I managed to run 6.9 miles today... the longest distance I have covered since the 2nd of December when I finished the California International Marathon. I think I'm back in the swing of things - good thing, because my new plan starts tomorrow!
The weather though has been crazy and I don't have a treadmill. So, it can be very difficult to get my runs accomplished. A girlfriend and I will resume our child swap - so I will have at least one day free (barring illnesses, etc.) plus three days at the gym (2 for Masters/1 for the treadmill). Things are looking up. :)
Today's run covered a ~3.3 mile loop that I did twice. I was aiming for negative splits and I nailed it. The first loop was 28:58 (8:46 average mile) and the second loop was 26:10 (7:55). I'm very pleased - particularly considering that parts of the road were a little icy and I had to be careful. I certainly don't want to fall and break anything again - I think this is one reason I have been less eager to run outdoors this year. I finished off with an easy cool-down jog around the neighborhood (.3 mile).
I am excited about the 2008 race season. I haven't registered for anything yet but there are a number of races that I strongly want to partake in... if training stays on course.
Peterson Ridge Rumble 30K - April 13
Eugene Marathon - May 3
Pole Pedal Paddle - May 17 (triathlon: nordic ski/bike/run or duathlon: bike/run)
Pacific Crest Marathon - June 28
Deschutes Dash Olympic Tri - July 19
Circle the Bay 30K - Aug 2
Prefontaine 10K - Sept 20
Portland Marathon - Oct 5 (I've done this one already so I'd prefer to do Bizz - need to convince the family)
Bizz Johnson - Oct 12
CIM - Dec 7 (Loved it but not sure DH will want to make the drive again - it was rough; distance/snow storm)