This morning I experienced another first in my running saga, and I figured it had been a while since I had posted a blog entry. So, I decided to post one. This is a pretty minor thing, so don’t get excited that you are going to read anything cool.

It rained on me this morning during the run. It didn’t just sprinkle a little bit. It rained. And rather hard. I was totally soaked by the time I made it back from my 4.24 mile run. It didn’t help that the sidewalks I was running on were pooling water in a few places which caused me to get my newest pair of running shoes totally wet.

Oh well. That’s the way it goes.

In other news.. In case you hadn’t heard, I’m training for the Milwaukee marathon. It’s sometime in early October. It’s a bit more hilly than the Bayshore, so I’m going to be doing more hills in training. It will be a challenge, but what’s life without a challenge or two?

The past few weeks I’ve been a bit negligent in my running, but I’m starting to get back into it now. I ran 12ish on Friday, 19.4 on Sunday, and then 4 today. I’m thinking about changing my training program to a different one that is supposedly totally focused on increased speed. I’m not sure yet, though.

After my 12 miler on Friday, my left knee started hurting. On the 20 miler on Sunday, it started hurting about halfway through, and today the last mile or so wasn’t a whole lot of fun. The pain feels like it is kinda on the outside of the knee. Not quite like any ache that I’ve experience so far. So, I’m watching that one. I kinda limp jogged the last mile today. Not a fun experience. Walking kinda ‘tweaks’ the knee now. Let’s see.. what else.. I’ve been nursing a minor case of what I assume is peroneal tendenitis on the right foot for a couple of months now, and Sunday’s 20 mile run caused my left foot to hurt just a little bit. Not on the outside like I get with the peroneal tendenitis, though. This one was more on the inside of the foot, just back a little bit from the ball of the foot. It doesn’t feel like a bit deal, though.

I ran the July 4th race here in town. 20:50 was the official time, but I think I lost about 15 seconds getting to the start line and waiting for them to stop the timer at the end. 20:35 is probably more accurate as to how long it took me to run the 5 kilometers. That’s about 80 seconds faster than I’ve ever run 5k before, so I was pretty pleased. I came in 6th in my age range, and I would have needed to run the 5k in about 19 minutes to have placed in the top 3. So, I feel good about it.

More updates later, but this is it for now.

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