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A Strong 4-Mile Run – Music by Albany Down

The Outer Reach - Albany Down

The Run – 4.25 Mile Harper Loop

So I ran yesterday for the first time since last Wednesday. The reasons I didn’t run are: I worked at Target on Thursday and Friday, then on Saturday I helped my son Peter and his family move into their new apartment.So each day I was tired and on Sunday I just collapsed!

Anyway last Wednesday’s run was my four-mile Creek Out and Back run. And I ran it a little over a minute faster than the previous time I had run the same course. There is improvement!! So yesterday I decided to run another four-mile course. I chose the course that I call Harper Loop and it is one of the few courses that I run that has a hill or two in it.

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Two Four Mile Runs – Two Great Albums Make for a Nice Weekend

Heaven and Beyond - Knight Area powers one of my weekend runs

Two Four-Mile runs highlight the Weekend…

So last weekend was a great running weekend! On Friday I ran my first 4 mile run of 2017. I followed that with a 3 mile walk on Saturday and capped the weekend off with another 4-mile run on Sunday. Adding the two four-mile runs to my 3.25 mile run from earlier in the week, the result is 11.25 miles run for the week. This is the first time that I ran more than 10 miles in a week in a very long time!!!

Friday’s run was over an out and back course that I call Creek Out and Back. Through the years it has been a course that I run consistently. On this run and Sunday’s run I kept a close watch on my heart rate and tried to keep it as low as I could and still run at an acceptable pace. On Friday I ran the four miles in 46:36 for an average pace of 11:36 min/mile. My average heartbeat was 144 bpm.

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A Good Run with Great Bluegrass from Ray Cardwell

Tennessee Moon - Ray Cardwell

The Run – 3.25 Mile Creek Loop

Today’s run was my fifth run in the month of February. That’s a good start on the year and on a pace to run on more days than a typical February. I ran the same course today that I have run for the last  two runs. It is a 3.25 mile loop that is mainly flat with a couple of small increases in elevation. Initially, I thought about running 4 miles today, but after running the first mile in the fastest time this year, I decided to shorten it to 3.25 miles. I shorten the run  for two reasons. The first reason was so I wouldn’t be tired for the rest of the day! And the second because  I needed to leave time to shower and eat lunch between the end of the run and babysitting granddaughter Zoe!

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A Recap of This Week’s Runs! (Jan 23-29)

Picture of a good run to motivate me!

Week of Jan 23-29 – Three Runs Woo-Hoo!

What a week! It’s the first week in I don’t know how long that I actually run on three days! Maybe just maybe my biologic clock slowed down just a little this week. I know that  I am starting to feel a lot better. The trick will be to keep it going.

In addition to this week’s three runs,I also did a 20 minute stationary bike workout on Tuesday. I really don’t use the stationary bike much and when I do I always think that it doesn’t do much for me. But after doing that 20 minute workout with TriJake Fitness I think that the problem is me and not the bike! I do believe that I will be doing more bike workouts in the future!!

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A Walk/Jog to Restart Running – Music by Aisles

Aisles - Hawaii
A Walk/Jog to Restart Running and Slow My Raging Biologic Clock…..

So for the last six to eight months,particularly the last three months, I feel that my biological clock has been moving ahead a full speed. While I have been keeping up with my daily yoga and meditation, even including a couple of days a week with light weights. I have done little else right. I have run maybe five to six times this year and now that I haven’t been for my walks with Oliver, I have packed on several unwanted pounds!!

My diet hasn’t been too bad, but there have been a few too many late night cake snacks! So this week I need to start doing a little better!! First on the list of things to do is to start running again. I did just that this morning. Well, maybe not “just” that there was some walking mixed in, but at least I was out there doing it!!

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