I went out of town last week for work – hence the lack of blog posting. Even though I’m entering my 8th week at my new job, I’m still considered quite a newbie and doing lots of training. Last week, we had beginner and intermediate training in our home office located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. It actually wasn’t that cold for the first couple of days, but there were zero pedestrian-friendly areas near my hotel, plus we were in training during the daylight hours. So, to the treadmill I went! I only managed 2 runs while I was there (out of 5 nights), but I also walked (on the treadmill) on the days I didn’t have the time or energy to run.
My return trip to CA was much longer than anticipated, thanks to a sudden snowstorm Friday, blanketing the Philly area with several inches of snow. We knew we’d have to deal with Friday evening rush hour anyway, but add snow to the mix and a rental sedan with bad tires… I’m just glad I got to the airport without incident, even if it did take us 3 hours to go 30 miles. My colleague MG drove and he did a fantastic job — he managed to avoid a major collision when our vehicle wouldn’t brake at an intersection, and also got us unstuck from a few steep hills (thanks for nothing, waze). Because it took us 3 hours to get to the airport (3.5 hours if you include the rental car drop off), I missed my original flight, so I had to rebook to get on the last flight back to California. Then there were additional delays… by the time I got to SFO, it was 2am PT/5am ET! I was finally in my own bed by 3am. Woof. I’m only complaining about it here because it’s why I’ve been so tired the last few days and a bit unmotivated to run. (Also because I like to complain. Haha.)
I spent Saturday mostly recovering from my week of work and travels. On Sunday morning, I had a trail running date with 3 great ladies at Lake Chabot. Even though my body didn’t feel like running, I knew it would be fun. It turned out to be just what I needed — almost 2 hours on the trails with friends in great weather. Afterwards, we stopped for donuts and coffee at a place I recently discovered. They’ve got the best crullers!
Anyway, all that brings me to this week, which is technically Week 1 of Kaiser Half Training, out of 7 weeks. I’m following a plan from Runners Connect, which I used almost 4 years ago to break 2 hours at Kaiser. For now, my goal pace is 8:50-9:00/mile, but I know training over the holidays will be challenging, so I’m happy to adjust as necessary. I leave for Taiwan in a week, and the idea of running HM pace in Taipei humidity? UGH. But it will good mental and physical training, right?? Also, I’m already registered for a back up half marathon (Oakland) in case training and/or weather conditions don’t work out. Tomorrow is my first workout: 2 x 2 miles at HM pace, with 4:00 recovery. Wish me luck!