Monthly Archives: February 2011

Getting over a cold

Start time: 2/26/11, 7:30am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 10 miles
Average pace: 10:10min/mile
Total Miles For February: 47 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 98 miles

Stupid cold. All things considered I’m happy to have finished, much less without dragging.

(10:18, 10:18, 10:30, 10:37, 9:48, 10:20, 10:04, 10:30, 10:24, 8:51)

Devilish Runs (or, Treadmill 666)

Start time: 2/18/11, 2/18/11, 2/18/11, 7:30am
Location: LAX Marriott treadmill
Distance: 6 miles each
Average pace: 9:09, 8:50, and 8:55min/mile
Total Miles For February: 37 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 88 miles

The plan was, initially, to hit a long run out on Venice Beach up to Santa Monica on Friday, for 10-12 miles or so. I got to do that last year and it was a real pleasure from start to finish, with the change of scenery and all. Problem was, Los Angeles weather was threatening serious amounts of rain on Friday and Saturday. Hmph.

So, I went with a change of plans and knocked out three 6-milers on the hotel treadmill over the course of Friday through Sunday. Not quite the same, but at least I got the miles in. (And of course, the promised rain on Friday didn’t ever erupt as promised, although all Friday morning it looked like at any second it was going to drop. I like to think that had I actually gone out there, at my turn-around point it would’ve in fact poured.)

Despite my general hate for the treadmill, the runs were all right. Was feeling a little stiff for most of Saturday, but happily it was gone on Sunday, despite that last one being done on minimal sleep and with a bit of drinking the night before. (During Sunday’s mile 4 was also where I accidentally hit the “stop” button on the treadmill and had to hurriedly restart it, oops.) Not quite the runs I’d hoped for, but I consider three days of treadmill while on vacation to be a major victory.

Fri: 9:35, 9:30, 9:21, 9:13, 8:57, 8:17
Sat: 9:12, 9:05, 8:56, 8:48, 8:42, 8:15
Sun: 9:22, 9:22, 9:04, 9:00, 8:33, 8:08

Everything But Running

Start time: 2/12/11, 8:00am
Location: Mount Vernon Trail, West Potomac Park, Rosslyn
Distance: 8 miles
Average pace: 9:37min/mile
Total Miles For February: 19 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 70 miles

Ok, so since Monday’s run, I got a bunch of workouts in. Tuesday was an hour of rowing and elliptical, Wednesday was spinning class, Friday was a mile of lap swimming. Of course, the one I missed was Thursday’s run (due to work). Ah well.

Anyway, it was just me, Jim, and Michael today, so we started from their house in Rosslyn, took Custis Trail to Mount Vernon Trail, and then ran over the 14th Street Bridge and up West Potomac Park until we got to Memorial Bridge. Then it was back over the bridge, down onto the Mount Vernon Trail, and back home.

First seven miles were fine, but I started feeling like crap during that seventh one and ended up letting them pull off ahead while I slowed down a bit. Even with the extra walk breaks I was only about a minute slower than before, so I’ll take that as a mild victory, at least.

(9:30, 9:30, 9:25, 9:27, 9:22, 9:35, 9:29, 10:36)

50 degrees

Start time: 2/7/11, 4:50pm
Location: Custis Trail, W&OD Trail
Distance: 8 miles
Average pace: 9:46min/mile
Total Miles For February: 11 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 62 miles

The plan was to run 8 miles on Saturday morning… but we had friends in from out of town over the weekend, and 8:30pm dinner reservations at Citronelle, followed by not being able to fall asleep, meant that at 5am I was on about 1 hour of sleep, and starting a run at 7:30 simply was not going to happen. So I sent a quick “I am totally not coming” e-mail and turned off the alarm.

Anyway, I made it up today since the weather is so freaking awesome. Started at where the Custis Trail hits Spout Run and ran all the way to the end at the W&OD, then ran up it a little bit to add on some extra distance before turning back around. The trail’s almost completely clear (hurrah!), just one or two tiny ridges of snow/ice here and there. Custis Trail still slows me down, and I am still a bit slower than where I want to be, but it was nice to get out there and it was even nice to run on the evil Custis. No, really. Honest.

(9:11, 9:35, 9:32, 10:15, 9:59, 10:14, 9:44, 9:31)


Start time: 2/2/11, 5:45pm
Location: TJ Indoor Track
Distance: 3 miles
Average pace: 8:24min/mile
Total Miles For February: 3 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 54 miles

This week’s been a little nutty and overbooked, and so far during the week I’ve only squeezed in stuff on Monday and Wednesday. On Wednesday I got to the spin class with enough extra time to knock out three miles right before spinnign. Another backwards brick, as I like to think of it. 🙂

(8:25, 8:22, 8:25)