Monthly Archives: August 2011

Back-half of 21

Start time: 8/20/11, 7:50am
Location: National Mall, Navy Yard, Hains Point
Distance: 9.2 miles
Average pace: 11:11min/mile
Total Miles For August: 41 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 471 miles
Current Shoes: 14 miles

And, a week later, just getting around to posting this one. *sigh*

Ben and Steve were running a 21-miler on Saturday, so John and I joined them for the “back nine” of the run. That meant we’d be going a little slower (since they would have a lot more under their belts than we would), so we went into it knowing that would happen.

Unfortunately, my knee started bugging me again. *double sigh* So now I’m a week through taking two weeks off. (Plus stretching and such.) Fingers crossed this’ll do the trick?

Small Victory

Start time: 8/18/11, 5:50am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 5 miles
Average pace: 10:16min/mile
Total Miles For August: 32 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 462 miles
Current Shoes: 5 miles

Looks like it was, indeed, the need for new shoes that was causing the knee problems. Again. So now I’m adding an additional thing to track from run-to-run, since I clearly can’t be trusted to keep a mental bookmark on when it’s time to buy new ones…

(9:14, 10:28, 10:56, 10:26, 10:10)

Back to updating

Start time: 8/16/11, 6:00am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 4.1 miles
Average pace: 10:28min/mile
Total Miles For August: 27 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 457 miles

For the past two months I’ve been a little bad about updating my running log. Finally put them all in yesterday (although I “backdated” all but the triathlon so if you’re reading via an LJ Friends Feed, you didn’t get flooded)… and then failed to actually enter yesterday’s run.

Anyway, I took all of last week off because my left knee has been a little sore for the first half mile of my runs (and on my last 14-miler a week and a half ago, got sore again toward the end of the run). Been stretching, taking it easy, that sort of thing. And then it finally hit me yesterday what the problem may very well be: I’m way overdue to change my shoes. As in, at 128% of the amount run on them before I normally swap them out. Whoops.

(And in the past when I’ve done this, I’ve had some knee soreness.)

So while I had more soreness at the start of the run yesterday, I have my new shoes today. So hopefully by Thursday or Saturday everything should be back to normal?


Start time: 8/6/11, 6:00am
Location: National Mall, Hains Point, Shaw, Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, Washington Circle
Distance: 13.94 miles
Average pace: 10:27min/mile
Total Miles For August: 23 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 453 miles

The last of the two months of entries I’m just getting around the posting! (To spare everyone, I “backdated” all of the entries after the triathlon, to try and avoid flooding LiveJournal feeds. In theory they shouldn’t have shown up.)

This was two 7-milers; the first with Ben, Jim, and Michael; the second one adding on John, Stephanie, and Rich. This was actually not a good run for several reasons. First, my knee started bugging me again at the end of the run, along with my ankle. A very unpleasant final two miles.

And second, at the start of the second 7-miler, we had some of the group make it through a light but other people didn’t. The people in the lead tried to keep pushing on… but it was a new route that only I knew, and I made us wait for them so they weren’t lost half a mile into the course. If it was a course everyone knew I would’ve been “well, we’re all adults” but it didn’t feel right to abandon them. There were definitely some grouchy feelings from a few people for the rest of the run. Oh well.

Anyway, after this run I ended up taking a week off of running to let things rest and hopefully heal…


Start time: 8/4/11, 5:50am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 5.17 miles
Average pace: 10:17min/mile
Total Miles For August: 9 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 439 miles

More knee issues.


Start time: 8/2/11, 6:00am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 4.22 miles
Average pace: 10:22min/mile
Total Miles For August: 4 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 434 miles

Another run with the guys, another one where the knee bugged me for the first half mile or so.