comfort zone

so the first stretch of humid weather has arrived a bit later than usual. when it’s cold outside, keeping warm while running is fairly straightforward since you just put on another layer and go. however, keeping comfortable while running in warm temperatures and high humidity is another story. there is only so much gear you can remove without…offending.

regardless, there’s little choice in the matter since the weather is just one of many things that is beyond my influence. in the meantime, i simply step out the front door, start my watch and go.

8/1 – 6 miles
8/2 – 16 miles
8/3 – 9 miles
8/4 – 9 miles
8/5 – 9 miles
8/6 – 9 miles
8/7 – 9 miles
8/8 – 6.25 miles
8/9 – 17.25 miles
8/10 – 9 miles
8/11 – 9 miles
8/12 – 9 miles
8/13 – 9 miles
8/14 – 9 miles
8/15 – 10 miles
8/16 – 19.25 miles – uff da
8/17 – off
8/18 – 9 miles
8/19 – 9 miles
8/20 – 9 miles
8/21 – 9 miles
8/22 – 9 miles
8/23 – 10 miles
8/24 – 10 miles
8/25 – 9 miles

MTD – 238.75 miles (24/25 Days, 34 Hours & 27 Minutes)
YTD – 1735.5 miles (226/237 Days, 253 Hours & 18 Minutes)
Odometer – 39,272 miles

August 25, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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daily grind

running is rarely epic. in fact, it can be downright mundane. heck, the most extreme thing that has happened to me as of late was artfully dodging a leashed dog who opted to lunge at me as i ran past.

today’s nine mile run is fairly representative of my morning constitutionals. the alarm sounds at 4:30am and i’m standing at the end of my driveway at 5:15am. it usually takes me a few miles to wake up and warm up.

mile 1 – 10:04
mile 2 – 9:14
mile 3 – 8:46

by now i’m well outside the city limits as i run along a paved trail which used to be a railroad. each step is a bit more fluid and my thoughts are a bit more lucid.

mile 4 – 8:31
mile 5 – 8:16
mile 6 – 7:46

at this point i’m returning home and usually see a few other runners, walkers and cyclists. there’s a short section of a two lane country road that i have to pay close attention to vehicle traffic before turning into the safety of my subdivision.

mile 7 – 7:49
mile 8 – 7:46
mile 9 – 7:42

stopping my watch at the end of my driveway i’ll usually walk for a little bit (or put the trash to the curb) before heading in for a shower. that’s about it. nothing to see here. move along. move along.

7/22 – 9 miles
7/23 – 9 miles
7/24 – 9 miles
7/25 – 9 miles
7/26 – 9 miles
7/27 – 9 miles
7/28 – 9 miles
7/29 – 9.5 miles
7/30 – 9 miles
7/31 – 9 miles

**new mileage record for July (by 20 miles)**

MTD – 250 miles (30/31 Days, 36 Hours)
YTD – 1,496.75 miles (202/212 Days, 218 Hours & 51 Minutes)
Odometer – 39,033 miles

July 31, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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long sleeves

more often than not i run in the wee hours of the morning, especially during the week. last week the wee morning temps were in the upper forties and low fifties so i opted to gear up with a long sleeved shirt. while i wasn’t expecting to have to be thinking about keeping warm in mid-july i guess i really can’t complain about it either.

a funny thing happened on one of those cooler than normal mornings. about three miles away from home, a steady rain started to fall. backing up a bit, i almost always check the weather radar before leaving to run and this morning i hadn’t seen any green on the screen.

anyway, i sort of shrugged off the rain and kept heading west on the bike trail (away from home) as the rain continued. by the time i turned around at 4.5 miles i was fairly well soaked and my shoes made that squishing noise when i’d take a step.

since the rain didn’t let up like i hoped it would, i decided to pick up the pace to run home a tad bit faster than usual. while the rain didn’t ease up on my way home there wasn’t any accompanying thunder or lightning either. sometimes it’s all about how you choose to perceive and respond when the unexpected happens, especially when you have zero influence on it.

7/1 – 5 miles
7/2 – 5 miles
7/3 – off
7/4 – 1 mile w/u, 20K in 1:20:51 (cool down for what)
7/5 – 4 miles
7/6 – 7 miles
7/7 – 7 miles
7/8 – 7 miles
7/9 – 7 miles
7/10 – 7 miles
7/11 – 7 miles
7/12 – 10 miles
7/13 – 10 miles
7/14 – 9 miles
7/15 – 9 miles
7/16 – 9 miles
7/17 – 9 miles
7/18 – 9 miles
7/19 – 10 miles
7/20 – 6 miles
7/21 – 9 miles

MTD – 159.5 miles (20/21 Days, 22 Hours & 56 Minutes)
YTD – 1,406.25 miles (192/202 Days, 205 Hours & 45 Minutes)
Odometer – 38,943 miles

July 21, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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Volksläufe 20K

instead of posting (yet) another race recap, this time around it’s going to be “failed photo captions” on photos taken near the finish line…enjoy!


tuck in your singlet!!
shut up legs!!
are we there yet?!
(photo credit: Tom Cameron)


fist pump, stop watch
…and i’m spent
it keeps going and going and going
(photos credit: Sean Hyland)


first. fill. free.
put. lid. down.
best. award. ever.
(photo credit: me. myself. mine.)

1 mile	6:22	0:06:22
2 mile	6:18	0:12:40
3 mile	6:16	0:18:56
4 mile	6:23	0:25:19
5 mile	6:24	0:31:43
6 mile	6:33	0:38:16
7 mile	6:28	0:44:44
8 mile	6:26	0:51:10
9 mile	6:48	0:57:58
10 mile	6:43	1:04:41
11 mile	6:29	1:11:10
12 mile	6:32	1:17:42
12.44 	3:10	1:20:52

1:20:52 **personal record**
30th/407 Overall
2nd/31 M40-44

July 7, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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half full

midway through the year and i’ve only got one race under my belt. that said, i’m on track for rolling 40,000 on my odometer by the end of the year. i’ve also managed to run 230 miles in june, which is a new best for me for the month of june.

small wins like a monthly mileage best go a long way towards keeping me motivated for my longer term goals like my odometer. meeting both short and long term goals will pay dividends when i do toe the line and race.

6/17 – 5 miles
6/18 – 9 miles
6/19 – 9.25 miles
6/20 – 9.25 miles
6/21 – 8 miles
6/22 – 9 miles
6/23 – 9 miles
6/24 – off
6/25 – 11 miles
6/26 – 11 miles
6/27 – 7 miles
6/28 – 8 miles
6/29 – 7 miles
6/30 – 8.5 miles

MTD – 230 miles (28/30 Days, 32 Hours & 48 Minutes)
YTD – 1246.75 miles (172/181 Days, 182 Hours & 49 Minutes)
Odometer – 38,784 miles

June 30, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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