Wednesday, February 11

Running distilled him to his essence

The following is a piece from one my favourite quotes, “It was a carnival of pain, but he loved each stride because running distilled him to his essence and the heat hastened this distillation." Though it wasn’t hot yesterday, in fact given the +2C temperature, blowing wind and freezing rain, it was anything but, regardless, running home with Carter along the Galloping Goose and then Lochside Trails provided me with much the same feeling, the pure unadulterated enjoyment of running.

The workout itself was simple and my pins (legs) felt great. We eased into the first few but buy the end were comfortably clipping along at sub-3k pace.

Yesterday was a welcomed blessing given how tired I have been feeling. Both girls have had a cold since the weekend and we were up at the hospital with Isla until after midnight on Monday… croup. Still, with the half marathon this weekend, the missus was kind enough to buy me a new bottle of vitamin-C today and I’m washing my hands as often as I can. The difficult part though is convincing a 9-month old baby to cover her nose/mouth as she sneezes/coughs.

I’m not sure what to make of this weekend. Based on my 10k time, an equivalent ½ mar. would be 1:19:58… if I didn’t achieve that I would be hugely dissatisfied. A few years ago when preparing for Sacramento, I ran 1:18:29 12-weeks out and then 1:17:34 9-weeks out. I might be setting myself up for disappointment but I hope to at least run 1:18:XX.

Until later ~ cheers

Monday: day off/core (scheduled)
Tuesday: 1:12:15 with 10x1’ (1’)
Wednesday: steady 51:09


Thomas said...

I hope you'll have better luck in escaping the family germs than I had. Especially with a baby in the house, avoiding contact isn't a realistic option.

Anonymous said...

All the best for Sunday Mike!! Have a great run...and I hope you did something extra special for your Valentine Birthday girl!!

Private said...

Best of luck tomorrow. I'm sure you'll sail through it in 1:18

Grellan said...

Bwst of luck Michael. Looking forward to the tale of truimph over adversity.

rumon said...

That run was the highlight of my week, my friend. Thinking of you out on the course today, looking forward to hearing how it went.

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