This marks the penultimate day of April and yet this is my first issue of my running update for 2017. Needless to say, getting used to running in northwestern Pennsylvania in the winter is going to take some getting used to – and this was a mild winter as winters here go. January and February had 20 miles each and March had 30. April was a quite different story, clocking in at 80 miles. Woo Hoo! I need to take some winter poundage off, so hopefully adding the mileage will help. The winter has made me a bit sluggish. Before winter I was averaging between 9 and 10 minute miles – right now my average pace is around 10:15 min/mile. Today I was able to go out for a long, slow distance run – a short – long, distance run – 8 miles. The last mile was tough. The good news is that I am not nearly as sore as I was last Saturday at 7 miles. The plan for the next week is two five milers, a three miler, and another long 8 miler on Saturday. But for now I am glad I am pressing on again.