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  1. I can't even imagine running your first marathon after what you did on the swim and bike. Total BMF. Nice work. Glad that you're considering one in the future. Great report, and I hope you heal up from your injuries.
  2. That's what has you trying this race in the first place! Go get 'em.
  3. Low-probability chance here, but often people forget that their credit cards have extended warranty protection on them. This has saved me on two laptop repairs and might help with your watch repair. Again, likely not, but just wanted to suggest it.
  4. This. The last 10K for me was an entirely different universe than the first 30K. It was a huge shock to the system for my first marathon and I ended-up walking 30% of the last 10K. But knowing that pain is coming can allow you to prepare for it. So for my second marathon, I did a 16-week training plan. Stuck with every single run as prescribed. Nothing skipped, nothing cut short. And still my second marathon was an exercise in suffering (post-30K again), but I at least was ready for it. Keeping a running pace through the end, to finish sub-4 and just over a minute faster than my first marathon, seems like cake to most BMFs here, but I still remember the pain and how deep I had to dig to not walk. As this is a safe place, it's something I'm incredibly proud of myself for. I don't think I've ever chosen that level (and duration) of suffering in my life, but I didn't give in. By the numbers, my time was nothing remarkable. But I remember what I had to do to not walk, and that's what I'm proud of. So I guess what I'm saying is that if you take sub-4 for granted, you're going to be unprepared (at least mentally). You've got way more natural talent than me, and that could win the day for you. But get back to training seriously ASAP. Test your fueling and hydration on your long training runs. Even with two marathons under my belt, my level of incoherence at the end of my second one still suggests that I was way under-hydrated.
  5. Trying to answer my own question. According to this article, swimming for 25 minutes is equal to 3 miles of running. This 4x channel crossing took 54 hours. So that's 389 running miles. I'm sure the science on that is wonky, but even if if it's 50% wrong, it's still a HFS-level achievement. A better article on the swim itself. While the channel is "only" 20 miles wide, she swam 120 miles of track distance due to tides (great map in the article showing the circuity of the swim). How can someone be in the water for 54 hours and not get hypothermia?
  6. Incredible. What is the conversion from open water swimming distance to running distance? This has to be a 200+ miler equivalent? Badass.
  7. *** BREAKING NEWS *** I ran 20K this morning and didn't have to stop for a mid-run poop. *** END BREAKING NEWS ***
  8. And it's three hours after it gets dark up here in the winter. Thankfully I have blinds that are good enough. And getting up at 0300/0400 results in me being so damn tired at the end of the day it's not an issue getting to sleep.
  9. Yeah, this is why I don't like PPR. A 2yd catch is the same as 12 yards on the ground. Seems like an imbalance in value to me.
  10. Cool, if you're not on Strava, many of us have found it to be a great way to track progress/volume. For me, it's a great motivator because I'm a numbers guy and always wanting to improve. Finally, if you're looking for any advice from the BMFs in this thread, often they will use your Strava runs as a basis for that. We have a group in Strava, which makes it easier to track as we're chatting in this thread. It's amazing what some of these guys are capable of. There are a few of us who are pretty new to running (or returned to it after a long hiatus) over the last couple of years (me, @gianmarco, @The Iguana, @ChiefD, among others) so if you're interested, you can flip through this thread and read some of our race reports and experiences. I ran my first HM just under a year ago (race report here), and @gianmarco's first HM race report was a huge benefit to my first race. @gianmarco has dialed-back his racing since then, but has another HM targeted for next year. I think @ChiefD has a phrase that would describe @gianmarco's lack of racing lately, but I'll let you discover that on your own. Welcome to the group and keep us updated on your progress!
  11. Wait, what? I won my FF matchup? I guess the only thing I'll beat @SFBayDuck in life is this match. Need to get him up here for some trails, and he can show me who's boss.
  12. Are you in the Strava FBG group? Which HM are you running? I'm not cool enough like the other BMFers here to wear active lighting but 100% of my midweek runs are in the dark. I choose a route that is well-lit and on sidewalks/paths and not the street. If I were running on the street, I'd probably go with some kind of active lighting. Also it helps that I get out early enough that there is little traffic on the road.
  13. That's me every morning lately. Even last Saturday, I'm sitting in my car at the trailhead at 0700, about to kick off a ~20K trail run, and I just want to sit there. But I got going. And once I got going it was good. Really good. Because I've been keeping the volume up this year, I'm still progressing and I saw it right away on the first big hill. I ran some of that climb, more than I ever have before. And then through the rest of the 25K I ran more of the uphills than ever before. And PR'd pretty much every segment on the route. That got me energized and has me feeling better about my runs this week. Sunday, my friends wanted to go out for a hike, and one of them has been taking lots of time off lately (and putting on some weight). So I know when I go with him there won't be any running and even the uphills will be a pretty easy pace. So I tried something new: Normally when I know things are going to be slow, I leave my running vest at home and take my backpack, which has much more #### (2L of water, knife, first aid kits, granola bars, etc) in it. This time to make things a little harder, I filled a 4L (~1 gallon) jug of water and threw it in my pack. So adding some weight to my already heavier gear. While only ~9lbs of added weight, holy hell did it ever slow me down and make me work on the climbs (about 750m/2,400ft of elevation). But again I felt great at the end that I did some work (and still had the company of my friends). So I guess my point is perhaps you need to challenge yourself more. Run some strides or intervals on your shorter runs. Something that is harder than just your usual "easy" pace. Maybe it will get you energized by the end, rather than just "checking the box". Sorry, wish I had more. ETA: I see from a subsequent post that you have trails nearby. Definitely mix that in. Does it have any elevation? If so, if and a Strava Segment doesn't already exist for one of the climbs, add one. This is a big thing for me. Go out and PR a tough segment, especially a hill. Start with power-hiking and then progress to running. Moving up the charts on a segment has been a huge motivator for me.