Comment of the Week – 1.25.14

Comment of the Week
Even the snail is cold this week!

What a long, cold week it’s been. We’ve made it, you guys – it’s the weekend! And you know what that means? Well, besides a long run here and pancakes for breakfast there, it means it’s time for another edition of Salty Running Comment of the Week. Who took home the Salty Snail this week?

Alison was this week’s top commenter, with this reflective comment she left on Ginger’s Running Down a Dream post:

Great post and very timely for me. I have been struggling with personal goals as well. I’m at the point where I can be somewhat competitive in local races, usually winning or at least placing in my age group in a 5K or 10K. But beyond that, I just don’t know. Should I dream bigger and risk letdown and/or injury? Or should I assume I’m physically incapable of being much faster than I am, and just be happy with my easy 20 MPW routine that allows for the occasional pint glass prize? I’m 34 years old and a single mom, so it’s not like I’m going to the Olympics.
I’d like to qualify for Boston someday, and I think I’m *probably* capable of it given a perfect training cycle and a perfect race day, but it would be a stretch. The fear of putting my heart and soul into training for something that I may very well not achieve is terrifying, and it’s prevented me from signing up for a marathon (I’ve only run one “for fun,” and it was 7 years ago, so I don’t know what I’m capable of).

Thanks for sharing, Alison! That post seemed to resonate with a lot of people, and you really summed up what many of us wonder – when is it time to go for it?
When we contacted Alison to let her know she had taken home this week’s commenting honors, she had this to say:

Woo-hoo! Thanks for the honor. Salty Running is one of my go-to running blogs when I’m looking for inspiration! 
I’ve been running on and off since high school, but after many stops and starts as an adult, I finally got serious about it in early 2012. Since then, I’ve set PRs in all distances from the 5K to the half-marathon. I’m a single mom of a 4-year-old boy (he is with me about half the time and with his dad the other half), so I often have to get creative about fitting in my 20-30 miles per week. I’m fortunate to work for a company that has locker rooms and showers, so I do my weekday runs at lunchtime and try to fit in one long-ish run on the weekend when my son is with his dad. I’ve never done the running stroller thing (running is my solitude, and I can’t imagine doing it with a kid!) 

Alison’s all smiles after winning COTW!

In 2014 I’m hoping to take a bit of a break from long races, and my goals are to break 21:00 in the 5K and 45:00 in the 10K.

Alison’s a Michigander, so I asked her if she had any winter weather running tips – y’know, in light of the deep freeze currently sweeping the nation and all.  She said, “While I am NOT a cold weather fan, I’ve learned that layering, face masks, hand warmers, and Yaktrax can keep me running outside with about a 5-degree-above-zero cutoff (anything colder than that, and I’ll hit the treadmill).” Sounds like a good rule to me!

Speaking of the treadmill, if you have any burning treadmill questions, don’t forget to submit them to our Ask-A-Salty: Treadmill Q&A Session. Stay warm and safe out there, Spicy Nation!

Southern transplant who loves 90s boy bands, outdoor adventures and college basketball, although not necessarily in that order. Recovering running perfectionist.

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