One Week Down….again…

Posted: March 21, 2012 by Roberts in Race Information, Races, Running Log, Treadmill
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I have completed my first week of marathon training. How many times have I said that? Three to be precise.  Or rather, this is my third attempt. Third time’s the charm right? It seems injury always finds me during a marathon training schedule. The first injury was a busted rib, and the second an ankle.  Well, the past is behind me and nothing but the road is ahead.

Maybe I should trick myself. I am not training for a marathon. I am training for two half marathons back to back with no break. It would be very sad if I could trick myself that way.

During this week I had scheduled three treadmill sessions (interval training) and an outdoor run of eight miles. Not only did I accomplish that, I added an extra treadmill session. I just had to see one more episode of Game of Thrones. We all need our little inspirations.

My pace on the outdoor run was less than spectacular. No excuses, I will take the fact that I got out there as a mild success and do better next time. That just sounds pathetic.  I got out there, I got it done.  On a Sunday night there isn’t much to see on the road.

I had two encounters on my run.  The first was a squad car. She paced me down a dark road, and turned away when I returned to the lite section of the neighborhood. I don’t know if she was bored, or wanted to provide me some extra light for my evening run. It was that, or she thought I was cute, or maybe worried that I might get mugged.  The other interesting sight was a young couple I passed on three occasions.  By the third time they finally acknowledged me.  It doesn’t matter.  They were too busy walking down the street, each keeping a hand warm in the others back pocket.  Strange events are the norm for my runs; every now and then I need an uneventful one.

I have decided to sponsor, or rather trick, my office into a 5k race on April 1st. I convinced three other people to join me.  We are attending the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic “Run like a Fool” 5k.  It is a small race, but I have the bug and I need to get out there again.

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Finally, I have two questions for you:

What is the craziest thing you have seen while running?

What do you do to entertain yourself on the treadmill?

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Comments
  1. Sting rays. They were in the water just off a bridge. Or a GIANT, very scary looking spider just sort of dangling off a tree limb right in line with my head. Luckily, I looked up before running directly into it. I rarely run on a treadmill. When I do, I normally just accept the fact that it’s going to be boring and try to keep the runs short and sweet.

  2. THAT is no fun! A broken rib? Running?! Ouch! I don’t know that I ever see anything too crazy. One summer there was a guy who we would see on the trail dressed in this wrestling unitard thing. Very scary and a little too revealing. I see a lot of deer. Today I saw swarms of squirrels. And the cutest ducks who were swimming in a rain puddle.

    To entertain myself on the treadmill, I play a game where I pick a starting speed (like 6.0) and then every 1/10 of a mile, I bump it up .1 and keep going until I feel like I’m sprinting. Then I back it down to the start and go all over again.

    Hope you are able to run the marathon. I totally know what that’s like!

    • Roberts says:

      A guy in a wrestling unitard? That is creepy. I love the idea of the speed training on the treadmill. I might just try that out tomorrow. I will include how it goes in my next post. Thanks for the idea.

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