Tuesday Twofer

1. Failure. That’s what I’ve become with my half marathon training. I just cannot get motivated to run on the treadmill anymore, and the weather outside is not conducive to running. IT WILL NOT STOP SNOWING/SLEETING/FREEZING RAINING/ICING/BEING COLD! It is annoying! On the off chance we have a warm day (like today, near 60) it rains all day long and work keeps me late so I cannot run afterwards. Ugh. I know I’ve got time, my half isn’t for more than a month so I can still pull it together. But right now it’s just not looking good.

I have missed several weekly runs. I have missed the last two long runs. I have not run more than 19 miles in a week, and have not gone for longer than 7 miles yet this year. These things are not good indicators of success in St. Louis. I guess so long as I eat well and don’t party too much….

2. Birthdays. …Oops. My very dear friend had a birthday party that sort of lasted four days this weekend. Her “official” party on Saturday was a casino-themed one, so imagine lots of hijinx with oversized dice, and a roulette wheel where she won on every spin. Funny how that works…

But it was a ton of fun! Sunday we did brunch at Rizzo’s in South Main, which was awesome! They just opened the new location not too long ago, so they are still working out the kinks, but man, that was some excellent food and well worth the wait! I had the South Main Scramble: scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, potato hash and a siracha aioli sauce. It was amazing! The chef also brought us lobster pronto pups and a dessert featuring two slices of cake: chocolate with a chocolate-chipotle ganache, and a coconut cake that was to die for. We ate every single last bite of that whole plate!

I remain hopeful that my training gets back on track soon, so I could use some motivation!

Two for Tuesday

1. Not running. Oops, I missed my weekly long run last week. It was just too damn cold, too damn rainy and I was too damn tired to be bothered with it. We are still in the midst of our winter nightmare, with more snow on the way tomorrow afternoon. It just never ends!

I think everyone is now crying out for spring to get here. Spring in Memphis is awesome…festivals, patio drinks, patio brunch, walks along the river or the bluff. A willingness to go other places, like midtown or East Memphis. But right now, it’s hard to even leave the apartment!

2. Distractions on the ‘mill. As I’ve explained before, I cover up the screen on the treadmill so that I’m not constantly looking at the miles pass by…

1.02

1.03

1.04

It gets old, fast. So I cover it up, listen to my music or podcast, and check it once in awhile. I was going for five miles this morning, and when I went to check, the screen read 4.98. BOOYA! Perfect! Even better, I did it in 43 minutes flat. Not bad!

Tuesday Twofer

I know, I actually remembered!

1. Zoning out on the treadmill. It’s another ice day here, so I’m working from home again. I’m not complaining though, I love working from home. It also meant that I could run during lunch, and not have to wake up super early. Around 11:30 I got dressed and we went down the gym, with a plan to run just 3 or 4 miles. I’m counting songs, figuring each song is between 3 and 4 minutes. After 12 songs, I figured I had been at it for around 42 minutes or so. When I removed the towel covering the screen, I saw this:

Oops

Oops

Oops indeed. Technically it said 5.9 miles and 52 minutes, but I finished up and stopped at 6. Considering my long run on Saturday was 7 miles, this wasn’t ideal but I’ll take it. I just have to re-evaluate my other two runs this week, or I risk doing too much mileage too soon.

2. I hate recipes. More to the point, I hate it when I follow a recipe and yet the result is less than stellar. It’s even more annoying when it’s a recipe I have done many times before. Something just isn’t right with my dish! Grr!

Thankfully my friends don’t have this problem, as their dishes from last night’s Mardi Gras dinner (technically Lundi Gras I guess). Shrimp ettoufe, seafood gumbo, red beans and rice and a king cake. All delicious and reminded me of my time in New Orleans. Thanks for the invite C and S!

Tuesday Twofer

Welcome to Tuesday Twofer, where I give two quick updates.

1. This week is going to suck. After a very long Monday and an incredibly long (and trying) Tuesday, I get to sit in three straight days of 9 hours of classwork towards my PMP certification. And each day I have two hours of homework. Sometime in between I’m supposed to get in all of my runs, and strength training sessions, and cycling. And sleep, and social interaction. Something is going to give. And I am going to be very, very tired. I’m already looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday.

2. Want to know how to make treadmill running not monotonous? Do this:

It works!

It works!

Seriously, it works! If you’re doing a steady-pace run, just set it and forget it. Zone out to your podcast or music, and just check every so often. My run was over before I knew it. A quick core routine, and it was time to head to work.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday Twofer

Welcome to Tuesday Twofer, where I give two quick updates.

1. Ever notice how pace on a treadmill seems so much more difficult than matching the same pace outside, but the effort level outside is harder than the treadmill? I know that sounds like two competing statements, but I mean it’s harder to get to, say, a sub-9:00/mile pace on the treadmill, you feel like your legs are flying. On the other hand, running outside is just harder in general…feels like more effort to take a step. Such are the things you think about on the treadmill.

A nice 4 miles

A nice 4 miles

This is a good example. I felt it was so hard to keep it under 9:00/mile, while I do it regularly outside. Funny how that all works, eh?

2. I officially started the training cycle for my first half marathon of 2015, and my first attempt at sub-2 hours again. My race (to be announced soon!) is on April 12th, so I have about 12 weeks to go. I am pretty far behind my January 2014 running totals, so I already feel a bit behind the gun. This race is one of my two tentpoles for the year, and it’s one I’ve never done so I’m pretty pumped about it.

My plan for this is to follow a modified Hal Higdon plan, the Intermediate. I’ll run either four or five days per week, while cycling at least twice and doing strength training twice. It’s pretty ambitious; I usually just focus on one sport at a time. But I have cycling goals for this year too, so I need to keep going there. And strength training is too important to ignore, so I’m keeping that.

Thanks for reading!