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Thursday, October 13, 2011

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I worry that the weather has it in for me.

When I finally got around to doing my run yesterday, it was with one reason in mind: It's cloudy, so at least it won't be hot outside. Four minutes into the run, the sun came out, and would remain so until I had three minutes left. So, north Austin had 53 minutes of sunshine yesterday morning. Go team.

Aside from the obvious attempt by the weather gods to beat me down one last time, I was actually quite pleased with the run. Technically, I was scheduled to run 8 miles, but as this was my first run back after two weeks of essentially no activity, I knew that I had to take it carefully, so instead, I decided to run for an hour, which would be 8 miles at a 7.5 minute pace if I could run it. If not, at least I wouldn't be out running all afternoon.

For being as rusty as I was, I felt that everything went fairly well. Sure, I had to swear at one guy who honked at me for running three feet off the road. And yes, I got myself fairly turned around and worked into this odd little corkscrew of a neighborhood. But overall, I felt happy just to have gotten myself out the door and onto the road again. I've still got more to do today, but I feel like I'm back on track.

I think the key over the next few weeks is simply to keep moving. This applies to both my running and my personal life. The faster that I try to move, the more obstacles and challenges I seem to encounter, so I'm just going into cruise mode until the next marathon is over. I'm still going to try for my BQ, as I'm sure that I'm fit enough to make it happen. I've just got to take better care of myself for the next few weeks.

As for everything else, I have very little control over the things that are making me crazy, so the best thing I can do is sit back and let the people who are supposed to be doing the work get it done. The only catch here is that it requires other people to, you know, do their jobs, and I hate to ask too much of others. Still, everything seems to be on the right track, and I worry that if I try and push anything too hard, I'm just going to knock it all off the rails. My best bet is to focus, breathe, and slow down my pace.

The finish line is in sight - don't bonk now.

Wednesday's Run:
85 Degrees / Mostly Sunny
7.55 Miles
1 Hour, 0 Minutes, 37 Seconds

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