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time to rest

wednesday

new york city in 7 weeks

Been knocked out the past couple of days, a combination of fatigue and the heat.  The past couple of weeks of training culminating with last Saturday’s half and subsequent workouts in this current heat wave we’re having along with a busy week at work did me in.  The sore throat was a sign I needed to recover a little, and that’s what I’m doing.  Will play it ear the next couple of days in hopes of being ready for Sunday’s XC race.  A good dress rehearsal for taper time.

no hurry

tuesday

Another shakeout on another cool overcast evening. 10 miles easy paced to the park and back. Nice and easy on the legs. I forget sometimes that a run will be more pleasant if you’re not in a hurry to finish it.

shake it up

monday

Tired after a long workday, a short nap then was able to get in an 8 mile shake out in the parkway. A slow easy shakeout, that was all. The legs felt better after that.

amazing

sunday

Strange weather all day. Stormy, windy, downpours, sunny, light rain, stormy like a hurricane, then a gift of a rare double rainbow far above the rose garden on the parkway near the end of the 10 miler to and from the park. The run was a calm eye of the storm in the midst of gale-force gusts, rewarded with that majestic rainbow. You had to venture out to see it.

why not

saturday

With a Saturday morning group run on hand and feeling pretty run down, took Friday off from running. Good move. Even with the rest, felt tired, but was more game for this morning’s 10 miles with the group before work. The dry cool morning helped out, the run was relatively smooth even on fatigued legs. 

Somehow got some pep back in the old body during the day, maybe the pleasant day at work, got out for a second run in the evening, intending for a short one, felt enough joy to do 10 miles. It felt good, so why not.

this is it

thursday

10 hard miles yesterday in the park; 10 easy miles today. No rhyme or reason, just two different days. A trip to NYC next week I’m looking forward to. This is it…

easy morning

tuesday

What a difference a day makes. The humidity washed away some overnight, aided by a few thunderstorms, and so the morning was much more comfortable for a 10 miler in the park even in the bright sunlight. The relaxed atmosphere made for a relaxed run.

for the love of…

monday

A wet one today but not from the rain. 10 miles to the park and back in thick humidity, drenched in sweat by the end of the run. Probably going no faster than 8 minute miles the entire way, but never felt comfortable. A wonderful marathon workout, but won’t pay off this year. Received another non-announcement announcement from the London Marathon today. They’ll contact us again in another 10 days with an ‘announcement.’ For the Love of God, just postpone it to next year already… 

the place

sunday

An impromptu 10 mile run today. Intended to do an easy 8, but felt good so why not. Another humid day, felt even more humid and hotter in the park during the 2 mile pick up in the pace.  The park is only a few miles from my place, so only a few miles from Lake Erie, but temps get much higher there in the summer… and much colder in the winter. It tests you.

all good

saturday

A fun run this morning with the Saturday group, 10 miles through downtown Buffalo and the waterfront. As always, was great to see the gang along with some new faces. We had a main group of about a dozen people, and as is the case these days, was tricky getting by some people along the way who seemed offended that either we were too crowded or simply that we were out running in a group. We did the best we could… se la vie. I added on 4 miles later on in the day just for good measure, this time alone and no dirty looks. It’s all good.

happily uneventful

friday

An uneventful day at work, the temps cooled a bit at the end of another muggy day, setting up a pleasant 10 mile evening run to the park and back. A pleasantly uneventful day and run… Back with the Saturday group run in the morning.  Happy weekend!