I am suffering from the dreaded post holiday let down. How can you go from tropical beautiful Hawaii back to a still transitioning from winter Alaska with out going through withdrawl?
I left that, to come home to this…..A grey wasteland
Time to get to get back to real life. The semester for me is all done, just a few grades left then the freedom of summer at least for 3 weeks until summer session starts. I am taking this time to focus on my running.
I had a great run last night, it was short, 4 miles, but I was really able to work on my pace. Prior to my injury I was running sub 10 and in January of this year I was running about 12:35. Well I have been working hard on my stand alone runs and have been able to consistently run right at 10:45. So I have made progress. By the end of the season I hope to be able to get back to at least a round 10:00 per mile. Its going to take a lot of hard work. And the 10 pounds lost so far have been a big help I am sure.
I have one big goal race in October, Beach to Battleship Ironman and one additional goal of getting in an ultra somewhere. A suggestion from friend, Tasha, has me looking at the Tunnel Hill 100 in October, but dang why does it have to be the weekend after Ironman? I guess the search goes on to find a good friendly 50, 100 or even another 24 hour race to fill out my schedule. Do to conflict I will not be able to attend the North Coast 24 hour endurance run again this year.
I am inspired to run. My Girls on the Run ladies are awesome and inspire me every day to keep going. These young ladies give it their all each practice and that makes my heart happy. I wish so much that I had a program like that when I was that age. We had a fund raiser for GOTR in conjunction with our 5K Run for Respect and I was amazed at how many came to run our race. The community here is strong and giving.
I have my first Alaska Triathlon this weekend. I am hoping all my hard work has paid off and I can better my time from last year by 5 minutes. That is my goal. Five minutes, I think thats doable. I guess we will find out and I will report back 🙂