Happy 2015!

3 days in and so far so good. We celebrated New Year’s Eve with a half day at work followed by a trip up to one of our local ski resorts to watch their torchlight parade. Basically, they let skiers ride the lift half way up and then ski back down with flares, lights and glo-sticks. It looks pretty cool and there were even some fireworks – although they were a little disappointing compared to last year.

My friend took some cool pictures to capture the whole thing.

My friend took some cool pictures to capture the whole thing.

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Afterwards with hit a party and stayed up to the crazy hour of 1.30 AM! About 3 hours past my usual bedtime – which meant I didn’t get out of bed until 10.30 on Thursday morning. I seriously can’t remember the last time I slept in so late. But it was great. 2015 started out pretty mellow but J and I did manage to get our butts outside for a 5.5ish mile run in the sunshine (and 23F……..which no longer feels cold to me). Then back into our PJs for more lounging around the house.

Friday started with a solo run. 1 mile to a nearby park where I tried not to wipe out on packed down snow (clear your sidewalks people!). Then my first attempt at a speed workout thingy since my injury. 2 x 1 mile repeats with a mile in between and then a trudge home on slippy sidewalk. I’ve never really done formal speedwork – I tend to like longish tempo runs when training for my half and full marathons last year. And a mile in between is a little longer than orthodox but it’s a step forward. Mile 1: 7.10 Rest mile: 8.03 Mile 2: 7.05. 5.15 miles total.

I was actually pretty surprised at these paces. It’s pretty similar to what I was doing in the summer. It felt uncomfortable but not impossible. And I’m pretty sure there’s something left in the tank. I hope so at least, because the reason that I even thought of doing this workout is because I’ve entered my first ever road 5K! It’s on Feb 7th, it’s close to my house and the course is pretty flat. If you look at my PR page you’ll see a 5K time (23.33 – I think). That was from a trail 5K I did last summer……….1 week after a half marathon……and coming back of an injury (ha – what’s new!). That particular race was all kinds of awful. I went out too fast and was introduced to the misery that is the 5K. So time for a re-match. Honestly, I’m not sure what to expect. My super-secret-don’t tell anyone goal is to break 22 minutes. But any PR would be nice – weather permitting of course.

This race is part of a series – 5, 10 and 15K – which is meant to culminate in the Salt Lake Half marathon in April (which I won’t be running – I’ll be in Boston watching J run that marathon). $75 for the three races plus a $20 gift card to spend on any Brooks product in our local running store (which is hosting the series). Sign me up……..wait….Anyway it seems like the perfect way to get some race experience. And should count as my weekly ‘pace’ runs as part of my marathon training, which starts at the end of this month.

I also signed up for a half marathon. What can I say? I was procrastinating at work and bing! got an email offering $10 off race registration of at the Canyonlands half marathon in March. I know a bunch of people who have run races in Moab (they have three half marathons per year: Canyonlands, Thelma and Louise (!) and the Other Half, plus a 10K in December) and they all get glowing reviews. FYI: Moab is in an amazingly beautiful location and I ran my favorite ever trail run there last February. So, I am fully booked until May. Bring. It. On.

2015 race schedule so far;

Feb 7th: RUN SLC 5K

March 7th: RUN SLC 10K

March 21st: Canyonlands Half Marathon

April 4th: RUN SLC 15K

May 16th: Ogden Marathon

As for the rest of the year. I’m planning on a fall half marathon. And there are a couple of trail races that I have my eye on during the summer (Park City Trail series 5, 10, 15K and half marathon, and the Jupiter Peak steeplechase) but I don’t want to commit just yet.

The one downside (OK – there are way more downsides) of training for a marathon during the summer is that it sets a pretty tight schedule. You need to do those long runs to make it through the race – so weekends become centred around your training. And while I really enjoy running and was so glad to have trained for my first full marathon last summer, it inevitably meant that I had to miss out on our regularly scheduled summer activities. Newsflash: Utah is awesome in the summer. This year I want to camp, backpack, mess around on rivers, hike and maybe even do activities that involve heights and ropes. So no fall marathon for me. I’m choosing adventure this summer instead.

Watch out for a better-late-than-never goals post next week!