I know I've been quiet on Loopville, too, but that doesn't mean I haven't been running. This year has been all about picking up speed for me. After my first ever age group win at a 5k in February (27:38min) and DH finally starting to run again more regularly, I had the idea to improve my 5k time this year to sub 25min. What followed were many track and hill sessions with some of the other more ambitious runners from my new running club.
Then DH suggested to run the Michigan Ragnar relay in September and we worked up to running 5 times a week on a training plan I put together for us. It worked well for me but unfortunately he's been having ITB issues that ended up causing him not to be able to finish the race. I have some aches and pains in my left hip also but foam rolling has been keeping it in check so far. The end of October is typically when I start getting back into yoga more regularly because there isn't so much to do on the farm. I expect that the yoga and foam rolling will take care of my ITB.
Anyway the relay race was awesome for me and DH wants to sign up for another one next year to make up for this one. We are looking at the Bourbon Chase in Kentucky.
As for the 5k goal, I had another race in August and was down to 26:35min there. I am signed up for a 5k on November 11th and just found out that that race actually has pacers so I'm planning on gluing myself to the 8min pacer. I'm not sure that I can reach sub 25 there but a 25:xx time should be possible. Stay tuned.
In September I finished a 5k race (not really 5k, the race was maybe 2.9 miles long) that was set up by my employer as first overall female and won $65 towards a race entry of my choice so I signed up for the Gazelle Girl half in Grand Rapids in April. My current PR is 2:28:xx, set at the Loopphest in Philadelphia last year. I initially thought about training for a time goal of sub 2:10 hours for the Gazelle Girl but as I was doing some research yesterday I found out that with a sub 26min 5k time it should be realistic to train for sub 2 hours (of course only if you put in the necessary training miles). Now I'm super excited about this and have the training plan already printed out and ready to go even though training for that will only start on January 29th.
So overall I'm amazed by how much impact the miles and the speedwork have had on my speed. I no longer feel slow (of course I still am but that's completely besides the point )
Oh, and by the way I missed you. All of you.