Saturday, February 7, 2015

This week in running Feb 1 - Feb 7

Day Mileage / Workout Comments
Sunday Off Recovery from Arizona Desert Classic Marathon
Monday Off Traveling
Tuesday Off Traveling
Wednesday 8 Fairly solid. Some lingering soreness. Just working the kinks out
Thursday 8 A little sore, but again a decent run. Enjoying the weather!
Friday 5 I was sore. Limped along pretty much. Legs were totally dead.
Saturday 10.5 Great pace at the start, hit the wall at the end with tiredness and headwind
Total miles for the week: 31.5 - YTD: 246.5

Week's Summary

Most of this week was spent returning from Arizona and recovering from the marathon.  I actually had a pretty decent run on Wednesday.  There was some lingering soreness from the marathon, but overall my pace and energy level was good.  It also didn't hurt that the weather was pushing 60 degrees.

Normally, you are supposed to rest at least 1 - 3 weeks after a marathon (i.e. very very limited running).  As you can see, I disregard this for the most part.  I guess with the weather being just so perfect for running, I can't help myself.  Plus running is a big part of my life, so sitting on the sidelines doesn't bode well for me.

Upcoming Races

I am starting to see a few more races trickle onto the race calendar.  I was very tempted to race a 5K this weekend, but opted not to.  They were either super competitive, a bit of a drive but the bottom line was that I really needed some recovery time.  I am glad I didn't race.  While doing a 5K would be a snap, I am not sure I have enough spring in my step to really race one.

Next weekend I am doing the Sweethearts 5K in Bountiful. I will have done this race 3 years in a row and they really bring out the bling and it is a cheap race.  I think I paid $20 cash for it. It will be interesting to see if my endurance will pay dividends when racing a 5K and I hope to crush my Thanksgiving time (it is run on the same course)

I am also looking at doing the Riverton Half Marathon again in mid-March.  I ran this race last year and they put on a very solid race and it is only $40.  There are also a slew of 10Ks to 30Ks coming up, which I'll also keep on the radar.


I sort of have marathon fever and was looking for something in the area, but came up short.  I suppose if I was willing to travel to, say, Texas, I could find one, but after this Vegas trip, I am finding myself a bit tapped out.  I also need new tires for my car and my cell phone is shot.  So this month is looking to be an expensive one.

Realistically speaking, there are a bunch in April: Sandhollow Marathon down in Hurricane (pronounced Hurrikan), Salt Lake City, as well as a few others.  It won't enable me to take out another state but it will keep me motivated.  I still would like to do Reno, but we'll see if I can afford it and if I get a tax refund this year.

Weighty Matters

After a Vegas trip I usually gain 5 pounds or so.  I jumped on the scale this morning (granted after my run) and it showed 173.6.  I am down about 6 pounds.  168 is optimal for me.  I quit bringing cookies to work and when I do pig out at a buffet, I try to not eat much for the rest of the day.  So I can enjoy food and stuffing myself, but still maintain my weight.  At least I am going in the right direction.  I still need to dump the chips and candy, but as a runner, I have a massive sweet tooth.

The Extras

For a while now, I've been less than diligent about keeping up with my planks and foam rolling.  I've just been exhausted.  I suspect from being super busy at work as well as all the extended mileage I've been racking up and right now I on bordering on being "over trained".  I am hoping to get back to the basics to keeping my body injury free and rededicate myself to doing the little things.

Have a great week!

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