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Day 114

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No run today. It’s pouring rain and I have my big stage to get ready for.

Day 113

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8.4 miles today. Drove to Constitution Beach and just decided to run to Deer Island and back. I didn’t do a full loop around the island (had to be at work later), instead did the shorter, hillier section. I think I want to start and place the longer runs in the middle of the week instead of the end and make them a more natural part of training rather than an event to get ready for.

8/12/14

Day 112

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No run today. Legs feel surprisingly good, but I need to rest.

Day 111

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6.22 miles today. Decided to go out and give the trails another try, this time for a much longer, more intense run. Amazingly fun run through some fairly technical parts of the Fells. I hit a serious wall around 6 miles (I was aiming for 8), but feel great about this run nonetheless.

8/10/14

Day 110

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5.25 miles today. Went back to Deer Island on a gorgeous but surprisingly hot day. Did one solid loop around the island, then went back up one of the hills and ran back to the car.

8/9/14

Day 108

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5.58 miles today. I’ve been a bit obsessed with watching crazy long trail race videos on youtube (like this one about a 50K race in Oregon), and have been itching to get back onto the trails myself. However, previous runs in the Skechers have shown me that while they are a great road shoe, they’re terrible on trails. I still had a good chunk of money left on a gift certificate that Melissa got for Running Warehouse, and spent that a pair of Salomon trail shoes, the Salomon Sense Pro. Since I’ve gotten them I’ve been itching to try them out.

I didn’t have a ton of time to run, but I went out in the Fells for about an hour and just ran around. The shoes did really well, and while I think they’re just a bit too stiff for road running, on softer trails they were perfect. I’m looking forward to trying them out on a much longer trail run.

8/7/14

Day 106

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No run today. Did a close to open shift from Monday until today, and am just too tired.

Day 105

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No run today. Traveling back home, and then work.

Day 104

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5.85 miles today. Went for a really nice run with my friend Jeff around his neighborhood on the Cape. Legs felt great – I’m very glad I rested.

8/3/14

Day 103

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No run, as we’re traveling to the Cape to see friends. Legs feel much better.

Day 102

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No run. However, my legs do feel better today.

Day 101

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No run. I think I’m just going to take it easy and not worry about running for now. I need to listen to my body, and right now it’s telling me that it needs some rest to recover.

Day 100

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No run today. Achilles is still too sore.

Day 99

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No run today. Right Achilles was incredibly tight and sore this morning. I need to be careful.

Day 97

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No run today. We took a day trip and went to the Barnstable County Fair. Good times were had by all.

Day 95

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No run today. I was going to, but some stupid shit at work ended up getting in the way.