It's a little daunting looking at other people's training blogs. Gregg's averaging 7 minute miles, Kurt's doing back-to-back 20 milers, Joel's running 55 milers, Helen's winning 50K's... and it's only February.
Saturday, I did 4 miles in 27 minutes, then added another easy 8 miles. I'd hoped to get my long run in, because Sunday was supposed to be cold, but my legs felt trashed.
Sunday, I did 20 miles. Don't ask how slowly. The windchill was -2 and there was drifting snow. Still, it was my first 20 miler since August. One expects to make major improvements early in training, then less and less, but there seems to be a lag here. I'm hoping for a major increase in speed when the temperature improves, but the forecast looks bleak for the foreseeable future.
Yesterday, I went back to the Ohio Street hill (0.50 miles up, 190 ft. elevation). On January 26th, I managed 5 hard times up - mile splits 8:23, 8:40, 8:58, 9:21, 10:28 - and died badly. This day, I did 8 times (8:10, 8:12, 8:13, 8:14, 8:34, 8:50, 8:50, 9:53); the footing was horrible, with fluffy powdery snow, patchy ice, chunks thrown by snowplows and a puddle or two. In 2008 on almost the same day and same weather, but better footing, I did 8:14, 8:00, 8:05, 8:15, 8:45 and that was 7 weeks before winning Trail Mix. So, I'm "getting there." I also got to see a half dozen rough-legged hawks, which seem to be everywhere this winter and they kept me company.
Tag! You're it!
One of the nuisances of blogging is getting tagged to give a six word eulogy or some such thing. I wondered if I could come up with something better. I started with: Name three things that make you sticky. Yeah, I don't really wanna know, either. Here's what I finally decided on:
List five words you like, but have never used. Then try to incorporate them into blog posts.
1) Lambent. It apparently means the type of light one gets from rapidly moving flame, but no matter how many definitions I read, I don't quite get it.
2) Syzygy. It's the lining up of three celestial bodies, like those crazy y's in the word itself.
3) Insouciance. It's the feeling of being a free spirit.
4) Bedizen. It means to decorate in a showy way.
5) [This was going to be Cerulean, but then I remembered that I've seen a cerulean warbler and told people about it.] Bifurcate. It means to split into two equal parts. I went to college with a couple who used it instead of "barf," as in, "I've had way too much to drink. I think I'm going to bifurcate."
Consider yourself tagged.
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