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Feb 16, 2011

Thank you Hal Higdon

Today I did 6 miles.  I'm in my fourth week of 18 of marathon training in the Hal Higdon Intermediate plan.  So far, things seem to be going fairly well so thank you Mr. Higdon!  29 miles on the schedule for this week.

Although today I really was feeling sluggish but that was probably because it was cold and raining out when I ran.  Its funny but because I run in the dark, it's difficult to tell sometimes when it is raining.  I was running along about 2 miles in of my run in the dark when I came upon a street that was really lit up well.  Right then I could really see how much it was raining.  I could tell it was raining because it was hitting my face but did not realize how much until I saw it in the light.  Probably a good thing I did not see it when I started because I might have turned around and ran on the treadmill otherwise.  By then, I figured I might as well finish.  Plus it's good training in case I have to run in the rain for my half coming up in five weeks.

I'm really excited to run this half marathon because it's for a great cause(CF) and because we get to run around an island so the views should be fantastic.  I think they are up to about 250 runners.  It's also an inaugural event which I think is really cool as well.  It's a little far from my home but I can't wait.  My plan is to NOT race it but just use it as a training run.

I'm also thinking of running a 5k called Corktown 5k which is located where else?  Corktown in Detroit.  This was my first 5k I ever ran last year so I am considering running it again due to the sentimental feelings of being my first 5k.  My only issue is that it's a week before my half marathon and while I have seven miles on the schedule that day, I'd really need to be careful not to go full out which is hard for me on a 5k.  I just want to do my best.  This would also be the only 5k I currently have scheduled for the year too.

Anyone have a big race coming up in the next month?  Which race are you doing?

Have a great day and......Keep Running!!!!!


  1. Races are the best for motivation. I’m running a race every weekend for the next few months with a marathon on 6 March and a 50km on 19 March. All part of my Comrades training. Happy running!

  2. Great job running in the rain ... that had to be a little chilly!

  3. Isn't it funny how you can be in the zone running and not even realize the weather?

  4. I LOVE running in the rain, growing up in Oregon I had to learn to love it. I actually miss it now that I live in Colorado.

    I don't have a BIG race this month but I do have a 10 miler on Saturday.

  5. Warm rain is nice, cold and rain...ugh!

    Looks like we're registered for a marathon on the exact same day...but mine's in Ottawa, Canada :)

  6. I am glad you are enjoying Hal's programs. I have been using his for a couple years and always recommend them.

    I am looking for to the half on March 20th too! I love running the island. I run it quite a bit when I have long runs to do. I think you will really enjoy the scenery.

  7. Love Hal's plans (we are on a first anme basis) :) Way to get it done, rain or not!

  8. I have run in the rain and sometimes it is very soothing! Great job for getting it done!

  9. I've looked at Hal's plans and want to try one.

  10. Great job! I looked at a Hal Higdon plan for the Walt Disney World Marathon. If I end up going out on a limb and signing up for the marathon I might give it a try.

  11. Looks great Jeff!! Sounds like things are going really well for you with your running! Keep up the great work!

  12. Dude, you have to do Corktown! That's your race now, it should be an annual race since it was your first! I should be able to help with refreshments for your virtual 5k at Stony Creek too.

  13. Isn't Hal Higdon a great guy for giving us those training schedules?

    I'd like to shake his hand and thank him personally someday...

  14. Johann - amazing!!

    Jim - hated it but it's good prep for the mind.

    Anne - good luck with yours!

    Stephanie - you're lucky you get to run it often. I'm sure the view is great.

    Lee - they seem very reasonable.

    Ken - that's awesome(but frankly I'll be surprised if there is more than just me actually at Stoney Creek - I'll keep you posted! :)

    Paul - he sure is. Very generous to just let us review it online. I really should buy one of his books to help him out. I'm sure he'd like that.

  15. I love a race as a training run! :) Good luck with your half!

  16. The Hal Plans are good!

    My big race isn't until May. But I am contemplating running in a half next month as part of my prep... but it might be too far for me to handle. We'll see.

  17. For me they they are all still big events! Tune-up races before Boston: Super5K in Novi, Passion for Life 5M in Walled Lake, Rock 1/2 in grosse Ile. You will have a blast at Bayshore. I qualified for Boston at that one last year!



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