long sleeves

more often than not i run in the wee hours of the morning, especially during the week. last week the wee morning temps were in the upper forties and low fifties so i opted to gear up with a long sleeved shirt. while i wasn’t expecting to have to be thinking about keeping warm in mid-july i guess i really can’t complain about it either.

a funny thing happened on one of those cooler than normal mornings. about three miles away from home, a steady rain started to fall. backing up a bit, i almost always check the weather radar before leaving to run and this morning i hadn’t seen any green on the screen.

anyway, i sort of shrugged off the rain and kept heading west on the bike trail (away from home) as the rain continued. by the time i turned around at 4.5 miles i was fairly well soaked and my shoes made that squishing noise when i’d take a step.

since the rain didn’t let up like i hoped it would, i decided to pick up the pace to run home a tad bit faster than usual. while the rain didn’t ease up on my way home there wasn’t any accompanying thunder or lightning either. sometimes it’s all about how you choose to perceive and respond when the unexpected happens, especially when you have zero influence on it.

7/1 – 5 miles
7/2 – 5 miles
7/3 – off
7/4 – 1 mile w/u, 20K in 1:20:51 (cool down for what)
7/5 – 4 miles
7/6 – 7 miles
7/7 – 7 miles
7/8 – 7 miles
7/9 – 7 miles
7/10 – 7 miles
7/11 – 7 miles
7/12 – 10 miles
7/13 – 10 miles
7/14 – 9 miles
7/15 – 9 miles
7/16 – 9 miles
7/17 – 9 miles
7/18 – 9 miles
7/19 – 10 miles
7/20 – 6 miles
7/21 – 9 miles

MTD – 159.5 miles (20/21 Days, 22 Hours & 56 Minutes)
YTD – 1,406.25 miles (192/202 Days, 205 Hours & 45 Minutes)
Odometer – 38,943 miles

July 21, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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Volksläufe 20K

instead of posting (yet) another race recap, this time around it’s going to be “failed photo captions” on photos taken near the finish line…enjoy!


tuck in your singlet!!
shut up legs!!
are we there yet?!
(photo credit: Tom Cameron)


fist pump, stop watch
…and i’m spent
it keeps going and going and going
(photos credit: Sean Hyland)


first. fill. free.
put. lid. down.
best. award. ever.
(photo credit: me. myself. mine.)

1 mile	6:22	0:06:22
2 mile	6:18	0:12:40
3 mile	6:16	0:18:56
4 mile	6:23	0:25:19
5 mile	6:24	0:31:43
6 mile	6:33	0:38:16
7 mile	6:28	0:44:44
8 mile	6:26	0:51:10
9 mile	6:48	0:57:58
10 mile	6:43	1:04:41
11 mile	6:29	1:11:10
12 mile	6:32	1:17:42
12.44 	3:10	1:20:52

1:20:52 **personal record**
30th/407 Overall
2nd/31 M40-44

July 7, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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half full

midway through the year and i’ve only got one race under my belt. that said, i’m on track for rolling 40,000 on my odometer by the end of the year. i’ve also managed to run 230 miles in june, which is a new best for me for the month of june.

small wins like a monthly mileage best go a long way towards keeping me motivated for my longer term goals like my odometer. meeting both short and long term goals will pay dividends when i do toe the line and race.

6/17 – 5 miles
6/18 – 9 miles
6/19 – 9.25 miles
6/20 – 9.25 miles
6/21 – 8 miles
6/22 – 9 miles
6/23 – 9 miles
6/24 – off
6/25 – 11 miles
6/26 – 11 miles
6/27 – 7 miles
6/28 – 8 miles
6/29 – 7 miles
6/30 – 8.5 miles

MTD – 230 miles (28/30 Days, 32 Hours & 48 Minutes)
YTD – 1246.75 miles (172/181 Days, 182 Hours & 49 Minutes)
Odometer – 38,784 miles

June 30, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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early riser

the thing i like most about this time of the year is how early the sun is up. without a doubt, sunlight makes it much easier to step out the front door in the wee hours of the morning.

as of late, there hasn’t been much to write about other than simply training. i had planned to toe the line for a local 5K but caught the same virus that my oldest two daughters seemed to have.

i can run through fevers/aches but chose to draw the line at “GI” issues. about all i really can do under those circumstances is to shrug it off and get back on the right track.

5/22 – 7 miles
5/23 – 7 miles
5/24 – 10 miles
5/25 – 10 miles
5/26 – 7 miles
5/27 – 7 miles
5/28 – 5 miles
5/29 – 5 miles
5/30 – 4 miles
5/31 – off

May Totals: 219.5 miles
(30/31 Days, 31 Hours & 42 Minutes)

6/1 – off
6/2 – 6 miles
6/3 – 6 miles
6/4 – 5 miles
6/5 – 7 miles
6/6 – 7 miles
6/7 – 12 miles
6/8 – 8 miles
6/9 – 7 miles
6/10 – 7 miles
6/11 – 7 miles
6/12 – 7 miles
6/13 – 9 miles
6/14 – 15 miles
6/15 – 7 miles
6/16 – 9 miles

MTD – 119 miles (15/16 Days, 16 Hours & 57 Minutes)
YTD – 1135.75 miles (159/167 Days, 166 Hours & 58 Minutes)
Odometer – 38,673 miles

June 16, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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slow play

while picking up my fifth grader from her first track practice this spring, she bounced into the backseat and her first words were “we ran a fartlek at practice today.” momentarily caught off guard, i asked for more details to see if she understood what the (swedish) term meant. (“speed play”)

she explained how she and her teammates went on a run which alternated between short/fast efforts and slower/easy efforts. needless to say, i had a wide grin on my mug for the ride home. not only could my daughter drop the word “fartlek” without giggling, she understood the concept behind it.

on the other hand, my training could best be described as “slow play” since my average training pace is in the upper 8′s per mile. even with the rather pedestrian training pace, i can afix a bib to my belly and grind out 6:25 per mile pace for a half marathon.

my best guess is that there are a number of factors that allow me to train slow and race “sort of” fast. among them are…

  • body weight (mid-150′s at 5’10)
  • consistency (recent 365 day run streak)
  • experience (umm… ## years)

while that’s all fine and good, i decided to do some strides after a ten mile run the other day. you know…work on the leg turnover.

the next morning my body wasn’t real pleased and it took me a really long time to get my rear end out the front door. next time i play like that i plan to temper my enthusiasm a bit.

5/1 – 7 miles
5/2 – 7 miles
5/3 – 7 miles
5/4 – 9 miles
5/5 – 7 miles
5/6 – 7 miles
5/7 – 7 miles
5/8 – 7 miles
5/9 – 7 miles
5/10 – 10.5 miles
5/11 – 9 miles
5/12 – 7 miles
5/13 – 7 miles
5/14 – 7 miles
5/15 – 5 miles
5/16 – 7 miles
5/17 – 10 miles
5/18 – 9 miles
5/19 – 7 miles
5/20 – 7 miles
5/21 – 7 miles

MTD – 157.5 miles (21/21 days, 22 hours & 43 minutes)
YTD – 954.75 miles (135/141 days, 141 hours & 1 minute)
Odometer – 38,492 miles

May 21, 2014 by Jerry Cameron
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