>> 4.1 miles in slush (plan: 5 easy)
Turns out if you are a runner during residency, 98% of your runs are in the dark, hence crappy pictures. Managed an 8:30 trot in the snow-laden, pitch-black Pittsburgh morning without getting crushed by a large vehicle. Killing it already.
>> 4.4 in the snow (plan: five, 4+1 fast finish)
Foiled again by the snow! Can’t get faster than an 8:30 pace in this fluff. It’s slick, you can’t see the uneven sidewalk cracks, and it’s cold as you-know-what. Trail running shoes make great snow-running shoes. I stand by my assertion that investing in a pair of trail running shoes is a worthwhile investment.
>> Glorious whole bunch of nothing
>> 4.5 treadmill miles: 3 @ 7:30 with 0.2 mi jog in between (plan: 5 mi, 3 at tempo)
I caved. I survived two snowy runs this week in the pitch-black 5 am sky. Treadmill, I hear you. I even WANT you. So I slept walk myself to the gym and lo and behold, all the treadmills are occupied by walkers. Walking. Enjoying their news, practically sipping coffee from fine china with a dainty croissant in the treadmill cup holder. World — cut me a freaking break, here! Hey guys know where else you could walk? ANYWHERE.
…and then I just sorta smiled at everyone politely until they got the hint.
Had to sacrifice fifth mile due to WALKERS and due to RESIDENCY needing my butt at work, so, 4.4 miles
No no, see I’m not actually giving you the bird here. I’m just showing you how I sliced my middle finger open the night before, and how the yokozuna jerry-rigged a fine bandage.
>> Hot hot yoga
Left Achilles was a bit off, decided to play it safe.
>> 10 miles, 8 @ 8:30, 2 @ 7:30 (plan: 10 mi @ 8:30)
All good lung runs start with two things: a giant cup of coffee, and a toasty pair of socks (especially if your run starts in the single digit temperature range)
Made three wrong turns and still made it to the South Side in time to join up with the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon Kick Off Training Run! Quick dynamic stretching sesh @ the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
And we’re off with the 8:30 pace group! See that badass chick in the green hat? She’s the 5th year chief resident! Yes, residency does follow some ancient native american hierarchy.
Thank God for the sunshine, because the run was brutally cold. We did 8 miles at a consistent 8:30 pace, and decided to have a little fun in the 7s for the last two miles.
Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas and Valentine’s Day and my birthday and Veteran’s Day (never mind on that last one) is to please grow four more inches. THANKS.
Finished the night with jazz and pierogie sliders @ the James Street Tavern in the North Side. So yinzer. So #rungry.
SUNDAY || Rest
>> Got my lift on
…then watched the Falcons get slayed in the 4th quarter. (In better news, we made guacamole, salmon, sweet potatoes, snap peas, sauteed spinach and mushrooms. And a bit of La Gourmandine pastry for dessert).
While I didn’t significantly increase mileage this week, my runs feel more solid than they have in nearly a year. After a year of battling injury and taking 3 months off, it’s been a rocky couple months getting back in the game. Despite weather this week, I’m “finding the flow” with my runs, and am able to kick up the juice for tempo miles.
All systems go. No aches, pains, or twitches following my long run this week. Amen to that.
Hey remember when The Civil Wars were still together and Trump wasn’t the president? Barton Hollow has remained a regular in my running playlist for years. Enjoy!
Linkin’ up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC for a weekly winter training recap!