Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Journey to a Barefoot 50-mile Endurance Run - Week 3 of 18

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope all my readers had a fantastic holiday.  Ours seemed crazier than usual with lots of food to be prepared and gifts to wrap.  Lots of fun was had by all, way too much food was consumed, a giant Nerf gun war, and lots of karaoke singing.  As for gifts, I managed to score a reflective running vest as well as a blinking runners light - now I'll finally be visible on my evening runs!

Last week I had assumed even as Christmas approached I would be able to get in most of my miles for the week.  The plan was T/W/TH = 2/2/4 and 12/8 for Sat/Sun.  Well, that really didn't work out too well.  I managed one midweek run of 7 miles on Thursday evening.  As for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - well ... yeah, that didn't happen either.

The one midweek run I did was pretty decent.  I held a good pace (just over 8-min miles) for most of the 7 miles.  I did have to play mind games at the beginning of the run.  My favorite game that evening was shadow-running.  I watched my shadow to keep an eye on my form.  Minimize the bouncing and concentrate most of my energy to drive me forward.  This kept my mind occupied for the first 3 miles as I was trying to keep myself motivated to get to at least a 3.5-mile turnaround point. 

On my return I had my first ever near fall.  Driving my left foot hard into the sidewalk, I nearly did a forward slide across the concrete.  I managed to catch myself and maintain my run.  Something to say for quick cadence??? 

So, apologies for nothing exciting this week. 

The plan for the coming week is to tack on a few extra miles on the week:  T/W/TH 4/6/6 and S/S 14/8.  Have a great week, everyone!

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