Weekly Wrap-Up: December 5-11

I signed up for my next race, the Joe Davis Run For Recovery 10K. It’s got a new name since the last time I ran it. Alas, the 10K and 5K start together this time, so I won’t be able to run both unless I get a DeLorean with a Flux Capacitor for Christmas.

It got really cold at the end of the week. I survived.

Also, as I write this, I’m still on call for work. Knock on wood.

Weight Check: 162.8, up 1.6 pounds. Yeah, it wasn’t a good week. I drank lots of Mountain Dew, I drank beer, and I ate junk food due to stress while I was on call. Hopefully this week I can buckle down.

This Week’s Runs
Day Total Miles
Monday 6.36
Tuesday 4.81
Wednesday 6.31
Friday 6.01
Saturday 4.61

Total: 28.1 miles

Monday got off to a rough start. My legs did not feel good at all, and I considered stopping early. I pushed through, and eventually my legs felt a little better.

Tuesday featured a cold rain that chased me inside to the treadmill. It was mentally excruciating, but it was dry. Well, at least it was dry until I started sweating. It was a solid run, and I’m inching closer to being able to get through 5 miles on the treadmill. Obviously it’s a mental thing, since I had 3 runs over 5 miles, and could have had a 4th if I wasn’t worried about getting paged for work.

Wednesday I was back outside, and it was really foggy. Also, my headlamp’s batteries were about to die. I wonder if I subconsciously slowed down due to those factors. It was an OK run. I was frustrated when I got home, though, because the Garmin servers were down and I couldn’t upload my results. I don’t think that’s happened before, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

Friday should have been my longest run, but I put off going outside because it got really cold. It was cold enough that I considered the treadmill, but I had no podcasts to listen to. I finally got out there, but only had time for 6 miles. My pace was decent. I’m not sure how my legs felt, because they were numb most of the time.

Saturday I managed to get in 4.61 miles, and didn’t get paged, so there’s that. I waited until 9:45 to go out there, which is really late for me, but I didn’t have any other plans, so I figured I’d wait until it wasn’t quite as cold. It was a balmy 31 degrees when I started, but there was a little bit of wind to keep me from getting too comfortable.

I’m pleased with my total mileage. Even though I couldn’t get in a true long run, and my Friday run was a little shorter than I’d hoped, I still beat last week. I wasn’t expecting that.

Next week should be back to a more normal schedule, although the weather next weekend is looking dicey. We’ll see what happens.