703 – 709.6

So, I never, ever put decimals on my mileage, but last night I ran farther than I was planning, and I feel like I will lose track of the extra mileage if I don’t make note of it. I was running a new route, and basically just knew I was spending a little bit too much time getting to where I thought I was going. The run was fine, and I was never lost, just kind of confused about the total distance.

When I got home, I started cooking dinner and proceeded to slice open my hand so bad trying to separate frozen chicken burgers that I had to go to the ER to get stitches. That sucked. Ti drove me there and we walked in at like 9pm, and we walked out at 2am. There was sooooooooo many people there, and so much sitting around doing nothing. I was so exhausted and starving that I was really debating leaving, but I knew I needed stitches so I had to stick around. It was a crazy scene.

I am going to take tonight off because I can’t get my stitches wet for 24 hours, but I have the rest of my week planned out and I’m hoping to hit 40 miles total. The weather has been really nice so that has made things a lot easier, and I’m looking forward to seeing how 12 goes on Saturday. Alright, see ya later.

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698 – 703 (week 3)

700 miles!!!

Tonight my plan was to do 5 miles, and I was planning to do a jog. Ti left the house for her run at the same time as me, and we started kind of joke racing, and at some point while that was happening I decided that I would try to run 2.5 out at a reasonable pace, and run 2.5 back hard. I felt really good tonight, all things considered, because it was an excellent temperature, and my lungs/coughing are a lot better.

I didn’t really keep track of how fast I ran on the way out, but it was about 21 minutes. On the way back, I ran pretty hard and finished in 18:52. I mapped it, and it was actually 2.55 miles, so I was running 7:23 miles, which is probably the fastest I’ve moved in a while. I got stopped for a minute or two towards the end by the light rail, but otherwise it was reasonably smooth with the exception of the fact that I was pretty spent at the end.

I’m at a point right now where every single workout I do is going to improve my fitness and speed, so I’m going to try to continue to focus on mileage. Obviously that has been made difficult by the never ending and all time consuming task of moving, and my lungs not wanting to cooperate, but I feel like I am in a good mindset.

I’ll be back tomorrow for a 6 mile jog. See ya later.

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688 – 693, 693 – 698

So, I am glad to report that I am feeling a lot better. Although I am not 100%, I’m not having violent coughing fits anymore. I was hopeful that I’d get a long run in this weekend, but I kind of ran out of time, and didn’t really mind skipping it in the interest of continuing to get better. I did a 5 miler on Friday and last night, and walked like 6 miles over the course of the day on Friday. I also moved heavy objects for several hours on Sunday, and sweated for like 12 hours straight, so that was a good workout.

I’m gonna try to have a normal week and do a 12 or 13 miler this weekend. See ya tonight for 5.

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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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