It has been an interesting week for weather…
Last Sunday I did 4.45 miles by myself and then another 0.85 miles with the pups. We then took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to spend a few hours wandering around the zoo.
A few days off of running and then 7 miles on the treadmill late Wednesday night with plans to put in more miles the next night.
But then winter hit – very icy and snowy with high winds made everything very slick everywhere. And of course I had some piss poor planning and hadn’t gotten winter tires put on the vehicle yet. So I burned what free time I had Thursday night swapping tires – spent way too much time on cold, wet cement buggering up my knees and legs. Always fun. Plus I think the cold aggravated a cough I had been fighting for a few days.
Then swimming lessons for the kids Friday night (glad I got the winter tires on the vehicle for that drive).
And now Saturday morning, it’s not snowing anymore and the wind died down but it was still quite cold – it was interesting to break out my winter running gear. I was tempted not to run but I figured I couldn’t skip my first planned cold weather run – it would set a bad precedent and make it too easy to skip more.
The my lungs weren’t pleased with the cold air, especially with the cough I have had a good portion of the week. I did have to stop a couple times to clean the lungs out but it wasn’t too bad overall.
I did take it slow as well since there were several spots in the residential areas where the side walks were very rough and slippery – I tried to convince myself it was good trail running training…it was a tough sell but actually is probably pretty accurate.
I was under a bit of a time crunch this morning so I only did one neighborhood lap for 4.45 miles and then the cough made me skip doing an after run with the dogs (they were PISSED).
The cough does seem to be getting better so I am hopeful for a longer run tomorrow especially with the temperatures predicted to be a bit warmer. And the pups will get a well deserved run as well – it should be interesting because I haven’t run with them in the snow before. Based on their antics in the backyard they should have a blast.
Two days into my updated recovery plan and I was already off track. A few family things took over the time I had scheduled for running on Wednesday and Thursday – this left some miles to try to recover today.
I had 4.45 miles on the schedule, so it wasn’t too hard to add some additional miles – not that I wasn’t tempted to stay in bed instead…but I got out there in the end, and with spare time to boot.
In the end I did a total of 11.47 between my normal run and my add on with the dogs – recovering 7 miles of the 9 I missed earlier in the week. I am hopeful I can recover the remaining 2 miles tomorrow on top of the scheduled run. It should be possible – the weather is supposed to be gorgeous for this time of year and I should have the time.
Normally I wouldn’t advocate trying to recover lost training miles – but my runs this week aren’t too heavy so I should be able to add to them without risking injury or burn out. Also I don’t want to completely screw up my first week of recovery training.
Running with dogs today was a bit strange though – they started off great but got very unfocused fairly quickly. As we left the driveway they ran well and didn’t pull too hard (which is a nice change – usually one of them is pulling hard for the first 3-5 minutes until I get him settled). However once we got near the soccer fields where we do loops and work on speed runs they got distracted and kept pulling in every direction and stopping suddenly. It made getting in a groove pretty tough. It didn’t make any sense until I saw the deer droppings – that was a whole host of new smells for the boys that apparently took priority over running. We did get in a bit of speed work though but the distractions meant I wasn’t running enough to stay warm and I could tell I was starting to chill too much. So I decided to cut my losses, head home and get warmed up.
Ankle is still feeling great at this point so as long as I can keep the mental game strong, I should be able to start recovering!
First day of my new plan to get back in shape for the spring and even though I had a pretty rough day and didn’t get started until late, I figured I couldn’t screw up and had to get the miles in.
And if I was going to do it, I was going to try to push a bit to rebuild my cardio level at the same time.
First mile was at 7 mph and then from there I bumped the speed up 0.2 mph every mile until I did the last mile at 8.2 mph. There was one minute of walking in there but other than that I was able to make it work. Final time for the 7 miles was 56:24.
The last mile wasn’t pretty but it got done.
Day 1 done – keep pushing.
Whoops – been slacking on the blog! And on running too for that matter but I have been trying to be smart about repairing my left ankle so I have a minor excuse at least.
So since my last post, I have have run about 6 times with the longest being at around the 9 mile mark and the shortest 3 miles. I have done a combination of indoor and outdoor runs as I have tried to figure out what the issue with my ankle is.
My best guess right now on my ankle is not actually anything to do with running. the issue actually appears to be sitting on my living room couch. If I sit too long on that couch specifically the ankle wants to lock up and starts to hurt. No other couches or chairs seem to have the same impact, so it looks like it must be doing something weird to my circulation or pressing funny on a ligament or something weird. The worst part was as I tried to figure things out I would spend more time on the couch “resting” the ankle…pretty much caused a downward spiral.
But now that I have that sorted out I seem to be able to run and walk without pain.
The trick now is to start rebuilding the speed and endurance that I lost over the last 11 months or so. With that in mind I have set some goal races and developed a recovery training plan for the winter of 2015/2016 going into some 2016 local spring / summer races. It might be fairly aggressive but I now that I am pretty sure I am not actually injured I can try to get some focus back.
The plan also better takes into account my family schedule so it should be easier to follow without feeling like I am neglecting too much family time. (naturally lazy mixed with a touch of guilt is a pretty good mix for killing runs…)
With any luck that should mean my posts on the blog start to come more frequently again as well.
Ok – on with the adventure!