Thursday, February 21, 2013

Christmas in February

A large box from The North Face arrived today full of gear for me to try out and review (part of being a TNF ambassador - tough job, I know!). The package contained: two pairs of shoes (the single-track hayasas and the hyper-track guide), a Torpedo jacket, a GTD long-sleeve shirt, and a jacket, short sleeve shirt and singlet from the Better Than Naked line.

I excitedly threw on the first things I grabbed and had an impromptu photo shoot in the backyard...

Now I have to decide what I'm taking to Arizona for my race next week. Or I could just take it all.

It's been ages since I updated my Reviews page but I plan to fix that by becoming a review writing machine in the near future. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Colds, training and race plans

My last post was about running in the cold; this one concerns running with a cold. I'm at the end of a week long battle with a winter bug that, while never terrible, has been inconvenient. So I've been wondering: If you're sick, is it better to allow the body to rest or to try and "sweat it out"?

A quick Google search directed to me Marc Bloom's Runner's World article "Should You Run When You're Sick?" which had some good advice and tips.

With the Phoenix Marathon just a few weeks away, I decided to sweat it out because my training has been going really well and I didn't want to lose any momentum. It wasn't easy to get going (the couch, my comfies and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina were calling), but I managed to make it through all but one of my workouts, which was a punishing 5k time trial that I decided to skip because I knew it wouldn't go well the way I was feeling.

I didn't feel any worse during or after my runs than I did before I started so I figured I wasn't doing any harm. (Obviously, if I started feeling worse, I would have stopped. I hate missing a run, but I'm not an idiot!)

Now I'm feeling healthy again and ready for a good, hard week of training before I start tapering for the marathon. With how my runs have been going lately, I am cautiously optimistic that my sub-3 hour goal is doable - even if the per km pace for that duration still freaks me out a bit.

In other news, my race plans for the year are falling into place. Here's what I've come up with so far...
And that's as far as I've got. A nice mix of short and long races, mainly trail and just enough road to keep me on my's how I run. I'm excited - it's going to be a great year!