Weekend Long Run.. Running for the love of it.

So Saturday was a bit warmer – in the 40’s – so I headed out on my “long run.”  I tried to keep my speed down to make sure I could actually do the 5 miles I had planned, but I was a bit nervous as this was my longest run since I did the 13 miles that lead to my shin splints.  I had a great run. I went by our local “Occupy” folks – said hi to them (they seemed grumpy today, I had to run around one that stepped out – seemingly to block me) and crossed some more bridges.

Confluence Park - where the Chenengo meets the Susquehanna River

I don’t know why I enjoy running across the bridges, but I do.  We are lucky enough to have two decent sized rivers here – the Chenengo River and the Susquehanna River.  If I plan my run correctly – I can go over 4 bridges without a problem. I love watching the water go by – it’s a very soothing site for me, and I love the sound as well.

The run went by wonderfully.  It has been great since I got back from D.C.. While I am still a little bummed that I missed being able to do the marathon – Running now is something I do – simply because I want to.  Do I plan on doing other runs? ABSOLUTELY!  I am thinking of doing the NYC Half, The Buffalo Marathon, and of course the Marine Corps Marathon. But for right now – I am just running because I like running.  There is no stress or worry about being ready for something.  I had let “Being Ready for the Marathon” – be my primary reason for running.  I do not want to let that happen again. I think our races, whether they be marathons, half marathons or 5ks, need to be something we do because we enjoy running.  I think that when we make them the reason we run – even if it is just for a short time – we can easily lose sight of why we run.

I was pretty happy with my times –
Mile 1: 8:42
Mile 2: 9:12
Mile 3: 8:42
Mile 4: 8:37
Mile 5: 9:01
Overall speed: 6.8 mph

The two miles that were over 9 minutes – I hit the traffic lights wrong and had to wait. (Sometimes those breaks are quite nice.)  My legs felt good – although they were quite tired by the end, and were sore on Sunday (rest day!).  I tried to keep in mind the way my form was with the 100-up exercises as well.  I don’t know how succesful I was – but it seemed too.

100 Up Exercise Progress:

I have continued to do the “100-up” exercises, and remain on the “Minor.”  I added the hands into the process (as shown in Christopher McDougall’s Video.)  I did 75 on Saturday and on Sunday – as that was how far I could go and still feel confident that my form was “perfect.”  I will continue to do these on non-running days as well, just as I do my calf-lifts.


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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2 comments on “Weekend Long Run.. Running for the love of it.
  1. I’m glad you’re back at it ‘for the love of it.’ You’re right…often we let the training become the reason we run and forget that we run because we enjoy it. Every run should be a fun run…or at least most of them. Let me know if you decide to do the RR New York Half. Ive got my eye on that one for my spring race.

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