We all know what happens during winter. The cold weather rolls into place. The sky gets dark. The snow begins to fall. And, if you live in Maine, as I do, the months of cold seem terribly endless and depressing. Last winter, I did really well, running solo throughout the entire season. I leaned on the treadmill for the worst days, sometimes banging out 9 mile runs on that thing, just to keep my mileage up. I came into Spring this year, strong, strong enough, but this year, I want to bang into Spring with a fearless mentality and the body to match. So, I signed up for a December Half Marathon, a January “Individual Marathon” (more on this later) and I entered the lottery for the Nike Women’s Half in April. I figure between all of these races, there is no way I will fall off the wagon and stuff myself with endless amounts of cookies. The “Individual Marathon” is in St. Petersburg, Florida (also a great way to ditch the cold for a weekend). I heard about it through my running friend Amy, who seems to have her pulse on all the cool running places to be. I convinced (somehow) my training buddy to do it with me. Therefore, I won’t be on this crazy train alone. The race is a two day affair: Saturday, 5K, 10K & 3.8 mile beach fun run, Sunday, half marathon, all to equal 26.2 miles. I figure, if 2014 is my year to run a marathon, this is a great way to get my feet wet.Enclosed here is a link to my training plan (ST PETE CLASSIC), it’s got a great mix of high mileage, two a days, yoga and of course, rest. You are all welcome to use it or just give it a gander, mumble something like: “This bitch is crazy” and then close it immediately.
Hope everyone is having a healthful and happy Monday! Happy running!