I took five months off - five months away from blogging and training, and it was just the re-set I needed this winter. After basically 18 months of serious training and two new jobs - stick a fork in me - I was done. So I decided that I would take the winter to reset, to work and run as I wanted to, rather than how a training plan dictated. I ran when I had time, when I felt like it...and didn't when I didn't. Some weeks I ran 40 miles, some weeks I ran 15. I practiced a lot of hot yoga during those cold days. There wasn't much to blog about...ran 5mi here, yoga there, some sweat and zen mixed in.
Then in April, I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in a fairly respectable 1:15. And despite a near panic attack at the start line (whoa race nerves!), I finished just itching for more. I started to increase my mileage and entered a few trail races in June for fun - North Face and the Ragnar Trail Relay in West VA.
About a month ago, I even entered the Delaware Marathon (with Alyssa and Kari) as a training run for North Face and Ragnar.
Unfortunately, a TFL muscle strain incurred during race week resulted in my first DNF ever. :( I was less than pleased.
But luckily, two weeks later, the muscle is good to go, and I am building mileage in anticipation of kicking off a 20 week training cycle for the Richmond marathon (my big sub-3:30 attempt). And in doing this, I've missed having a place to rant and ramble about my training. So I'm back! I've got 6 weeks until my training plan starts, so I'll spend that time doing base mileage and strength training regularly to keep the muscle strain under control. And Patrick and I will be running the North Face half and Ragnar! I can't wait!
In other news, I'm also making progress on that 30 before 30 list. I've accomplished
#9. Complete a scavenger hunt --> we placed 20th and qualified for the national championship!
|Team Finders Keepers|
#13. Pay a stranger's bill
I attempted # 18. Grow something...but definitely killed my office orchid within three weeks. Oops. I'm going to have to try that one again.
And we are in the middle of # 20. Buy a house!! So I am excited to have a place to save and share our new home and renovation projects!
So many exciting things this summer...big training plans, lots of camping, and a new house!