A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 6

Fallon ParkFriday, October 6 – 12 miles

Today was long run day!  I started doing my long runs a while back on Fridays.  It really seems to work for me.  I like that it gets my weekend started right and on Thursdays I can fix a nice pasta dinner for Hubby and me.

For the past year or so, I’ve been doing my long runs on some of the greenways around here.  I sometimes start and finish on the greenway – but, may hit the road for some miles.  It all depends on the miles that I am doing.

The greenway that I start my longer runs on starts at a place called Fallon Park.  There are runners and cyclists that start there.  I like starting there because there is a port-a-potty right there.  On the greenway, there are a couple – but, I like having one right there before I get started. Well, I don’t know whose bright idea it was to get rid of it – but, today it was gone.  My bladder was upset!  It had to go a mile or so before it could be relieved and ready to be happy with the run.  I really hope it comes back.  Oh, the woes of a runner.  :-)  (See that big tree in the background – that’s where it used to be!)

Other than that the run today went great.  I had a few spells where the legs felt a little draggy – but, overall it was great!  And, my last mile (#12) was my fastest one!  Love it when that happens!

The run itself was pretty uneventful.  I veered off for a few miles to explore a new part that I had not been on before.  It just wandered through some neighborhoods and then ended back up on the main greenway.

It was a perfect morning for a longer run.  50 degrees at the start and sunny.  I’m cold natured – but, a tank and shorts was perfect!

I love my longer runs.  I’m slower than I used to be years ago – but, running long still makes me very happy!

See ya tomorrow!

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 5

Thursday, October 5 On the schedule today was an easy 4 mile run before my long run of the week tomorrow. Hubby was having carpal tunnel surgery at 8:15 a.m. – so, that meant up at 4 a.m. to get the run in before having to have him at the hospital early. I’ve run many mornings at that time due to one thing or another.  I know that some people may have just punted their run – but, that’s not the way that streakers are wired.  You get up as early as you need to get the run done.  There are some that would wait and run later.  I’ve never liked to do that.  You never know what’s going to happen during the day.  So, I always get it done first thing. And, the crazy thing is – I love running first thing in the morning.  It gets the day … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 4

Wednesday, October 4 Usually I am up before the sun to get my run in for the day.  Today, I had an early doctor’s appointment to do a retest – so, I decided to be lazy and sleep in until 6:15 and do my run after my appointment.  Yep, that’s sleeping in for me! After my appointment, I had to do some things for Hubby for the DQ, so I didn’t get out to run until almost 11:00.  On the positive side – it was in the mid 50’s by then instead of the lower 40’s of the morning. Today’s schedule was an easy 5 miler.  Went to my “trail” and did part on the trail – and part on another side road that is close by.  This road is where I do my hill work outs.  But, today, I just did the half mile uphill and then back down. … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 3

Tuesday, October 3 Today was speed work day.  For speed work today – I did 1/4 mile repeats.  What this means is that after a warm up of easy running (1 1/2 miles), I started doing intervals.  1/4 mile faster with 1/4 mile recovery (slower running).  Today called for 6 of these.  So, 6 X 1/4 mile repeats.  Followed by a slower run for a cool down. Where I ran today is called Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail.  Trail is using the term loosely.  I am not a fan of trail running – rocks and tree roots are not fun in my klutzy world!    But, this trail is finely crushed gravel – much easier!  I did my warm up on this trail. The parking area for the trail is about 1/8 of a mile from the trail.  If you do the other direction – it’s a paved road that dead ends … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 2

Tuesday, October 2nd – 6 miles This morning for my run I was at my Mom’s.  She lives about an hour and a half away in the town where I grew up.  Mom had a stroke about 6 years ago.  She is fine mentally, but has a weak leg – so she doesn’t drive anymore or go up and down a lot of stairs.  So, I go up to her house one or two nights a week to do what I call my “Mom chores”.  This includes her laundry, grocery shopping, banking and other little things.  We go out to dinner and lunch – so, it’s a nice little time together. Anyway, the temperature is usually 10 degrees or so cooler at her house than it is at mine.  As you can see by the picture, it was 35 degrees when I ran this morning.  Definitely a glove morning! Monday … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner

Happy First Day of October! I decided to do something different with my blog posts for the month.  For October, I’m going to do a blog post each day with my run – how far, how I felt, etc. I have a few reasons for doing this.  First of all, I’ve been really bad in blogging.  I was horrified to see that I hadn’t posted anything since August. Second, I’ve had many runners question how far I run each day and how I make running every day work.  Now, there are many other streakers who run more miles than I do.  But, I’m going to let you in on how this almost 60-year-old gets it done. Third, I’ve joined a blogging challenge.  I’m looking forward to the challenge to get me back to writing every day! This is going to be a good month to let you in on my … {Continue Reading… }

I Broke All My Rules – And, Had A Great Week Of Running

Last week was a good week of running for me.  I hit 50 miles a week in training.  I used to hit this and more consistently – but, for the last 5 or 6 years – I haven’t been able to.  Sometimes life – personal obligations and work – just seem to get in the way of mileage sometimes.  I hate that it does – but, it’s the truth.  Now, I’m still going to get my runs in every day no matter what. I may have to cut back a few miles from time to time – but, the run is going to happen. Now, that I’ve hit the magic 50 again – I know that I’ll be able to keep at it. The funny thing is – last week was one of those weird weeks where what I usually do to work up to a long run went all … {Continue Reading… }

Common Sense and Running – It’s Soapbox Time Again!

Well, it’s time to get on my soapbox again!    Actually, I’m normally a very positive person – but, some people need to get some common sense when it comes to running and running etiquette. (Now, if you do any of these – I’m sorry to be stepping on your toes). Please have common sense when listening to your music on your runs.  Runners who listen to music on their runs – WITHOUT earbuds drive me crazy. This happens in races and on the greenway.  Not all of us like your taste in music.  I don’t expect everyone to like the music that I listen to.   And, if I can hear your music over what I’m listening to with my earbuds – your music is also too loud.   Of course, on the other hand, it makes me run faster to get ahead of them. Another thing that drives … {Continue Reading… }

PR’s Begin At 60 – How I’m Dealing With Running As I Get Older

Getting slower as you age is a part of it.  Yes, there are still speedy runners in their ’60s and ’70s and beyond – but, the truth is that the majority of us do slow down as we get older.  (And, what makes it even harder is that I’m still feel 35 and in my mind I am!)  In some of the Facebook groups that I’m in, so many are having a hard time with this.  I’ve learned to accept it and just keep running and forget about my time. However, it wasn’t easy to do this.  I went through a stage where I wouldn’t run any local races because everyone remembered me as the faster runner.  My ego wouldn’t let me handle that very well.  Truth is – there is maybe one or two people who are still running when I was in my prime – so the newer … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Jackson River Scenic Trail Half Marathon

Last Saturday I did something that I never thought that I would say.  I ran a trail half marathon! Now, don’t get too excited – yes, it was a beautiful trail through the woods and along the Jackson River.  It’s finely crushed gravel that is built on an old railroad bed.  Not the roots and rocks of a trail that most of you think about.  (I’m too klutzy to do those trails). The race started and finished at the Intervale Trail Head of The Jackson River Scenic Trail in Covington.  It was actually a perfect location for me.  Covington is an hour from home and is on the way to my Mom’s house (1/2 hour from her).  So, I made this weekend my “Mom’s Chores” trip for the week.  I stayed at Mom’s Friday night so that I had 1/2 hour less to drive on race morning.  Picked up my packet at the … {Continue Reading… }