Days 33 – 42: THE LAST TEN DAYS

So, it’s been a while.  Between school, council, running, and vacationing, I clearly let the blog fall through the cracks.  But I am committed to getting back on track and providing daily updates.

During the last ten days, I’ve run 51.25 miles (leaving me a couple miles behind the yearly pace).  Nearly half of the runs have been outdoors.  Nearly half of the runs have been interval training runs.  These typically involve running hard for a minute or two and then bringing it down to a jog for a minute or two. And repeating that over and over.  This can be a more effective training method and can also make a run more interesting and less boring.

Overall, my body is feeling good. I’m thankful that is the case after having already put in 225+ miles for the year.  But I do desperately need some new running shoes.  Believe it or not, I’ve had the same pair since MAY.  Unbelievable, silly, and stupid.  The shoes I have are cut out for about 400-500 miles and I have probably run over 1,000+ miles with them.  Incredibly lucky I haven’t suffered an injury as a result.  But I should be getting a new pair this week. At least, that is the plan.

This past weekend was spent with friends in the Poconos.  We were lucky (or unlucky if you got caught in the storm) to get about 7-8 inches of snow on the first day.  I got 3 runs in during the weekend.  Saturday’s run was clearly the toughest.  My friends Mary and Jenna joined me for a difficult yet enjoyable 10+ mile run where we dealt with a negative wind chill, wild and unpredictable winds, snowy roads, snow and ice blown in our faces, and numerous hills.  Definitely the toughest run of the year for me.

If you care to see how many miles I ran on each day, you can find that below.  Look for another update tomorrow after today’s run.


4.44 miles

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6.28 miles.

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6.66 miles

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4.17 miles

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Zero miles.


Distance: 12.29 mi
Time: 1:46:44
Avg Pace: 8:41 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 264 ft
Calories: 1,677 C


Distance: 4.21 mi
Time: 35:33
Avg Pace: 8:27 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 361 ft
Calories: 580 C


Distance: 10.05 mi
Time: 1:40:14
Avg Pace: 9:59 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 971 ft
Calories: 1,366 C


Distance: 3.15 mi
Time: 32:10
Avg Pace: 10:13 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 792 ft
Calories: 440 C


Zero miles.

So, where am I at for the year so far?  See below:

Miles Run in the past 10 days: 51.25 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 229.67 (1,783.33 miles to go) 

Pace for the Year: 1.96 miles (1%) BEHIND pace 

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Days 26 – 28: 16.09 Miles (Don’t Worry I’m Still Here Edition)

Nope, I haven’t given up yet. But I wasn’t able to update the blog over the past two days. The first day can be attributed to laziness, the second to some technical difficulties.  However, it’s all settled now.  So, to catch up…


My run on Saturday was nothing special.  I wanted to stay ahead of the yearly pace and so I was able to do that with a run of 6.24 miles. The pace was mid-9’s and very enjoyable.


After having run for 13 straight days, I realized it was time for a break. Luckily, my off day coincided with being a judge in a local chili contest. After that experience, I probably should have run 10 miles. Good chili though.


Yesterday, my guilty conscience kicked in.  Too many sweets, junk food, and chili. So, I went for two runs.  One in the late afternoon. 6.28 miles. Then again, in the evening, I ran another 3.57 miles. The second run of the day is always rough to get through, even if it is a shorter distance. Both were done at a leisurely pace for a total of 9.85 miles.

Today’s run should be about 5-6 miles.

Progress so far…

Miles from the past three days: 16.09 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 157.03 (1,855.97 miles to go) 

Pace for the Year: 2.47 miles (1.6%) AHEAD of pace

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3. For Sleep, January is the Cruelest Month

Running Playlist:

Air France

All the best.