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End of August Training Update

August Totals: Running 174.5 miles + Hiking 15.5 miles for Beej, Su ran about 3 miles less than that over 27 days. It was a good month!

Highlights: We did a 20 mile run on 8/14 and a 22 mile run on 8/28 as our long runs – these are typically Susan’s favorite. For pure toughness training, though, the 4 miles at 6am in the driving rain on 8/25 was her highlight. For speedwork, we did repeat miles on 8/17 – Brian ran perhaps his fastest mile ever at 6:23. We are both recovering much faster from our long runs than we did earlier in the season; our main focus lately has been on disciplined pacing and negative splits (wait, am I back in high school? I sound like Coach Blosser!).

We’ve signed up for the Around Cape Ann 25K, a race we did together back in 2001 and Susan did last year, which makes it a staple as a marathon preparation event. Our plan is to make it a pace run at 8:37s, but with the hills it will be challenging. We also have the Reach The Beach Relay in just two weeks, which promises to be really fun!

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