Yes. It’s been forever since I posted. And I really don’t have a good excuse, especially since I completed one of my biggest running goals to date – finishing a marathon. I finished in 4 hours 37 minutes – pretty good, considering I got rained on three times and looked like a drowned rat by the time it was over. Oh, and I puked on the DART afterward. Good times.

On to bigger and better things. Since I apparently cannot live without having some kind of running goal on my plate, I’ve decided to try and PR in the 5K this year – namely, to finish one in 22 minutes. That’s a big PR, since my current one is 24:37. I’ve undertaken an “advanced” plan that includes speedwork. This was the torture I put myself through today – 400-meter repeats:

400meterrepeatsThe repeats were done at a pace of about 7:09 min/mi, and it was hard for me to hold that for the 2-3 minutes that it took. Not good news, since I need to run a 7-minute mile (three of them, actually) to reach that 22-minute goal. I’m hopeful that I’ll adapt and my body will rise to the occasion. If not, I’ll settle for a 23-minute race, or something close to it.

Up next: the Raider Run, a 5K that’ll tell me if I can get to where I need to be by the time my goal race comes around.

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