Stale bricks

These journal entries are getting harder to write as my training is becoming stale.  I am still amazed everyday at what I have been able to accomplish over the last few months.  When I started this training at was having a lot of trouble just running a few blocks.  Now, I’ve run a few 8 mile runs and they weren’t easy but I also didn’t feel like I needed to go to the hospital when I was finished.  The weather is still atrocious but I know it is simply making me a stronger person both physically and mentally.  I told Tim this morning that I know it is going to be a tough day when the humidity percentage is higher than the air temp especially when the air temp is in the 80’s.  Maybe this part of my training is to test my will power and determination.  The training is not fun and to be honest is miserable.  It took everything I had to get out of bed this morning to train.

Tim and I decided to take a different route for our 8 mile run this weekend.  We ran along the levee until we reached St. Charles Ave.  We then proceeded down St. Charles and turned just past Audubon Park and Loyola University.  This was a welcome change as I was able to get some grass running in instead of the constant pavement running which does not do my shins well.  It is really different to run in Uptown New Orleans on an early Saturday morning.  We dodged street cars as we were running on the street car lines.  I thought about all the times I have been in that part of New Orleans that early on a Saturday morning.  I can honestly say that was the first time I was not headed to eat breakfast with my friend Moises after an all night bar hopping excursion.  There were lots of runners out and about as well.  We were passed by a female runner on our way back to the levee and she was hauling ass!  I pointed out to Tim that he had just been passed by a girl (she was on his side of the streetcar line).  He claimed it must have been her shoes and we just didn’t have the right gear.  I agreed!

For those of you not familiar with New Orleans, St. Charles Ave. is a pretty famous street.  It is lined with very large and expensive homes most of which hark back to a much earlier time in New Orleans history.  The famous New Orleans streetcar lines run down St. Charles Ave. past Audubon Park, Tulane University, Loyola University, etc.  The street is canopied by ancient oak trees to provide both beautiful settings and more importantly, shade.  Many Mardi Gras parades also roll down this beautiful street.  A must see area if you are ever in New Orleans.

This week I will be adding some new training to my routine.  I want to get used to carrying a rucksack for the Goruck challenge in October so I pulled out my old high school backpack and filled it with 4 bricks!  I am pretty excited about this (or I’m just stupid!)  I plan on starting out with a 1 or 2 mile run with the backpack on to get used to it.  Any suggestions on the best way to train for a 15-20 mile 8-10 hour challenge would be appreciated?  I’m just hoping the weather cools down by then.  If not, I suppose I’ll be ready for the heat and humidity anyway!

Keep Movin’ friends…it’s the only way to get where you’re going!

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