My new website is coming soon .... things are coming together! I am looking forward to continuing blogging, but maybe with a little more focus, and with a little more personal twist. Plus - in my own, short, domain. The new site won't be much different from this one I expect, but should give me the chance to muse into some more interesting topics. I hope you'll come along. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, in the training department things are picking up again. I've re-established an 8-hour per week training base, which came back to me pretty easily. So far, there aren't any really long sessions besides my long Saturday runs with the team - but those miles are starting to get high. 12 last week, 10 this week, and then on to 15. With April on our doorstep, the spring marathons are getting close. As the days get warmer, I'll be back out on the bike, and then the training hours will really come easy.
I've gone to two-a-day workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, combining morning or early-lunchtime swimming or yoga with my afternoon runs. The work days remain 8 hours, but they start to spread out when they switch from 8 in a row to 8 with a big break. Nonetheless, I've been honest with myself: I don't feel great in the mornings. My guts just have a hard time getting going. However, I like to be up early and I'm pretty tough about it; even cheerful. It's just the idea of getting up early to do a swim workout feeling yucky never really seems like it will lend itself to the most productive swim workout. So - why not still get up early, but head on in to work? Then by the time I've had some breakfast, gotten some things done, and begun to feel antsy being "seated" at my desk, I'm ready to get up and work out. Brilliant. When I return to the office, I'm hungry for a satisfying post-workout lunch, filled back up with energy, and ready to take on the afternoon. A few hours to sit and digest lunch, fall into the post-lunch slump, finish off some projects, then pick myself back up for the post-work workout, which always perks me back up.
Today I did my first session of hill repeats on Bascom hill downtown at UW - wahoooooo, that's a serious climb. Well, it's not super high or steep, I guess, but when taken at a tough pace it just keeps on going and going... by the half-way mark I can tell it's a really, really good workout. It's fun to be far from alone: at this time of year in this healthy little city, runners are all over the place, and I'm glad to be one of them.