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Yep, it’s that time again — randomness.  A day when writing is just a collection of what’s going on rather than any coherent topic.  It also means I have lapsed too much time between posts.

On the triathlete front, I have started some ride/run bricks on Saturdays.  Or should I say run/ride since the heat is just getting too intense to run at 10:30 AM even.  They didn’t start on purpose, but I added a run one Saturday when I couldn’t get in a 50-mile ride and it not only stuck but allowed me to get back to 20-mile weeks in running.

Which segues nicely to running.  I have almost finished a six week stint at 20 miles per week.  Just two more short runs tomorrow and Saturday.  That’s pretty significant since I haven’t been able to consistently get over 20 miles a week.  Also, I have been able to run five days a week without any real problems.

While I’m talking running, I signed up for Mizuno’s Mezamashii Run Project.  It seems that Mizuno is proud enough of how well runners will do in their shoes that they are giving out shoes to lots of runners (through a weekly drawing).  Ostensibly, it’s to get runners connected with Mizuno’s philosophy on running, and also to sell more shoes.

Now, I am perfectly happy with my ASICS gel-Nimbus, but it’s important to have a second option.  Single sourcing anything is not a good idea.  Case in point that I had to wear a lesser brand last Winter as I wasn’t able to get a pair of Nimbus.  I thought that the gel-Cumulus would be almost as good and they were serviceable.  However, they kind of hardened up quicker than I’d liked.  So, we’ll wait to see if I get picked or not.

Also on running, I thought I’d add in a couple of tips this post.  I have been plagued a bit by catching my foot on uneven ground when running lately.  I’ve noticed that this often happens when I run over a rough spot where the ground is higher under one foot than the other.  Watch out for these little changes in elevation and go around.  If not, you might fall.  Also, if you have to run a lot of sidewalks, it’s better on driveway approaches to run up near the driveway side of the approach.  This is the side closer to the house/building than to the street.  Running this way keeps you almost on the same level with the sidewalk and you can avoid some of that up and down and slanted running you get from the angled driveway approach.

Hotter-n-Hell Hundred will be here in a few weeks.  I am looking forward to that ride this year.  I will try to finish the 100-mile route again and this year, it’s a new route.  Usually, all the routes less than 100-miles go through Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, but the century riders didn’t.  I have heard that the AFB rest stop is a real highlight and a thrill to the riders.  This year, the organizers altered the 100-mile route so that we will all get to go through the AFB rest stop.

Yep, that was cycling again, but I said it was random.

I will also start marathon training right after HHH in preparation for the first Dallas Marathon.  OK, it’s still really the White Rock, but they changed the name.  It also has a new route for this year and we’ll get to cross the new bridge over the Trinity River a la NYC’s Verazzano bridge.

Random is just that — random.  However, I have been having a really good time since I put together this new schedule in June.  I am getting to run more and with better quality than before.  I am riding consistently on Saturdays and not having to worry about whether or not I’m getting enough long runs or long rides.  I put my long runs on Wednesdays and stuck them at 8-miles, which is the longest I’ve run on a mid-week run since I started.  Though it’s hot outside (and here, I do mean HOT) I am happy with where I’m at right now.  I certainly hope that your Summer is going just as smoothly and consistent.  Happy running/cycling!

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Week 11 of White Rock Marathon training has begun.  The mileage on my long runs will increase from here until the beginning of taper time in mid-November.  This past Saturday, I finished up my “longest run ever” of 17 miles, and they are all “longest run ever” from this point forward.  Fifteen miles didn’t seem all that hard, but 17 was very hard.  I am having to learn a lot about pacing right now, much more than in the past. (more…)

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Week 9 of White Rock Marathon training is now in the bag.  I did my long run today which was originally supposed to be 14 miles, but was changed to 15 miles (more on that in a minute).  I can officially say that it was the longest I have ever run.  In three years, my longest runs were my half-marathons (13.1 miles).  Today, in a training run, I ran a half-marathon and then some.  Go figure. (more…)

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The final preparations are just about over for this year’s Cowtown half-marathon.  My sweetie and I went to the expo yesterday afternoon to pick up my packet.  Purple is still the half marathon color at the Cowtown, even though the route will be very different.  Since it was only my third expo to visit, we took a while to walk around.

I would have to say it wasn’t as massive as the White Rock expo, but there were a lot more vendors around.  Luke’s Locker was there, of course.  Around this area, they are everywhere.  The Runner Shop from Arlignton was also there.  However, I was quite surprised that I didn’t see anyone from Run On.  But then, from my few experiences with Run On, I’m not surprised.  I did like that there was a booth selling Cowtown labeled gear other than tech shirts. But, I get ahead. (more…)

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Global warming, global schmarming.  I don’t really care what they call it or what its cause, it was freakin’ warm out for running this morning!  I expect to get to warm weather running fairly soon, but not in February.  Especially with a half marathon coming in about seven days.  That’s just plain cruel. (more…)

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In the documentary movie about long distance running, Spirit of the Marathon, one of the runners is interviewed about her involvement in the sport.  While she and her friends are always planning their runs to see how much better they can do, always looking at their watches, she admires the runners that just go out and run…without watches and gadgets.  She calls these types, the “zen runners”.  In addition, I have also read that it is good sometimes to just go out and run for running’s sake, to have fun, to just run.  Today turned out to be one of those days (more by accident than plan), and when they happen, I log them as “Zen Runs”. (more…)

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Saturday after New Years was the end of a cutback week for me.  I got up fairly early (for a Saturday) and ran a 3-miler.  It was cold again (33 degrees).  After I got cleaned up and everybody woke up, three of us went to one of my favorite places to shop, Luke’s Locker.  Yes, guys like to shop, just in different places. (more…)

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