My thought is to run Shamrock with a buddy (or many buddies) and try to just relax. Probably aiming somewhere between a 4:00-4:30 pace? I dunno. The second marathon is in Atlanta and is super hilly and will have no Loopsters. I'm kind of sad that it isn't in the reverse because I know I'd had a lot more support if I was able to run them in reverse order. Depending on how I feel, I will likely race with a pace group between 4:30-5:00. Am I selling myself short? Am I trying to run too fast? I have no effing clue...
Anyway, after those 2 marathons in March, I will need to keep up my fitness level for the Flying Pig in May. Then I plan to scale back for summer time and just run to run for a few months. I signed up for Rehoboth part II for December 2014 and maybe make a sub-3:30 attempt if all things are going fantastically well?
Big ambitions, y'all.
Anyway, the first week of official training has me scooting up my long runs to squeeze them in before the next race. Fortunately, doing a 10 at the beginning of the week and 12 miler at the end helped me get on track.
Plan was supposed to be 5 @9:15 Tuesday, 6 tempo with 4 @7:49 Thursday, 5 @9:15 Friday, and 10 @9:15 Sunday.
Actual was 10 @7:32 Tuesday, 5 @8:34 on Wednesday, 6 tempo (7:48, 7:21, 7:11, 7:10, 7:00, 7:27) on Friday, and 12 @7:52 Sunday.
I definitely felt the effects of jumping my mileage and speed back up today. It was a tough, cold run on not enough sleep, but I have so much mojo left from my BQ finish that I am living on my "you have to want it" mantra.
I will likely be running a lot on the 'mill this week because of the darkness. But feeling fortunate that I have a safe place to go to get my training in when I need to.
Anyway, I have a lot to catch up on since Christmas as I last blooped with my quizzical year-end recap.
So let's take a little trip back in time and see what I've been up to for the past 12 days.
We hosted Christmas at our house this year. Started off with coffee, mimosas, swiss chard and 3-cheese quiche, homemade yeasted cinnamon rolls, fruit, bacon, and shrimp:
I have been making a little bit more of an effort to eat a little more green: