Week of April 21
Total Miles: 33.6
Mon: 55F and sunny; 60 min easy run; 6.5 miles, 9:23 min/mi, 120 avg HR.
Tue: 41F and cloudy: 60 min easy run; 6.3 miles, 9:32 min/mi, 118 avg HR.
Wed: 36F and cloudy; 45 min tempo run with 1mi warm up and cool down; 7.6 miles, tempo miles; 8:27, 8:10, 8:11, 8:06, fairly consistent without look at my watch.
Fri: 32.5 min of strength training
Sat: 48F and sunny: 13.1 mi run 10 min/walk 1 min; 2:03: 9:25 min/mi, 124 avg HR. I have been getting pretty tired after my last several Saturday long runs and my left hip has started to hurt, so I decided to run/walk my long run in hopes of feeling less tired afterward and lessening the stress to my hip. I even discovered that my Garmin 220 has a Run/Walk function buried deep under menu>settings>activity settings>alerts>run/walk (this is mainly for my benefit so I can refer to later) where you can set the number of run and walk minutes. I settled on a 10 min run and 1 min walk cycle thinking that was pretty reasonable. I thought I felt better during the run doing run/walk and I also liked being able to take in fluids and fuel during some of the walk intervals. 1 min did seem a little rushed when taking in fluids (water with NUUN Sport), and with a 10 min run followed by 1 min walk I always felt confident I could finish the 10 min run interval. I pushed the last mile a little, but afterward I was still much more tired than I should have been and my hip was still a little sore. I think I am going to add another strength training day and keep my runs to four per week, and see how it goes, listening to my body, focus on a more consistent sleep duration, and adjusting my workouts accordingly. It just seems by the end of the week I am so tired and I need the weekend to recover.
As an aside, I have been watching Star Trek Discovery with my free one month trail that ends Monday. I like it and being a engineer I think that some of the sci-fi physics are pretty far out there, but still the messaging of the episodes often resonated with me. Like at the end of season 2, episode 5 where the star of the show Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) a Star Fleet Officer raised on Vulcan who reflects on faith or her lack of it, saying; "I envy those who believe there is a greater hand writing our story, who chooses the words to keep chaos at bay. Connection. Joy. Love. And Resurrection. With these words, the path becomes clear for a moment and then disappears. If I have a path I'm still searching for it. We all are. That's how we find our way, by choosing to walk forward, together. And if there is a greater hand leading us into an uncertain future I can only hope it guides us well." Yes, some wise words, faith does not always come easily, especially now. May we all live long an prosper (apologies if this sounds too corny, but said sincerely).