Friday, July 01, 2005

Cooler Weather - Finally!

Yesterday was a reasonable 28C/82F, partly rainy day. My office was finally cooler, I wasn’t so wiped out as I have been lately. As I did my weight training last night I noticed that I didn’t have as much energy as normal, probably a result of a lot of running lately and too little sleep (due to the heat and stress). Today is my recovery day, so I plan on avoiding any exercise and will try to stay off my feet as much as possible.

Tomorrow morning is my long run. I plan on getting up at 6 a.m. and try to be out the door by 6:30 or 7:00. I plan on running 3 hours, or about 28-29K/17-18M. I am trying a totally new route that I mapped out with Google Earth ( – awesome program you gotta try this!). It will be interesting how I do, as I will have a hard time knowing for sure what kind of pace I will be running. I didn’t mark out the KM markers beforehand with my bicycle like I usually do. At best I will be guesstimating. On the other side this will be a good exercise in “listening to my body”.

Summary of Last Night's Training:

1 set 15 pushups, 1 set 25 sit-ups;
1 set of weight training (WT) exercises;
1 set 15 pushups, 1 set 25 sit-ups;
12K/7.5M bicycle ride (slow, leisurely with wifey)
Conditions: 16:15; 28C/82F, sunny and hot.
Feeling after training: Good.

Wake-up weight this morning: 75 kg/165 lbs (didn’t make my 74 kg goal weight :(

Other Ramblings:

I’m getting all excited about the upcoming 15K Boilermaker run in Utica, NY on July 10th. Two of our esteemed RBFers will be participating, Flying Downhill Lara and Mountain Goat Molly. I grew up in the area and worked several years in and around Utica. Although I never ran the Boilermaker I know the area really well and I can almost visualize myself running up and down the streets. My heart will go with them!

Jack, thanks for all your encouraging comments! It will be inspiring to know you're thinking of us as we tackle the Boilermaker. And I love the idea of a CNY contingent getting together to run next year!
I've heard about that google program, and definitely need to try it.
Hope your long run goes well!
Good luck with your long run tomorrow. It's taper time for me. I have a half marathon on the 10th. Karen (all Downhill) and I are both running the Calgary Half Marathon- same day as the others are running the Boilermaker.
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