|All I ate on Sunday: tea, crackers, and two slices of avocado|
New Year's Eve night I made a fancy dinner including a recipe for whole roasted cauliflower with whipped goat cheese, a star dish at chef Alon Shaya's restaurant Domenica (Shaya was made famous when his Israeli restaurant Shaya made Esquire's 50 best restaurants list). I found the copycat recipe online, and let me just tell you...I will not be eating cauliflower again for a very long time. If ever.
Anyway. No doubt I picked up this terrible bug at work, and it's the worst I've had in forever - totally weak, high fever, lots of stomach pain, couldn't tolerate food for days. Still can't, really! But it gave me some time to think about running for this year.
Here are my running hopes and plans for 2016:
1. Run more races. I am very much out of racing habit and shape. I'd like to run more races this year, if but for the practice.
2. Keep the same basic shoe. I don't like the Kinvara bazillion as much as I liked the Kinvara I, but it's good enough, and changing shoes is usually a bad idea for me. I often get hurt right after changing shoes.
3. Finish a marathon. Yes, I said "finish". Right now I am looking at RnR New Orleans in February, and I would like a BQ time, but recent runs and workouts have not promised anything: marathons are tough, I historically do poorly on long runs, and I am out of practice.
4. Come up with a workable strengthening plan. I currently do hip/glutes PT every single day, but am juggling my other strengthening around. I'd like to do an additional hour of overall strength weekly, plus a short version of an Iron Strength workout, a longer hip-strengthening day, a session of yoga, and at least one core workout. That's what I do right now minus the extra hour of overall strength: instead I often do a half-hour workout, or skip it all together, or sub it for a few minutes post-run daily planks etc. I need a better schedule.
5. Stick to the schedule of one hard day and one long day a week. I have proven to myself time and time again that I CANNOT do speed work twice a week. I will always get injured. I do much better with one day of speed, then perhaps a faster-paced long run or a fast-finish long run. This goes against many training philosophies (I generally run my long runs faster than prescribed), but in the past, it's worked to get me into shape, faster, and at the starting line healthy.
6. Work up to a reasonable 40 - 50 mpw and stick with it - a good balance of enough running to stay strong, but not so much that I'm injured.
7. Avoid surgery.