Assuming that New Hampshire 2019 is still the target, as of Saturday I am now officially 1/3 through training.Last week had some good days and a couple of bad ones. The summer is killing me this year. No doubt it's the same as always, I just can't remember from one year to the next how terrible running in humidity is. Then there's the fact that I'm old. And I hear everything gets harder as you get older. Since I've never actually done that, I suppose it's a matter of seeing up close what all those old guys told me back when I wasn't one of them.
Got new shoes. Since the Cumulus 21 has been on the market, I've been able to upgrade to the 20 that's been half price directly from ASICS (and free shipping). I learned that there are also now regular models, LE models and MX models. I got the MX because I liked the color better (light gray) and it's also a couple of tenths of an ounce lighter than the other two. Couldn't find anything that explained what the real difference is between the three shoes other than available colors and that MX weight reduction. I'm liking the ride. This is my 19th pair of Cumuluses.
Tuesday - A glorious, 61 degrees for my early AM run. Lately I've been having Code Abby problems, no matter how hard I try to be empty before I start. Once, twice, doesn't seem to make any difference. This run was a notable exception and it was just a great run, recovery from Monday's tempo.
Wednesday - 4 x 1200s for Interval Wednesday. As it happened, Abby didn't stop by until near the end of rep 2, which also happened to be right next to a POP at some baseball fields, so I got to finish the rep at full speed and take a break when I wanted. I like intervals. Times for the 4 were: 5:39 (7:32), 5:29 (7:20), 5:36 (7:28), 5:27 (7:17). 65o.
Thursday - This one was icky. 75o and nasty, soupy, humid. Sucked wind the whole way. This was actually supposed to be 10 miles, but I have an early meeting at work on Thursdays, so my new running in the morning plan has a little hitch on Thursday. I can get 6 in, but don't have the motivation to get up any earlier to do 4 more. So I switched Friday's run, which was 6. Good thing because 10 would have killed me.
Friday - Ten miles, easy. Another 61o morning, and with a recovery day before it was a sweet one. Went off the planned route a couple of times, then had to do runner math, trying to get the mileage right by adding a couple of extra turns. Despite two episodes before leaving, Abby came along in mile 5 and we had to stop at the Kroger store. What a b!tc# she's being.
Saturday - The best thing about this run was Abby didn't come. I drove a friend to the airport, which put me an hour or so behind schedule. Was up late the night before, helping T-Rex with a paper, so I wasn't 100%. Decided not to eat breakfast before, either, which was another mistake. Temp started at 69o, but the sun was out with my late start and it got warm pretty quickly. Was hoping for a relaxed but solid pace run, but by mile 5 (3rd pace mile) of 12, I called it. Stopped at a gas station for some water (probably should have worn the fuel belt and hydrated en route, too), and managed to struggle through another mile at something close to pace. The only thing that got me to run most of the mile after that was a guy who'd come out a side street and was following me. Couldn't let him pass me, so I kept moving with just a couple of breaks in the shady spots. Ended up with ten, with 4 of them at pace and one almost (8:22, 8:26, 8:28, 8:25, 8:45). I also think this being my highest mileage week (49) in a long time had something to do with my ticket on the struggle bus. Glad that week is over.
Monday - This morning was 66o, but not as humid. I also implemented a new Abby-avoidance strategy, jogging out a half mile from the house, then back to stop at my own toilet. Almost worked, too. Instead of stopping at the Mobil station two miles out and breaking up my tempo, I was able to finish all 5 tempo miles and just had to struggle against making a mess for the last cool down. Good solid splits, too. 8:19, 8:17, 8:05, 8:04, and 7:54.
Cutting back to 40 miles this week, then another build phase. Seven weeks to get through the rest of July and August, then hopefully the temps with fall and so will the times.