The holidays are always hard. Time running is time away from relatives and in-laws (or out-laws, if you prefer). Nonetheless, I managed 40 miles this week, and six days of running. The week left me feeling solid about my fitness and current base.
I also realized this week that I am only ~15 weeks until Zumbro 2012. At 15 weeks prior to Sawtooth this year, I was sitting in late May/early June and had ~650-700 miles of base built up from that year alone, plus some of the speed work I did as part of that base. I don't have nearly that many post-Sawtooth-break miles built up, nor am I to the point where I can easily do speed work. Minnesota winters are a little harsh for intervals, as is the footing. At this point, I feel a little unprepared, but this will really be the first year I am taking a bulk of training from one year and really carrying forward into the next. Hence the solid feeling about my fitness and current base.
New route today: up Glenwood to Monks Avenue to campus and down Stadium.
Early morning slog through Sibley Park. Slow, sluggish.
Up Main Street hill, down Glenwood.
Red Jacket Trail out-and-back. The path was clear until the ski hill.
Shicoton, Wisco. /w the in-laws, set I. I didn't get lost this time.
Saturday: 3.25 and 10
Treadmill runs /w the in-laws, set II. Two runs with programed incline/decline and automatic pace adjustments. Did jump squats and paid for it the next day.
With my parents. 5.5 hour drive to their place, with family remainder of day. No time for a run.
Miles, YTD: 1667.9
Times, YTD: 266:42:44
Up next and coming soon: another 40-mile week, a look at my cross/strength training plan, and the hills of Mankato.