Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Good Runner - Bad Runner

I used some common sense this morning to get my 5 mile, easy pace, run completed. I needed to do the run this morning because we are planning on going to a concert in the park tonight. Under normal circumstances I would have postponed it a night or push it up a night, but this being taper week I wanted to stick pretty doggedly to the run every other day schedule set out for me.

Also under normal conditions I would have done this run outside, but I read an article about the air quality, or lack thereof, due to the fires that stated that the air quality is worse in the morning as the wind tends to die down and the bad air sinks toward ground level. It tends to get pushed back up the mountains as the day progress. So being the good runner, I went to the gym at 5:00 a.m. and put in 5 miles at 10:00 pace on the treadmill. I was a bad runner in that I ignored the 20 minute limit. I ran for 50 minutes but kept my eyes open to be sure that there was always at least one empty 'mill so I wasn't keeping anyone from getting their cardio done.

One more short, very easy, 3 miles before race day. Currently the weather forecast for Monday has me a bit worried. Just how scattered is scattered, exactly. Scattered rain and thunder is one thing, scattered lightening is something else.

A cool stat that I just figured out was that August was my highest mileage month, EVER. I ran 202 miles. I've come close on two other occasions in 6 years of running but have never broken the 200 barrier. I wasn't even intentionally trying to, it just sort of happened. I didn't realize it until I tallied the miles last night.


Jean said...

I wouldn't sweat the forecast too much yet. Sometimes I think they throw those low percentages of "scattered showers/thunderstorms" in the forecast to so they are covered! :) I do hope you get some good weather. Columbia is a pretty town, so it would be nice to run on a pleasant day.

Congrats on the 202 mile month! That is quite an achievement! Best wishes in your days leading up to the race, Darrell!

Anne said...

Congratulations on breaking the 200-mile barrier. That's quite an accomplishment.

David said...

I am impressed by the 200. From where you were(n't) a few months ago, I am double impressed.

Wes said...

Wo! 202? Unbelievable!! bring on the marathon!!

Joe said...

Dude, 202...that is really awesome. And I'm not hearaing any aches and pains associated. Plus a taper week! Wow...that is terrific.

We seldom see lighting in the morning in the Midwest...usually that pops up in late afternoons/evening. We could get wet...but hey, we'll be wet anyway.

See you Sunday at your hotel.

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