it came to me around 6 a.m. I’m a dumbass.

I have this training schedule that has my long run on Sunday. I’ve been worrying because Saturday and Sunday are the hardest work days and I don’t have much time. What to do?

Obviously, move long runs to my days off.

It’s funny. You get so locked in to the arbitrary calendar. The week starts on Monday and ends on Sunday. Except it doesn’t. My week starts on Wednesday and ends on Tuesday.

So I just moved the days up two days and life goes on. This could work.

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3 miles, 44:21 (14:45-131)

It went OK, I guess. Goal was 134-140 and official average came out to be 131. Sub-15, so that’s about right. Mostly squirreling in a good way. Geese, car crash, crazy dogs. Just another run …

3 miles, 44:21 (14:45-131)
10 a.m., chaparral, 101
14:40, 14:27, 15:10
153, 0.71

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What’s the answer? Prayer candles and beer.

I forgot what the question was.

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3 miles, 46:27 (15:28, 120)

Almost exactly the same as yesterday. Or maybe the Garmin didn’t work today and I’m just copying in yesterday’s numbers again. Squirreling on the track. Patience.

3 miles, 46:27 (15:28, 120)
10 a.m., track, 94
15:12, 15:09, 16:02
146, 0.72

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3 miles, 46:24 (15:25-121)

I can do this.

I don’t have to believe it. I only have to say it.

Felt OK. Decent amount of trotting mixed in with stroll. I guess that’s the new goal. Trot 3 miles. Set that bar high!

3 miles, 46:24 (15:25-121)
10 a.m., mad dog, 94
14:58 15:22 15:45
149, 0.7

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4.16 miles, 1:03.09 (15:09-124)

I woke up at 6 a.m. with the nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right. What was it? My mind played mental gymnastics with the possibilities, which included an unfortunate dismount from the rings. Damn lack of upper body strength.

What wasn’t right? And then I realized what was wrong. .


I grudgingly got out of bed. Downside: More time to think about screwing up that headline in today’s paper. Yay! Upside: Mo hadn’t downed all the coffee yet.

What to do? Go for a stroll.

And that’s how I arrived at the track at the crazy hour of 7 a.m. This is apparently the designated time for old guys. Who knew?

There were a couple of other geezers at about my same pace. One was going a couple of miles but came equipped with two cartons of coconut water, a fleece towel and a change of shoes. Old guys take this stuff too seriously.

Just another day of staying under threshold HR. Four miles to bury the demons of last night’s deadline and move along. Funny. I work on a newspaper five days, and then on my day off I volunteer to shovel bird poop. I guess go with what you know.

Increasingly optimistic about long race. I mentioned it to Mo today and she didn’t veto. Should’ve gotten her to sign something.

Tomorrow is the first long day. Should be fun. Maybe I’ll buy coconut water …

4.16 miles, 1:03.09 (15:09-124)
7:15 a.m., track, 88
14:39, 14:48, 15:10, 15:44
124, 0.76

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5 miles 1:16.34 (15:17-126)

The prophet Scott Modzelewski once said, “If you have to walk, walk like you mean it.”

I tried doing this today, and I think it’s the answer. 5 miles, 1:16.34 (15:17-126). I just worked on my sidle for the entire 5. Kept the HR right on the border of aerobic and threshold. The result? Faster than yesterday, a lot easier mentally and physically, and with the feeling that yes, I could do this all day.

Idea now is just to stay at that 130 range and hope I get a little stronger. we’ll see. 31.5 miles for the week. The morning runner thing seems to be working. I can do this.

You never know when those old lessons will pop up. Thanks, Mojo.

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