Chris Abraham Running Renaissance Summer 2018

My first run since I was sick in January 2017!

Splits from Chris Abraham's 2018 running renaissance first run route

I took the first run of the rest of my life after being sick back in January 2017 this morning. Call my form Japanese Slow Jogging or Zombie Shuffle–the Cliff Young Ultra Shuffle?–but this is where it starts.

Stats from Chris Abraham's 2018 running renaissance first run route

I’ll be back to an 11 or 12-minute mile by the end of summer, inshallah! All the erging and kettlebell swings and walking have done wonders for my getting back on the road and not having my lungs and heart being my limitation. Strava did a great job of carving my run out of all of that banking so my score looks a little better with a 17:11 pace instead of a 24:00 or 45:00 pace!

7/26/20183.06 mi52:4217:1184153 ft

Huzzah! After 3 miles, I took the 16A bus home. Don’t want to burn out on my first day. Plus, I want to do some erging, some swinging, some TRX, some kettlebell workouts, and some and, push-ups, and some calisthenics (side-straddle hops!). Without killing myself. Also, hydrate and stretch!

Chris Abraham's 2018 running renaissance first run route

Also, today was the maiden running voyage of my Nike Zoom Pegasus 34s.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 running shoes

My new Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 running shoes

My History of Running

I was a runner back in high school after the unlimited heavyweight class guy I was practicing with sat straight down on my single leg takedown. I dropped out and spent a lot of time at the chiropractor and physical therapist clinic until I was healed. After that, I took to the roads. I started running from my house in Kaimuki, around Diamond Head via Diamond Head Road, and then down to Kaimana Beach and Sans Souci Beach. Generally, I would jump into the water, take a swim, get back, dry off, and then run home. I kept on running into college, before and after rowing Crew. I continued running through my 20s and then into my 30s, though they were splotchy years. Back in 2011 I started doing a lot more riding and walking than I had been doing. It looks like I started running again in February 2012–lots of running and a lot of cycling on my amazing, single speed, Surly Steamroller.

Really Started Back in 2013

I don’t know what happened to me back in 2013 but I really took to running again, here on Columbia Pike in South Arlington. I think I took back to it for for my mental health! I think I was also in shape again as the result of some serious personal training and time at XSport.

When I Trained for a 5K from Couch to 5k

This was really fun to find over on Garmin Connect when I was using my Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS watch (you probably don’t remember these). But this is super-fun to look back at.

2013-05-28 12:47:15Couch to 10k; W1D21.5723628:32:0018:14
2013-05-29 20:46:56Couch to 10k: W1D31.8530030:13:0016:20
2013-05-30 18:32:32Couch to 10k: W2D11.8327531:36:0017:16
2013-05-31 20:20:25Week 2, Day 2 of Couch to 10k1.8532739:58:0021:36
2013-06-01 19:18:24Week 2, Day 3 of Couch to 10k1.7530031:08:0017:50
2013-06-02 15:44:06Week 3, Day 1, Couch to 10k2.3535035:56:0015:23
2013-06-05 12:00:42Week 3, Day 2 of Couch to 10k1.7927732:12:0017:58
2013-06-08 18:37:36Week 3, day 3 of Couch to 10k1.9747030:40:0015:23
2013-06-09 12:07:20Week 4, Day 1, Couch to 10K Training2.0232633:49:0016:40
2013-06-12 16:01:55Week 4, Day 2 of Couch to 10k2.4836943:30:0017:39
2013-06-14 18:29:29Week 4, day 3 of Couch to 10k” training”2.2735437:44:0016:36
2013-06-15 12:29:37Week 5, day 1 of my Couch to 5k” training”2.7644655:23:0020:06
2013-06-16 19:06:34Week 5, day 2 of my Couch to 5k to 10k training2.894251:08:2823:43
2013-06-19 20:37:40Week 5, day 3 of the Couch to 5k to 10k training2.5340442:55:0017:00
2013-06-22 10:10:22Week 6, day 1 of Couch to 10k2.5337242:40:0016:53
2013-06-23 12:08:58Week 6, day 2 of couch to 10k2.0832743:00:0020:41
2013-06-24 17:20:36Week 6, day 3, couch to 10k2.5237046:31:0018:26
2013-06-26 18:29:00Week 7, day 1 of my Couch to 5k to 10k2.2433144:27:0019:50
2013-06-28 21:15:16Week 7 day 2 of my Couch to 10k went well1.9228432:18:0016:48
2013-06-30 16:03:54Week 7, day 3 of Couch to 10k using 10k Runner” and it was smooth”1.8227031:33:0017:18
2013-07-01 19:06:12week 7, day 3 of Couch to 10k2.2733839:21:0017:21
2013-07-02 16:52:57Week 8, day 1 of my couch to 10k training2.5236142:20:0016:49
2013-07-04 19:00:26Week 8, Day 2, Couch to 10k2.5235540:58:0016:17
2013-07-05 19:29:36Week 8, day three of Couch to 10k2.8239546:35:0016:31
2013-07-06 19:25:05Week 9, day 1 of Couch to 10k3.2145956:59:0017:39
2013-07-08 17:49:43Week 9, day 2 of couch to 10k3.815431:06:0117:19
2013-07-09 16:32:14Week 9, day 3 of my couch to 10k3.1243748:38:0015:36
2013-07-10 19:15:49Week 10, day 1 of my couch to 10k4.145871:10:0116:56
2013-07-12 16:12:37Week 10, day 2 of couch to 10k4.186091:03:2915:11
2013-07-15 20:09:17Week 10, day 3, couch to 10k4.526251:15:1216:39
2013-07-22 20:29:34Week 11, Day 13.855461:01:2715:59
2013-07-23 20:13:01Week 11, Day 2, Couch to 10k3.0842247:23:0015:22
2013-07-25 20:41:58Week 11, day 3 of Couch to 10k3.0643745:41:0014:56
2013-07-27 20:55:48Week 12, day 1, Couch to 10k3.449549:40:0014:35
2013-07-29 20:42:08Week 12, day 2, couch to 10k3.7157952:54:0014:16
2013-08-02 18:30:28Lost Dog 5k Series3.1448243:08:0013:45

And Then Another Renaissance in 2015-2016

When I moved in with my girlfriend at the time, Betsy, I took back to running as a way of keeping up with her (she was 10 years my junior) and because we were living la vida loca and I needed to try to keep my weight down. But I had so much fun and I did a lot of 5ks and did some running with her.

DateDistanceDurationPaceCalHR Avg.Elev. gainNotes
7/10/20152.11 mi32:53:0015:35588091 ftSo great to be back at it?
7/10/20152.21 mi36:20:0016:256430213 ftRenaissance!
7/11/20152.17 mi38:15:0017:386680219 ftNot quite to to running? Walk it!
12/29/151.68 mi28:51:0017:08507129144 ftAround Roosevelt Island!
1/10/20161.46 mi25:33:0017:2844712762 ftLap two!
1/10/20161.52 mi27:11:0017:50474120137 ftNice lap. Another?
1/16/20162.96 mi53:28:0018:04931120190 ftSmashing fun run.
1/31/20163.92 mi1:15:2619:141304131209 ftI love running the National Mall.
2/7/20162.19 mi41:09:0018:48713122246 ftStarting up an old habit: commuting by foot: running, walking, lumbering! Huzzah! Feels so good!
2/7/20162.22 mi41:46:0018:49781130114 ftSo nice so smooth. Second runs always lack the kinks and aches. Was so nice and mostly downhill!
2/8/20162.31 mi44:59:0019:30838131108 ftDorking it out with hi viz vest, sock gloves, and a balaclava!
2/9/20162.23 mi41:53:0018:4778612291 ftLovely late night run home in the snowless cold.
2/9/20162.20 mi43:07:0019:34803129242 ftNice run. Got sunny. Liked it. With it. Endorphins. Faster! Quicker!
2/10/20162.17 mi43:51:0020:13817124216 ftTotally head-winded!
2/28/20162.99 mi48:28:0016:13930127147 ftMy fastest in years!
3/6/20162.68 mi45:46:0017:02859126124 ftSlow but sure
3/12/20164.07 mi1:05:2816:061240130344 ftFour Courts Four Miler race. That’s a hill! Fun little 4-mile race. almost dead last but it’s still me out there must doing it!
4/1/20163.32 mi46:19:0013:5791013532 ftMy first of 5 5ks, the Crystal City 5K Fridays series. My apps failed so I needed to update with a manual edit.
4/25/20162.72 mi53:47:0019:47988129118 ftNice and slow but apparently sideways.
4/26/20162.17 mi35:12:0016:12665125114 ftNot fast but pretty sweet!
4/29/20163.33 mi54:56:0016:281035129285 ftFastest? My fastest, I mean? #cc5kfridays
5/4/20162.33 mi1:03:3627:15:001152117242 ftWalked it.
5/4/20162.19 mi38:24:0017:33716095 ftSlow and late.

My next renaissance is now, the Summer of 2018! Amen, amen, amen!


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