So somehow, it is Thanksgiving week, we have reached the end of November, the beginning of the holiday season and we are on a rapidly moving collision course toward the end of the year. At least, that is what it feel like.
I have been running regularly, and I had a call with Coach Jenn yesterday. Granted, I have not been able to establish definitively my goal race for spring, but I am making some progress. I am not sure when I will finally make a decision. It is definitely starting to stress me out that I have not made a decision. So for now, I am just trying to take a breath, relax, and just keep running for right now.
Because remember, I GET to run. I wonder if I can remember that always through my next training cycle.
I went for a run yesterday, 5 miles with 4x30s striders, at around 7:15 am. It was a not-so-pleasant reminder about winter in Ohio. It was below 30* for the first time all year, and I was frigid. I wore my CW-X tights, and I decided I need other tights. Warmer ones. Because darn it, my ass was FREEZING! I think a new pair of Lesleys is in my future. Because its DAMN COLD!
I got my latest schedule from Coach Jenn yesterday as well. I still have not selected a race, but at this point in time, it does not really matter that much. I am just base building and starting to try and get my legs to GO again. I feel like I have been struggling in the turnover department since the marathon, but likely that is still me shaking all of the lead out. Strides have been helping for sure, and I know that as I continue to get my legs back underneath me I will be able to continue accelerating. I am racing a 10K on Thanksgiving, and would like to PR.
Full disclosure... I have PR'd in the 10K distance nearly every single time I run more than 10K these days. My 10K was achieved the week after I PR'd a half and less than one year after Addie was born. So I know that I should be able to knock that one out of the water, even on a hilly course. Originally, when I was supposed to have Chicago as my goal race, and therefore have over a month to get back into running, I was going to go for a sub-45. Unfortunately, I have only been running for about two weeks (well, race day will be the 2 week "anniversary") so I think it is very unlikely that my legs will run that fast. But I am going to play it by ear and see what happens.
I am seeing lots of "runner gift guides" out there, and I am thinking on my own, but we will see... It may be out here later. Depending...
How is your week going?