I’ve come to accept that Pittsburgh isn’t going to be the big ass-whooping race I wanted it to be, and that’s fine. Between moving, new job and travel I just have to accept that it just isn’t going to happen. I can already count the training days I’m expecting to miss on my calendar and stressing over looking for runnable road near Charles de Gaulle Airport to use for an hour on April 4th.
This is still a series about staying in shape for a repeat sub-3 marathon performance. Maybe it will all come together for a repeat sub-3 hour marathon performance. Maybe a month of training in Belgium will change everything. Maybe I’ll crash and burn. We’ll see in two and a half months.
True to the theme, we had quite a few cold days this week, including a six-below-zero Sunday. Outdoor running plans were made for Saturday instead.
Monday 5 miles recovery and 5 miles easy for 10 total miles. Recovery is basically warmup of 6.5mph and easy is anything between 7 and 8mph.
Tuesday easy rage progression run. Like I’ve said before, it is so easy to set the speed and run that it takes a little bit of effort to make sure that your runs are paced progressive just like you would outside. 10mi total around 8:00/mi average
Wednesday, I went for 13 min (about 2 mi) cruise intervals, but stopped after two and cut the run short at 8 miles. I think the treadmill thing is finally getting to me. I know that’s the point of this series, but I’m ready for some snow-less 40-degree days.
Thursday I changed things up by opening a box of a brand new pair of Hokas — exact same shoes that I just put 500 miles on, but new. 10mi at 8:00/mi
Friday knowing that Saturday would be the one chance to run outside for the week, I kept it easy and stopped at 8 miles. I made plans to meet Paul and Tracy on Saturday for something between 18 and 20 miles
Saturday was the outdoor day for the week. We ran snow covered streets in a blizzard, but it was at least in the high twenties. Afterward, I broke out the microbrewed local bear I brought back from Michigan and gave out the Hansons swag from last Sunday’s store run. 18 miles. Strava says 7:54/mi, which on snow covered streets with poor footing was pretty good. I’m going to have to ask
Sunday inside 12 miles. I watched Chef on Netflix, which was really good. 12 mi, 8:15/mi average. It was six below zero outside.
That’s a wrap for the week. I’m writing this log on Monday morning. I called the Realtor who sold me my house five years ago and she is on her way over to give me an assessment. I’m going to miss this place.
Week total: 76 miles
Year total: 456 miles
Hold on Folks. I have one more closing thought.
Badass Laura said something on Sunday that we all should read. She is the current icon for all the girls at the edge of subelite chasing the dream of elite. By the way, Salty, she is forty. (I actually I thought she was like 33 until today).