The Long Run Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/ Thu, 29 Jul 2021 13:09:20 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Jul 28, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-28-2021.html <p>2.26@11:39</p> <p>The phone app said &quot;drizzle for the next hour&quot;.&nbsp; Ok, I thought I can run in that.&nbsp; Started out in Westlake Village and was going to head over to the Pinellas Trail and maybe get 7 or 8 miles.&nbsp; Heading down Alderman Road I saw the first flash of lightning.&nbsp; Thought about turning around and running in the neighborhood.&nbsp; But, then I thought of the screenshot someone posted from a recent thunderstorm and all of the strikes inside Westlake Village.&nbsp; So, changed my mind and kept on going down Alderman and was going to cut through Eniswood and run to the Pinellas Trail north and could shelter at Conservation Park if necessary.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The lightning was getting bad, so finally decided not to chance it and stopped at a friends house in Eniswood and stood on her porch.&nbsp; I texted Jessica where I was and also texted the friend so she wouldn&#39;t be creeped out that a half dressed man was on her porch.&nbsp; She soon let me in, gave me a towel and then drove me back home.</p> <p>Quite the adventure.&nbsp; Not many miles, knee felt a little worse, so maybe if the weather was good might&#39;ve ended up pushing too hard and setting my progress back.</p> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 27, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-27-2021.html <p>5.36@9:26</p> <p>Two slightly different loops inside Westlake Village.&nbsp; 9:26 average put my pace one second faster than that last run of June that set me back, so today was progress.</p> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 26, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-26-2021.html <p>6.29@9:52</p> <p>I&#39;m not sure what a good name for this route is.&nbsp; It started as the classic t-shaped route where I&#39;d cross Trinity Blvd running on Tamarind, run the length of Robert Trent Jones Pkwy, then come back to Foxwood.</p> <p>But now, once I get to the Starkey Gap Trail, run south for a bit, then run north, crossing Trinity at the warning light.&nbsp; There&#39;s sort of a parallelogram in the middle because I run back to Tamarind along Trinity Blvd in the grassy ditch next to it so as not to run on the pretty narrow shoulder (which could be fatal).</p> <p>Anyway, it was a pretty good run.&nbsp; I dropped Stella off at the house for some Andy and cat time and to give Jessica a break from being home with the dog, although the baby seems to miss her.</p> <p>Knee is still bothering me a little bit starting out.&nbsp; If I push too hard during the run it might bother me afterward, so I&#39;ve been being careful to not get to that point.</p> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 24, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-24-2021.html <p>8.78@9:33</p> <p>Started out with 2.25 mile loop inside Westlake Village running with Jacob, he&#39;s slowly returning to running.&nbsp; He had to get going to work so I did an out and back running southbound on the Pinellas trail after he left in the time I had before Jessica needed to leave for body combat class at the Y.&nbsp; If I had a little more time I would&#39;ve gone for 10.&nbsp; Thought about going back out but decided to take it easy.&nbsp; Made my weekly goal and should easily break 100 miles for the month.</p> Sat, 24 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 23, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-23-2021.html <p>5.52@9:59</p> <p>A little bit slower and shorter than yesterday.&nbsp; On track to reach 40 miles for the week (hopefully).&nbsp; Did the classic t-shaped route from my house, but with the return trip via Trinity Blvd pedestrian flashing light, so it doesn&#39;t really look like a &quot;T&quot; any more.</p> Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 22, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-22-2021.html <p>7.21@9:30</p> <p>Did a couple big loops followed by a little loop inside Westlake Village.&nbsp; Overall pace slowly getting faster.&nbsp; Trying to be patient and not set back my knee progress.&nbsp; I estimated that I&#39;m 92% back.&nbsp; My right knee is still the weak link on my runs but getting less and less so.</p> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 21, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-21-2021.html <p>6.61@9:44</p> <p>Ran from Longleaf, into Starkey Ranch and looped around Cannon Lake, then a little bit past it and then returned back to where I parked.&nbsp; Slow and steady pickup from 11:40 first mile down to 9:02 for the last mile.</p> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 20, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-20-2021.html <p>8.15@9:48</p> <p>Finally back in the 9&#39;s.&nbsp; Ran from Westlake Village, over to Pinellas Trail and then northbound to just past the old train tunnel and then a quick stop at the fountain at the entrance to Wall Springs park (water there is kind of warm this time of year, should probably have gone to the cold fountain at Conservation Park on the other side of the train tunnel). 8 miles make me feel like a runner again, although I should feel that way at any distance.</p> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 19, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-19-2021.html <p>4.53@10:32</p> <p>Starting off the week with something easy.&nbsp; Old t-shaped route heading out from my house, but with the return trip via the ditch on Trinity Blvd rather than crossing Trinity at Tamarind.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 17, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-17-2021.html <p>7.27@10:09</p> <p>At the start of the run, wasn&#39;t sure if I had 6 miles in me or if I would have to run slower today than yesterday, trying to be careful not to push to much.</p> <p>Ran inside Westlake Village.&nbsp; After the first loop started a second one and as I approached 6 miles felt like 7 would be ok.&nbsp; The extra mile helped get my overall pace faster.&nbsp; Maybe get out of the 10&#39;s soon.</p> <p>33 miles for the week!&nbsp; 100 for the month is definitely doable.</p> Sat, 17 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 16, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-16-2021.html <p>6.25@10:32</p> <p>Adding in some more miles in tha bank.&nbsp; From WLV, cut over to the Pinellas Trail and then southbound until reaching just past 3 miles, then turnaround and com back.&nbsp; A little bit faster than yesterday.</p> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 15, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-15-2021.html <p>4.62@10:49</p> <p>One big loop inside Westlake Village and then a little more added on up and down Lakeview.&nbsp; Starting to add up some miles finally.&nbsp; Have my sights set on 100 which I missed last month by just over 6 miles due to getting sick at the beginning of the month, some travel days - more than I&#39;ve had in quite a while, and then knee problems.</p> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 14, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-14-2021.html <p>5.22@10:43</p> <p>Made it back into the 10 minute pace range finally.&nbsp; Ran from my house, then along SR54 and crossed the street and then to the pool at Longleaf where I used the fountain before heading back.&nbsp; So, besides faster, once again a little bit farther.</p> Wed, 14 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 13, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-13-2021.html <p>4.66@11:16</p> <p>A tiny bit farther and a little bit faster than yesterday.&nbsp; Working down the pace to try and get out of the 11&#39;s .&nbsp; &nbsp;Been keeping up with doing some mobility exercises and some exercises to strengthen around the knee.&nbsp; Changes have not been night/day but enough to keep me moving.</p> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 12, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-12-2021.html <p>4.26@11:32</p> <p>Finally a run!&nbsp; Still slow but faster than what I had been doing.&nbsp; Also, this was the farthest at one time for July.&nbsp; I can build on this.</p> Mon, 12 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 11, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-11-2021.html <p>1.26@13:03</p> <p>Another short walk/run.&nbsp; Loop inside Westlake Village late in the morning. At least a little bit faster than the last one.</p> <p>In addition to this walk/run I did a couple of walking loops with Jessica and the baby and then one last walking loop myself.</p> <p>Goal was to get 85,000 steps for the week, which I did by getting in over 17,000 steps today.</p> <p>I haven&#39;t hit many goals of any sort, so today felt like a turning point.</p> Sun, 11 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 09, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-09-2021.html <p>2.13@14:31</p> <p>Another couple of days off and then tried a walk/run today, so I&#39;ll call this a run to get myself motivated.&nbsp; One loop inside Westlake Village at night.</p> Fri, 09 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 06, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-06-2021.html <p>2.51@13:31</p> <p>First time attempting to run since June 30.&nbsp; Kind of a run/walk but I&#39;ll count it as a run.&nbsp; One medium loop inside Westlake Village.</p> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 30, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-30-2021.html <p>3.76@9:27</p> <p>Well, that didn&#39;t go so well.&nbsp; The knee pattern the last couple of weeks was a small amount of pain for the first half mile while warming up and then feel better and feel fine after the run.</p> <p>Today was opposite day.&nbsp; No problems warming up or any time during the run.&nbsp; Ran one lap in Foxwood, then biked a lap, then ran another lap.</p> <p>Not too long after my run, knee felt horrible.&nbsp; Lots of popping and crunch, hurt to sit down, hurt to stand up, walking not much fun.&nbsp; Not sure what I did to it this time.</p> <p>Fortunately, this is almost three weeks in the future and it has gotten a lot better.&nbsp; I&#39;m basically where I was before today.&nbsp; Slowly getting better but I&#39;m going to take some rest days, start back walking, then run/walk and then go from there.</p> <p>Talking to my brother, who&#39;s had two knee surgeries.&nbsp; He&#39;s since learned to give his knees time to &quot;calm down&quot; and has so far prevented a third knee surgery.</p> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 29, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-29-2021.html <p>Travel day.&nbsp; Return trip a success, but lost our cocunut leaf hats due to USDA regs.&nbsp; Lost a bottle of hot sauce I forgot to put in checked bag, and one bottle of body spray also not in checked bag.&nbsp; Could have been worse, everyone back ok.&nbsp; Baby was good on the flight.</p> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 28, 2021 http://mark.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-28-2021.html <p>2.71@11:18</p> <p>Finally, at least a short run.&nbsp; Ran on&nbsp; Isla Verde beach not far from the hotel.&nbsp; Ran about as far as I could before I&#39;d have to wade through water to get to the next section.&nbsp; Run felt pretty good.</p> <p>Last full day here, early flight back tomorrow morning.&nbsp; Trip was a success with lots of time together, some sightseeing, restaurants with local dishes, beach time, cocunut leaf hats, fresh cocunut milk from a cocunut, and a big drink from a pineapple with a Puerto Rico flag sticking out.</p> Mon, 28 Jun 2021 06:00:00