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I’m trying to run again.  I had to take a month off after a family member became ill.  The frustrating thing is dealing with the heat here in the Midwest.  I ran 2 miles on Monday and I’ll try to run some more this evening when it’s cooler.


I’ve reached a dubious milestone in my running endeavor.  I’ve officially worn out my first pair of running shoes.  I got a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 shoes last August and have worn them every time I’ve ran since.  I noticed this past week or two that when I’ve been pounding the pavement I’ve really been pounding the pavement.  It feels like the cushioning has just disappeared.  I ran 4 miles Friday and now my shins are hurting and I actually had some knee pain.  I never have knee pain.

So I’m waiting for my replacement pair to arrive.  I was supposed to run 7 miles today but I don’t see that happening.

A year since I started running and I’m still going.  I was remarking to my wife last night that I can’t remember the last time I’d done anything consistently for a year.  And yet here I am: last Saturday I ran 6 miles straight through without stopping.  It amazes me that I can do something that seemed so out of reach just a year ago.

What’s even more interesting is I’m going to try to run a half-marathon on April 12.  It’s the Bridge the Gap to Health half-marathon.  Now I’ve got a long way to go to get from 6 miles last week to 13.1 miles but I plan to add a mile a week and see how it goes.  I run at such a nice, slow pace that I have every expectation of coming in last place.

Those are the big numbers today.  The interesting thing about weighing 237ish is that’s the weight I was at several years ago when I first realized I needed to drop some pounds.  Of course I did the Atkin’s diet, lost a bunch and then gained it all back and more.  But it’s nice to be back at that familiar number again.

2.5 miles is a very unfamiliar number for me.  I ran this straight through this a.m. with no stopping.  The route I chose also includes several small and one killer hill.  I hope to run 3.0 miles on Saturday and, if successful, I should be on track for next week to be week one of Bite Me Hal Higdon’s Spring Training Program.

I’ve dropped another couple of pounds. I’m certainly not going to win The Biggest Loser this way but I’ll take a slow, steady weight loss that’s sustainable. This seems sustainable.

I’ve had a difficult time figuring out how to get weight lifting integrated into my workouts so I’ve let that slide for now while I’ve focused on running.

I completely finished my initial running program and can now run for 30 minutes a couple times a week. I’ve borrowed Hal Higdon’s Spring Training as my new program. I’m having to modify it a bit as I tried to run 3 miles on Saturday and just couldn’t. So I’m going to work myself up to week one of his Novice Program. Oh and by the way… Novice Program? 3 miles? Bah.

So I’m taking Mondays off and this week I’ve ran 1.5 miles on Tues, Wed and Thursday. I’ll take Friday off and run 1.5 miles on Saturday and walk 30 min on Sunday. Next week I’ll increase the Wed and Sat runs from 1.5 miles to 2.0 miles and keep bumping it a half-mile a week until I can comfortably do his week one program and then I’ll follow it from there.

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