Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Three in a row!

Another great run tonight after work. Jordan was able to help me out and pick up my cleaning so I could get my run in! She is awesome!

My pace felt sluggish at first but evened out as the run got past the first mile. My pace was about 7 per mile but I am still not wearing a watch so that is up for debate.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Another good run

Tonight was another great run with steady pace and solid form. Saw a few more running buddies but finished up before they got started.

The run felt great and my pace was about like last night. Probably 7:30 per mile or better.

Tomorrow I want to get in one more run like this before my business trip to Atlanta. Things are coming back nicely!

Monday, February 26, 2007

The road back

We are moving to Atlanta and I have decided to get back into running form.

Tonight I ran the memorial park loop and came across a few running buddies. They actually complimented me on my running form which was a huge ego booster.

Tomorrow I plan on another loop. And more form work.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day - No Run

The weather here has been cold and wet and today finally cleared up but it kills me that it is still so cold! We are in the south. The weather should be cold for 1 week out of the year and then bounce back to the 100's. That's the way I like it anyway.

At any rate, there was no run today. Jordan and I spent Valentine's day at the house and had food and wine. Very nice. The running shoes stayed underneath the bed and probably won't hit the pavement until tomorrow night after work.

For Motivation
"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." - Jesse Owens

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Twos Day

Today was another rest day held over from the Saturday night festivities. The plan tonight was to take it easy and have dinner plus one at the table. However, it looks like we will be dinner for two and that fits well with the big plan.

Tomorrow I think I will really be counting on being able to get out and run. Not sure how far. Not even sure what time. But, it will need to be in the morning due to the date... Valentine's Day!

27 days until Atlanta!
2,332,800 seconds
38,880 minutes
648 hours
3 weeks (rounded down)

For Motivation
More can I bear than you dare execute.
- William Shakespeare, King Henry the Fourth

Monday, February 12, 2007

Monday's Mundane Melancholy

So, today was not much different than yesterday. The brain was still swimming a bit with episodes of sometimes good, sometimes not so good feelings in the gut. By mid-day I had vowed to never have another session like the one I had on Saturday. I am completely useless and don't think I will get a run in until at least tomorrow morning. Certainly not tonight.

28 Days until we move to Atlanta!

For Motivation:
I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.
- D. H. Lawrence

Summary:
Don't waste time or energy on feeling sorry for yourself. It does little good.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sun-Day of Rest

Last night was a complete departure from anything remotely associated with running. I had anticipated a fun filled night with Jordan and our friends Jeff and Helena, but what I didn't expect was a 4am late night party that seemed to end too soon.

Needless to say I was pretty worthless on Sunday. In fact, I spent most of the day in an out of bed trying to catch up on sleep. I have one month before I move to Atlanta and I have the full intention of jump starting my running so that I am prepared for 14 milers and maybe some speed work by the time I get there.

For Motivation:
"When I read about the evils of drinking... I gave up reading."
- Henny Youngman

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Longing to Long Run

Today I got out around 11am. My original plan was to get started at 7am, but after waking up and seeing that it was still cold I decided to pull up the laptop and see if I could find some motivation.

I'm getting faster and my legs stronger every time I make it back on the road but the new life that waits for me and Jordan in Atlanta has taken most if not all of my attention. So, the running has taken a back burner for now. However, I realise that if I don't keep up with the miles... it will be another long road back.

That being said, the run today felt good. I am still at about 30% of the distance I was putting in on my long runs but hey, a run is a run. After about 45 minutes I could feel my left hamstring starting to get a little vocal so I pulled up on the negative split and wrapped up at the house just after 11:45.

Jordan cooked eggs and I had a few pieces of toast and a nice Yogurt and Strawberry with Orange Juice smoothie.

For Motivation:
"I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise...it's a consistent reward for victory!"
Sasha Azevedo, Runner Athlete

Friday, February 9, 2007

Running East

I've been able to get out on the road a few times since my last post. The weather has been agreeable and my evenings have been spent running a few miles before it gets too dark as the days are getting longer.

I found a 4 week program that will put me on the bike about 5 days a week. My hope is that it will jump start me back to life after the lazy winter has sucked the speed from my legs. To add another complication to the path of speed recovery Jordan and I are going to be moving in 1 month 800 miles from home.

Yep. Headed East to see if we can get into something new. Me, a new position with my company. Her, a wide open employment market to run wild in. But the both of us will soon be sharing new experiences together which makes all of this one of the most exciting times in our lives.

No matter where work may take me, I can still lace up my shoes and go for a run.

Morning Run

Got out this morning, again, for a morning run through the hills. They are not as daunting as they were when we first moved to the hill cou...