Ahh! I've been so busy I'm just beginning to catch up on my blog reading:) Congrats to the racers this past weekend! Sounds like fun was had by all at about a million Jingle Bell 5K's!
In random order this is what's new with me since Friday!
I did run my longest treadmill run to date -15 miles-on Friday. I cannot explain how much this sucked. I would rather run 30 miles on the road than 15 on the treadmill. I was constantly changing the incline and mph but managed to finish in 2 hrs and 12 seconds (8 min) pace. It is projected to hit 44 degrees below zero tonight.
I have a huge blister on the bottom of my left big toe. NO, 1000+ miles of running since April does not produce blisters but wearing what my hubby calls my "super hot hooker boots" all weekend does! My feet may have been cold sitting in hockey arenas but they looked d*mn good!
Both my girls won all their games over the weekend. My oldests' team is now ranked 6th in the state and they have beaten 2 of the teams ahead of them.
I decided to "play college" on Saturday night on our hockey trip and stayed up until 3:30 a.m. visiting with hockey parents in the hotel lobby! Considering I cannot sleep a minute past 5:30 am, I am still paying for this.
I was on the exercise bike at the hotel for 45 minutes on Saturday and I did my mini workout in my room both days. I didn't run.
I am considering going back to work full time. We lost an employee to a move and really need a replacement. I've had a very flexible 2-3 day per week work schedule for 7 years. I don't technically NEED the money and I'm not sure the stress of trying to coordinate schedules would be worth it. I do however love my job and my boss and as my kids get older my life will get a little easier. It would have a great effect on my Boston training as I work 30 minutes from my home making for a 10 hour work day and I travel on the weekends for hockey. I refuse to let my running interfere with my family life so this would mean even 12-14 mile runs would be done in the morning before work. Lots to think about.
I have officially started my training plan. I made an 18 week plan that I combined from several other plans and printed it out. I will stick to the speedwork each week and the mileage but I will be very flexible with the weather. The weather forecast will often determine what and when I will run. If it is nice in March I may push the envelope and bring my mileage back up to the 60-70 range but for now I won't run much over 50 miles a week.
This week so far:
Monday- Plan: 8 miles @ 8:27 pace. Reality:8 miles 7:33 pace. Two days off in a row gave my legs a break and I was extremely overtired and really just wanted to get this run done.
Tuesday- Plan:5 miles @8:00 pace Reality:5 miles @ 8:00 pace! NICE!!
Wednesday- Plan:10 miles w/ 4 @ 7:15 pace. Desperately hoping to be outside.
Thursday- Plan:6 miles @ 8:27 pace
Friday- Plan:14 miles @ 8:27 pace
Saturday-Cross training/rest day
Like I said I really like having a plan to follow but I won't be married to it. My goal is to match or slightly better my current marathon race time at Boston not to shatter it. I will work on doing that over the summer in better conditions. I also continue to do a 20 minute pushup/pullup/situp routine daily and will lift handheld weights at home about 3 evenings a week. I'm going to do incline running on the treadmill and hill repeats outside but likely will do very little leg strength training. I just do not have the time. This is not an excuse, I truly do not have the time or desire. It is taking every bit of me to stay motivated right now when it is so miserably cold outside. My sister (who also qualified for Boston with a 3:26) has run only 35 miles since October. She will start training in January and only plans to run about a 3:45 since she has no interest in winter training. I wish I had a little of her personality sometimes. She will likely run a sub 3:20 next fall even with a nice 3 month hiatus.
No more news! Time to catch up on reading!