Hey Everyone! Today I am going to be linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud! I am going to be talking about some random stuff both running and travel related.
1. I did my track workout yesterday and it felt great. I had no weird pains in my legs at all and just generally had a solid workout. I kept a little closer to my paces, but was still sneaking a tad under. The workout called for 5 x 1km, a pretty brutal distance. Each repeat was at about 4:27-4:35 (yeah, I know, a little quick). However, later in the evening, I went for a short walk with a friend and wouldn’t you know it… the pain was there. It doesn’t seem to bother me when I am running fast, but I need to take things easy often. I wasn’t even running… so I have no idea why it was bothering me. I’m heading back to the Chiro today, so hopefully I’ll return with some answers.
2. Frank and I love to travel together and we’ve been talking about doing a big trip for a while. He had a few places that he wanted to go, but felt that I should get to choose this time. So, he asked “if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go”? This was an easy answer. I’ve always dreamed of going to Patagonia, a mountainous region in South America that lies on the border of Chile and Argentina. Well… we bought the tickets last night. In January, I will be trekking through Patagonia for three weeks. I can’t express to you how excited I am, so instead, I am going to post a few photos of what Patagonia is like.
3. I am three weeks out from the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon. It is really a checkpoint to make sure my goals for Chicago are realistic. I ran this race last year for a 5 minute PR, despite the 1000 feet of elevation and starting altitude of 7000 feet. My PR in the half is currently 1:51:03, but to run a 3:45 at Chicago, I should be somewhere around 1:47. I feel like I am in better shape than I was last year, where I ran a 1:51:44, but shaving close to 5 minutes off of last year’s time sounds like a lot. I am not sure if I should consider reassessing my goals, if this race doesn’t go as it should. I am sure that I’ll be posting a lot more about this race over these next few weeks, but I do feel like there is a lot of pressure and I am not sure if I can run 8:10 pace for 13.1 miles. I guess we’ll see…
4. I ordered “Running your First Ultra” by Krissy Moehl, which features plans for 50k’s all the way to 100 milers. It should be arriving on Friday. Despite the back issue, I am still serious about doing this (also the Chiro said that this shouldn’t be a problem). I have a few races picked out as potentials in December. I’m hoping to run the race before heading on our epic adventure through Patagonia.
Hope you are having a great week! Thanks again to Amanda at Running with Spoons for hosting the linkup!
What has been on your mind lately? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?