Monday, August 10, 2009

Weekend Warrior + One

Since my last post, I've just been kind of winging it. I made a schedule, but can't seem to stick to it. Definitely a bad thing, but I hope to get better in the weeks to come. It's hard though, with the weather and work conspiring to get in the way. (And laziness too.)

I see to have become a weekend warrior + one. That is, I run one long run on the weekend, and seem to only get one short run in during the week. In the last three weeks, this is how it went.
Week 1: 5.65 on Friday (treadmill), 3.08 on Sunday (too hot, had to call it quits!)
Week 2: 6.18 on Monday (kind of a make-up), 4.1 on Friday (treadmill), 10.15 on Sunday
Week 3: 5.35 on Friday, 12.19 on Sunday

I really need to get in more mid-week runs. So today I'm kind of resting from my 12 mile run yesterday. Tomorrow I'd like to go to the track. But I was on call over the weekend, and now have a case in the operating room tomorrow morning at 7:30. Which means I can leave my house the latest at 7. So I can definitely make it to the track - but I have to go around 5:30 at the latest. Hard to get that motivation when I'm tired. And then in the evening I run out of time or it gets too hot or I'm too lazy....

Anyway, one more rant. is totally inaccurate. Last Sunday it projected rain starting at 10. Not rain, but "isolated thunderstorms". This was the forecast Saturday night, so it was less than 12 hours in advance. And so I made myself get up early so that I was running by 7:30. It was really dark as I headed to the park, and by the time I was about 30 seconds in it started raining. No isolated thunderstorms, just heavy rain for 2 hours straight. (I was walking back around 10, and that's when it stopped!) My running shoes were wet all week.

Fast forward to yesterday. Forecast says rain. I make the decision to run anyway, and since I'm on call I head out early. I pack my hospital-issued phone in a ziplock bag and take it with me. Beautiful perfect weather. About 3 drops of drizzle over a 2 hour run!

Somehow it makes me feel in control to check the weather online. But perhaps I'd just be better making up the weather in my mind. Anybody else have the same experience?

Finally, I've been doing the run/walk thing for most of my runs lately. I think I'm just not in shape enough to keep running all that time. I never really liked this in the past, but it's what I've got now. One thing I'd like to work on is shortening the breaks. Right now they can be from 2 to 4 minutes in length. I think if I get it down to 1 minute or so, I'll be a little happier.

This is yesterday's run. My pace for the running segments was 9:44, 9:36, 9:33, 9:32, 9:13, 9:27. Overall, my pace for the run was 10:18. Not horrible, but not great. I think I'd like to get that below 10:00. At least for the marathon.


Blogger ShoreTurtle said...

I like It seems more accurate--I think because it has accu in the name.

Maybe we could meet up for a long run sometime. I would do the run/walk with you.

Monday, August 10, 2009  
Anonymous Mordy Ovits said...

I use and it's no better.

Monday, August 10, 2009  
OpenID runningbecauseican said...

We have a guy here on Twitter here in Richmond who posts weather updates a couple of times an hour, so I always know what it's like before heading out. Maybe you could find something like that there.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009  
Blogger Darrell said...

To their credit, it is difficult to predict that stuff.

Try some newspaper wadded up in your shoes when you get home. That helps pull the moisture out of the shoes. Change it every couple of hours if your home.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009  
Blogger NY Wolve said...

I've been having trouble too with mid week runs. I have been running long on weekends, trying to keep up during the week. I can;t imagine getting up at 5 for a run though. Good luck in this heat.

Friday, August 21, 2009  

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