04
05

2010
7:55
PM

Today is Monday, April 05, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

As I write this, I am sitting in the Airport waiting to board my flight to Minneapolis, which will then connect to my flight to London. While this trip will present plenty of challenges, this is a running blog, so one of the big challenges I will be facing is how marathon training will hold up to the next ten days, five flights, two countries, and all the work stress and travel stress that is inevitably going to play havoc with my usually schedule-driven and routine-based existence.

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04
01

2010
9:15
PM

Today is Thursday, April 01, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

April fool’s, and the trick that I got played on me today was Mother Nature springing (you see what I did there) a twenty-degree jump up the thermometer. When I checked the weather widget before lunch today, it told me 80 degrees, and it was still going up then.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that almost everybody was in love with the weather today. I, however, had seven miles to run on legs (and lungs) that were definitely used to temperatures below sixty. There was a wind again today, but instead of being an obstacle, like on Tuesday, it was actually welcome when I felt it; it was a nice cooling factor, and not nearly as strong as last time.

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03
30

2010
7:56
PM

Today is Tuesday, March 30, 2010 and it is a good day for a run.

One last run before March wraps up to cap off my record mileage month and put me over the century mark—including today’s seven miles, I am at 104 for the month. And I only have progressively longer runs on the schedule to look forward to in April, so it could become the new record holder right away. From an official mileage-logging perspective, my weeks start on Monday, but if you consider it from a 7 consecutive days perspective, I’ve done 33 miles in the past seven days, which is probably my longest 7-day stretch with the exception of marathon week last year, which only beats it out because of that .2 on the end.

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03
29

2010
8:53
PM

Today is Monday, March 29, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Yesterday was the culmination of week seven of the marathon training plan, and my first of three scheduled twenty-mile runs. Twenty miles is traditionally (and it holds true in my case as well) the longest mileage run in the marathon training plan, but I have never done one this early in the schedule. Hopefully adding one in at this point will help me improve on last year’s time, as I am getting more mileage in overall, with three twenty-milers instead of just two, and more of the high-mileage runs earlier in the plan.

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03
25

2010
8:16
PM

Today is Thursday, March 25, 2010 and it is a good day for a run.

It would have been a better day for a run, however, if it wasn’t for the WIND! Coming off a long winter, it’s always a little silly to whine about the weather when it’s sunny and above freezing. But today, starting out, it was a bit cold. 41 degrees is what the internet told me, and that before a stiff wind coming from the north.

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03
23

2010
9:55
PM

Today is Tuesday, March 23, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

A great day for a run, actually; after this weekend’s cold snap, temps were back up in to the fifties and the sun was out. I did my Tuesday two-mile easy run, and enjoyed it the whole way. No interesting stories to tell, although afterward, when I was stretching in the gym, my friend/co-worker Nick was picking my brain about my run today and my running in general, because he and another co-worker had just made plans to start running outside together since it is nice out. I’ve been having more and more conversations with co-workers about running lately; probably because it is on people’s minds now that it is getting nice enough to make people want to get outside and do stuff after being inside all winter. Also, I am still actively pursuing getting people signed up for my work Crazylegs team, so I’ve been putting the bug in people’s collective ear, so to speak. Anyway, I told him I would share some courses I have laid out around work.

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03
18

2010
9:25
PM

Today is Thursday, March 18, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Ah, Thursday speedwork. You never make it easy for me. As if seven miles of intervals wasn’t tough enough, life had to conspire to make it even harder.

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03
17

2010
3:25
PM

Today is Wednesday, March 17, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Yesterday was just an easy run day, two miles—a mile out, and a mile back, nothing much to report. The weather was nice, and except for the fact that I almost stopped an eighth of a mile too soon, because I was on auto-pilot mentally, and stopped for a second at the point where many of my courses finish (but not the one I was running at the time), it was a pretty by-the-book run.

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03
14

2010
9:28
PM

Today is Sunday, March 14, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Happy Daylight Saving Time. The loss of an hour doesn’t really hit my radar right now, because of the fact that my sleep is pretty unreliable anyway. That’s how it goes when there’s an eight-month-old in the room. Fortunately Sunday is my sleep-in day, so I got extra sleep time, regardless of what the clock said when I got up.

It was such a beautiful day today; easily the nicest day of the year so far. The sun was shining, and the temperature was right around fifty degrees. There was a little bit of wind, but it was a spring wind, so it seemed pleasant anyway. At least it did until I was running in to it.

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03
13

2010
9:14
PM

Today is Saturday, March 13, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

I haven’t written in a while, for various reasons; partly because I was busy with another writing project, partly because I’ve been with the kids and such, but mostly just because I have been lazy about it. I have not been lazy about running, however, so now I have three runs in the past week to catch up on.

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