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We have flood warnings on the Cape until 2pm this afternoon. The puddles along the road are @ least a foot deep in spots. I cannot wait to get out and run!!!
BTW – in this image, the wind is coming from the northeast which means the rain will be swirling in from the top right-hand corner.

It's going to be a soggy night

It's 4:15 and I'm up.  My first cup of coffee is on the desk within easy reach.  The cat is meowing outside my office door.  I've tried to let him out 3 times, but he'd prefer to stay close by and make noise.  He's pissed off this morning.  We ran out of cat food last night, and he's letting me know that he finds that unacceptable.   In about 10 seconds he's going to get tossed onto the porch.

A noisy cat won't ruin my mood this morning.  It's going to be a good day.  In about an hour I'll be outside running.  I plan to do 8 miles today.  The weather looks to be perfect for a run.  It's cool (about 58° F) and the air seems dry.  The sky is already starting to lighten.

Later this morning, I'll be picking up Michelle's new car from the Honda dealer in Hyannis. 

Between a planned run, a new car, and the fact that I finished the consulting project last night, I'm feeling fantastic this morning.   

4:20 update:  the cat has been tossed onto the porch.

Words of advice from Coach Paul on the HRR site … You'd never guess that in real life he's an accountant:

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Balancing Your Pies and Pancakes | Hyannis Road Runners

Once you have been running consistently for a year or two, effective training requires a certain balance. It's sort of like baking a pie. If you run really hard all the time you end up with a pie that's too sweet. If you jog slowly day in and day out for months on end, you end up with a pie that's too bland and tastes like crap. All the training ingredients need to be in the proper proportion.

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Tomorrow starts week(-3) … 3 more weeks until my official training for the Cape Cod Marathon begins.

The stats from this week:

Total Miles: 43.00
Total Time Run: 5:55:19
Average Pace: 8:16

Some of the highlights from the week:

  • Monday morning – spending my day off doing speed work @ BHS w/ Keith and Rick
    • Monday was a day off from work (memorial day) as well as a planned day off from running.
  • Tuesday – taking an official day off from running
  • Wednesday – double running day – 4 in the morning and 9 @ night
  • Thursday – another day off to rest the weary legs
  • Friday – 7.5 down to Loop Beach … humidity was like a blanket
  • Saturday – an easy 5 made more interesting by Moe – a black lab who decided to run 3.5 w/ me
  • Sunday – Hyannisport … it's 7 hours later and I'm still tired

I've now had successive 40+ mile weeks.  One of my goals was to get my average weekly output to 50 miles.  I'm going to try and maintain 43 for this coming week, and then increase to 45 the following .. we'll see.

Loops and more loops

Keith, Rick and I had a great run this morning – two miles out to Hyannisport and then three loops @ <8:00 pace. Between each loop, Keith (he won't admit it) had the insane idea to do pushups. I had no idea how weak my arms and shoulders had become. My arms were shaking on the last batch … the saddest part – it was only 10 pushups!!

We covered the three loops in (aiming for 22:00 -24:00):

22:41
21:45
21:35

I don't know what we were thinking on that last loop (7:45 pace), but on our return trip to the High School we were all feeling the effects. No one spoke. We simply ran with our heads down. I was counting out the paces in my head, hoping that each turn would bring West Main Street into focus. It was the longest two miles of my running career – and that includes the first two miles that I ever ran.

I've been home for two hours, and I'm just starting to feel like I can function today. I've had about 50oz of water, 20 oz of gatorade, yogurt and peanut butter toast. I think with another 20 oz of water I'll be back to normal. Unfortunately, Michelle is working today. I don't think Colin cares too much that I'm exhausted from the morning run – he just wants to play, play, play. I'm hoping that he can be convinced to snuggle up and watch a movie. : )

Waking up @ 4am is not my idea of fun, but it's the only way that I know how to manage all the things that I want to do during the day and get in @ least 60 minutes of running.
My schedule over the past month has been:

  • 4:00am –> Wakeup
  • 4:05am – 5:45am –> Consulting work
  • 5:45am – 7:00am –> run
  • 7:00am – 8:15am –> wake the kids, get ready for work, help the kids get ready for school, talk to Michelle for 10 minutes
  • 8:15am – 9:00am –> drive to work
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm –> work
  • 5:30pm – 8:00pm –> home from work, time with family, dinner, talk to Michelle for another 10 minutes, put the kids to bed
  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm –> more consulting
  • 9:00pm – 10:00pm –> spend time with Michelle
  • 10:00pm – 4:00am –> sleep

I look @ the 9-5 block in the middle of the day and think about how much better it could be if I wasn't @ work.  Wouldn't it be great to be paid for running?  Is there a market out there where an 8:00 miler could make 6 figures?