February 2019 – A Month to Endure

February is always a month that is tough to get through, it typically is not a month to be enjoyed, as much as it is one that you have to endure. February 2019 was no different. However, here it is the 28th and despite some tough times and difficult weather, we have made it to the end of February.

The tough times included loosing SD2’s Karma. She was an older rescue dog who lived until she was 18 and took with her a piece of all our hearts. However, she also gave us a piece of hers to keep with us through the years, which is a fair trade in my eyes.

Weather

Weather, yeah it is still doing crazy stuff…there doesn’t seem to be any moderate weather anymore. The snow storms have been having freezing rain, sleet or rain, instead of simply being the snow based storms that you would expect in Maine in February.

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Longer Tempo Runs are Not Really All that Much Fun

Thursday is the hardest planned workout of the week for me. I don’t really look forward to long tempo paced runs, because they really are not my strength and I don’t enjoy running hard other than a race for much longer than a half mile. That is just me and how I see my running. πŸ™‚

Which probably also means that I am not all that well suited for racing longer distances when you get right down to it.

I would have much rather done what Bennie is doing right now versus doing the tempo workout before I got going.

It was still in the low teens when I headed in to Augusta, so in my book, that automatically puts me on the treadmill. Yeah, I could run outside, with the roads being clear, but I have used this cut temp all winter and it has worked well for me so I am not going to change now.

Besides when I want to run a certain pace for a long time, the treadmill helps me to stay on a steady pace, so I did my warm-up and even was able to pump out 35 push-ups. My high for this year, I may not do too many weights, but I do get plenty of upper body work moving snow, sanding the driveways and other more functional stuff around the house.

Can you tell that I tend to procrastinate when I can about getting going on tempo runs until I can’t anymore, just by the way I am writing about it. πŸ˜‰

Yeah, I enjoy them so damn much.

Well the plan was for 4.0 miles at tempo pace, which is also my half marathon race pace (at least the pace that I hope will be my pace), i.e. right around a 7:40 pace.

Okay I did a mile warm-up and got after it.

Actually once I got my arse in gear and got going the old body did its part without any problems. Enough that when I got to 4.0 miles, I may have pushed the pace a little more and did another mile at faster than tempo pace.

Yeah, I know it wasn’t part of the plan, but sometimes when you are feeling good and know that the next couple of days will be recovery/easy days, so that if I am feeling good an extra tempo mile is not going to kill me or the plan.

That last mile did kick butt just a little, and then I decided to do my usual strides after a bit of recovery 3 x .1 at a faster than I will ever run for a race ever again (it is hard to believe that once upon a time I was racing faster than that for a full 5K), but running that fast does force my form to get its act together and gives me some confidence about being able to kick if I ever need to again.

Once I got done, I was glad that I did the workout and no it wasn’t easy, but it was necessary.