and now for something completely different

Last week was my first full week of running since the marathon. I am five pounds heavier and feeling jolly as hell.

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I had so much fun(???) running that 5k on Thanksgiving, I decided to do another one and actually train for it. I’ve never actually TRAINED for a 5k in my life (unless you count high school cross country but that was like a billion years ago). These days I like to maximize my running dollars by racing longer distances. I think of 5ks as fun runs that you do on holidays or when nothing else is available. I’m not fast, so it isn’t a distance I’ll ever be competitive at (not that I am competitive at any distance, but…whatever).

So I found a cheap 5k on Super Bowl Sunday, which gives me a solid two months of training. And if I decide to do a Spring half marathon, I’ll still have time to do a few long runs in March.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

11/29: 4 @ 9:32 (with 1 mile time trial @ 7:50)
12/1: 2.4 @ 9:44
12/2: 3.26 @ 9:09 (5×400 @ 7:26, 7:22, 7:16, 7:14, 7:30 with 400 recovery jogs)
12/3: 3 @ 9:45
12/5: 3 @ 9:30 (treadmill)
Today: 3 @ 9:30

I used the mile time trial as a baseline for the 400s but I’m still trying to figure out what my pace should be for these drills since I’m not as fast as I used to be and because I haven’t done a 400 in YEARS. Maybe ever.

I cobbled together a training plan that is part Hal Higdon and part RW SmartCoach and I think it’s reasonable. I’ll do one day of speed (either 400s or mile repeats or a tempo), one “faster” run, one “long” run of no longer than 7 miles and the remaining runs will be short and easy. Since I won’t be doing double-digit long runs, the PLAN is to run five days a week instead of four. We’ll see if I can actually follow through with that.

And just to throw in some non-running commentary, we had Kenzie’s 4th birthday party on Saturday! (She actually won’t be 4 until this Friday.) Four of her friends came and we had a pretty low-key party with a Play-Doh table (credit Neverhomemaker for that great idea), cookie decorating, and -her only request- a lot of balloons.

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Codie slept through half the party, but she woke up just in time for cake.

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And then later on after the kids went to bed, this happened…

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