better after eating and drinking sugary stuff at the 14-mile break that I confirmed my need to fuel well during the marathon.
All further training runs will be shorter than this!!!
A few pics from the long run:
Woo hoo! Cool enough now (high of 65) to be able to get my training runs done after work. No need to get up at 4 am!
“Only” had to run 12 miles!
4-mile birthday run – one mile in celebration of each decade.
Grateful for a friend agreeing to meet for an early morning moonlit run, before another snow shower hit.
Got up early to volunteer for the 5K/10K Fall Frolic race, then ran 8 in the afternoon, with a speedy 11:11 average pace.
Skipped my last two scheduled training runs. I was too busy preparing for departure…
Departed for Dublin, Ireland, for the marathon. Our morning flight from Scottsbluff to Denver was cancelled due to fog. We scrambled to get a later flight out of Denver and drove there instead of flying. Managed to catch our international flight out of Washington-Dulles. Could not sleep on the overnight over-ocean flight.
For some reason years ago, I got the wild idea that I would run the Dublin Marathon for my 40th birthday. I do actually follow through with some of my wild ideas . . .
Arrived in Dublin. In an attempt to reset the body clock quicker, walked around the city in (overcast) daylight until it was time for bed.
Did a lot of walking and sightseeing. Popped into the expo to pick up our race packets. It was a little intimidating to see the THOUSANDS of race numbers. More than 14,600 people registered for the race!
International Breakfast Run. (A post on this later.) Because of the forecast, headed back to the expo to buy a rain jacket.
The marathon!!! It did not rain!!!! (A post on this later.)
I have not run a step since, but I am headed out this afternoon to buy a new pair of running shoes (left my worn-out pair in Ireland to make room in the luggage for souvenirs).
I am looking into a half-marathon Thanksgiving weekend. Might as well make use of the fact that I currently consider 13 miles to be a “short” run!
A few more posts coming soon!
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