Sunday Music: Florence + the Machine’s Dog Days are Over


Neuse River Bridge Run Countdown – 32 Days

The Neuse River Bridge Run 5k is in just 32 days…Just more than 4 weeks.

I’m in week 4 of Ease into 5k and may not finish the full program before the race. I think I’ll be okay, though. My race goal is to finish the 5k in less than 35 minutes and I think I’ll be just fine.

We ran on the Rails-to-Trail path today. It was really nice. Here’s the Strava data, if you’re interested.

Ease into 5k: Week 3 Days 1 & 2 and the Fitness Plan Going Forward

Now that the knee pain has pretty much resolved itself, I’ve been back into the Ease into 5K business.

Two workouts in and everything seems to be okay. Week 3 Day 1 and Week 3 Day 2 Strava data is linked.

I may not have time to complete Ease into 5K before October 20th, but I’m confident that without further knee injury, I’ll be fit enough to run and finish the race…Maybe even within my goal time (31 minutes).

I also did a really nice almost-14 mile bicycle ride on Saturday.

I called it my “first-ever Lycra-ride” on Facebook and Twitter…And it was. I’ve never before ridden my bicycle wearing only spandex. The Specialized BG RBX bib-shorts are awesome. I’ve never been so comfortable as when I started wearing them on the bicycle, even with my standard shorts worn over. On Saturday, though, it was just the bibs and a jersey (some blue Specialized model. Nothing too fancy.). I was way more comfortable than I expected and, since it was early enough that there were few folks out, I wasn’t terribly worried about what I looked like.

The ride was great. Five laps around Carolina Forest Blvd and a loop through Carolina Plantations. I even won a King of the Mountain for a Carolina Forest Blvd lap. I’m sure that’ll last all of a week, if that long.

My plan going forward is thus: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Ease into 5K. Tuesday and Thursday: 100 Pushups and 200 Crunches (the workouts, not actually 100 pushups and 200 crunches…). Somewhere in there I’ll be working in bicycle commuting (probably Tuesdays and Thursdays) and longer rides (Saturdays or Sundays).