[Someone found this blog today searching for "Mens Pants Size for 350 Pounds." I love that. Even more than the single hit from Google Cameroon, looking for hot muscular men, last week.]
After such an extensive lay-off, it's been difficult to decide what condition I'm in. I'd do an occasional run and make a guess that that was an average day. This week, I've discovered that I'm in far worse shape than I had imagined. The initial thought was: On Jan 1, the weather was awful, so that day doesn't count; Jan. 2 was a good, average day; Jan. 3 was a bad day. Two more runs under my belt, I see that the run on the second was in fact a rather hard day and the one on the third was average (feeling difficult because I was tired from the hard run the day before). I have a lot longer road back to where I want to be than I thought.
I'd looked back at the first 7 days of the previous years to find that in 2007, I ran 71 miles. In 2008, I ran 74. In 2009, it was 61 and in 2010, I was down to 43. That was disheartening. Then I looked again and saw it differently. In 2007, one of those days was 38 miles, indoors, so the other days I only averaged 5 miles. In 2008, I had back-to-back runs of 18 miles (in warm - for Minnesota - temps), so the other days I ran 7 or 8. In 2009, one run was 27 miles, so the other days were 5 or 6 miles.
This year, I'll be over 65 miles for the same period, all outdoors, all slow, with no long runs. One of the things that's been iffy about my training for ultras has been daily "time on one's feet" training. I'd alternate a hard run with a few days of easy running - just as my last post said: when you run hard, run very hard and let the easy days take care of themselves - but there was no consistency. I'm now getting in a decent, though never good, day of training each day. That gives me hope.
The weather continues to be bad. The whole next week will be below average temperatures, though no really cold (like -20F) days. It's going to be a grind, just getting outside and running, but I'm thinking each day will be a little easier as I get used to it.
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