Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time Off For Bad Behavior

Here's my cute intro from before The Week That Wasn't:

Couch to 5k is going well. This time I didn't need major surgery after week 2 workout 3. 6 full weeks of training remain, and I'm feeling ready to PR this race. It will be a great New Year treat for myself.

This is actually my third attempt at Couch to 5k. The first was years ago and I quit in the second week. That time I was doing it on a flat gym track. The second ended with my surgery after two weeks, and that was at the flat track at a local school. This time I decided to do it on the roads around work and home and I think that has helped. Before I wasn't challenging myself enough, and so when the workouts ramped up my body wasn't prepared. Now I'm using the hills around me to get ready for actual running. It has made all the difference.

Unfortunately, I kept putting off getting a flu shot. It was a dumb thing to do. I'm a week behind in training, but that's the least of why this week sucked. I quarantined myself away from my 2 month old, which was hard to do. Yesterday the doctor confirmed that it was the right call. I can't wait to hold that little bugger tomorrow. Polly Walnuts, our cat and mascot, has been a worthy sick-mate, but I want my son back. The lesson is for me to stop procrastinating when things involve him.

The good news is I'm going to pick up where I left off. A PR on New Years Eve is still within reach. In fact I'm working on my race day playlist. It will be about 45 minutes long. That gives me one song to warm up and 40 minutes to finish the race. Here's a tentative list:

Warm up: Empire State of Mind - Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys

Rest of the tracks in order:

Time to Pretend - MGMT
All of the Lights - Kanye West
You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - Offspring
Me & My Girlfriend - Tupac
Ghost on the Dance Floor - Blink 182
Love the Way You Lie - Eminem featuring Rihanna
Babel - Mumford & Sons
Words I Never Said - Lupe Fiasco featuring Skylar Grey
Chapel Song - We Are Augustines
Wild Ones - Flo Rida featuring Sia

Goals for 2013:

-PR a 5k, 8k, and a 10k. And just to make it harder, if I PR at the First Night 5k December 31st, that just sets a new low mark. It won't count as a 2013 PR.

-Take 3,000,000 steps. That's around 8,220 steps a day.

-Log 365 miles in Nike+. These can be walking briskly in addition to jogging, so long as I'm doing aerobic activity. A mile a day is a little under 2.5 miles, 3 times a week. It's a good goal as I've never maintained that type of cardio for an entire year.