Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Last Week's Training: Gaining Weight on 50 Miles a Week

50½ miles for the week

M – 4¾ miles, recovery run, average pace 9:00 minutes per mile (mpm), 72°F at 5AM [Dow]
Tu – 6¼ miles fairly hard general aerobic, average pace 6:59 mpm, a very warm, humid and sweaty morning, 74°F at 5AM [Dow/B-s/Ol]
W – 8 miles, fairly hard general aerobic, 7:01 mpm pace, left work early to come back in during the night, 82°F at 4PM sunny but lots of standing water after earlier heavy rains [Ol//SeaC/NTrail/SeaC]
Th – 5¾ miles, recovery run, pace 8:50 mpm, the plant heatup was delayed and I was able to get a morning run in before going to work, a very nice 63°F at 5AM [Dow/B-S]
F - 4 miles, recovery run, pace 8:36 mpm, 64°F at 5AM [Dow-]
Sa – 8 miles, with a 5K race at 6:08 pace, a humid 73°F at 8AM [Freeport Flapjack 5K]
Su – 13¾, average pace 7:21 mpm Another warm and humid day, 84°F at 10:30AM The sun came out about half-way through this one; my shoes didn’t go to full sweat-soaked soggy until after the run, but it was still pretty bad. [PlantationBr//SeaC/NTrail-MBT--2x2M-MBT/SeaC]

I weighed in Monday morning at the higher end of the 180s. This is the most I’ve weighed since October. I need to get back into the 170s to get a shot at a sub-18 5K. I never used to gain weight while running 50 miles a week. Oh the joys of old age.

I'm going to volunteer at the Cinco de Mayo 5K. It should be a great race (the weather will cooperate this year). Next Saturday, I'll either run the Summer Kick-off 5K or the local Brazosport Hospital 5K/10K. I'd really rather run the Summer Kick-Off run; the Glenns are so nice and they always put on a great event. But I'm not sure I can convince my wife I need to drive 120 miles when the BMH run will go right behind my house.

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