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Days 57-65: Florida, The New Year and the Return to the Frozen Tundra

Again, I’ve been a very bad blogger the past week or so.  The days after Christmas were filled with lots of packing for my trip to Florida and tying up loose ends at my previous job.  On the 26th, 27th and 28th I managed to run three more 10ks before heading off to Florida for a much-deserved vacation with Alex and my family.  It’s a great feeling to see how easy these runs are becoming for me.  My base is finally at a level where I can begin to run faster for longer now.  I’ve been consistently breaking the 40 minute 10k barrier on my tempo runs without breaking much of a sweat.  

Running in Florida (Cape Coral, to be exact)

Alex and I arrived at my parents’ house on the evening of the 28th the 29th was a super early morning run in Florida before our day trip to Miami.  I managed a sticky 5.5 miles before succumbing to the showers.  I celebrated the end of week 8 with a 10 miler in midday heat that included a very well-paced last 4 miles.

Week Eight totals

Miles: 45.5

Time: 5:40:13

Overall totals

Miles: 321.02

Time: 40:28:30

New Year’s Eve is my birthday and I think it should be a national holiday as well.  That being said, I ran 5 miles in the tropical 84 degrees and high humidity of Southwest Florida.  New Year’s Day was a great little interval run with Alex (her first in many, many years) and I ran a little extra interval session of my own to see where my limits were.  We flew back to Minneapolis on January 2nd 😦 and came back to snow.

Back in Minneapolis

Treadmills are key when it is ugly out.  We jumped off the plane and I headed to the downtown YWCA for a quick 5.5 mile shakeup.  I started my new job at Kodet Architectural Group on January 3rd and was planning on a morning run but aborted it when I started having issues with this nagging cold, again.  I ran after work instead.  Unfortunately, the downtown YWCA was closed due to a construction crew hitting a 36″ water main and flooding a good bit of downtown.  So, I ran outside.  I ran 6 miles in 13 degrees, it was no fun.  I’m looking forward to getting back indoors tonight.

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Day 48: Another Manic Monday

Now back to our normally scheduled programming…Monday testing.  I’m almost halfway (yay…), feeling good, getting lighter (marginally) and, most importantly, feeling happy and healthy.  Tonight was the beginning of my higher mileage weeks.  The “plan” is to run 48-50 miles per week over the next month to really nail down some good volume and begin speed work.  The running this week will consist of 6 10ks and 1 long run of 10-12 miles.  Tonight’s 10k was a test to see where my speed and fitness were.  I ran pretty solidly the back half and managed a 40:03 10k with some questionable pre-run foods (FYI don’t EVER eat hummus and raw nuts 15 minutes before a run, it’s super bad for your stomach).  The pace was pretty steady throughout and I managed to squeak out some quicker stuff at the end.  You’ll see how it looks from the data below.

Today’s Gear:

Shoes: K-Swiss K-ruuz (2011) – I’m really loving these guys lately

Apparel: K-Swiss accomplish shorts, IM70.3 Racine t-shirt


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Day 38: Long Run in the Snow

Last evening, during my bike/run, it snowed a little bit.  Just enough accumulated to create a little bit of havoc on the sidewalks for my morning 10 miler.  I began with heavy legs on this brisk Saturday morning.  Pushing the pace to a whopping 7:50 seemed like a stretch today but, I did my best to keep it as low as possible within my “easy” zone.  I ran by the Mississippi River this morning for a nice change of scenery and it was quite nice.  I pushed the pace between miles 5 and 8 to around 7:00 just to see if I had any gas left for some speed (I did not).  I was quite wrecked after this run and cherished sitting in my desk all day for recovery.  We are supposed to get a pretty massive snowstorm tomorrow (Sunday) so hopefully I find a way to sneak out before it’s too ugly!


Today’s Gear

Shoes: K-Swiss K-Ona R (2011)

Apparel: Lots of warm stuff, K-Swiss Accomplish track jacket and pants

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