First off, I hope all you running moms (and non-running moms too) had a wonderful Mother's Day this past weekend.
Second, sorry for the long break from posting but I kind of took a little vacation from running this past two weeks. Nothing major. I did run twice during that time but definitely not the volume I was doing. While running the Half-Marathon did not happen, training for it was the best thing I have done so far in my young running journey. I feel like I got so much better from it. I figured, since I did the beginner's Half-Marathon plan, the next logical step would be to try the intermediate plan. It starts right where the previous one left off. The increase in mileage is not too high, it follows a similar schedule than the previous one and I finally get an introduction to the workouts I have been dying to try out: Speed Work. The plan alternates between tempo runs (like the previous one) and mile repeats. This should be interesting.
But, before starting this new journey, I decided to stop and smell the flowers for a second hence, the aforementioned little vacation. Thought it would be a good idea to let my body recover and take a little time off.
My timing couldn't have been better. My 8 year wedding anniversary was on April 30 so I took my wife to see a movie (Iron Man 3. I swear it was her idea!) and have a nice dinner (Sushi). Then there was Mother's Day last weekend which we spent with my family. Quite a departure from Tempo and Long runs. I have to admit that, while the time off was nice, I was going a little batty. I missed it. Definitely a good thing and being even more honest, I was getting a little paranoid that I was losing the gains I had made these past months. If my 4 mile run this afternoon is any indication however, I'm doing just fine.
So now we start a new chapter. We will see how I adapt to this new plan and of course, you all know I will throw a race or three if I can in there to keep things interesting.