Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! I still continue to move towards my halfway point! It’s getting exciting and close! Can you feel it? My goodness I’ve been doing this a long time now, but I’m chipping away at that mileage and getting closer to the end goal. It never seems to get old. I mean sometimes it gets a little monotonous, but when I’m done or complete my mileage I still get that sparkle!
This week was pretty good week. I tried to do something every day and have continued to work on my strength training with a combination of low mileage runs and did some indoor cycling. I was going to do a longer run on Saturday, but opted for some faster paced runs to see how I felt. I did mile sprints with the fastest being 9:45 and the slowest 10:14. My Achilles on both ankles still continues to bite at me a bit. Strange that both are hurting and I did pull back from riding today to give them a bit of a rest.
Good news I am a go for the Quantico 12K on 25 August. It is in the Marine Corps Marathon family of races. I’m excited to have signed up for my first race in Virginia. I will be posting more about that in the future and race details can be found here Quantico 12K.
A couple of interesting things this week. First, my mile pace runs on Saturday. It really heated up this weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday were in the 90s and the humidity was off the chart. Any time it’s that hot it’s always important to hydrate and safely push yourself. I learned something important about myself on Saturday, or at least found an inner fire that I seemed to have lost over the years. I am competitive, but I like to call it a niiiccceee competitive. When I was younger I was very competitive, but maybe I have mellowed over the years. For my pace runs the first mile was more down hill than up. I was at a good steady pace, listening to Led Zepplin’s Stairway to Heaven, when another runner (female) passed me. She passed me, but then cut right in front of me and then proceeded to slow down. Now, do I care that she passed me? Uh, no…people pass me all the time, but normally they get on with it! She slowed down so much that I had to slow my pace down. She was close enough that I could touch her. The first thing that went through my head was to slow down and let her get far enough ahead that I didn’t have to pass her again. Thus playing the….pass game. Something all runners know well. I have been running long enough now that I do try to keep a steady pace. It doesn’t always work, but for the most part I try. I didn’t want to be “that guy”. But then I thought, what the heck? I said no way, you’re going to pass then pass. I kept my pace and me and Robert Plant climbed that Stairway To Heaven together. I blew by her and didn’t give her a second glance. No!
Second, just to let you know how hot it was today. I happened to be driving to Safeway and I saw a guy walking his dog on the sidewalk during the middle of the hottest part of the day. All of a sudden the dog lurched forward and collapsed. At first I thought it got bit by something, but the owner kept on walking with one of those retractable leashes unaware. Finally the leash pulled taut and he went back to attend to the dog. I watched them for about 30 seconds and I drove up to the light and turned around and stopped on the busy street. The dog had collapsed due to heat exhaustion. We loaded up the dog in my car and I drove him and his dog home. He kept saying in disbelief he couldn’t believe it this happened. The dog was old and it was way too hot. If you’re too hot, your pet is too hot. I’m glad that I was in the right place at the right time. The dog was about 50 lbs and that would have made a long walk home. Be careful out there!!
I was able to complete 101 miles for the month of June, about 17 miles shy of last month. Total miles completed comes to 5521.99 with 5793.01 gratefully remaining. I hope this post finds you cool and well. Happy Miles to You!!
Keep climbing that stairway….and it’s meant to be played loud. Oh yes….