This week is shaping up to be just about as nutzo as last week. So in place of a coherent post, here is a random mismash of stuff and things. I know, just what you wanted – a Quix-brain-splosion, right?
-Note to self – a protein bar and a mug of veggie soup during half training time when my body is basically a hot furnace for calories is NO BUENO. I got dizzy and my boss got to witness me having to close my eyes for a bit while we were mapping out the next milestone. I ate some ‘stachios, then some pb, strawberries, and honey on bread, and I feel WAY better. Still a little shaky, as vision crap messes with my head, but I think I can make it through sprints. I mean, it’s only 5 miles, right?
-I keep thinking about what’s next training-wise. I want to go back to lifting heavy things, but I’m sorta lost about what to try. I’m kinda sick of picking up my little 7lb ers, I wanna go back to doing shoulder presses with the 25 lb ers or finally braving the standing squat machines at the gym. Maybe finally mastering a pullup unassisted. Jillian and my DDR circuits are great for days I just need something without leaving the house, but I tire of it. I’m figuring T-13 days to race is NOT the time to make changes besides backing off, but I am ready.
I’m already really really looking forward to some really long slow runs. I felt like I could go forever when I did my casual 9 miler @ 10:40 min/mi. I want to try to maintain my length and plan 2 weeks from the half to go out and try 14 miles slow as I need to. And then 15. Walk some of it if needed, just do the distance. Give myself plenty of time to rest in between. I want to run different areas of town and not worry about what stopping for stoplights is doing to my pace. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the impending beautiful weather than a nice, easy multi-hour jaunt around town. Besides maybe drinks on the patio after. Hey, work hard, play hard, right?
I also think I can shatter a 7 minute mile and my 26:31 5k records. I know I have a sub-25 in me, especially with what I’ve learned to endure on tempo runs. I want to keep up with speed work – but maybe instead of 2 per week, once every 2 weeks do a really hard ass lady-ball busting sprint or tempo workout.
I also am looking forward to some spring outdoor fun without worrying about being sore for a training run, or getting cardio on the right day. Rock climbing again! Ice skating! Roller skating! Bike adventures! Dancing! While we’re a little too broke to do a month of dance right now, we had a BLAST out dancing Saturday and I just wish it wasn’t on 12 mile-sore-legs, I wouldn’t have left the dance floor all night. I’m thinking I can probably fit all this in somehow.
-I want this badly (either this one or the purple one being given away here on Tricia’s blog). I would love to win it, but I’m making myself a deal if I don’t. If I *do* actually finish my half marathon under 2 hours – this is my reward. I will buy it no guilt for spending 60 bucks on an article of clothing. Otherwise – maybe for my marathon?
Is it sad that now I’ve gone from “eh, I might make it in 2 hours and some change” to “damn, I am going to fly through that race and get that skirt!” I suppose we are living in a material world and I am a material girl *ah ah ah*.
-Good things are afoot at work. I wish I could say more. This is reinforcing my decision that I am in an industry I love and this is the job I’m meant to stick with. I mean, there is still a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to spill before I really get what I really, really want, but I’m cautiously optimistic. I’ll drink the koolaid for a while and see what happens.
…and the rest of the folks in my house now are playing LOL captions on facebook and I think I will join them. So now I ask of you, dear interwebs – what’s the best thing that’s happened to you today? What would be your race reward for beating your pie in the sky goal?