Last week I added some new moves to my lifting routine and was sore all weekend. I read this article in a sponsored post by Runner’s World about doing burpees, and even though the article was a little silly, it made me want to do burpees. (Realization: burpees are hard.) I also did some additional squats and jumps (see “LEG DAY” below) so my long run Saturday ended up being a shorter run.
Monday: weights (mostly upper body) + treadmill 4 @ 8:37. I did 6×400 (best split: 1.48; worst: 1:54)
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:06. My splits were kinda fun: 9:37, 9:15, 9:15, 8:56, 8:56, 8:37. (But I was trying to run as a progression so…)
Wednesday: weights (mostly lower). I’d planned a PM run but scrapped it at the last minute.
Thursday: 6 @ 8:56
Friday: weights (LEG DAY) + 30 burpees + treadmill 2 @ 8:50
Saturday: 8.7 @ 9:33. I was sore and tired from the week so this ended up being a more leisurely run than usual. I stopped to talk to a friend, stopped to use the bathroom. I’d planned on running 10 but ran out of time before swim lessons (again) and I was perfectly content with stopping early.
Sunday: 30 burpees
We’re leaving town Thursday for just two nights, and we’re cramming in a lot of stuff in just a couple of days (mostly driving) so I probably won’t run while we’re gone.
Last week was a “rebuilding” week after taking eight days off due to illness. I felt a little rusty and only ran ~22 miles but I’m pretty much back to my 100% this week (emphasis on my).
Monday: weights + treadmill 2 @ 8:54. Groggy AF.
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:09. I ran watchless (but tracked on runkeeper) as a sort of fitness test and was pleased to find I could still run.
Wednesday: AM weights + PM 4.8 @ 8:42. I ran down to our local Runner’s Forum from my house for a group run/homebrew tutorial/Brooks shoe demo. I ran in the Brooks Launch and they were okay but Definitely Not Kinvaras. I had an Irish stout, a green cupcake and a slice of pizza. I also got a fun copper mug from Brooks and a Great Fermentations pint glass I won in a raffle! Aaaand then I had to run home carrying them in my hands like some kind of super ambitious lush. (8:56 average :P)
Thursday: Unplanned rest day. I hosted a playdate at my house that involved nine toddlers and a lot of buttercream frosting and I never got around to running.
Friday: weights + 3 @ 9:05.
Saturday: 5.8 @ 8:47. I wanted to run longer Saturday but I ran out of time before the kids’ swim lessons so I just ran faster. Really proud of these splits: 9:23, 9:04, 8:51, 8:44, 8:30, 8:01.
I kinda feel like I should apologize/acknowledge that my running log of pitiful ~6 milers is the boringest ass blog ever but I’m not smart enough to offer any technical insight and I’m having trouble coming up with anything even remotely funny or profound so what I end up doing is just logging miles. I did however, do 6x400s today and I am also culling together a race schedule for the rest of the year that includes a few goal races and a few fun runs:
- 10 miler: April 8 (Just because it’s cheap and I want to do a race.)*
- Pride 5k: May 20*
- Noblesville 10k: May 27 (I haven’t done a 10k since 2013 and I have almost no chance for a PR but I want to see if I can come close.)
- Monumental Mile: June 1 (This is a big maybe. I don’t want to spent 20+ bucks to crappily race a mile a few days after racing a 10k.)
- Zionsville Half: June 11 (Only 40 bucks!)
- Hops ‘n’ Flip Flops 5k: August 19 (Mostly a beer thing.)
- Indy Half: Oct 7 (In which I will try not to race.)*
- Monumental Half: Nov 4 (GOAL RACE)*
*I’ve actually registered for these. 😛
So for those who like to read race reports from average runners, your content is forthcoming.
Well, this won’t take long: I ran 0 miles and did 0 workouts last week. I was sick for the better part of the week and then decided to go ahead and blow off the weekend too.
So I picked the worst possible day to get my shit together and start up again. I had the time change, the previous week off AND my period working against me; a trifecta of fuckery. I’d pay so much money (if I had any) to be able to crawl back in bed right now.
Yeah, so I feel like crap today and like half a dozen of my Facebook friends have shared that Facebook post with a laundry list of horrible proposed legislation and every time I see it, I feel overwhelmed and anxious. But I’m continuing to do a few little things each week and trying not to let the inhumanity of this administration crush me.
Who I supported. I haven’t made any donations since my last post, but I’m trying whenever I can to support local small businesses, especially those that align with my values, like Black Acre Brewing. Not like I need an excuse to drink good beer.
Who I contacted
- I called my reps and asked them to save the Affordable Care Act by opposing any attempts to block Medicaid expansion. It would be extremely costly, not to mention the potential for dropping many vulnerable people from the program. (I did this before the GOP replacement bill was announced which maintains Medicaid expansion for now.)
- I called my reps to oppose Indiana SB 423, which would allow the state to withhold funding from colleges and universities that established ‘sanctuary’ protections for undocumented immigrants. Public colleges and universities have the responsibility to protect the privacy of their students and ensure their well-being.
- I called my local sheriff’s office and asked them to oppose DJT’s anti-immigration policies. Mass deportations are stripping people of due process and privacy protections and tearing families apart. Last week an undocumented woman from El Salvador who was seeking treatment for a brain tumor was removed from a hospital and placed in federal detention. If you’re okay with this, you’re pretty much a monster.
- I called my reps to oppose HB 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017. I had trouble finding details about this one that weren’t just Facebook copypasta, but when I read the complete bill I found that it does indeed repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and again as the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015) which aims to provide each child with fair and equal opportunities to achieve an exceptional education; it allows for the distribution of block grants for schools (read: school vouchers) without establishing any criteria for homeschooling, any standards for schools or any guidelines for measuring progress; and it abolishes the rule in the National School Lunch Program that calls for alignment with the Dietary Guidelines for America.
What I read
- If you marched in the Women”s March, you need to show up for trans rights
- Trump scapegoats unauthorized immigrants for crime
- Yeah, that whole “don’t allow Trump and his administration to be normalized” thing lasted for like a month.
- Let’s shine some light on the awfulness that is Bill Maher. “Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos may disagree on public healthcare, or who should be appointed to the Supreme Court, but when it comes to being incapable of giving a fuck about anyone other than themselves they’re basically the same person.”
- Trusted Sources: Why museums and libraries are more important than ever
- Grimm case vacated, Sessions sets back trans rights at Supreme Court. Although Gavin Grimm’s case may (likely?) end up back in the Supreme Court, it must be decided again only based on Title IX, and now without the backing of Obama’s guidance, a do-over could have devastating consequences.
- White pundits swooned over Trump’s speech, reporters plugged away at the real story. You guys, this story almost almost makes me want to get back in the newsroom.
- Bannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’. This person (I hesitated even to use the word ‘person’) scares the hell out of me.
What I did
Well, nothing, and all this rep-calling and bill-reading has left me feeling angry and tired. (Also I’m sick and the kids are sick and I feel like I’m down to my very last fuck.) My goal for the next few weeks is to find some local meetings to attend and some good subversive books to read. (Suggestions appreciated!)
A couple of positives
Read all of my subversive shit posts.
I don’t know how I ever, or how anyone with a job and/or kids manages to run more than 30 miles a week. If you do this and you somehow also find time to work and read books and write interesting blog posts and know things about news and politics and also be a good partner and parent and maybe see friends now and then, please teach me. Oh, and I don’t like waking up at 4 a.m.
Here’s another training update, but if you read last week’s you can probably just skip this one because it’s almost exactly the same.
Monday: weights + 4 @ 9:13. This felt like overdoing it for me. There’s a reason I don’t ordinarily run on Mondays. But I wasn’t sure how my Tuesday was going to work out (babysitting a friend’s kids) so I wanted to get in a preemptive run just in case. (Did end up being able to run Tuesday evening!)
Tuesday: 6 @ 8:42. I started out feeling like I was gonna have a shitty run, but ended up feeling alright toward the end. I did struggle in mile 6 to keep the same pace as mile 5.
Thursday: 6 @ 8:34. 9:07, 8:49, 8:36, 8:25, 8:19, 8:07! I typically know whether or not it’s going to be a good day by the end of the first mile. When I checked my pace at mile 1 and saw 9:1Xs instead of 9:5Xs, I was elated.
Friday: weights + TM 2 @ 18:16
Saturday: 12 @ 9:32. I hit a rough patch at mile 8ish because I waited too long to take my gel (had to get to a water fountain), but I was pretty pleased with the effort, especially considering it was miserably cold and windy.
So yeah. I feel like I’m strong enough to start doing some longer runs (or double run days) during the week and work toward getting my mileage into the low to mid 30s but I’m not willing to make the necessary adjustments by waking up earlier or run during dinner so for now I’m just complaining about it. Cool huh?
I ran 114.3 miles last month – my best February on record and a monthly high I haven’t achieved since October 2015 when I was marathon training.
Days of running: 21
Longest run: 11 miles
Runs on the treadmill: ZERO!
Races: Again zero. My remarks on this last month: “Hoping this will also change for February!” Yeah, nope. I’ve been picky about where I put my money but now I’m itching to race.
Group runs: One. I ran with my friend’s running group in a neighboring town. There’s really not a group close enough to home that runs at the pace or time of day I want.
Best run: Wednesday 2/22 prog
Worst: That 11, probs. It was really cold and windy and I felt really sore for the rest of the day.
I’m pleased with last week’s running. I (barely) pulled another 30 mile week and still managed to show up for all my lifting days too. 2013 was the last time I was regularly running 30+ miles a week. I got into the 40s and even hit 50 once or twice, but I wasn’t doing enough strength training and I think I narrowly avoided a stress fracture. I’m going to try to not do that again.
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:09. I was really, really tired so 9:09 looks pretty damn good to me.
Wednesday: AM weights + PM 5 @ 8:26. Numbers I haven’t seen in a long time– every mile was under 9:00!
Thursday: Impulsively, I decided to see how fast I could run a mile (spoiler alert: 7:36), even though I was still a little tight from running (probably too fast) Wednesday evening. So I did a mile warm-up, ran one mile quick…ish, and then ran three more rather slow and painful miles for a total of 5 @ 9:32. I think if properly trained and motivated, maybe I could do it in under 7:00. At one time, I could so I think it’s possible to do it again.
Friday: weights + 3 @ 9:33.
Saturday: 11 @ 9:23. This one was brutal you guys. It was 25 degrees with 25 mph gusts and flurries and it seemed like there was snow blowing in my eyes no matter which direction I turned. I knew the weather was going to be crappy and I’d planned to run on the treadmill, but at the last minute I ran back in and changed into my cold weather gear. (And even more miraculously, all my cold weather gear was clean and in the first place I looked.) It was miserable outside, but I still think double digits on the treadmill would have been worse.
I’ve never run more than 12 miles outside of marathon training so I thought it’d be fun to do 13 or 14 miles for no reason. Silly I know, but since I’m not training for anything right now, I’m all about the arbitrary goals. (I would still like to do a 5k eventually, maybe in March if the prices aren’t obnoxious.)