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Aging and My Mid-Life Crisis

I can't believe that I am now 40. It sounds SO OLD. But I don't feel like I should be THAT old. Its depressing. I think I'm having a harder time accepting this then I did for when I turned 30.

It's scary. To be frank and a little macabre, you have to start planning for end of life stuff. There is a lot I have yet to do with my life. But to be planning old people stuff, its scary.

How much longer am I going to live? How can I do this the healthiest that I possibly can? Should I buy life insurance for my other half and I? How can I increase our retirement savings. (Going on a cruise a couple times a year is not helping with that savings.) At what age should I sign up for AARP?

I had one friend die of Pancreatic cancer this past year. It hit him hard and sadly fast. I had another friend in November pass due to complications with pneumonia and his diabetes. I seen him in the store a week or two before he passed and he was out of it. I googled both their names when I did n…

I Need A Plan

My next half marathon, City of Trees, is 10 weeks away. Not very far off. Half marathon #5 for me!

Once I completed Seattle, I have not followed any sort of running plan. Just kinda did whatever mileage I wanted by feel and time constraints. As confident as I may be with completing another half without following a training plan, I decided to plug in all of my info into the Runners World Smart Coach.

I feel that I have a pretty good base mileage comfort level. Although I feel like I have stagnated a bit the past 3 months.

So far this summer, I noticed that I can get faster. Wow, even this week has had proof. I know I have it in me to push a little harder then what I always do. Other then the insane heat of the past 2 months keeping me indoors, away from a treadmill and decreasing my mileage, I have noticed a slight trend of my miles staying consistently in the 11's and drifting more and more into the 10's. Reflecting on how I felt on my 90 degree run on Wednesday was proof and the kick in the running skirt that I needed.

I may be fat, but I am stronger and faster then what I was a year ago. The plan above I may or may not follow, since it is a very generous goal of 2:11 (which probably isn't realistic or healthy) and only 10 weeks away. But in all honesty, I am cool with anything under 2:30, which will be another half marathon PR. This will just guide me into a potentially faster direction.

When do you decide to PR? Every race? A goal race? How do you figure out your training plan? A 20 minute PR in 10 weeks - doable?


  1. It looks like you have a good mix of tempo runs and speedwork, which is what you'll need for your half marathon PR. If you're really concerned about how you're going to perform, try running a tune-up race and see what the equivalent half marathon time would be using Greg McMillan's running calculator ( If your race will be in cooler weather that will help you run a little faster, too.

    Good luck with your training! Keep us updated on how it's going. We're rooting for you! :)

    1. Thanks! I guess I should check out McMillan's calculator. It has been a while since I even plugged any info into any running calculator.


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