Saturday, June 1, 2013

Racing, More Overtime, and A Slight Gain

I found a race I want to do.  It’s in another city here in Texas (San Antonio) which is about an hour and a half to a 2 hour drive away from where I live.  The race starts at 8am on a Saturday.  In order for me to make it to the race on time, I’d have to leave my house no later than 5am, but probably at least by 4 because I will have to find parking and the race start.  The problem with this is that I work until 10pm the night before.  I put in a request to have the day before off work so I can just drive down there Friday afternoon and get a hotel and then scope out where the race start is and see where I’ll be able to park.  However, my time off request was shot down.  So, I emailed a co-worker asking her if she would switch her Friday off for my Sunday off that week.  She sort of owes this to me because I did the same thing for her so she could go to a wedding on a Saturday a few months ago.  And I won’t hesitate to remind her of this if she says “no.”  Anyway, the race has an 8K and a 15K option.  I want to do the 15K.  That’s about 9.33 miles, if I remember correctly. 

So, like I said before, I worked a 16 hour shift on both Wednesday and Thursday.  I had originally planned to make up the second 5 miles from Sunday’s 10 on Thursday morning.  But, since I was working, I couldn’t do that, so I just tacked that 5 miles onto Friday’s 4.5 miles for a total of 9.5 miles.  To say the least, when I got home Thursday night, I was exhausted.  I slept well and woke up refreshed Friday morning.  Then I headed out on my run.  I started off good, but by the time I finished, I was slogging along at a 13 minute/mile pace!  Eeep!  I stopped a couple times, mostly for the street light and to refuel at mile 5.4.  But, I also stopped at mile 7.5 to rest.  I think I stopped one other time besides that to rest, but I can’t remember where at in the run that was at.  The second time I went through the street light and I paused my Garmin, when the light changed in my favor and I started to go again, I thought I hit the button to unpause it, but apparently I didn’t hit it all the way and it didn’t unpause.  So for about half a mile, my Garmin wasn’t recording anything.  Lame.  My end time (with 6 minutes and 60 calories added on to account for the missing half mile) was 1:48 and my calories burned was 1283.  Not too shabby.  Oh, but anyway, my legs were sooooo tired all day yesterday.  I guess I need to invest in some compression sleeves for my calves.

Tomorrow is a 10 mile run.  I’m hoping to do better than I did on yesterday’s run.  I’m going to go to Town Lake trail to run that, so there won’t be any boredom with my route repeating to factor into the run, so that will be nice.  Plus, it’s a mostly shaded route, which I like a lot.  And, it rings the “lake” so it’s got great views. 

I ran 93.8 miles in the month of May.  That’s 3.8 miles above what I had planned to run on my schedule.  Not a huge amount over my planned miles, but I like that I exceeded what I had set out for myself.  I have 103 miles planned for the month of June.  If I follow suit to May, then I hope to get at least 107 miles for the month. 

Ugh, I GAINED almost 4 pounds since I weighed in last about 2 weeks ago.  I was really hoping to step on the scale and see the same, or at the very least, within a pound of the weight I weighed in at when I last weighed.  So disappointed in myself.  I want to get down to 175 in the next two months.  Preferably, 172 or less, but 175 would put me at my final goal of 22% or less body fat, so that’s my minimum “requirement” for myself.  I know I can do it, I just have to apply myself and be diligent. 

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