Hello my long lost blog!

I know it’s been forever, but I can explain.

A) I’m a lazy ass.

B) Work has been extreme.

C) I’ve been busy hanging out with friends.

Den

Day date at Devil’s Den

Not to mention, Murphy’s Law has been rolling us over hard the past few weeks, culminating with my hot water tank blowing up on Sunday.

So I figured while I was just lounging around (smelling like the inside of my running shoes) watching Big A and some other gentlemen saw a hole in the side of my house to put in an exhaust so we can upgrade our lives, I figured it was a good time to check in and say hello.

My running has been pretty sporadic and lame over the past month.  Truth was, I think I needed a little hiatus to just do whatever I felt like so I could start looking forward to 2016’s agenda.  The plan as of now is to participate in the PA Trailrunner Trophy series once again, only much better prepared.

My first “goal race” of the year is going to be the Hyner 25k.  This year to train I’m following a beginner marathon training program, switching the miles to time (as Hyner should take about 30 minutes less than a road marathon to complete) with my longest “long” run capping at about 3:30.  I’m doing time based training because last winter I made the mistake of putting up way too many road miles for the sake of hitting a suggested mileage.  This year, I’m ready to strap on my snowshoes and climb my way to a 3:30 Hyner time.

I also chose a beginner marathon program because the suggested running is only 4 days a week.  I wanted to make sure I have plenty of time to indulge in as much cross country skiing as I can while the weather allows.  Once the snow melts, I can always trade off a day of cross training for running if I’m feeling like I’m lacking, but the main goal is to go into Hyner with stupid strong legs built for climbing.  Skiing definitely takes strong everything, especially backwoods on ungroomed trail, so I am looking forward to seeing how that translates into being a better overall runner.

Hm… what else?  I have 19.5 weeks from Saturday to get ready.  I’m using an 18 week plan but there’s always one week in winter where we host the biggest chainsaw carver gathering in the world and I always say I’m going to keep up with my running but instead I basically work and sleep and maybe eat some food if I remember.  So I’m not completely writing that week off, but I am going to allow myself to combine two weeks into one.  Plus, with the winter you just don’t know what to predict in terms of the weather.  Worst case scenario I get a YMCA membership.  Either way, having a little cushion never hurts, especially if you are as easily demotivated as me and you have a career that involves other germy human beings breathing on you.

Also, I have yet to figure out what I’m going to do for a lifting plan, but I know I want to lift twice a week, preferably a combination of barbell and plyometrics so I don’t have to leave my house.  I’m open to any suggestions on that front.

I hope all is well in everyone’s worlds, but the construction guys are leaving which leads me to believe I need to go take a shower before I have to burn my clothing.  I am definitely going to be as present as possible on the road (and winding trail) to this race, so hopefully talk to you soon!

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