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Trucking Away

Well, following my running relapse I have managed to get back into things. 

Last weekend was a write-off running-wise as my wife was away in Cincinnati running a half-marathon with a bunch of pigs (not derogatory, it is a pig-based theme run). This left me home with the kids and no chance to run. 

On the positive side my wife did bring a lot of pig related paraphernalia home with her; t-shirts, mugs, pens, etc. Bacon the most of a pork situation… (Sorry, I couldn’t resist a few swine puns). 

Fortunately this left me fresh-legged for my Monday morning run with my friend so I made him pay for it with a higher pace seven miler. And to give him his dues, he did stick with it although I’ve heard that he suffered a but for the rest of the day. 

To be fair, he is also suffering because he has upped his weekly running by adding a weekend trail run through Valley Forge Park. 

I also managed to get out on Tuesday and Thursday for 8-9 mile runs so I feel like things are back on track. 

Now I’m heading off the England for a week to do some work with the British Computer Society (BCS) and to catch up with my ‘rents. It should be a quiet week with a couple of days in London and at my family home, but here should be plenty of opportunity for running and I’m looking forward to it. 

I’ll also have a day out in the countryside of Oxfordshire and I’m definitely going to run while I’m there! That should be beautiful. 

I’ll try not to be so much of a stranger to the blogosphere and to get back on track. 🙂

Now I’m going to trot (oink) off to my plane and stop this tripe. 

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How Many Miles of Mad Are You?

This is the question I thought up while out on my weekly run/walk with my friend. He’s at about 11 miles of mad (walking/running outside). I’m currently at about 22, I guess. A little lazy for me but whose to judge.

At the time of our walk it was mid-20s F with a real-feel of 18F and we’d both been out multiple times during the last week of very chilly weather. It was so cold on some occasions that he even had to run to keep warm… without me even being there. I’m sure that’s another level of running madness achieved. 🙂

Today we went to walk on the Perkiomen Trail at Oaks but found that it was completely iced over in both directions. After scouting around for a mile we decided to bail on that location. Even parts of the Creek were frozen over.

Instead we headed to Valley Forge National Historical Park and went around their 5 mile loop. They often scrape and clear the trail to ensure safety for trail users so there were only a couple of small patches of ice around. Hurrah for that. Very few other people out today though.

We also changed up our interval regime to be one minute running and three mins thirty recovery. The ratio is starting to shift in favour of running.

We managed about 12 intervals before the (surprise) hills from our alternative location took their toll on my friend and we dialed it back to a walk for the remainder. Still this meant we’d done over four miles total with those intervals which is probably a record.

The bitter cold wind was very sore against my face on parts of the trail and I really appreciated the hot shower when I got home. Bliss. I could feel the icicles melting away.

Total for today was 6.6 miles with a pace on the main part of 15:33 avg. During the run we were getting 14:12 intervals… A good improvement.