Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Only 5 weeks until Dopey
The 5K on turkey day was cold and windy, but I finished in about 30 minutes and averaged 9:55s. I procrastinated on Friday and it took me a long time to get out the door to run but once I did I felt great. I did my 7 mile non-hilly hill loop and averaged 10:25s. Saturday I had a lot to do so I got up relatively early and did 10.75 miles averaging 10:30s. Sunday, it was freezing rain and icy out. There was reports of massive car accidents all over so I waited until about 10:30 to go out for my run. I nearly wiped out on my front steps, but once I made it to the street things were less slippery. The run was pretty miserable as far as weather conditions go. It was cold and wet and windy, but I felt really good and maintained a pretty consistant pace. I slowed down on the hills naturally, but overall I felt good about it and averaged 10:55s (probably a little faster if I took the last 3 miles out because I was frozen and tired).
I'm really happy with how the whole weekend of running went. I'm exhausted even thinking about it, but happy it went well and I felt good the whole time. I am very confident now about the Dopey Challenge and could probably take it easy and taper for the next 5 weeks, but I've got other plans. I'm going to do 2-3 more weekends like that and THEN taper. I also have two half marathons in the next few weeks so I have to squeeze those into the plan too.
I have started going to Pole classes every week and added Aerial Silks too. I can tell I am getting stronger, but it isn't getting any easier. Especially silks. It is all upper body and lifting and pulling your own body weight up. I see progress from week to week, but in inches not miles. I also have a nice collection of bruises all over my feet, ankles, shins, knees, and backs of my thighs. It's really fun and challenging and I am learning some cool tricks, but damn it hurts. Even the most basic thing, climbing the silks, is really effin hard to do. I can get the first step but then I get stuck because I can't pull myself up.
Oh and I am trying something else this year, a Holiday streak. The goal is to run at least one mile between Thanksgiving and New Years. Today is day 7. I am doing good so far, but I'm really really tired and I want to just take a break. I don't think streaking is working out for me, but I'm not ready to give up just yet. Even if I only go out and do one sloppy mile the streak is alive and unbroken. I can do this.
I think if I succeed in keeping the streak going until New Years someone out there should pledge a donation of $1 for every mile I run between Thanksgiving and New Years. I'd match it. It could be ~$200, but if I break the streak, that's where the buck stops. Any takers??????
Speaking of fundraising, I am officially past the halfway point on my way to my goal to raise $10,000. Thanks to all my generous donors I am at $5460 (plus there is a couple hundred dollars in company matches pending). I'd LOVE it if I could hit $7500 before Christmas. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.