The weather in Tucson, Arizona has softened me. How you guys and gals can keep your head up while running through sleet, snow, ice, wind, muck and the like is beyond me. Today I waited for as long as I could before heading out into a cold and windy rainstorm, and it was all I could do to stay out there for the full ten miles. I dodged puddles on the junior high track for two miles of 300 jogs/100 sprints, then circled around Sabino Canyon for awhile before putting in 1x800 downhill. The back of my knee has given me a few little pains while I'm sitting during the day, so when it started to feel a little "thick" about 400 in I decided to cut the planned three repeats to just one. The cold wind and rain made it that much easier.
Yesterday I put in an easy 11 miles, though I still felt a bit fatigued after eight. I can't quite figure out why, but I still think I'm behind the recovery curve with all the extra hours at work, and my plan to get in eight hours of sleep a night collapsed after two nights.
Wednesday felt fairly good after Tuesday's workout, and I probably took it a little too fast in the morning. I followed up the 11 miles with another 6 with the gang from the shop, and thankfully we just jogged along easily.
I had been thinking about a 5K this weekend, but I just don't feel motivated or ready. A nice easy long run followed by my second day off from work this month sounds good. I'm confident that next week will find me feeling better, and hopefully I'll feel a bit more motivated in the morning once winter leaves again.
Training: 2/15, 10 miles, 1h11m, 7:02 pace, w/8x300 jog/100sprint + 1x800 downhill
2/14, 11 miles, 1h18m, 7:05 pace
2/13 am., 10 miles, 1h8m, 6:50 pace
2/13 pm., 6.2 miles in 44m