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Update Central

When things are going well, I find there’s not much to say. So take my relative silence this month as a sign that things are going well. Here are some updates on how things are going:

* I feel that I’m on a good pace with my running and the distance I’m doing right now. This week’s long run was 6 miles. With the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half 8 weeks away, I’ll be at a good place at the end of August to have a couple of double-digit long runs before the race. I actually would like to be at about 8 miles right now, but that’s how last month’s illness impacted things.

* Since being sick, I’ve had three straight weeks of steady increases with my overall mileage — 13.6, 15.2 and 16.3.

* Somewhere along the way, cross training once again became unimportant. I changed that this week with a nice cross training day at the gym with 2 miles on an elliptical machine and 4 miles on the bike. Today I went to the gym since it was so hot and ran 2 miles and biked 3. I know how important cross training is — I just haven’t been doing much of it lately.

* I forgot to mention I bought new shoes a couple of weeks ago. After a year in the Brooks GTS 8 series, I switched back to Asics — the 2140 line. To put it simply, I can thank the shoes for helping turn things around lately. These shoes are great — they might be the most comfortable pair I’ve ever worn. That doesn’t mean I’m abandoning Brooks though — I’ll stick to Asics though for at least the next couple of pairs of shoes to get me through the end of the year.

* Remember that injury in which I went to the doctor? Remember how all this stuff was supposed to happen? PT, gait analysis, a shot? Well, none of that happened. After doing exercises and stretches I was instructed to do, all seemed to get a lot better. And after I cut back with running in May, everything felt a lot better. I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent, but I’ve learned how to manage my problem. I stretch more; I wear my boot at night if my foot hurts; I do a lot of self massaging of my foot. The most important thing is my foot doesn’t hurt when I run.

  1. michjoy61
    July 12, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Excellent!! I am happy your running is progressing so nicely!! Keep it going bro!

  2. Joy
    July 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Glad to hear the shoes are treating you well, & that you’ve been on the mend 🙂

    And on your previous post – a lightbulb just went off in my head. No wonder my hub was soooo insistent about me starting my garden – he’s also trying to decrease his mowing surface area!

  3. July 13, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I love my Brooks, but switched things up with Mizuno’s. I think it is a good think to try different sneakers every now and then. Glad to hear things are going well with the injury.

  4. July 13, 2009 at 8:31 am

    glad you’re better. (had you gotten the shot, you’d be telling everyone how well it worked.)

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