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Good Labor day out to everyone out there!

A few items of note for today.  I was looking at the YMCA Valley of the Sun half-marathon as a possible upcoming race even though I really don’t care at all for the route.  To my surprise this year the route has changed!  The entire race is now inside South Mountain Park.  Why they didn’t do this years ago I will never know but I am glad that they did it.  In the past the route took you down Central Ave and you we running right next to cars going in and out of South Mountain Park.  I am guessing that there will still be some auto traffic to deal with, but not anywhere near as bad as before.  Due to this change I just may be there this year. In it’s 42nd year this is Arizona’s oldest continuous race.

I will be in Flagstaff the weekend of September 17th for the Soccer at the Summit  soccer tournament. I am looking forward to this trip as I really would like to run Buffalo Park a few times, tour the Lumberyard Brewing facilities, and get out of this blasted heat.  Its september and still 110 degrees out here.  That ain’t right.

As for my running I had a decent week last week with some faster, longer runs mixed in with my regular training.  I have been able to maintain a better diet by mixing in more fruits and veggies.  I had some thoughts about trying the 8-1-1 diet but it appears a bit extreme for me (I know I like easy).  Maybe I can swing it for 30 days and see how I feel.

I am also eyeing the Xterra trail race at Estrella Mountain Park as a possible upcoming race.  Trial runs are always harder than road races simply because of the elevation changes and rough terrain, but I may try it.  Looking at the prior race results I will probably be a back of pack runner for this event, but it would be good for me to get out and give it a shot.

Today I got in a very steamy 6 miles, fairly slow pace but I will take it given the heat, humidity, and this locked neck vertebrae.  If I can keep a consistent level of miles going along with some more good tempos on the dreadmill I think I will be able to PR at the next half-marathon I run.  I really haven teen able to keep any decent consistency with my training.  I will have a few good days in a row and eat halfway decently, then I will go and miss a workout or two and eat like crap, which pushes me back about a week in training (at least by feel).

Here is a new IPA I recently picked up.  From the beer mecca of Salt Lake City.

Again, happy labor day and I will see you on the roads!

About runfaraz

I am a guy who loves to run marathons, and has been gifted with exceptionally slow genes which makes for mid pack finishes in races. If I don't run I become an unbalanced manic fool, so yes...running is my prozac. I believe that the key to a happy productive life is balance. Balance in all areas of your life. If one area is out of balance, all others go out of balance. Come back often as I love to see the hit counter go up!!! View all posts by runfaraz

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