The first two miles are always the worst. Like my buddy Warren said when he was training, it’s like your body is saying, “oh, we’re doing this again?” for at least 20 minutes. It also corresponds with the most clock-watching.

I don’t know if this is considered “healthy” for one’s “liver” but I pop a couple Aleve about 30 minutes before I start.

I also find that waiting until the afternoon hours gives my body a chance to loosen up. The difference is reflected in my per-mile splits — I run way faster in the afternoon. Good thing most marathons start at 4 pm. Oh, wait …

However, this run-in-the-afternoon approach has been taking a serious hit as the African weather starts to heat up. The other day, it was 31.5 degrees C at 10 a.m. when I started my run. Keep in mind this is August—which corresponds to February in the northern hemisphere. Yeesh. It doesn’t really cool down until the sun goes down.

The only time I haven’t hit my mileage was when I waited too long to get started. It was only four miles, but in the 90-degree heat I wilted about halfway through and called it quits at three. I learned my lesson about getting up early to run that day. 

I can also tell that it’s going to be a hot summer here. I’m sorta (read: really) glad that I’ll do the second half of my training in temperate Seattle. 

Why I’m Running:

I want to raise enough money to sponsor two promising African ladies: Elaine and Mandisa.  It costs $80 so sponsor Mandisa for one month of Imagine Scholar costs — this amount pays for her transport, healthy food in class, school supplies, and many other things. For Elaine, it’s $78. Lump those two together and you get $156/month. Multiply that out my 12 months and you get a very achievable fundraising goal: $1,896. Please donate at my Crowdrise page here:

Weekly Statistics:  

Miles run: 14.77 (120.10 total)

Average speed this week: 5.7 MPH 

Calories burned: 2,208 (17,961 total)