Just looked at the calendar: this is the 7th week since Chicago. The 7th week that I've pretty much done nothing. The last 7 weeks has seen all of that fitness I had over the summer vanish like a virgin on prom night (bonus points to anyone who recognizes the movie).
I ran 4.2 miles with T on Thursday in the Gobble Wobble fun run (no numbers, no timing) and it about freakin' killed me. We ran with some new friends and I felt really bad because I know that T and I were the anchor that slowed them down. Then today we went out for an easy 4 mile run - intentionally chose the flattest route we could and we still only managed 3.6 before we were both ready to throw in the towel. Did I mention that my heart rate was over 160 at one point during today's run? I haven't felt this out of shape or struggled this much running in awhile...
so long in fact that when I got home I pulled up my running log from 2007 to check something. Yep, I haven't felt like this sine June of 2007 after running the HM at the Flying Pig and struggling in a 5k here. I didn't start making progress that summer until I slowed down and actually built some aerobic base - running easy paced runs between 11:00-11:30 per mile. Runs that felt like a complete and utter struggle.
Well, guess what? I'm back there so I'm going to try the same strategy, because I need to do something different to try and get back into the swing of things. Training for Toledo/Glass City (still not sure if it will be a full or a half) starts on 12/22. Need to get my ass in gear.
The first significant snowfall of the year hit yesterday. Nothing more than 1.5" but it made for interesting driving conditions in the morning. I just hope it melts and we can see what little greenery there is left before the true winter hits.
More importantly that 1.5" of snow on the ground meant that in the short term running, for me at least, was forced in doors due to the fact that not everyone is as diligent as we are about shoveling/clearing the sidewalk.
Three ugly miles on the treadmill. Not that I'm surprised they were ugly - I've run a whopping 8 times for a grand total of 34 miles so far in the month of November - but it always takes me a few runs to get used to running on the treadmill again. No matter how ugly the miles were, or how hard they felt (I'm not even thinking of posting my pace) the important thing was I wanted to run this morning which felt really good.
Easy workout this morning...just did my hip exercises and stretched. No run. Unfortunately today maybe the last decent day to run for awhile. Forecast for the weekend and much of next week: highs in the 30s and maybe an inch of snow before tomorrow.
Ok...I know people read this (or at least they point Firefox/Safari/IE7 towards this, if they actually read it or not who knows) so I'm enlisting y'all to hold me accountable, because it's become evident that holding my own feet to the fire hasn't really worked out all that well the last 2-3 months.
So, here is my workout schedule for the coming week. My plan is to do as much of it as possible in the morning before I go to work (that way it limits the amount of procrastination) and post on here that the day's workout has been completed. It shouldn't take me more than 20-30 minutes to do everything besides the runs. If you don't see something by noon, feel free to fire away with the comments indicating I'm a slacker.
I am pleasantly shocked by three results from election day yesterday:
- the state of Michigan voted to approve the medical use of marijuana.
- then the state of Michigan also voted to allow stem cell research.
These decisions by the people of this state gives me hope for the mitten.
The big shocker to me though, and an action by voters that just reinforces that the people of the Pacific Northwest might actually be more with it than the rest of the nation...the state of Washington approved a death with dignity initiative becoming the second state to allow terminally ill people to control the end of their days.
After waiting in line, filling out the appropriate paperwork, having to tell the lovely older lady volunteer that the address on my voter card did indeed match my drivers license (the state issued sticker was placed on the back per the instructions), then waiting to use one of the four voting machines - which I ponder, is it really a voting machine when all it is is privacy screen with a Bic ballpoint pen for me to use? I actually got a giggle out of the sign in the voting booth "Only used provided special pen" - I would like to suggest you take a cue from 33rd state to enter the Union and allow us to vote by mail.
Send me my ballot in the middle of October, I'll fill it out, put it in a sealed envelope and return it no later than election Tuesday. No line. No confusion.
Friday: I got to experience Halloween in our neighborhood. Probably 125-150 kids/teenagers/adults at the door. Enough people that we ran out of candy (6 bags T bought) and had to resort to handing out individual bags of fruit pieces we got at Costco, and then ran out of them! Best costume? Kid who was maybe 8-10 years old dressed as skunk. Hilarious.
Saturday: a lovely day of no responsibility. Spent the day with T - had a leisurely breakfast, went to the mall, browsed a book store for a good hour, had lunch and then just relaxed around the house.
Sunday: repeat of Saturday except after reading the Sunday NY Times/coffee we went for a run. Felt great even though T ran me into the ground. Followed that up with some simple stuff around the house, grocery shopping, and a nice quiet dinner here at home.
We may not have accomplished much (I know I didn't touch the grading I've got to get done by tomorrow) but I don't really care. It was probably the best weekend I've had in a long time simply because I got to spend it with T.
the most recent addition...for Chicago.
and a phenomenal t-shirt that T bought for me:
That's right...Save Second Base. It's a breast cancer awareness t-shirt. On the back it says "If You Love Them, Check Them". A great cause to support.