Happy 2018!

I hope everyone had a good New Year’s Eve and first week of 2018.

Ours was low key. Ben fell ill and I got a bit of something as well, but I’m perfectly fine now and Ben is on the mend. Currently we’re dogsitting my friend’s two dogs while she and her family are on a warm vacation. She takes care of Bandit while Ben and I are traveling, so we’re very happy to return the favor. All three dogs are cuddly and snuggly, so this means that during the day they insist on sitting on top of me. It’s a little difficult to get any work done, but I feel very loved.

It’s been very cold in New York City, thanks to the bomb cyclone. We pretty much didn’t go out. Instead I cooked hearty food, ran on the treadmill, and watched movies and funny YouTube clips. Because of various health concerns that I have (asthma, bronchitis, etc), I’m cautious about running outside. If I’m worried about something, then I’ll play it safe and run on the treadmill. I had to do a long run of 10 miles on the treadmill. It was tough, especially the last 25% of it, but I got it done.

During our forced stay inside the house, I discovered a YouTube channel called Run 30. The guy, Karl, makes various running clips making fun of runners. The quality of the clips is variable, but I did like three clips where he critiqued running forms of actors’ running in movies.

Break Down Hollywood Running Form Part I

Break Down Hollywood Running Form Part II

Break Down Hollywood Running Form Part III

Running Goals

  • Sub-22 5K
  • Sub-1:40 HM

These are the next natural goals for me in terms of running. I’m not sure when I’ll get the sub-22 5K. Perhaps I’ll try for it in the spring, but more likely I’ll go for it in the fall. The sub-1:40 I’ll attempt this in the late spring. Right now the running is a lot of slow base miles. Because I’m in better shape than when I first started coaching, the mileage is longer, but it’s the same slow easy running with some strides. Once a week, I do a short workout, like a fartlek, or a short interval training, to keep up speed.

I didn’t say anything about a marathon, not because there’s another secret marathon in the works. I don’t feel the need to do more secret training. It was something I had to do last year and it paid off. I’m going back to work full time later this month. There have been a number of changes at work (all good), so hopefully this means that I will no longer be operating at a high level of stress in the short run. I am in line for a change of position, but it is not clear when this will happen. It could be later this year. It could be next year. When it happens, it does mean that there will be increased responsibility (and stress) and that role will pretty much dictate my life. I cannot train for a marathon while I am in the new position. Since I don’t know what will happen beyond six months from now, I’m not going to commit to anything major beyond early June.


18 thoughts on “Happy 2018!

  1. You can totally run a sub-1:40 half marathon! I ran my first sub-1:40 in April 2017 after reaching my goal of breaking 1:45 a few months prior, and it was easier to go from sub-1:45 to sub-1:40 than to go from sub-1:50 to sub-1:45. True story!

  2. Glad to hear you are both feeling better. Mary gave me the worst stomach bug I have ever had, right before Christmas! And now she has pink eye and an ear infection. I’m just waiting to find myself with ugly red eyes. Excited for your running adventures this year!

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence!

      Bandit is not a very gracious host. She was disgruntled when she figured out that they weren’t just over to play for a couple of hours, but were actually staying over. We gave each of the dogs their spots, so all three feel comfortable and happy.

    • That was my favorite line!

      I liked this clips because whenever we see characters who are supposed to be serious good runners in movies, my husband and I guffaw because we’re both like, “There’s no way that actor runs in real life.”

  3. I think you can definitely accomplish both! I am curious what you will be doing to try and PR in the 5k. My PR in the distance is 22:41 and I would love to get close to 22mins! Any workouts that you do specifically for the 5k?

  4. Get it, Elle!!! You are on a roll right now and I’m so pumped!!! I love how close we are with our times–I’m baaaarely under 22 for the 5k and would like to improve on that and of course, I’m shooting for a sub 1:40 (like, on Sunday, LOL), but as you know, the BQ is the priority right now–which you’ve got me on, dammit, Elle!! ❤

    I've talked to Ben about life after BQ (assuming/hoping/wishing/willing I get it in Phoenix) and how I'd like to specifically train for a half marathon. I've never solely trained for a half so I think that will be my plan for later this year. I just need to get this BQ monkey off my back 🙂

    • One of the draws of CIM was the outside possibility that you were going to be there (this back in Sept). You’ve been having a fantastic training cycle. It’s completely different than when you were getting ready for St. George.

      I just found out that I will be transitioning into my new role at the end of May, my life is going to be FUBAR soon. 😦

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