Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 2010

I haven't posted since 7 July. Now that Mindi's posted, I have to or I'll feel like a *total* slacker.

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
[Note: HRs a pretty screwy b/c it read more the 20bpm high for the first 15 minutes or so.]

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.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

traveling = eating

Wow, I've been neglecting this.

Week of 21 June

Sick and ran an ill-advised 2 miles on Monday am. Had 100.5 fever on Monday night and took Tues and Wed off. Ended up with 36 for the week.

Week of 28 June

Was in livermore, ca for work. I thought my running would suffer, but managed to get it all in by getting up at 04:20. Ran in some pretty vineyard country and got chased by a Rottweiler. 62 miles for the week.

When I got back, I found I gained a pound or two. Not bad for 6 days. I guess eating the complimentary eggs and bacon every morning along with restaurant food for lunch and dinner (like Mexican and BBQ) can help pack on the pounds.

I've only been doing easy running. It's all the complication I can handle at the moment and the heat isn't helping either. It's been over 100 the last couple of days and the overnight low tonight is 79 degrees. Yikes.

Time to sleep...