Monday, March 2, 2009

Reasonably Successful

I managed to get 2 runs in this weekend. Since my training plan has been shot due to sickness 2 weeks ago, and ITB issues last week, I played it relatively safe.

Saturday I went out and did 3.5 miles on the indoor track. Pretty uneventful. I felt good, but decided to call it a day, just so I didn't aggravate my IT band. No problems, so that was good. So yeah, it wasn't the 18 that was on my old schedule. Not by a long shot.

Sunday, I decided to run outside. In driving around, I said "Wow.. it seems pretty nice out. I'll run outside".

Yeah, well, I neglected to account for the fact that the car shields you from the wind.

I made it about .1 miles from the homestead and realized, it was going to be a damn cold run. As a result of my poor preparedness for the cold, I ran 8:30 miles, just so I could be done faster. I ran about 4 miles, with a couple of walk breaks to stretch the ol IT band out. It didn't feel stellar, but it wasn't painful, either.

Today, I feel a bit creaky, so I'm taking the day off.. I was going to bike, but I think it's best just to rest and do some leg exercises & stretching.

My game plan this week is to do moderate runs of around 4 miles this week 3 or 4 times, and see how I feel for the weekend, and hopefully do something longer. We'll see...

By the way, thanks for all who commented on my previous post. Your ideas weren't totally unexpected, but they were encouraging.

On Friday, I had some of Brooklyn Brewery's Monster Ale, which is a barley wine style beer. Holy crap. Talk about packing a punch. It's listed as being 10.3% alcohol, and you sure know it when you taste it. I'm not too familiar with barley wine beers, so I can't really compare it well. Gives me something to "research".

So, another question for the runners who listen to some sort of audio while running.. what podcasts do you listen to (if any)? I listen to Phedippidations, Podruner, and the Runner's Loungecast. Of course, I'll listen to various albums and such as well.. typically something like Breaking Benjamin or Linkin Park.. How about you? Just curious..

Keep on rockin', everyone!

12 comments:

Carly said...

Nice job on the cold run. I have done that too going out at first thinking it was nice, then having a bit of a shock when the wind winds up.

I need to explore the world of podcasts...maybe they will keep me more entertained than some of the music I am sick of hearing over and over.

aron said...

good job playing it smart on the running. glad the runs are going well so far!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

It sounds like you are playing it smart with the ITB. Getting a little extra rest rather than hitting the bike is probably a good idea, too.

Marcy said...

"Yeah, well, I neglected to account for the fact that the car shields you from the wind."

LMAO I do that ALL the time *sigh* Oh well, at least you got out there and got it done and quickly!

Denise said...

I "listen" to music when I run but find that I'm not really paying attention to what I'm hearing. So I'm good for nothing. Sorry!

Cindy said...

i listen to the runner's lounge and to this american life (the npr show) which i love love love. it makes an hour go by so quickly.

Shannon said...

I try to avoid anything that says, "Monster" on the label.

What do I listen too? Uh....there isn't enough space in your comment area. LOL...

D10 said...

Smart decisions on the running. I too push the pace to get the run end the run faster!

RunToFinish said...

I'm really hoping to pass the 3 mile mark today pain free!!

i like listening to audio books, I've been picking them up at the library

Sun Runner said...

You should check out the Dump Runners Club: http://web.mac.com/mattatar/Site/Podcast/Podcast.html. Matt (the host) is a really good runner; he did Boston in 2008 in 3:02 or something. Yow!

joyRuN said...

Yeah - that surprise wind is a freakin' rude one, eh?

Along with Phedip, I also listen to NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me" - I've passed quite a few miles chuckling along with this one (which messes with my breathing!).

X-Country2 said...

Wind is the worst. I can do cold, but wind just makes it miserable.

You need some Britney Spears in your life. Podcasts require too much thought.