Alright so first things first is logistics. Today is Wednesday. In the span of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, there was a day off on Monday, a 6 mile jog, and the week 8 13 mile long run. Blog dog policy is to not divulge what happened on which day, so the workouts happened. Moving along.
The long run went really well, and I finished in 1:56:43. The temperature was 33 feels like 27, which is actually the warmest it’s been at night in quite a while. I still wore Under Armor and gloves, but no hat, no hoodie, and no sweatpants. There were still some bad ice patches that I had to slow down or stop for, but no more than 5, which is still a lot, but much better than what I’ve been dealing with. It also felt pretty good to be outside, and not be shivering. I did the first half in 58:50, and 57:53 for the 2nd half. The last 4 were 8:58, 8:41, 8:46, 8:52. The first 9 almost exactly even splits except for starting with a 9:32 first mile. Overall it was exactly what I was trying to do tonight, and I weighed 209.5 at the end of the run. I know it’s not fair to weigh myself after a long run, and I was crazy dehydrated probably because I never stopped for water, but I just want to keep seeing lower numbers on the scale even if I have to cheat a little.
The start of week 9 was kind of a weird run. It was 23/feels like 14, which isn’t the coldest temperature I’ve run in, but it was just unbearable. I’ve said this before, but tonight was the worst example of it: there was nowhere to run. I spent a good 2 or 3 minutes of this run walking as slow as possible over huge sheets of ice because I had nowhere else to go. I was hoping to run 3 out, and then turn back, but at about 2.75 I got completely dead stopped by ice that I couldn’t get across, and had to turn around. So, I somehow ran 5.55 miles. It sucked. It’s hard to feel like runs like this one are even workouts because they are so herky jerky and I’m stopping to walk on the ice every few minutes. It seems like things are getting better, so I am happy about that.
The rest of the week is this:
Thurs – 6 jog
Fri – 4 miles of ins and outs with 2m warmup and 2 mile cooldown for 8 total
Sat – 7 jog
Sun – 17 long run
Mon – 2×3 mile with 1m warmup and cooldown for 8 total
Totaling 52 miles, and then Tuesday is the start of week 10 for 56 miles. January and February I have done OK, but gonna start getting intense right about now. Alright, see ya.