And then this happened....

In March and in Central Virginia, you really never know what Mother Nature will bring.   I had a great training run on Saturday morning.  On Sunday, feeling relatively good but hurting from the loss of an hour, I made up my mind to set the alarm for early on Monday, kick the week off right, and wake up to full body exercise.   Mind you, as an older guy with R.A. I am way beyond the days of looking to be a bodybuilder.  My fitness regimen these days is all about feeling good, staying relatively lean, being healthy, and retaining my mobility.
Those of you who are fighting R.A. know that you can go to bed at night feeling like a million bucks, only to wake up the next morning feeling like a bucket of junk.   Thus, my Monday alarm came far too soon and I failed on my Monday plans.   It is like watching the fall of man occur over the course of 24 hours.    But fear not, I woke up on Tuesday morning and pushed myself out the door for a 3.5 mile run.    Monday evening brought what I hope is the final stand for Winter-2018, we had a few inches of snow.   That meant that on Tuesday morning, I hit the road to about 30 degrees and clean, pretty, crunchy snow under my feet.   I ran a little later than I had been during my previous weeks.  I wanted to give time for the sun to come up for two reasons--- in hopes of a little melt of any ice that had appeared overnight, and to give driver's a better field of vision since poor road conditions were in play.    The beauty of my running time was that I watched the sun rise over snow-covered lawns and open spaces.   I found myself feeling thankful and grateful for the ability to be out running (albeit slowly) and for the ability to do so on such a beautiful morning.
For those of you new to the YMCA training team, I will give you a brief rundown, and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.  The training consists of three runs each week, gradually increasing the weekly mileage as we go as well as a day or two of cross-training during the week.   The program runs for 10 weeks, culminating in the 10K run on April 14th, 2018.    The weekly run mileages are as follows (I do my runs on Tuesday, Thursday, and the group run on Saturday).

Week 1:     1 mile; 1.5 mile, 2 miles
Week 2:     2 miles, 2.5 miles, 3 miles
Week 3:     2 miles, 2.5 miles, 3 miles
Week 4:     3 miles, 3.5. miles, 4 miles
Week 5:     3 miles, 4 miles, 4 miles
Week 6:     3.5 miles, 4.5 miles, 5 miles
Week 7:     3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles
Week 8:     4 miles, 5.5 miles, 6 miles (race mileage)
Week 9:     3 miles, 4 miles, 4 miles
Week 10:     3 miles, 2 miles, 6.2 miles (the 10K, with a week of tapering beforehand)

Please follow along as I share the journey with you.  I will share notes, tips, failures, and pictures.  Additionally, I will discuss dietary changes and the effects thereof; as well as my pharmacological options and how those impact my training.     LET'S GO!


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