Capping off a successful 24-mile week, I feel good about my running fitness level right now. However, my diet has been a bit of a nuisance for me. I am weighing in at around 172-173 lbs right now. Ideal running race weight is in the 168-170 range. I've been eating a ton.
We're depleting the food reserves in the house to prepare for our move, which is precisely 11 days away. As a result, we're tending to eat out on greater occassion as opposed to hitting the grocery store.
Although I've hit my goals for total mileage the past couple of weeks, I've accomplished them in completely different increments than planned. The work/travel life throws us curveballs all too often and we need to adjust. I spent an unplanned 3 extra hours in O'Hare airport on Tues PM. This got me home into my bed at 1:15AM. I simply couldn't get up for that Wed AM run. BUT, I adjusted and came back strong on the weekend.
We went to Jen's sister's place in N. Kinsgtown, RI to celebrate Easter this weekend. Today, I picked up Dean Karnazes' book,"Ultra Marathon Man" at Border's during our visit to downtown Providence. I've read the first 15-20 pages or so on the drive home. I must say, it is both entertaining and inspiring so far.
I know Dean's book has been out a while, but I really haven't stayed up on the Dean Karnazes craze. I saw the "60 minutes" piece and have read the Runner's World articles. Like most who hear his story for the first time, my jaw rested comfortably on the floor of my living room. Now I have his book, and I learn another thing aboud Mr. Karnazes. He's one hell of an author. He's creative with his words and his style is honest and humorous.
The book contained a brochure to promote Dean's next feat: To run 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 U.S. states. While Dean will be on #36 of 50 straight marathons in as many days, I'll be going all out in my 2nd of 2006 - The Chicago Lasalle Bank Marathon. He'll be there in Chicago on 10/22/06 -- and I will be there to greet him. How fast do you think he'll be running on day 36? I'll bet I can stay with him. Watch out, Dean K...
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RECAP OF 4/10 WEEK
Total miles: 24.0 - 5 runs
Monday April 10 - 6:48 PM - 3.0 miles - 7:11/mile - Norwalk, CT - Quick evening run to kick off the week
Thursday April 13 - 7:13 AM - 5.0 miles - 7:25/mile - Norwalk, CT - 3-hr flight delay in Chicago on Tue night screwed my week up -- After missing Tue-Wed, good to get back in the groove
Friday April 14 - 12:15 PM - 5.3 miles - 7:27/mile - Silvermine, CT - Jetted out at lunch
Saturday April 15 - 12:43 PM - 6.0 miles - 7:40/mile - Norwalk, CT - First HOT day of 2006 - Needed to walk after 4 - Finished strong - Last mile was 6:49
Sunday April 16 - 7:53 AM - 4.8 miles - 7:16/mile - N. Kingstown, RI - Beautifully cool conditions
GOAL FOR 4/17 WEEK -- 25 total miles
Mon - 4 miles
Tue - REST
Wed - 6 miles
Thu - 4 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - 4 miles
Sun - 7 miles