It has been a crazy week. I have some good news but I am not going to announce it until next week. I just have to finalize some stuff but I am so excited.
The week was crazy because of work and life. I was tired a lot but not a sick tired. I also tried to push five days of work into four. I didn't want to take off Friday but I also didn't want to spend all day in the office.
I was so tired all this week. I rarely was up past 9pm all week. The only night I was up late was Tuesday and that is because I have to close at work. I think last weeks running took a toll and my body. I was just allowing myself to heal so to speak. Even last night (Friday) I went to bed early. I went out to dinner and a movie with friends. As soon as I came home I was in bed. The only good thing about early to bed is early to rise. I like being able to get up easy in the early AM.
I was glad to have a "off week" or a micro-cycle. My long run was seven miles. I had to rough spots th is week. My run on Friday of six miles was tough. I did it on the treadmill early in the morning before work. I wanted to get into work early so I could get on the road to come home to Johnstown. I had some stuff planned for the weekend, and I did not want to be at work all day Friday. I decided to do my run on the treadmill since I was already at work. I was never able to get a good pace going. I struggled to get the six miles in.
My long run was seven miles. The only big thing about the run was I rolled my ankle about half way through. I stepped on a rock. Some crazy language came out and I had to walk for about 1/2 mile. I did get the run finished. I was also able to get it in before the major ran that is in Western PA for the weekend started. My left foot is a little tight this evening but nothing major.
I am currently looking for a water belt for my long runs. A lot of places do not carrying them in the store. I guess I am going to have to order one online. I don't like having extra stuff on my body but I know I need to have some type of hydration regularly now that I am in the longer runs. I tried to do the place water out before the run but I can't guarantee they will be safe or that will be my exact route. I have definitely had to change routes during a run. I also need to get the carb gels or beans for the long runs.
Oh well the whole thing has been relatively fun. I hope it continues that way.
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.