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Saturday Morning from Alameda

Saturday morning long run.

Here is how Ted’s morning practice goes.
Up at 8:00 A.M.
Make a batch of “Ted’s Terrific pancakes” ™ and serve with coffee.  Done by 9:00 A.M.
Drink water and dress for run.  I always walk around outside to gauge the weather first.
10:00 A.M., I hit the streets of Alameda.
Today was the Bay Farm to Crab Cove out and back.  It was a Beautiful day with a mix of sun and fog with temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  The trail was full of people and the “Schools of Oakland” marathon training group was out today.  I like running when the trail is full.  People make life interesting.

Today, we cruised along for a 9 mile jog in about 1:37.  The trick of long slow runs is to run slowly.  You can eat pancakes and drink coffee up to an hour before a long slow run.  You should never over eat.  Doing so before a long run can be bad but eating is a good way to gauge your speed.  If you start to feel nauseous at the beginning of a run after eating, you are going to fast.  Long runs are not to build  up your cardiovascular system.  They are to build up your strength and endurance.  I can say this with confidence because I always go to fast on at least one long run and injure myself.  Injuries when training for a big event are terrible.  They slow you down or make you cancel the event.  It is heart breaking to cancel an event that you have training for months to do.  In any event, today was a great day to train in the SF Bay area.

Keep up the training and I will see you in Oakland March 28th.

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