Monday, January 30, 2017

January 30 -- In which some momentum is celebrated

 It was another fine weekend.  Well, it was a gloomy January weekend really, but I was happy at the end of it to have pushed the running week over 20, my once-upon-a-time "standard week."  The capper was Sunday, when I extended an already semi-aggressive run over Tillicum Crossing -- BRIDGE OF THE PEOPLE!!! -- by turning left once back across the river and running down the Eastbank Esplanade.  That stretched Sunday's run to 8.54, my first eight-miler since January 10.  As in January 10, 2016.  Huah!

Today, I ran 2.82 in cotton under acrylic.  It was dreadful.  That's what I ALWAYS used to wear to run in winter, until a few years ago.  It was dreadful then, too.

I've run 5 of the last 6 days, or 9 of the last 12, which suggests that the post-snow running season is fully in session.  I beat 60 miles for the month, too, which is not bad considering how much of it was spent icebound.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22: The Weekend Round-Up

I had runs this weekend, including Friday, of 4.17, 4.27, and 7.33.  That's not a bad weekend, is it?  No, it's not. 

The Friday run brought me home from work, something I used to do a lot but haven't much for a long time.  It had the incentive of boosting cumulative mileage for January 20 over the 10-mile mark.  Different things motivate different people, right?  Right.

On Saturday I set out to run back to work and claim my car.  I took an indirect route, because I wanted to break the 4.22 all-time record for January 21.  It was a miserable run, with a cold rain, a stiff headwind, and lots of uphills, and eventually there were calf cramps.  Even though I didn't relish walking in the dreadful weather, I immediately ran out of gas after passing the record, at 4.27, and waddled shamefully the remaining mile.  When I got home, I found that I had misremembered my mileage target, and the record was really 4.29.  Curses!

Today I had an all-time record of 5.5 and sunshine peaking through the clouds, so I decided to try a long version of the Reed College route.  With a couple of sidetracks thrown in, I racked up 7.33 miles.  That gets me back to as far as I've been able to go in the reboot, a hair longer than my January 3 run and again my longest run since April of last year.  So that kind of eases the pain of yesterday, and gets me to almost 18 miles, the best week so far in 2017 and pretty respectable when you consider that it was too icy to run on Monday and Tuesday.

My Avatar crossed the Ohio into Illinois today at Cave-In-Rock, a down-at-heels looking spot for all of its cool name, and he's now making his way north on State Road 1.                            

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More or Less Pinned Down by the Weather, Redux

On Tuesday the 10th, the day after I last got in a few laps at the park, it started to snow as I drove home from work... and then snowed, and snowed, and snowed, and then the temperature dropped below freezing and stayed there for a week.  It was, by the standards of our city, quite spectacular, and although I ended up with plenty of spare time on my hands, and went on some epic walks, there was no chance for running.  And so my running year, which had such a sparkly first few days, is now in a statistical hole from which recovery will be pretty difficult.

Ah well.

Today's mission was just to reboot the reboot, reminding my body how running works by taking two laps around the park, and also revisiting my poor shattered list of January goals.  Many of these were of course buried under the snows of yesterweek.  The coming three days, though, have the kind of low numbers that kind of gets one's blood up!  Perhaps I'll go after them.

My Avatar left U.S. 60 to see some western Kentucky backroads, and is at the junction of Levias Road and Siloam Church Road, in Crittenden County.

Monday, January 9, 2017

More or Less Pinned Down by the Weather

So far the 2017 running year has begun, sensibly enough, a lot like the 2016 running year ended: erratically.  I got off to a rip-roaring start, and then have been more or less pinned down by the weather ever sense.  I say "more or less" pinned down by the weather because the fact is, it has been cold, snowy, icy, windy, and generally unpleasant, but not... unsurvivable or anything.  Of the days I haven't run, I can only legitimately gesture towards safety concerns for a couple of them.  But, you know?  It's HARD to run in the winter!

Some statistical highlights:

Jan 1: 6.09 to reclaim its title as the most run-on day of the year.  It was also my longest run since April 23, 2016.

Jan 2: 4.46 on the holiday Monday to kick off what I thought was going to be a monster week.

Jan 3: I took an extra day off, and broke seven for the first time since the reboot with 7.26, my longest run since April 16.  All time record for January 3!

But then came three days of bitter windchills, followed by two of ice storm, and I missed out on some juicy goal opportunities over the weekend.

Today, I got around the park a few times for 2.32 miles, just so I didn't get too far into the habit of not running.   I had to dig to find a statistic to mark the occasion, but it did move the all-time cumulative mileage for January into 8th place among the months.  It's just ahead of April now, and only a few miles behind March.  To be fair to April, it only has 30 days and still leads the cluster on a miles/day basis.

The weather forecast is all over the place right now.  It looks as though things will be more or less back to normal by the weekend so I can get back to routine weekend running, but weather forecasts always trend back towards the average.  It's hard to look forward five days with much confidence in this part of the world.

Meanwhile, My Avatar is running northeastward on U.S. 60 in western Kentucky. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

January 2017 Goals

OK, time to shake off the disappointments of December and launch ourselves anew at the disappointments of January!  Like folks all over our country, I’ve spent the last couple of hours tinkering with the colorcoding and formula references on my running spreadsheets to mark the new year, and now it’s time to party.  And by “party,” I mean take a look at the forthcoming month and see which ones will have statistical prods to get me out and running!

It's kind of sad that, except for January 1, these are all goals about mitigating lousy days rather than enhancing good ones.  But then, it's winter!  And I'm in poor shape!  So, mitigating the lousy days is a reasonable thing to shoot for.

The days that need the most work line up nicely with the weekends.  You could think of that as a bad thing, since I'm pretty much going to be running on the weekends no matter what, and this setup kind of encourages me to be lazy after work.  But, again, it's winter and I'm in pretty poor shape, so! I'm pretty pleased that I've got something to potentially stretch me on the days I'm sure to be running.  It leaves plenty of room for the twice-around-the-park runs that have been my bread and butter for the November/December "reboot," which I'm still basically in.

So, I've done most of the work!  No I guess it's just a matter of doing some running!