It’s been a couple of months since I updated, mostly because I stopped running and working out. Cold turkey. It was awful and it was unexpected.
With Hurricane Sandy hitting, I was sent to New York City for work on November 6th. I didn’t return until December 6th. Working 14+ hour days left about 23 seconds to work out in my life, which usually was trying to find the quickest place to eat or get food to my hotel. Ah well, what are you gonna do? I only missed the trail race I was dying to complete and the Turkey Trot…
By the time I got home, life got in the way, I had to quickly find a new apartment, get situated and finally, here I am getting back into it.
But now it’s snowing. I’ve never run in the snow. I saw a girl running down the street today like a bat out of hell and I wanted to clap. Mostly because I was leaving BikeorBar in my sneakers earlier and I almost completely wiped out crossing the street. Run? I wouldn’t even know where to start, but I do know I’d most likely be icing my ankle on the couch right now had I attempted. It’s okay though, I’ve gone to a circuit training class on Thursday and then spinning this morning. It feels great to work out again.
I have some lofty goals for the coming running season. I don’t know when I’ll start running again, but it has to be within the next few weeks. I’m signed up for the Buffalo Half Marathon (yes, I’m ready for #2!) Memorial Day weekend. I’m going to get my base up and then start training the first week of February, at least that’s the plan. When I trained for the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon, my goal was to break 2 hours – I finished in 1:57:59. The course was mostly downhill, which I know the Buffalo half isn’t, but it also was my first half and I got sick and took a couple weeks off about a month before my race. I know I can do better. Next goal? Keep an 8:30 or quicker pace for the Buffalo Half Marathon.
Originally, that said break 1:50, but that’s quite a lofty goal. Dropping 8 minutes? Yikes. I don’t want to be disappointed. A pace of 8:30/mile I think is totally do-able if I really put the effort forth. I’m finished with my Masters degree. My life has drastically changed in the past month, giving me a lot more free time and the mindset for this goal. I can do it.
I cannot wait to start blogging again! And if you have any cold weather, snow covered ground running tips — please let me know! I’ve got the layers, I’ve got the clothes, I’ve got the gloves, I’ve got the headgear. Now what?