I can't blame my stress level on lack of exercise. I've been staying pretty consistent with getting in workouts. Right now I've got two goal races I'm training for. There's the 5K I'm hoping to PR (aiming for sub-25 min) in April. I know I've mentioned before that usually once I've run a distance I lose almost all motivation to actually train for it. This is the first time I've ever had a pace goal, though, other than my secret, pie-in-the-sky goal for my first half marathon, and the only time the pace has been my primary goal. It's kind of exciting. Last Saturday I ran 7.5 hilly miles, and I hit the gym Wednesday night for my scheduled speedwork run. Which, weird as it is to say, I nailed.
Goal: W/u, 3 x1600 @ 8:36 with 800 jogs, c/d. Those 1600s were 8:07 (and I finished smiling), 8:05, and 8:02 (no longer smiling, this one was tough). Still not at the point where I feel confident about stringing three 8ish minute miles together, but there's time til April.
I also have that little 200 mile bike race looming in June. The sting of last year's DNF hasn't worn off one bit, and it's definitely prodded me to get on the bike. Last February I rode 62 miles total; this February I'm currently at 231. If I can stay consistent over the next few months and get in a few century rides, I'll feel pretty good about my body's chances of finishing this year. Of course, the weather is always a major factor, but as long as I've taken care of the things I can control, I'm content with whatever happens. I was out of town for a wedding this weekend, but the extra snow days gave me a chance to get in a few extra miles on the trainer. While I'd far prefer to ride outside, it's a lot easier to stagger downstairs in the morning to put in 30-60 min on the trainer before work or to ride while watching a movie with my son.
Of course no snow day would be complete without some snow play. We built a fort, threw snowballs, and (my favorite) went for a snow hike.
|Only the animals beat us out to this section of trail.|
|Very happy pair|
The highlight of the weekend, though, had to be my Team Virtus teammate Bob's wedding. Since we usually all spend time together in races or long rides (or occasional bachelor parties), it was funny to all be in the same place all dressed up.
|We didn't get around to taking a picture til we were all sweaty from dancing and well hydrated, but I promise we looked pretty spectacular.|
Incidentally, that's my Dirty Kanza training plan behind the pictures.