Tuesday Tempo – The tempo run falls into two categories today. Hardest Workout and Best Run. By the end of Tuesday, I had run 50 miles in three days, and I experienced a whole new recovery process. My calves and ankles swelled slightly and every time I let myself rest, my body heated up like a furnace. Luckily, this only lasted a day, and an easy run on Wednesday morning and another on Thursday morning had me feeling ready to go for Friday Track Day.
Friday Track Day – I went to Williams Stadium for my track workout for the first time which turned out better than I expected. The size of the stadium blew me away, and I had the track to myself. 3 mile warm up. 6×800 meters @ 3:05-3:10 with a 3 minute jog in between each. 3 mile cool down.
All week long I have wanted to run on the Collins Blvd overpass. Running across it during rush hour doesn’t make much sense, so I included it in my long run. I ran up Greenville, past Greenvue Apartments, and onto Collins Blvd Overpass. If you drove on 75 this morning and saw a runner in a neon yellow shirt running on the overpass, that was me! For some reason, it seemed higher running across than it does just driving across, or maybe I just had more time to look around. Regardless, I enjoyed it. I ran West on Campbell, past UTD (the University of Texas at Dallas), then South to JJ Pearce High School. I ran a couple laps around the campus and then retraced my steps back home. This 16 mile run felt short and easy after weeks of 20 and 24 milers.
(Greenvue Apartments and Bridge Photo Credit – 2014 Dallas Morning News | http://www.dallasnews.com )
(The other picture in the video was an accidental mid run photo.)
Total Mileage (12 run sessions)
Cooler but still humid. Rainy and cold early in the week.
Watch – Polar m200 (from RunTexas)
Shoes – Mizuno Wave Universe 5 Racing Flats, Nike Free Flyknits, New Balance 1500 v3
Arm Warmers by Brooks
Calf Sleeves by CEP
Socks – Whichever socks I can find. My running specific socks are by Feetures.
I also bought a Camel Bak water bottle that is lightweight and easy to carry. I can’t decide how I want to hydrate during the marathon. Holding anything while I run drives me crazy but a lightweight bottle may be the way to go at least for part of the marathon.
Hydration and Nutrition
Well, the waffles I enjoyed midweek turned out to be a mistake. They are a healthy option for anyone that is not allergic to wheat or ingredients that are similar to wheat like sorghum. They are made by Kashi and are Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, and Nut Free. So back to my normal, unchanging meal plan which is fine by me.
I have added a post run cup of coffee to my plan to help keep my lungs open.
This trick significantly decreases the amount of asthma flare ups I have, and sets me up well for my next run especially if it has been particularly cold outside.
Coming Up This Week
Mile Repeats, Easy Running, and a 5k
November 18 – Hobble Gobble or Gobble Hobble 5k (I keep getting it mixed up)
December 3 (3 weeks from today)- San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
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