HI! Long time, no see!
I went missing for a couple of days because I just felt drained. Every night when I got home from work all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and eat a Hershey Kiss. I’m feeling recharged now and ready to jump head first into February!
After a couple of days without running I got out to the beach yesterday for a short run. This was a planned down week for me as far as long runs go so I was happy to just cruise along for 60 minutes without a pace or distance in mind.
I’m looking forward to running the A1A Half Marathon in just a couple of weeks but I’ve completely changed my expectations for the race. Now I’m just running this one for fun (and to hopefully beat my Cape Coral time). I’m not running for a PR and admitting that is so relieving.
I’m simply not in shape to PR. My best long run in recent weeks was 8 miles at 14:14 pace. To beat my current PR I would need to run 13.1 miles below 13:30 pace. You might think an easy long run at 14:14 pace means a PR is within reach but really it’s not.
Since coming back from time off after the Chicago Marathon I really haven’t put my heart into speed work. I’ve done it erratically. Every time my right hip doesn’t feel right (even if it’s just extra tight) the first thing I stop is speed work because I just don’t want to end up having to take extra time off again. I spent way too much time sitting out in 2015.
In January I started incorporating speed work back into my routine regularly and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how good it feels to do again. However, I don’t have enough speed work behind me to say a PR attempt is a reasonable thing to do. I tried tricking myself into believing it was possible, but it’s time to face the music. I dug myself into this hole and well, it is what it is.
I’ll close out the 2015-2016 season without achieving any new PRs, but I will hopefully be able to hang my hat on finally completing the Florida Storm Series.
November – Fort Lauderdale Half
December – Cape Coral Half
January – Miami Half
February – A1A Half
March – Miami Beach Half
More importantly, if I make through the Miami Beach Half in March that will mean I’ve gone five months without having to take off time for injury. Here’s hoping that’s a trend that sticks around all year so I can crush some PRs in 2016-2017!
I’m ready to make this year the best running year of my life!
How was your weekend? Did you watch the Pro Bowl?
Is it still snowing where you are? I think we’re going back up to the 80s this week!