Monday, December 13, 2010

Welcome Back, Long Run

I am tap dancing between the weather.  I’m not one to bitch or moan about hot or cold.  The weather is what it is, and no amount of whining or complaining is going to change that.

BUT DEAR GAWD THE WEATHER HAS BEEN SUCKING…

That is all.  I wanted to get in a long run this weekend.  Sunday wasn’t looking so good.  There to fore, I waited until the warmest part of the day Saturday and got my run on.  The temperature was right around fifty degrees, and I nailed the outfit with shorts and a long sleeve T.  I always enjoy re-learning the clothing thing every year.

The 8.4 mile hilly circular route in my neighborhood was calling to me.  I felt that was a nice compromise between what I wanted to get done, and what my body would allow.  I brought along the Garmin to keep my HR below 150, but I wasn’t taking it too seriously.  I haven’t even downloaded the digits yet.

The first half of the run went well.  As I climbed that last hill to the four mile mark, I was definitely feeling it in my feet and my hamstrings.  I wanted to push myself a bit, but hurting myself was not an option.  I managed the 8.4 miles in around an hour twenty-four, for a 10 minute pace.  I was happy with that, as it involved a bit of walking at the beginning and at the end.

My goals for this week are: 3 easy runs and a long run.  I’d also like to attend one spin class and MAYBE a yoga class.  We shall see.  In the mean time, numba one son and I are going to hit the weights three times a week too.  He’s a strong guy.  I’m hoping he’ll motivate me to pack on some muscle.

Stay warm out there!

Wes

12 comments:

it's all about pace said...

well done getting out there and getting the job done.

Scott Keeps Running said...

You posting the video of you tap dancing?

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

If our kids cannot motivate us than nothing can :).

Not sure about you but we are getting BLOWN AWAY with the winds and cold temps. I am not liking this one bit!

Colleen said...

Congrats on getting out there! Good luck this week - hope the weather starts acting in your favor! :)

Jess said...

Nice job getting it done!

Lisa said...

nice job on the long run. best wishes getting your runs done this week too!

Julie said...

Hi Wes,
Damn, I am always crabbing about the weather:) You are a rock with such a great attitude. Nice job on your runs..you are doing better than me:) Spin class and Yoga!?! You are making me look lazy and feeling like a slacker. Let us know how the Yoga goes if you do it.

Take care my southern blogger friend!

Darrell said...

gotta laugh about relearning the clothing thing every winter. I struggle with that same thing. I'm so glad I live here rather than someplace like MN or OH.

LBTEPA said...

I want a video of the yoga class!

My Life and Running said...

I love that you lift with your son. Good role model papa!

Jess said...

I'm looking forward to reintroducing the long run in my life too! Not sure if it will be this weekend or next though...it just depends on what I'm feeling!

ironfor40 said...

You have some awesome plans there!!! Let me know how the strength training goes. I still wrestle with it!