Miles, Miles, and Miles

Mileage Running

Mileage Running

The miles are piling up lately – no wonder since I kicked off my marathon training for the Little Rock Marathon two weeks ago. According to my Nike Plus account dashboard I ran over 160 miles in the last 30 days. That number would be even higher if I would have skipped the Kosama workouts and would have went for a run instead. Internally I count each Kosama workout as an equivalent of a 5 mile run, but let’s not go there. 160 miles in the last 30 days is way more than I had expected. Saturday was my long run day and I had hoped to use the warmer weather midday to get out, but it was dark by the time I was ready for my run due to some work related stuff going on. [Read more…]

Running by Numbers

Running by Numbers

Running by Numbers

We runners are fairly simple creatures by nature so to speak. Give us some shoes, some running clothes, and point a direction and off we go to get a run in, but that is where things can get complicated. Numbers tell us how fast or better how slow we are. Numbers tell us how far we went and of course numbers tell us how many calories we eventually burned while being out there running. Races are usually based on a number as a number used in determining the distance of the race. 5K, 10K, 1 Mile, 10 miles, 13.1 aka half-marathon, and of course the magic 26.2 which represents the magical 26.2 miles you need to run to complete a marathon. We do care about how many marathons or half marathons we completed and it is perfectly normal to brag about it when talking to other runners. Some runners put stickers on their cars – showing off what they have accomplished. While some people are Ok with one sticker, I have seen quite a few cars with a boat load of 26.2 and 13.1 stickers. I guess at a certain point they can use that as an argument to buy a bigger car so that they have more room for additional stickers. [Read more…]

Easy 14 on a beautiful December Afternoon

14 Miles Run

14 Miles Run

December is off to a busy start for me. For one my marathon training has started. I am training for the Little Rock Marathon on March 1st. At work things are a bit crazy, too. Yesterday (Saturday) I had to work and it turned into an 11 hour long work day – no fun. It was not supposed to be that way and I had actually planned to go out for a long run yesterday, but that did not work out and so today (Sunday) I went running. The weather was perfect with temperatures in the mid-50s, sunshine, and no wind. And then of course it is Christmas time which always feels busy even so we try to avoid a lot of that craziness that comes with this time of the year. [Read more…]