Just like November

The comparison struck me well after finishing up my 7-miler this morning, but it sure seems a lot like November.

Sloppy, with a layer of moist snow, covered the ground, but it was a terrific time to run. Unfortunately, it also means Riley needed a bath afterward, just like every time we’ve gone out together for the past couple weeks.

What’s good, though, is that I hope my running is starting to come around. Last week, I piled on 60 miles (the most I’ve done since right after the 2009 flood), and aim to do the same this week. The downside is that none of those miles are completed at a hard or intense pace. They’re just all slow. The upside is that for the first time in a while I feel my injury didn’t hold me back too much, except near the end of my run. I’m just hoping the less intense running gives me a chance to heal up.

For those who haven’t yet, it’s probably a good time to sign up for the Fargo Marathon if you haven’t. The races are filling up quickly, as noted by Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack last week. The 10K is expected to meet its capacity this week and the others by month’s end.

For me, I haven’t figured out yet what I’m doing, but I’ll make a decision after what I hope are at least a couple more weeks of high mileage. There are a couple of options I’m still weighing but I can’t help but get excited about the upcoming race season. At the same time, I’m a little frustrated that it’s going to start with me not being in the running shape that I hoped.

Still, there’s plenty to get excited about. Today is the 115th running of the Boston Marathon. For a list of runners registered for the race, click here. And you can check out the marathon’s website and track up to 5 people.

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