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Through the spring, I hiked pretty consistently on the hill- locally called a mountain, but tiny – with my dog and pumped a little iron along the way. I love the little ‘health clubs’ on the paths. I got my chin up reps up to more than 20 in four sets. Not great, but a great improvement.
In the summer, I went to Gangwondo and met some friends and taught some biology. I also took advantage of the surprisingly cool temps and great running track to work on 75 km in three weeks. When I returned home, I set a new goal – 80 km in three weeks – and have just completed it.
I like the time frame. It is easy to see the end point and stay motivated. I can also, and definitely will this time, take a break between three-week periods. I need the break. At halfway of the second set, I was ahead of schedule but as the second week finished, I experienced great cramps in my right leg. As they eased, I had cramps in my left leg. Throughout the six weeks, my right Achilles tendon has been aching.
There was a point in the fourth week that I felt great. A stoplight would change and I was a distance away from the crosswalk and I would float effortlessly to the crosswalk and across. It felt wonderful.
For the last ten days, though, the only feeling has been grim determination to finish in any way. At the beginning, I watched my stats as my time decreased even as the distance increased. Greater distances felt better and better. At the end, I have had to restrain myself. Late last week, I went a little too fast -not fast at all, but too fast, and had to stop at 2.7 km of what should have been 5.4 or more kilometres. This week, I have managed a steady 8-9 kph while in the second week (of six) I was faster than 10 kph.
This is Sunday of a long weekend. Chuseok. After Chuseok, I will set a new three week goal. The three days off should allow me to recover. I hope.