The running continues. Running during the week was tough. I was not motivated. I did manage to get all the runs in during the week but I did not feel like they were strong runs. After my micro-cycle last week my times for week day runs was increased to 45 minutes. I never knew how much five minuets could affect me. Wednesday was the toughest run. The weather was not great outside so I ran inside on the treadmill (which is typical for weekday runs) and I was trying get it done so I could go home. The whole situation did not lead for a good mind set for the run.
Today I complete my long run for the week. I had eight miles in the cold, snowy morning. The snow was the cold wet snow. I felt pretty good the whole run. The only major problem I had with the weather was the snow getting in my eyes. Also, a good thing was it was not that snowy. I ran in the town of Oakmont, PA. A cute little town, perfect for running. The community is safe with a lot of sidewalks, wide roads, and paved trail in the middle of town. I saw a couple of hardy walkers this morning. I like when I see the weather not slowing down dedicated active individuals.
I am excited that tomorrow for my rest day I am going to hit golf balls at an indoor driving on the northwest side of Pittsburgh. I have not hit a golfball since November. I know after I hit balls tomorrow I am going to very much want summer to come ASAP. Running is fun but golf is my sport. Living in Pennsylvania does not allow for a lot of winter golf but that is why I have running in the winter. I actually chose to do the Pittsburgh marathon so that a lot of my training was not in good golf weather. Golf usually starts at the end of March (depending on how bad and long winter is). I really will only have about a month and a half overlap of golf and marathon training. During the summer I like to run but I do not like to have any runs over six miles. I will probably do a half marathon in October which will be perfect. The runs for the half were not bad last year and did not effect my golf. The only thing was after the race I had to take a week of from golf.
I saw there is a possible snowstorm coming mid-week. I hope it misses us. I do not want another snowstorm. Please go fast February.
I loved that I was able to say my short run is only 6 miles this week, and then seeing the look on everyone's face. Haha. Priceless. I got my first rest week, mico-cycle week, break week, or whatever you want to call it. Also, my total miles for the week were decreased. I could feel my body needing this week. I have not had a lot of problems with mileage or long runs but I just wanted a break. I was not discouraged this week and my mental process has been very good. I feel good so far, and hope to continue with my body feeling very good.
The week has been very cold and the weather has been poor. Pittsburgh had a decent amount of snow on Thursday night and Friday morning with about 5-6 inches of snow. After the snow, extreme cold weather came into the area. Pittsburgh is definitely not hitting the freezing mark. Single digits and teens are more common highs. My longs runs are done on Saturday. I did a quick drive around my neighborhood, I was not comfortable running outside. The snow was not removed well and the snow remaining was very compacted and looked icy. I am not comfortable running outside in those conditions. Plus, at the times I was scheduled to do my runs the temperatures were around 0 with wind. I have not problems running in cold temperatures but when the wind chills are in the negatives I do not feel comfortable outside. I was lucking that I only had six miles this week. I did the run on the treadmill.
I hope for some warming temperatures this week and weekend. I always feel cold and would like to get some warmth on my body. I am ready to run some more.
Big day here in Pittsburgh: Steelers playing for the AFC championship. HERE WE GO STEELERS!
The winter has been cold. The snowfall has not been too bad but the cold weather has been tough. I saw on the news the other day since December 1 we have only been above freezing maybe 4 or 5 times. I want some warmth. A couple of days consistently above freezing would be wonderful.
I have decided to change my training schedule a little. Instead of having only one day of week of cross-training, I am going to do two. I have decided to do the cross-training with the scheduled strength training on Tuesday and Thursday. I like doing cross-training activities. Also, my runs on Thursday have been very poor or I have not had the mental focus I would like. I think this change will help me because I need another small break from running during the week, and I get to add some activities I really enjoy.
I just purchased a Nike+ for my iPod. I wanted a tracking system for my runs and this is the one that seemed to fit everything I wanted. I already had the iPod. I took it on my run yesterday for 7 miles. I decided not to calibrate it before I ran. Bad idea. The Nike+ definitely needs calibrated. I need to do that sometime this week. I ran for about 60 minutes yesterday which the Nike+ said was 7 miles. I know my pace is not good enough to run 7 miles in 60 minutes. I figured I ran approximately 6.5 miles in reality. I just wanted to test the Nike+ now before I got into long runs. I will calibrate this week. I have a micro-cycle this week with six miles on the weekend. That is a good distance to see how my calibration is compared to my time and actual distance.
I am very grateful for the rest day today and the micro-cycle this week. I have developed a small cold. Only annoying and nothing serious. Some nasal congestion and drainage which is leading to a sore throat. I think the sore throats are the worse. I hate waking up in the morning with a pain in my throat and the pain of swallowing. I will get by, lets of fluids and some vitamin C are in order to beat this bugger quickly.
This is week 2 of marathon training. This week was harder due to some challenges during work. I was at work way longer than I needed to be and was not able to start my workouts when I wanted. To make things more interesting I had a weekend trip to New York City. I was able to get most of my times in during week. I had to shorten one of my days because of some work demands. Instead of having my rest day being Sunday, I made it Friday. Friday was my travel day and I did not want to rush too much trying to get a run in because I had to leave early in the morning. I run Saturday morning before we started our day. My long run was a lot of fun because I was able to do it in Central Park in a race with the New York Road Runner's. It was a lot of fun to run the whole park. My long run was this week was suppose to be 6 miles but I decided to do the 5 mile race instead. I like to get some road races in during my training. The mileage was so close it worked perfect. I did the race with three of my friends from college. The race started on the east side of the park and looped the whole park. The weather was very cold and windy. The temperature was about 20 degrees at the 8am start. The water for the stations was frozen sometimes when you got there. I actually decided not to drink at the stations because of the frozen water. I loved the race. It never felt too cold. Sometimes when a gust came through it was tough. I finished the race in 46:17 my fastest 5 mile race. I was excited with the results. Hopefully, soon I will be near 45 minutes. When the race was finished the weather was tough. My group forgot a change of clothes which is not a good decision. We just did not think about it. That was not fun but we managed. We celebrated the race with a nice breakfast in the Upper East Side. Good food for a good race.
I decided to use a 20 week training plan for the Pittsburgh Marathon. January 27 was my first day of training. On Saturday January 1, I completed my first week of training . I am very excited to get started. Some of my runs are currently being completed on the treadmill. I would rather be outside since the race is outside but I will do whatever I can to get my runs in. The tough part for me about doing the runs on the treadmill is that I have to use the treadmill where I work. Not an ideal situation because I am regularly interrupted. I really want to yell some days, "Do you mind? Do I interrupt your workouts?" But I don't. For example, Wednesday I was trying to complete a 40 minute run and it took me about three interruptions to finally get it in. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. I ended up doing 22 minutes, then 5 minutes, and finally 15 minutes. It was not pretty but I got my time in. On Friday, I was in my hometown of Johnstown, PA. We had a wonderful day. Warm and sunny for the end of 2010. I was able to run my 3 miles outside. On Saturday I started my New Year with a 5 mile run. When I started it was warm but overcast. Within my first five minutes, the rain began. The rain stopped only when I was finished. Go figure. It still was nice to run outside. Plus it was more of a light drizzle so no big problem.
This week will be my first challenge in my training. I don't have a big amout of miles to put in but I am going out of town to New York City from Friday to Sunday. I may not get my short mileage in on Friday but I should be able to get the long run in on Saturday morning. I may do the other small run Sunday morning and take the rest day on Friday. The big problem on Friday is I start travelling early Friday morning and then on the go the rest of the day. I do not think I will have a lot of time. I am try to get the run in before I leave Friday morning. The weather does not look good but the local YMCA opens at 4:45 so I am go down there.
Ready for the challenge of the week.
I hope everyone had a great New Year. I am excited to start 2011. The first thing that I hope happens is a new job. I am in line for a new job and I really hope it goes my way. FIngers crossed .