Posts Tagged ‘world war i’

Memorial Day Weekend.

Great time to catch all the Great American documentaries on the History Channel. Particularly looking forward to a couple on the History Channel. One involves the World War II leaders’ actions during World War I. The other is about a pivotal engagement in the Korean War. Still struck by the fact that the United States and China were once combatants. Fascinating stuff. Keeps life in perspective.

Up and down week running. 33 of the planned 43 in a down week. Hoping that the two days of rest did me some good. Think I’m going to commit to one long run in the morning as opposed to two-a-days. Starting to get a little tired of it mentally. Physically, I’m holding up fine. Need to establish some dietary discipline. Not easy with the BBQ going early and late in the week. Last week to spend time with family in Dallas before heading out to San Diego and ultimately Hawaii next week.


Last Week:

Sun: 3 miles (morning) / 3 miles (night)

Mon: 6/0

Tue: 0/3

Wed: 0/6

Thu: 6/3

Fri: 3/0

Sat: 0


Tracking Goals:

I’d be happy in August if the following occurred:

  1. Hit 70 miles in a week in late July-August. [33 miles of planned 43 in a down week. Up to 58 next week.]
  2. Avoid injury, particularly of the foot and knee variety. [No problems this week.]
  3. Drop weight. [Not making progress here. Trying something new.]
  4. Increase pace on easy runs, gradually. [At 75% Heart Rate: dropped a 9:07/mile run during this week. Season best, but only 3-mile run. Flirting with sub-9:00 miles lately, would like to see a complete run under pace.]
  5. Run increasingly faster in four three 5K races. [Neglected to pick a race at the first possible opportunity here. I suppose I could always time trial myself next weekend. Nah, I’ll change the goal to three.]


A little discouraging this week, as I got tired and distracted. But I’ll keep trying. Slow runs. Slow songs. Consistency. Need to get to bed earlier to set off the morning runs. Lots of obstacles this week. Food. Family. Expected bad weather. Need to prepare for the move. I’m going to try though. Let’s see what happens.


Workout: Warm [1 mile], 6×800 @ 2:47 w/ 400 jog  Weather: 95 degrees, night.

Recap: Great day.

Had a World War I mindset going in. That is, expecting to charge into something and fail. Reading a book on the First World War and the metaphor came to mind. Not to make light of the heroics that took place in Europe by comparing war to running, but there’s something noble about going into a task facing certain doom.

I wasn’t expecting much today. Only slept 4 hours last night. Had a long day interviewing and then drove out to the track in 95-degree heat, albeit at night. Hottest run ever for me. I have never recorded doing a run over 90 degrees. With all that in mind, I would have been happy getting through just a couple reps before quitting.

And then a good run happened. I knew something was different after the first 800, which just didn’t feel that bad. By the third 800 repeat, I knew that I would finish the 6-rep workout. My only regrets are that I didn’t keep even splits (though I did average 2:47 for the workout as planned), and I cramped in both calves at the end of the workout. Couldn’t finish the cool down and the drills afterwards. HR hit 198 at the end there, and it really didn’t feel so bad.

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