Grandma’s Marathon Skipped

Saturday, June 22, 2013:

I didn’t run Grandma’s after all. Our son’s house was struck by lightning Friday morning and burst

into flames, a total loss. We attended my Dad’s funeral Friday and then went home to help our son and

his wife.

The house looks like this too.

Thursday, June 20:

2 miles or so in the park, running with grandson, more or less.

Tuesday, June 18:

2.5 miles in the park, tapering.

Sunday, June 16:

3.6 miles in the park again, in 37:46. I ran/walked 20/20 this time, probably something like what I

will do in the upcoming marathon. Maybe 30/30. Pace was 10:30, about a minute faster than I

actually expect to run, though I did run a little more than 20/20 on some downhills. Again no

pains, no problems except the cold that I thought had left me is back in the form of a sinus

infection, mild fever and all. Oh well, this too shall pass.

Saturday, June 15:

3.6 miles doing a run/walk of 30/20, time about 37 or 38 minutes. It’s fine, tapering now. No


Thursday, June 13:

5.8 humid miles again, this time taking 58:08, slightly slower than the last two identical runs. I

was a bit tired I guess. No pains.

Wednesday, June 12:

Warm Afternoon. We ran six more miles in the 73-degree sun this afternoon. That’s not too hot for

running at a modest pace, and I never felt the flushed face that is my signal to slow down in heat.

Not quite.

I ran/walked 5.76 miles in a time of 57:41, for a pace of 10:01. This was 20 seconds faster than

Monday, running exactly the same course except backward, and with the same 30/20 run/walk. 20

seconds is nothing – it’s a tie.

Whining: Zip. Good run.

Monday, June 10:

Humidity 110%. Not technically, of course, but the car windshield was covered with mist when we got

back from the run. I got back with t-shirt and shorts soaked, mostly from sweat that wouldn’t dry

off. I did a 30/20 run/walk, finishing 5.8 miles in 58:02, for a pace very near 10:00 minutes/mile.

No pains, no problems.

Splits: 29:31, 28:31. Faster on the second lap – that’s good.

Saturday, June 8:

Good Short Run. We’ve been busy lately, actually too busy to run, which is saying something because

running is a very high priority in our house. But we did get out to the park for forty very humid

minutes today, where I ran/walked 3.6 miles in 35:24, for a pace just under 10:00 minutes per mile.

No pains, especially none in the lower right abdomen. Yay!