Week 9: Wisconsin Half Marathon Training

Week 9's the halfway point! I can't believe I've been training for nine weeks already, and I still have nine more to go. I basically started building my base in November, so this is starting to feel ridiculous. I've thought about switching to the full marathon at least ten times, but I couldn't possibly betray NYCM like that, and besides, I know that's just a bad case of cocky runner syndrome. Anyway, this week was full of slushy, wintery mix days and gray skies. The icy blue nights from last week disappeared, and then came back over the weekend. 

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Perfect winter sky.

On Tuesday I did a six-mile progression run on "hills" (the highest peaks in Chicago are in the majestic Treadmill Mountains), and chased it with 4 easy miles the next day. Thursday was my post-apocalyptic run-commute in miserable weather.

I had big plans for the weekend, but this week fizzled into a recovery week because I spent all weekend in full-on doublescreen mode, ears-deep in a work project.

Close, but not quite my desk.

Close, but not quite my desk.

I always read blog posts about living a "balanced life," a term that bloggers take to mean "a little of everything, every day." This sounds fine and seems to work for a lot of people, but I know I'm much happier when I give myself space to abandon all moderation and get super into one thing or another. I consider uninhibited indulgence one of the great pleasures of being young and having basically no responsibilities. It's been a long time since I've thrown myself into a project I've enjoyed this much, and I almost didn't mind taking four whole rest days in a row (Friday through Monday).

It would have been nice to get some miles in but I couldn't tear myself away and it turns out I actually needed the entire weekend to get this thing done, and then I wanted to nap on Monday. Regularly-scheduled running returns in Week 10, and I'll just count Week 9 as the cut-back week I meant to take this week.

Size comparison: 305, 310xt, 910xt (via)

Size comparison: 305, 310xt, 910xt (via)

310xt vs. 305 (via)

310xt vs. 305 (via)

In other news, I upgrade my old Garmin 305 for a 310xt and I completely love it. I was looking for something that fit my wrist a little better, would update with Garmin Connect wirelessly, had a longer battery life, and would find satellites faster (I thought Chicago would be an easier place to get satellites than NYC, but I was wrong). I want to use it for running and on my bike, so I plugged in all of the features I wanted in DC Rainmaker's super helpful comparison tool. I kinda wanted the 910xt, but when I tried it on it had a plastic part that made it not wrap around my wrist very well, and besides, I can't justify the price, especially because I'm not even a triathlete.

I'm really glad I got the 310xt. It's not much thinner, height-wise, but the band is better for people with small wrists and unlike the 305, it doesn't have that plasticy curved part that bothered me so much. I get unusually attached to inanimate objects so it was really sad to say goodbye to my 305. I sold it on eBay and can at least take comfort in the fact it's probably on the wrist of its new friend. (This is why I almost never buy anything.)

February 25 - March 3

  • Monday - Rest
  • Tuesday - 6
  • Wednesday - 4.1
  • Thursday - 8.2
  • Friday - Rest
  • Saturday -  Rest
  • Sunday - Rest

Total: 18.3