Scratching it out

I’m thinking that posting each workout as a separate post may be a bit much. I’m going to switch to posting a weekly digest of workouts every Sunday and see how that goes. Let me know if you want to see more or less of it. In the meantime, here’s today’s workout.

It was nice and cold here today, with temps in the teens and wind chill hovering around zero. I got out in the “heat” of the day around 2:30, and set out on my “no bail-outs” 5-mile route. It was a struggle the whole way. Between the cold, the wind, the poor footing, the probable underfueling, and the fact that the contents of my little bottles of Nuun water started crystallizing while I was out there, it was tough. I ended up needing a couple of walk breaks. But I made it. I even tacked on a slight detour on the way back so that I could finish up with 5.25 miles, a new PB!

I think I’m going to need to try some energy gels to halt the bonking if I don’t fuel sufficiently beforehand again, or perhaps just to have them for what are now becoming longer runs. I guess I’ll stop by Fleet Feet this week to pick up a few samples of different products to see what works best.

The race I signed up for yesterday has already sold out all 700 registrations. Glad I got in, but I’m concerned that [a local friend from the Runner’s World forums] probably didn’t even know that registration opened with everything she had going on this weekend. While signing up for the race, I also joined one of the local running clubs, which got me $5 off of the registration cost. Two more races this year, and I’ll be ahead financially on the $12 membership cost, in addition to the other benefits. They’re having their final Winter Series event next Sunday, featuring 4, 10, and 20 mile races. Free for members, $5 for others. I may just try it to see how I do running 4 miles competitively. It’ll be a good trial for the March race.

Next workout post in a week!

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Like a slug

Today was another URD [Unscheduled Rest Day]. Between a lack of sleep, having to take the kid for follow-up blood tests, eating too much and the snow, I just never got rolling. I’m hoping that the roads are clear enough at some point tomorrow for me to run outside. I really don’t want to have to do a long run on the treadmill right now.

I did make a new commitment today, though. I signed up for the Runnin’ of the Green (Island) 4-miler on March 15. Registration opened this morning, and it’s already got less than 200 slots left (700 maximum). I joined the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club at the same time. The $12 membership got me a $5 discount on the race registration, so I’ll be ahead after two more races with them this year. (And that thought doesn’t seem scary in the least—what has happened to me?)

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Pushing through

After yesterday’s semi-scheduled RD [rest day], tonight wasn’t looking good. My stomach felt like there was a huge rock sitting in it, and I really did not feel up to running on the dreadmill (no way I was going outside in those temps and that wind chill). My wife suggested that I walk instead of running, so since I was already dressed to run, I went down to the basement with the intention of doing maybe 30-40 minutes of walking. I ended up doing 4 miles in an hour flat, and I felt quite a bit better afterward. My stomach still isn’t wonderful, but it was quiet enough to let me walk for an hour.

With the weather looking crappy over the weekend (snow all day Saturday–2-4 inches–and Sunday morning), I’m not sure how I’m going to do my long run yet, since I really can’t see doing 5 miles on the treadmill, but we’ll see how it goes.

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A little improvement at the gym, but lots left to go

I got back to the Y today for some XT. Things went a little better than last time. Not much, but some. I was able to complete just about every set, though I had to cut the number of reps for some exercises. It seems like my legs are almost back where they were in December, but my arms are still having problems. Some of that is attributable to some upper arm pain in my right arm, probably triceps, but most of it is just due to a drop in ability. I’ll have to figure out how to work my arms without making my triceps worse.

On some leg exercises, I may start looking to boost the weights a bit. On some arm exercises, I may need to back off a bit more. We’ll see. Meanwhile, at least I got the workout in.

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Slogging through the workout

Today was a day off work, as my wife and I are both civil servants, but she went into the office anyway to catch up on some things that needed to be finished for tomorrow (the joys of being a manager). That meant that I got to stay home with the kid all day and make sure that he did more catching up on school work and preparing for the next tutoring session tomorrow. We follow up with the surgeon and the specialists on Wednesday and will get a read on when he may be able to return to school.

Anyway, all of that meant that I didn’t get a chance to run until my wife got back home. I managed to get out around 4:50, right before sunset. The temperature had dropped from the high of 37 down to 27 (and it got to 23 by the time I finished) with really blustery winds. It was not pleasant weather, and I felt crappy the whole run as well. I gutted my way through it and pushed as much as I could, so at least I can claim a moral victory. 3.09 miles in 40:44 for a 13:10 pace. Really not what I was hoping for, but I’ll take it.

I’m taking the day off work tomorrow to stay home with my son again, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get in a hoped-for XT workout or if it’ll end up being a rest day. We’ll see how it goes. Can’t wait for my mother-in-law to get back from her trip home so that she can monitor the kid during the day and my wife and I can both go in to work.

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