I know cliches about anything related to the word “new” are a part of every new year, but I truly have experienced some newness so far in 2012. First and foremost for me, I started a new job last week! I’m very excited and am really enjoying it. I have a lot to learn, and I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can as quickly as possible. I really appreciate that my coworkers have been great to me and extremely welcoming, and they helped make my first week as smooth as possible. I can’t wait to get up to speed!
The other newness for me over the past week is much less important, but as a runnerd I’m still excited about it. I got a new pair of Brooks Green Silence to replace the pair I got last June that I should have retired many miles ago. I love the Green Silence – I originally got them for racing, but I quickly began using them for many of my training runs, too. I still have a pair of Brooks Launch that aren’t quite ready for retirement, so I use them occasionally for longer runs and runs on tricky terrain, but the Brooks Pure Flow have been my primary shoes since my first pair of Green Silence got worn out. I’ll start mixing in my new Green Silence for most of my short runs and speed work, as well as for medium and long runs on good terrain (or indoors). I’m also tentatively planning to wear Green Silence for the Bayshore Marathon in May, though it would probably be yet another pair because the pair I just got might be worn out by then if I wear them a lot during my training.
I got in some good runs over the past week, including a couple of treadmill runs and a few outside runs. I enjoy the outside runs much more than I enjoy the treadmill runs, as I just can’t seem to get over my mental block of getting in any decent distance on the treadmill. But I’d rather suffer through a few miles on the treadmill a couple times a week than not log any miles at all! We’ve had great running weather so far this winter. I know it won’t last, so I’m trying to take advantage of it by running outside as often as I can before winter really kicks in. Weather and sidewalk conditions permitting, I’ll try to run outside with my trusty headlamp when I can. I recently drove to an area where I could do a decent-sized loop completely on sidewalks and ran about six miles before work. It was dark throughout the entire run, but it was also very peaceful and my headlamp worked well. I don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to try it when the surfaces might not be totally dry, as icy spots can come up very quickly and randomly even when using a headlamp, but I think it might work well to do that as long as the conditions are good and it seems safe. My recent runs have gone well and I haven’t had any knee pain (knock on wood, fingers crossed, etc.).
I haven’t bumped my mileage up too much yet, but I’ve been able to steadily improve my pace over the last few miles of my last couple of runs. I hope to start increasing my mileage soon, and I plan to focus on building my endurance back up at slower and steadier paces before I worry about increasing my speed at longer distances. I’ll begin marathon training soon, so I’ll have plenty of opportunities in the near future to work on building my endurance and focusing on specific paces.
Have you been able to run outside very much recently?
What’s your threshold for deciding when to run inside or not run at all (temperature, wind chill, rain, snow, ice, etc.)?
Are you running any races in January?