Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #6

Due to cold and snowfall, I've had to take a few days off here and there. I'm still running way more mileage this month compared to last year's January. So, all-in-all, a good start to the year, but I'm definitely looking forward to warmer weather and better running conditions to run faster times. I have completed thirteen 10K runs in sixteen days.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 13
Distance: 81.27 miles
Total Time: 13h 38m 48s
Avg Distance Per Run: 6.25 miles
Total Calories: 11,090
Avg Speed: 6.0 mph
Avg Pace: 10:05 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 349
Miles Left in Year: 1152.73 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.30 miles

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #5

Running in the snow with nothing but my apron on. And all my triple layers of clothes, too. The ice was pretty bad, the wind was pretty bad, but all in all, it wasn't horrible. Decent temps in the lower 30s. This makes ten 10K runs in eleven days.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #4

Nine 10K runs in nine days. Good lord, I am bored out of my gourd. I'm sick of talking to myself. I'm a poor conversationalist. The landscape is desolate and uninspiring. The coldness bites. Once in a while I run past a pretty lady, but that's the only highlight.

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #3

Well, I almost lost my lunch while running yesterday. I have to be more careful and plan my days better. In other words, don't eat a huge, spicy meal and then immediately run a 10K. But, nevertheless, I did finish the run (feeling much better after three miles in), and now I have finished a 10K for seven days straight. I'll keep going as long as I can. I haven't completely settled on a new running goal in 2018, but I kinda like the idea of trying for 1,234 miles (just because). If I do stick with the 1,234 miles, it won't be the only goal. I would like to set some more PRs in my 1K, 1 Mile, and 5K runs. And increase my longest distance.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 7
Distance: 43.73 miles
Total Time: 7h 17m 47s
Avg Distance Per Run: 6.25 miles
Total Calories: 5,996
Avg Speed: 6.0 mph
Avg Pace: 10:01 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 358
Miles Left in Year: 1190.27 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.32 miles

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #2

Cold and lifeless. That describes my last four runs on planet Earth. But, nevertheless, I have persisted. I hope to run my 5th day in a row tonight. So far, I've finished a 10K each night after work, usually fumbling for the stop button on my GPS watch in the dark. The whole process is kinda exhilarating. First, I take about five to ten minutes to get dressed and stretch. It takes this long because I have to wear three pairs of socks, three pairs of pants, four shirts, a face mask, two winter hats, and a combo of gloves and mittens. In addition, my wife has been kind enough to wrap a large scarf around my neck (only once choking me, on accident, I'm sure). Then, I start my run at sunset, which is around 4:30 PM here. As I run for the next hour on the snow-covered dirt loop by my house, I can watch the sun actively sinking lower and lower until hidden by the trees and horizon. My eyes try to adjust to the darkness, but at a certain point, it is very tough to see anything much more than five feet from me. It is cold. The temperatures have been in the negative double-digits for days. It is quiet, mostly, with a dog bark occasionally cutting across a distant farmer's field. My feet crunch the snow, stepping and stomping in the thousands of shoe prints that I created earlier. Finally, once I stop running and walk to my driveway, the cold pounces and attacks my flesh. I feel the cold burn instantly on my calves, thighs, and arms, and I'm amazed at the speed of how I can change from being warm and comfortable to cold and uncomfortable. My face, neck, and back, soaked with sweat, start to freeze and prod my brain. "Hey, buddy, it's me, your [insert faithful body appendage]. I'm cold. This sucks. Get me out of here." I head home...but not too quickly. I want to relish in my triumph. Another run, another day done. No one else experienced what I just went through. It was fun. Onto the next.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #1

First day of the year, but I have no running goal. But something will come to me. I went out and ran 6.22 miles today. Not very fast, though. Very cold and just enough freezing wind to make me rethink my life. At one point, my sweat must have froze on the very small exposed surface of my forehead between my face muffler and my hat, because it felt like an ice pick slowly entering my brain. Kinda like an awful ice cream headache. But other than that, running in a below zero tundra is fun, lol. Another funny thing - my two hats were frozen together when I took them off in the house.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Resting Up

So far, I've been able to resist the urge and not run, but mentally and emotionally, it just doesn't feel right. I love to be outside in the fresh air and see that blue sky and listen to all the sounds of nature. My self-imposed "rest time" from December 18 to the end of year is important, though. I can tell that my oft-injured left hip/groin area is getting better. I've been doing daily stretches and some strength training, and certain movements that hurt ten days ago no longer do. That gives me hope for the new year. These last two weeks of December have been very cold (some days never got above zero) in northern Wisconsin. Hopefully, Mother Nature will get most of the super cold days out of her system by the start of January when I will be running again.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Year in Review - Running PRs

My running in 2017 is over. I'll be resting until January 1, 2018. I thought it would be a good time to review my personal records (PRs) that I accomplished in 2017. This will also set the stage for what I will try to break next year.

Compared to 2016, I improved all my records except for my 1K time:

1K = no change, still at 3:54

1M = 13 seconds faster, 6:32 down from 6:45

5K = 53 seconds faster, 21:44 down from 22:37

10K = 1 minute and 11 seconds faster, 47:53 down from 49:04

Half-Marathon = 5 minutes and 27 seconds faster, 1:50:34 down from 1:56:01

Full-Marathon = never been attempted

Farthest Distance = 1.81 miles farther, 15.01 up from 13.20

Total Yearly Distance = 1,000.05 miles in 2017 up from 573.58 miles in 2016

Sunday, December 17, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #22 - GOAL COMPLETE

My running goal is complete. I ran for 1,000 miles in 2017. I started this journey on January 19, 2017, and finished on December 17, 2017. Thank you to everyone for the encouragement. It feels great to be done. My body bent but never broke this year. I plan to take the next two weeks off to rest and heal up, and then get back at it in the new year.

Final 2017 stats:

Runs: 243
Distance: 1,000.05 miles
Total Time: 148h 20m 08s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.12 miles
Total Calories: 137,359
Avg Speed: 6.7 mph
Avg Pace: 8:54 min/mile

Here is my monthly breakdown:

Saturday, December 16, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #21

I ran 7.19 miles today. I wasn't very fast, but I just couldn't get going in the snow. My loop rarely gets plowed, so the snow was a good one to two inches all the way around. I didn't want to slip and get hurt, so I'm stuck with plodding along. The wind was cold, the snow was cold, my body was cold. Actually, my body didn't get cold until I started to sweat. Even with 3 pants, 3 pairs of socks, and 4 shirts, a sweaty body in winter is a recipe for unpleasantness. I have about 2.21 miles left. The plan is to run that tomorrow and jump for joy. Stay tuned.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 242
Distance: 997.79 miles
Total Time: 148h 01m 37s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.12 miles
Total Calories: 137,048
Avg Speed: 6.7 mph
Avg Pace: 8:54 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 15
Miles Left in Year: 2.21 miles
Daily Average Needed: 0.15 miles