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January 5, 2012

Plans Changed!

by Brendan

Pam's South Daytona Instagram

So, my plans changed — driving all the way from Gainesville, FL to Asheville, NC in just a few days started to seem like an ordeal.  (Had even planned to get up at 4:30 or 5:00 Sunday morning so that I wouldn’t be pulling into Asheville after dark.)

So I went to Daytona Beach, where used to live and have gone 3-4 times lately — it’s sorta the default getaway, not so far and on the ocean.  Stayed, as usual, at the SeaScape Inn, right on the beach in Daytona Shores, which is just south of Daytona Beach proper.  It’s cheap, a little tatty but not too bad, and I get a little room with a kitchen and a small balcony that’s right on the ocean.

Arrived Sunday afternoon, and within an hour or so of arrival was taking a fast walk on the beach — did 4.4 miles, which I know exactly because of Map My Run .  Then on Monday morning did about the same, going north on the beach toward the Daytona Pier instead of south on the beach toward the Port Orange Pier and ran into a 25-mph breeze, so a negative split of 32 minutes out and 28 minutes back, this time 4.5 miles, of which 2.5 were running.

Picked up a little cold in Daytona, so running was a little down when I got back to Gainesville — but I did 3.25 miles yesterday (Wednesday) and 3.5 today, for a total so far for the week of 18.25.  And it’s been bitter cold, going down to 20 degrees yesterday morning and 29 today.

My new goal for the year, which I decided on after someone on the Dead Runners Society listserv said the same, is 100-mile months.  That’s not so different from what I’ve been doing and only needs 23 or 24 miles a week (since most months have more than 4 weeks).

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