Going Long Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:05:23 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fri, Jan 24, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-24-2020.html <p>A full day in Miami yesterday.&nbsp; Did 4 tours.&nbsp; A Duck Boat tour out of Miami Beach, then a Jet Boat thrill ride out of Miami, followed by a Cruise on the Island Queen (Millionaire&#39;s Row), and then a night tour on a bus through both Miami and Miami Beach.</p> <p>All were very good.&nbsp; It was warm and sunny for the Duck Boat, cold and rainy for the Jet Boat, mixed rain and not rain for the Cruise, and a torrential downpour for the Bus Tour.&nbsp; The Atlantic Ocean was shooting up through the street drains.</p> <p>The guy narrating the tour on the bus was incredible.&nbsp; A long day, but I managed to cover a lot of territory as a tourist.</p> <p>Today, a humid run.&nbsp; 100% humidity.&nbsp; Fortunately, just 19C/66F.&nbsp; 8:42 pace.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The forecast for race morning hasn&#39;t changed:&nbsp; 13C/56F with 75% humidity and dropping humidity as the morning goes on.</p> <p>This morning, I&#39;m doing a snorkelling tour out of Fort Lauderdale.&nbsp; Will make up for the one I missed in Key Largo.&nbsp; Then will head down to the Convention Center this afternoon for the Race Expo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 23, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-23-2020.html <p>This is a very nice airbnb.&nbsp; I&#39;ve lucked out with those on this trip.</p> <p>Morning run down to the water and back; 8:56 pace.&nbsp; Still on the cool side, at 14C/57F.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Marathon morning is predicted to be a touch cooler at the start:&nbsp; 12C/54F.&nbsp; Pretty close to ideal, which is amazing for here.</p> <p>Today I&#39;m off to Miami to do the touristy thing.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 22, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-22-2020.html <p>So, I arrived in Key West mid day Tuesday.&nbsp; It was colder than it has EVER been in Key West.&nbsp; WOW!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The staff in the bars were dressed the way I dress when I run in -40 temperaturs.&nbsp; Seriously.&nbsp; Down coats (where do they GET down coats down here???), scarves, touques.&nbsp; (Seriously, they wore touques!!!).&nbsp; Even balaclavas.&nbsp; Unbelievable.</p> <p>All the boat tours were cancelled.&nbsp; Snorkelling too.&nbsp; I couldn&#39;t do my snorkelling in Key Largo - cancelled.&nbsp; Just incredible.&nbsp; It felt like home in Spring.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>I wore the same jacket and hoodie that I wore at the airport when I left Sudbury.&nbsp; And it still felt cold!&nbsp; Very strong wind from the north.</p> <p>No run on&nbsp;Tuesday.&nbsp; Wednesday morning, I ran 6 miles around the Key.&nbsp; 8:40 pace.&nbsp; In&nbsp;the afternoon, I drove back to Fort Lauderdale.&nbsp; I just arrived.&nbsp; In an airbnb for the next 7 nights.&nbsp; Ready for A1A!!!&nbsp; Bring it on!!!&nbsp; The one thing I could not control was the heat.&nbsp; And now it looks as if that won&#39;t be an issue.&nbsp; All is good!</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 20, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-20-2020.html <p>Okay, I&#39;m in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>But yesterday was in Key West.</p> <p>And the day before (Monday) was in Homestead.</p> <p>So, a flight that was delayed many times over.&nbsp; Left Sudbury late Sunday night.&nbsp; A late arrival in Toronto.&nbsp; A sleepless night.&nbsp; And early departure.&nbsp; And I&#39;m in Homestead, at an Airbnb, after driving down from Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>So, Monday afternoon, off for my 5 mile easy run.&nbsp; First time outside in over a month.&nbsp; And it&#39;s hot.&nbsp; 24C/75F.&nbsp; After 1 mile, I&#39;m wondering why I&#39;m doing this.&nbsp; At 2pm.&nbsp; In this heat.&nbsp; But I did it, and I got faster and faster as I went.&nbsp; Ended up running an 8:30/mile average.&nbsp; And it felt okay.</p> <p>I noticed:&nbsp; the drivers in Florida are no different from the drivers in Sudbury.&nbsp; Good and bad.</p> <p>And, although weed is legal in Ontario (and not in Florida), it doesn&#39;t seem to make much difference.&nbsp; Still passed &#39;zones&#39; where tokers left their scent.</p> <p>Tuesday off.&nbsp; Driving to Key West.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 19, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-19-2020.html <p>Easy treadmill run; 9:15 pace.&nbsp;</p> <p>My next run will be tomorrow afternoon in Homestead, Florida.</p> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 18, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-18-2020.html <p>Treadmill easy run; 9:10 pace.</p> <p>As far as I know, I&#39;m flying Sudbury to Toronto tomorrow night.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 17, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-17-2020.html <p>Treadmill; 9:14 pace.</p> <p>A bit of a scare last night; e-mail from Air Canada telling me my flight was cancelled due to a lack of airplanes.&nbsp; No way to get in touch with anybody - they won&#39;t talk to you unless you are within 24 hours of departure.</p> <p>So, several hours of plotting options:&nbsp; driving (25 hours!), flying out of Detroit or Buffalo, dropping the Key West portion of the holiday, etc.</p> <p>After several hours, another e-mail.&nbsp; New flight booked out of Toronto an hour or so earlier on Monday.&nbsp; So, for now, I&#39;m somewhat back to where I was.&nbsp; For now.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 16, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-16-2020.html <p>Treadmill recovery run; 9:15 pace.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 15, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-15-2020.html <p>Final Tempo run.&nbsp; Treadmill; 7:41 pace.</p> <p>All easy paced taper runs from here on in.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 13, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-13-2020.html <p>Final Strength Workout.&nbsp; Treadmill.</p> <p>6 x 1 mile repeats @ 7:30 pace with 400 recoveries.</p> <p>Except for the pain in my left foot, which is still there, everything else is firing on all cylinders.&nbsp; Long range forecast for Fort Lauderdale (ha, as if that is accurate) shows decent temps on race day.&nbsp; Sure hoping that happens.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 12, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-12-2020.html <p>Treadmill; 9:20 pace.</p> <p>Just finished running when my mission Church in Skead called to cancel the 9am Mass.&nbsp; Nobody can get out of their driveways due to a massive snow storm.&nbsp; Ah well.&nbsp; A few bonus hours to myself.</p> Sun, 12 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 11, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-11-2020.html <p>Treadmill; 9:10/mile pace.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 10, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-10-2020.html <p>Easy treadmill run; 9:12/mile pace.</p> <p>Was notified yesterday that my flight to Fort Lauderdale was changed AGAIN.&nbsp; 4th time.&nbsp; This time, not by a few minutes either way.&nbsp; I now leave Sudbury Sunday night instead of Monday morning, and so need to stay over night in Toronto.&nbsp; Ah well.&nbsp; I&#39;ll get there one way or another.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 09, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-09-2020.html <p>Treadmill recovery run; 9:15/mile pace.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 08, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-08-2020.html <p>10 mile Tempo on the treadmill; 7:41 pace.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Two weeks from today I&#39;ll be in Key West.&nbsp; Bring it on!</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 06, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-06-2020.html <p>Strength work on the treadmill this morning.</p> <p>4 x 1.5 mile repeats @ 7:30 pace with 800 recoveries.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 05, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-05-2020.html <p>Treadmill at 9:05 average pace.</p> <p>Three weeks from today I&#39;ll be running A1A.&nbsp; Today&#39;s temperature in Fort Lauderdale:&nbsp; currently sitting at 14C/57F.&nbsp; It&#39;s almost never that low there.&nbsp; I would LOVE to see those temperatures three weeks from today!</p> Sun, 05 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 04, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-04-2020.html <p>My final long run for this training cycle.&nbsp; On the treadmill.&nbsp; Pace was 8:27 steady, with the final 3 miles at Marathon Pace (7:52).</p> <p>Other than a couple more strength and tempo workouts, I&#39;m pretty all set to go for A1A.&nbsp; Just gotta do something about those temperatures down there.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 03, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-03-2020.html <p>Easy treadmill run; 9:18 average pace.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 02, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-02-2020.html <p>Treadmill; 9:22 average pace.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 01, 2020 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-01-2020.html <p>Tempo Run on the treadmill this morning.</p> <p>10 miles at 7:47 pace.</p> <p>Physically I felt fine.&nbsp; Mentally, I had to fight the brain that kept telling me to stop.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 30, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-30-2019.html <p>Strength work on the treadmill:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>3 x 2 mile repeats @ 7:30 pace with 800 recoveries.</p> <p>Just got a call from the clinic where I go for massage; my therapist called in sick, so no massage for me today.&nbsp; Hello foam roller!</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Sun, Dec 29, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-29-2019.html <p>Easy treadmill run; 9:20/mile average pace.</p> Sun, 29 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 28, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-28-2019.html <p>Same treadmill workout as yesterday:&nbsp; 9:15/mile pace.</p> Sat, 28 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 27, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-27-2019.html <p>Easy paced treadmill run; 9:15 average/mile.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 26, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-26-2019.html <p>Easy treadmill run; 9:25 pace.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 25, 2019 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-25-2019.html <p>Tempo Run on the treadmill.&nbsp; 9 miles @ 7:53 pace.</p> <p>Christ is Born.&nbsp; Glorify Him!</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2019 07:00:00