Not me, that’s for sure. The year started off with a fun filled night with friends. We rented a Karaoke machine from a very sketchy guy and it barely worked but Eric (Heather’s husband) and myself were able to salvage something out of it. The night started around 6pm and I didn’t get home until 4am. It was FUN. I was actually able to play guitar in front of people for the first time in …shit …since 2004? It wasn’t until recently that I had the urge to play out again. It was fun and I do miss it sometimes. Actually, this was the first time I played acoustic in front of anyone.
Surprisingly, the monster I created messaged me around 10am the next morning wanting to run. I was hurting but since I kept calling her out the night before I knew I better show up. So in keeping with a three year tradition I have run on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Our friend Steve showed up too and the three of us managed a solid run, it actually felt good to get out there.
So this is it. Count down begins…we are cruising into the last weekend of no structure. This is a big deal. The goal is to get Heather to the finish of the Pineland 50K and her training starts Jan 6th. Right now there is only a minor hip issue that we have to deal with but I’m not worried (Yet). If we have to push off a run or two a week that’s ok. I think we have done a good job of ramping up the work. This plan we are following is for people who are in Marathon shape and we are not but we do have a solid base. Still have good lungs and a 7 mile road run requires very little effort at this point. We have been keeping our paces on the very slow side. I want to concentrate on proper heart rate training right now and that means keeping her at about a 12 min/mile for now. We’ll start to add some speed workouts in later but for now it’s about keeping her healthy. She was complaining a little bit about not going into training 100% but honestly we started up and did some aggressive stuff early. We’ll see what Lanie says and go from there.
As for myself , I’m feeling strong. My upper body needs more work but overall the knee issues are gone and I’m ready to start putting on the miles. My heart rate has been a little erratic the past few runs but I think I need to work on my stamina. I’m looking forward to pushing myself training both Lise and Heather at the same time. Hopefully I survive…
I hope to be doing more daily posts on progress, may not get the deep introspective stuff but I think if I can make a habit of writing some of that will just come out.
Sunday we are all going snowshoeing and I hope to make Heather work extra hard by pulling our friends son, Patrick, the whole time. I think my overall goal is for her to hate me at least 95% of the time. If I can get that then I know I’m doing a good job.