Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My long hiatus ends. For now.

Oh hey. It's been a while!
I must admit there is no exciting reason for my internet absence other than I simply have not had much extra time. It's really a good thing that I don't blog for a living as I would be flat broke.

I have had so little time to blog as of late that I neglected to show all of you my truly glorious Hampton race photo. You know I rarely miss a chance to show the world how awesome/well dressed/classy I am so this really says something about my schedule.

The pain face. Haahaha wow! There were better pics but why use those when you have THIS?

I'm enjoying counting down to Boston this year as it also means that I'm counting down to Spring. I feel that in 6 weeks we might be seeing temps more consistently in the 40's and, perhaps, will have smashed the snowbanks into submission. I am hopeful but not counting on it!

After a thoroughly less than stellar week of training after Hampton I shaped up for a good one last week.
There was nothing at all wrong with me after Hampton, but I admit that I was quite "over" winter, treadmill running and temps in the teens. I was not a particularly positive person that week but I managed to get over it without loosing friends or injuring anyone.

I also made the less than happy discovery that I did NOT PR in Hampton. *sigh* I probably don't need to admit it but I refuse to be a lying liar who lies so here is the deal: I must be such a derp that when I ran Great Bay a couple years ago I was looking at my gun time, or something. My GBH PR still stands at 1:36:27 F**K. I only noticed this because I looked at athlinks and was basically like "......uh oh....." So damnit, I need to run another fast half. UGH!!

I have had a couple of long runs that have made me feel good about the direction my training is heading in. If there is one thing I have learned over the past year it is that each workout shows me something specfic, useful and different. What I mean by that is that I do not judge my potential marathon speed in my long run, I use that to gauge my overall endurance- which at this time feels better than I expected it to given the treadmill winter. I calculate my speed based on what the numbers say in my speedwork, which I'm reasonably pleased with as well. I do find that another factor is recovery time after a long hard week- and that is the thing I'm the most pleased with. My recovery has been fantastic, to the point where if I was still a young, dumb kid I'd be skipping my rest days (which I most certainly would not do!)

Some post long run shenanigans. Totally normal.

 When I get a second to actually breathe around here I'm going to take a look at my overall training hours for the past month or so. I know that compared to many (or most) marathoners I limit my weekly mileage. It is hard to say if this will be a "forever" thing but for now, I know my body stays healthiest when I am incorporating a variety of strength training and lower mileage than people with my time goals usually put in. Mostly I am curious to see what my weekly totals are in hours rather than miles. Because seriously, marathon training takes up a chunk of the day! *worth it*

So there is the ultra condensed version. I hope to find a little more time to chronicle the lead up to Boston as it's an exciting time. I'm pumped for a few big weeks of training, a big asshole snow storm tomorrow (I'm lying, I could not be LESS excited) and hopefully the arrival of Spring. This winter has been sticking around, being a jerk for long enough!

This is winter, continuing to be a complete shit head.

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2 comments:

  1. Trying not to be grumpy about the snowstorm and the fact that I will be upstairs with no air conditioning and southern exposure with a classful of kids far into June. Not grumpy at all.
    You are one fast lady.

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