Day 19.

This hard work is beginning to pay dividends. Down another pound this morning. That makes 8 in 3 weeks. If I lose a pound a week through Thanksgiving, I'll be just about where I want to be for the Turkey Trot.

This morning I ran my fastest pace since beginning this training — 15:19. Another stat I'm tracking is the distance I run in 39-minutes flat, my target for this year's 5K Turkey Trot. Today was 2.53 miles. Since a 5K is 3.106856 miles, I have some work to do. I only have to improve by 0.02307424 miles each week to make my target time. That's only 122 ft further each week at the 39-minute mark to make my goal. That's just 56 steps farther. Ain't no hill for a stepper! :)

Next week, I believe I'm going to hit the gym and work primarily on legs. It's going to take a lot of stamina to do this. At my age — 67 just six days before the Trot — it's not as easy as it used to be. I don't mind being old. . . it's the aging part that really sucks.

As Dylan Thomas wrote:
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

So, that's exactly what I'm going to do.