Some of you may be counting down the days until Christmas (for the record, it's 8). But I'm counting down the days until my next half marathon and trying not to freak out about all the snow we've been getting and whether my flight on the 27th (10 days!!!) will take off as planned.
Training while injured has resulted in some re-evaluation of race goals. Basically, my only goal at this point is to have a great weekend and come home with some new bling. I will not be posting any time goals for this race. Whatever happens, happens. (Although, for the most part I'm doing ok - shit hurts after I run to varying degrees but during the actually running parts it's tolerable.)
I'm even planning to start my vacation a day early now by hanging out with my friend Nancy and her family. Super excited to see her again because it's been WAYYYY too long, snuggle her cute grandkids, and have a 2 hour shorter drive to the airport the next morning. It takes a really special friend to open her home the day after Christmas and Nancy is that friend.
Onto my weekly recap (from now until the race, all of my running will probably be done inside - I'm trying to acclimate to FL weather and would prefer to not kill myself on the icy roads).
Monday 12/9/13 - RUN 3 miles in 31:20 (10:26 pace). This was my first run in Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s. It was not love at first run.
Tuesday 12/10/13 - BIKE 11 miles on the basement trainer in 46:48 (14.1 mph). I think I'm faster outside, probably because the trainer might actually be more boring than the treadmill.
Wednesday 12/11/13 - RUN 2 miles in 20:40 (10:20 pace). Total clusterf*ck at work left me zero time to get in the 4 miles I was supposed to do. Did a quick 2 on the mill at my girlfriend's before kid duties took over. Got to try out her Hoka One Ones. Went home and ordered a pair in what I thought was my size but they ended up HUGE. I'm obviously getting desperate and I feel like I'm never going to find a shoe that doesn't hurt. It's looking like my 10th half will be run in the same shoes I ran my 5th half marathon in. Kids - don't try this at home.
Thursday 12/12/13 - RUN 4 miles in 39:44 (9:56 pace). This was a 2x1600 tempo that was basically a fail. Nowhere close to hitting the goal paces (8:40s) but at least I was in the low 9s (9:10 and 9:03). I'm officially back to my old Asics 2170s for now. They are probably close to 2 years old and starting to hurt my knees, but I have no other options at this point.
Friday 12/13/13 - BIKE somewhere around 8 miles in around 40 minutes. My Garmin died within about 10 minutes of getting on the trainer, so I just biked through two DVRd sitcoms.
Saturday 12/14/13 - RUN 10 miles in 1:44:47 (10:28 pace). I set a treadmill PR today. Thanks to everyone who "voted" last Friday - I watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. At least it kept me from total boredom, but this was still a very long morning. I wouldn't recommend treadmilling it for 10 miles but at least I got my run completed.
Sunday 12/15/13 - SHOVELING. It sucks. My arms were so sore on Monday.
I'm hoping the next 2 weeks go well and I get to Jacksonville no worse for the wear than I am right now.