Tuesday, December 20, 2016

This Week in Running 12/11 - 12/18

Awesome winter picture of the Jordan River Bike Trail

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Sunday9Mock 5K race in about 25 minutes
Monday6Medium effort to easy
Tuesday68 x .25M in roughly 1:50 each.  Good speed workout, with 1 minute rest between reps
Wednesday6All Easy
Thursday3All easy
FridayOffNeeded a rest day
Saturday11Hard to run in the cold. 
Total miles for the week: 41; YTD: 2141.5

Week's Summary

Well this week I managed to get in two speed workouts.  On Sunday, I felt like running fast.  I figured I would go for a run of about half marathon pace.  However, once I started running, I felt good.  In fact real good.

The weather was perfect and I decided to run at about 5K pace -- for 5 kilometers.  I got off to a bit slower start on account I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but once I made up my mind, I went for it.  I was pretty gassed afterwards but it felt good to turn on the jets.

On Tuesday, I wanted to do some speed work as well, and I opted for some quarter mile repeats.  My splits were a tiny bit better than the last time I did it.  I remember I used to run them in 1:17's. Very frustrating.

Awesome winter picture of the Jordan River Bike Trail

Saturday brought some very cold weather.  25F is about my limit for shorts (depending upon what the wind is doing) and I bundled up.  I had visions of doing 13 - 15 miles but the cold just sapped my motivation.  Also my shoes are less pliable, so I could feel some shin splints and aches and pains building up.  It was a terribly memorable run and I went out with not a lot of pre-run food in me.  So naturally it left me humbled.

Otherwise, a good week.  I hope to regain just a tiny bit of my speed.

Weight Loss

After my 11 mile run, I weighed myself.  I was down around 180.5.  Naturally, I was dehydrated and hadn't had anything to eat yet, so my weight was less than honest.  I am guessing if I had woke up, weighed myself like I normally do, I would've come in at 182-ish.    The holiday season continues to plague me.

Marathon Plans

I have some PTO I have to use at work and I am looking for a marathon to do in a new state.  I still haven't zeroed in on something but Texas and Florida is on the radar.  I'll keep you posted.  Flights out of SLC airport aren't cheap, nor convenient.  Worse comes to worse I may just do another one in Arizona or California.

Upcoming Races

My race calendar is filling up.  Keep sending me nice coupons in the e-mail race directors, and I'll continue to sign up in advance.

01/14: St George Half Marathon - St George, UT (Confirmed)
02/11: Winter Striders Race Circuit 5K - Ogden UT (Confirmed)
02/25: Winter Striders Race Circuit 10K - Ogden UT (Confirmed)
03/04: Legacy Half Marathon - Bountiful, UT (Confirmed)
03/18: Winter Striders Race Circuit 10 Mile - Ogden UT (Confirmed)
04/08: Winter Striders Race Circuit Half Marathon - Huntsville, UT (Confirmed)
04/15: Salt Lake City Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed) (2017)
04/29: Winter Striders Race Circuit 30K - Huntsville, UT (Confirmed)
06/24: Utah Midnight Half Marathon - Provo, UT (Confirmed)
07/07: Utah Midnight (Legacy) Half Marathon - Farmington, UT (Confirmed)
11/12: Las Vegas Marathon - Las Vegas, NV (Confirmed)

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