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How many miles did you run today?

Piobaire

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Got my NY Day half century route tentatively planned. The big stipulation (my own arbitrary one of course) is that I ride off from the casa meaning I have to deal with the climb and also the recently done tar and chip for the four miles up and down. That surface creates so much rolling resistance I swear it's double the wattage smooth blacktop requires. I have to go up on a packed dirt path for a very short way to get around the gates to our 'hood. I swear it's got half the rolling resistance of the damn road.

So, since it's a loop, I can ride parts of it prior to the attempt of the whole. I think I can do this in three months prep time.
 

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Had my first really scary car interaction today: as I passed through an intersection the oncoming car abruptly turned left directly into my path without signaling. I managed to dodge him but that put me on a collision course with a lamppost - I slammed on the brakes and managed to thread the needle between the lamp and a bunch of newspaper boxes. I hit the curb and got a dented rim and a pinch flat, but it could have been a helluva lot worse.

Motherfucker who cut me off was headed to the weed dispensary up the block - at 9 am on a Sunday. Weed kills, kids!
 

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6.2 miles this morning at a 7:28/mile pace. The wind was at my back for the first 2+ miles and I started off great and averaged about 7:20 for the first two miles (I can almost never get that fast for my first two miles this early in the morning). I was headed into a pretty stiff wind though for miles 4-6 and it slowed me down enough that I missed a PR. Mile 4 was also my slowest, not only was the wind dragging me down, but I slowed down a bit to look at the bubbles somebody had dumped in the fountain downtown...

I've wanted to dump a bunch of sudsy dish soap in a fountain to make a ton of bubbles ever since I saw Joey Lawrence get in trouble for doing that on an episode of Gimme a Break! back in the '80s. We've got a perfect fountain for it in our downtown. A couple times this summer I ran through the park with the fountain early in the morning and saw the remnants of some suds in the park. This morning I ran through around 6:30 and somebody must have dumped the soap in just a bit prior. There were huge balls of suds rolling through downtown like tumbleweeds and when I got to the center of the park, the bubbles were literally about 10' high and at least 20' deep from the fountain in some spots. :crackup:

I was mad at myself for not running with my phone this morning to get some pictures so I raced the final couple miles home, grabbed my phone and jumped in my Jeep. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, some killjoy from the city had come by and shut off the water in the fountain so most of the (good, clean) fun was over. 😒





I first encountered a couple balls of suds like the one below about 3 blocks from the park. It was still dark out and a couple balls of suds rolled past about 40 yards ahead of me and at first I thought it was two really big possums.

 

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Had my first really scary car interaction today: as I passed through an intersection the oncoming car abruptly turned left directly into my path without signaling. I managed to dodge him but that put me on a collision course with a lamppost - I slammed on the brakes and managed to thread the needle between the lamp and a bunch of newspaper boxes. I hit the curb and got a dented rim and a pinch flat, but it could have been a helluva lot worse.

Motherfucker who cut me off was headed to the weed dispensary up the block - at 9 am on a Sunday. Weed kills, kids!
That's certainly a shitty driver, but weed is not to blame. Glad you're okay.
 

imatlas

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That's certainly a shitty driver, but weed is not to blame. Glad you're okay.
NGL I know where he was going because it’s my favorite dispensary
 

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Same 1.4km XC laps today, but I did 6 rather than 4, so a total of 8.4km (5 1/4 miles), in 38:08, so a slightly faster pace overall than the other day: 4:32/km (7:17/mile).

But I've been reminded that running XC like this is very different from road running. You're using a lot more muscles in different ways as you land at weird angles and unpredictable heights, have to duck under branches and avoid thorns and so on. My legs have developed some pain in places I haven't felt hurting for a long time. So I think I'm going to keep doing this. This is basically hill reps + stability training, and also if I am going to do some more serious trail running next year, I need to get away from just 'easy' road running.
 

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I occasionally mix in stuff like Carioca steps or running uphill backwards to switch up the muscles getting used and add some balance and coordination practice. It breaks up the routine, too.
 

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7 miles tonight in the reverse direction I normally run. Always amazed to recognize new things just by reversing direction.
For a moment I was like, “7 miles, backwards? Hardcore!”
 

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7 miles tonight in the reverse direction I normally run. Always amazed to recognize new things just by reversing direction.
This is so true - there's a stretch of road nearby that I almost always used to run back home along, and there was something I used to hate about it, and then I started doing a route that went the other way and it was a revelation: suddenly it was as if it was a completely new landscape.
 

Texasmade

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This is so true - there's a stretch of road nearby that I almost always used to run back home along, and there was something I used to hate about it, and then I started doing a route that went the other way and it was a revelation: suddenly it was as if it was a completely new landscape.
It's like when I normally run counterclockwise on the track and then run clockwise the next day. Jogging doesn't really change but doing sprints on the curves going the opposite direction messes up my stride.
 

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