Weekly Wrap-Up: October 2-8

Saturday was the 6th anniversary of my worst run ever, the one where I lost my car key in Ohio. I marked the occasion with arguably my 2nd worst run ever. I didn’t lose my car key, but that’s about the only good thing I can say about it. (Also, I didn’t realize it was exactly 6 years after the car key run until sometime in the afternoon, well after I finished.)

The rest of the week was fairly decent, but it really sucks to end a week like that.

Weight Check: 167.2, down 2.0 pounds from last week. Better. Still too high, though. My diet still isn’t good.

This Week’s Runs
Day Scheduled Total Miles
Monday 7 miles easy 7.01
Tuesday Tempo Run, 1 mile warm up, 2 miles at marathon pace, 5 minutes easy, 2 miles at half marathon pace, 5 minutes easy, 1 mile at 10K pace, 1 mile cool down (until I reach 8 miles) 8.03
Wednesday 7 miles easy 7.01
Friday 6 miles easy 6.01
Saturday 18 mile long run 10.01

Total: 38.07 miles

Yeah, 10.01 is a lot less than 18. But let’s start with the runs that weren’t complete disasters.

Monday had excellent weather. 54 degrees! My legs were pretty tired, but that was understandable with my 20 miler last weekend. It wasn’t easy, but I got through it.

On Tuesday, I had a relatively complicated workout. It reminded me of some of the crazy workouts I did with my training plan from the last two years. Good weather. My legs felt mostly OK, just a little tired towards the end, which is understandable. I hit my goal paces on each interval, but went a hair faster than I needed to on the marathon and 10K. Overall, a tough workout that went pretty well.

Wednesday, the weather felt great, cool enough that I didn’t notice the humidity. My legs were still pretty tired from my Tuesday workout run. I couldn’t really find a good, consistent pace, but I still kept the effort easy except for a push at the end.

On Friday, it was cool enough that I didn’t realize it was 100% humidity. My legs felt fine. I slowed down a bit on a mostly uphill mile, and sped up a bit on a mostly downhill mile, but otherwise I kept a pretty steady pace, and I kept the effort easy. Just a nice, solid, easy run.

Saturday, I had pretty much the polar opposite of “a nice, solid, easy run.”

65 degrees and 100% humidity on October 7. Really?

My stomach had problems again. It was still just a lot of discomfort, no vomiting or anything else, but it made running very difficult. I ate the same thing before this run as I did before last week’s 20 miler, but for some reason, this week my stomach couldn’t handle it.

Between that and miserable weather, I just couldn’t finish. I almost stopped after 8 miles, but I wanted to at least get to double digits.

I’m confused and frustrated and disappointed. I’ve been searching for a silver lining, and the only thing I can come up with is that my legs won’t be as tired on Monday.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I had to write some comments about yesterday’s “run” for my coach, I probably would have just posted the numbers for last week, then I would have written that I didn’t want to talk about it, and I’ll see you next week.

Well, I have a marathon pace workout next week, and a 20 miler. If my stomach cooperates, I might be OK.