Well hello! Going to squeeze in a quick post before the weekend here! I’ve totally thought over EVERYTHING I’m going to say and put a great deal of effort into making sure I’m grammatically correct like usual…..
My little lady killer had his Christmas program at school today. This was SUPER great for me since it was at 10am so I missed 2 hours of work which allowed me to start running 2 hours later this morning! Ahhh-what a treat!
I’ve learned to take the pictures before the kids leave the house. By the time I made it to the program Max looked like his tie was a hula hoop around his neck, he had a HUGE rooster tail on the back of his head from his winter hat and his shirt was hanging out.
I wanted to clarify something on my last post in regards to Boston. Someone asked why I wouldn’t register just because I didn’t think I could PR. I certainly don’t look down at people who run this race just to enjoy the experience if I came across that way! One day I hope that is me!!! Here’s my reasoning: I have 3 kids with a hockey habit that runs well over $10K per year. (I know, I should have gotten them interested in scrapbooking). Boston is just a tad spendy and I can really only justify running it at this point if it’s a big goal race. Also, I am EXTREMELY competitive with myself. I don’t run a lot of races because I have a hard time just running them for fun unless I’m running with someone and considering my lack of running friends, this doesn’t happen often. For me to run Boston again and not PR would probably not make it an overly enjoyable experience for me. Yes-I have issues...One more reason, I know I will be running it in 2012 for sure (Godwilling actually because I need to requalify and nothing is a given) My husband also qualified and is going to run it as well. I'm a tad jealous as he BQ'ed in his first marathon and his training consisted of an average of 17 mile weeks and only 2 long runs (13 and longest ever 17). Furthermore, he doesn't really LIKE running. Puke! Anyway, he says he will all out train for this one! We'll see. I am already super excited for this trip!!!!
I’ve been thinking a lot about my injury lately and what may have caused it. For you Boston runners, this is one thing to maybe take into consideration. Boston is a bit of a punishing course for some depending on where or how they train. I think it wears more on the body than one might think even if you don’t feel that much different than previous marathons. My first marathon was October 2009. I took 2 days off and then started running again up to full mileage the following week. (I hate recovery) I had Boston on the brain, and didn’t want to “lose” anything. Fortunately, I came out unscathed. I actually took 3 days off after Boston but ended up running 20 miles 2 weeks after and never really allowed myself to recover properly because my legs felt OK. I did reduce my mileage and kept it down the first 2 weeks but reintroduced speed and distance too soon I think. I'm not sure.... Mentally, I was REALLY struggling (be prepared for this also-big accomplishment and then a bit of a letdown) I attempted to run a PR half 4 weeks later which TOTALLY flopped as to why I don’t even list the race report on my sidebar! I’ve put it to the very far back corner of my brain just like THIS. Anyway, I ran 4 hard days in a row after this race out of frustration and then the hip. I really do think the hip stemmed from not properly recovering from Boston. Interestingly enough, a friend of mine also ran (3:02) and she ended up with a tibial stress fracture about a month out as well. (On a sidenote she bounced back to run a 1:25 half in September and took 2nd overall in the Twin Cities Marathon 10K in October (she is my hero!) I’m not trying to scare people away from the course as honestly it wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated, I just think it might wear on the body a little different than some races and one should pat themselves on the back for doing it and recover properly. OK-“know it all Doctor Jenn” is done with her speech now…..
Perhaps I should stop thinking out loud or on a computer screen rather...
Anyway, to bigger and better things. RACES this weekend!!!! EMZ in Tucson, Ginny at Rocket City, both of which are HARDCORE and are going to just going to ROCK these!! To all the other weekend warriors, Good Luck!
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My kids are in 4 different cities this weekend for hockey. I'm getting up to run early tomorrow morning before I leave and then taking the weekend off until Sunday night! I'm not even PACKING workout clothes (I'm not saying I won't stop and buy some). Anyway, I am doing my best to keep up here. I constantly read blogs on my phone during work (SHHH) but I can't comment on that darn tiny screen. When life gets busy I can't sacrifice my family, I can't sacrifice the running (or I would have nothing to babble about) so sometimes I have to sacrifice my blog time...In a perfect world.....Have a great weekend all!