Coming up for a breather from kids, work, cleaning, running, and life to get a blog post written finally. I have sat down to do this several times in the last few days and it just hasn't happened.
Since my happy, happy post about running outside, I have logged another 34 marvelous miles outside, and did a tough 12 mile work out on the treadmill (4 miles easy, 4 miles at 7:13, 1 mile at 7:03, 1 at 6:58, 1 at 6:53, 1/2 mile at 6:49, last 1/2 mile - faster).
The roads are clear and temps are staying up in the 40's during the day. There is snow and rain in the forecast for the next week and the high school track isn't clear yet, but as long as the temps stay up I should be able to get a lot of my runs done outside now. It is still quite dark at 5:00am (thank you daylight savings) but I was warm enough today that I ditched my jacket and gloves by mile 3.
Today's run (outside) was a 12 mile fartlek run. I am used to structured workouts (from Coach Ray, and because that is how I did things on my own) so at first I wasn't quite sure how to tackle it. I wanted it to be a challenging workout physically, but still fun. I ran with my IPOD and used the music to help me change up the pace. Sometimes I ran hard for a full song, sometimes I ran really hard for just a chorus, sometimes I picked out a sign or a building up ahead and sprinted to that, sometimes I sprinted down a hill, and sometimes I sprinted up the hills. I played with pace and effort and it turned out to be a tough but really good (and fun) run.
This will be my second 85-mile week in a row and knock on wood, all is going well.
And just like that my free time is over again.
But first - as a Brooks sponsored athlete I obviously love Brooks, but I
have loved Brooks since long before they sponsored me. I have always thought
that their shoes and gear were superior to everything else I tried (in performance, quality, fit, and appearance), and I
LOVE their motto of RUN HAPPY!
You can find the women's closeouts here.
and the mens' closeouts here. Lots of great stuff and great deals.
And for those of you thinking about trying the PureProject line of shoes you can read my very detailed review of the PureFlows and my adventures in finding the perfect shoes for me here. Lots of new fun colors just came in the PureProject shoes!!
Hope everyone is having a great week. More soon!