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Monday, October 12, 2015

Week 8: The last normal week?

Half Marathon with Friends!!
Week 8 of 20 is in the books.  My required long miles were extended by one so that my friends and I could do a half marathon on Saturday. It was the perfect day for it...and my motivation was undoing everything at the pub later while watching soccer.  I got to the gym every morning and did my 4 miles without fail.  This may be the last week that I will make that goal...at least the getting to the gym part.  It wasn't until today when I was re-reading my surgery forms that I realized, I am probably going to have to improvise on my morning routine.  I may not be able to get to the gym, but I will figure out how to still get my miles.  I'm starting to think about other things...like washing my hair and driving.  Do I really know what I am in for?  Can you really ever know before you really get there?  I have decided to keep rolling with it...take each thing as it comes...and keep moving forward.  Try not to think too far down the road.  Go moment to moment.  You know...do life the way you always should...no matter what you have to face.


Week 8 Data

Total Week 8 Steps:  117,530
Total Week 8 Miles:  52.61

Total Overall Training Steps:  852,141
Total Overall Training Miles:  375.72

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Week 7: Breadcrumbs...

Nope, this is not about carbs.  This is about the trail of goodness that you follow by searching for one thing that leads you to something even better.  One thing leads to another.  The getting of miles always feels good, but what feels even better is all of the music I'm discovering.  I love how my searches on Spotify lead to places that I could have never anticipated upon my first search.  On Sunday, I felt the need for some Henry Rollins.  Music and Spoken Word.  I searched Rollins Band first.  Liar.  Ghostrider. Then I searched for Henry Rollins and found a great song he did with Marcus Blake called Arrogant Girl.  And then...I found an incredible version of Lonesome, On'ry, and Mean that he did for a Waylon Jennings Tribute album...which was filled with fantastic interpretations.  Guy Clark's version of Good Hearted Woman.  Norah Jones's Wurlitzer Prize. All of this of course led to the rest of my 4 mile journey with Waylon Jennings with some Willie Nelson from time to time. This has been my motivation on those mornings when I would rather sleep.  I think about not having my time with my music...and I get some go.  I'm wondering if I should start to put together a playlist for my 26.2 miles.  I should probably figure out my route first...marked with breadcrumbs.

Week 7 Data

Total Week 7 Steps:  107,182
Total Week 7 Miles:  47.22

Total Overall Training Steps:  734,611
Total Overall Training Miles:  323.11

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Week 5 and 6: Just go with it...

Things get busy.  My gym was closed for a week.  Routines get thrown off kilter.  Two weeks go by...but the miles are still accumulating.  I made no excuses...I still hit every mark on my training plan.  I was also reminded that getting miles outside beats the treadmill every single time...so I need to work that into my week day mile getting....even if just a few days week.  There is something wonderful about walking, breathing in the cool, crisp fall air beneath the moon.  Change is good.  A reminder that you just need to go with it...

Week 5 - Saturday AM Walk with Friends...I needed 8 miles...we got 9 instead.

Week 5 Data

Total Week 5 Steps:  110,676
Total Week 5 Miles:  48.51

Total Overall Training Steps:  520,427
Total Overall Training Miles:  228.86


Week 6 - A solitary 10 miles on my favorite paths at the Soccer Plex.

Week 6 Data

Total Week 6 Steps:  107,002
Total Week 6 Miles:  47.03

Total Overall Training Steps:  627,429
Total Overall Training Miles:  275.89