Weekly mileage 13 Nov. – 19 Nov., 2011

Monday, 14th: 4 miles (or slightly more, since I started at the house, rather than at the end of the block) at 9:05 pace.

Tuesday, 15th: 4.75 at 9:37 pace.

Wednesday, 16th: 4 miles (or slightly more, same as Monday) at about 9:00 pace.  I’m not sure because I erased the total time on my watch before I’d really seen it.  I know what my time was at the 3.5 mile mark, so I used that to calculate my pace.  Plus pilates and weights.

Friday, 18th: 3.5 at 8:46 pace, plus weights.

Saturday, 19th: 4 at 9:07 pace.

Total: 20.25 miles

Total for 2011: 876.55 miles

Did you see?  I lifted weights twice!  I used to do that all the time, but I got lazy, and then it felt like a huge deal to squeeze that second session back in, even though it can barely be called a “session,” since it takes less than fifteen minutes and only targets my arms and abs.  Plus, I’m only lifting two eight-pound weights.  Now that I’ve written it out, I see that I could probably stand to challenge myself a little more.  Must return the gym membership form.

Weekly mileage 6 Nov. – 12 Nov., 2011

Monday, 7th: 3.5 miles at 8:32 pace

Tuesday, 8th: 4.75 at 8:37 pace (I developed a migraine during this run and had to take a nap as soon as I got home.)

Wednesday, 9th: just pilates

Friday, 11th: 4.75 at 8:48 pace, plus weights

Saturday, 12th: 3.5 (I’m not sure on the pace because I stopped twice to check my heart rate, just out of curiosity.  It was 78 both times, which seems low.  Did I miscount, or could it really have been so low?  The total time was somewhere around 29 minutes, so I cannot have been going much slower than usual.)

Total: 16.5 miles

Total for 2011: 856.3 miles

Nothing much interesting this week.  I’ve been trying to fit in a second weight-lifting session, but it keeps getting away from me.

Weekly mileage 30 Oct. – 5 Nov., 2011

Wednesday, 2nd: 3.5 at 9:17 pace

Thursday, 3rd: 3.5 at 8:38 pace

Friday, 4th: 3.5 at 8:39 – 8:40-ish, plus weights

Total: 10.5 miles

Total for 2011: 839.8 miles

Clearly, I totally fell apart this week.  We were much busier than normal.  I shall resist the temptation to justify myself by listing all the things I had to do, for two reasons:  1.  It won’t look like much; and 2.  I’m afraid this is quickly becoming “Weekly  mileage plus an apology,” which is not as it should be.  No one is attacking me, after all.

Nevertheless, here begins a disclaimer, carefully disguised as “What I learned about myself, etc.”

I don’t feel so bad about the low mileage because, while that Thursday run may not look like much, I’m proud of it.  That was my busiest day, but I organized myself such that I could run around lunch time, which I never do.  I am unreasonably proud that I sneaked that run in.  Other runners do such things every day, with tighter schedules, and I applaud them.

Most weeks, I have lots of time, which makes me wonder, “Would I be so dedicated if it weren’t so easy?”  I think now, yes, I would.  The three times I was able to run this week, I didn’t run well at all and knew from the start that I wouldn’t.  But I went anyway, knowing that I almost never regret having gone, even when I’m slow, whereas I almost always regret not having gone.

Not that I’ll be running any more this week, mind you.  In a few minutes, Th. will be home and wanting me to run with him, which I won’t do.  So it only goes so far, you see.

Weekly mileage 23 Oct. – 29 Oct., 2011

Sunday, 23rd: 3.5 miles at 8:36 pace

Monday, 24th: 4 at 8:35 pace, plus weights

Tuesday, 25th: 4.5 at 9:06 pace

Wednesday, 26th: just pilates

Thursday, 27th: off

Friday, 28th: 4 at 8:45 pace

Saturday, 29th: 4 at 8:45 pace

Total: 20

Total for 2011: 829.3 miles

I took it easy again this week.  Apparently, these are the speeds I am capable of running comfortably.  If I were training for a race, I’d be willing to make myself uncomfortable.

Yesterday and today, it was in the 30s when I ran.  I wore the hateful red capris, three shirts, and gloves.  I would have liked something over my ears, but it felt too extreme (especially with the three shirts — a bit excessive), so I just wore my baseball cap as usual.  I’d forgotten how much all that clothing slows me down.  Yes, that’s it — it’s the clothes that make me slow!

Weekly mileage 16 Oct. – 22 Oct., 2011

Plus some rambling toward the end.

Sunday, 16th October: went for a walk.

Monday, 17th : 3.5 miles at 8:25 pace.

Tuesday, 18th: 3.5 miles at 8:15 pace, plus weights; pm: 4.75 at 9:17 pace.

Tuesday was tough.  I struggled through the morning run, but I agreed to go with Th. in the afternoon anyway, but then he wanted to go farther than usual, so…

Wednesday, 19th: pilates, no running.

Thursday, 20th: another day off, just because.

Friday, 21st: 3.5 at 8:24 pace.

Saturday, 22nd: 3.5 at 9:18 pace.

Total: 18.75 miles

Total for 2011: 809.3 miles (190.7 miles to go!)

Every run was a challenge this week.  I couldn’t breathe, my form was bad, and I kept scuffing the ground, as if I just couldn’t lift my feet high enough.  Plus, this morning, it was cold enough that I had to wear the shocking red capris.  They are comfortable, but ridiculous.  Loose and billowy around the knees.  And bright red.  I would be embarrassed if this were as bad as my cold-weather running clothes were going to get, but it so isn’t.

Here is a bonus non-mileage-related-anecdote:

I once locked myself out of my apartment while wearing the bright red capris.  It was evening, and my roommate wasn’t due home for over twelve hours.  The landlord’s office was closed.  So I broke in.  But not before I’d spent a lot of time fussing with the door and windows, walking around and around, and generally looking suspicious, like a thief who doesn’t know what not to wear.

But really, and I will address this in my How to be comfortable running in public series, if you don’t feel like running, but think you can convince yourself to go for a walk, first put on the most embarrassing (but decent) exercise clothes you own.  Once you’re out there, you will feel a lot less stupid running in them than walking in them, so you’ll get your run in anyway.  I feel I need to look cute for a walk because I’m going so much slower.  Not that I imagine I’m so fast that I’m just a blur to anyone.  My goodness.  We’ll end this here.  Tomorrow I’ll have more tips for beginners and other self-conscious folks.

Weekly mileage 9 Oct. – 15 Oct., 2011

Sunday, 9 October — Wednesday, 12 October

Friday, 14 October: 5.25 miles at 8:20 pace, plus pilates

Saturday, 15 October: about 5 miles at 9:30 pace (?) ; I’m not totally sure on the distance, or, therefore, the pace, because Th. was just running for time.  We turned around at 25 minutes, but the total time was 49:something.  Congratulations to Th., who must have run the second half faster than the first.  That’s always good.

Total: 26.25

Total for 2011: 790.55

My goal for the year was 900 miles (really, a thousand, but that just seemed so ridiculous).  I only have 109.45 to go!  This is very exciting because it means (and please tell me if my math is wrong because how embarrassing), that I only have to run 19.04 miles each of the next 11 weeks to hit 1000 miles!  Of course, any number of things could come up, but wouldn’t it be great?

Weekly mileage 2 Oct. – 8 Oct., 2011

Sunday, 2 October: 4.5 miles at 8:41 pace

Tuesday, 4 October: 5.25 miles at 8:30 pace, plus weights

Wednesday, 5 October: am: 4.5 miles at 8:39 pace, plus pilates; pm: 3.5 miles at about 9:08 pace

Friday, 7 October: 4 miles at about 8:30 pace

Saturday, 8 October: 4 miles at 8:10 pace

Total: 25.75

I’m pleased with this.  I was up over twenty miles before I knew it, and it all felt pretty easy.

Oh?  You think that’s because I’m obviously not pushing the pace?  Yes, I have a tendency to use my watch for informational purposes only.  So, I look at my time and think, “Yep, okay.  That’s my pace,” rather than, “Oh, that’s too slow.  I should be under 8:00,” and then speed up accordingly.  Do you know what I mean?

If you want to go faster, you have to actually obey the watch.  But that’s only if you want to go faster.  I just read this article in Runner’s World.  Someone wrote in and asked, “You keep telling me that I need to do speed workouts to get faster.  But what if I don’t care about being faster?”  The answer was something like, “Oh.  Well, then, yeah.  You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.  Just go running.  Who cares?  Why are you listening to us anyway?”

My husband will ask me, “Who are these imaginary people to whom you’re defending yourself?  And why do you care what they think?”  Well, I’m just putting my mileage up here because sometimes I have little comments about my pace or some strange pain in my foot or something, and it’s not enough to make an anecdote out of, but it’s still there in my head.  If I know you in real life, and you’ve heard me say, “It seemed like there was so much to tell you, but I can’t think now what it was…” it was probably something boring about a run.

Also, I never did go running last Saturday because we were tired from lugging soggy drywall around, so my total for that week was 19.25.

Weekly mileage 25 Sept. – 1 Oct., 2011

After church on Sunday morning I ran 5 1/4 miles.  I wanted to go farther, but this felt unreasonably difficult, so I just came home.  I ran at approximately 8:30/mile pace.  Probably started too fast.

On Monday, I ran 4 miles at 8:23 pace, again starting too fast.  I also lifted weights.

On Tuesday, I ran 4 miles at 8:10 pace, in a deliberate effort to go faster than usual, but also to punish myself for starting too fast yet again.  I try to discipline myself by insisting on negative splits, regardless of my pace in the first mile.  That should teach me.

But it doesn’t seem to be teaching me, does it?

On Wednesday I skipped my morning run to mow the lawn, but I ran in the afternoon with Th.  We ran 3 miles in just under 30 minutes.  Normally, I would do Pilates after a Wednesday morning run, but I don’t like to do them cold, so I skipped those as well.

On Thursday, I worked at the library all morning.  This is my usual day off running.

Today is Friday, and I will run 3 or 3 1/2 miles with Th. when he gets home.  I was going to run this morning too, but then time got away from me and before I knew it, it was after 10 and I was hungry again.  Also, it occurs to me that one cannot complain about not having enough free time to write blog posts, meanwhile insisting on running twice a day.

Tomorrow I shall have to run at least 5 or 6 miles.

My mileage is back down around 20 miles/week because, although I enjoyed 30 very much, it was a little too time-consuming.  And food-consuming.  I was running around 30 per week in preparation for what I hoped would be a 5K PR.  I raced in the last week of August and was a little disappointed, and then we left on vacation.  For two weeks I ran very little, and now that I’m back into it, I find I’d rather work on the house than run back and forth on the bike path all day.  My motivation usually comes back in the winter; for now, I’m just running as a way to enjoy the weather.