Cold Hard Facts:Miles Ran-30.9 Days Ran-5 Total Time Spent Running-4hrs37mins Calories Burned-4,011 Avg Speed-6.7mph Holes Dug in Yard-5.
All in all, it’s been a good week. I feel better today than I did this time last week, and last week I took Sunday off. I know last week I said I would maintain mileage around the 25ish mark. So I lied. Sue me.
Monday: Ran 5 easy miles. Pretty un-memorable, being as that I can’t remember the run at all. According to Garmin, I apparently ran the hilly section of the Danville Half, plus a little loop on a gravel section at the end of the hill. 9:15/mile pace.
Tuesday: Long Run. Got up at the crack of dawn to run with new running buddy at 6am. He & I ran 6 together at an 8:45-9:00/mile pace, then I went 4 more at a slow easy 10:00/mile pace. This actually bumped my 7-rolling day mileage to 36 miles. oops. With that in mind, I took
Thursday: Pre-run thoughts were that my lower legs were sore. Kinda like shin splints. I really think I just need to replace my steel-toe boots at work. Ran right after work on Thursday morning. The run felt pretty ok, other than being tired. And cold. And hungry. Ran on the riverwalk trail, 9:00/mile pace. 5 Miles. Thought about Iris’s crazy 12 mile challenges today, but no way to finagle anything that even looked like 12 out of a 5 mile run. I would have tried Rosie Ruz, where you cheat, but the minimum run there is 8 miles, and honestly I didn’t feel like running 8 miles after working all night. Read more about said crazy challenges here. Maybe I can get a “style point” for the shameless plug…? If not, looks like I gotta get drunk running in circles eating deviled eggs & hot wings dressed as cupid at midnight on the 12th of next month.
Friday: off. But I had to dig. A lot. Stupid back yard has a flooding issue, and when it floods too bad, the water seeps in under the back door. So we’re counting 4 hours of digging as a cross-training exercise.
Saturday: Met running buddy Mike again, ran 6 again in 8:35/mile pace. Then 7 more hours of digging. Again, I count this as cross-train. So Saturday was a 2-a-day. Hopefully now, however, digging is done and maybe the flooding issue it taken care of. Added two drains and 50ft of corrugated pipe underground to re-direct water from out of back-yard and into a creek that crosses the front yard.
Sunday: Got a message late Saturday night about a Sunday long run. I knew I wasn’t up for another 10 miler this week, but I met a couple guys down there anyway. I decided that I would run a warm-up mile with them, then do my best to leave them behind after mile 1 because I only wanted 4 or 5 miles. Half the distance should equal nearly twice as fast, right? Well, here’s what I came up with. After the first mile, it took a bit to speed up and go ahead and break away. It was nice though, because the mental process was that they must be chasing me down and I gotta stay out front. Both of these guys could easily outrun me on just about any given day. I decided that a fast 5k was good enough for what I wanted to do, being that I had already trotted a mile. I got it figured that I ran roughly a 24 minute 5k, which is just a hair slower than a 7:30/mile pace. I’ll take it. All day long. The extra half mile last split, I wish I could lie and say that was a true planned cool down. Nope. Just did the math wrong on the fly about how far out to go before turning back.
All in all, I’m satisfied with the week. I also signed up for the Martinsville Half Marathon, because prices go up after today. That will be my first big race of the year, it looks like.
Next week I have the intention of running 4 times, some variation of 3x6miles, and a 12 mile long run.