3.1 miles, 47:07 (15:08-120)

5k a day program takes effect. how is is still 108 degrees? just trying to squirrel as much as I can. Which as it turns out isn’t much. oh well.

3.1 miles, 47:07 (15:08-120)
11 a.m., track, 108
14:48, 14:47, 15:57.1:34
120, 0.7

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2 miles, 28:35 (14:16-129)

I wonder whatever happened to Squirrel and Mr. Pants. They were a mainstay at the track back in the old days. Did they die? Move? Lose interest? How can you be there day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day and then just vanish?

I was thinking about them today because I totally have stolen Squirrels MO. Which I suppose is legal since he is no longer using it. I am going to get back to at least trotting, dammit. I am so tired of strolling. Maybe I can at least build up to a decent 5K.

Unless, of course, Squirrel shows up. Then I have to give it back to him. Here’s hoping.

Neil Young’s On The Beach. best album ever.

2 miles, 28:35 (14:16-129)
track, 10 a.m., 96
13:50, 14:43
155, 0.73

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3 miles, 44:53 (14:56-120)

Life is funny. You never react to things the way you think you will.

Easy run on the track. Legs trashed from climbing. Who knew? A time to think.

I lived in South Tejas for six years. My only wish was to once experience a hurricane, so I could go out and run in a 100 mph wind. I always wondered what that would feel like. The incredible wall of wind on the way out, followed by human kite on the way back. I waited. And waited. We never even came close to a tropical storm.

And then.

In the first hurricane season since I moved to the desert, they’re going to get slammed. It sounds like it will be really, really bad. I always thought I would be annoyed if a hurricane arrived shortly after I left. But now I’m just scared.

Life is funny.

3 miles, 44:53 (14:56-120)
11 a.m., track, 101
15:03, 14:49, 14:57
144, 0.75

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Well, I’ll keep on moving, moving on
Things are bound to be improving these days
One of these days
These days I sit on corner stones
And count the time in quarter tones to ten, my friend
Don’t confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them
— the prophet jackson browne

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6 miles, 2:09.13 (21:32-122)

Yesterday we went to Flagstaff with the idea of going up the Snowbowl trail. Mama Nature thought otherwise. Hail, heavy rain, cows.

So today, as I was planning my trek to the Trump rally in Phoenix, I thought to myself: Mt. Ord.

I hadn’t been there in 25 years or so, and a presidential visit seemed as good a reason to escape as any. So I did.

My body assures me it’s become much steeper in the past 25 years, but it was a joy. The only other creatures I saw for two hours were a raven and four cows. No Neo-Nazis, no Antifa, no red hats, no brown uniforms. Just a gradual feeling that I was going to die, and this would be a pretty good place for it.

But of course, I didn’t die. It totally kicked my butt, but only in that good way that makes you start counting the days till you can do it again. I love this place.

6 miles, 2:09.13 (21:32-122) 1,361 feet elevation gain
11 a.m., mt. ord, 97
19:16, 26:33, 27:41, 20:37, 17:32, 17:40
129, 0.58

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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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