December 24, 2006
oh yes, I also run
Things you might not know about me from reading this blog lately:
1) I have a blog
2) I also run
I've been on school vacation the past two glorious school-vacation weeks, and I still have a bit over one more glorious school-vacation week left. I've spent this glorious time doing some small household projects, cooking, reading, running, and lots and lots of nothing. I love it. All my old IT jobs (well, most of them) offered a couple weeks off per year, but you could never use big chunks of it because of changing deadlines, or hurricane season, or the fact that there was no one to cover for you or you didn't trust the person who could, and anyway you'd have such a big backlog of crap waiting for you after vacation that it just wasn't worth it. This here is just guilt-free vacation, like (I imagine) Europeans and Australians and New Zealanders and many other non-Americans get. Wow.
So after the nothing, and after the reading, there's been running. McMarathon is two weeks away. I'm not doing much of a taper because I'd like to run another marathon in February. So here's this past week:
M: 8mi (8:40)
T: 12mi (7:42) incl 5mi tempo interrupted by careless drivers
W: 10.27 (8:05)
R: 15mi (7:41) progression, last 4@6:57
F: 9.73mi (8:44) incl 14x30s strides
Sa: 7.6mi (8:44)
Su: 17mi (7:48)
total: 79.6 miles
Winter still hasn't arrived yet in west central Florida. For that matter, autumn hasn't either. Early-morning temperatures have been hovering around 68F, and RH is usually around 85, except when it's raining.
Tuesday's tempo was interrupted twice by drivers who were either oblivious to me or very surprised to discover me directly in front of the car, about to become roadkill. After 4 miles and the second near-miss, I got rattled and jogged a half-mile, then tried to resume tempo pace and really struggled with it. Bleh.
Thursday's progression run was 3 warmup, 4@8:05 avg, 4@7:22 avg, 4@6:57 avg. Very happy with that.
For Sunday I'd planned (solo) 18 w/13 @ MP, but at the last minute someone requested I join her group's Sunday run in St Pete, about 25 miles away. The person is doing me a big favor (pacing me in a race) so I felt I couldn't refuse. As it turned out, the person didn't show up, so I spent the run between packs, drifting away from people, then regrouping at water stops, not really hitting any useful pace at all. Oh well, maybe I didn't really need an MP run 2 weeks out from the race. Yeah, that's it. Bleh.
Still, I feel a lot better than I usually do a couple weeks out from a race.
Posted by joe positive at December 24, 2006 1:47 PM
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Posted by: corrado giambalvo at December 25, 2006 9:36 AM