I ran 20 miles outside this morning!!! I haven't run a 20 miler since my death by treadmill attempt. I haven't run an outdoor 20 since my proof I could still run a marathon run. There is something just exhilarating about the number 20! I think it's my favorite number. Just seeing the number 20 written in my running log or on my GarminConnect can completely change my thought process and rejuvenate my spirit!!! I've ALSO found, there is a direct correlation between running 20 miles and me fixing my hair and putting makeup on-ha! I have NO desire to sit on the couch and relax when I get a good long run in! Time to go out and celebrate!!
Speaking of celebrating, I am heading out here for a weekend of FUN!!!! "Chick car" leaves at 3:30 so we can make some "essential" stops and "Man bus" will be shortly behind!! I can not explain how much I've been looking forward to this weekend. It's practically a honeymoon for me (with two other couples). I'm excited for girl time, Joe time, GOOD food, GOOD wine! Joe is making me promise to let him lay in bed until at least 6 am in the morning this time. Boston last year, I did not sleep at all (except the night before the race oddly enough) and made him get up with me by 5 every morning. We also went to St. Maarten and I made him be up walking on the beach by 5:30am. Maybe he wants a new wife.....Anyway, I feel like I'm COMPLETELY relaxed having my long run done and I'm out to THOROUGHLY enjoy myself!!!
And now, true to the random:
*I got 3 stitches in my hand while trying to make my daughters birthday cake.
*Reese was invited to play in the MN Selects hockey tournament this weekend. She has friends on the team, she won't miss me a bit, and I'm not going to let myself feel guilty about not being there!
*As I was driving to work yesterday (30 minute drive) I caught a glimpse of the sun and got an overwhelming urge to roll down my window and whip out a cigarette! I DON'T smoke! I hate smoking!!!!! I didn't obviously but where did this come from!
*I had 9 girls spend the night over here last night (yes, a school night). I honestly think I'm really 13 sometimes but just I'm trapped in a web of gray hair and crow's feet!!
*I just snagged my sister's cleaning lady to come and clean my house-pathetic perhaps....
*Ryan had a great birthday!
*It started snowing AGAIN a few minutes ago.
I'm going to run a 5K next weekend. I've run ONE race in the last 9 months.....I almost decided NOT to run this particular race even though it's nearly in my backyard. It isn't certified, the course is LONG, and I have little chance to PR. All good reasons to avoid forced speedwork even if it's for a good cause-right!!! WRONG....I need to get a handle on my thoughts here. I'm coming to the realization that I NEED to race more, RISK more.... I can't "dream" myself to another level, I need to "work" myself there. Can I do this? Do I really want this?... I don't know...At this moment, I do, because I'm high from running 20 GOOD miles this morning(not sure if I mentioned that-ha!)....
Good luck to those racing this weekend! There's a couple of race reports I'm VERY anxious to read!!