This is the second consecutive week of being home without any travel or significant abnormalities to my daily schedule. Next week, (November 17th – 24th) we’ll be going up to Montana to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, which will be fantastic. Beyond that? Currently I have zero travel days on my calendar until early March. Obviously this is a drastic shift from the previous four years, and I’m truly looking forward to spending the entire winter in Gunnison. Back to the present… Feels like I’m getting my ‘energy’ back on-line, which I attribute simply to more sleep, a clean diet (see below for an additional thought), and less training. Generally, I’m feeling fit and healthy, but if I had to rank my running fitness on a scale of ‘1’ to ’10’, (with ’10’ being the fittest) I’d rate myself at a ‘3’ currently. I’ve ceased the strength training for now, other than sit-ups, and I’ve scaled back on the running to a point that I can handle every day. The ‘pep-in-my-step’ is emerging again and I know that better training is just around the corner. The daily running streak is now up to 322 days and I’m shocked with how close the end of the year is at this point. Excited for the weeks to come and the chance of achieving the goal of running every day for 1 entire calendar year. Here’s the sketch from the week that was:
Monday – 11/5/12
AM: Awesome morning run out on the Contour Trail. Foot was a non-issue this morning. Good news! Knee is a bit stiff. Generally feeling like I was a bit beat up after yesterday’s 2 hour+ outing. Fired up for a big week of getting stuff done, as well as planning for 2013. 1 hour running. 7 miles running. SU.
Tuesday – 11/6/12
AM: 1 hour moderate flat run on the Contour Trail. Feeling good. More responsive than I have been. 1 hour running. 7 miles running. SU.
Wednesday – 11/7/12
AM: Black Tarp Loop for a total jog of 6 miles in 1 hour. Just going through the motions, but it was extremely beautiful and good to get out. I noticed today that my energy seems to be higher than it has in the past few weeks. I could, and probably should, attribute this to more sleep and better recovery, BUT I am also purposely eating more clean carbohydrates in my diet, and wonder if this is aiding the higher levels of energy? 1 hour running. 6 miles running. SU.
Thursday – 11/8/12
AM: Ran Black Tarp Loop from 6:00am – 7:00am for a total of 7 miles in 1 hour. Felt decent. Beautiful morning. My legs felt ‘poppier’ and ‘snappier’ than they have in a while. The trend is going in the right direction! Upward! 1 hour running. 7 miles running. SU.
Friday – 11/9/12
AM: Warm and raining this morning. Uggh. But, things felt pretty good during my 1 hour run on County Road #10. Ran out-and-back and felt peppier than I have in many weeks. A positive morning, which set me up for a fantastic day at work. Good way to end the week. 1 hour running. 8 miles running. SU.
Saturday – 11/10/12
AM: Woke up early and headed out for a 5:15am run on the very warm and snowy morning. 36 degrees with wet snow falling from the sky. Ran out-and-back on Gold Basin Road. 8 miles out in 1:04, and 8 miles back in 1:01 for a 2 hour+ run, and a total of 16 miles. Felt great to ‘hammer out’ a real run again, but I could tell this was too far of a stretch for me at this point. Legs and feet hurt. Energy was positive though. 2 hours running. 16 miles running. SU.
Sunday – 11/11/12
AM: Started running at 5:15am with Parr. Cold morning with fresh snow on the ground. Beautiful. We ran out Gold Basin Road to the Hartman Rocks base area, then headed up Kill Hill, out Main Street, to Behind-the-Rocks, before snaking our way down to the Golf Course and back into town. Left foot is really bothering me. Right knee is super stiff as well. Thought I had turned a corner with these ailments, but today was a set-back. Felt awake and had higher energy. 1.75 hours running. 12 miles running. SU.
Week totals –
9 hours training. 9 hours running. 62 miles running. Eating more carbs. Energy way better.
There’s an ‘ever-so-slight’ chance that I’ve become a bit too dogmatic on this low-carb paleo diet. The reason I say that? This past week, although still adhering to ‘paleo principles’, I upped my carbohydrate consumption from 20% to 30% of total calories and felt a noticeable increase in energy, especially during my morning runs. My major carb sources continue to be sweet potatoes, fruits, nuts, and dark chocolate, but I’ve simply been trying to eat a bit more. The take away message is that I’ve likely been trying to go too low on my carb consumption for a while now, and this slight increase (10%) is helping keep things topped off, and the energy a bit higher. It has dawned on me though that this noticeable increase in energy might just be a sign that I’m finally recovering and getting healthy again. Clearly I don’t have all the answers, but I sure do enjoy tinkering with the process. Speaking of ‘process’, I’ve been digging a little deeper into planning for 2013 by writing a training plan for myself which will serve as the framework for the year. Along those lines, I’m also looking forward to knowing the outcome of the Hardrock 100 lottery… for this will be the largest contributing factor in determining the remainder of my 2013 race schedule. The suspense of these race entry lotteries used to kill me. Now? Nah.. not into the drama, but I am very excited to see how it shakes out. Thanks for reading. Live well. Train well. DC