February has really flown by and I can’t believe it’s just 4 weeks until Shamrock. Though I’m only running the half now, I’m too lazy to update my Shamrock graphic.
The past few weeks have been pretty solid as far as training goes. I had a fun race at the Sweetheart 8K and have continued to build my mileage. I’m averaging about 35 miles a week, and the switch from full marathon training to half marathon training did end up being a nice relief from the longer, heavier mileage.
I haven’t been doing any speed work since I don’t have a specific time goal for this race. The weather is often unpredictable and I think that will play a huge role in how the race goes for me. This hasn’t been the best training cycle for me, but I also haven’t dropped the ball in terms of maintaining my fitness and staying consistent.
The weather has been up and down between cold and warm. That can make it difficult to adjust to the temperature, but I do feel a little better having a few warmer runs under my belt incase the temperature is above average on race day.
I am really getting excited to see my friend Katie next month and get to spend the weekend together.
On another note, February is birthday month for both me and my husband. Since my birthday falls midweek and I will be out of town, I’ve already celebrated twice – once with my parents and once with my sister. It feels like a true month-long birthday celebration. This past weekend we went to dinner with my sister and brother-in-law and the beautiful weather and excellent food made for a really great night. The only downside was my dessert. I don’t think I’ve ever had a dessert I didn’t like, but this one was such a let down. Don’t be fooled – I still ate it all.
Back to running. After the race in March, I plan to run a few shorter distance races while taking a little down time to just run for fun and strength train before marathon training begins. I have been thinking a lot about my summer training and have been trying to decide if I want to dish out the money and use a coach again or self-coach as I did for my first marathon. I am pretty up in the air about it right now, but luckily I have a good amount of time to decide.
That’s all for now!