Monday, May 13, 2019
Pace: 9:51 min/mi
Comments: A brush with a sinus infection derailed my effort last week to get back into the swing of things. So I'm hoping to get a solid set of run in this week and put myself back on track.
This run was reasonably nice if a bit warm. The pollen laid into me when I got done, though. No real aim except finishing without running myself down. In that respect, I got it in a little faster than I expected and the heart rate showed it. Gonna have to pace it better going forward.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Pace: 10:04 min/mi
Comments: Another week layoff. Now I am seriously behind on the year goal. The only way to get back on track will be instituting the regular morning run like I did last summer. So, no time like today...
I thought that with the storms and front pushing through yesterday, this would be a clear morning but it was the complete opposite. Misty to the point of actual rain. But pretty cool, so it wasn't too awful.
Just focused on cadence. Finished much better than I had any reason to expect.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Pace: 9:29 min/mi
Comments: So I took a full week off running. There were a lot of reasons, not the least being the onset of pollengeddon. Turns out the danger isn't over as it whipped my ass today.
It is now getting into that delightful mix of heat and humidity that Texas does so well. Right now it's like this at the middle of the day. Soon enough it'll be like this before dawn.
This was a sloppy, just-get-it-done effort. I got it done.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Pace: 9:32 min/mi
Comments: Ran this one angry after my neighbor's yap dog kept me up all fucking night. Probably not the smartest move given the heat and humidity today. But this is gonna be par for the course in the mornings over the summer. So I might as well get used to it.
Ran the first part way too fast. Slowed down a little on the second half just from the slog. Heart rate was in Zone five almost half this effort. Not ideal. I'm expecting to be a little sore from this one as a result.
Monday, April 22, 2019
Pace: 9:52 min/mi
Comments: After multiple days off I finally got back out there for a run. Toward the end of last week, I was feeling really run down. That was very evident on my the run on Tuesday. I was feeling better toward the end of the week but just decided to give myself the extended rest anyway.
Now I would like to get a number of back-to-back runs in but with very easy efforts. Today was about idea for that. I started overslow, picked up the cadence in the middle but without pushing the effort. At the end, my heart rate was almost entirely in Zone 4 even with the warmer and more humid conditions.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Pace: 10:03 min/mi
Comments: Not sure what the specific cause was, but today's run sucked pretty damn hard. It was a slog from start to finish and I felt wiped out by the halfway point.
My pace was abysmal to start and slowed precipitously on the last two miles. Cadence was a similar mess. But my heart rate, which I expected to be pegged to the maximum was pretty good. Half of the run in Zone 4 and half in Zone 3. None in Zone 5. Whatever.
Monday, April 15, 2019
Pace: 9:12 min/mi
Comments: Skipped the long run over the weekend again. At some point I have got to get those back into the mix. For now, I'm still on my mileage target without them but that's not optimum for conditioning.
As a result, I probably ran this one a bit on the quick side. But the temperature was good and humidity ideal. So might as well. My heart rate was right where I would want it for this kind of effort. That's not likely to be the case if I keep pushing it like this, though.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Pace: 9:19 min/mi
Comments: Fifth day in a row. The decent weather had a lot to do with that. And the ability to cut away for mid-day runs. But it was a nice streak after so many erratic efforts.
Really nice day today. Perfect temps. Low humidity. Pollen not unbearably brutal. As a result, I probably did this a bit quicker than necessary but the exertion -- going by heart rate -- was pretty much perfect. An excellent end to the workout week.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Pace: 9:18 min/mi
Comments: Another lunch run. On the plus side, temperatures are significantly cooler today. On the negative side, pollen is brutal. Rain is in the forecast and I rarely have welcomed it so gladly.
This was a little faster than yesterday and felt much more pleasant as well. That could be due to the temperatures and cloud cover. Spent about a fifth of the run in the Zone 5 heart rate. That's about the kind of effort I'm looking for at this point.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Pace: 9:27 min/mi
Comments: With everything going in fits and starts this morning, I decided to cut out early and get the run in. There's a forecast of summer-like temperatures and, even worse, strong winds. So I wanted to take advantage of the spring-like conditions while they lasted.
From my heart rate, you would think this was a super strong effort but that wasn't the case. I kept a good cadence but felt a little sluggish the whole way. It could be just fatigue from multiple days running but it could be I'm coming down with something. The latter not an uncommon issue with me this time of year.