Amid the events of the last two weeks, I find myself needing to regroup this week. Time to pick up where I left off and return to logging my food intake, hitting my runs and completing my strength exercises.
This morning's weigh-in showed 176.6 pounds, up from my last check. Considering the runs I've missed and the amount of grieving food I've consumed, that's not so bad.
Over the weekend, I had two very good -- albeit very muddy -- runs, increasing my weekly mileage to just under 12, which is only two miles shy of what my pretraining plan dictated.
Saturday's trail run was a mudslide, and I still have no idea how I managed to run as fast as I did. At a few ticks more than five miles, it was my longest run of the year. The trail was flatter than the other trails I frequent, but the terrain was also sloppier than any I've encountered this year. And yet I managed to log my fastest trail pace of the year: 10:43 per mile. Most of my other trail runs have been at a pace above 11 minutes.
Thursday, I logged my fastest pace of the year on my one my neighborhood three-mile routes, and that was after a week of not running. Perhaps I was expelling some stress.
This morning, my abs are sore from hitting a par course while in the middle of a three-miler yesterday. The short exercise circuit included "body curls," which consisted of lifting my knees to my chest while laying on an inclined board. I only did five curls, but that was enough.
My goals for this week are four runs, for a total of 15 miles with a "long" run of six miles and at least one trail run. Today I'm planning to get back to my core exercise routine.
There's a race coming up in March, and I'm thinking of making it my first event of the year. I want to feel strong.