The State of Elle
Still alive, but barely. I want to blog (especially about my Iceland trip), but I either don’t have the time or the brain cells to do it. Since I don’t want to go too long without blogging, this executive summary of my life so far will have to do.
- There’s entirely too much of it. Spring has always been a busy time of year for me, but along with the additional training for the new role I’m transitioning into in June, my workload has exploded.
- Because of the upcoming new position, I don’t think my work/life balance is going to get any better. So far, everyone’s telling me how much worse my life will get. This is not engendering a lot of enthusiasm.
- Surprisingly well given how busy I am. I’m hitting the speed and tempo paces that Leah prescribes for the workouts.
- We’ve had to do some workarounds with training given my work schedule. The latest change has been reducing my long run into two medium-length runs because I’m just too tired to do a true long run. The focus is on the quality of the runs, rather than absolute mileage because I’ve figured out how to get the miles in. I just need to make sure that the miles are good ones and not me just slogging away.
- I’m not racing as much as I used to. Sad because I love racing, but I just don’t have the time. That said, I do have a bunch of races coming up soon, which makes me happy.
- Last week I ran a huge inter-club group run to Coney Island. Several Brooklyn running clubs got together to run the last 10-ish miles of the Brooklyn Half. It was really fun because it was great to chat with runners from other clubs (newsflash: they’re just like us!). I hope we do more events like this in the future.
- I purchased a pair of the elusive Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%. Several of my friends from PPTC drank the Kool-Aid. I’m a conformist, so I wanted in too. I haven’t worn them yet. They are the second most expensive pair of shoes I own.
- Still have the bronchitis from January. It’s mostly gone, but it still lingers. I was wheezing pretty badly during Tuesday’s run because of the dust in the air.
- Ben’s frozen shoulder is pretty much gone. No more pain. He’s recovered his mobility and a lot of his flexibility.
- Upcoming work trip to Toronto (and I’m working in a couple of races while I’m there)
- Poconos for my big spring goal race – Run for the Red Poconos Half.
- Nice, France in late May
- Newport, RI in June
- Boulder/Denver in June
- Alaska in July
- That’s it so far, but I’m sure there’ll be other trips.