Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27: 4.31 miles

The purpose and frequency of this little running diary continues to evolve, which is just fine since it isn't really much of a reading blog anyway. 

I've continued to pile up miles in a more or less consistent fashion over the course of the month, often in pretty dodgy weather, so that's pretty good.  Sometimes it's felt pretty good.  Other times, like today, it's been drudgery.  The current mission is to try to bag an 80-mile month.  Eighty is what you might call "psychologically important."  It's supposed to be the standard, the sum of four twenty-mile weeks.  But, I haven't hit it since January of last year, although February got me to 79.34. 

Sitting at my desk at work, I was at 66.81 with five weekdays available, and that felt a little daunting.  My four-and-change of drudgery this evening got me to 71.12 with four weekdays available, which somehow seems much more doable! 

75.59 will also get me the third-best March, which is pretty good -- #1 and #2 are up out of reach, in the nineties.  I'm thinking March '13 and March '14 must have been considerably more sunny than March '17, which -- also it has avoided the Biblical excess of February '17 -- is already the fourth rainiest March since the airport started keeping records in 1940.  And like me, it has four weekdays still to go.

So to recap, I need:
  • 4.47 miles for the 3rd best March
  • 8.88 for an eighty-mile month

Interestingly -- to me -- I've signed on for a half-marathon in June.  I'm not sure this is a great idea, but what the heck.

The Avatar is four miles east of Switz City on Indiana Highway 54.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10 - 4.55 miles

You'd think that when I finally broke the 10 mile barrier that the first thing I'd want to do is brag about it, but I think I was too fired up to brag.  Not that that makes any sense.  It was last Sunday, 10.64 miles, the best 5th of all time and the furthest I'd run since 2014.

Then, four days of cold rain and better things to do in the evening kept me from any kind of follow-up.  Today I took off work a little early and soaked in some thin sunshine, twice around the graveyard, for a total of 4.55.  No records were set, but exercise was had.

It was a significant day for The Avatar, though, since he crossed a state line.  I mean, it's the third time across the Illinois/Indiana line, but this time it's for good, or at last for good until he gets to Ohio.  He's approaching Vincennes from the southwest.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March!



As the long cold, wet streak continues, it's easy to not run, and in fact I managed to not-run all week.  The closest thing I did to not-not-running was to block out the various pieces of low-hanging fruit that March offers.

Then, today I finally ran.  It was a day with an especially weak record, and I plotted out a 5 1/2 mile route that slopped over into 7 1/3 mile, which is just fine.  It will still be a pretty weak week, but what the heck.  Tomorrow, and for that matter the week to come, should continue to be pretty lousy for running, but hopefully I will get out there and do some running none the less.

Listening: Rabbit, Run.

Avatar: Started at the Heartland Worship Center of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and then ran straight north on Illinois Highway 1.