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Bun Run

Last Sunday, Hershey and I participated in the 30th annual Bun Run 5K. I had recently completed the Couch-to-5K training program and decided that this would be a good opportunity to make use of that training.

I’ve been training with about a 9:00/mile pace, probably a bit slower. Additionally, since completing the C25K plan, I’ve switched over to a Bridge-to-10K plan that starts off with shorter stretches of running, though more of them. (Three 10-minute runs instead of one 30-minute run, for example.) Because of this, I was a little worried that my stamina would have dropped a bit. Therefore, in preparation for the run, I set my target pace as 8:45-9:45/mile.

A key factor I had not considered was that the presence of the other runners would encourage Hershey to run faster. We ended up with an average pace of 8:35/mile, smashing my previous 5K PR (over 30 minutes) with an official chip time of 26:55! (I just now looked it up and was surprised to see it under 27 minutes; my GPS time was 27:16.) I placed 265/1236 overall and 20/62 in my division.

There was an option to have a chip for your dog as well, but I chose not to, as I expect may have been a common choice. From the results, 27 dogs were timed and 6 of them finished faster than Hershey, though only 1 female was faster! Good job, Hershey!

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April Fitness Distance

40.75 miles Running, 20.98 miles Biking, 16.41 miles Swimming

Running: 40.75 miles
Biking: 20.98 miles
Swimming: 16.41 miles

Biking slacking continues. Conveniently, our long May ride has run into a conflict, so I no longer have a specific training target that I’m not meeting.

Cumulative for the year as of April:

Biking: 111.87 miles
Running:  99.81 miles
Swimming:  51.38 miles

Oh, look: I’ll hit 100 miles of running with this Thursday’s run. Checking the data, I see that I hit 50 miles of swimming last Friday. It was also my previous bike ride that took that over the century mark.

Running is on a steeper climb now that I’ve switched over from 5K training to 10K training. In fact, running might overtake Biking this week, though if I bike this weekend, it will be just a blip. Unless I bike tonight, which is vaguely scheduled but yet to be executed.

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March Fitness Distance

10.63 miles biking, 15.23 miles running, 6.64 miles swimming

Biking: 10.63 miles
Running: 15.23 miles
Swimming: 6.64 miles

All distances were lower in March due to Spring Break hiatus.

Cumulative for the year as of March:

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February Fitness Distance

15.65 miles swimming, 27.95 miles running, 59.43 miles biking

Bike: 59.43 miles
Run: 27.95 miles
Swim: 15.65 miles

Skipping a week of biking helped to keep the scale from being too problematic; it’s still a potential issue for the future.

Here is the cumulative graph for the year, which will run into scale issues even more quickly:

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Century Mark

Notably, this is from a fairly arbitrary starting point of whenever I began using Nike+ as my secondary GPS tracker for my runs. Still, I like it. 🙂


January Fitness Distance

Run 15.88, Swim 12.68, Bike 20.83

In case you aren’t seeing the image of the graph, or its alt text, my January totals were:

Bike: 20.83 miles
Run: 15.88 miles
Swim: 12.68 miles

Swimming very nearly caught up with running when I skipped a week of running. Of course, this was only because I didn’t start running as early as I started swimming this year. Only one bike ride in January and it still overtook the other two. I may have to figure out a different scale for the future.


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