2.20.2010

* The cold weather snap is over! For a few days anyway. Last night was the first time all month that I've run in shorts and temperatures should be in the mid-50s tomorrow, actually above normal. Things aren't looking so good in about a week though. Even if we don't get snow again, the cold weather will be back. Rumors are already flying around about next week though being bad. I'll speculate later and get in the miles when I can if wintry weather does return. * Last night I had what I think was the best short run so far this year. I ran 4 miles, with 3 of them coming in about 24 minutes. It was a good pace for a training run, but it leaves me wondering how well I can actually do for a flat race next month. Three years ago my best Shamrock Half came after training on hills ... but that was three years ago. I know hills make me stronger and I hope it translates into a faster time. Speed work like I want to do is hard around here, especially when every flat area available has been snow covered for so long.

* I've been in countdown mode this week. There's only four weeks to go until the Shamrock Half. That seems like such a long time, but it's not. Despite the scale not quite doing what I want, training has gone well. I've stayed injury free and I've been consistent. That sets me up well for the whole year. Speaking of the year, it seems so long away, but the Richmond Marathon is now 266 days away.

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