Weekly Wrap-Up: December 11-17

Busy week, but not a lot of running. (Also, no writing, so I still have two missing race reports. Sigh.)

Star Wars Update: I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Friday and loved it. Sure, it’s got its flaws, but then, so do the rest of the Star Wars movies. Star Wars has been a huge part of my life (and for a lot longer than running), so I had to mention it here. With that, I’ll retire the Star Wars Update. (Well, at least until Episode IX in December 2019.)

Weight Check: 164.7 pounds, up 0.7 from last week. Some weeks, when I step on the scale, I breathe a sigh of relief. I was expecting much worse. Not only was my mileage low, I drank Mountain Dew like there was no tomorrow. I had a lot to do at work, and I needed something to help me get through it. Hopefully I can buckle down this week…until I leave town on Thursday. (By the way, my next weigh in will be Thursday.)

This Week’s Runs
Day Scheduled Total Miles
Wednesday 3 miles easy 3.11
Friday 3 miles easy 3.11
Saturday 4 miles easy 4.11

Total: 10.33 miles

My coach wanted me to take a few days off after my half marathon, so I did.

Wednesday, it was 26 freaking degrees. I wasn’t ready to deal with that, so I drove over to the Y and got on the treadmill. I figured it would be a good way to ease my legs back into running. My mind found it excruciating, of course (I had podcasts to listen to, so that helped), but my legs felt fine the whole time, and I didn’t notice any rust.

On Friday, it was a balmy 36 degrees, and while it’s not ideal, I can handle it. My legs felt OK. I was a little fast on the first mile due to a couple of small dogs chasing me (they didn’t catch me), then I settled down. When I wasn’t being chased I kept the effort easy except for the last quarter mile or so.

Saturday had the same weather as Friday, so chilly but not terrible. My legs felt fine. I’m not sure why, but mile 3 was awfully slow. Otherwise I think I kept a pretty good pace. I kept the effort easy until the end of mile 4.

Next week, well, I’ll be leaving town on Thursday, so I have no idea how my running will go this week. Also, next Sunday is Christmas Eve, so I don’t know when I’ll post my next Weekly Wrap-Up.