Happy Friday folks! I have a 10 mile long run on the schedule today and it looks like I will be having a challenge – it needs to be on the treadmill. Snow is coming down steady and it isn’t time to be outdoors. I am always impressed with those who get out in treacherous conditions, but on the flip side, there is something to be said for lowering your slipping and falling risk. Some weather is just severe and not always wise to try to be a hero in, as Harold recently discussed. I rather not have a sprained or broken ankle 3 months before my big race!
The treadmill running goes well for me until around mile 5. After that it mentally becomes challenging. I have the new Kindle Fire HD 7 so I’m hoping to watch some TV shows to distract me a little. By the way, this is my first venture into e-reading (yes, I have been balking at doing that) and I quite like it. I can’t say I’ll never read a paper book again, but using the Kindle Fire HD 7 for reading is nice. I use the “Sepia” tone for the books so it isn’t so “bright” on my eyes and mimics the color of paper in a book better.
What am I reading lately? Wheel of Time, Book 1 Fantasy nerd here, but seriously, I read almost anything.
Race schedule updates
Hubby and I are both registered for the Presidential Lincoln Half Marathon in early April. This one takes place in Springfield, Illinois and starts at the Abraham Lincoln museum and library (the official ones). The medal is super-cool, a “big penny”! I chose this race because I needed to put in a half-marathon in my marathon training plan and we would be in the area at the time. Coach Erin approved this race in the plan and I’m excited for this one. We visited the Presidential Lincoln Museum a couple years ago so it will be a meaningful race for us to do. My hubby is using the Novice 2 Hal Higdon half marathon training plan. He’s not a novice runner by any means, but he hasn’t run a half in about 6 years now so he needs to build his mileage back up. He’s been focusing on speedy 5k races so this will be a change for him.
RRCA coaching certification
If you’ve been following, you’ll recall that I’m hoping to start helping other would-be runners find the joy of running. RRCA is coming nearby (finally!) and I managed to get registered before their coaching course certification filled up. It filled up within ONE DAY so it is no joke, they fill up fast! I’ll be at the Dayton, Ohio certification event in March and looking forward to this.
I’ll talk more about why I’m doing this later, but in a nutshell, this seems like a very good fit for me. I have a passion for endurance running in terms of healthy and sound running and I want to help others find this joy. I get asked by so many people now how I am still able to get out there month after month and keep going and I try to explain that a big reason I am “still going strong” is because I am “doing it right” – and they can too. More to discuss on this!
Are you adding any half marathons to your Spring full marathon training plans too?