Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!  The weather has been gorgeous and as such, I have gotten outside for nice long runs and long walks.  What a difference 70 degrees makes!  Yesterday after work,I joined my running club for a 6 mile run.  It’s funny, I was so tired and had no desire to go out, and fought my brain which was trying to talk me out of it, but I forced myself to go over to where the group was meeting, and sure enough, once I started running I felt great.  (And I felt really great once I finished!).

This morning, I went out to take my dog for a walk and the weather was so gorgeous, that instead of a walk around the block, I took her about 1/2 a mile into town and 1/2 a mile back home.  She loved it!  And she has been sleeping ever since!

Let the Running Season Begin!

The running season has begun. — I know it is a little late, actually quite a bit late, but the weather has really been dreadful — snow, cold, rain, cold, wind, cold, brrr.  I’m such a “fair-weather runner” that I just can’t get myself to lace up my running shoes and get out the door when it is cold outside.  Unfortunately, since I live in New Hampshire, that really cuts out 4-5 months of the year!

Anyway, in the last week, I ran a 5K Trail Run and went to my first track workout of the season.  Given my 4 1/2 month hiatus, both were difficult, and I have a long way to go!

But I will get there.  My plan of action is to get out and run at least 3 times a week, stepping up my weekly mileage from a total of 12-14 miles a week to 16-18 by the end of the month, and then maintaining a minimum of 20 miles per week including a weekly track workout.

 

 

Great to be Running Again

Spring is finally here and I went for a run outside yesterday!  I’m not sure how or why I fell into the habit of not running during the winter…oh wait yes I do, it is below freezing and there is a ton of snow on the road and sidewalks!  And running on the treadmill is too tedious, I’d rather lift weights when I go to the gym!

 

It felt wonderful to get back out there.  Of course it wasn’t a very long, or a very fast run, but that’s OK.  Just do it!  Right?  I haven’t signed up for any races yet so I don’t have anything to work toward, but I’d best get started.

 

Great Bay 5K — A Successful Run!

Woo Hoo, Yippee, Yea!  I had a great race this morning.  It was the last race in the Seacoast Race Series, a 5K and I had one of my best times of the year!  24:28 for a 7:53 pace.  I had set a goal to break an 8 minute pace in a 5K this year, and I did it — twice.  Today, I placed 6th out of  107 in my age group — well within my goal of top 10%.  Plus, as an added bonus, I ended up on the First Place mixed team for Coastal Athletic Association.  I never quite understand how they figure out these age graded results but I’ll take it!

 

 

I am very happy with my running this season.  I started in February at an 8:54 pace, and through a lot of running, some speed work and a bunch of races, I ended at a sub 8.  Pretty good I’d say.

Now I will hang up my racing shoes (except for a Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot), and pick up again in the early Spring.  

On to the next Challenge

It has been a spring and summer full of races for me.   I ran seven 5Ks, a 4 miler, a 5 miler, and two 10Ks as part of two different race series.  I also ran a 5 mile and 10 mile race.  My season is winding down with one more 5K  next month to finish the Seacoast Race Series (and get another jacket for completing it).

Now the real work begins as I train for the Seacoast Half Marathon!  I started gearing up my distance with a 6.5 mile run this weekend.  It felt great.  The weather was cool (59 degrees) and we ran along the beach for a large part of the run.  However there was a strong headwind and afterwards I was beat.  I spent most of the rest of the day on the couch!

 

Each time I run a half marathon I say, “My preparation should have included more weight training”,  and so I am putting it down in writing and setting a goal to get my sorry self to the gym a minimum of two times a week from now until the race in early November (and hopefully beyond).

No excuses.  I am going to start today with a workout at lunchtime.