5mi. - p.m. - getting chilly again and I was super unmotivated.
2/25 (Tue.) -
8mi. - p.m.- rolled off a good run. Once again super unmotivated and in a shit awful mood at the outset but ran high 6/very low 7 pace and felt better and better as the miles went by. Like therapy.
10mi. - a.m. - Westerly Y. Another treadmill run but I welcomed the change from the dark, dreary cold. Ran 20 mins. easy, 15 mins @ T pace, 10 mins easy, 20 mins @ T pace. Actually felt better on the second, slightly longer session. One of my wife's friends sidled up next to me midway through the 20 minute T session and engaged me in trivial conversation, about what I'm not really sure. Tough to do but I managed. Talking at that pace wasn't exactly easy--very staccato and huffed.
3mi.- pm - logistics made a shake out difficult so I decided to be "creative dad" and leave my spawn home alone briefly. "Here's some popcorn. Here's the TV. Here's your homework. Here's the phone for 911. I'll be back." Short and easy one. PS-no murders, no fires, no deaths, etc. on the home front. Although there'll be zero awards for "Responsibilidad of the Year", it looks like it's still Muddy P. for the win!
0 - truck inspection, wife running, no time. No worries.
6+mi. - p.m. - had to buy supplies for some home brewing this weekend. Since I was going to be in
the area I decided to run around Locustville Pond. It is a somewhat "hidden" serpentine pond that lies smack dab in the middle of Hopeless Valley. I don't fish sweetwater often but when I do, I take my smaller boat (12' Crawdad) out in this and drink beers and catch bass. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed the cold on this run. Tried to run across the ice to add 1-2 miles on near the end but fell hard right out of the gate and changed my mind.
16mi. - a.m. - very cold early morning run with WTAC gang. It was only about 8 degrees at the start. Painfully cold first few miles (fingers, toes and face). A fun and enjoyable run trying to avoid the Poopie Monster and stopping at Mama Walkers for water. We were cold again but a heart-felt charge up Shannock Hill warmed me up again. We cranked out the last mile (about 6:15), even with some short hills near the end. Really enjoyed this one and felt really good. Spent the afternoon brewing a coffee porter ("Choco Barack O. Coffee Porter). Fingers crossed.
5mi. - a.m. - yet again another Sunday, yet again another unmotivated outing. Had to pick up kid #1 at my parents' house so I ran from there. Ended up being a tad short of 5 but with Friday's overage, I'm good.
Total: 53 miles
YTD: 418 miles
--> a little less in mileage than I wanted but Wednesday and Saturday were quality efforts and almost all of the other runs were decent pace low 7s/high 6s. No race again next week, although many of my WTAC buddies are racing Oceans Run 1/2. Just try to get more miles in and several quality efforts.