12mi. (a.m.) - mindless on the treadmill. Tried watching Netflix on my phone but gave up after five minutes. I couldn't stand tiny screen and having to stare down. Listened to music instead (I never do that!) and it made it somewhat bearable
4mi. (p.m.) - slow and easy on local roads in Yak Trax just to see how cold it was. Wasn't that bad once the wind died down a little.
11mi. (a.m.) - workout at the Y that was supposed to be 4E+2x(3T) +2T +3E. I knew after the first T block that I wasn't going to be able to do it. It is a decent chunk of work but would be manageable if went into it well rested. I'm just tired all the time now. Instead I altered it to 3T, 2T, 1T with equal minutes recovery after each (3:00/2:00/1:00). Tiring and slightly disappointing but it is what it is. J. Daniels is a cruel slave driver.
3mi. (p.m.) - easy shakeout after short ride to Eastman in Grantham, NH. Van full of screaming spawn plus slushy and salty roads = (as soon as we pulled in) "See ya, I'm going for a short shakeout." Thankfully, my wife understands my needs. Short trip for a day and a half of skiing (and drinking). Legs pretty damn tired.
3mi. - super short and easy run. It is categorized as a "rest day", at least in terms of running. Not much to even talk about but I knew this day was going to be a wash due to 5+ hours spent skiing with my son and nephew at Mt. Sunapee. Super fun but my legs were fatigued. Cross training that ruins my legs even more than they already are? Isn't that totally against the point?
7mi. - after the car ride back from NH I was less than motivated. This coupled with the stiff NNW wind (20-25) made me hate existence briefly. However, per usual, after 2 miles I perked up. Threw in 7 strides towards the latter part of the run, which is something I really need to do more often on midweek filler runs.
10mi. (a.m.) - boring slog on the treadmill at the Y. Hate it
5mi. (p.m.) - just logging more miles. Treadmill again. More of the same but half the dose.
18mi. - a tough one with Jonny. Another late start (1145). I was once again supposed to do a difficult Daniels' workout (4E+6M+1T+5M+2E) but that seemed ridiculous. Instead we decided on the spur of the moment (once the run started) to let the course dictate our workout. We ended up doing 6M then "recovered" for about 1.5miles (up a bitch of a hill on Punchbowl Trail) then 3M mainly on Beaver River Rd. The rest was "easy" back to the cars for 3+ miles but not before we immediately "rested" up Shannock Hill. I was beat and both of us were fading over the last mile or two. To top it off, I immediately went to my parents' house and raked, shoveled, pushed etc. snow off of their roof. Holy shit- I was completely in Bonk City. I had to stop near the end of the snow removal to go back inside and beg some fuel (7 chocolate chip cookies) from my mom. I was getting dizzy and seeing spots up on the roof. Not good but it all worked out. You haven't lived until you've laid in snow upon a roof while flurries drifted down around you and scarfed junk food. Good stuff. A great day of calorie depleting activity overall. Lest you worry about my caloric intake, have no fear -- I crushed a variety of quality pints o' high-test ales and greasy food in the evening and the caloric deficit is no more.
7mi.- wimped out on tired legs. Hid inside on the treadmill from slush and cars, despite the spring-like temperature and sun. I was surprised by how much everything had melted (roads) by the time I emerged from the Westerly Den O' Sin.
TOTAL: 80 miles
YTD: 511 miles
--> a good week with two quality workouts/efforts again. Unfortunately, 45 of this week's miles were on the hamster wheel. Embarrassing but at least I got the miles in I suppose. An unofficial goal is that this upcoming week will be my final runs on the dread mill (looking like, due to scheduling issues, I probably have to run at least Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on the mill). Ugh. I'm no Jim Johnson.