It’s been a long week, kids. Following Chicago Meltdown 2010, I spent a couple of days feverishly scouring the internet for another race to do. Another marathon. Because I was pissed off and hungry for more.
Well, I’m still pissed off. And I’m hungry for…something. Bacon, perhaps. Haha. No, but really: I want to keep this training cycle alive because #CM10 just didn’t really feel like a peak. But I’ve decided: I’m not going to run another marathon this fall.
Instead, I’m going to take it relatively easy for a week or two and then launch into a brief series of shorter races, with the hope that those marathon-training miles, on top of a pretty solid spring/summer of racing, might allow me to beat some of those spring/summer times.
First up: a 5K on Halloween. Then an 8K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. And the NYRR Kleinerman 10K on December 5. (Woohoo, can’t wait to see all of my CPTCers!) And maybe a couple of other 5Ks or 10Ks in between.
I’m kind of bummed to not be marathon-ing again until springtime (maybe). But it just didn’t make sense. I couldn’t find a reasonable race to run on a weekend when I wasn’t already booked, and besides – everyone is saying that Boston is gonna fill up as soon as it opens tomorrow anyway. Might as well wait until spring and just go for 2012.
Once this little string is over, I’ll take a solid week off – the week that I would have taken this week, if Chicago hadn’t been a debaucle.
I’m excited! Bring it, 5K!
Today’s EAT: Now, about the chicken ‘n waffles! One of my favorite combos ever.
It’s better when the chicken is fried. But this Maple Glazed version was a healthy and tasty substitute. Sweet and sticky chicken is so good! A bowl of homemade butternut squash soup provided some vegetable to the meal, too.
Waffles from a TJ’s mix 🙂
Today’s DRINK: Wise guy, eh?
Bird feet. Heh. Oh what – the wine? It’s wasn’t bad!
Today’s RUN: I hit the trails at Umstead today and it was a blast. I did a new (to me) loop on the single-track stuff and it was so fun just to be out and running and enjoying the day without worrying about how far or how fast.
Check out the wicked elevation profile:
1,400′ of gain! And splits to show it:
Make no mistake: with the hills and the jumping over rocks and scrambling over roots, those 11-minute miles were anything but easy! It was such a blast though, and a great way to cap off my post-marathon week:
W: 4 miles easy, 8:31 pace
Th: 5.1 miles, 8:06 pace
F: 3.1 miles w/hubs, 9:29 pace
Sa: XT 20 min elliptical + 20 min weights
Su: 5.6 miles trail, 10:56 pace
Total miles: 17.8
Keeping it pretty mellow this coming week, too, and shooting for 30ish.
Today’s QUESTION: What’s your favorite waffle topping? Mine is fried chicken. Seriously.