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Days 39-46: A Very Busy Week

It’s been an incredibly busy week and I’ve been a terrible blogger.  I have, however, run every day this week and have managed to amass the highest mileage total of my journey so far.  First, my excuses for not blogging this week; I’ve been busy at work, I’ve gone out and gotten myself a new job and I’ve been running my brains out.  I had my second and final interview at a local architecture firm on Wednesday morning and I am fortunate enough to have received the job.  It’s a great situation for me in many ways; one of them being a little bit more time to train!  Monday was a bit of a mess for me as I had to make up for not running on Sunday.  I ran a 10k in the morning on the treadmill to finish last weeks runs and then ran 5.5 miles in the evening to begin this week.  

Week Six totals

Miles: 46.5

Time: 5:41:47

Overall totals

Miles: 226.52

Time: 28:42:25

I’ve also run 4 10ks this week on the treadmill.  I’ve been consistently getting quicker each time I’ve tried to.  One of the 10ks was a hill workout that was really fun.  Here is how it went:  first km at .5 grade, next 2 km at 1.0 grade, 1 km at 2.0 grade, 1 km at 1.0 grade for recovery, 1 km at 2.0 grade and 1 km at 3.0 grade.  Then I cooled down to 1 km at 1.0 grade and ran the last two km flat.  It really pushed me to work on my form and stay on top of my feet.  That was my Thursday evening workout.  Tuesday I ran a hard 10k and broke the 39 minute threshold.  This is not a necessarily huge step up for me, but it is a good building block in my runs.  

I’ve also been getting back to swimming this week.  I’m planning on ramping up my efforts in the pool come the first of the year.  Going three times per week is the plan and eventually rejoining my master’s group MWF at 6:00AM in the uptown YWCA (yes, this is an invitation to join us).  My ladies also went away this week.  No, not Alex; my bikes!  Stella and Cera headed off to Florida for a couple weeks at the Stadler spa and rejuvenation clinic.  When they come back they’ll look like totally new ladies.  I’ll be blogging about that process on location so, don’t fret!  

Back to the task at hand though.  The mileage for the week will touch 46 after today’s watch-free 5.5 miler.  Here’s how the week has gone:

M: 5.5 miles on the treadmill

T: 6.5 miles on the treadmill

W: 7.0 miles on the treadmill

R: 7.5 miles on the treadmill

F: 5.5 miles outdoors

S: 10.0 miles on the treadmill (@7:10 pace average)

S: 6.0 miles outdoors

Week Eight totals

Miles: 48.0

Time: 6:01:47

Overall totals

Miles: 274.52

Time: 34:43:25


I promise I’ll be better about blogging this week!  I’m also getting very excited about our Floridian vacation at the end of the month/over my birthday to visit my parents.  I’ll actually be able to run outside in SHORTS!  

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Day 35: Lazily, I Ran

Ah yes, the winter chill is returning to Minneapolis.  I decided that I should take advantage of the last couple days of (supposed) decent weather and get back outside.  Tonight I ran through the Kenwood neighborhood (just South of downtown and full of hills).  I made sure not to push my pace too much and ran purely on feel.  I spent the first years of my running life (2009-2012) as a “zen runner” (sans watch).  It’s always nice to get back to the basics and notice what is happening around you instead of being consumed by pace and heart rate.  I’m really happy with where my fitness is going.  I ran ~6 miles and felt great most of the way.  I also saw some HILARIOUSLY gaudy Christmas lights.  I’ll take pictures next time.

Today’s Gear

Shoes:  K-Swiss K-Ruuz (2012)

Apparel: Champion C9 base layers, K-Swiss Accomplish track suit (black pant, white jacket), Hat, gloves

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Days 31 and 32: The Milwaukee Experience

This weekend I had the great privilege of running in the great city of Milwaukee.  Most of you who do not know me, don’t know that the Milwaukee Art Museum is one of my all time favorite places.  It’s an incredible building and everyone should go there.  The running was beautiful as well.  Saturday morning Alex and I ran with her cousin.  James is a 14 year old with tons of intellect and a great running stride.  It was a pleasure to run with them.  They accompanied me for 2 miles and then I sped off for a quick jaunt of 6 total miles.  The Sunday run was also really nice.  After waking up with a slight hangover due to a fantastic wedding reception the night before.  I can’t overemphasize how great if felt to run in this city this weekend.  The weather has been awesome as well, over 50 degrees and hardly a whisper of wind on Sunday (Saturday was awfully windy).

The Weekend’s Gear

Shoes: K-Swiss K-Ruuz (2011)

Apparel: K-Swiss Split Shorts and Under Armour Jacket

Data (and Photo):


Week Five totals

Miles: 46.24

Time: 5:22:47

Overall totals

Miles: 180.02

Time: 23:19:25


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