|Tina & Nicole, Chadd & Michelle, and Michael & me at the KC Multisport|
Christmas Party last night - I always feel like a loser around triathletes because all I do is run
This morning's long run was 18 miles at 7:19 average overall pace. It was smooth. It was fairly even paced. And at the risk of sounding overly confident or haughty ... there was not one single thing that was difficult about the run at that pace! That was the most encouraging part. I really never felt like I was pushing it, even when the pace got down toward 7:00.
In late August, I felt like I was probably the fastest I've ever been, and in pretty good shape overall. But when I fell of the wagon there for a while, I was not only amazed at how much fitness I lost ... but how immediately it went away. It seemed almost like overnight.
|Great picture of my family earlier this week at a stop at Crown Center|
during our Plaza Lights Limo Ride - man, I love these people!
We have a Half-Marathon in Springfield two days after Christmas next Saturday. I scheduled it with the thought of using it as a bench mark for my training. It will be really interesting to find out exactly how fast I am right now. I don't think I'm below a 1:30 half, but I probably should be close. We'll see I guess.
More than anything, it's just good to feel like I'm back in shape. I don't feeling like I have for the past couple of months. I like the feeling of being able to go out and run 20+ miles any week of the year. I know that's ambitious, but things just go better in my training when I bulk up on the miles a little. And based on the long runs I've had in consecutive weekends now, I should be able to start adding a little up-tempo pace after the first of the year, hopefully for a fast early-Spring marathon in Phoenix. But for now, I'm just gonna enjoy the positive progress!
... be great today!