Rash Ramblings

A runner once, an explorer always!

Keep on going…

If the truth be known, I wanted to turn around and go back inside right after I hit the road this morning. I was so stiff and achy that I really didn’t think I was going to make it very far. I set my sites to make the zero mile marker which is somewhere between a mile and a mile and a half from my house. This would be a distance that was in between the two routes I have been using. About 200 or 300 yards from that zero marker I started loosening up and feeling better, so I decided to do the full loop. This morning also had that superhero reference as I neared the zero marker there was a light fog hanging low over the ground and with the lighted lamp posts in the park shining through the fog it seemed to conjure visions of the opening to a Batman comic book. I had this thought and then it was gone and I was back to thinking about the run. My unconscious tendency is to run hard one day and recover some the next. I think now this is blocking improvement. Pushing through the pain and increasing the mileage covered is where I will find the improvement I desire.

I see myself chasing my former running self. As I run now, I am probably anywhere from a mile and a half to two miles behind that former self. I would like to be able to at least train at the level of this former self’s worst days. I want to get close to 34 minutes on the longer runs that I am now doing in 45 to 49 minutes. If I can do that, I will have a chance at making it into the top ten of my age group at the Capitol 10,000. I just have to whittle at each run and strive to make each step either a little longer or a little quicker.

I am about to run into another challenging period as the temperatures are expected to drop again and on top of that there are chances of rain coming almost daily this next week. I must shoot for consistency. Anytime idle is a step backward. I was back down to 201 pounds this morning which was the same I weighed the day before I got stuck by the agave. I fully expect, if I can maintain this consistency, that I will drop below 200 pounds sometime in the next two weeks. I have not been that light at least in the last fifteen years and maybe it has been 20 years. In the meantime, I’m pressing on.     Wed 48.03.70

Gary

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