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December 10, 2011

This Week’s Training

by Brendan

Maybe it’s the weather, maybe I’m getting in better shape, maybe there’s another explanation, but this week’s running seems to have slowly ramped up — which is good, ’cause I’m scheduled to run the Austin half-marathon, during the Dead Runner’s Society World Conference in Austin February 17-20.

Ran 6.5 miles on Monday, and it went well; then 5.5 on Thursday.  In between 4.5 miles and 3 on Wednesday (I typically run the shortest run of the week on Wednesday, sort of half-a-day off in midweek).

Totals for the week are 26 miles running, 20 cycling (a little low, but if I’m ramping up the running, something’s gotta give).  I also started back swimming, doing 450 yards on Wednesday and 650 on Friday — this is barely swimming in the context of “real” swimmers, but I rarely do more than 1,000 yards in a session, and I haven’t done any swimming for months.  (Since I’m only doing sprint triathlons when I do tri’s, and the swim is 440 yards, it doesn’t seem like such a good use of time to train more than 1,000 in a session — can more than hold my own in the swim at that level or training.)

My new Merrell Trail Gloves have worked into the rotation — ran 2 on Monday in them (then switched shoes!), 3 on Wednesday, 2 today.  They took a little getting used t0 — I may have shared that I stupidly ran 4.5 miles the first time I ran in them and suffered calf pain all week.

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