Saturday, January 20, 2018

Long Run

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 1:07:54
Pace: 11:18 min/mi

Comments: In a few weeks, if I keep my running regimen up, I'm going to look back at a six mile "long run" with some amusement. But, make no mistake, this was a legitimate end-of-the week workout. I had to earn this one.

I took yesterday off, slept well last night and have eaten pretty well over the past few days. Still, I felt worn out from the start. I was very conscious of not going out too fast given my rather speedy times of late but it really didn't matter. I had to slog my way through this whole workout.

I did this one widdershins which put the steep incline at the end. As a result the last mile was an ordeal. Add to that a wind gust decided to show up at the steepest part as well. Not fun times.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fitness Run

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 39:28
Pace: 9:51 min/mi

Comments: With the new shoes ready to go, I felt a bit anxious to get out and run today (in a good way for a change). The temperatures were still pretty cold this morning and I had to wait until noon for it to warm up a bit. And that's a relative term, the first mile was damn chilly.

The shoes worked as well as I had hoped and the run went very well overall. I clearly have some strength back but this was the first time I felt like the conditioning was starting to get there. The latter shown by the accidental sub-40 minute time and the fact I seriously considered going for six miles.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Shoes: Brooks Glycerin 15

For the last few months (despite the sporadic running routine) I've been using a pair of Asics Gel Flux 4 shoes. I bought these on sale at a sporting goods store. Turns out they were a half size too small and that was growing increasingly problematic as I have been adding on the miles.

So, yesterday, while I was doing errands across North Texas I decided to stop at Fort Worth Running Company. I have never used this store or even heard anything about them. But, in my experience, these local, privately-owned stores provide the best service and feedback I need. And this turned out to be no exception.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Fitness Run

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 39:19
Pace: 9:49 min/mi

Comments: With the winter weather scheduled to arrive this afternoon and make the next few days completely miserable, I made it a point to get out and get this one in. If I have to, I'll do a run in freezing conditions, but now I've got some wiggle room with that.

I was a little stiff after yesterday's "speed" workout but it passed as soon as I got warmed up. With it pretty likely I'll have a few days off, I wanted to do this one at a faster pace as well. I just missed getting the first mile at sub 20 minutes but made sub 40 minutes for the run. So a nice negative split there.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fitness Run

Distance: 2 miles
Time: 18:04
Pace: 9:02 min/mi

Comments: The cold snap next week will force me into a multi-day hiatus so I took advantage of the weather today to get an extra run in. Since I already hit my distance goal for the week, I decided to turn this one into a pseud-speed workout.

Basically, I took my regular course backwards. Which meant most of the incline was on the final two-thirds of a mile. So my first mile came in at 8:35 and the second mile at 9:26. About what I would expect. Overall, the nine minute average pace was about where I would expect as well.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fitness Run

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 40:06
Pace: 10:00 min/mi

Comments: It got cold the past two days and the forecast calls for more of the same next week. So I have tried to plan my runs at the times where it is at least reasonably warm but that's a relative term.

So, while I avoided the most frigid temperatures today, the 40 degree start was not pleasant. The good news is that between the sun and the exertion, I was warm enough by about two-thirds of a mile in.

Overall, my pace has been dropping each and every run although I don't really feel a lot faster. I did make an effort today to finish the last half mile strong. It felt pretty good to open it up a bit.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fitness Run

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 40:45
Pace: 10:11 min/mi

Comments: Given the pretty intense launch of this running regimen, I opted to take two days off and see how well my legs felt. Surprisingly, I really didn't have a lot of soreness over that span and no real issues on today's run either.

I got out the door reasonably early since there is a cold front coming in this afternoon and I want to get ahead of my running schedule for the week before it arrives. The run went well in that it wasn't overly notable negatively or positively. Just get out there and get the miles.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fitness Run

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 42:04
Pace: 10:30 min/mi

Comments: Due to the rain yesterday and the ongoing battle with the sinus infection, I decided to nix the run. As a result, I came up two miles short on my weekly goal. The solution? Add two miles onto the next week.

So this morning I was up earlyish and put in a four miler. I felt much stronger in my legs but my conditioning is still abysmal. Still, progress is progress. The plan now is a couple days off and a pair of four milers at the end of the week.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Fitness Run

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 43:06
Pace: 10:45 min/mi

Comments: So, in an effort to make good on the first week of my effort to meet my resolution, I went back out this morning. I also figured I am about as sore as I am likely to get so I might as well get a run in. So I did.

And it was as uncomfortable and creaky as I expected. While the weather was about perfect, the hills on this loop are already proving to be vindictive assholes. I expected this to be a lot slower than yesterday but it turns out it wasn't excessively so.

If I knock out a two-miler at some point tomorrow, I'll be on track with ten miles for the week. I'm not keen on making three-in-a-row workouts the norm but I'll do it if it helps me get the routine started.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Fitness Run

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 41:21
Pace: 10:20 min/mi

Comments: New year. New goals. The work situation meant a lot of best intentions last year in terms of running went left unfulfilled. I'd like to get that back on track in 2018.

The tentative goal for this year is 500 miles, an annual amount I haven't reached in half a decade. That works out to about 42 miles each month or just more than nine miles a week. Doable.

Today was the first effort and my first run since October. The four miles went about as well as I could have hoped. There are a few hills and inclines on this course so I'm not over concerned about the woeful pace. All in all it felt rather good to be back out there.