This week I managed to get a decent amount of running in based on my new standards. Lucky for me, both the sound of the treadmill and the sound of the shower seem to be soothing to Kai. She especially seems to enjoy the sound that the treadmill makes when it is raising into incline position. I guess that means that I might be adding hill repeats into the ends of runs when she signals that she is getting tired of watching me run.
At this point I need to make a big decision about my running schedule for the next two months. Chris signed up for a half marathon at the end of March and I need to decide if I am in or not. The race also offers a quarter marathon, but wussing out of the longer race really isn’t my style. I’m thinking 13.1 or nothing. The big question is if I will be ok with running to finish, not running for a PR. I think a realistic expectation would be to finish in 2:10, a far cry from the 1:55 that I would ideally be shooting for.
I also need to think about if I am ok with doing most of my runs on the treadmill. I’m not sure what my running schedule will look like when I go back to work, but I have to imagine that with the short daylight hours and a baby in the mix, the treadmill is inevitable.
Lastly, I think we will be doing a fair amount of travel between now and the race, likely a weekend in New Jersey, a weekend in Los Angeles, another in Northern Michigan, and two weekends traveling to and from Australia. With eight weekends between now and the race and five of them being less than ideal for long runs, I think I may have just reasoned my way out of running a race. I’ll keep you posted.
If Chris actually trained for races, he would have his work cut out for him. I am pretty sure that this was his last run (Chris pictured on the treadmill in the background) on July 22. Maybe Kai and I will just spectate.
Monday: 3 miles, 30:00 (10:00/mi)
Tuesday: 3.1 miles, 30:00 (Avg. 9:41/mi; 10:00/mi base pace w/6 x 1:00 pick-ups @ 8:34/mi)
Wednesday: 3.12 miles, 30:00 (Avg. 9:37/mi; 10:00/mi base pace w/7 x 1:00 pick-ups @ 8:34/mi)
Thursday: 3 miles, 30:00 (10:00/mi)
Friday: 3 miles, 30:00 (10:00/mi w/5 x 2:00 hills @ 6%)
Sunday: 4 miles, 40:00 (10:00/mi)
Weekly Total: 19.22 miles
Average Pace: 9:53/mile
January Total: 28.72 miles
YTD Total: 28.72 miles