The warmer weather this week has certainly helped to turn my frown upside down. I have been so tired of being cold that when it hit the 70s this week I just about fell over!
The tree next to our driveway even started to bloom this week, which made me smile:
I've begun the final countdown for spring semester. I have just ONE class left for each of my classes, so class on Wednesday, Thursday, Monday & Tuesday (online) and then I'm a free bird until May 19th! Of course our school system is going until June 20th so I'll still be working away, but I will be so thankful to take a load off my shoulders for a bit.
This warmer weather also has me thinking of getting back into race mode. I was supposed to participate in a local race series but due to scheduling conflicts I missed one. SO, now it's up to me to find some races to do. I have the Monument Ave 10K under my belt, but I'm now looking towards another half marathon. I would really like to run a PR this year and so I'm looking for some flat courses. The race I have in mind is the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon in Washington D.C. in September.
I've been a Hal Higdon fan ever since I started my longer distance races and I stand by his books and training plans. Therefore, I will probably use his Intermediate program to train for my fall half marathons. This program includes some speed work which I have never done in the past when training for half marathons or my full marathon. Hopefully incorporating some speed work will help me get to a PR.
Any other runners out there planning for fall races? I would love to hear which ones you're running!