Tuesday, 27 February 2018
This and That
I'm flat out here at the moment. I'm not complaining, I like it that way. I just don't seem to pause between waking at 6.30 and going to bed at 10. I've been putting the finishing touches to the running club's couch to 5k programme which starts in April. It has already garnered lots of interest, despite not yet being live. I think the 40 available places will sell out quickly. It's been a lot of work putting it all together: I've had two weekend training courses, researched and finalised the venue, decided on which days and what time it would run, put the rota together, sorted out the marketing and updated the group site with run and payment details, amongst other things. At the same time, M has been managing the club's annual public race which sold out within a month, so we've both been pretty engaged with club business recently. All good fun, and the C25K in particular is something I am really happy to be involved with. Encouraging new runners is a good thing to be doing.
My running is going well. I'm slowly upping my distances. Pop and I ran 25 miles together last week with the longest single run being just over ten miles. We did another hour this morning. I would have liked to have gone further but decided against it, it being -2. It took fifteen minutes for my hands to defrost to the point they would work properly when I got home. It was a nice run along country lanes through crisp sunshine and I was well wrapped, but even so my legs were numb by the time I got back. I have put the dogs' haircuts back a week :o)
This cold snap isn't great timing for those training for spring marathons. They are at the long run stage (18-22 miles) of their training plans. My buddy B, who is running London, told me she'd run for four hours on Sunday. Other friends were in Northumberland running an ultra. 35 hilly miles in 7 hours. I'm quite glad it's a half marathon and not a full we're doing this weekend! Hoping the weather improves for it and that I can be disciplined and keep to a steady pace and not get lured into racing :o)
I've just looked out the window and it's started to snow. Small flakes only, drifting quietly down. We had quite a lot yesterday: big, fat flakes, but none settled for long. I thought it was going to at one point and texted L to prepare for a recall from college, but then it stopped :o(.
It was magic walking through the fields in a blizzard a little after dawn yesterday, utter silence, just the whisper of snow falling and no one else about. I stocked up on food afterwards just in case. I love the snow.
Hope you're all warm and dry, wherever you are.