For me, Jan and Feb are prime time for running. I just love it! Yes, you guys know, I love to run all the time, but this part of the year is my absolute FAV. At this point in the winter, I am adjusted to the cold weather and I just feel absolutely great. The cool mornings, the fresh air, I can breathe and run better now. This week has been perfect. The morning temps are in the upper 30's and lower 40's and it's sunny and bright.
This week, I decided to add 1 day with a quality run. Tempo - oh the tempo. It's the hardest run that I do personally, but not today. First day back to tempo and quality, so I just want to "test the waters a little." So the plan for the day, 1 mile w/u, 1 mile tempo, 1 mile c/d. (9:38, 8:10 tempo, and 9:38). Not bad at all. When you start with the perfect temp. and only go 1 mile @ tempo, it's not bad at all. For the next few weeks, I will add 1/2 mile to my tempo run each week. After the run I did some lunges in the yard and 10 min yoga/stretch. This evening I lifted weights. Will do a little more stretching this evening and plan to take it easy on Wed. 1 day of quality done - I am a happy camper.
Next up - Sat. 10 miles.
Life update - it's a little crazy here. We are redoing the siding on my shop. Pulling siding off (that's Chad's job), putting more insulation in the walls, painting the siding with 2 coats, cutting and installing the new siding. So I am trying to work, and help with the siding project too. Also, we make routine runs to Lowe's and Home Depot for supplies. In 2008, we totally remodeled the inside of our house. It took a full year to complete that project. I was not totally "over" that project and we have started this new one. CRAZY! We are under a timing issue because Chad's work will pick up in March. We have a long way to go and a short time to get there. This may turn into a 2 year project.
Add in a little Boston training and it's insane. So far my training has been so slow that it hasn't been an issue, but from here forward I will be picking up the training. Rest will become priority, which is not anything new for me. I always get a lot of sleep. In fact, I must end here so that I can shower and head to bed. Worn out!