Monday, August 9 - Recovery Run
Tuesday, August 10 - Short Intervals
Wednesday, August 11 - Rest
Bad overnight, too tired
Thursday, August 12 - Hill Repeats
Friday, August 13 - Easy Run
Saturday, August 14 - Long Run
Sunday, August 15 - Rest
Total Week Miles: 49.11M
Total Week Time: 5:41:46
Grinding and grinding and grinding my way to the end of the month, just trying to keep my fitness intact through this crazy period where Katie is working 100+ hour weeks and Charlotte is teething and adjusting to daycare germs.
In the back of my mind I think it is probably overall a good thing and I shouldn't try to press too hard. Once the calendar hits September I still have twelve weeks until JFK, more than enough time to get in four long, long runs and plenty of workouts. It just the Type-A, competitive runner part of me that wants to start hitting it right now!
One issue that has presented itself and I hadn't considered until recently, is morning running in the dark. For archaic, nonsensical reasons, where we are at in the UP is in the eastern time zone. So when I head out to run at 5:30a.m. right now, it is pitch black. For you central time zoners imagine running at 4:30a.m. The Daylight Savings change later in the fall won't have much effect either. So that makes doing speedwork a little extra challenging. The "track" at Michigan Tech isn't lit and doesn't get very good ambient light. Same for Houghton High School. That means I'll probably do a lot of it on the road wherever I can find enough light that I'm not going to step off a curb or run into a deer - no easy task up here.
Along with that, does anyone else notice how hard it is to run hard in the dark? It seems that I gauge so much of my effort visually - how fast is stuff going by. Also I can't see my watch. I suppose this could be a good thing because it will truly be running by feel, but it is disorienting.
August 30th, August 30th, August 30th, (clicks heels). Nothing.