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March 25, 2015 (Wednesday) [6.1 miles]

Felt a bit slower today, but that's expected, since yesterday's run was a little harder and longer than I normally would do after a race. I didn't wrap my toe, since it seemed like it was getting better. No toe pain during the run, so I thought I was in the clear, but after I finished, my left toe was more red than when I started. Only a few more days before the race, so I'd better take care of it. I will likely tape the toe for Sunday's race to lessen the likelihood of leaving blood on the course.

March 24, 2015 (Tuesday) [5.0 miles]

Felt like running yesterday, but knew that rest is good. Heading to Rock 'n' Roll San Francisco on Sunday for another Half Marathon. Slow easy warm up mile, then I picked up the pace to something comfortable. Average pace 13:57, not too bad for a recovery run. Sunday's 15K was my speed work, taper down (in effort) this week.

March 22, 2015 (Sunday) [9.3 miles]

Great morning for a run at the Hot Chocolate 15K. Negative split run (downhill finish helps) on a hilly course. Total elevation gain 1500 feet. Pushed a little harder up the hills than I normally would. Since this is my second time running the course, I knew what to expect. Finish in 1:46:55, 11:29 min/mile. Last year's time was 1:44:55, so I'm not too far off pace (only 15 second per mile). I did feel some stress in my recovering Achilles heel, but I am slowly getting stronger.

March 20, 2015 (Friday) [4.1 miles]

Back to the early morning running. Short shake out run before the Sunday race. Slower pace than in daylight, but I had to feel my way around.

March 18, 2015 (Wednesday) [8.3 miles]

Got home early in hopes that I could get a longer run in. Slowing my pace about a minute per mile than yesterday, around high 13 minute per mile. Focused on curling up my toes, so the blister would not sustain more damage. I hit a few things along the way right on the toe. When I got home, there was indications that it bled a some point, but overall it didn't look much worse than this morning. Rest day tomorrow, then one short run on Friday before the Hot Chocolate 15K on Sunday.

March 17, 2015 (Tuesday) [4.2 miles]

Toe blister (left fourth) from race day healing quickly, since it wasn't as bad as I thought. Adjusted my foot by twisting outward slightly which put more pressure on my big toe. Should be fine for my next race on Sunday, which is only a 15K. Continuing my afternoon workouts to get used to the heat (80°F), and help toughen up the skin on my feet. A small drop (110 feet) and back up at mile 3 to 4. Except for the mile warm up, kept splits in the 12 minute range, even on the hill. San Francisco race coming up in less than 2 weeks, so I need hill work.

March 14, 2015 (Saturday) [13.5 miles]

Rock 'n' Roll DC, official finish time 3:15:03, pace 14:53 min/mile. Race Report.

March 11, 2015 (Wednesday) [6.5 miles]

Cloudy all day, so not as warm as yesterday. Continuing the afternoon runs, my last run in San Diego before heading to DC tomorrow morning. Legs a little stiff at the start, but felt better as I warmed up. Decided to head to the park and the dirt path. I managed to keep a good pace on the dirt but really had to focus on a light, mid-foot landing so the small rocks would not hurt as much. Negative split run up to the last mile which included a hill. Good workout gave me more confidence for Saturday's race.

March 10, 2015 (Tuesday) [4.2 miles]

First weekday daylight saving time run, after work. Drove home first, since I was not planning on a long run, so I didn't have to worry about daylight. The warm asphalt felt good, it also helps toughen my skin. All the previous months of cold and/or wet runs left my toes worn and susceptible to blisters. Chance of rain in DC on race day seems to be increasing. I'll have to pack extra layers to stay warm. Because of the Elvis outfit, it wouldn't be right wearing a rain jacket over it, but safety first. It will be a cold (by San Diego standards) rain at 45°F in the morning.

March 8, 2015 (Sunday) [4.3 miles]

I'm a numbers guy. Being so close to 30 miles with one day left in the week motivated me to get that final 4 miles. I wanted an easy run, so off to the beach to run in the sand. Not sure if I can reach 30 next week due to all the travel for the RnR DC Half Marathon on Saturday. Clocks are back to daylight saving time, so I'll probably run after work in the daylight this week since my flight leave early on Thursday morning, and it would be difficult to get a workout in on that day.

March 7, 2015 (Saturday) [8.0 miles]

Cumulative fatigue has taken it's toll this week. The last 4 weeks have been a slow build up from 30 miles to 39 miles. Not sure if I'll make 30 this week. Few few miles didn't feel too bad, but normally at this point I should be going faster, I ran slower with each mile. At mile 6, I had given up hope of completing a 10 mile run, and just headed home (still a few miles away).

March 5, 2015 (Thursday) [4.1 miles]

Didn't really feel like running this morning, but sometimes I feel better after a few miles. Today was not one of those days. After the first mile, I actually did feel better, so I picked up the pace, but at mile 2.5, my body just shutdown. I walked for a bit, but just couldn't get motivated to move faster again. Near home and getting closer to sunrise, I met a person walking their dog, so I started to run again so I would look too bad. A few minutes later, I heard a person running behind me with their dog, so I picked up my pace again. Average pace just under a 17 min/mile, not great, but at least I was moving.

March 4, 2015 (Wednesday) [7.3 miles]

Near full moon this morning with clear skies. Felt faster this morning, and attempted a negative split run, which I mostly did except for the last mile. If I didn't extend the run, I probably could have since I was running out of energy near the end. Overall pace 13:32 min/mile, under the 3 hour half marathon pace. I actually finished my run in less time than yesterday, and covered more distance.

March 3, 2015 (Tuesday) [6.8 miles]

I should taper this week, and reduce my weekly mileage. Let's start with a shorter run this morning. Still felt sluggish in the beginning, and felt slightly better each mile. Still at Disney pace. Rain gone for now, but cooler temperatures followed. At least the roads are clean.

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