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Oh. My.

It’s been quite a while. I’ve been in one of those slumps that sometimes hit post-race, but the race was in May. Around that time things were kind of becoming a little tense with coach, and then, to the astonishment of our running group he stopped showing up at all. Sure we see him in the park from time-to-time, in which case he grits his teeth, mutters things under his breath, “Oh, for goodness sake!” But essentially he seems to have gone AWOL. It is a little confusing, crazy, and sad. So, this is a little more than a post-race slump. There’s some mourning involved, I’m afraid. Not that he might not ever return. But if he did, that would be a different chapter.

In a slump, the running is not automatic. It requires motivation. This is a somewhat alien state affairs for me and requires skills I don’t usually have to apply to running. The running magazine lays on the table, untouched. There is no beet juicing. The mind is not awash in fartlek, long runs, or tallied mileage. What is my mileage?

No one from the group showed up this morning. I took my camera and hiked up two very steep mountain ridges, in the style of the group, taking a few pics here and there. This is out-of-breath, legs go to wobble hiking — no Sunday stroll in the park. Cardio and strength. Half way up the second ridge I was drenched in sweat. I jogged back down the winding trail and down a side trail we call “ankle breaker” (aptly named), watered at the over-pressured fountain, then headed home.

Addicted Again — or An Unplanned 5 — or Love Me Some Fartlek

Was planning on running 2.5, then 4, then turned out to be 5.

Wanted to do a fartlek-y recovery thing — leaving something in the tank for my crazy group run on Saturday, with a rest tomorrow. After that I’d like to try a run where I maintain a steady pace. Have not done that in a while.

I put in a email to Garmin customer service. See what happens.

 

run totals:

44:59        5.13 miles        8:46 min/mile

 

laps

.5 mile        8:46 min/mile

.5 mile        8:53 min/mile

.5 mile        7:09 min/mile

.27 mile      10:00 min/mile

.5 mile        7:30 min/mile

.5 mile        9:34 min/mile

.13 mile      8:50 min/mile

.25 mile      6:46 min/mile

.50 mile      10:16 min/mile

.34 mile      8:44 min/mile