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September 29, 2016 (Thursday) [7.1 miles]

Last day of the month (at least for running). I'm getting pretty good at starting my run nearly the same time this week. 4:22, 4:20, 4:17, that's AM. Rest day (from running) yesterday (I still have to leave at 4:30 am) with a short, easy 1200 yard swim. More refreshed this morning, but not 100 percent. Faster average pace of 14:25 min/mile, so even though I had the same amount of time to run, I covered more distance. If I'm totally rested, I average into the 12s, or lower. Early flight tomorrow morning, so I have to wake up earlier since I want to leave at 3:30 am.

September 27, 2016 (Tuesday) [6.3 miles]

Slightly modified route from yesterday, and started nearly the same time. Temperature was much warmer at 78°F, and slight more humid. I would have run without my shirt, but wear it for safety reasons. Slightly faster average pace at 15:25 min/mile, but so still need recovery time. Tomorrow short swim would be good, as long as I wake up. Difficult to sleep well when it's so warm overnight.

September 26, 2016 (Monday) [6.5 miles]

Longer swim yesterday of 2000 yards wiped me out. Body just tired all around, but I won't need to run long this week as I taper for the coming weekend. Warm temperature of 70°F, but dry due to the Santa Ana winds. Slow even pace, averaged 15:30 min/mile. Hopefully short (and easy) enough that I can recover for tomorrow's run.

September 24, 2016 (Saturday) [4.4 miles]

Thursday's run left me mentally drained. Although I woke up early yesterday, I had no motivation to run. Legs were a bit tired, too. Since I only needed 4 miles this week to make 30, I decided to wait until the weekend to run in daylight. The total rest day did wonders, as it usually does. First mile split 11:45, same as my overall average. Good faster run, but did not want to go any longer, quality over quantity.

September 22, 2016 (Thursday) [8.5 miles]

Swim day yesterday was slow and tiring. Tuesday's long run may have depleted my energy store. DId not feel very energetic this morning, but I woke up too early to not go for a longer run. First few miles around 15 to 16 min/mile. Only got slower (much slower) from there. Energy gel did not help, and the warm, humid conditions only made me feel worse. Wanted to cut the run short, but kept moving to use up the 2½ hours allocated. Last water stop at mile 6, I drank more than I normally do, and that seemed to help. Overall 17+ min/mile pace average, was more of a fast walk. Only good thing was that now I only need 3.8 miles to make it to 30 this week. If I get that in tomorrow, I can take the weekend off from running. The weekend after that will be the Rock 'n' Roll San Jose races.

September 20, 2016 (Tuesday) [10.5 miles]

Early wake up, so plenty of time for 10 miles. Temperature warm at 72°F with humidity 72%. Roads dry, and no audible thunder. Muscles tight from yesterday's faster run, but a steady slow pace should allow me to finish. About a mile into to the run, I could hear a slight sound of thunder very far away, only because it was so quiet at 4 am in the morning. Just before mile 3, a slight sprinkle, then light rain. Only lasted for a few minutes, but the ground was wet, so I had to slow a bit to focus on my form. Around mile 7, the street were dry again, but my legs were getting tired. Pushed hard to keep my pace, but then a light drizzle made the ground wet again. Finish temperature the same, but humidity up to 92%. Very thirsty after the run, because I was sweating so much. Average pace 15:28 min/mile. Next run on Thursday should be dry, as the moisture from the Tropical Storm Paine dissipates.

September 19, 2016 (Monday) [7.1 miles]

Total rest day yesterday did wonders. I woke up early (2:30 am), but that was mainly due to the thunder. Legs felt a little tight, and I stayed in bed while counting the time between the light and sound. First count was 19 seconds, then at 9 seconds, I was expecting to hear of bunch of rain drops, but none came. At 4 am, there had been no lighting or thunder for 30 minutes, so I decided it was safe to head out in the streets. I did lose about an hour of run time, so I hoped I would be able to run fast to make up the loss. Definitely humid, and some occasional rain drops, but generally dry. Legs were strong and pace much quicker than normal. Splits 12:11, 10:52, 11:21, 11:07, 11:54, 10:49, 11:12. Fastest average pace since June at 11:20 min/mile. Hurricane Paine to the south bringing up some moisture for a few days, so tomorrow may not be any better.

September 17, 2016 (Saturday) [3.5 miles]

Schedule conflicts on Sunday would make it difficult to attend my usual Sunday morning swim, so I decided to swim today before my run. Not much energy left for running, but held on to a fairly consistent 15 min/mile pace. 58th consecutive week of 30+ miles, and hope to continue this trend for many years.

September 16, 2016 (Friday) [7.6 miles]

Planned on a short run, but woke up early. Easy and slow, legs were somewhat heavy. 2 hours to run, but I'd cut it short if I felt really bad (not often). Pace slowed every mile, and at mile 5, I had thoughts of going home, but there was still plenty of time. I pushed on, and didn't feel any worse, so I kept going. Near the 2 hours mark, my predicted finish distance would have been 6.9 miles, so I added an extra loop, but went over my allocated time by 15 minutes. I was close to making 30 mile this week, and this run hopefully got me much closer. Turned out the total weekly distance with this run is 29.9 miles. I had planned a run over the weekend anyway.

September 15, 2016 (Thursday) [9.4 miles]

Day of rest (from running) yesterday, and my short swim was faster than usual. Only 2¼ allocated this morning, and much cooler when I started at 56°F (54° at finish). Good start splits, 14:48, 13:59, 13:57, but I could not keep up the pace, not if I wanted to run long. Hoped I would be able to go 10 miles, but not enough time. Average pace 14:33 min/mile.

September 13, 2016 (Tuesday) [6.2 miles]

Woke up just a bit later than I wanted, so only 1½ hours to run. Much stronger than yesterday, but did not feel good enough for any speed work. At least I was running faster in the end than the beginning. Would have gone longer if I had time. Average pace 15:14 min/mile.

September 12, 2016 (Monday) [6.5 miles]

Legs a bit stiff, but started to loosen slightly after the first mile. 2 hours allocated to run, but after mile 3, I started to slow. Energy Gel didn't help much, my legs were just depleted. Cut the run short, in hopes that tomorrow I'll feel better.

September 10, 2016 (Saturday) [13.2 miles]

Late morning (for me) start, at least there's daylight. The last time I started a run in daylight was two weeks ago. Legs mostly recovered from last weekend's races, but a slight twinge in my right hamstring kept me from trying to go too fast. To make 30 miles this week, I needed 13 miles over the next two days. If I could run 13 today, I could have a rest day tomorrow, and be back on my regular schedule. Pace dropped slightly after 10 miles, and my muscles were getting pretty sore trying to maintain proper running form. I.e. my bottom of my feet started to hurt. Made my weekly goal, though it was in 4 days instead of my usual 5. Overall average 14:35 min/mile.

September 9, 2016 (Friday) [3.6 miles]

Woke up again this morning not wanting to run, but early enough to not have an excuse. I'd likely have to run both Saturday and Sunday to make it to 30 miles this week. But without a run today, it would be much more difficult. Closed mouth breathing kept me from going too hard, but 18 minute miles are not much faster than walking. Overall average 18:15 min/mile, slow, but hopefully will allow me to recover properly for the weekend runs.

September 8, 2016 (Thursday) [7.2 miles]

Another rest day yesterday, did not feel like swimming. Better recovered this morning, average pace 14:08 min/mile. Still a bit of lingering tightness, but felt much better than Tuesday.

September 6, 2016 (Tuesday) [6.5 miles]

Not sure how recovered I was from the weekend of running, but there's one way to find out, run. My tensor fasciae latae muscles(upper outside front thigh, near hip) were a bit tight. I didn't massage much yesterday, but took a rest day. There were other muscles sore as well, but after a few slow miles, I felt better. Not fast, but better. Overall average pace 15:32 min/mile. With the rest day, my usual run schedule has been thrown off, I'm still hoping to get my 30 miles this week.

September 4, 2016 (Sunday) [13.4 miles]

Disneyland Half Marathon. See Race Report.

September 3, 2016 (Saturday) [6.2 miles]

Disneyland 10K. See Race Report.

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