So obviously I haven't updated in a while. I got into a bit of a funk after HHH. I ran the SoS Half in October (my 3rd time), but I was really undertrained. My goal for that race was to just finish under 2:30, and I barely did so: my chip time was 2:29:21. I only ran an 8 and 10 mile long runs in the weeks leading up to the half. I'm not sure that I even printed out my training schedule, which was pretty much my downfall. I need to be able to highlight things and see progress. School has been ridiculously crazy, so that cuts down on my time and motivation too.
Fast forward to now. I decided to run the full Memorial Marathon, and I started training for that in December. Things were going great, until I needed new shoes. I transitioned to minimalist running shoes in the summer of 2013. I wore pureflow 2s, because my glycerins were giving me shin splints. The next Feb, the pureflow 3s came out, so all of the 2s were discounted. So I bought 3 pairs, and I'm just now running out of shoes. My LRS didn't have any pureflow 4s in my size, so I looked online for clearanced 3s. I found some, and tried them out. I ran twice in them before running a long run in the new shoes. Long story short, I ran 12 miles in them and my left achilles protested. I ended up having to take 3 weeks off for that. I bought new shoes again, and this time I'm in Ghost 7s because they won't stretch my achilles as much as a minimalist shoe would. I'm wearing calf sleeves to fight off shin splints. I've taken too much time off though, so I registered for the half instead of the full. I'm pretty disappointed abut it, but it is what it is. It's possible that I can get a PR in the half, because the Memorial doesn't have very many hills.
I went on a race registration spree today, lol. While I should have been doing homework, instead I registered for:
OKC Memorial Half Marathon (4/26)
HHH 100mi bike ride (8/29)
Redbud Classic 33mi bike ride and 10K race (4/11 & 4/12)
Guthrie Super Sprint Duathlon (5/9)
I closed the window on the RT66 full marathon when I was at the checkout page. I can't be trusted online with a bank card today, it would appear. I got my biked tuned up this week, so it's ready to go when I can ride outside again. I think that I'll do a ride on the 28th. I'm out of town this weekend for my annual knitting weekend in Denton with 2 of my best friends.