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Running in Place

I’ve been on the treadmill a lot lately; but it’s cold outside — which you’d expect as it’s winter — and I’m trying to make the best of things. One thing about the treadmill is that the pace doesn’t vary once it’s set. This helps me with pacing, or at least I hope it does. I did a quick 3 miles on the treadmill this morning, looking out over the city and at the snow-covered mountains to the west.

Today’s Stats:
3 miles
35:56 m:s
11:59 avg. pace


The Freezing Dozen

So if you were paying attention on Friday, you’ll remember it snowed here this weekend. So my daughter gets off work early this afternoon and says “yeah, I’d like to go for a bike ride”. It’s as warm as 35°F (1.67°C).

Well, I try not to let my kiddo down, so I bundled up (not enough, it turned out) and we broke out the bikes. Did 11.84 miles in ~80 minutes or so. I used my watch to get the distance and time; I’m sure my TomTom dashboard was like “Whoa, what happened to this fat ass?!” before I changed it from a run activity to a cycling activity!

Anyway, it was a blast to be out riding with the kiddo. She tackled the hill up to our apartment with… well not enthusiasm… enough determination to make it without stopping. I am proud of her.

Two More With The Treadmill

I cut my run short this morning because I wasn’t sure if I had a meeting — it turns out I didn’t, but that’s okay. I worked from home this morning because the weather isn’t ideal (as you can tell from the photo): the roads were wet when I left and 12 miles up the road were ice. Winter weather is beautiful, but I appreciate it more when I don’t have to drive with other people in it.

So I headed down to the fitness center for a date with the *sigh* treadmill. It wasn’t too bad, but not excellent. I’ve already matched the number of runs this January that I did all of last January. So I think, regardless of method, that’s an improvement.

Today’s Stats:
2 miles
23:32 m:s
11:45 avg pace

Making Peace With The Treadmill

I’ve never really liked running on the treadmill, but I’ve decided to try to make peace with it for the near term. It was supposed to be nice today, but the temp doesn’t factor in the breeze and overcast skies. So I opted to use the treadmill in the gym. If there’s an upside to that, it’s the ability to control the pace. I opted for a relatively slow pace (~12m/mile), and I did 3 miles.

There’s not much else to report about it. I doubt this will be a regular thing (the last time I ran on a treadmill was March of last year); but I can’t let the weather “win” any more. I have too much training to do!

Today’s Stats:
3 miles
35:08 m:s
11:42 avg. pace

A Windy Run With the Kiddo

I’d forgotten about a school activity scheduled for today, and I ended up working from home. It’s always hard to fit in a run on days I work from home. But after I wrapped up today’s work, I geared up and was headed out the door when the kiddo asked what I was doing.

I invited her to go along with me; she’s not much of a runner, but I figured the slower companion would help with my pacing issues. We put in a really windy 3 miles, with a few breaks for her — she’s not enthused about running like her dad is.

I was definitely feeling yesterday’s bike ride as we ran up the hill — and yes, it’s easier to run than to ride.

Today’s Stats:
3.04 miles
40:39 m:s
13:23 avg. pace

A Short Bike Ride

The weather lately has been relatively warm, and after breakfast this morning, I thought I’d dust off my bike and go for a ride. I haven’t ridden much as I’ve been focusing my aerobic efforts on running, but I’ve got a pretty nice bike that I haven’t used much. (It’s a Trek Marlin 6, if you’re interested in that stuff).

Everywhere from our apartment is downhill, and I used Sinton Trail to get onto the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail (which runs alongside Monument Creek). I headed south from there through Monument Valley Park and looped around America the Beautiful Park. The Monument Valley Park/America the Beautiful Park is essentially the route of my 10K from September.

Heading back north through town is uphill and — today — into the wind. It’s a more discernable uphill climb from Pikes Peak Greenway along Sinton Trail and back to the apartment. I actually think it’s easier to run up the hill than it is to ride up it.

I think I rode something between 10-12 miles.

January 2019 — Nielson Challenge Result

The first Nielson Challenge of this year. It was cold, as might be expected; and it seemed like such a long time since December’s.

This Nielson Challenge kicks off my running schedule for 2019. I’ve been lazy too long, I think: I definitely felt it this morning. And my pacing problem plagues me still… I started out too quickly, as is my wont.

Bring on the new year!

Today’s Stats:
2 Miles
21:23.220 m:s.hhh
10:36 avg. pace