Today is a wet one. I was forced to do my 8 miler is some strong rain, but having finished it, I feel satisfied. I ran a strong pace of just over 8:00/mile and felt strong the entire way. I focused on maintaining strength and consistency, even driving up the frequent hills. I can feel the fit coming back to my body and I love it.
I have made a couple major running decisions this past week. Here goes:
1. First and most timely, I am back in it for the Franklin Lakes Triathlon Relay with my teammates. After a strong 2nd the first year, a disappointing 4th last year (my fault), we will look to rebound and get back on the podium. My basic plans for now until June 17th, run a lot of miles until April, then add punishing speed work for April and May. Also, from now until June 17th, eat healthy.
2. I am saying bye bye to the NYC marathon lottery, for now. The lottery opens up in a couple days, and although it's like no other race, I cannot personally justify doing it again with race fees going up to an even more embarrassing level of nearly $300. My plan is to find some other, local races that are cheaper. Plus, I can still enjoy the marathon expo for free and get that experience as a runner/blogger.
I am finalizing my 2017 goal post so look for that soon!