I am back at it. Well, sort of.
After my injury and Chicago debacle, I haven’t run much at all in the last 3 months. Which means I am soft, out of shape, and my clothes are fitting way more tightly than I’d like.
I met with my coach and told him a spring marathon was out – I need some time to build back up and recover. I need to take a slightly lower mileage approach and regain some flexibility. For the spring, my goals are:
- Coach my boy and his friend for their second half marathon;
- Train for the same half myself;
- Run the Chicago Ragnar Relay (Madison-Milwaukee-Chicago).
I am pretty excited about these goals because it isn’t as intensive as marathon training, but will be a ton of fun. I’ve wanted to do a Ragnar-type relay for years and my team is made up of awesome locals/friends, so I am fired up. I also enlisted a buddy to do sunrise yoga with me. It’s time to get some stretchy back or I fear my hammies and butt won’t allow me to train hard.
It was a rough first week though.
I mentioned a while back that we refurbished our treadmill entirely. Well, apparently the guy who did it didn’t quite know what he was doing. Either that or Sole sent us some seriously defective parts. I’ll never know, but I do know that it threw a wrench in week one and, no doubt, week two of training. I had very, very light mileage on tap anyway as my coach knew I’ve pretty much been a desk potato the last 3+ months. But, unfortunately, I didn’t even make my scheduled miles. Here is how things shook out:
Monday: scheduled rest day.
Tuesday: Scheduled for 30 minutes easy with 4 strides. Ran on the treadmill and everything was fine until the strides. Then the belt felt like it was slipping.
Wednesday: Husband and son both ran on the treadmill. Husband thought it was slipping a teeny bit. Son said it was bad. Instead of running my scheduled 30 minutes, I contacted the repair guy and he said he’d come out Thursday morning to fix.
Thursday: Treadmill guy came out and I ran on it a few minutes – felt fine. But when I tried to run after work, it was slipping REALLY bad after about 1.3 miles. I fought through to 2 miles after almost killing myself several times. Dammit. I would have run outside, but it was almost 40 degrees below zero with the wind chill, dark, and slippery roads.
Friday: Owner of treadmill repair shop comes out. Either the tech that put it in totally failed to lube the belt or both the belt and deck were totally defective. We had run less than 10 miles on the thing and it showed approx. 500 hours of wear. They are fixing, but it will be at least a week. Unplanned rest day. I would have gone outside, but it was about 30 degrees below zero with the wind chill.
Saturday: It was super cold in the am (-15 with wind), so my son and I spent over an hour trying to find a health club that would give us a day or week pass. NONE of them allowed kids under 14 (he’s 13) and even if he was old enough, it was $20 per person per day. Crazy. So we waited until the warmest part of the day (14 degrees and only feels like 0 with wind chill). We ran watchless, but a typical route. 3.35 awesome miles.
Sunday: It was the tropics here. 28 degrees and sunny. But the roads were slushy, snowy, and icy. The footing was bad, but the company was good. My son and I ran just over 5 miles in 48 minutes.
Total: 2 hours; 10 minutes / 14 miles.
Hey, it’s not much, but it’s a start. See you next week.