Tales of Running: Battle Won and on the Path to Victory, or My Amazing 30K

I'm still awed by my performance that the 30K run I did on Sunday, September 29, 2013.  Maybe that sounds a bit conceited.  I don't mean it to be.  My mind is still reeling from the accomplishment.  That I could do a 30K still shocks me even though I did it last year.  But that I did the run today in a personal record time that I didn't think I could do, just leaves me awestruck.

Image: Lance holding finishing medal.
I should mention that I cried twice during this run.  I couldn't help it and truth be told, I didn't want to stop it.  I've talked about crying while running before.  It's just something I do.  Somewhere between the physical exhaustion and the mental realization that I am doing something that for much of my life I thought was not only crazy to do but beyond my ability, I'm overwhelmed with the fact that I am not only doing it, but actually enjoying it.  And so the tears of joys and the heavy sobs are signs of pride.  

I have much to be proud about in my running of late.  The last few races that I've actually done, I've had great success.  I had to skip the Wicked Half Marathon from last week because of other obligations, but I did manage to have a hard run this week.  I ran 6.5 miles at a 9-minute mile pace.  I know that will never break any levels of success.  But much of the summer, my runs of 45 minutes or longer were somewhere between 9:30-10:00 minute miles.  I sometimes would do better if it was a road race, but my own runs, never really dipped below that.  However, this past week, I destroyed that record.  

Great as this was, it was a shadow of the 30K accomplishment.  Last year, I suffered through this run. I did it but it was harsh and I walked significant chunks of it.  I also opted for the Sunrise start, concerned that I would be so far behind that the race would end before I did.  I came in at 3 hours 39 minutes.  I was and am proud of completing it.  After doing it, it opened up the consideration to do a marathon and has led me down the path to where I am today.  

But today was glorious for me.  I nailed this race beyond what I thought possible.  On Facebook, I said that I'd aim for 3 hours 20 minutes, but I had hoped for 3 hours 10 minutes.  I came in at 3 hours and 55 seconds.  I carved 39 minutes off my run in the last year.  In fact, at the 13.1 mile point in the race, I was around 2:06, which means I even shaved 3 minutes off my best half-marathon time.  The significance there is that I have shaved off 35 minutes from my half-marathon time.  This is important because I think one of my own goals in the next year or two is to get under the 2 hour mark for the half marathon and it's clear that it is definitely an achievable goal.

Digital watch time:  3:00:56 hours; 18.99 miles
30K = about 18.6 miles
GPS watch isn't entirely acurate
I had contemplated doing the Sunrise start again, but decided I would start with the other runners and aim for under 11 minute miles (which was the cut off point between the regular start time and the sunrise runners).  It was clearly the right decision.

There are many thoughts and experiences surrounding this run for me.  Some of which are clear such as watching the lead pack of runners past by at several points in the race (there were several places where doubling back occurred).  They glided by me at a pace I will never know but every time they did past by me I did find my step pick up and found the strength to push a bit more through the race.  I'm not envious of them for their skills--I'm often in awe of them.  And though I will never know their speed, I do get the distanced and determined look in their eyes as they move their bodies.  There's the herd of people I regularly jockeyed with throughout the race.  Many who pushed me and many whom I pushed, getting ahead, falling behind, going step for step, none of whom I know, but all of whom I'm thankful for.

I did the right things for this race again.  I spent a lot of the week leading up to it, visualizing and running hard in my mind.  I rest up and fueled up well in the morning.  I stretched and gave my mind the inner peace to prepare for the trek.

But one tactic that I haven't talked much about but have taken advantage of is receiving reiki the day before my runs.  In fact, I've had regular sessions of reiki from Mindful Reiki Healing and it has had a wonderful calming and centering effect that has worked wonders with the mind-game that makes up much of running.  Receiving reiki in itself is a rewarding and peaceful experience.  However, in conjunction with such physical challenges, I have found it gives me something else to call upon and center me as the running continues and my mental capacity diminishes.

In all, the run was a great accomplishment that I'm still smiling about.  It gives me a lot of hope for the marathon (in 3 weeks) and is quite rewarding to see the work paying off.  I have one more half marathon before the big race which I'm looking forward to (again, sentences like that still make me laugh and think "Who are you?").

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Librivox Part 4: Free Science-Fiction MP3 Audiobooks Galore

We're more than halfway there in this series on free genre audiobooks to find on Librivox.  Previous posts in this series include:
Just a note about the links and categories.  Not all links will open up a new tab.  If you want to open a new table with a link, either press the "Control" button when clicking or right click and select the "Open in New Tab" option.  As for categories, I've tried best to put authors on the pages that I think they fit with regard to genre but many of these authors cross the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy (sometimes within the same story), so they are not as clear.  So your favorite horror author might end up in fantasy, but they should be found throughout.

Frederik Pohl
Robert Silverberg
  1. Robert Silverberg. "The Hunted Heroes" (in "Happy Unfortunate, The") · (readers)
  2. Silverberg, Robert. "Happy Unfortunate, The" · (readers)
  3. Silverberg, Robert. "Happy Unfortunate, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 019") · (readers)
  4. Silverberg, Robert. "Hunted Heroes, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 031") · (readers)
  5. Silverberg, Robert. "Judas Valley, The" · (readers)
  6. Silverberg, Robert. "Postmark Ganymede" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 034") · (readers)
  7. Silverberg, Robert. "Starman's Quest" · (readers)
Clifford Simak
  1. Simak, Clifford D.. "Empire" · (readers)
  2. Simak, Clifford D.. "Hellhounds of the Cosmos" · (readers)
  3. Simak, Clifford D.. "Hellhounds of the Cosmos" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 032") · (readers)
  4. Simak, Clifford D.. "Project Mastodon" · (readers)
  5. Simak, Clifford D.. "Project Mastodon" (in "X Minus One Project") · (readers)
  6. Simak, Clifford D.. "Street That Wasn't There, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 016") · (readers)
  7. Simak, Clifford D.. "World That Couldn't Be, The" · (readers)
Clark Ashton Smith
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  1. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Masters of Space" · (readers)
  2. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Skylark of Space, The" · (readers)
  3. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Skylark of Space, The (version 2)" · (readers)
  4. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Skylark Three" · (readers)
  5. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Spacehounds of IPC" · (readers)
  6. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Subspace Survivors" · (readers)
  7. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Triplanetary" · (readers)
  8. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Triplanetary, First in the Lensman Series" · (readers)
  9. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Vortex Blaster, The" · (readers)
  10. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Blue Tower, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 002") · (readers)
  11. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Doorway, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 030") · (readers)
  12. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Most Sentimental Man, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 034") · (readers)
  13. Smith, E. E. “Doc”. "Vortex Blaster, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 017") · (readers)
Jack Vance
  1. Vance, Jack. "Sjambak" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 027") · (readers)
Jules Verne
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  1. Verne, Jules. "Antarctic Mystery, An" · (readers)
  2. Verne, Jules. "Around the World in Eighty Days" · (readers)
  3. Verne, Jules. "Around the World in Eighty Days (version 2)" · (readers)
  4. Verne, Jules. "Around the World in Eighty Days (version 3)" · (readers)
  5. Verne, Jules. "Around the World in Eighty Days (version 4)" · (readers)
  6. Verne, Jules. "Blockade Runners, The" · (readers)
  7. [Dutch] Verne, Jules. "Bounty, Muiterij aan boord der" (in "Verzamelde korte Nederlandstalige Werken 001") · (readers)
  8. [German] Verne, Jules. "Chancellor, Der" · (readers)
  9. [French] Verne, Jules. "Cinq semaines en ballon" · (readers)
  10. Verne, Jules. "Dick Sands the Boy Captain" · (readers)
  11. Verne, Jules. "Doctor Ox's Experiment" · (readers)
  12. [German] Verne, Jules. "Doctor Ox, Eine Idee des" · (readers)
  13. [German] Verne, Jules. "Drama in den Lüften, Ein" (in "Sammlung kurzer deutscher Prosa 031") · (readers)
  14. Verne, Jules. "Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon" · (readers)
  15. Verne, Jules. "Facing the Flag" · (readers)
  16. [Danish] Verne, Jules. "Fem Uger i Ballon" · (readers)
  17. Verne, Jules. "Five Weeks in a Balloon" · (readers)
  18. Verne, Jules. "From the Earth to the Moon" · (readers)
  19. [German] Verne, Jules. "Frritt-Flacc!" (in "Sammlung kurzer deutscher Prosa 022") · (readers)
  20. Verne, Jules. "Fur Country, The or Seventy Degrees North Latitude" · (readers)
  21. Verne, Jules. "In Search of the Castaways" · (readers)
  22. Verne, Jules. "In the Year 2889" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 009") · (readers)
  23. Verne, Jules. "In the Year 2889" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 006") · (readers)
  24. Verne, Jules. "In The Year 2889" (in "LibriVox 8th Anniversary Collection") · (readers)
  25. Verne, Jules. "Journey to the Centre of the Earth, A"· (readers)
  26. Verne, Jules. "Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A" · (readers)
  27. [French] Verne, Jules. "Kéraban-le-têtu" · (readers)
  28. [French] Verne, Jules. "Lorsque la douce nuit..." (in "Compilation de poèmes - 003") · (readers)
  29. [French] Verne, Jules. "Lune, La" (in "Compilation de poèmes - 004") · (readers)
  30. Verne, Jules. "Master of the World, The" · (readers)
  31. [German] Verne, Jules. "Meister Zacharius" · (readers)
  32. Verne, Jules. "Michael Strogoff" · (readers)
  33. [Dutch] Verne, Jules. "Michael Strogoff, de Koerier van den Czaar" · (readers)
  34. Verne, Jules. "Mysterious Island, The" · (readers)
  35. Verne, Jules. "Mysterious Island, The (version 2)" · (readers)
  36. [Dutch] Verne, Jules. "Naar het Middelpunt der Aarde" · (readers)
  37. Verne, Jules. "Off on a Comet" · (readers)
  38. [French] Verne, Jules. "Pays des fourrures, Le" · (readers)
  39. [Dutch] Verne, Jules. "Reis om de Wereld in 80 Dagen, De" · (readers)
  40. Verne, Jules. "Round the Moon" · (readers)
  41. [Dutch] Verne, Jules. "Tien Uren op Jacht" (in "Verzamelde korte Nederlandstalige Werken 002") · (readers)
  42. Verne, Jules. "Topsy-Turvy" · (readers)
  43. [French] Verne, Jules. "Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours, Le" · (readers)
  44. [French] Verne, Jules. "Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine, Les" · (readers)
  45. Verne, Jules. "Tribulations of a Chinaman in China, The" · (readers)
  46. Verne, Jules. "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" · (readers)
  47. Verne, Jules. "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Ver. 2" · (readers)
  48. Verne, Jules. "Underground City or the Child of the Cavern, The" · (readers)
  49. [French] Verne, Jules. "Vingt mille lieues sous les mers" · (readers)
  50. [French] Verne, Jules. "Voyage au centre de la terre" · (readers)
  51. [German] Verne, Jules. "William Dampier" (in "Sammlung kurzer deutscher Prosa 007") · (readers)
H.G. Wells
  1. Wells, H. G.. "Ann Veronica" · (readers)
  2. Wells, H. G.. "Anticipations" · (readers)
  3. Wells, H. G.. "First Men in the Moon, The" · (readers)
  4. Wells, H. G.. "Floor Games" · (readers)
  5. Wells, H. G.. "Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth, The" · (readers)
  6. Wells, H. G.. "God, the Invisible King" · (readers)
  7. Wells, H. G.. "History of Mr. Polly, The" · (readers)
  8. Wells, H. G.. "In the Days of the Comet" · (readers)
  9. Wells, H. G.. "Invisible Man, The" · (readers)
  10. Wells, H. G.. "Invisible Man, The (Version 2)" · (readers)
  11. Wells, H. G.. "Island of Dr. Moreau, The" · (readers)
  12. Wells, H. G.. "Kipps" · (readers)
  13. Wells, H. G.. "Little Wars (A Game for Boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books) With an Appendix on Kriegspiel" · (readers)
  14. Wells, H. G.. "Modern Utopia, A" · (readers)
  15. Wells, H. G.. "Passionate Friends, The" · (readers)
  16. Wells, H. G.. "Secret Places of the Heart, The" · (readers)
  17. Wells, H. G.. "Sleeper Awakes, The" · (readers)
  18. Wells, H. G.. "Story of the Stone Age, A" · (readers)
  19. Wells, H. G.. "Time Machine, The" · (readers)
  20. Wells, H. G.. "Time Machine, The (Version 2)" · (readers)
  21. Wells, H. G.. "Time Machine, The (Version 3)" · (readers)
  22. Wells, H. G.. "Time Machine, The (Version 4)" · (readers)
  23. Wells, H. G.. "Tono-Bungay" · (readers)
  24. Wells, H. G.. "War in the Air, The" · (readers)
  25. Wells, H. G.. "War of the Worlds, The" · (readers)
  26. Wells, H. G.. "War of the Worlds, The (version 2)" · (readers)
  27. Wells, H. G.. "Wheels of Chance, The" · (readers)
  28. Wells, H. G.. "World Set Free, The" · (readers)
  29. Wells, H. G.. "World Set Free, The, Version 2" · (readers)
  30. Wells, H. G.. "Beautiful Suit, The" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 003") · (readers)
  31. Wells, H. G.. "Moonlight Fable, A" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 014") · (readers)
  32. Wells, H. G.. "Red Room, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 002") · (readers)
  33. Wells, H. G.. "Red Room, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  34. Wells, H. G.. "Red Room, The" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 006") · (readers)
  35. Wells, H. G.. "Red Room, The" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 012") · (readers)
  36. Wells, H. G.. "Story of the Inexperienced Ghost, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 005") · (readers)
  37. Wells, H. G.. "Strange Orchid, The" (in "Horror Story Collection 003") · (readers)
  38. Wells, H. G.. "Strange Orchid, The" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 001") · (readers)
  39. Wells, H. G.. "Country of the Blind, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 032") · (readers)
  40. Wells, H. G.. "Crystal Egg, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 015") · (readers)
  41. Wells, H. G.. "Diamond Maker, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 006") · (readers)
  42. Wells, H. G.. "Filmer" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 039") · (readers)
  43. Wells, H. G.. "In The Avu Observatory" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 017") · (readers)
  44. Wells, H. G.. "New Accelerator, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 015") · (readers)
  45. Wells, H. G.. "New Accelerator, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 046") · (readers)
  46. Wells, H. G.. "Plattner Story, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 023") · (readers)
  47. Wells, H. G.. "Star, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 023") · (readers)
  48. Wells, H. G.. "Star, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 038") · (readers)
  49. Wells, H. G.. "Story of the Late Mr Elvesham, The" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 010") · (readers)
  50. Wells, H. G.. "Country of the Blind, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 021") · (readers)
  51. Wells, H. G.. "Crystal Egg , The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 052") · (readers)
  52. Wells, H. G.. "Door in the Wall, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 006") · (readers)
  53. Wells, H. G.. "Door In The Wall, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 044") · (readers)
  54. Wells, H. G.. "Man who could Work Miracles, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 033") · (readers)
  55. Wells, H. G.. "Purple Pileus" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 040") · (readers)
  56. Wells, H. G.. "Under the Knife" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 009") · (readers)
Philip Wylie
Science Fiction Short Story Anthologies
  1. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 001" · (readers)
  2. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 002" · (readers)
  3. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 003" · (readers)
  4. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 004" · (readers)
  5. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 005" · (readers)
  6. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 006" · (readers)
  7. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 007" · (readers)
  8. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 009" · (readers)
  9. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 010" · (readers)
  10. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 011" · (readers)
  11. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 012" · (readers)
  12. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 013" · (readers)
  13. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 014" · (readers)
  14. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 015" · (readers)
  15. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 016" · (readers)
  16. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 017" · (readers)
  17. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 018" · (readers)
  18. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 019" · (readers)
  19. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 020" · (readers)
  20. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 021" · (readers)
  21. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 022" · (readers)
  22. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 023" · (readers)
  23. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 024" · (readers)
  24. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 025" · (readers)
  25. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 026" · (readers)
  26. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 027" · (readers)
  27. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 028" · (readers)
  28. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 029" · (readers)
  29. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 030" · (readers)
  30. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 031" · (readers)
  31. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 032" · (readers)
  32. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 033" · (readers)
  33. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 034" · (readers)
  34. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 035" · (readers)
  35. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 036" · (readers)
  36. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 037" · (readers)
  37. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 038" · (readers)
  38. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 039" · (readers)
  39. Various. "Short Science Fiction Collection 040" · (readers)

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