How Times Have Changed...

>> Saturday, September 23, 2017

I recently came across this gem on the City of Lakes Half Marathon website. Here's an advertisement for their race when it was a marathon back in 1979 (2 years before I was born):

It's interesting to note that "t-shirts will be given to all finishers under four hours," and that if you finish slower than 4 hours, your time won't be recorded! That would appear to show that running marathons has become less for the "hardcore" and more for the "average person" these days. (Which I whole heartedly approve of.)

Also, the entry fee was $4. FOR A MARATHON. According to US Inflation Calculator, that entry fee would still only be $13.53 in 2017.


Friday Funny 1332: Funny Exercise Shirts

>> Friday, September 22, 2017

From, here are some of the funniest fitness t-shirts:


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Friday Funny 1331: Beer Belly Fanny Pack

If you haven't seen this, allow me to introduce to you the "DadBag:"

Yes, it's a fanny pack that looks like a beer belly. Lovely.

You can follow The DadBag on Instagram where you can also purchase them.

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Friday Funny 1330: Weird Tattoos

Some of these... are... well... weird.

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Chatting with a Kenyan Runner

>> Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Two weeks ago, I posted this on Facebook:

So clearly, Stanley and I are basically the same person:

- He runs 2x a day. I've HAD the runs 2x a day.

- He runs for Nike. I run for the YWCA of Minneapolis (with much fewer perks, but also less child labor).

- He has no idea about his weekly mileage. I really don't care about my weekly mileage anymore. (I just "do what I can do" without getting injured, which might actually be how he trains too.)

- His "easy" pace for 8 miles or so is 5:30. My 5K PR pace from 7 years ago is 5:32.

- Stanley thinks people could run fast like him if they ran more. I think Stanley could run slow like me if he ran less.



>> Monday, September 18, 2017

Yesterday was my 11 mile run, and now it's under 2 weeks until the TC 10 Mile! Before that run, I had 2 thoughts for how the 11 miler could go and what I'd do later this week:

- It would feel good (proving my legs weren't too tired), and therefore I'd run 1 more longer run later this week. (I had mentioned doing a 12 mile this Friday as a possibility.)


- It would feel crappy (my legs would feel overworked from increasing miles over the last month), so I would just start taking it easy to be full rested/recovered for the race in 2 weeks.

But something else happened.

I did a version of a workout that Coach Jen gave me 2 weeks before my sub-60 TC 10 Mile in 2010. I warmed up for 2 miles, did 5 miles hard, and then cooled down for the rest. I figured I'd run around 6:20s or so for the hard miles, and I didn't shy away from the hills (in fact, I purposely planned my hard 5 miles to be on the hilliest sections of River Road). Well, I ran my first hard mile in 6:14 and felt pretty good. The 2nd hard mile had a big hill up under Franklin Ave, and I did that one in 6:08! I always felt pretty good, and my times were decently faster than I figured they'd be! (In fact, I had 4 half-mile splits sub-3:00!) I averaged under 6:06/mile for those hard 5 miles!

So I felt BETTER than I had hoped (which would lead me to want to run another longer run), but it's made me feel like I don't want to overdo it now, so I'll pull back and not do another long run in a few days.

I mentioned to my wife that I might do 10 miles on Friday with Charlie. (She never knew about my previous thoughts of running 12 - she hasn't been reading my blog lately.) She even thought 10 was too much. I looked back again to my training with Coach Jen in 2010, and she had me run "6 x (3 mins hard, 3 mins moderate)" on the Friday 9 days pre-race. That run (with warm up and cool down) was 9.5 miles. Maybe this Friday, I'll run 5 x (3 mins hard, 3 mins moderate) with 1.5 - 2 miles of warm up and cool down to equal around 8-9 miles total.

So, easy run WEDNESDAY, last harder run with Charlie on FRIDAY, and then 2 easy runs next week on WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY before racing on Oct 1st!

Unrelated: here are 2 pics from yesterday:

Ella getting cozy with Henry during some cartoon time.

Charlie went on a ride with me last night, and
he wanted to wear a flashing light on his back "like Mama."


A Few Decent Long Runs

>> Saturday, September 16, 2017

As I posted on Monday, my "rest week" was over and I've been working on increasing mileage again. Tomorrow (Sunday) is my next long run which should be over 11 miles.

Four weeks ago, I did a long run of 8.4 miles. I ran that entire run a bit "moderate" at 7:14 pace. (Remember, this was just a week after the Minnesota Triathlon, so I was still kind of recovering from that. Was happy that I didn't push it.)

Three weeks ago, my long run was 9.5 miles, and it felt GOOD. I wasn't planning on doing anything special, but at mile 2, I just kept upping the pace. I ended up running my middle 5.5 miles at 6:33 pace.

Two weeks ago, my long run hit 10 miles for the first time in over 18 months. It felt LONG. I'm not used to running that far. I descended the middle 5 miles: 6:58, 6:44, 6:38, 6:38, 6:23, and 6:25 for 6:45 average pace. (Notice I missed descending the final mile, but part of the blame there was a hill - I'm SOOO not hill trained.) It was a bit warm, and I sure didn't try to go "all out." Maybe it was that it was a bit warmer, but I think I felt a lot "rougher" because of the last few weeks of consistently building mileage - I think last week's rest week came at the right time.

So the plan hasn't changed: hit 11+ miles tomorrow, then MAYBE 12 miles next Friday if I'm feeling good, then 9 days of easier runs to rest up for the TC 10 Mile in 2 weeks from tomorrow! Still holding on to my 10 Mile goal of around 1:02. We'll see!


Friday Funny 1329: Unfortuate Events

>> Friday, September 15, 2017

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Friday Funny 1328: Dumb Adults

My first "Friday Funny" of the day was about dumb customers. This one is just about dumb things that someone had to explain to another adult. Enjoy:

I had a (cute but dumb) classmate from Illinois in middle school who told me there were
"3 Illinois:" Chicago, Illinois, and whatever town she was from. (And no, it wasn't some
statement on 3 different kinds of people - she was just that dense.)

Dear. God. In. Heaven.

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