1. Two weeks from today, I’ll be hopping on an airplane to fly out to Washington, D.C. to hang with Alex. Excited doesn’t even begin to cover it. Oh, and run a 10 miler, too.
How is 10 miler training going? I’m so glad you asked! Thus far, things have gone quite well. I am a cold weather runner through and through, so while everyone else in Chicago has started applying for jobs in Miami, I have very much appreciated this winter.
For the most part, I’ve been running three days a week. After soliciting speed advice a few weeks ago, I’ve altered my plan to incorporate one tempo run per week (usually outside), one hill work run per week (always inside, because there aren’t exactly hills in Chicago. But there are pretend hills on treadmills!), and one long run per week (always outside). I think the weather and my training both deserve some credit, but I’ve been faster than ever lately. I run my tempo runs strictly by feel, and the numbers I’ve put out have been nuts. On one tempo run, my tempo miles were about 15 seconds off my usual 5K pace, and while I thought that might be too fast, my non-tempo miles–which genuinely felt easy–were at my usual 10K pace. When I did a tempo run earlier this week on the treadmill (Monday’s weather defeated me 😦 ), I kicked the speed up from a 6.6 to a 6.8 for the last half mile at tempo because 6.6 honestly felt far more “comfortable” than “comfortably hard.” A couple of weeks ago I ran a seven mile long run at a 9:49 pace…and I was a 10:45 long runner on a good day all summer long. Looking over my Garmin stats from last year, I am, generally speaking, able to knock out all my runs in the 9:xx range during cooler months, so I’m sure the weather has a lot to do with this. Regardless of the reason, I’m quite happy with how things have been lately.
2. Speaking of the weather, down with this warm up! Ugh. It’s not that I don’t like seeing the world come alive, but I will always, always, always take 10 degrees and blizzarding over 90 degrees and humid and/or storming. While it’s obviously not 90 and humid right now, I still prefer it to stay super cold all the time, especially since these above freezing temps are making the sidewalks horrendous.
On the bright side, though, horrendous sidewalks give me the chance to trade my snow boots for rain boots, and man do I feel invincible when I wear rain boots.
Pictured: super powers.
3. Does anyone ever have recurring dreams? I’ve never noticed myself having the same dream over and over again, but last week I realized that in the past three months, I’ve had the same dream three or four times. I have a gas stove, and in my recurring dream, I can’t get the flame to turn off. It makes me freak out every time, but nothing I do makes it go away. Anyone want to analyze this? I normally don’t pay much attention to dreams, but since I keep having the same one, I figure it’s worth thinking about.
Warm weather or cold weather?
Have you ever had recurring dreams?