Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pig - ?? The wasted weeks

I did a great job of training in January. Even though the weather was horrendous, I did nearly all my prescribed runs; I missed two all month long. It was boring and many many times I didn't want to run, yet I kept forcing myself because January is all about building stamina.

February 1st. Within an hour of coming home from work, I had a horrible cough. I laid down on the couch and didn't move because the slightest shift caused my entire body to shake from the cough.
Then I got woozy
Then the rivers of snot started
And the cough continued
And my whole body hurt
And I lost everything from February 1-10, including all the stamina I built up over the entire month of January. The first sad little run was unpleasant. I had no energy and kept stopping to cough.
I'm feeling really frustrated. I'm in worse shape than I was on January 1st and we're 6 weeks closer to the Pig. I don't want to start over. I don't want to get on the hamster wheel. I have serious cabin fever. Winter blows.
And yes, I would like some cheese to go with my whine :)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Pig-98 The first four weeks

The first four weeks of Piggie training have been ok enough. I missed two workouts all month - both right after a long weekend trip to DC, when I was residually exhausted, worried about my cat and not in the mood for anything other than pjs at 3pm. The days we were in DC, I did more than the prescribed mileage, but it was all walking. I took training advice literally when it says to cover the distance, regardless of speed.

Only a handful of runs have been outside. The weather has been gross and the older I get, the less and less I want to run in the cold. I've never wanted to running the snow. Having a TM in the basement has enabled me to be a baby about the cold and keep telling myself January is about building stamina, the pace doesn't matter. That's only true for so long. February will be here and then what? 2+ hours on the TM? Yech!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pig-123 winter blows

Wednesday was more of the same Arctic temperatures and new snow. Making it even worse was the gross nasty 100% cloud cover gray barf sky. At least the past week was too cold to run but we could say "at least it's sunny." Yeah, not today.

Thankfully Hal only wanted 3 miles. Hilly miles, if I'm doing the Wednesday "intermediate 2" plan, which is my intention - intermediate 1 all week, with the added challenge of speed or hills, etc. on Wednesdays.

It took all day, but I got it done, Netflixing to Fuller House hah Hey, whatever works!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Pig-124 Baby it's cold outside!

The "high" temperature today was 10 degrees. Need I say any more...?

Hal wanted 5 easy miles. Basement TM, set it and forget it (although I did increase a little with 15 minutes, 8 minutes and 5 remaining). What's interesting is I held my phone the whole time because I was listening to book reviews on YouTube then hit up Spotify for some 90s one-hit wonders. Through it all, my phone tracked my mileage. After running 55 easy minutes, it had me at 5.5 miles for the day, so I'm not terribly off track on the pace. I'm not even worrying about pace, especially while the cold has me trapped inside. Build endurance, slow ride, take it easy.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Pig-125 The first run

I appreciate the timing that my first scheduled training run was on New Years Day. The years I did the Martian and Toledo, I had to start training in mid-December, which was way too early!

Anyway, the weather is atrocious. The "high" temperature is about 10, wind chill is well below zero and there's a ton of snow on the ground. Really thankful today that the new house has a creaky old treadmill in the basement! The Pig is always hot and humid anyway, so I need to be prepared for that, not for a snow run! The TM display doesn't work, and the early stages of training are focused on building endurance anyway. I set it at a moderate pace, slow enough that I could sing along to my music, and ran for 33 minutes. I figured that's roughly 3 miles. Felt great!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Pig minus 126

And we're back! The Flying Pig is 126 days from today, 18 weeks. Counting today as the first training day and counting race day, it's 127 days. Back to training, back to Hal Higdon, back to cross training with Jake Maulin via YouTube classes.

Day 1 - cross training, defined as any exercise of approximately 30 minutes that isn't running.

I'm doing exactly one marathon this year. I'm too old to do more than one! It's too much work, too much time, too much of a commitment. I don't need any more shirts, don't need any more medals, don't need any more race stories. If the Martians ask me to sweep again, I'll offer to do the half - the full was detrimental to Cincinnati. This year it's just my little Piggie and me!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The day I overdid it

I have weak glutes. Since it's the offseason, I may as well work on that. Saturday was gross weather and I sure wasn't going outside, so I warmed up on the creaky basement treadmill for 15 minutes, then started squats and lunges. I didn't even count - probably 50 of each then finished with another 10-minute walk.

The next day...

My quads were screaming! They felt as sore as the day after a marathon! Crazy!!! Going downstairs was especially painful. My glutes didn't even hurt, which tells me I did everything all wrong :(