Anyways, instead of thinking about all the things that I love about running, I made a list of all the things that I would to have happen.Then, I did things that would bring me closer to my loves.
1. I would love to be able to run faster.
I know that goals are supposed to have measurable numbers attached to it, but I just would plain love to run faster. For now, I would like to get my runs under 9 min/mile pace, but I'm sure once I reach that, I'd want to run even faster.
To achieve this, I decided to do a short tempo run. I haven't done one in a while, so I planned to go for 2 miles at tempo (8:30/mile pace) with the first and the last mile as a warm up and a cool down. I sort of just pulled that pace out of nowhere. It just seemed like a nice number.
I took an extra care to foam roll all parts of my leg after the run. And no knee pain! (Knock on wood)
I also took a schwaggle opportunity to buy myself a pair of Valentine themed compression socks as a gift to myself. I can be my own Valentine if I want to.
|Unfortunately my legs will not be this skinny when I wear the same socks, but they will be well compressed.|
3. I would love to improve my core strength.
I hear that there is a thing called a core that can make me speedier. One of my New Year's resolution was actually to do a longer plank. So for the first time in months, I tried to hold a plank.
|This is the sad state of my core. I can't even hold a minute plank.|
That's pretty much it for my would love to list. Here's a picture that sums up the rest of my Valentine's Day.
|Somewhere, we lost the memo that it was Valentine's not Halloween.|