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Day290 supposingly a run summary

I am a bit tired after a run. Not sure if I can pull my thoughts together for a post. I am been wanting to post a lot so I can get to Day 300. Yes, I have a post ready for that day.

Every 50 days is like a pause to look back what has changed and how my life is doing. It is like looking at a big picture. I wrote up one about a month ago when I was bored with the quarantine/stay at home policy.

Surprisingly the last three to four weeks have been rather busy. For a couple reasons. I got a hang of the working from home thing and I also have a renewed interest in running due to the epic virtual race I am taking part in – The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, aka, GVRAT, and we are known as rats.

So each morning, I’d wake up and do my run and each night I would be out there 2-3 hours. I would be out on the road 14-16 hours over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday. If I feel good, usually I do, I go out again on a Sunday. Yes, I am I like the hamster in its little running wheel, never tired of running. I used to have couple hamsters and I would love to see them spin the wheel.

I get home late at night usually after 10 or 11 and am half dead, trying to stay awake to cook and stuff food into my body before collapsing in my bed. It is a good life! There’s too little time to think of anything else.

The big concern is how is my body holding up? It has tear and wear. I hoping it is holding together. I feel like Lazarus each morning – a dead man rising.

The hardest distance to run is not the long ones but the short one between my bed and door. As long as I could get out of bed, I would be running. I took this from the race director of GVRAT. It is so true. The first step is the hardest one to take.

Today, I received my shirts from two of the races, as well as a medal.

It is a big hunk of metal with the word Footlevelers Blue Ridge Marathon. Has a picture of the sun and mountains and trees. I did it virtually 26.2 miles. The quarter there for comparison. Probably 20 quarters can fit inside the medal.

The medal is from the Roanoke Blue Ridge Marathon. Originally I was going to run it twice (called the double) on the same day, but I chickened out, and did only the normal marathon. Later, those who have been following my blog, knew I ran 62 miles couple weeks ago, which is much longer than the double marathon. I consider that goal is reached. Maybe next year though I might try it for real.

Oh as a weekly run summary (back on topic), I ran a lot. 95 miles total. I had two days off Monday and Tuesday. I ran a total 42 miles during the rest of the week days, and on the weekend I put in 53 miles.

By Antin

There is nothing more I like than to run, hike, and be with one I love

2 replies on “Day290 supposingly a run summary”

Wow!! Impressive! Nice medal 🏅 that is awesome!! Congrats!

It’s a good thing you kept running during lock down! Imagine if you had not 😮 it would have been harder to get back into the swing again.

What is your status on the virtual race?

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I am past the halfway point in term of miles, with over 350 miles done and I should be finished by mid June. Then I will do it again for the extra credit. I am ranked between 400-600 places, bouncing up and down a lot. I am 0.1 mile from the next guy. These people don’t rest. If I skip a day, I would drop down to a thousand or more places. Not that I care, but it does create a sense of a race.

My original goal was to be in the top 10%, which mean under 2000th place. Now, I hope for remain at 500th place, which is a tough goal.

Visually I am at Chattanooga now, having come from Memphis few weeks ago. Horizontally, I have ran almost across the whole Tennessee. There are couple hundred miles still from Chattanooga to Knoxville and to Virginia, which I am doing now (from south to north). Having been to those places before, it makes me want to drive down and run those miles in real life. Alas, ;), the next holiday is the July 4th weekend. I should finish by then.

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