Zumbro 50 Training: Week 2

Monday: 5.4 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 8.1 mi, road/trail (Lakewalk and Park Point)
Thursday: 4 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Friday: 9.2 mi, road (UMD campus)
Saturday: 7.2 mi, road (Park Point)
Sunday: 13.7 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Total: 47.6 mi

Monday’s run was tough, because of the ice storm on Christmas. It was really slippery, so I just took it slow and hoped for the best. Monday night I ate some frozen pizza that gave me horrible indigestion so I was down for the count on Tuesday, which was annoying since I had the day off, my final day off before I returned to work… for 2.5 days. So glad I hoarded my meager vacation days so that I could have a nice long time stretch of time off at the end of the year to just chill out.

Running on Wednesday was just as frustrating as it was on Monday, possibly worse, since people still had not cleared their sidewalks or salted them. The sides of the streets aren’t plowed very well either, so I had basically nowhere to run that wasn’t slippery, slushy, or covered in ankle-deep crusty snow. Only like 3.5 more months of this!

Friday our office closed early, so I thought hey, I’ll get out and run while it’s still light out! This didn’t happen. I farted around at home for awhile and then had to go out while it was snowing. I ran to campus and then did some loops through the streets on the campus, because the sidewalks are pretty well-maintained compared to the rest of the city.

Saturday I zipped through a run on Park Point as best I could (still a lot of shoveling issues) so I could get home in time to watch the USA-Canada World Junior Championship game (spoiler alert: I did not get home in time to see the whole game). Sunday I was similarly pressed for time. I planned on running 17 miles to kick off 2017, but I chose to sleep in (I was really tired and if I’m tired in week 2 of training, I’ve got to re-evaluate) and had to get my butt in gear to even run the 13.7 (the entire length of the Lakewalk, both ways) with enough time before I went to see Rogue One with my family. (Still a good movie, not as good of an experience as last time, since there were a bunch of kids in the theater and they wouldn’t stop asking their parents questions about the movie. It’s PG-13 for a reason, people.)

I’m still undecided about signing up for the race, but I am in the lottery now for the Superior Spring 25K and the Moose Mountain Marathon! I really hope I get into both, I am looking to have a nice PR in the 25K, provided it is not 80 F again. And heck, even if it is 80. I’ve almost forgotten what warm weather feels like.

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