First, congratulations, all you KP kids! I hope you kicked the shit out of the Great Highway. (GOD I hate that part of that race. Hate hate hate.) And to all you 49ers fans, I hope you're doing okay.
Generally I am not one for resolutions but I do have a few non-running ones I'm trying to focus on this year. Again, I was wary of getting too ambitious & complicated, so I tried to keep it simple & narrow it down to some specific but easy things that I really, really, REALLY wanted to work on.
- Read more - Spend most free time reading, & read at least 12 books this year. (3 down so far!)
- Sleep more - I'm trying to get ready for bed as soon as I'm done eating & in for the night no matter what time it is (brush the teeth, take the contacts out, etc.). The idea is to avoid this stupid thing I do sometimes where I'll get stuck on the couch exhausted going, "Ughhhhh, I'm too tired to get ready for bed." Which tends to result in staying up for another hour doing literally nothing. And speaking of doing nothing...
- Avoid mindless web surfing - You know how this works. You're like, "I just need to unwind for a few minutes..." You start by checking the email, then the Facebook, then the Twitter, you read your blogs, then you hop over to Pinterest for a minute, then you click on something you saw there, which leads you to something else interesting, which reminds you of something you were thinking about the other day which you ABSOLUTELY MUST LOOK UP ON WIKIPEDIA RIGHT NOW...and then it's 1 a.m. & you're five links deep into some Bermuda Triangle conspiracy linking September 11 to the disappearance of the Lindbergh baby and you're too tired to get ready for bed.
Getting a smart phone has actually helped with this, because checking my email & social networks on my phone is really quick, & I don't get sucked into surfing. The downside of this is that I haven't been reading blogs as much, which is something I really enjoy but often ended up doing mid-mindless surfing. So if you wrote a really awesome blog post lately & I didn't comment about how awesome it was, that's probably why. (Orrrrr I don't know about your awesome blog, & you should totally link it in the comments!)
So I have been trying to get on my Google Reader at least a couple of times a week & hit all my favorites in at least some kind of rotating fashion. I swear I'm not ignoring you.
Which, speaking of awesome blogs I don't know about, what are they?? Every now and then someone whose blog I read will link to other people they read that I don't know about, and it's always fun to click over & check it out. So please -- if there is an awesome blog you read that is not in my little side bar list (yes, if you're in Reader you'll have to click through to check), send me a link! I always love reading about what awesome & interesting people are up to.
A pretty respectable week, training wise. Which makes two in a row. #progress?
Grand Total: 38 miles
- * 25.3 easy
* 1.7 speed / intervals
* 11 long
In related news, you really do not need to go see The Hobbit, mainly because of this:
So completely unnecessary. Also, there's a movie desperately in need of some editing. Geez Louise.
Thursday 1/31: I worked from home on Thursday, so my schedule got changed around a little.
Saturday 2/2: 6.3 easy. A bit chilly and dark, but otherwise just lovely. I felt great -- not an ache or pain in sight. And to think I almost took a rest day because of how tired I felt on Friday. More of these, please. :)
Sunday 2/3: 11 long. With significant mileage increases, there seems to be this hard / easy / hard pattern with my so-called "easy" runs (witness Friday-Saturday-Sunday). Boy, this was a tough one. Back to 20-30 second breaks every half mile or so, though it did get just a little easier on the way back.
So it looks like I finally get to start doing threshold runs again next week. On paper I tend to dread these runs, but a lot of times they actually end up being some of my favorites.
Also, I'm getting the race itch. I know I'm not ready yet & there are plenty on the calendar a few weeks / months from now, but mentally I am SOOOO ready to throw down. Maybe I'll pin an old bib to my shirt & fake-race someone on the treadmill without their knowledge next week...