Hey! Want to know a secret? Next week is my last full week of work. My office closes on Christmas Eve and doesn’t re-open until the first Monday after New Year’s. There are a million things to do before then, so we must press onward until the 24th!
It seems like the evenings seem to be getting shorter and shorter right now. South Florida has been getting hammered with rain which has added a good 30 minutes to my commute each way. The last two days I haven’t gotten back to Fort Lauderdale until after 7:30pm.
Last night I had five miles on the schedule which meant I didn’t get done running + stretching until almost 9pm. It’s not the world’s best schedule, but it’s mine and I’m coping! Truthfully after sitting in traffic for 90 minutes running felt AMAZING. Like, really, really amazing.
Since I didn’t get down to the beach until pretty late I told myself it was okay if I didn’t run the full five miles. Initially I thought “I’ll just run for 30 minutes.” Then it was “I’ll just run an easy 5K,” which was followed by “Wellllll, maybe I’ll do four miles” but when I got back to my car at mile four I just wasn’t ready to be done, so I headed back out for another mile.
I honestly felt like I could have run a half marathon last night, but after just five miles it was almost 9pm and I figured I better go home and see Adam and C-cat.
Up until last night I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle training this week since I have the Cape Coral Half Marathon this coming Sunday. While it’s not a race that I’m trying to PR at, I do have a time goal for it: 1 minute per mile faster than the Fort Lauderdale half.
Based on all of my recent runs I feel like unless something crazy happens that goal is in the bag. That being said I want to give myself the best chance possible to hit my time goal because I know it’ll give me confidence heading into the Miami Half. I’m not hoping to PR there either, but I do hope to get very close to the half PR that I set in January which is about 2 minutes per mile faster than I ran Fort Lauderdale last month.
Coming back from injury sure does require a shift in mindset. I never thought these old paces would be goals ever again.
Anyway, during my run last night I decided on what I’m considering the perfect plan for the week. I’m going to do all of the mileage that my training plan calls for this week, but I’m going to run/walk it all. I’ll also replace speedwork day with easy mileage and I won’t do any lower body strength training. This will allow me to feel like I’ve had a good week of training while still ensuring my legs are fresh enough for the half.
When I got home from my run last night I had a package waiting for me – new candles from Bath & Body Works! I ordered these guys for just $9 ea. on Cyber Monday and they smell amazing!
If you want to catch up on my full day yesterday you can check out my latest vlog:
^ Please note I edited this video at midnight last night since I got home from my run so late. Sorry if it feels disjointed (more than normal)! 🙂
I hope you have a great rest of the day!
What’s one thing you’re really looking forward to before 2015 ends?