Todays blog is entitled: Whitecaps in Ditches or Hello Wall, Nice to Hit You!
Wind was rediculous out there, blowing from 40-60k in the city, but I'd have to guess that out here it was closer to 50 to 70 or 80.
Ran an out and back, and luckily the 'out' was INTO the wind. Man, talk about tough. By the time I got to turn around, my legs were getting pretty rubbery and that blister was popping up on my right foot again.
I didn't eat this morning... I felt like exprimenting, so I had a Carb Boom gel and some water before I headed out. This turned out to be a big mistake. After about 5 miles, I slurped back my 2nd gel, but my legs were already starting to feel it by then. By mile 12, I was done. I walked for 2 full minutes, eating my 3rd and final gel (Hammer Gel - Chocolate), and wondered if I was going to make it home. True, the wind was at my back for some of the run, but a lot of it was cutting directly across my port side. Yeesh!
Anyways, got my legs moving again somehow and continued on. I was surprised when I flushed a pair of widgeons out of the ditch beside me, and laughed when I saw how hard THEY were working to pull up into that wind. This, coupled with a little oomph from my last gel got my legs moving a little quicker again.
Around 14 miles was horrific again. I'd turned back onto the highway, and the wind very nearly blew my feet out from underneath me a couple of times. Push, Grant! Push!
Mile 15, thank GOD! 1 more mile to home. Anyone can run 1 mile! Anyone!
Yeah, right. Well, I made it, (last mile in 8:00even) and now I'm sitting here stuffing my face with gatorade and grilled bison on toast. It's the best food and drink I think I've ever had in my life.
And I've gotta go 10 MORE of these miles? Sweet Jesus! Allthough today's run was a man-breaker, I guess it gives me a bit of hope, since I don't think it's physically possible for the wind to blow that hard in the city, so the marathon should be a little easier in that regard. Just keep thinking positve, G.
Anyways, I'm going back to my lunch now. Happy Sunday.
Craziest day in a long time. I was 'running' from 6:30am til 12:30 am. I got a ride to the hall to setup for our banquet, and realized I needed some paperwork that I'd left at home, so burned home to get it.
Wasn't sure if I could get my run in tonight, so was determined to do something. Rode my bike to the store and back, on a nice wide route.
Well how do you like that? I actually got my run in tonight. It was an amazing night out there again... the wind was just howling thru the night. The stars were so plentiful it was difficult to pick out even the most familiar constellations, and the crescent moon shone like a street lamp to light my way down the backroads around my town.
According to the plan, this was supposed to be my hills workout, but unfortunately there's only one hill in my town, and you can scale it in about 30 seconds. After I did this 3 or 4 times (and nearly broke my ankle 6 or 8 times. It's DARK in that park at night!), I said to hell with hills. I ended up just throwing in about a dozen fartleks along the way. 9.5 miles is an estimated distance, and is probably a pretty conservative one, as I didn't slow for any walk breaks, my pace was pretty quick, and my fartleks were damned fast (relatively speaking, anyways.).
Felt good all the way til the end of the run, then my left knee started to throb a bit again, and the 2 little toes on my left feet started to hurt... guess I was too far over on the shoulder and my foot got squashed or something.
Anyways, I'm just happy I was able to get this in.
It's 1:30 am now and I've gotta get up at 6 for a FULL day tomorrow, so I'd better get the hell off this and into bed.
Feeling pretty crappy this afternoon. Tired all day, then my stomache got all achy. Looks like another blown run day. I'm going to try to get in a ride tonight if I start feeling better.
Up pretty late last night playing and missed my danged run.Supposed to go for hills today, but I've got to take my boy in to the hospital for some tests later, so things are pretty much being played by ear today.
Did a little Brick tonight in the pissing rain. It was quite refreshing, actually.
I ran my bike over to the gas station, pumped up her tires, and pedalled off for about 6 miles. Didn't have my watch on me, so I have no idea how long it took or howfast I was going, but I kept the cadence up pretty good.
After this, I hopped off the bike and ran the (approx) 2.75 miles I needed to finish off my day's workout.
Nice wet workout. :)
Tempo run at lunch cut short(naturally). Did:
1 mile-goal pace
2 miles tempo (around 7.2mph)
1/4 mile recover (6.5mph)
2 miles tempo
1 mile goal pace
I owe the bank about 2 and 3/4 miles at goal pace tonight.
Not feeling great today, and this run was pretty painfull. The blisters I got on my long run Sunday are now twice the size and 3 times as painfull. New shoes! New Shoes!
Other than that, the run went ok.
Rest day! Hooray! Left knee is throbbing a little still, but my legs are recovering pretty well. Time for new shoes!
I am NOT having any fun at work today. I thought my little Friday holiday would recharge my batteries and get me ready to take on the world again, but it seems to have taken the opposite route. All I want to do now is go train for tris. Damned IMAZ threads! I'm so pumped now that my body couldn't hope to compete with my mind.