February 23, 2008
After a few nights of insomnia this past week, I overslept this morning. Barely enough time to get up, shower, and get to an early matinee Gopher women's hoops game (which we lost by 2 points to one of the worst teams in the Big Ten). Did a few errands and didn't get home until late afternoon, but it was such a beautiful warm (30 degree F) sunny day that I had to get out and do a quick 2 mile spin around Bredesen park.
Got dressed in cotton sweat pants, a cotton T-shirt with a cotton sweat shirt over the top. All cotton. You know - proper winter running attire. Rule #1 officially broken.
On to rule #2. I decided that since I only had time for 1 loop, I'd pick up the intensity. Starting out I decided on a speedy tempo pace. Once I got going, I decided to air things out a little. Ended up keeping my 1600 meter pace for 2 miles. Max heart rate on today's run = 191, with avg = 176 (my running max is 197 last time I tested it a few years ago). So much for sticking with base building and avoiding speed for awhile. It was the fastest I've run since last summer (although slower pace than I remember at that particular heart rate).
Hope to get a longer run in tomorrow. Have yourself a great weekend!
February 18, 2008
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February 17, 2008
I won't go into the entire story, but suffice to say that being unable to communicate with one's customers does not bode well for business. This resulted in having to find a new web host, transfer domain, build a new web site, etc. Found a new host about 10 days ago, and have been trying to learn CSS ever since. The domain transfer finally took place this past Fri-Sat, which left me spending 11 hours on Sat with tech support trouble shooting a variety of glitches, and another 5 today working out a few minor website bugs. Hopefully the worst is over and I can start running more regularly again. Whew!
I basically need to go back to base building miles instead of hills and speedwork. Back to square 1. Maybe a few short tempos every now and then. My last long run was a 10 miler 2 weeks ago, and 4 is the longest I've been able to squeeze in since then.
Running for Feb:
2/2 - 10+ miles
2/5 - easy 3
2/8 - easy 3
2/10 - easy 3
2/12 - tempo 4
2/14 - screw shoe test - steady 2
2/17 - steady 4
About 2 months to go until Trail Mix. Yikes!
February 14, 2008
The not so great:
February 10, 2008
I'm in the process of switching web hosts, transferring domain registration, rebuilding website from scratch, troubleshooting all of the above, etc etc etc. I have only managed a few very short runs this past week - which hasn't done much for my training, but probably has saved me from pulling out all of my hair.
Here's my lame week:
Mon - computer hell
Tues - computer hell + easy 3.0
Weds - very busy workday (12 hours non-stop)
Thurs - computer hell + shuttle launch + more computer hell
Fri - computer hell + strength training + easy 3.0
Sat - computer hell
Sun - computer hell + easy 3.0
I don't know how IT folks can stand it.....
February 7, 2008
February 2, 2008
Last Sat: Three trips around Lake Calhoun for 9.65 miles. There was some kind of kite skiing event going on, where folks would hang onto the cord from a huge kite and ski across the lake - kind of like the ice version of wind surfing. Cool.
Mon: busy work day, nada. Coulda shoulda run outside in 40+ degree temps, but didn't. Shame.
Tues: was supposed to do a 7 mile tempo run - ended up doing 3 because I just. didn't. feel. like doing more. Shame.
Weds: busy work day, planned day off.
Thurs: strength training, but not much else. Coulda shoulda added some hill repeats, but didn't. Shame.
Fri: nada. Shame.
Sat: 10+ miles at Bredesen park. Saw lots of cardinals and a few woodpeckers! Now I've really got spring fever!
I've noticed another interesting trend the last couple of months running outside in cold weather: my heart rate actually goes down after about 5-6 miles or so, even at the same pace. Typically my heart rate goes up by that time, usually from getting overheated and/or dehydrated. I thought that maybe it had something to do with getting acclimated to slippery conditions: everything is tense at first, then becomes more relaxed after getting used to running on snow. Today the path was clear, so that theory didn't pan out. Things that make you go, "Hmmmmmmmmm."
Less than 3 months 'til Trail Mix!