Day 25: 6.62 Miles Run Yesterday (140.94 miles run for the year)

I hope I’m not disappointing serious runners everywhere when I confess that I ran inside yesterday…and not in the snow. I hope it won’t be considered a mortal sin.  But it does look like there is an end in sight. It’s looking to warm up towards the end of this weekend and into next week.  Looking forward to some nice runs outside. Treadmill runs are for the birds.

So, yesterday’s run was rather pedestrian.  It was good to get 6.62 miles in, and at a reasonable 9:03/mile pace.  It was run at a 0.5% incline, which I’ve found simulates outside conditions rather well.  Anything over 1% incline begins to feel rather laborious, when contrasted with a natural outdoor run.

Well, that’s it for today.  As always, I appreciate everyone checking out the blog and leaving comments.

Miles from Yesterday:  6.62 miles in 59:58 (9:03/mile pace)

Total Miles for the Year: 140.94 (1,872.06 miles to go)

Pace for the Year: 2.94 miles (2.1%) AHEAD of pace

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Around the Web:

1. Did Predictions From 1967 come true?

2. Paul McCartney: My Life as a Vegetarian

3. Tiny Robot Helicopter Will Follow You Around, Film Everything You Do

Running Playlist: 

Martin Eden

Food Consumption:

4 cups of coffee, greek yogurt, cucumber-banana-strawberry smoothie, carrots, pasta, cereal, beer, cinnamon muffin, assorted desserts!

All the best!

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Days 23 & 24: Trembling in the Face of Old Man Winter

Spoiler Alert: It’s cold.

Sorry for neglecting to post yesterday.  It was combination of busyness and a boring run!  So, the past two days have both been indoor runs.  I have simply been unable to muster the courage to brave the frigid cold.  In my defense, normally I wouldn’t mind going for a run in the freezing cold, but now I have to average 5.52 miles each day.  So, the prospect of crushing my body outside is not appealing when I realize I need to stay fresh and run 6-7 days a week.

Yesterday’s run was 3.81 miles.  The day before was 4.44 miles.  These were both run at a slow pace.  How have I been doing with injuries?  Good, so far.  But I have noticed that my legs have simply been feeling extremely TIRED. However, I’d much rather have that problem than deal with an injury or sickness.

Will update again tomorrow!

Miles from the past 2 days:  8.25 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 134.32 (1,878.68 miles to go)

Pace for the Year: 1.84 miles (1.4%) AHEAD of pace

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Around the Web:

1. How the Post Office Can Save America

2. Chicago’s Freezing Fire – quite remarkable photographs

3. Basic Pitching Metric Correlation – for baseball nerds

All the best!

Day 22: 6.64 Miles (indoors)

Well, as I’m sure everyone in the Northeast knows, it is extremely cold outside! Even for someone like myself, who enjoys running in the cold, it is getting a bit ridiculous.  So, with my tail between my legs, I’ve been doing runs inside over the past few days (and this may continue for another day or so). In my defense, I also walk about a half mile to get to class in the cold on most days.

Yesterday’s run was 6.64 miles at around 9:00 pace. I had planned on doing a 10k, but decided to get in about an extra half mile or so. So, I’m almost 4% ahead of the yearly pace.  So far, so good.

In local running news, the information was released for this year’s Broad Street Run in Philly, which I’ve run the past two years.  Great race.  However, this year they are going to a full lottery system (with some exceptions) due to the surge in popularity of the race .  I’ll be bummed if I’m not selected because I really felt like this was the year where I could really crush that race and bring it in around 1:08 or 1:09.  But we’ll see what happens! If I don’t get a spot, I can pull a “well I definitely would have run a 1:08 if I just could have entered the race”.

Back to studying.

Miles Run yesterday:  6.64 miles in 60:07 (9:03 pace)

Total Miles for the Year: 126.07 (1,886.93 miles to go)

Pace for the Year: 4.63 miles (3.8%) AHEAD of pace

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Around the Web:

1. The Impending Death of Pro Football

2. The Secret to Losing Weight…

3. Power Plant Effect on Snow

Food Consumption:

Coffee, Cereal, Assorted Veggies, Banana, Chili, Fruit Salad, Ice Cream, Coke Zero

Running Playlist:

MSNBC & ESPN

All the best!

Days 20 & 21: 8.05 Miles Total, Spilled Coffee on Laptop Edition

First off, my apologies for not posting yesterday.  As the title to this post implies, coffee was spilled on my laptop yesterday.  More precisely, I spilled my coffee onto my laptop.  After the proper (and improper) steps were taken, the piece of machinery remained intact.  Here’s where I suggest that Apple products are superior to all others based solely on my limited experience. So, my unscientific view is that Apple products are superior to others because my specific computer survived both a 4 foot fall and coffee over the entire product (good thing I typically drink my coffee black). So, thumbs down to clumsiness and thumps up to Steve Jobs.

Anyway, so yes the past two days were slow and boring treadmill runs.  After my near 15 mile excursion, I needed to take it easy.  And I did just that.  The run on Sunday was much more painful than yesterday’s run. So, I think I’m beginning to bounce back enough where I can up the mileage over the next few days.  Today looks like somewhere between 5-7 miles, depending on how I’m feeling. For now, I’m still ahead of the pace and that works for me. To the numbers…

Miles Run in the past two days: 8.05 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 119.43 (1,893.57 miles to go)

Pace for the Year: 3.51 miles (3%) AHEAD of pace

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Around the Web:

1. China’s First 3d Printing Museum Opens

2. Calories of Kilojoules?

3. Does Cable TV Rip-off People Who Don’t Like Sports?

Running Playlist:

Korallreven

All the best to everyone. And stay warm!

Day 19: Two Runs are Better Than One, 14.76 Miles Edition

In the back of my mind, the notion that if I dropped behind in mileage I could start some two-a-days, has been very reassuring.  It is not something that I prefer to do, but it’s nice to know it can be done.  And while I was only behind less than 3 miles for my yearly pace, I did want to get in some big mileage.

So, I began yesterday with 3 laps around the Cooper River.  It was a beautiful day, albeit a bit windy.  And once again, I failed disastrously in keeping my pace down. I know I sound like a broken record, but it just keeps happening. I can’t recall the exact numbers, but my pace was around the 8:10’s.  This is problematic, especially for long runs. I NEED TO SLOW DOWN.  But I did get in 10.75 miles.

After the river run, I decided to go to the gym with my wife and get a few miles in. And it was painful. Extremely painful. It didn’t help things that I had hardly eaten a thing all day.   But somehow I survived and got in a VERY slow 4 miles.

The good news is that I am now ahead of pace for the year.  The bad news is that my knees, feet, and ankles are still experiencing pain.  However, it comes and goes and isn’t too substantial. So, I can deal with for now.

To the numbers…

Miles Run yesterday: 14.76 miles
Total Miles for the Year: 111.38 (1,901.62 miles to go)
Pace for the Year: 6.50 miles (6.2%) AHEAD of pace

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Around the Web:

1. Cheesecake Factory’s 3,000+ calorie meal

2. Diagramming Food Labels

Running Playlist: 

Sufjan Stevens, Samamidon

Food Consumption:

Coffee, Mike and Ike candy, chili, string cheese, greek yogurt

All the best.

Day 18: 3.25 miles: Does this even count?

So, yesterday was a scenic but short run. Over the Ben Franklin Fridge. It was also cold and windy. Sorry for the lack of details. Tomorrow will be a bigger update for sure! Until then, here are the numbers…

Miles Run yesterday: 3.25 miles
Total Miles for the Year: 96.62 (1,916.38 miles to go)
Pace for the Year: 2.74 miles (2.8%) behind pace

Food Consumption:

4 cups of coffee, copious amount of pizza, dora the explorer cereal, coke zero, peanuts, donut, toast,

All the best to everyone!

Day 17: 5.75 Miles or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Global Warming

Despite the headline, I am concerned about global warming.  But since our political leaders show no will to tackle the matter, I can’t help but enjoy one of the few benefits.  What is the benefit you may ask?  Well, of course it is the fact that it is warmer in the winter.  Now, I do enjoy running and breathing in the cold winter air.  However, it is much tougher to get motivation to get out there for a run when it is cold.  Once I’m going, it’s fine.  But mustering the willpower is much more difficult when you think about stepping into the cold winter air and the winds that will be whipping in your face.  So, for now I will cheer along the Earth’s demise with Heatmiser!

Yesterday’s run was about as basic as you get.  Reasonable distance and reasonable pace.  It felt okay.  Although I am beginning to get some random shooting pains in my knees, ankles, and feet.  Not good, but not disastrous either. To the numbers:

Miles Run yesterday: 5.75 miles
Total Miles for the Year: 93.37 (1,919.63 to go)
Pace for the Year: .47 miles (.01%) behind pace

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Around the Web:

1. Scrabble: Should Letters Values Change?

2. Why Everyone Films at the Same Damn New York Chinese Restaurant

3. Annual check-ups are Pretty Much Useless

Running Playlist:

Sufjan Stevens

Food Consumption: 3 cups of coffee, yogurt, shredded wheat cereal, salad, blueberry smoothie, veggie burger & fries

All the best to everyone!