Sunday, January 10, 2010

movin on up

Here at Dog Pound Farms™, we're slowly building our miles up. Look I'm speaking in plural! Ok, I'm talking about me and Bea. Loren took her for her first run since she got sick. She did an easy 3 at 10 minute pace yesterday. It wore her out. I thought you'd all like to know how Bea's doing. She's back to herself which is great news. I missed running with her and hope to start again this week.
As far as my running goes, I just finished my first 20 miles week since early Oct. I've been slowly taking baby steps to get back into marathon training shape. This week also brought me back into the world of running with other people (people who aren't Bea or Loren). I really enjoy running alone and am lucky enough to be able to run alone and push myself, and get myself out the door and do what I'm suppose to do and all that. That's not to say I dont mind company from time to time. It can make those long runs, those really cold runs, those really long cold runs, much more tolerable. Wed, I did an 8 miler, my longest run in months. I went out in the evening with a bunch of the ladies and it was lovely. It make the time fly and it actually felt easy. Totally honest: I was a bit sore the next day. Nothing major but a sign I still have some work to do to get back into shape, but I'm on the right road.
This week I also got some new shoes. I had been running in Asics 2140s for training and raced my last marathon and longer races in DS trainers which I really like. I just wanted to get something less anchor like than the 2140s and a bit more substantial than the trainers for now. So, like many of my running ladies, got Mizuno Inspires. 2 runs so far and I really like them.
I have been giving a lot of thought to my racing year. I dont think Im going to race as much this year. I also thinking I'm gong to skip a fall marathon and focus on the half. I want to give my body a break from the high miles and I also want to try and go sub 1:37 in the half. The magic qualify for NYC time! Unlike qualifying for Boston, you have to run it when you're that age. So even though I'll be 40 next year, to qualify now, I still have to run a sub 1:37. Make sense? Once I'm 40, I need a 1:44 which I know I can do.
So new fall goal. I'm looking forward to that, I love the half. I think I'll go back to the Philly Distance run for that.


TiredMamaRunning said...

Sounds like a lot of us have that 1:37 on the horizon as the next wall to knock down. Nice job on the 20 mile week-a lot of us wouldn't have been as smart as you've been with the resting and fully recovering from injury.

Girl In Motion said...

Wow, full of good stuff!!! From the return to mileage to the new shoes (Inspires, my absolute favorite) to the plan of racing less (smart idea) to going for the Half and in particular, the Distance Run (that's my Fall goal race, too!!). Yay!!

DogPound said...

woohoo! Philly in the fall!

Elizabeth said...

Glad to hear that you are adding the miles, and that you did an 8-miler. I can't wait to see you get a 1:37 half!

L.A. Runner said...

Yeah for being on the fast track up! Glad Bea is feeling better, too. You'll be back in shape again before you know it.