Sunday: 8 miles (hills) @ 10:01
I could tell that Chris wanted to get this run checked off early because as I was lounging by the TV on Sunday morning, a pulled chicken BBQ sandwich appeared on the coffee table in front of me.
Only after I finished my breakfast did we realize that it was still extremely cold outside but was predicted to warm up by like 20 degrees later in the day.
Poor timing. Since we had already exhausted all reasonable vehicles for procrastination, we got bundled up in crazy outfits à la Lisa and headed out for a frigid winter run. She probably thinks I’m a pansy for calling 12 degrees frigid.
Anyway, we ran, it started out extremely slow, but finally improved to a respectable pace by mile 5. I’ll appreciate those hills if I decide to run the Flying Pig again.
Monday: 6 miles @ 8:29 (with 4 tempo miles @ 8:13)
This was supposed to be Thursday’s run, but I was already dreading it enough to lose sleep over it, so I decided to get it scratched off my calendar right off the bat.
It wasn’t actually that bad after I got started, I think I’m just a baby about tempo runs. I freak out when I begin to feel that panicky, out of breath-ish, I might not be able to continue at this pace for a full 32 minutes and 52 seconds feeling.
After my warm-up mile, I almost threw in the towel. My feet hurt, both of them, the right one that has been feeling weird and the left one that may or may not have healed fully from its break.
Instead of quitting, I decided to try this genius maneuver of switching out my old-ish shoes for new ones. What a difference. My old shoes were completely shot. I had two backup sets of shoes sitting in my closet, I should have done this sooner.
Finally, laced up in my brand new blue kicks, I hit the treadmill again and managed to keep it steady on 7.3 for 32 minutes and 52 seconds, yes folks, that’s 4 whole miles. I even followed it up with a cool down mile.
Some of you are like, psssht, that’s my recovery run pace. I truly envy your fleet footedness.
Tuesday: New Rules Workout 2A2
You read that correctly, strength training for two weeks in a row! May be some kind of a record.
Wednesday: 7 miles @ 8:51
I think my speed may be improving a bit. I wouldn’t say that this was easy to do, but I didn’t feel nearly as awful as I would expect.
Thursday: New Rules Workout 2B2
Bulgarian split squats are my nemesis. I think this sums it up well:
“Looking for a masochistic new strength exercise to add to your resistance training program? Try the Dumbbell Bulgarian Split Squat…”
Yeah, sounds about right.
Friday: 3 miles @ 8:28, 3 miles @ 7:53
I had this grand idea that I would run a few hard treadmill miles in the morning and then do a few easy miles outside with Chris at night. No dice. I headed back to the treadmill for those last few miles later in the day.
This second run got me thinking about my total running strategy. First, note that it was insanely fast for me. Second, note how I pulled it off: run at ~7:30 pace for as long as I can tolerate it, back it down to ~10:00 for up to one minute, repeat as needed. Running that fast wasn’t so bad with intervals like that. I might even try it again!
Saturday: Snowboarding! (Still counts as rest, right?)
Weekly Total: 27
January Total: 50
2011 Total: 50
Miles on Old Shoes: 311.68*
Miles on Current Shoes: 19
* This is not acceptable in my book. I wear Mizuno Wave Creation 11’s, which are crazy expensive when I’m not able to find them on sale. I may need to start looking for a new model of shoe after my stockpile of shoes runs out. I do my best not to “waste” the shoes by not putting enough miles on them, but these really needed to go.
Anyone have a neutral shoe that they are in love with? These have kind of a “hard” ride and are fairly responsive, which I like. Their life span, well, I don’t like that so much.