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Let’s go Lego 5K #335 (30 remain)

I can’t believe I only have 30 runs left. I wanted to run someplace I have never been before on this landmark day.  Legoland is the magical place I decided to go.


There were lots of cool photo ops. I didn’t go in the park itself, but the hotel and surrounding areas were nice.


I wound up running on some rolling hills which were not fun.


I was a bit tired at the end of my run, but the hills and heat took a toll. 335th 5K

 

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Course record 5K #331 (34 remaining)

I quit running after work because I decided it better to rest my body, than to tack on a 5K run at the end of me working all night.

Today I made an exception to my new sleep strategy as I knew I had to work a double and getting my run in would be very difficult.

I started my run like a sloth. Very slow and painful are the thoughts that come to mind. My run felt very labored as I imagined it taking me all morning at my current pace.

At this point, I’m just trying to survive these runs. I’ve long let go of trying to increase my speed or set course records.

For some strange reason the internal coach in me started barking motivational commands, “cmon you certainly can go faster than this”, “are you going to let that turtle pass you like you’re standing still?”

With all the positive thoughts in my head (insert sarcasm), I decided to try to beat my course record around this pond on my run route. Last time I tried to beat my record, I missed by 15 seconds or so.

The only problem with trying to beat my record was I ran that fast time a long while ago when I was still relatively fresh and spry.

I reasoned with myself, if I’m going to be out her, I may as well get it over with faster.

 

When I reached the pond, I began quickening my stride. I imagined my feet light as feathers instead of the tree trunks they actually felt like. I concentrated on running with good form, but carrying no tension in my body.

I began to feel the breeze going by me and my heart rate quickened. I was actually moving at a much faster pace than I expected from my tired condition.  Before I knew it, I had completed my pond loop and couldn’t wait to get home and compare my time with my current record.

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I beat my course record (CR) by 20 seconds!!!

 

The interesting thing about my run is that going for the record, now had me running at a much faster pace.  When I tried to slow back down, my feet wouldn’t let me.  So I decided to run the rest of my route at this new faster pace.  The rest of my run went well, but I could feel the sore hamstring screaming at me.  I told my hammy to just keep it together for 34 more days and I’ll give it a big reward. https://www.strava.com/activities/592381887/embed/515a53044a08d27c4f9eb838dc25c148b27acb72” target=”_blank”>#331st 5K

Note to self, GET A FREAKING MASSAGE ALREADY.  SHEESH!!!

 

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There goes the neighborhood 5K #327 (38 remaining)

This last month or so of 5Ks are going to be particularly challenging from a mental standpoint. I’m just really bored of running the same routes over and over.

I actually live across the street from my old neighborhood of years ago. That’s the high dollar guard gated community of Stoneybrook West.

I have been thinking about running here for a long time, but as I mentioned it is a guard gated community. However, in my quest for something new, I decided to try to run through the gate anyways.

I was able to just squeeze around the liftgate while the guards busied themselves with the many cars passing trying to get in.

a mother duck and her two ducklings

 

It was a really nostalgic run as I took in the now mature landscaping and relived some memories of what seems like a different lifetime ago. The run itself was a bit labored.   Luckily, I was distracted trying to notice all the landscape and neighborhood changes from when I was one of the first occupants in this area.  As a side note, my right glute and hamstring continue to trouble me with soreness. https://www.strava.com/activities/588093350/embed/4e553386317cb0ed912ddd791342588c3d96a03d” target=”_blank”>328th 5K

Black Lake (yes there are gators)

I actually visited my old house, which seemed ginormous to me now. It was empty and looking for an owner. I’m told the house has not been able to stay lived in for various reasons.

It’s funny how my life has come full circle


Seems like a different lifetime when I lived here

 

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Rolling hills 5K #324 (41 remaining)

I spent a lot of time procrastinating this run. I stood outside for 10 minutes contemplating which direction I should go. I finally decided on a familiar route and off I went.

With the soreness in my right hamstring and calves, I’m amazed that I’m still able to run. Sitting at work has become a liability and I must get up frequently to avoid sciatic pain as well.

While running my usual route, I had a spur of the moment inspiration to run a route that I had been contemplating for months.

What was my apprehension regarding this route you ask? Well it was all rolling hills and no shade. I generally try to any and all hills during this streak as it requires additional recovery time that I can’t afford to take.

 

Following my moment of inspiration off I went in the direction of the hills. When running hills, I like to take short, choppy steps, to maximize efficiency and reduce impact on joints.

The new route was just what the doctor ordered as I was awakened with new sights and sounds of the open road.

 

 

I’ll know over the next day or so, what price (if any) I’ll have to pain for the added load on my muscles.  324th 5K

 

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I love exploring my surrounding neighborhoods

I’m also making a concerted effort to stay hydrated as the weather continues to get hotter. The countdown continues as day 325 arrives tomorrow.

 

 

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Milestone 50 5Ks left to run

A special day, not only was it Friday 13th, but only 50 remaining 5Ks left on my yearly challenge of running a 5k everyday for a year.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this run everyday for 315 days in a row.  Running a 5k everyday is just what I do at this point.  I know that being this close to my goal, nothing can stop me.

I feel like life will throw me one last challenge, so I’m just mentally preparing for that day.  I know that I really need a massage, as I can barely bend over due to back pain.  I somehow strained by back and I can barely pick something off the ground.  My stretching has been compromised due to the back pain, but I’m still moving forward pain or no pain.

Because today was a milestone run, I tried to go a little faster in honor of only 50 runs remaining to reach my goal.  I also picked one of my favorite places to run, and that is the West Orange Trail.  The trail is filled with all sorts of wonderful sights, sounds and activities to keep my mind distracted from any body aches and pains I might be suffering.  I was able to run relatively well and actually recorded some PRs on my route today. 50 remaining 5Ks

Oakland Avenue Charter school giving out free ice cold water. They were learning about hydration.

Beautiful trees along the trail

a nice trail view

To top the day off, I got to see my daughter Amaya place 3rd in the county long jump championships at Cady Way Park.  Amaya has had to endure some nagging injuries from basketball this year, but has been an amazing track and field athlete all season winning 99% of her events this year.  She had second place locked up until she was beaten by the very last athlete of the day.  All in all a great day for me and my family.

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My daughter Amaya flying through the air

 

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Family 5K run #305 (60 remaining)


Today was one of those ho hum days.  Feeling quite drained and sore, I was not in the mood for running a 5K.

As it often is in life, when you set out on a great goal and you get down and out, help will come from the least expected places.  Today my unexpected help came from my daughter Amaya aka “The Female Flash”.  Amaya wanted to get one last workout in before her big track meet tomorrow.  Amaya was quite excited to run and stretch with “The Old Man”.

While I didn’t quite share Amaya’s enthusiasm for running today, I could certainly get excited about helping my daughter work through one last training session before her big meet.

We went through an extensive warmup and stretch routine and then a light 5K run.  My son Amante went along for the “ride” so it became a family affair.  The kids didn’t stay with me for the entire 5k, but it was just the boost of energy I needed.  305th 5K

The remainder of my run was nice and steady with no music, just my thoughts.

 

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I beat “The Man” 300th consecutive 5K run (only 65 remaining!)

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On this day I beat “the man”.  LOL

Overshadowing my 300th consecutive 5K run was a day in court for a speeding ticket and a second ticket for not having my driver’s license available. I really didn’t have a reason to be fighting it in court. I mean I was speeding and I had misplaced my driver’s license on said day.

My only hope was that the officer who issued the tickets wouldn’t show up. When the judge got to me she asked “how do you plead? Your choices are guilty, no contest or not guilty”.

The difference about this court is they don’t tell you if the officer had showed up or not. I rolled the dice and said not guilty. After a brief pause, the judge told me the officer was no longer with the department!! All charges against me were dropped. Had I plead guilty or no contest, I would have still had to pay ticket and court cost.  Who hoo, a sign of a good day!

 

After my victory in court, it was onto my 5K run. My 300th consecutive day of running 3 or more miles. What seemed like a mild undertaking to me at the time I made the challenge to myself, slowly took over my life.

Since I was already in Polk county, I decided to find someplace new I had never run before. I found this run trail called Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve.

 

The trail offers a mixed of beautiful lakeside views, rustic bridges to cross and residential housing of various income levels.

 

 

I saw three jack rabbits seemingly coming out of the woods to greet me along my path. Every time I would stop to get my phone to take a picture of the rabbit, they would scurry back into the woods.  I guess some experiences in life are for your eyes only.

 


The run itself was more of a dogfight with myself, as my legs after working 5 consecutive nights of third shift feel like iron poles.  The weather is starting to get really hot and today was no exception with the temperature around 90 degrees.   300th 5K run

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I somehow survived my run and finished my day with another Zumba class. The class was high energy and fun.


All in all, a very memorable 300th 5K. I can’t believe I only have 65 more to go. I’ve even amazed myself at this point. I’m most proud of my 50 year old basketball knees holding up this well.

I’m actually looking forward to not having to run, and mixing in more variety to the activities I do.

 

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