Turned a corner?

Has my running turned a corner?  FINALLY?   I think so!      Only a short run, a little over 4 miles, but for the first time in months, I REALLY felt good.  I ran hard, pushed the hills, and was very surprised that while I certainly wasn’t what I’d call fast, a couple 3 minutes off my best for that course, it was a time that fits in with a lot of training runs I’ve done when in much better shape.    

Keep in mind, I normally run in the hottest part of the Florida day(1-3 oclock), or evening thunderstorm conditions so humid I need gills to breath, so even when in good shape, it’s really difficult to run well in mid-summer.  Most runs this year have turned into a test of survival, slow jogging (badwater shuffle type stuff), or taking walk breaks.

This run was hot, muggy, and with humidity better suited for a catfish than a human, but I was truckin!   Pushed the pace,  push hard on a uphill, then back off and recover without almost stopping.

I’m sure it helps that I’ve lost 8 lbs in the last 3 weeks.  With Tamara’s help, I’ve been very focused on a quality diet. 

Well, that’s not much news, but it’s good news to me!

 Congratulations to all the Badwater runners that just finished the 31st Badwater Ultramarathon.  First time in three years that I have not been out there putting it all on the line.  I missed it.  A buddy of mine was wearing a SPOT GPS tracking device, so I could go online, and see his updated track every 10 minutes.  It was very cool.  

 OH, and good luck to the VOLSTATE runners that start their 500k (320 miles!!!) trek in Tennessee tomorrow.  Some supported with a crew, and some that, believe it or not, will go the whole 500 kilometers with NO support crew.  They carry what they need, and stop and buy anything else.  10 day time limit.   

THAT sounds like fun next year, huh?!

Oh, check this price of gas for folks going through Death Valley…

Panamint Springs Gasoline

8 Responses to “Turned a corner?”

  1. Tamara Harper Says:

    Dave, I must say that you are looking good and I am proud of your efforts! Of course, I always think you look as good as the day I married you-which happens to be 19 years to the day tomorrow! Love you honey!

  2. Ash Harper Says:

    hey Dad, those gas prices r crazy huh? lol awesome runnin! Maybe one day you’ll be as fast as me and Reggie!!

    ………….NOT hehe lol

  3. Dave Says:

    Thanks honey!

    Me and Rock will take you two on ANY TIME!!! Bring it on Sister!

  4. chase Says:

    Awright, he’s out of retirement … Andy and I are at Leadville next week, c’mon out … my goal this time is Twin Lakes on the return … we’ll see.


  5. Dave Says:

    Hey Chase. Not out of retirement yet, Man, I don’t know if I’ll ever run like I have before. I do have a lot of races I’d like to do, I’d really like to do the Leadville Leadman, ALL of the races over the summer.
    Good luck over Hope Pass! I know you guys will do great, you can go farther than Twin Lakes return, just get down off Hope Pass before dark.

  6. Ash Harper Says:

    Yeah right dad, u wish!
    u and Rocky couldn’t outrun me and Reg if u tried! HA!

  7. Dave Says:

    I hear you chicky. You seem to forget…

    ROCKY ROCKS!!!!!

  8. Ash Harper Says:

    Yeah, Rocky rocks, but REGGIE RULZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yeah, how many ribbons does Rocky have??? hmmmmm NONE How many does Reggie have……… 100+