So I ran 14 miles last week (um, TOTAL), which is kind of a big deal for me.
I’d like to start posting weekly reports on my running again, as long as I feel there’s anything even remotely noteworthy about it. I really like the Will Run For Beer format of number of miles run/number and type of beers consumed so I might try something like that for a while. Except my output probably won’t be nearly as consistent or impressive as hers, in terms of the miles or the beers. But, mediocrity: hey, it’s worked so far!
I’ve been doing a lot of miles on the treadmill, which is helping me get comfortable with running hard again without actually having to work as hard.
I’ve been doing my favorite bastardized version of an interval workout I stole from Runner’s World eons ago: a set of 5-4-3-2-1, starting at a comfortable pace and gradually increasing in speed until I’m running hard for the last minute. Then I take a quick walk/water break and do it again. And if I feel like it, a nice, slow cool-down mile. (But the cool-down is nonessential because whatever.)
I did that on Monday (3 miles) and again on Tuesday (4 miles), lifted weights on Wednesday, again on the treadmill Thursday (4 miles), took Friday off, ran outside on Saturday (3 miles) and took Sunday off.
I’m still in the 10:XX range on these runs (so I guess that 30:20 5K I ran last month was an anomaly) and unfortunately, my no-pants November challenge doesn’t appear to be doing me any favors in the lose-that-baby-weight-so-you-can-run-fast-again department. I’m learning that a forgiving waistline offers a false sense of fitness. But I’ll get there.
Codie’s sleep routine has become fairly predictable, except when it’s not (which is pretty much any time I tell someone her sleep routine has become predictable). But I can generally count on her to go at least five or six hours for the first stretch of the evening, from 7:30 until midnight or 1 a.m., which means I can have a beer after she goes to bed! That evening beer probably makes me a lot happier than it should.
I skipped autumn this year and dove straight into the dark wintry brews. Last week I enjoyed a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout and an Anchor Porter. (Did I mention I have a smartphone now? You can be my friend on Untappd!)
I feel like I’m out of the loop and don’t know jack shit about beer anymore so if there’s anything I absolutely need to try (that’s available out here in the sticks), let me know.
Upcoming: my annual turkey trot. I won’t be in PR shape by then but I can’t pass up a race that starts half a mile from my doorstep. I’ll be happy if I can come in close to 29 minutes.
Number of miles run: 14 (But I can do better! I hope to be doing 20-25 miles a week by the spring.)
Number of beers consumed: 2 (Ditto here.)