Not a whole lot has changed around here…
- I’m still undecided on the whole marathon thing;
- I’m still working on booking stuff in Alaska;
- I’m still emotionally unstable (perimenopause kicks PMS’ a$$)
Despite the fact that I’ve put aside my marathon decision until a point in time where I can make a decision without crying or yelling, I’ve started training. I’m cobbling together a plan from Hal Higdon, FIRST, and some of JoyRun’s previous plans. Basically the mileage Hal suggests at his intermediate level, minus one day of running per week, some FIRST speedwork, and some tweaks from Joy. Will it work? Who knows, but since I may be training for a marathon I never run, I guess it’ll be a fun experiment.
Sunday was my first speed workout. I did 8 x 400 at 8:20 pace, which I realized after the fact was about 20 seconds slower pace than I should have used. Oh well, I still felt it was challenging. Tomorrow I have a 5 mile pace run and then Wednesday I have a 10 mile long run. I’ve also added a little bit of cross training. I did Day 1 of the Shred. The next day I was actually sore! Woot! I plan to either hit the gym or do another free on demand video on Thursday.
I really need to figure out my race schedule for the spring. Popular races around here sell out months in advance. Right now, I’ve only registered for one half marathon and that one I may have to drop to a 10k as it’s the weekend before the possible marathon. My dad wants to do the Army 10 miler this year, so I’ve got that pencilled in for October. I’ve also got hotels held for the Knoxville half marathon in March, Bob Potts Marathon in May, and the Hatfield and McCoy in June. One of these days I’m going to have to actually register for a race…