Yesterday Ellie and I ended up in Milwaukee for a meeting* so I took the opportunity to spend some time at the Pettit Center to get a better idea of exactly what I was getting into this weekend. I am glad I did. While I was running, Ellie was at a local mall, so I was motivated to keep the run short. I ran for exactly 1 hour, 15 minutes and was dizzy approximately 17 minutes into the run. The track is slightly less than 400 meters and I found it impossible to count laps, so I just kept an eye on the clock and my focus on my HR.
For the first 45 minutes I kept my HR at 160-165 and then moved it up to 170 for the last 30 minutes. The majority of my runs thus far, outside in less-than-optimal conditions, have been right around 160 beats per minute, and that has produced just under an 8 minute pace. Again, I have absolutely no idea how far I ran or how fast I ran yesterday, but it sure seemed like I was moving a bit faster on the track than I was outside in the snow. This would agree with my advice to chia recently...but if I'm way off I blame joyRuN**. Why her? Ever since she called me a Warlock I've been typing much more incoherently...and slower, but I blame GQH for that.
Anyway, back to running inside. In addition to the "Zamboni Crossing" sign (seriously), it was very interesting to run while speed skaters zoomed by just inside of me. At one point, as I entered a corner, a skater fell and slid very fast into the outer barrier, knocking it into the running lane. It actually looked quite a bit like this, except for the barrier moving several feet further back in my experience...into my lane of running. I'm glad I wasn't in front of him when that happened, and if it does happen during my marathon...yikes.
It's also really cold in there. Duh.
My run on Sunday brought my weekly total up to around 34, so I'm happy with that week. I'd like to finish this week off in the 40-50 mile range including the marathon, and then hopefully keep it at that level as I prepare for the Chippewa 50K. But then again, it's snowing right now and after experiencing indoor running (and already knowing I hate treadmill running), perhaps a 50 mile week isn't in the cards for me until...oh...perhaps June?
* This meeting involved me wearing this. I'm not kidding. But it's all for a great cause, and you'll learn much more about it in a couple weeks. Take that for a footnote teaser, Nitmos!
** Not to be confused with Bizzaro JoyRun, who seems at first glance to be a LOT more friendly. Not once any of the three posts does she mention a Warlock.