Race Alterations

“No matter what your history has been, your destiny is what you create today. What will you create?”

steve maraboli

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After being sick, you can imagine how it felt to hear I shouldn’t run for a week! I fear I am cursed or have done something wrong in a previous life.  I just can’t catch a break. I have been feeling great since my knee issues this summer crept into my fall schedule.  I know you are supposed to listen to your doctor but I just couldn’t.  Do you know what it is like to want to run the Boston Marathon so bad and you are working so hard, only to be sidelined by a dumb flu or bronchitis…? That wasn’t it though. She said she ran Boston three times with charity and I think that is spectacular. I would love to do that someday even though it is a huge commitment. I know my body is capable of qualifying but it only gets harder the longer you run and the more wear and tear you put on your body! Life happens. The part that got me was when she said her three daughters put on fake bibs and ran the last five miles with her. It made me sad and mad all at once. It isn’t fair and should not be allowed. To run Boston is supposed to be a reward…and that is abusing the system.

I didn’t listen. This weekend I died during my long run, but I still did most of it. I had a good time and im starting to come back to life.  i discovered aspen may be my new favorite color!

Then, today I went to Auburn and my friend helped! I ran 5.7 miles straight with Krista!  Thanks Krista. It was a great course and ill have to do it again, maybe even the longer one next time!  It was really cold out! We are crazy runners and the wind didn’t help! I had on my new lucky long sleeve shirt from oiselle and I just love the finger holes. This might be my new favorite shirt!  I loved seeing Owasco Lake and the houses are huge in Auburn…maybe someday if I win the lottery ill buy a house on the lake here!

So this was a nice run but I have the worst cabin fever! I want to go out to a movie or dinner.  I have that beautiful dress I bought to go out in and nowhere to go…though I lost weight being sick what size is smaller than 00??? Ouch! Too skinny!!!

Sooo race alterations…it’s that easy. I would love to finish in under 2:40 at the Martha’s Vineyard 20 miler but I don’t know if ill be able to pull it off after not finishing my long run, skipping weights, and not doing my speed workout this week :(……

So I have decided to alter my schedule. I looked up races and I think a change in scenery would be nice. I have to cross out one race for another!!!   I love turtles and there is a race for me called “The Sea Turtle Half Marathon.”  It’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  I have never been to New Orleans and that is 3 hours away…so this should be an adventure!!!I am rather nervous and it might be too warm but I need to get away for a few days to thaw out.  I won’t mess up my training schedule and I won’t be gone for long…but I plan to make it count and be amazing! I think my 20 miler will be a long run and the half marathon I will pour my heart into!   I am so bored and next weekend is my last weekend with Lilly before winter break….boo…….

I always say to enjoy life and let everything unfold but I’m ready for some excitement.  My mileage was a little low because I was sick this week but I think I’m a tough cookie…it was not easy! I went from 51-44-41-35….this makes me a little bummed not to be over 40… But with all factors to consider I’m glad I made it through those runs!!!!!

happy Sunday!

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Of flu and schedule

“No matter how slow you are goingimage you are still lapping the person on the couch!”

Ain’t that the truth!!!!!!?

I totally had the flu and didn’t realize it until I almost passed out! Last night my fever hot 102 and I thought about urgent care… But I have Lilly and didn’t want to drive dizzy.  I felt bad because Lilly and I didn’t do a lot this weekend but we really did. We went to panera and to a movie. imageWe rented movies and had fun!

I was proud of myself for still doing my base run on a treadmill and again another base run tonight!  I’m finally feeling more like myself but I’m still weak.  I don’t think I have felt this sick in years and it’s hard with children!

So I’m proud for not quitting!!!

I have been looking at my running schedule and here is what I have or am thinking-

february 14- Martha’s Vineyard 20 miler

February 22 (if I decide not to go to bali for real)- lake effect half marathon

March 7- tipp hill shamrock run four miler

March 8- Rhode Island the oceans run half marathon

March 22- Syracuse half marathon

April 18-19???? Riverboat series Arkansas half marathon and Louisiana half marathon

May 3- providence Rhode Island fullllllllll marathon

may 16- st. Michaels half marathon- maryland

May 17- marine corps historic half marathon virginia

May 30-31??? Run for the dream series 8k and half marathon- Virginia

June 13? Ithaca gorges half

July??? Jamestown half (good course) rhode island july 14?

August? Iceland half marathon August 23

September – bird in hand half marathon pa

gulf beach half marathon Connecticut

october- Hudson Mohawk marathon

November- sleep hahahaha

On another note, my Verrazano bra came from oiselle and my Mac roga shorts!!! Love them!!!! It was a little too cold to wear them but I had to try them on!!!! Thanks oiselle!!!

Still feeling the need to run away on vacation… But I can’t run forever 🙂

Winter Warrior Half Marathon…#59

“It hurts up to a point and then you forget about it.”

This was by far the coldest race I have ever done. It was -3 degrees without factoring the windchill…but I’m glad I went and I am glad my friend Krista did too! It was at 4 so it was a nice excuse to sleep in!image image

I hated thinking about all of my friends who had already finished their long runs for the day!  I was also bummed because I never go out animaged it was the Y runner party that day.

So there it goes…I froze. My face was so cold I think the f bomb went off in my mind about ten times! I was okay because I had on underarmor and my Leslie Moto tights from oiselle! They are so comfortable! I’m mad looking back! I had a great race but I took it too easy in the beginning! It cost me some time and I pushed and just couldn’t make up for it!

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I think the course was great! It was 5 loops around the college! I liked knowing what to expect and the hill was not bad! There was a water stop and I think I didn’t use it. It was a little scary when it was dark. My vision was really blurry. I do not know what happened but I could only see lights…nothing was clear. I was scared. I had eye surgery a few years ago. Luckily, my sight came back after the race but my friends said my eyes were really red and bloodshot!  The medal was sweet and I liked the hats we received!

You could get a drink and a sandwich after! This was only $50 and I thought it was well worth the cost! I even found out I placed third in my age group and won a coffee cup! My time was 1:47 and I was happy with that…I was not looking for a pr because it was so cold!!!!

I am glad I made it to the running party by 8:30, even though it started at 6:30. I don’t go out much like I said. I was nervous because I don’t know a lot of people and I’m self conscious. I try hard to listen and be the best person I can be. Between running, work, and Lilly, I don’t have a lot of time so I confess I don’t have many friends. I’m okay with that but it gets a little lonely!

it was nice to meet up with fellow flock member- Victoria!  She was so nice and I hope to run into her again!

So what is next? I’m running the Martha’s Vineyard 20 miler on February 14th…it sounds amazing and I just want to get away. I don’t mind being single but I’ve been single for almost a year and a half and I have just not had a fair shot at dating. I’m a nice girl and I’m pretty independent…so instead of sitting around feeling sorry for myself I need to get out and do what I love…run!

I am a little nervous. This is the year I want to fight for Boston. I’m training hard and I want it bad…but I can’t help but have that lonely feeling…, so what I do is sign up for races.  I signed up for 22 races last year when I felt this way…do I’m trying hard to not feel like this.  I want to go away on vacation.  When I feel like I want to disappear, this is the only thing I know how to do…last year at Christmas well Christmas 2013 when I didn’t have Lilly… I never want to feel like that again.  So If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I want to disappear and get lost in the world!