Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year, New Runs

Hope everyone had a wonderful New Years! Hard to believe it's already 2009. Even harder to believe that I only have three months left to train until Big D. Yowzers! At this point, my longest run has been five miles. I can see that jumping considerably this month. Thanks for the advice from several of you about the Garmin -- I read that Target carries a couple of the models, so maybe I can put my Christmas gift card to good use (thanks Mom & Dad!).

I was in for a real treat (slight sarcasm implied) at our Team run on Tuesday night. We jogged a mile and a half to the unlighted track and did 100-yard sprints around the football field, recovering around the end zones. After 6 laps, my legs were jello. I'm embarrassed to post my 100-yard time, but will so I am forced to improve: 29 seconds. I won't hold my breath waiting for a phone call from the Olympic committee, but at least the speed work will hopefully pay off down the road. Jello turned to mush as we jogged the mile and a half back, where we rewarded our efforts with some liquid carb-loading at Delaney's.

I got in my first run of the New Year yesterday. The weather was beautiful as I meandered down another farm road near my house. The sun was on it's way down, creating a halo of pink and gold on everything beneath it. All was quiet, the only sound the soft crunch of gravel beneath my shoes and the occasional call from a nearby cow. I didn't want to get caught on the one-lane road in the dark, so I turned back earlier than I had wanted. I think I put in about three miles, a mile shy of what I had hoped to do.

Perhaps I can steal away from work this afternoon and head back out there ...

7 comments:

TNTcoach Ken said...

We had better get those long runs in, you're running (pun intended) out of time..... Good luck.

Marlene said...

Good luck with your training this month.! Build up that mileage! :)

Hopesrising said...

Happy new year Katie. Thanks for your comment. Amazing what we can do when we set our mind to doing it.

Racn4acure said...

Hi Katie - Happy New Year. I think my 100 meter time is probably about 29 minutes. :)

You will keep getting stronger and faster. Plus you got to experience the natural healing agents of hops and barley.

Your run from yesterday, the way you described the sky, sounds beautiful. It is important to remember those moments, the little things in life. Enjoy! Art

BeachRunner said...

Happy new year and good luck with the race training. Sounds like you are doing great. Take it from this non-expert, to stay strong and healthy as you train, build miles gradually, don't push the distance too quickly.

D10 said...

Keep working hard. It takes a while for the legs to adjust to speed work. You are doing great.

Happy New Year.

Dano said...

Katie, Happy New Year! Your 2009 with TNT promises to be a good one - the workouts will pay off. Congratulations on already passing the $1,000 fundraising mark.

PS, Hey others reading this blog - if you haven't already be sure to donate to Katie's campaign to cure blood cancer!

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