1. This week I feel like I got hit by a train. Daylight savings punched me in the face Monday AND Tuesday mornings (I am obviously not so good at adjusting to losing an hour). Wednesday, sure lets throw in snowmaggedon. Thursday, snowed in driveway complete with stuck car and arrived at work to find the heat wasn't working. Seriously? I kind of have to to laugh about it all at this point. Winter, you suck and I'd prefer you leave. Next year I am going to be a bear and hibernate. Who wants to drink Guinness and sleep in a cave with me for a few months?
2. This, just THIS. You think I'd be used to this living in NY for 26 years.
3. Training: Well, this is where things get a little confusing. Tuesday I nailed 10 miles with 10x800 for a workout. I averaged 3:11 for the intervals which isn't my fastest but certainly isn't my slowest, also did them on a muddy icy canal path. What? Apparently my shin likes going fast and doesn't yell at me unless I slow down.
A few years ago I had the same weirdness with my IT band, slow hurt and fast was OK. I was able to work through that injury while still training, just less miles and higher quality. New plan until Boston: Quality over quantity. I revamped my entire training plan pulled out extra runs and threw in some more tempo and intervals (keeping long runs of course). Granted I wasn't going to be throwing down any huge mileage to begin with, lowering the mileage doesn't make me less of a runner. I have never been a higher mileage runner, and quality over quantity has worked well for me in the past.
4. Races: Well, tomorrow is supposed to be my first 'goal race' of the year. I have really been looking forward to Johnny's 5 Mile for a while and was aiming for a PR. Right now I'm thinking I am still going to race but we will see, I need to get a long run in as well and obviously need to be careful with my shin. If I do race, I won't rule out a PR (seeing as my shin bothers me less when I go faster) but I certainly won't be disappointed if I don't get one.
As for Syracuse Half Marathon next weekend, I'm definitely doing it... just not sure if I will be shooting for that sub 1:30 I was planning on. I need to be realistic right now, and I also need to make sure I keep my eye on the prize. Although Boston isn't a PR goal race for me- the goal is still clearly to make it to the start line as healthy and prepared as possible.
5. Today marks 6 weeks without caffeine-->HUH? No, there isn't a bun in the oven. Can we discuss the fact that a 26 year old girl can't order decaf or a non-alcoholic drink in this day and age without getting the "when are you due?" look. Fact is, I like my sleep and I'm finally averaging over 4 hours a night since I cut it out. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it is wonderful compared to what I was getting.
6. Yesterday the B.A.A. released athlete bib numbers, along with starting waves and corals. This little lady will be rocking the bib with # 9231 on April 21, 2014. Oddly enough, I also ordered my race outfit yesterday- good sign that I did that same day numbers came out! I will be in Wave 2 and the first corral: basically on the darn start line after the first wave goes through. This says a lot about how insanely awesome the field is this year, because from what I understand my time would have put me in wave 1 the last few years. Don't get me wrong though, I'm incredibly pumped to be in front of wave 2!
How has your week been so far?
Quality or Quantity when it comes to miles?
Ever ordered decaf or a non-alcoholic drink and gotten that "oohhhhh" look? Ladies, I know I can't be the only one!