Day 90: 1100 Miles and Counting

This morning I ran another 5.3 miles. That makes 130 miles for the month of September and 1100 miles so far for 2022. One of the things I’m most pleased with this year is my consistent running. When 2022 started, I was still picking myself up from last year’s CIM and my glorious “marathon year.” With my CIM run, I achieved a goal I had in mind since 2019. What’s more, not only did I get a good time for the run, I had a good time during it. This…

Day 87: Well-Being Returns

There is a cozy autumn feel this morning, and I am most appreciative for a sense of well-being. I just enjoyed a nice breakfast, after eking out a 5-mile run. The run was effort because I was still tired after Saturday’s 23-miler, but nonetheless, it felt good to accomplish. Meanwhile, I enjoyed the morning cool and the chilly autumn breeze. I am wearing a light, hooded sweatshirt. After months of hot weather, it is nice to have reason to wear a sweatshirt again. I originally bought this sweatshirt for the…

Day 86: Four Hours of Running, Two Days of Eating!

Saturday’s 23 miler went well due to proper mental physical and mental preparation.  Perhaps the biggest surprise for me is how much I ate, especially following the run for the rest of the weekend! My appetite resembled how it felt after my first solo marathon. I just kept eating (and drinking… with plenty of electrolyte-enhanced drinks). Witness: Chris’s Weekend Eating 9/24 and 9/25: Saturday Before run (5am): oatmeal (1/2 cup) 1 banana (frozen, chopped) pea protein (1 tsp) water (1/4 cup) During run (6am-10am): waffles (2) gels (2) chews (1…

Day 84: A Lengthy, Easy-Going Triumph

My 23 miler today went great! Distance completed: 23.22 miles Time spent running: 4:06:59* Average pace: 10:39 min/mile Mood: Overjoyed! 🙂 Two days ago I wrote the keys to today’s run, namely: Maintain slow pace (11 minutes + per mile) and take walk breaks  Stay properly fuelled. Stay properly hydrated. Stay present and positive in the latter miles. Rest up properly afterward. Here’s how each went: Maintain slow pace (11 minutes + per mile) and take walk breaks  Pacing went really well. I kept to about 11 minute miles throughout…

Day 83: The Day Before…

The Day before… I admit it. I feel distracted today, preoccupied, like a bear in hibernation, or a computer on standby, I just want to chill. I skipped out on going to the cafe this morning, opting to go back to bed. I worked on a composition, and though something came out, I stopped in the middle of it, which is pretty rare. I usually feel a sense of complete work, at least for that day. Today I didn’t have the energy for it. I’m reminded of how I feel…

Day 82: This Weekend’s 23-Mile Run

Saturday I will be running 23 miles. This will be the longest training run I’ve ever done (!). I’m stoked. (Side note: Shout out to my buddy Eric, who is running the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, his first marathon! Way to go, brother!) Saturday will be the second of four 20+ milers I am doing for marathon training (I am using the Galloway method, which I wrote about here). Three weeks from now I will be doing a 26-miler, followed three weeks after that with a 29-miler 🙂 I’m feeling…

Day 78: My Life is Expanding and I am Loving It

Today my wife and I took what was perhaps the most relaxed trip out of town in the last 2 1/2 years. It was a simple trip to my brother’s house to visit with his family of three: he, his wife, and their daughter (our niece). Our niece is a three-year-old loving spirit completely connected to Source, following her Inner Guidance and shining radiant Individuality in every moment. Naturally we loved being around her. Besides that, the weather was idyllic. Also, as this is in a town I grew up…

Day 65: Close to Normal

Today is Monday, two days after running my first 20-miler of the year. The run went great, and so did managing the rest of my life so I could focus on the run and have an easy-going weekend after. I wouldn’t exactly call Saturday easy-going: making a home-made meal of chicken parmigiana took nearly two hours of prep and got a bit overwhelming in a hot kitchen on a hot day. However, the result–a happy wife and a good meal for us both– was worth it! Friday and Saturday I…

Day 64: My Evolving Relationship with 20 Milers

Yesterday I ran my seventh 20 miler :). Each time I run one, it seems I learn more about how to effectively manage the process. I did my first 20 miler in June of 2020. I planned to run a public 20 miler that year, but obviously all racing plans got delayed because of the Pandemic. After running a solo half marathon in April 2020, I used the positive momentum from this to run the first of three solo 20 milers that year. The first was difficult but it was…

Day 63: I (still) love executing well-organized plans

(Photo by Charr Crail, aka Wifey, from today’s “Happy Hubby Chef Services” home-cooked meal) A few years ago I wrote about how I love executing well-organized plans. Nothing’s changed. The last few days I’ve had the chance to draw upon that skill once again. After all, today I did my first 20 miler of the year! It went great, and there was much planning involved to make things (and myself, literally) run smoothly. Here are the results I was aiming for: Have a successful and enjoyable 20 miler with my…