Monday, October 22, 2007

Weekend Blog Dump + Weigh In

I did my weights routine, it was uneventful.

I ran 2 miles this afternoon. A more concerted effort was made to start slow and consequently I had a much better time in both respects. I finished the first mile in 15:35 and the second in 14:21, making this the first time I have ever run 2 miles in under 30 minutes (29:56 for the mathematically impaired). It was a little rainy out, but it didn't bother me once I was wet.

Since last week's "1.8 mile walk then run light day" turned out to be only a 26 minute workout I decided to increase today's to 2 miles. This marked the first time I had walked a whole mile with no running since the beginning of August. No surprise I was much faster today with a 17:51. My run after that went really well again. The wind was at my back and pretty effortlessly I PRed again with a 13:04. I've been thinking a lot about changing things up a bit and moving my XT/rest days so that this workout could be turned into an all running one. My thinking is that if I move the XT/rest days to Tuesday and Friday that would actually fit my life a little easier through the winter. So we will see how that goes and what happens to the light day. I think I'm going to add a little workout schedule on the right so that it will be easier to keep track. Oh look at that I did it and it's there.

I did my long run this morning. It ended up being 4.31 miles. The route was one of the first routes I ever mapped out on runningahead. It goes around the section I live in, section 17. In case you are not familiar, in the legal description of your property it indicates what section, township, and range your property is located in. Populated sections of land typically have at least roads on each side. Sections are typically 1 mile by 1 mile squares. To get around my section it's a bit longer because the north line goes through a small lake, as you can see below.
Because sections are numbered in such an odd backwards snaking pattern I numbered all the surrounding ones out on the above picture to make it a little easier to understand. There are typically 36 sections to a township. At least this is how Michigan is divided below the county level. The road that slashes at an angle through section 17 is M-115. It is known among most northern michiganders as our answer to the German autobahn. Stray deer and cops appear to be the only thing that can slow people down there and that's only temporary. Heck, their corpses litter the road where even they fail. So I was really lucky to get to cross this road twice on today's run. As most cases the apprehension was worse than the deed. The first crossing I only had to slow down for a second and then I got across fine. The second time I sprinted across because the cars were closing in but there was enough time to make it. It definitely didn't make finishing my run any easier (the sprint), but I only had about .6 miles left so it wasn't that bad. I finished the whole thing in 1:06:52 with no walking.

Monday Morning
I weighed 320.6 lbs this morning. That is a loss of 5.2 lbs this week, bringing my total weight loss to 46.4 lbs. It was nice to break out of that rotten routine of gaining a little weight back every other week. Knock on wood that is behind me.


Jeff said...

Talk about kicking it up a notch -- dude, you're kicking ass! Almost at 50 lbs. in three months. Way to go!

So, now your long runs are longer than 5k. Time to change your blog name ;). But seriously, are you looking to find a 5k race before the year is out?

Pat said...

the legal discriptions can be pretty long too. That lake is in the NE section of the northern half of section 17 entering into the SE section of the southern half of section 8. You learn this in real estate school and quickly forget it, because you never need to use it.

congrats on the weight loss.

Emil Von Asskick said...

Jeff: I was actually thinking of moving to a different blog once I had completed a 5k. Ideally the next blog would have more of a goal to it. When I started I just assumed I would have to be thin to run a 5k, but obviously I've found that logic to be false. It looks like it will be next spring before a race pops up that I will be able to do. There are a couple races downstate, but my family wouldn't be able to attend and that's still a big deal at this stage. My town does two, one on Memorial Day and one on Labor Day, so worst case scenario I'd be looking at May. My hope is that one of the surrounding communities will step up with an event before then.

Pat: I worked for a surveyor for 3 years, that's how I got all my useless property knowledge.

Pokey said...

Congrats on the weight loss!!!!!