Running36:17 4.16 mi (8:43 / mi) +99m8:07 / mi ahr:163 max:177 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid
Wee morning run after the bonkers Burns Night and before heading into NYC. Beautiful sunny morning again, great to be out, I wasn't early but New Haven was pretty deserted. Rob goes home today which is rubbish :(
Slept almost all day yesterday, and 11 hours last night. RHR back down again now and no headache.
I just asked if I was pregnant by a complete douche bag of a middle aged man, who then tried to cover for his mistake by telling me I shouldn't be wearing the top I was wearing. Complete arsehole. I am REALLY angry!
Running50:02 5.24 mi (9:33 / mi) +169m8:41 / mi ahr:162 max:175 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid
Okay, so I probably shouldn't have done my longest run of the block today, after yesterday's wipe out, but it was a stunningly gorgeous day, I felt alright, I had the time, and East Rock looked really inviting with all the sun reflecting off the snow. So I went for it. The going was tough in a couple of places, but still way easier than last Sunday! Most of the time I was just about staying on top of the icy crust, which was perfect. Made it to the top of East Rock for gorgeous views in the lovely late afternoon night, and then almost made it back home. Brilliant.
I am going to take an extra rest day before the final mini block. I've been feeling a bit weak and tired (between but not during running) for a week now, and today I've had a stonking headache all day. Everyone seems to be fluey and ill around the lab, so a bit of extra rest won't do any harm. Feels rubbish to finally skive a day. It has gone very well since I started the new plan! But still, one day extra off is no great disaster.
Running41:48 4.93 mi (8:29 / mi) +50m8:13 / mi ahr:159 max:178 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid
Okay, so scrap that! Decided to run home to see if I could clear my head, as I was headachey and bleurgh, and actually felt great. Gorgeous night, clear and cold, and most of the pavements were actually clear - just a bit of ice running/skating when I got to East Rock. Head feels a bit better now so glad I went. Now to try and sort out this pie...
Running38:01 4.02 mi (9:27 / mi) +70m8:58 / mi ahr:163 max:174 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid
Eurgh! I finally found a form of extreme weather that even I can't get excited about! It had snowed overnight, about 1-2 new inches, and by the time I woke up in the morning (I think it was morning, it's still pretty dark out there even now) it had turned to an "ice storm." A bit of cold rain I thought. Not so much.
I decided that I didn't want to cycle or walk to work, or run in that at all, but as I had to do both of those things, a run to work would be the best way to kill as many birds as possible with one stone. It was really tough out there though. The first section in East Rock was slippy and sinky, no sure footing, and having to expend a lot more energy that I wanted to move forward at snail's pace. Then I climbed to Prospect Hill, and ran on the empty roads most of the way. Once I hit Science Hill though, every pavement was an ice rink, I was skidding everywhere, and after three or four people gave me funny looks I realised my hair was entirely frozen into a spiky disaster zone. When I looked at my Garmin, it also had a layer of ice over it, and my goretex jacket was entirely stiff with ice. Mental. Made it safely to the coffee shop to get a warming drink (a bit overtime due to poor estimation of ice slippage time), only to find that the handy route across the car park to work was an ice rink. Wasn't going anywhere but on my butt in my trainers. Eventually a very nice man with YakTrax held my hand across the car park, and I was at work, looking a bit like a frozen La Roux, and for once, glad to be in the lab! Thank god tomorrow is a rest day. That was yucky.
Legs tired today on the cycle in. Yesterday counts as my tempo effort (higher HR than usual despite definitely not tempo), and this weekend has also required more strength. So the two final sessions in this block will be easyish 36 mins ish.
Running40:10 3.9 mi (10:18 / mi) +62m9:49 / mi ahr:134 max:153 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid
Bleurgh! Rubbish day where I realised I've been doing some really tricky bioinformatics on the wrong end of the gene we're interested in, and hence have wasted the last four days of intermittent work. Idiot. Add to that being really tired from the weekend, and I was moody and fed up this afternoon. Rob decided to join me for a run though, and we just took it really easily and by the end I felt better in every respect. We treated ourselves to a "home cooked" meal from Nica's (very tasty beef stew) and now actually have a free evening ahead of us. I feel entirely better. That's the longest Rob has run since he was a teenager. Ace.