Archive for August, 2008

Improvement continues…

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

It’s a slow process, but it’s progress in the right direction.  My running continues to come along.  I had a great workout yesterday. 

In June, a buddy asked me to come to Tahoe to pace him in his first 100 mile run, the Tahoe Rim Trail.  I despirately wanted to go, but because of my fitness, I was not comfortable telling him yes right away.  I asked him to let me get one of my benchmark workouts in over the weekend and let him know after that.  Well, that workout did not go well.  A course I’ve run in under 2 hours(in perfect, cool weather), and usually 2:15 to 2:20 in mid-summer conditions, took me just over 2:50 on that June workout.  Not only that, but I’d planned on doing that loop twice.  Just couldn’t do it.  Based on that, I had to turn him down, and miss being part of his first 100 mile run.  It killed me, but it motivated me.  I’ve run that same loop every other weekend since then, and yesterday clicked it off in 2:23, and still had plenty of energy to play some baseball with William afterwards.

That’s a great step forward.  Unfortunately, I’ve not done so well on the weight loss side of things, a week of vacation, with ‘pre-vacation’ and ‘post-vacation’ excuses, and I’ve not lost an ounce in 2 1/2 weeks.  I have had a lot of good beer though!