I have jumped into the last five weeks of a basic training plan to get ready for the Ed Hansen. It feels good to have some direction again. I'll be running three or four days a week with two or three days for cross training and one recovery day off.
This is the first race I've trained for with a concrete time goal in mind. Last year I ran this race in 1:02:59; this year my goal is to finish in under an hour. That's not a huge improvement, but I think it is a reasonable goal for me.
I'm also trying to get a handle on my diet with the goal of losing weight again. I reached my goal weight late last summer, dipped about five pounds under that goal, and then gained steadily through the winter. It has been frustrating but also a learning experience. It takes me hours every week to burn hundreds of calories. It takes just a few minutes at any time to eat hundreds of calories. That's why exercise alone will never get me where I want to be- I have to watch my diet also. Besides, if I want to perform like an athlete, I have to eat like one.
Yeah. That's all I've got today. Now I have to go see who is screaming and why.