Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hotter 'N Hell (or Birmingham...take your pick)

Well after my last post talking briefly about the lack of flutter, it rears its ugly head. Nothing substantial, but I did have it come on Tuesday (off and on all day long). But I am still running and sweating like...whatever sweats a lot.

Runs this week were pretty good except for Tuesday and they went like this:

Monday - 3 miles-treadmill (stretch and weights)
Tuesday - 30 min tempo run
Wed - 2.5 miles-treadmill (stretch and weights)
Thur - 5 miles with 3.5 at pace
Fri - off
Sat - 5 miles
Sun - 11 miles (I am writing this in advance)

My recovery has been very good and I have been diligent about sticking to the plan and running hard when I am supposed to and especially running easy when I am supposed to.

Next couple of weeks will be tough since I will be traveling. That is what always made biking a challenge. I just need to get the workouts in and not eat like a pig (since I have tendency to overdo it).

I have drill this weekend so it will make for a long week next week.

It did rain yesterday and some today. Hallelujah!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hot, Hotter and Hottest this temperature is freaking unbearable!

That is what your garden variety wuss would say. I on the other hand have been a running fool. I started my 'thon training last Monday. Needless to say, I had a little muscle pain still lingering, but the pain has pretty much subsided now that my legs are used to running nearly everyday.

Here is my run list over the past couple of weeks using Hal Higdon's Advanced II 18-week marathon training plan because I am a glutton for punishment (go check it out):

Sunday - 10 (started at 0630 and ran with Chip)
Saturday - 6.5 (with a 5 mile pace run in the middle with Chip)
Friday - off day
Thur - ~4.5 miles with 3 hill repeats (make those thighs scream baby)
Wed - 3 miles on the treadmill, stretch and weights
Tue - ~ 5 miles with a 7:30 mile in the middle (sucking in this hot dry
Mon - 2.5 miles on the treadmill, stretch and weights
Sun - 9 miles (it was unbearably hot at the start and just got hotter)
Sat - 5 miles with about 3.5 at pace
Fri - off
Thur - 20 min warmup, 4-1200 repeats with the high school boys, 10 min cooldown (ouch)
Wed - 2 miles on treadmill
Tue - 40 min run at moderate pace
Mon - 2 miles on treadmill

Well that ought to be enough to bore you to tears...

While I welcome the challenge of the heat, I must be careful and stay thoroughly hydrated so I don't flutter. Drinking warm water during a long run is certainly a highlight of the summer.

Regarding the heart stuff, no flutter at all. However, every now and then I feel like it is going to kick in, but nothing happens. I am sure I am not out of the woods since everything I have read says it never really goes away on its own.

The kids are back in school, my wife is taking a maternity leave for 8-10 weeks and life will be hectic trying to run and get kids to the right spots at the right times. Next year will be nice since they will be in the same school (finally). But for now, suck it up.