I have a new job and not much time, so I'm keeping it simple. Alarm goes off at 5:15am and I run the same 7.9-mile route over hills. That includes Saturday since my kids have swim meets that require us to leave the house at 7:30 (last one this morning!). Sometimes I'll run on the treadmill if I dawdle on the weekend and it's too hot outside. On Sunday's I'll run farther, 10 to 14, but not too far as don't think the rest of the weekly mileage is enough to support more than that. Pretty simple.
I don't have the time to run the 2 miles I was running after work and I've been trying to figure out a way to sneak in 12 in a mid-week run. I have a good route to run to work, but no real option for getting home. I used to have a good bus option, but the only one I can find now would take 2 hours. (I'm only 12 miles away, but I have to take a bus in the wrong direction, get a train to head back the other way, and then take a bus for the last leg. Ah, mass transit.)
So here are the numbers:
- Week of 5 July: 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 4.0, 7.5 (treadmill), 7.5 (tm), 11.4 = 54 miles @ 9:11/140
- Week of 12 July: 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 8.2 (diff route), 7.9, 7.9, 2 wup/8k in 33:32/1 cdn, 6.5 (tm) = 54 @ 9:06/139
- Week of 19 July: 7.9, 3.2 (overslept), 0 (worked to 11:30pm and had to be at work at 8am), 8.2, 8.2, 7.9, 12.0 (tm) = 47 @ 9:12/139
- Week of 26 July: 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 13.3 = 60.5 @ 8:48/142
I was really pleased with the 8k. It's run at 9pm in July, so it's generally hot and humid (and hilly to boot) and I am terrible in the heat. Last year was unusually cool with a starting temp of 69 and finishing temp of 64 and I ran 33:47. This year I ran 33:32 when the temp was a steady 84 degrees. 15 seconds and 15 degrees faster. Not bad. (For some reason, I thought it was 1:15 faster until I double-checked my results. Another reason not to blog.) I was going to be pleased with under 35 given the weather.