Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Friday Five! Things I'm Looking Forward To

What do you mean it's not Friday? Who cares?! That's just another thing to look forward to, right?

1. My first triathlon. It's less than 2 weeks away, yo! I'm starting to actually feel ready for it. I might not even be the last out of the water, especially if I'm able to use my snorkel. One thing I'm still undecided about is which shoes to wear for the run. I want to go sockless to save time but haven't decided which of my running shoes are best for that; I know it's not the Zealots.

2. Saucony Zealot ISO 2. The second iteration of my favorite running shoe just came out and I can't wait to try it. I'm on a bit of a spending restriction right now (oops) but I'm sure I'll get them before November, so it will be between this, the original Zealot (which would mean buying my third pair), and the Altra Torin 2.0 as my marathon shoe. I don't know if I will choose the blue or the silver, the third color is just plain ugly. Both?

3. My first marathon. Okay, it's not until November, but I'm looking forward to the training. I enjoy the process. The last training plan I strictly followed, I had built myself using the book You (Only Faster) and I even look forward to building my marathon plan. Between now and then I'll be working on getting my base mileage back up, as I know the long runs on my plan will start at 14 miles. My most recent long run was 8 and I'm planning on 10 for this weekend.

4. Having a stove/oven again. This is only non-running item on the list. I think it's still running related though cause you eat to fuel your body for running and it's much easier to eat well when you have a stove to cook your food. We've been without a stove for over a week now but the new one should be coming tomorrow! The old one tried to burn a hole in our wall and it wasn't even turned on at the time! We're just glad we were at home and my mom was in the kitchen at the time it happened to notice something wasn't right. Who knows what would have happened otherwise.

5. Another 5k PR. I don't even know if I should put this in the list cause I don't know if it will happen anytime soon. I just feel like I'm not getting any faster. I am actually doing the work now though. I did one day of speed intervals a week for 3 weeks and now I'm on my last week of 3 weeks of hills. I've also been adding some strides onto the end of my easy runs. Once my triathlon is complete, I should have more time for running and might be able to keep a day for speed work while adding a tempo day, but then I worry about my recovery time suffering. If that becomes an issue, I'll alternate between speed work and tempo runs. By then though, it will be time to start training for my marathon. Eeeek.

What are you looking forward to?

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