Thursday, January 24, 2013

More Random Notes

Love, love, love my new Garmin (Forerunner 10). I love being able to make up routes on the fly. I love being able to get accurate mile splits. I'm going to love keeping track of my pace as I go, once my tempo and speed runs are outside again (and occasionally run on the way to work). Plus, it's bright green.

I'm leaning back towards the FIRST method of marathon training (after seriously flirting with the Hanson method). More cross-training, fewer miles on the feet, an extra rest day each week. I think that will make up for the more frequent long runs that the FIRST method asks for.

It's neat to see my progress from when I first read the FIRST book, back when I was training for my first marathon. In the end I didn't use it because I wasn't where they recommend you be (in terms of mileage) before starting the training, and the cross-training components scared me a bit. But now, three years of running and cross-training later, there's nothing scary about it. Of course they're completely updated the book so I need to buy a new copy.

I had something cute to share about my children but in my sleep-deprived-and-cold-addled state I've forgotten what it was. Oh well. Trust me, it was adorable.

Oh, and we have a new cat. The Dude's sister is moving to Guatemala and needed a new home for her kitty, so now we have her. She is, of course, adorable, but is also 25 pounds of personality packed into 5 pounds of cat. Simon doesn't yet know what to make of her. I'll get some photos up of all the cuteness soon.

Up next: resolutions 2013.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Notes from a Month

Work, holidays, and sickness have disrupted, well, everything this last month.
  • The baby's sleep schedule has been ridiculous, making everyone suffer. We've made a plan, though, and it seems to be working. Very happy for the return of Happy Goo!
  • I've taken a break from serious training the last couple of months (so thankful that my training break coincides with the work/holiday/illness season each year). But am starting up again as I prepare for a 5K at the end of April and the marathon in October. Haven't decided yet if I'm going to do any significant races between them.
  • Eating has been for sh-t, and it's been hard to claw my way back into better eating, especially as I'm not feeling inclined to be super restrictive right now (not that I necessarily recommend that, it's just easier to get back into better eating that way). But as I head back into training mode the food will likely follow.
  • No sewing to report, though lots and lots of ideas have been flowing. Still thinking about a plan for the year (I seem to have the most consistency when I have a plan).
My big work event is over, and everyone is happier already. Whew!