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Incidental Running

In the early morning you could encounter whole family groups of Mayan Indians, kids to grans, trotting heavily laden along the mountain trails on their way to market.”
— Recounting the environment ofthe Tarahumara in Running Times

My free time has been a disaster lately. Between construction on the house, Michelle being swamped at work and general parenting insanity, I haven’t been finding much time to run.

But I’ve been running. Everywhere.

To and from school, the office, the market, across the street. Everywhere. In whatever I’m wearing–usually jeans and carrying a bag of some sort.

Out of curiosity, I started logging these runs. I haven’t been updating Dailymile because I don’t want to flood my stream, but I’ve decided to start recording summaries totaling up a day or two of incidental runs.

While my overall mileage is down, I’m feeling better physically than I have in years–no aches and no complaints. Some of this comes from focused strengthening and improved form, but I suspect it’s simply from moving constantly and not overloading anything.

The only drawback I’ve noticed is is I’m less inclined to go out for a late run on days where I’ve already gotten in a few miles. This might make marathon training as much a discipline challenge as anything else.

Even though I only managed five deliberate runs in March, I still pulled in nearly 46 miles for the month. For the past two weeks, counting weekdays only, I ran 19 times for a total of 14 miles (0.75 miles per run). Here’s a table showing what all those runs looked like:

Date

Distance (miles)

Time

Pace (per mile)

3/31/2012

0.99

0:10:56

0:11:02

3/30/2012

0.59

0:05:08

0:08:42

3/29/2012

1.06

0:09:49

0:09:15

3/28/2012

0.41

0:04:01

0:09:47

3/28/2012

1.18

0:10:32

0:08:55

3/28/2012

0.91

0:08:12

0:09:00

3/28/2012

0.62

0:07:19

0:11:48

3/27/2012

0.46

0:04:21

0:09:27

3/27/2012

0.61

0:04:55

0:08:03

3/27/2012

0.59

0:05:06

0:08:38

3/26/2012

0.61

0:05:32

0:09:04

3/26/2012

0.84

0:08:24

0:10:00

3/23/2012

1.06

0:09:25

0:08:53

3/23/2012

0.91

0:08:14

0:09:02

3/22/2012

0.58

0:05:19

0:09:10

3/21/2012

0.66

0:07:14

0:10:57

3/21/2012

0.76

0:06:48

0:08:56

3/20/2012

0.58

0:04:42

0:08:06

3/19/2012

0.58

0:05:07

0:08:49


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