So-I'll admit I almost shed a tear this morning thinking about everyone registering for Boston and knowing that I wasn't going to do it this year. Actually, until about 4 am I wasn't even positive that I wasn't doing it! A couple of factors influencing my decision: My husband and I are both running it in 2012 for sure, money does not grow on trees especially with 3 kids in traveling hockey, and I am still tentatively planning for NYC in November of 2011. Bigger than all this however is the most determining factor for me. I don't intend to toe the line in Boston again until I have the full confidence that I will be at least one second better than the last time....I'm not certain I would have that this year so until 2012 I wait....
OK-SUPER CONGRATULATIONS to Ana Maria! I was so pumped to see how she nailed the Baystate Marathon and I'm hoping she's just sitting on a cloud right now!! I just knew she would be under 3:20! Congrats also to the many other runners this past weekend!
Today is Monday, October 18th. I will start posting my running workouts on my Daily Mile Counter on the side bar today. Things are really going quite well and I'm feeling great! I cannot distinguish which hip was injured once I start running which is a great sign and it really doesn't seem to even be an issue at all right now. I'm still taking it easy and just running for fun until November 1st (which conveniently lands on a Monday-I'm so anal) in which I will be starting some sort of official plan (yet to be decided!)
NOW- On to my typical random thoughts and current revelations!
-I LOVE running! I've been running consistently for less than 3 years but I KNOW I never want to go another stretch without it. I'm obviously not in control of this entirely but I really do have a newfound respect for my aging body here and I'm vowing to take better care of it. If this includes ice baths, foam rolling, and recovery socks (all of which are completely foreign to me) then so be it!!
-Once again I LOVE running. I have a newfound enjoyment for biking but I've never been entirely convinced about spinning..... However, I have a friend who teaches a class and I decided to be a supporter and give it a whirl. I'll admit I've never been much of the aerobics, gym class cardio workout types. I like to be outside and I like to get somewhere when I'm pedaling away. Anyhoo, I've ridden the spin bike at the gym several times on my own and it can be a good cardio workout so to the class I went. The first day I admittedly envisioned a class of women wearing stirrup pants, leg warmers, side ponytails and listening to walkmans!! A tad stereotypical I suppose! DISCLAIMER-"Exercise is exercise and whatever works for you is better than sitting on the couch!!!!" Anyway, I was officially humbled as my friend who was teaching the class kicked my @ss!!! Still not my workout of choice but definitely "Fun!"
-I am actually LOVING being tired. This probably sounds ridiculous in a way but after almost 4 months of recovery I missed that good ole’ tired burning chest feeling. The kind that feels like someone set off a bomb or blew up a stick of dynamite in there. On the flipside, I would prefer that this kind of burn be reserved for 5 minute miles not the current 7:45 that is giving it to me-ha!
-Running stabilizes me SO much. Even higher mileage training I believe reduces rather than causes stress for me for the most part. Of course there are days when this is an exception but overall….
I think this is long enough and as you know from posts past I could go on forever! I'm loving being back in the swing of things! I also promise to get my camera out as words with pictures are so much more fun! More soon!