Monday, March 18, 2013

March 11th-17th Training

Monday: 5.9 miles (6:46); 12.2 miles (6:57)

Tuesday: 6 miles (7:01); 12 miles with 11 mile medium progression (5:35) over hills. Goal was four miles in 24:00ish, four miles in 22:20ish, three miles in 16:30ish.  The times were just guidelines because the route is pretty rolling and some sections are faster than others.  Ended up running  23:38 (6:02, 5:55, 5:49, 5:52) 22:12 (5:25, 5:31, 5:44, 5:32) 15:43 (5:32, 5:04, 5:07).  The 5:44 in the second section was up a long hill and the first mile of the fastest section was insanely rolling.  The whole time, I was either going up a massive uphill or down a massive downhill.  The second mile was mostly downhill and I could tell my quads were banged up from the downhills.  The last mile was either gradually down or gradually up, with a little over half of it being up.  Felt a little flat at first but loosened up.  Pushed the last half mile a little bit to get some hill running on tired legs.  Not a bad run.

Wednesday: 3 miles (7:55) 3.4 miles (7:00ish); 10.7 miles (6:56)

Thursday: 4 miles (7:00ish); 9.8 miles bombed workout. Plan was 20x1:00 hard/easy.  Felt dizzy on the warm-up and my legs were trashed from the get-go and would not move, so I stopped after eight reps.  Frustrated that I had to end a workout but it's probably a result of being too greedy on Tuesday. I had this workout planned for Wednesday, with nothing but easy runs leading up, so I probably should have stuck with that.  But if you're never having bad workouts, you're not training hard enough or your goals aren't big enough; 3.2 miles

Friday: 5.3 miles (6:52); 11.4 miles (6:53)

Saturday: 9.8 miles (7:30); 6 miles with 6xhill blast (7:30).  I haven't had any near street confrontations in quite some time, so it was time once again.  When I run, I don't want cars to do just drive and I'll move around you.  I was running through my 'hood when a big white truck was driving down the road.  It looked like he was going to turn into a driveway, so I crossed the road.  Well, he was also trying to back-up, I guess into his driveway or something. I kept on running and hear someone yell "Are you an F-in idiot? (internet edit).  I stop my watch, turn around and walk on over asking him what he was talking about.  He then said "I almost hit you, Jesus Christ." I then replied "I saw you the whole time dude. You need to relax." I then waited for him to respond, but he didn't say anything and I was on my way.  I didn't see how big he was, but I felt like I had the advantage.  I had my night vision going on (just got done running around a pitch black area), was semi warmed-up, while he probably had tight hip flexors from sitting in his truck.  I was also wearing racing flats, which would result in faster footwork and a faster doubleleg if I decided to take the brawl to the ground.  I was also wearing running clothes and since he had a big white Ford, he probably was wearing bulky camo pants, cowboy boots and some kind of oversized John Deere shirt. I definitely could have taken him.

Sunday: 9.9 miles (7:00ish).  Bombed workout here. The plan was a short warm-up, 18 miles of rolling hills in the 5:30s and then a short cooldown.  But lately, I've felt like complete crap.  My legs are really achy all of the time, but the main annoyance is that I feel light headed and my eyes feel a little out of focus and it's like that 24/7.  Almost like the feeling you get when you're insanely hungry but I'm not hungry. I really think it's low iron but I played it safe and ran easily.  Well, more like I chumped out and was a headcase; 3.4 miles (7:20)

Week Total=116 miles. Feeling pretty bummed about whatever I have going on. I'm getting my blood tested Monday and should know by Tuesday.  But if anyone wants to take a bet, I will bet a McDonald's McDouble that my iron is low.  Sometimes I freak out and think it's low, when it turns out to be fine.  But the weakness this time is the same exact thing I've had in the past. 



  1. I'm hoping the Saturday story will have a part two. I run past the dude's house several times a week, so if I don't see him soon, I'll just put a treadmill in front of his house and run on that. I hate treadmills, so hopefully it doesn't have to resort to that.

    I would TP his house but he doesn't have any trees.