Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #20

I completed a 7 miler tonight, but it was a long time coming. I've been nursing an injury on the bottom of my left foot, near the big joint in my second toe.  I may have injured it last Saturday sprinting on a school track during a middle school track meet. The foot pain was annoying and would hurt me just about every step. But finally today, it felt much better, and I didn't let the chance get away. The sun was out, a breeze was blowing, and I was running. I have a lot of mileage to catch-up. I'm only at 46.10 miles for this month with 14 days to go to get 103. That averages out to about four miles each day for rest of the month. We'll see how it goes.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 95
Distance: 431.75 miles
Total Time: 70h 20m 14s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.54 miles
Total Calories: 57,900
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 228
Miles Left in Year: 802.25 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.52 miles

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #19

Okay, nine days into May and doing okay. I'm still on pace for my monthly goal. I have 28.18 miles so far, so I need to average about 3.5 every day left. Last Saturday I participated in a middle school track meet by running as a community member in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1 mile races. I was not used to sprinting so much, so my hamstrings are pretty tight and sore. I'm feeling better today, though. In my 1 mile race, I ended up with 7 min 06 seconds, which is my best time this year. I am over 400 miles for the year, so I am one-third of the way to my 1,234 mile goal.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 86
Distance: 413.84 miles
Total Time: 67h 27m 05s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.81 miles
Total Calories: 55,539
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:47 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 236
Miles Left in Year: 820.16 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.48 miles

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sam Needs to Go - Funny Children's Book Available on Amazon

Sam Needs to Go is a funny children's book about a boy who really needs to use the bathroom but finds trouble at every turn. Great fun with simple pictures for kids and adults.

Kid Tested/Teacher Approved in the bowels of an elementary school, this book is guaranteed to get readers smiling and laughing. Check out Sam Needs to Go today on Amazon.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #18

I ended up with 93.61 miles for April. That is 9.39 miles short of my 103 mile monthly goal. I was going to try to get the whole enchilada tonight, but something unexpected came up at my house (ah, the joys of owning a home), and my plans were thwarted. I still think this is okay, because if this summer acts like a normal summer, I can ramp up my mileage in June and July and get back on track. Anyway, for the year, I am now 26.35 miles short of where I should be at end of April. I am trying to stay positive.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 75
Distance: 385.65 miles
Total Time: 63h 11m 57s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.14 miles
Total Calories: 51,763
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:50 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 245
Miles Left in Year: 848.35 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.46 miles

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Words Can Be Great - new book available on Amazon

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #17

Finally some nice sunny weather deep into the month of April. Temps in the low 50s the last few days. It actually feels like spring wants to stick around. But, I have a lot of mileage to make up in April. I have 9 days left to run before the end of the month, and I'm going to need about 5.8 miles each day to get to my goal of 103 miles per month. It will be a struggle, but doable if weather holds up.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 67
Distance: 342.83 miles
Total Time: 56h 47m 16s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.12 miles
Total Calories: 45,872
Avg Speed: 6.0 mph
Avg Pace: 9:56 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 254
Miles Left in Year: 891.17 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.51 miles

Sunday, April 8, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #16

Well, April had a huge snow storm that dumped a foot of snow over a few days, so running was out of the equation for me. So, I have only finished four runs out of eight days. To try to compensate for lost mileage, I ran a little longer on a few of those days. I am at 22.34 miles out of 103 for the month. That leaves about 80 miles to go in roughly 22 days, or about 3.6 miles per day. If the weather gets better, I should be able to get that.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 60
Distance: 314.38 miles
Total Time: 51h 52m 29s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.24 miles
Total Calories: 42,216
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:54 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 267
Miles Left in Year: 919.62 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.44 miles

Saturday, March 31, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #15

Okay, I have three months wrapped up and in the books. I completed my mileage goal this month plus a little extra to help with my deficit from February. I am still 16.96 miles behind where I would like to be (292.04 miles vs 309 miles), but that is okay. I fully intend to ramp up the mileage in the summer months when the weather is better. The weather's unpredictability is sadly predictable. Just when the mild temperatures were melting the snow and most of it was gone where I live, Mother Nature decided to dump about six inches last night. So, we are back to a winter wonderland and cold, snowy runs, I guess.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 56
Distance: 292.04 miles
Total Time: 48h 12m 16s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.21 miles
Total Calories: 39,185
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:54 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 275
Miles Left in Year: 941.96 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.43 miles

Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #14

This month is a drag. It just feels like it is going on and on as slowly as possible. I think it is mostly due to the daily cold mornings that give way to mild afternoons while the ground continues to be rock hard in one spot and three inches of mud in another. March is that weird transition month, and it is screwing up my mojo. However, I am at 84 miles for the month, and so I have 9 days to get 19 more. I should make it to my 103 miles per month goal this time. Also, bonus, I am finally under 1,000 miles left in the year.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 51
Distance: 272.80 miles
Total Time: 44h 23m 11s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.35 miles
Total Calories: 36,977
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 284
Miles Left in Year: 961.20 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.38 miles

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Do You Like My Drawings? - New Children's Book Available

My newest children's book Do You Like My Drawings? is available now on Amazon.

This silly, funny, read-aloud will make children of all ages laugh and giggle at the goofy drawings.

The poor artist needs your help deciding if his drawings are good or bad. Sometimes he has trouble drawing something as simple as a circle or a pair of scissors. Do you think you can get through the whole book without laughing? And maybe give the artist a word of encouragement, while you are at it?

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Friday, March 9, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #13

Temperatures are much better lately. Mostly mid-30s and some low-40s. The dirt loop I run on is mostly muddy and slushy right now, so I have to carefully pick my way around for fear of losing a shoe. I'm trying to front load my mileage this month, just in case we get another heavy snowfall later in the month. I feel like I'm making good progress this month. I have a little over 42 miles in the first 9 days, of which I've only been able to run 7 times.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 41
Distance: 227.92 miles
Total Time: 37h 06m 26s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.56 miles
Total Calories: 31,121
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 297
Miles Left in Year: 1006.08 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.39 miles