Back when I was a star tennis player in high school (okay, mediocre doubles player), I always looked forward to the captain's practice weeks. Right at the end of summer, before the practices with the coaches started, we would meet and hit balls. I loved getting back into the swing of things (ha ha) without having to go through the torture of drills with the coaches.
The next few weeks are like my captain's practice for running. My "official" training for the Green Bay Marathon starts on the 26th. I need a little bridge between the chocolate-laden holidays and marathon training, so I've declared myself in captain's practice preseason mode. As you might have guessed from my last post, I'm trying to do some speedwork. Starting this Wednesday, I have a babysitter coming when Sophie goes to bed so I can do a mid-week, middle distance tempo run. And I AM going to get a couple of longer runs in. (And yes, I'm going to pay a babysitter to sit in my house while my child sleeps. Don't I get extra miles for that?)
Our wonderful sub zero temps are attempting to screw with my preseason. I really am going to try to suck it up and get out there anyway, provided it is not so cold that my face will freeze off. Because I'm sort of attached to it. (It really needs to warm up soon. Otherwise I'll need to change the name of this blog to "Girl Who Never Runs Bitching About the Weather.")
In honor of the preseason, I'm also trying to cleanse my diet a little. Chore #1: no crap at work. We have so much candy around this place, it's like trick or treating every day. Chore #2: less Diet Dew, more water. This again, is mostly a work related problem. Maybe I should just quit my job so I can really focus on my running.