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An Evening Run by The Schuylkill River

After cycling to work and a hard days slog, it is nice to get a chance to have a relaxing run by the river. 

I rode my bike four miles to Betzwood (which is inside Valley Forge National Historical Park) and met with my friend for a run/walk. 

We decided (well, I did) to change the intervals to 2:00 run, 2:30 walk. This is a longer run and shorter recovery and is getting close to being a half way split. 

My friend coped ably with the changes and completed the entire six mile run with only a few threats on my life. 

We completed in 1:19 and averaged a pace of 12:53. The runs were at a 10:40 pace mostly. 

Adjusting to a new interval timing kept taking me by surprise as we’d still be mid-conversation when ‘the psycho in my phone’ would tell us to start running again. (She sounds slightly power crazy, in my opinion). 

My friend got himself an Android watch after seeing my joy with the Apple Watch. It seems to work pretty well, too. 

The wooded trail was very pretty with lots of bluebells along the edge. There were a lot of flies around though; oh, good, extra protein!

There were lots of signs up for a missing person. Sad to see. 

My ride home was good and uneventful which is a nice way to finish the day. 

Now it’s time for brain jelly (jello) and ice-cream.  



Ride and Run

A few updates to catch up with today. Firstly, my ride home on Tuesday was good. All uphill but it only took 15 minutes which is only four minutes longer than the ride in. It is a good workout up the hills but is still a little too short to be sufficient. I’ll have to start adding rides through the park in first. 

Last night I went to visit my trigger point therapist (massage) for the first time in six months as luxuries like that stopped when I didn’t have a job. It was brutal as I expected. My right glute, left calf and my shoulders were all a mess. After an hour of agony I think I’m better off; I certainly feel looser. 

Today, I started with a run. Just under six miles and I chose a route that would go close to my office but on the hills on the other side of the river; I wanted to see just how close I had been running to the place. Amazingly it was really close. I had been looking off into the distance but it was almost directly below me. I could make out individual details on the buildings. Strange how you don’t notice places until they have some significance to you. 

I will be riding to work today as well and using the showers for the first time, so that’ll be different. 

Where the Rubber Hits the Road

Finally the snow in deepest Michigan is starting to clear. There has been sufficient melt and the overnights haven’t led to too much refreeze. So, today I was able to run the roads of Jackson.

It has been a while since I’ve been out as the adoption process has taken its toll on my sanity, plus having the new baby in our hotel room is leading to some disrupted nights. All par for the course and I am not complaining. Having a new child is a life event for which other things must give way.

Following the court date yesterday we now have permission to apply to take the baby home with us. This means it is just a few more days before we can start the journey home. Hurrah!

Now that we are through some of the more stressful parts of the process I am trying to get my legs rolling on the road again. I headed out for a quick six miler. It wasn’t my fastest run at an 8:16 pace but it was good to get out there. Vicious cross-winds were there to remind me that although it is spring the temperature is still below freezing. Most of the snow and ice has melted. The pavements are no longer deep puddles of slush and the sides of the roads can be used for getting out of the path of oncoming traffic. Altogether much better roads and conditions, and that makes a big difference to me.

Looking forward to stepping up the miles again.

As for the Nashville marathon next month, I don’t think that will happen for me. They also posted the bling pictures this week and it is a very ugly medal so that also helps me justify dropping out of my training. Back to running for the sake of running. This is where the rubber hits the road…

Recovery Week: Easy Run #1

The crazy weather here continues and we had about eight inches of snow again yesterday. The really wet heavy snow too. This year has been crazy in the Philly region.

I still went out on the roads today. This recovery week has a six mile easy run scheduled for today and it was lovely out there. Brisk cold air. A light snow covering on the roads that had mainly been ploughed.

The ‘Other Runner’ said “Good morning” again today. Also, the runner is a she. How she runs in predawn light with no lights and wearing black is beyond me.

Six miles in 49:03 is an avg pace of 8:09 and the splits look good too!

20140204-065417.jpgNegative split centralé!