I continue to rack up the miles. I did a 30k race over the weekend. Despite the calendar saying it is spring, there was not spring in the air. The temperature was more appropriate for the end of February not the end of March. When I started the race the temperature was around 25 degrees. Not that warm. All the race I completed this year so far were down at or below freezing. That is crazy to me. I am not a cold weather person so for me to run these races in freeze temperatures is pretty amazing.
I did the 30k a part of the Just A Short Run. They offered several different distances to run and the 30k was the longest. The race was held in North Park just north of Pittsburgh. I did my previous race at North Park as well. The race course started and ended at the same place. I did the lake loop again but in reverse. The race started a little different with a 3.5 run through some other areas of the park and then to the loop. I would not call this course flat. There is so decent hills especially at the beginning leg and the loops have some good rolls. I feel that this was a good race for a warm-up to the Pittsburgh Marathon.
I am sore today. Not bad enough I cannot walk but enough that I feel sore especially in my buttocks and calves. I hate the hours after races. I feel terrible, and there is little that makes me feel comfortable. I am not a napper. I always try to take a nap, and it never works. I did go to bed early. I woke up at a normal time but I feel sluggish today. I hope tomorrow I feel refreshed and ready to go.
This is going to be a crazy week. It is my last week at the Penn Hills YMCA. I finish my duties at the YMCA on Thursday. On Thursday evening I am going to my old high school's musical, Godspell. On Friday, I leave for Washington D.C. for the weekend to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Then on Monday I start my new job. A lot happening in a short amount of time. I am glad this is rest week. I have some extra rest days and shorter runs. Good for me.
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.
I am back running. I am currently doing all my running on a treadmill. The weather currently is a little too cold for me. Plus, the times I am available to run are in the early morning or late evening in the dark. I am not comfortable running in the dark and add the single digit windchills, I am just fine running inside.
I just got back from a trip to NYC. I was able to do some crosstraining on an elliptical and a stairclimber while I was visiting. I was glad to be able to keep moving while I was visiting the best city in the world.
Life is a little tough right now. I am not enjoying my job and Christmas is not really in my heart this year. I need to finish my shopping. I can't believe 2010 is almost over.
I am excited to say I just got a new pair of running shoes. The last year or two I have been running in Under Armour shoes. Under Armour shoes were not available in my size so I switched back to Brooks. I am excited to be wearing the Brooks Illusions once again. I went to a running store to get fitted so I am very excited to get to wear the new shoes.
I have not run since the Turkey Trot. It is a combination of laziness and letting my leg heal. My knee does not hurt anymore. If actually feels good. I have been doing a lot of cross training. I have tried to focus on low impact exercise. This past week has been good because I think I needed a break from workouts. I needed to refocus.
An artic blast has hit the US. I went for a walk on Saturday. Thank goodness because the wind and cold are not my idea of good running weather. I will hopeful get a thirty minute run in tomorrow on the treadmill.
This weekend I head to New York City. Very excited to see a great fun, and the sights of the city. I don't know how much I will get to workout or run but that is fine. This trip is about having a good time with friends.