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Old 08-26-2017, 11:46 AM   #101
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Re: Slop in the Wind

"The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky." ~ Haruki Murakami

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 3.23 miles (9:51); ran in the park, sunny, 91° F, 44% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: 3.36 miles (9:19); ran in the park, partly cloudy, 87° F, 59% humidity.

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 4.31 miles (9:27); ran in the park, sunny, 76° F, 56% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 5.25 miles (9:05); ran in the park, mostly sunny, 69° F, 77% humidity.

Week Total: 16.15 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 0 miles
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Old 08-31-2017, 06:39 PM   #102
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"If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon." ~ Katherine Switzer

I watched a movie on Hulu called Free to Run. It's a very good running history movie. The movie begins with a man talking about how few runners there were back in the sixties and how those runners were considered odd eccentrics. Back then running was considered by many to be a dangerous activity and women were not allowed to run in many of the early races. The movie tells the history of how runners like Steve Prefontaine and Kathrine Switzer made running the popular sport it is today.

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Old 09-01-2017, 11:17 AM   #103
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“what’s past is prologue” ~ William Shakespeare in The Tempest

I started this blog one year ago today. Looking back it seems I've not gotten much faster, but I'm running longer distances. A year ago my longest race had been a 6k. Since then I've completed two 10ks and two half-marathons. I'm registered for another half-marathon, the first annual Spring Hill Turkey Burn on November 25. As far as a time goal I want to finish in under two hours. The weather should be cool enough by the 25th of November. I'll have to resume running weekly long runs on the hilly country road training route. Moving forward making progress.
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:47 AM   #104
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"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'" ~ Muhammad Ali

Running log (past week)

Sunday: no running

Monday: 7.35 miles (9:24); ran in the park, mostly cloudy, 70° F, 94% humidity.

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: 3.24 miles (8:49); ran in the park, mostly cloudy, 75° F, 83% humidity.

Thursday: 3.45 miles (9:33); ran in the park, cloudy, 74° F, 96% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 3.15 miles (8:45); ran in the park, sunny, 61° F, 88% humidity.

Week Total: 17.19 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 10.67 miles
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Old 09-04-2017, 08:25 PM   #105
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"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever." ~ Lance Armstrong

Franklin Classic 10k

This was my third time running in a 10k race. I ran the Franklin Classic last year finishing in 58:31. I ran a 10k in Nashville August 19 finishing in 55:15. My goal for this race was to finish with a better than nine minute per mile pace. The weather could've been better, it was sunny about 60° F 98% humidity. That's not great but it's certainly a huge improvement from what it has been lately, and better than when I ran this race last year.

Almost every race I've been to they play the national anthem before the start. Sometimes someone sings other times they will just play a recording. This race they actually had a US Navy color guard render honors during the national anthem. I thought that was so cool.

There are no bad runs—only good running lessons. I've had several races where I've had to waste time and energy maneuvering around other people during the race. Sometimes I've even had to slow down when boxed in by a group of runners. Recalling the Nashville Rock 'n' Rock half-marathon from last April, I started that race in corral 19. The race was so crowded it was like running a 13 mile obstacle course. At several points, I had to slow to a walk because there was no path through or around the crowd. My friend G began in corral 7 and he did not have any of the crowd problems that I had to cope with. From last year's experience I knew the Franklin Classic would be fairly crowded so I got as close to the front as I could before the start. This strategy worked, I had only a few situations in this race where I had to maneuver around another runner.

Another point about starting near the front is that I was running with faster runners and that caused me to run faster. For awhile I feared I might be starting out too fast, I'd exhaust myself and finish slow. I have an app on my iPhone that reports my time and average pace every half mile, but I didn't hear it until two miles. At two miles I heard the app say average pace 8:23 and I thought whoa, I felt I had been running fast but I didn't realize how fast. I had planned on running the first half of the race at 9:00 then picking up my pace for the second half. I slowed covering the third mile in 8:56 and the fourth in 8:52. At mile four I picked up my pace again through to the end. I finished with an official chip time of 54:06 for an overall average pace of 8:42 per mile.
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:57 PM   #106
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"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going." ~ Forrest Gump

Running log (past week)

Sunday: no running

Monday: Franklin Classic 10k 6.21 miles (8:42); mostly sunny, 60° F, 98% humidity.

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: 3.57 miles (9:12); ran in the park, mostly sunny, 68° F, 45% humidity.

Thursday: no running

Friday: no running

Saturday: 3.26 miles (9:22); ran in the park, sunny, 70° F, 60% humidity.

Week Total: 13.06 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 0 miles
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:50 AM   #107
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"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 3.19 miles (9:26); ran in the park, mostly cloudy, 75° F, 48% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: 3.26 miles (8:42); ran in the park, cloudy, 63° F, 96% humidity.

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 7.76 miles (9:13); ran about three miles on the hilly country road training route and the remainder in the park, cloudy, 64° F, 98% humidity. This was the first time I've set out on my hilly training route since May. I got to the end of the first road and where I would ordinarily turn to the left was a barricade with signs marking the road closed. The signs didn't explain why, probably construction or possibly flooding. Also it appears the GPS on my iPhone malfunctioned on this run so the distance and pace are inaccurate. The distance could be off by as much as a quarter mile.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 3.25 miles (9:09); ran in the park, sunny, 78° F, 69% humidity.

Week Total: 17.46 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 0 miles
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