Tough, snowy week

The snow has been just ridiculous this winter. Actually, it’s kind of like the winters that we used to get before global warming got so bad. In any case, the shoveling has gotten the better of me and I’ve been stiff and sore, which has affected my running.

From Monday, 2/10:

SRD here, after two weekend runs, but I felt like I should’ve worked out anyway. I know that I need off-days, but considering the URDs that I take, maybe the next time I get this feeling I should go ahead and work out anyway, whether running or XT or even walking. If my body feels up to working three days in a row, it probably is trying to tell me something.

In the meantime, Disney has announced the date that registration opens for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and it’s sooner than I expected–March 4. That means that I have less than four weeks to decide if I’m going to be up to running a half marathon this fall. I may need to take a leap of faith here.

In other news, when I weighed myself this morning I was under 240 pounds for the first time in decades. I have a feeling that I’ll pop up tomorrow between the SRD and going over calories for the day, but once I go under, I know that I can do it again. So 40 more pounds to make target, even though it’ll take me more than the originally planned 14 months. As I’ve told myself, it doesn’t matter if I’m under 200 pounds before I turn 50, as long as I both get under 200 pounds and turn 50. Onward!

Wednesday, 2/12:

After a couple of slug-like days here, I could feel the resistance to working out starting to creep in again. Even though I stopped by the local Fleet Feet store for a mobility evaluation prior to signing up for the weight training class that they host in conjunction with their 10K program, I knew I had to hit the road tonight because the next round of snowmageddon will keep me from running outside tomorrow.

I wanted to do a short set of intervals (short due to the cold), but my iPhone’s GPS still isn’t playing nice. Since it couldn’t give me quarter-mile intervals, I ended up doing ad hoc fartleks with no clue as to how fast the “sprints” were. Recovery segments varied from walk to quick jog. Based on the overall pace (12:03), the sprints must have been pretty fast, at least for me. I’ll take it. Total distance (2.22 miles) had to be calculated after the run. I really need to do something about the iPhone’s GPS function. It may be time for a trip to the Apple store, and if that doesn’t work then order a Garmin or something.

In other news, in addition to signing up for the weight training sessions (which will be on Wednesday nights following the 10K group workout), I also signed up for the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge (formerly other names, originally the Manny Hanny [Manufacturers Hanover] Corporate Challenge). I walked the race for a couple of years, maybe 7-8 years ago. I’m looking forward to having an easy time running the whole 3.5 miles this year as part of my early-May post-birthday race barrage, and will probably target a time under 38:00.

They’ve also announced the registration dates for the two half marathons that I was considering for the fall. Registration for the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon (10/12) opens March 1, and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon opens on March 4. That gives me almost a month less to think about whether or not I’ll be ready to run them this year. I figured I’d have until the end of March, but since both races sell out quickly I’m going to have to decide after only a couple of weeks in the 10K program. Tough decision!

Thursday, 2/13:

70 minutes of “Great Northeast Cross-Training.” Would’ve been probably at least three times as long without the great assist from the next-door neighbor and his plow-blade-enhanced ATV. Not enough sleep last night, feeling exhausted and hard to concentrate tonight. Looking forward to sleeping a little later (I hope) tomorrow since the kid’s school is already on a two-hour delay so I won’t have to be up at the crack of dawn to shovel whatever falls tonight. Figuring that I’ll have to try to work in some treadmill tomorrow night.

Friday, 2/14:

Another 70 minutes of shoveling…er…cross-training this morning. I wanted to put in some time on the treadmill this evening, but I think I may have done something to my shoulder and back while shoveling, so I took another night off. I want to try to get a long run in this weekend, but I’m torn between going in the snow tomorrow (we’re supposed to get another inch during the day) or in the freezing cold on Sunday (near-zero wind chills again). I suppose I could go during the day on Monday, but that would throw my weekly totals way off. Also, I would prefer to have two days with less activity between my long run and the first group workout for the 10K program next Wednesday. I guess we’ll have to see how things work out.

Saturday, 2/15:

I was still stiff and sore from shoveling, and I really didn’t feel like going out, but since the wind chills are going to be near or below zero all day tomorrow and I’ve had too many no-run days due to the snow, I forced myself out the door. While I really enjoy running with my music, I’m finding that it’s nice running without it as well. I wasn’t really feeling it, but I managed to do 2.83 miles at a 13:17 pace. With the cold and the fact that I was having trouble moving in the first place, I’ll take that. I’ll probably still try to get out despite the cold tomorrow, or at least face the Dreadmill, since I’m still way below mileage for the week and we’re starting 10K training on Wednesday.

Sunday, 2/16:

I’m still feeling stiff and sore from all of the shoveling, so I decided to skip a long run this weekend and just put in another easy one today. I did 3.25 miles at a 13:21 pace. I went out a little fast, with a good portion of the first half-mile at a sub-11:00 pace, so I slowed it down a bit. The soreness wore me down, though, so I slowed to a walk at a couple of points while drinking some water and Nuun. I had originally considered throwing in another short loop at the end to bring it up to around 4 miles, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Of course, I was able to bring home the last tenth of a mile at a sub-12:00 pace. I’m still a bit sore, so I think I’m going to take the next couple of days off before the 10K program kicks off on Wednesday. I may run over to the Y for some XT or I may just do complete rest. Wednesday we’re doing 3 miles, followed by some of us in the group doing a weight training class. We’re doing 4 miles on Saturday, and we’ve got two short easy runs to fit in there as well. I’m glad that we’re finally kicking this off!

So now it’s time to focus on the task at hand, and get ready to start that 10 program.

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