With a new year, brings new resolutions! I wanted to get real about my marathon training cycle with something that would challenge me to find time, daily, for running again:
Run everyday in the month of January.
It was lame using sleep as my excuse to only run 2 days a week. I figured I’m probably going to be sleepy whether I wake up early or sleep in to get ready for work at 5:30… no more excuses!
So I wake up at 4:30am to run.
Or pack my running shoes and sneak 2 miles in at lunch.
Even if it’s just for 1 mile, the concept of letting myself take time away from work to take care of myself, is what I needed by making this goal. And it feels really great :)
I’m 12 days in and haven’t missed a day. I ain’t about to miss one either!
Last weekend, Weez and I hit up Forest Park for a 10 miler. Runners in the Portland area rave about this >5000 acre park with 70+ miles of trails. It was awesome and we can’t wait to go back.
Yesterday, I ran along the Rock Creek Path and powerline trail (paved, but still pleasant nonetheless) in town. I was hoping to hit 6.5 miles out (for a total 13-miler), but at 6 miles I came to the end of the trail:
I ran loops around some neighborhoods to finish up 13 miles in 1:45 (8:05 pace).
In other news, Weez and I registered for the Shamrock Run 15k with a big group of our friends!
It sounds like a blast. It’s a huge road race, like the Bolder Boulder 10k. I can’t wait to sport some green Irish pride and run with 35,000 other people around downtown Portland :)
What’s your new years resolution?
What’s the next race on your calendar?