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ouch

the plan called for 12 but i managed to pull off 11 miles on saturday. my mantra through the last 5 miles or so was “SUFFER. IN. SILENCE.”

today i found out i might not even get to do the the The North Face™ Endurance Challenge® half marathon due to a rescheduled work trip, LAME. my boss isn’t happy about that either, so we’ll see how things develop…

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go more fartherer

since i’m just getting back on my feet after breaking my left hand, dislocating my right shoulder and fracturing my right scapula, i’ve been taking it real easy on my runs and mostly going out with my wife and kid (in BOB stroller).

last week, however, it occurred to me that i am signed up for the The North Face™ Endurance Challenge® half marathon in december and if i want to finish that in fewer than four hours, i should probably be working in some longer runs…

thor (in BOB stroller) doesn’t have much patience beyond two or three miles and usually needs a break at a cool park or something in the middle. so saturday we went up the hill to lake temescal and steph and thor played at the park there while i zig-zagged a couple more miles around the lake and environs.

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thor was mad that we left the park ahead of his schedule, but on the way down steph and i got to see an epic sunset (the most epic sunset i’ve ever seen on that run) while thor regarded the entire scene with bemusement from his BOB stroller.

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SF in the distance, the iphone camera does it no justice…

steph and thor stopped back at our apartment and i tacked on a couple more miles to bring it up to a little over seven miles completed. good saturday night!

 

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left foot, right foot.

So, I ran my second marathon. That felt sort of weird to write, seeing as how I never thought I would run a single marathon to begin with. And now I’ve run two. Weird.

Before I ran my first marathon, I always thought that they were these incredibly difficult feats (they are…), that only skinny, naturally gifted runners could accomplish. Now, I understand that they are incredibly difficult feats that pretty much anyone can do. Barring injury of course, and with the desire, solid training, and good preparation. Seriously, if I can do one, anyone can do one.

I’m actually sort of excited about running right now. Which is also weird. Weird because it hasn’t gotten easier by any means. Getting my feet moving still takes concerted mental effort. But it just feels like it’s more satisfying lately. I think next year is going to be a good year for running.

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Just Announced!

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving Day
8:00 AM
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

You’re invited to join Jeff and I as we host the inaugural Chengenheimer Friendsgiving 5k at Lake Merritt! Kick off the Holiday season with friends and burn some calories while you’re at it! Runners, joggers, walkers and strollers are welcome.

We’ll meet under the pergola at the lake located on Embarcadero:

599 El Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94610

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Event starts promptly at 8 AM, so please arrive around 7:45 AM to warm-up or just ’cause you love seeing us.

FREE event! Post-race snacks will be provided.

Please feel free to invite your friends and family.

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