682 – 688

Hello!

Yesterday I did a total of 6 miles, and it went pretty well. I kind of sorta jogged the first half, but it was a little bit faster than a jog. I also kind of planned out a route, but I am still learning the streets a little bit, so I’m not sure if I was totally accurate. I ran for 26 minutes on the way out, and walked and stretched for a minute or two, and planned to run hard on the way back. I did that, and got kind of gassed out after about 16 minutes, so I stopped and caught my breath for a minute, and finished up in about 23 minutes. So, the way back was 3 minutes faster than the way out (math!). It was a good workout.

Today I had to go back to the doctor, and they put me on different medication and gave me an inhaler. He told me that my lungs are really congested, and that I am wheezing and didn’t even notice it. The doctor told me that I can’t run until I’m better, which is a bummer. It sucks to have to take time off, but tonight thunderstormed anyway. I’m really dedicated to putting miles in, but I guess it will have to wait. I am definitely going to take off until at least the weekend and give my body a chance to actually get better because the coughing fits have been insane. I really want to get back into shape as quickly as possible so I can start churning out harder workouts, but I’d just be digging myself in a deeper hole if I don’t let myself get over whatever it is that I have. (Probably SARs, or bird flu)

Alright, so unfortunately I’ll be back in a few days. See ya.

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667 – 677, 677 – 682 (week 2)

Hey gang.

So, today is Tuesday, and I did a 10 mile run on Sunday, and 5 yesterday. I have been on antibiotics since Thursday, and have made some mild improvements, but I am definitely not 100%. I keep having crazy coughing fits, usually early in the morning or late at night. I don’t really have any other symptoms, but it definitely makes my chest feel tight and congested sometimes. My antibiotic actually just ran out, and I’m not sure if I need to go back to the doctor or not, but I’ll see how the next couple of days go.

On to the runs, last week was insane because we were moving, and Thursday night we were at the vet all night with the dog because he messed up his eye. I was very determined to get a long (for now) run in, and after running some errands on Sunday I planned out a 10 mile route that went into Hoboken. It was pretty hot, but I planned to take it slow. I’d say in general that it went fine, but it wasn’t easy. I haven’t run that far in a long time, and the route I planned had a bunch of stops at stoplights, which is something I can fix as I learn what good running routes are. I also stopped halfway for water and walked for a while, so it wasn’t really 10 miles of continuous running. I finished in about 91 minutes and I’m glad to have gotten the miles in.

Yesterday I did 5 through Liberty State Park, and I felt pretty good. My legs recovered pretty nicely from Sunday, and I actually felt like I was running kind of hard for the first time in a long time. I also didn’t have an insanely violent coughing fit when it was over, which was nice. I am hoping to do something like this for the week:

Mon – 5
Tues – 6 (4 tempo)
Weds – 5
Thurs – 6 (intervals, not sure how this will work out yet)
Fri – 5
Sat – 11
Sun  – off

for a 38 mile week, which would be my longest week in a while, mostly because I haven’t been running 6 days or doing long runs. I’d like to get into the mid 40s as soon as I can and I’m pretty certain I can do it without any negative effect. Week 1 was only 26, due to the fact that I only ran 4 days, so I am looking to bump that up substantially so I can start picking up the volume of my weeks as soon as possible.

Alright, see ya soon.

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656 – 662, 662 – 667

Hey blog.

I am still kinda sick and have been on an antibiotic for the last few days. That has not prevented me from running, though. It’s been kind of strange. For the first few minutes I am coughing, but after a few minutes it stops, and I can run kind of comfortably. Once I stop, though, it’s like all of the coughs got saved up for the very end, and I have a crazy coughing fit that feels like its going to end with me puking, and it’s super violent. So, that’s not been fun.

As for the actual runs, on Friday I jogged kind of aimlessly for about 52 minutes and I am calling it 6 miles. I didn’t map it, but I feel like I knew how fast I was running. I did some exploring and wanted to learn a little bit more about the lay of the land. Today I did 5 at a somewhat tempo pace, and finished in about 41 minutes. I think it might have been longer than 5, because I felt like I was pushing it. Who knows, though. I am pretty overweight right now and need to focus on getting back into a reasonably running shape. I don’t own a scale but feel like I look super fat compared to what I normally look like. I think if I focus for a few weeks it will be fine. I really want to race this marathon at the most optimal weight possible so that’s something I’d really like to focus on.

Tomorrow I am going to give 10 miles a shot. I have no idea where I am doing it, but I feel like that’s probably my maximum jog distance right now. I haven’t done much distance stuff lately and I am curious to see how it goes. Alright, check you later.

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651 – 656 (week 1, day 1)

MARATHON TRAINING!!

I MISSED MY FIRST 2 DAYS OF TRAINING BECAUSE I MOVED!!!!

I’M ALSO SICK AND CAN’T STOP COUGHING!!

I’M ALSO INSANELY BUSY AT WORK!

Alright, enough yelling. Monday I worked and got to NYC and we had to do some last minute packing, Tuesday we moved all day and then I went to work and was comatose when I got home. I also had no running clothes because I moved all of my clothes to Jersey City thinking that we were moving on Sunday, but that proved to be false. So, now it’s Wednesday, and I just did my first 5 mile. I have been coughing like a maniac which has not made things easy, but I got through it.

My first jog here was actually pretty awesome because I got to explore Liberty State Park, and saw some really awesome views of NYC, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I definitely jogged slow because I feel like my lungs are getting kind of tortured lately from all the coughing. That’s all for now, gonna try to run every other day this week and get up into the low to mid 30s total. Alright, see ya tomorrow.

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646 – 651

Hey blog.

As expected, this weekend was very busy and I only had a chance to run 5 miles on Friday. Saturday we were out of the house from basicaly 8:15am until 10:00pm or so, and yesterday we were in Jersey City moving some stuff and continuing to pack for most of the rest of the day. Packing is actually a decent workout, and I was definitely sweating for a substantial portion of the day. We were expecting to be fully moved in by today, but unfortunately we got delayed and are moving tomorrow, which is a drag.

Today is supposed to be my first day of marathon training, but all of my running clothes are in Jersey City, and our bed is not there yet, so I am in NYC tonight. So, unfortunately, my first day of training is a day off. That’s not a bid deal because I can just make it up the rest of the week, but I was looking forward to getting off to a good start.

I realize that my running year so far has been pretty terrible. I’ve been averaging about 100 miles per month, which isn’t terrible, but I have completed no races. I signed up for three halfs and ran none of them, and only did 10 miles of the marathon I basically didn’t train for. When I was packing I found a bunch of my old bibs and got kind of sad that I never really race anymore, so hopefully I can fix that once we are moved in and everything settles down. I hate feeling slow but it’s so hard to run fast in the heat, and I’ve been limited to pretty much short-mid distance jogs lately. I hope in November I can look back at the next 18 weeks and be proud of my effort.

I’ll probably be back Tuesday, so see ya then.

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629 – 633, 633 – 638, 642 – 646

Hey blog.

This week was crazy hot, so I continued to do short jogs on Tuesday, Weds, and Thurs. Tuesday and Wednesday were in the 90s, and it was just impossible to run far or fast. Last night was a little bit better, but not much. This weekend is out of control for me because I am moving and going to a wedding, so I am not sure how running is going to fit in there. But, Monday starts marathon training! I am going to jog tonight, and I think the odds of me running at all this weekend are pretty slim, but we’ll see. I feel like running is not really part of my life right now, but that is all about to change. See ya soon!

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615 – 619, 619 – 625, 625 – 629

Hey  blog.

This weekend was really hot and we were busy, so I did a few short jogs. None of them were all that noteable or exciting. This whole week is going to be crazy because I am moving and very busy at work, and then Monday starts marathon training. See ya soon!

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