So- I was fortunate enough to attend the high school band concert last night in which my daughter and the 7th grade “Cadet” band performed. I took it as my opportunity to wear heels and fix my hair since these opportunities are few and far between around here. Now, I’m 5’8 and I probably don’t NEED to wear 3 inch heels (especially since my husband is 5’ 10) but why not right!! Why not ????? BECAUSE there is A LOT of ice on the sidewalk and “graceful” is not my middle name. Anyway-I’ll save myself some embarrassment and stop there. So back to the concert…WOW, these kids looked SO classy in their white shirts and black pants and very professional. I was a proud mama sitting in the 3rd row waiting to be entertained! Then...it started………….Ahhhh-dischordant flat unrecognizable Christmas music…. I totally started rethinking my decision to sit way in the front because there was no way I was making it through this concert without at least a small fit of laughter. (I have a history of uncontrollable bursts of laughter in totally inappropriate places like church and funerals) Percussion-HELP!! You are beating to your own drum obviously….. Trumpets, tap your foot or something-you’re at LEAST 3 bars ahead……..Truthfully, these kids did great for only playing their instruments for 4 months. I’m a bit of a music geek…perhaps my standard was a little too high….
I have a 3 hour round trip for Ryan’s hockey game tonight and I am desperately staring out the window hoping that the -8 degree temp. will warm up to at least 0 in the next hour so I can get my run in outside before we have to leave. Yesterday, I ran in 8 degrees but with hardly any wind and light snow coming down. It was just awesome. No mask, just the neck gaiter. Without the wind, this temperature is perfect for running if you dress for it. Nothing hard core about it, just dress properly and you’re golden! I’m VERY brand loyal (whatever) so I wore Mizuno shoes, Smartwool socks, Sugoi running tights with some off brand lightweight pants over top, a Champion sportsbra, a Nike Thermal long sleeve with Asics armwarmers over top, my Brooks ½ zip Vapor dry pullover,a Nike hat and Pearl Izumi neck gaiter.
I do believe I'm about back to preinjury fitness level minus the endurance. I'm feeling quite strong on my good days and a part of me wishes I would have registered for Boston. I didn't think I would be able to physically run a PR race there so I opted not. I'm secondguessing that a little. By no means is anything certain in life and a million factors come into play on marathon day but physically, I now think I might have been capable. I'm working on a race schedule for 2011. The only certainties for now are a 10 mile in March and Grandma's marathon in June. Grandma's is a must if you're from MN and I knew I had to knock this out at some point. I need to BQ at this race (3:45) at least. My intention will be to train and run it as hard as physically possible UNLESS it is sweltering at the start like some years. Heat and me DO NOT mix. Call it a copout, which it may be, but I don't run well in hot temps and have zero desire to beat my body down doing it. Hot weather and I'll likely treat it like a long run and just take the BQ. My major goal race will be whatever I choose for my fall marathon. I've been putting some thought into this as well...We'll see!
Anwyay, I do believe we are now sitting at -1 degrees. I better go get bundled up! Have a good one!