Week of August 19, 2012:
Saturday: Bike ride to the lab and for groceries
Total minutes run this week: 75.
Week of August 26, 2012:
Sunday: Long run (45 minutes)
It’s a weekend for hibernating, and for two very good reasons. The first is that I think I’ve been fighting off a cold or an infection. I have been feeling unusually tired, and it's been a bit of a struggle to get up for my morning runs and then feel perky for the rest of the day. The second is that the fall semester starts tomorrow, which means it’s crazytown around here. SO MANY PEOPLE EVERYWHERE! Good-bye, quiet summer and peaceful streets. See you again at Thanksgiving.
I’ve been laying low, trying to rest and recharge my batteries. There’s been some good food, some Big Love on DVD, and some toenail-painting. And this morning, there was a nice long run, done in the heat and humidity that one expects from Texas. Our cool spell appears to be over (another reason to hibernate!), and I set out for my 45-minute run around 10 AM, I think. I had a hard time getting myself out the door, but once I did, my run was good. I reminded myself that Sunday runs are all about LSD: Long Slow Distance. Today was not about speed—it was just about being out there, trotting along, letting the minutes tick by. I think by emphasizing the Slow part of LSD, I was able to have a pretty good run, one that left me feeling accomplished but not demolished.
I admit that I’m a little bummed that my running mileage was so low last week, but I did a lot of bike-riding too. Fitness-wise, it was a good week, so I should probably not be too hard on myself that I ran less last week than I have in several weeks. I know that I backed off intentionally to ward off the illness that I seem to be incubating, so maybe I should be patting myself on the back for not being stupid about my training! This week I’m hopeful that I can hit 100 minutes, with two 20-minute morning runs and a speed work-out on the treadmill. Actually, if all goes as planned, I’ll be a little over 100 minutes, which would also be just fine with me.
Happy week to you!