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Saturday run on a tight schedule

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Today is the first Saturday of tax season. I had a volunteer shift with the local VITA program from 1 to 5. This makes scheduling my weekends a bit tight, but it can be done.

I was up early enough to be leisurely about breakfast, while being sure to keep the laundry cycling through the washer and dryer. Shoveled snow off the driveway at 8° F, feeling a bit disgusted that the cold weather stuck around 2 days longer than forecast. But it got up to 17° F by 10, and I could squeeze in a run.

I didn't have a clear goal when I set out to run. Would this be a long slow run, or just a run? It didn't help that my phone rang shortly after I started, turning the start of the run into a long warmup. Got my daughter's issues addressed, then set out again. My muddled intentions put me at an intermediate pace, too fast to be a long slow run but not as fast as a known distance limited run.

The shoulders were all snow covered, so I ran as much as possible in the traffic lanes. There was more traffic than I liked for the road conditions, and by the time I'd gone two and a half miles I knew I was going to make this a shorter run, just around the section to the west of my house. Ended up running 4.64 miles in 34:07, for an average pace of 7:21 per mile. The mile splits were 7:22, 7:26, 7:27, and 7:17, with an average pace of 7:07 per mile for the last 0.64 miles. The increase in pace late was semi-intentional, as it came after the decision was made that this would not be a long run.

Cutting the run short turned out to be a good thing for scheduling. I got to the volunteer job on time but without a lot of time to spare; I would have been late and rushed if I had run another half hour.

Saturdays are going to be scheduled like this for a while. I had been considering moving the long run to Sunday; this is looking like a good idea if I want to consistenly get one long run per week in. That will mean a week of only running two days, as SP measures weeks, to make the transition. I need to remind Mr. Testosterone that this is OK if I need to do that to get the long runs in.

Injury check: The bad foot is still not 100%, but is reacting about as expected. The sore hip was not bothered by the run, but has reminded me a couple times this evening that it's not 100%. Another week before doing a long run might be a good idea for the hip. Nothing else is particularly troubling me right now.

Taking almost a week off for the hip was frustrating and worrisome, but now I'm beginning to think it was just a week. I'm hopeful that this was a blip and I'll be able to run that half marathon at the end of April.
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    A short run day but likely a good idea for you body.
    Thanks for your volunteer time.
    1946 days ago
    So cool that you volunteer at a VITA site. My agency has a VITA program and I help out on Monday afternoons and Saturdays. Isn't it fun to do the returns. Some days I feel like I'm part of Publisher's Clearinghouse telling the taxpayers they are going to get a $5000 return.
    1946 days ago
    Sometimes those weeks, while worrisome, are needed. Here's where the perfectionist (Mr. T, Polly P.) bumps up against the realist (listen to the body)... and finding the balance. All in all, I think you weather this one in fine form!

    Line in the sand week for me ended in a wonderful long-slow.
    1946 days ago
    There is some point between going all out and running a lazy race that would allow you to do the HM without ruining the rest of your running year. What I consider my best effort takes a lot more factors into account than how close to my physical limit I can get. The world will forgive you if you turn in some eight minute splits. ...and if I did, it would probably stop turning.

    1946 days ago
    Good luck with the hip and rescheduling. It should all work out.
    1946 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    Crossing my fingers for your continued progress toward the HM
    1946 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Excellent blog about your run, perceptions and planning for future runs. glad to read your still healing and didn't encounter any significant aggravations to old injuries. Tax preparation is not my idea of fun on a Saturday afternoon but I'm glad you and others volunteer to help others get through the 'chore'. Early in my federal civil service career, I worked for the IRS as a tax payer service representative and answered tax questions via the phone but not in person. Sure was glad to have the experience but knew it wasn't the right career path for me! emoticon
    1946 days ago
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