Monday, September 17, 2012

Week in Review: 9-15 September 2012

At the risk of boring everybody:

9 September: 17 miles (per previous blog post) (120 minutes)

10 September: 12 miles at lunch, fast-ish (felt that way, anyway); 11 more miles in the evening, partly with the Fed Hill group. (total 160 minutes)

11 September: 8 miles at lunch (60 minutes)

12 September: off

13 September: 5 miles at lunch (35 minutes) - felt bad

14 September: 9 miles at lunch (65 minutes) - felt worse

15 September: off

Total Time: 440 minutes
Total Distance: 62 miles

If you're keeping score, this is a pretty mediocre weekly mileage total in the grand scheme of things, but, in the narrower picture of the last three months or so, a pretty big mileage total for a week without any significantly long races - probably my longest such week since sometime in May.  So it's probably not a surprise that it started hurting towards the end.  But after a weekend off, I'm feeling ready to get after it again, so we'll see how this week goes - 10 miles so far, and far from dead yet . . .

In other news, this little guy is still free to a good home:

blackandwhite sports cat, still hangin' out . . .
And as of last Thursday, he is up to date on all of his shots, and vet-certified healthy.  And he's fixed, so you'll only be adopting ONE cat.  And of course, he's still just as cute as he was a week ago.  (The other cat, Ash, is already spoken for, so don't delay!)

That's about all of the wisdom I have for this week.  Stay tuned for next week, when maybe there will be more miles and fewer cats!*

*not a guarantee by any means

Monday, September 10, 2012

Building It Up

It has been awfully quiet here, hasn't it?

In brief numbers, here's what's been going on:

Week of 19 August: 31 miles

Week of 26 August: 26 miles

Week of  2 September: 17 miles

Day of 9 September: 17 miles (3.5 miles in the morning, 13.5 miles in the afternoon . . . just do that a little over 9 more times in 24 hours and I'd have a world record . . .)

In brief words, that all amounts to minimal and inconsistent mileage.  And to go a little deeper, it's been inconsistent, because my body has been very inconsistent in responding to anything that I try to do.  One day, I'm dragging myself through 5 miles, and the next day, I'm running 10 miles as if it were nothing, and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to this.  For now, I'm going to chalk it up to fatigue from a long year of racing a lot, and difficulty in getting a consistent running schedule established, with all of the inconsistency in my life otherwise.

But yesterday was a promising day, so maybe, after over a month of really low mileage as a result of only running as much as a tired body feels like running, I can finally get the momentum going, and start thinking about what I might be able to accomplish in the months ahead.  For now, though, I'm going to reserve judgment on the subject.

In the meantime, in a related matter, it has, over the past year, come to my attention that with all of the travel for work and running that I do, it's not exactly fair to my constant-attention-seeking cats that I'm rarely home for long enough to properly brush, pet, and play with them.  So if anybody out there is looking for a new cat, these are free to a good home:

Meet blackandwhite Sports Cat, just hanging out . . .

Meet Ash, the forever-tiny-kitten (who, at almost 3 years old now, is actually a cat, but a very small one)
Ash is the friendlier of the two, and will roll around at your feet, follow you wherever you go, and generally shower you with unconditional affection.  Arguably the cuter of the two, blackandwhite takes a while to warm up, but his distinct chirping and skittery, scaredy-cat nature will amuse even (and especially) the most jaded.

Check back here next week, when I might be posting more about running, and less about cats!