Friday, November 1, 2013

October totals

I knew this month would be wonky with a couple of taper weeks, a marathon week, then recovery. I tapered even better than I was supposed to (better = sarcasm. I skipped runs.)! This month is a big milestone (pun!) for me- 1000 miles for the year! I wasn't sure if this was a reasonable goal for me for this year, since I'm generally not a fan of high mileage and my running intensity wanes throughout the year, but I pulled it off. Even with most April running being rightly displaced by wedding fun. Yay me! I unceremoniously hit the 1000 mile mark sometime during my warm-up mile during yesterday's speed workout. There were no balloons. No party. I feel snubbed.

This was a lower mileage month for me for the year, and my legs are feeling great. They're fairly fresh and I've been able to knock out some decent speed in the last couple weeks without really feeling draggy. During the peak of marathon training, I'd be dragging my butt up the 2 flights of stairs to my office in the morning. Lately (except for being debilitated by HIIT), I've felt almost sprightly. It's a nice change. I might also be dosing myself with iron a bit better. Can't discount having the right amount of nutrients to actually fuel your body.

Speaking of nutrients....running less is really messing with my hunger levels. I am used to being able to idly eat from the candy dish at work (we just got Snickers peanut butter squared... they are pure magic) and know that I'll be running it off later, but with lower mileage I've had to stop myself. Then I get in this annoying cycle of wondering if I'm eating too much or too little and freaking myself out. I really can't win the battle with my brain, so I go back to counting every calorie, which kills me. Ugh. I hate my metabolism.  

Anyways... here's the month in review: October
October 1: outside 4.2 @ 8:14
October 2: bike 18.1 @ 17.6 
October 3: tmill, 1 @ 6.1, 3 @ 7.7, 1 @ 6.7 plus c/d. 5.25 total
October 4: tmill, 4.25 total
October 5: off (hike!)
October 6: off (walk!)
October 7: off (walk!)
October 8: off (hike)
October 9: tmill, 3 miles plus c/d in 30 minutes. 3.25 total
October 10: 1 @ 6.1, 2 @ 7.7, 1 @ 6.7 plus c/d. 4.25 total
October 11: off
October 12: tmill 2 miles plus c/d. 2.25 total
October 13: 26.35 in 3:37:58 (8:20 pace) Steamtown Marathon
October 14: off
October 15: tmill 3.1 @ 6.0 plus c/d. 3.25 total
October 16: bike 19.5 @ 18.7
October 17: 3.2ish watchless miles
October 18: 3.1 @ 8:10. Shouldn't have worn watch.
October 19: off
October 20: off
October 21: tmill 4 miles slowish, plus c/d. 4.25 total
October 22: off 
October 23: off (WHO AM I)
October 24: 5.25 outside @ 8:05 (who am I, again?)
October 25: tmill 6.0 plus c/d. Slow and unpleasant. 6.25 total
October 26: off
October 27: tmill 10 @ 6.6ish plus c/d. 10.25 total
October 28: HIIT, arms and abs with Nick
October 29: 5.3 outside @ 8:23
October 30: bike 17.75 @ 17.1
October 31: tmill 1@ 6.1, 4.05 @ 7.6 and 7.7, 1 @ 6.6 plus c/d. 6.35 total.

October totals:  97 miles run, 55.3 bike, 1 HIIT
Year total: 1006 miles running

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