I will try to keep this short and sweet because life feels like a treadmill set just a hair too fast and I’m struggling to keep up! I really can’t complain since I am really truly blessed with the things that keep my life so full but I could use a vacation day from work every now and then just to play catch up!
Monday – I had a little bit of achilles tendonitis after those nice big hills at the end of the Princess Half and I think I earned a little bit of rest so I took the night off. I actually planned to go to Kazaxe (a great class at my gym if you aren’t a long time reader) but knew I needed to give my achilles tendons the night off.
Tuesday – Eased back in with a Hip Hop Cardio class at my gym. Nothing dramatic. Felt good and I was glad to be back at it and sweating again.
Wednesday – Planned a very relaxed 3.1 but was full of energy. My pace felt easy to start but took a bit more effort towards the end. 8:21 average pace. I decided I am sick and tired of always having to wear running capris (TMI but my thighs always chafe if I go with shorts or a running skirt) so I am committed to opening up a whole new world of fitness fashion to myself. I will figure out a way (I’m hoping that eventually converting fat to muscle will help someday but, until then, I’ll have to resort to other means). With the help of some Vaseline, I managed to complete this run in this lovely outfit:
Thursday – Ran a nice relaxed 8:25 average pace at my weekly group run. We ended up tacking on an extra mile to make this a 5 miler.
Friday – I was having some glute and hamstring soreness on my right side on Wednesday and especially Thursday so I had originally planned to take Friday off. I woke up feeling better though and couldn’t resist throwing my running stuff in my bag. I ran 3.1 truly easy miles in my mom’s neighborhood at 9:04 pace.
Saturday – Off. We had a fun day at Magic Kingdom since my mom’s friend was in town. I’m sure I got quite a few
hundred walking miles in.
Sunday – It was super cold out but that’s not excuse to miss a long run. I think it was somewhere in the 40 degree neighborhood when I started out and I froze at first. I decided not to wear my arm warmers figuring I would warm up. I guess I did eventually. I actually had a great 11 mile run at an average pace of 8:54. This is definitely my fastest long run to date so I am encouraged that I should be able to bring my half time down if I work hard for the next 8 weeks or so.
Tonight – Back to Kazaxe tonight plus I tacked on an easy 2 miles on the treadmill immediately after class at 9:05 pace.
In Other News:
I am so excited that there will be a Marathon and Half Marathon in Celebration, Florida in 2014! Although I think it’s going to be tough for there to be any sort of large crowds on our little streets, I am excited to see what this event will be about. The Town of Celebration Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on 1/26/14 and costs just $50 for the half if you register early. Registration opens on 5/1 and you can count me in!
ALSO, I am excited to really buckling down in preparation for the Nike Women’s Half DC at the end of April. I stay in Half Marathon shape pretty much year round but I am currently working on identifying a training plan to kick things up a notch. I will keep you all posted as I figure things out. I plan to really work hard but I am so excited to see what I can achieve!
Do you stay in race shape year round? Prepare for specific races? Both?