Exciting news part one: I’m about to take a job offer as an applications engineer for an automotive semiconductor supplier (The one I’ve been a customer of for the last two years) and move to the suburbs of Detroit This is a Belgium based company. They even have a company triathlon, and I heard they take it seriously.
- looking for an area to live with running and road biking out my front door.
- calling the a running stores to see what wisdom comes from it
- How do I go about finding the local elite women and subelite men?
- roommate or rental situation when I’m bringing a treadmill and plan on using it at 6am.
I’ll write about what I’ve learned of these things after I’ve actually learned something.
Then to spice this up even more, the job has about 20% travel. Travel adds a whole new element to the concept of consistency. It all starts with them sending me to Belgium for a month in March for a business meeting and training. They know I need to be back with a couple consistent and predictable weeks before the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 3rd.
Exciting news part two: I think I just caught overtraining before it developed into a problem. I’m reporting that here so I am held accountable for either three days off minimum or 1-2 really easy weeks before resuming any quality. Two clues set this warning off:
- asymmetrical cramping and fatigue showed up at the second mile of a marathon pace quality run and I felt like I was going to get injured if I didn’t stop. It went away when I slowed down.
- My easy speed has been slowing down and fatigue shows up in easy runs.
This was exciting news because it is better than getting injured. I am also suspicious that I don’t handle doubles well even though I’m at the same weekly volume. I’m going to drop them.
Monday morning: 3.4 mi 8:05/mi
Monday evening: LT “holding my shit together” workout: 15 minute warmup, 30 min (10 min at 9.4, 20 min at 9.5mph), 15 min cool down. 8.3mi total
Tuesday morning: 3 mi recover then 3 miles super easy. 6.2 mi total, 8:52/mi
Tuesday evening: recovery doubles. 3mi, 9:15/mi
Wednesday Interals and some hills. 15min warmup, 4x5min @ 10.2mph 1.5% with 2:30 recoveries, about 10 minutes easy and then some virtual hills. 9.5mi,
Thursday high side of easy progressive run (just like running downhill toward the city and then back home uphill) about a 2 mile warmup and then 8mph for 4 miles and 8.2 one incline notch higher for another 4mi. Cooldown. 11mi, 7:40/mi.
Friday evening. Note that this was the next day’s evening so it was almost an extra half-day of recovery before I attempted this workout. I attempted some marathon pace miles, but felt like I was going to get injured after two miles and stopped. I was watching the Lego movie, so I finished up with easy miles. 11mi
Saturday morning: an easy run finishing up Californicanion season 7 and noting that my fatigue onset is lower and I might be borderline overtrained. 9.5mi ,8:36/mi
Sunday outside with the SERC gang. I hung out with the gang in the back. my GPS didn’t work so I really don’t know my pace. We took a shortcut to avoid an unplowed street. There was a layer of ice on my mittens when we finished. It was a typical miserable winter run with cool people. 11mi, 8:35/mi,I’m guessing
Week total: 73 mi
year total: 256 mi