Winter is not going any where any time soon, but it is now February, so it is getting closer to better weather — at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.
My favorite photo from the week:
Elliott our cat attempted to remodel the area by the back door.
Another week that the cold weather, icy conditions or just nasty roads meant most of my running was on the treadmill again. Although I did get outside a couple of times, one of which was to try out a new pair of shoes (me get a new pair of running shoes!!!) more on that later.
I have been working on updating, editing and republishing my 40 plus years of running series. It is something that I like to do to remind myself of where I came from and how I got to where I am as a runner. No I am not and will never be an elite runner, hell I am one of those never was kind of runners.
Something that is a good thing to remind myself of when I start to get those thoughts of grandeur or I can do that too (whatever that is).
Re-doing this series brings me back to reality and to be honest at this point in my running life – hell life in general, I do have limitations, but I am all about focusing on what I can do.
Which means that I will focus on that I am willing to look at or try stuff outside of the box when things need to be changed as runner or with my health. The other things are that I doesn’t take myself too seriously and I am persistent. Which means to me that I don’t give up easily and can laugh at myself. All of which contribute to what I can do and tend to minimize the limitations that I do have.
I will get the series done sometime next week.
The start of a new month meant that I got see how the weight loss is going. Not bad — 4 pounds since the start of the year and 6 pounds by the end of the week. That is without changing a whole lot about the diet yet or getting long runs in (which is when I typically get serious about losing weight).
For the first time in quite a while I did an actual Speedwork session on Tuesday one of those a tenth of mile fast and then a tenth recovery repeated 21 times. A bit more than I thought I could do at this stage of the season, but I felt good and just went with it and the next day, I didn’t hurt too badly. It was a nice confidence builder and gave me an idea of where I am physically.
Although with the nasty road conditions/cold weather, I didn’t get to do a long run – again. I don’t like doing more than 6-7 miles on the treadmill, at that point it begins to bother my feet too much. Until I can run safely outside and not freeze my arse off, I guess long runs will have to wait.
I did cut back a bit on the elliptical again this week on purpose. If I do too much on it, I feel a bit too tired the next day and it affects my running which creates a vicious cycle where you get more and more run down from doing too much. Which is something that I want to avoid. Also I want to get to doing Yoga 2-3 times a week and started with one session this week.
Also I am going to move my long runs to Tuesday (when I can start doing them regularly), which seems to work better with my schedule. Since it seems like there is always something going on during the weekends that interferes with getting it in. Doing speedwork or races on the weekend makes more sense to me anyways, since that is when I would run fast, is on the weekends.
We will see how this change does. At this point in my running, I think it is all about being flexible.
I am still running primarily in the New Gravity3’s and 5’s. They are both doing well by me.
Unfortunately, my U/A trail shoes developed hole and needed to be replaced. After doing a lot of research, I decided to go with the Newton Boco Sol’s, the price was right and Newton’s have been doing very well by me over the past 2-3 months. I was surprised by the outsole, the photos on websites do not do them justice on how aggressive the forefoot actually is, while the heel unit is just okay, as I found out when I ran outside in them the other day on snowy roads out front.
I did find out that they are a bit finicky about what socks you can wear with them and had to do a little repair work on one of my toes when the skin got scrapped off from the seam of a pair of socks that I usually run in that I never noticed before. Other socks work great with them, so once that heals back up everything should be fine again.
Overall, it was another really good week, where I got over 30 miles running and over 50 miles of combined elliptical/running mileage, right about where my sweet spot seems to be right now. As the weather gets better, I would like to get the combined mileage consistently in the 70 mile range this summer. Which I think would get me in pretty decent shape.
All I know is that I will be glad when winter is over this year.