Well, it’s on: 76 days until the Shamrock Half Marathon. Yessss – it feels good to be running with a purpose again!
The last two months have been an enjoyable, if not entirely anticipated, semi-hiatus. I haven’t run a race – or even done a speed workout – since October. I can blame it on the crankle and that disastrous dance-floor incident, but in truth, a little vacation from structured training was probably just what I needed. I ran hard through the spring and summer of last year. Not always as fast as I wanted to, but with more diligence and effort than I had in years. Even if I didn’t want to admit it, I was ready for a little downtime.
But now I’m ready to work it hard again.
And I may have spent a chunk of my evening poring over McMillian tables, nerding out over goal paces for various types of workouts.
While drinking wine.
And playing around on Strands.
Things are back as they should be.
(Also: I’m so glad everyone liked the tips for becoming a crazy runner. I am happy that I’ve actually managed to inspire some of you! Quite a feat for this bitter, snarky old runner-hag, eh? Newbie runners, please hang around and continue to chime in – you are more than welcome here!)
Today’s EAT: Every time I buy a frozen pizza, I hesitate for a moment because I know that if I am eating on my own, I am going to cook that sucker and then eat the whole. Damn. Thing.
I did alright tonight, though. I ate three-quarters of the damn thing. Which was probably an appropriate amount of food, actually. It wasn’t a very big damn thing.
(Obviously I went back for seconds and thirds after devouring those two tiny slices, along a delicious arugula salad.)
Today’s DRINK: There are wines that you drink in the privacy of your home on a random Monday night, and there are wines that you would consider bringing to a party or serving to company.
This Rex-Goliath Pinot Noir is definitely the former.
Like…it doesn’t taste bad, but it’s just sort of….juice-like. Even for a Pinot, it’s very fruity and light-bodied. I kind of feel like I’m drinking Yellowtail mixed with grape Kool-Aid.
But I didn’t really expect much more, given the very low price point ($6). And since I’m sipping this in my pajamas with no one to judge me…I’ll go ahead and enjoy it for what it is!
Today’s RUN: I kinda felt like I was flying tonight. Clear, calm, 45-degree weather and good company will do that to you!
I headed over to the Nog tonight for their Monday club thing and, as usual, didn’t really recognize anyone or have a plan for the run. Within the first mile I settled in to a nice pace with a couple of random guys and ended up cruising the rest of the run with them at a fast-but-fun pace – I think we were hanging out around 7:40. After the normal 5-mile loop, I tacked on a couple of (more mellow) miles solo, for a total of 7 and change in just under 56 minutes. Holler. Not a bad start to official half-marathon training, I do say!
Today’s QUESTION: Do you plan an “off season” to your running/exercise routine? What are your training goals for this spring?