I kind of can’t believe how fast time flies, but the Lake Effect Half Marathon is tomorrow. I have been looking forward to this weekend for months now, due to these wonderful ladies coming out for the race. It feels like a million years since I’ve seen Hollie and Laura, and it will be so great to meet Britt for the first time. Basically, it’s about to get real obnoxious all over Twitter and IG, so I figured I should poke my head out of the hole it’s been buried in and say hi.
Update #1: Running
See: how fast time flies. I took some time off after CIM, and quite honestly, in the month prior to CIM, I wasn’t running very much due to injury mitigation. All in all, I was running negligible mileage for about 8-10 weeks. So I knew when I started up again, I needed to build slowly.
I realized that a big part of my problem last year was trying to mash a bunch of different training methodologies together and never really committing to any one program. I decided I need to go all-in with ONE training plan and see where that gets me. I’m back running with my group and have been following the coach’s plan. 6 days/week, 1 speed, 1 long run. My base runs started out at 15 minutes. It’s really hard to make yourself go run for a measly 15 minutes, but I did. Every day. Until I had an injury-free base under me and could start increasing.
It’s hard to believe I have 6 weeks of running under my belt since I started back up and I’m happy to say that I’m comfortably at ~30 miles/week right now, with 1 speed workout and a long run of 10 miles. I’m feeling pretty good, and I’m excited to start increasing my mileage a bit more in the upcoming weeks.
Update #2: Racing
I decided I will not be running a marathon this spring. Between the brutal winter, and really wanting to commit to getting myself a solid base while running injury free, I felt it was counter-intuitive to try and ramp up my mileage super fast to get in any sort of marathon shape.
I do have a goal half marathon for the spring, and a pretty aggressive goal time. I’ll talk about that a bit more in a different post.
The Lake Effect Half will be the first time I pin a bib on this year and I’m really excited – but I won’t be racing. A couple friends from my running group are planning on running ~1:50 and I decided to run with them. I’m hoping this effort will feel like a long tempo. I want to be tired but not sore or wiped out at the end. We’ll see. A lot will depend on the weather; as of right now, it’s threatening to snow a bit and be on the windy side. The unfortunate part about running at the parkway is that you typically deal with a pretty good breeze ripping across the lake which can make it challenging to hold a steady pace. The more important goal for me is to finish feeling uninjured and ready for post-race shenanigans with my friends.
Update #3: Weather
Hey, guess what. I live in Upstate New York and it’s fucking winter. Surprise: it’s been snowy and cold and awful. You don’t even know fun until you try to do speed work in -10 degree weather. My lungs have threatened to jump ship on many different occasions, but what doesn’t kill you, right?
Update #4: Dog
She’s still an asshole, and she still gets away with it because she’s pretty. Typical female.
Update #5: Beer
Although I am actively trying to cut back, I have been enjoying a few good brews as of late. My recent favorite: Tröegs Perpetual IPA. Holy YUM (<– jk, that’s my favorite overused and ridiculous HLB expression).
And there you have it. Now that I am back in the running game, I do hope to talk at you from behind this screen more frequently. Honestly, as corny as I feel writing here, I do like to look back on not just the hard data of my running/races but how I was thinking or feeling about a particular event. Also, I have to say, I’ve met some absolutely amazing people over the past year of “blogging” (<- I’m sorry, I can’t say that seriously without laughing or puking. The word just makes me want to gag, I don’t really know why.) and they have changed my life for the better (sappy moment). Some of my best adventures last year were with people I didn’t even know the year before. So in that spirit, as ridiculous as I feel sometimes writing here, I don’t really want to stop. I can’t wait for another year of fun with both new and old friends.
Happy running, y’all.