Evolution of a Man

Week 14!

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The run of the 29th of December was my 45th training run, the last run of the 14th week!  (Week 14: Dec. 23rd-Dec. 29th)

45 runs in, 14 weeks down, 11 weeks to go and I’ll be running the Saturday Rock N’ Roll Marathon in Washington, DC.

Week 14 Statistics!

Average Run

  • 01:11:18

Average Pace

  • 9:24 /mile

Average Distance

  • 7.52 miles

Greg running in SnowNotable week 14 information:

  • The Saturday big run this week was 11 miles.  That’s from my house in Lowes Island, down Algonkian all the way to Route 7, and back.  Seems like such a long time….
  • Chris and I went to Potomac River Running.  I went specifically for new gloves (I had cheap Champion brand gloves from Target).  I give them 0/5 stars.  First, they were supposed to be useable for touch screens.  That capability went away in the first week, for some reason.  Second, they busted the seams in short order, that was about week 3.  This was with NO holding things, just running in the wind.  BOOOO.  I bought a pair of Saucony gloves, with mitten covers, and the thumb and forefinger pull back to enable you to use touchscreens.  I plan on these lasting much longer.
  • I also bought a balaclava, anticipating biting winds and colder temperatures as we roll deeper into winter.  We talked to them about what to wear for cold temps, and we’ve been doing what we’re supposed to do; layers, layers, and more layers.
  • I had a big strawberry whey protein shake when I got home, and it tasted really great!  I was happy that I wouldn’t have to choke down a whole jar of stuff I didn’t like.
  • I’ve tried out some gels for some calories on the longer runs.  at around 6 miles I pulled out a Montana Huckleberry Hammer Gel.  It did the trick, and I definitely got a boost out of it – and not in a bad, or jittery way.  I just noticed that I had some energy.  The problem was, it had a consistency of thick toothpaste, and it stuck on my lips when I missed (a reality while running and trying to eat).  It tasted well enough though…but I think next time I might try the Cliff Shot Bloks.
  • It started to hail around mile 6, and settled into fluffy snow around mile 8.  It wasn’t cold, or if it was I was too warm from running to notice.  I did notice the piece of hail bounce off my eyeball though, that SUCKED.
  • Frodo finally reached Rivendell, having faced the Nazgul at Bruinen, and survived with the help of the Elf Lord Glorfindel.  Fabulous reading.

Nazgul at Bruinen

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