I cant quite put my finger on it, but I am def in the christmas blahs mood, trying to keep up when I am around others and the kids, cause i dont want to be that guy, and its not bah humbug, like i dont wish an ill christmas to others, just not sure what piece is missing for me right now. On the up side, I am really positive about the running. Not really any chance to get outdoors with the constant battering of winter storms, but on the treadmill, so far this week, things have been awesome. Looking to get in one more run this weekend. Sitting at about 28km so far, would really like to get up past 35km for the week.
Have really been working on intervals this week and to try and get myself to a higher pace per mile for short amounts of time and then once comfortable increase the time. For example, starting out for the first 15 min doing 5 min sets of 4.5; 4.6; and then 4.7, walk for a minute then do another set of 15min at 5 min sets of 4.6; 4.7; 4.8 walk and keep doing that for 60 minutes, so 4 rounds. Then the next run alternate 15min of 5min sets, with 15min of 3min sets so I dip into higher speeds throughout the run.
On the last run I was getting up into 5.3 and 5.4 for 3 min. For me that is huge. Nicely Huge! Looking to keep this up for the next couple weeks then try a run at whatever the top speed I was able to comfortablly run and take it as far in regards to distance as I can.
I have pretty much let go of the swimming and biking for now in regards to triathlon training. I can pick up the swimming anytime, and to be honest not to excited to be wet and leaving the pool into the -30C weather we have going on right now. Biking in the gym on a stationary bike is also not exciting me right now. I figure I need to get on the bike and back in the pool by March to be ready for June/July, so lots of time. Really digging the running for the time being and I am getting back to where I was a few years ago, just need to keep staying healthy.
On the additional up side work is almost finished for the calender year. It has been an extremely busy 8 months so I are really looking forward to slowing down a little over the next couple of weeks. One of the things on my son's christmas list was to have more family time so I am happy to try and give him that. This might be it before Christmas, so the best of holiday seasons to you and yours, I hope you all get to have a small break in your busy schedules to take a breath for yourselves.
Sean 'BigBoyRunning' Ryan