Felt pretty strong on the run this morning and the roads were nicely clear – only some slippery sections where cars had driven over the frost (melted and then froze again) but overall pretty good. Air was crisp but little to no wind so it was a nice morning for a run.
At literally the farthest place from my house on my second (of 2) laps, I started to have internal issues – made the last lap pretty rough and slow. System feels a lot better now so hopefully the issue has past and I don’t have a occurrence on my scheduled 19 mile run tomorrow morning!
Weight has been climbing a bit in the past couple days too – mostly due to company being over and not following my normal routines and probably eating more than normal. Still have company over this week so I am going to have to watch what I am doing more closely to get back on track. After I get through this tough set of back to back high mileage weeks I am going to have to reassess where I am weight wise and probably revise my goals and what I need to do to hit them.
Company over again tonight so skipped the treadmill to run outside…but it had been lightly snowing and melting over the course of the afternoon. So by the time I got out running this afternoon the temperature had come down a bit and it had iced up on the sidewalks of my route. I ended up spending most of the run on uneven grass – we’ll see what the legs think of that tomorrow. It’s too bad about the ice – I went out feeling like I really wanted to move but had to hold back – kind of frustrating.
Weather is supposed to get back up above freezing temps tomorrow so hopefully my route cleans up for scheduled 9 and 19 mile runs over the weekend!
With company over and doing a little something for our daughter’s birthday today I couldn’t get to the run until later (like after 9pm) and had to do it outside. So put on my brightest jacket and out I went. I was worried that my standard route was going to be a bit too dark but it ended up being lit not too badly so that was nice. It was a nice crisp night without being too cold – just enough cold in the air that the air was nice and clear with lots of stars and a nice bright moon. Very cool.
The run itself was good – didn’t feel stiff and sore like yesterday’s run which was nice. Not sure if it was the time of day or just an added spark of running in the dark but I made some good time. 1:17:27 for 9 miles / 2 laps which is the fastest time I have done that distance outside since I started doing that particular route back in August / September. Felt good and that was reflected in my pace. Very happy about that especially since it would have been extremely easy to blow off the run tonight considering everything else that was going on today. Awesome.
Weight was 217.5 after the run tonight.
Legs were feeling pretty tight tonight and felt like they might cramp if I pushed too hard so I had to let any thought of speed work go for tonight. Tonight is also the start of 2 back to back tough weeks in my training plan so just wanted to make sure I did the run without breaking anything (45 miles this week and 50 miles next week with a 19 miler and 20 miler in the mix). In the end was able to do a pretty solid run, just not particularly quick. It worked out the kinks so hopefully the legs feel good going into a 9 miler tomorrow night.
We have company over with a young child so with the running around we have to do with the kids’ music lessons I probably won’t be able to get on the treadmill tomorrow night. I won’t be able to start running until probably after 8 pm and the visiting little fella will be too close to let me get on the treadmill and let him sleep too. So I will have to be doing my run outside tomorrow night – my first night run outside in a few years. My route is pretty clean without too many gotcha’s that I need to worry about tripping on, etc so that shouldn’t be a problem but I will still have to be more careful than normal out on the run. I did do some dark runs recently when I was trying double run days back in late September but they were only a couple miles in the morning so it is not quite the same thing, should be interesting.
So still cold this morning but at least the wet snow / ice was gone from yesterday – had little snow pellets falling on my but no accumulation and no impact to traction which was nice. Run was going pretty good and was moving well for the first 20 minutes or so – thought I was doing really well for a few minutes but at probably 20 minutes in I realized my Garmin was locked at approx 16 minutes into the run. Couldn’t get it to do anything – it doesn’t detect when it is on the charger, no buttons do anything and pressing and holding the power button won’t turn it off. At this point I have to wait for the battery to die so it will reset. Hopefully that will fix it up because I’m not really wanting to have to find a new watch right now. I use an old Garmin Forerunner 201 that I have had for years and used on many a run – the thing I like about it is that it is set up to show me three things without pressing any buttons – time running, current pace and miles covered – that is all I am looking for really. There are lots of newer choices out there with lots more options – hopefully I don’t have to do any shopping yet though!
As I said, the run started out well but after the Garmin froze up I lost a bit of focus as I couldn’t just quickly glance at my arm and make sure my pace was above X, had to go by feel and occasionally checking the MyTracks app on my phone to see how my time was. We also have a bit of a cold anomaly coming as it has been getting colder as the day goes on and the wind has picked up – this made the last 3rd of my run colder than I expected.
In the end I did my 3 laps (13.1 miles) in 2:05:42 – a little slow but no horribly so and faster average pace than yesterday’s run in the wet snow. Either way – got out there and did the miles and did well.
Weight was 216.5 when I got up this morning and 214 after the run – so keeping things on track there – whoohoo.