Weekly Wrap-Up: December 3-9

We had a winter storm come through Saturday night. I was expecting worse, but mostly I just got sleet and cold rain in my neck of the woods. I’m not sure what conditions will be like Monday morning (some more snow may move through, and any sleet in the roads will probably freeze over), so I might need to juggle my schedule for next week, but we’ll see.

I had a pretty good week of running with a really great finish.

Weight Check: 168.7 pounds, down 0.1 from last week. Beats the alternative, I guess. I think I did overindulge a bit on Saturday. Partly I was hungry after my run, and partly I wasn’t sure when I’d be able to get back out into the world to get food. Hopefully, with some more reasonable weather this week, I’ll get back to normal and maybe lose a little bit of weight.

This Week’s Runs
Day Scheduled Total Miles
Monday 4 miles easy 4.01
Tuesday 20 minutes easy, 10 minutes comfortably hard, 15 minutes easy 4.06
Wednesday 4 miles easy 4.01
Friday 3 miles easy 3.11
Saturday 8 miles easy 8.01

Total: 23.2 miles

Monday I paid for that really fast mile at the end of last Saturday’s long run. My legs felt a little off. The weather was nice, though, 51 degrees. My pace wasn’t as consistent as I’d like, but I got through it with a decent overall pace.

On Tuesday, I had my first speed workout since…uh, August? Cooler, down to 41 degrees, but still comfortable. My legs weren’t quite 100%. The warm up felt a little bit tougher because of that. I got through the workout in the middle, and it wasn’t too bad. I was hoping it would be a little bit faster, but it was still under 10:00/mile, so that’s pretty good compared to my easy runs. My legs felt a little better on the cool down, which is why it was noticeably faster than the warm up even though the effort wasn’t that much more. Considering how long it had been since I’d done speed work, it went pretty well.

Wednesday, I got on the treadmill to give my legs a break. They felt fine. My mind hated it, of course. After my workout Tuesday I decided to keep it fairly easy. I started at 11:46/mile, then at 1.5 miles I sped up to 11:32/mile, and for the last mile, I sped up to 11:19/mile. It went pretty well.

On Friday, it was cold, 33 degrees. My legs felt fine. My pace seemed pretty consistent with a slight increase near the end. A pretty uneventful run, which isn’t a bad thing.

Saturday I went out there not knowing when I’d be able to run again, and decided to make it count.

Weather was cool, 43 degrees, but comfortable. My legs felt a little tired on the first two miles, and I’m not exactly sure why. They got warmed up by mile 3, though. I kept it fairly steady for the next few miles, gradually speeding up a little, and then I took off on the last mile, and finished with what I’m pretty sure is the fastest mile I’ve run this year, 8:53.

Obviously, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Next week, I’ll get back out there after the weather clears out. I might have to skip a scheduled run or two, though. Then again, considering how I finished my long run, I can probably use a little extra rest. Also, I’ve got a 10 miler on the schedule, so I’ll be back to double digits. And I’ve made some progress on my New York City Marathon recap, so maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to finish it this week.