Well, I promise not to bore you with over analyzed facts and numbers tonight! Instead, I will jump right back into the unorganized randomness that IS my blog outside of tapering! Once again, I have absolutely NO flowing thought and I'm actually clipping my toenails and eating a popsicle while I type...A God forsaken no sugar added Popsicle that is totally not doing it for me.....If I get out of this taper gaining only 3-5 pounds it will be a freakin' miracle.
So in typical format the random updates:
I am seriously running on empty here right now, at least for the month of June. I have resorted to a color coded spreadsheet just to try to keep my kids activities organized. I am now only working 2 days a week because that is all I can make work. Considering we live about 5 miles out in the country I could be a permanent chauffeur. The kids are going NONSTOP. This stresses me out in a sense as I feel like I'm just wishing the summer away....Everything has gotten so intense. Hockey is no longer just hockey. It is skating treadmill, and speed and agility training, and strength programs. The world has become such a competitive place. To compete, many of these things aren't optional anymore....There are days I would love to just pull the plug and move out into the wilderness and just detach from EVERYTHING. Simply a vent here-I truly LOVE my life!
I am SO behind on blogs. I've had VERY little time to spend on the computer as of late. I still read on my phone but I think this will be one of my last blog posts before my marathon so I'm cramming in a lot of stuff here! Thankyou so many of you for your continued support!!!! I feel like a shitty blog friend but it's either a shitty blog friend or a shitty wife or a shitty mother or a shitty runner......It's almost over! One more week!!!
Seriously excited for recovery for the first time ever. ENJOYING summer. Time off from work, NOT ON CRUTCHES, hangin' on the boat, waterskiing, wakeboarding, sipping cocktails around the fire. This may only last 2 weeks but I'm going to just eat it up this time around!!!!!
Taper is going WELL!! Perfect timing for a slash in miles with our crazy June! I'm loving just lacing up my shoes and knowing I have a 6 mile run on the docket and not 15. My legs are also enjoying the rest as my easy pace is creeping up faster and faster feels GOOD.
I went to my first track night tonight!! FREE races! I can honestly say I think I was more nervous for this than almost any race I've run. I had NO idea what to expect. Things were not really going super smoothly either as I was LATE getting out of work and hightailed it over 30 miles to the track in which I changed out of my work scrubs into my shorts in my car and RAN to the track just to make it in time. So, approximately a 100 meter warmup for a mile race which is maybe not the best for a distance minded runner. I've never run a specifically timed mile on a track and I had NO idea who would show up to run. There were 15 total people signed up for the 1600 and they broke it into two separate races tonight. First heat was for projected sub 7 which I signed up for. Well, I finished 3rd. I think this sounds quite impressive. I'm not sure it's necessary to mention there were 5 of us total and one dropped out, so technically I was second to last. I think third sounds better so if anyone asks, I was third, GOT IT!!! I never thought I could have so much fun coming in second to last. I knew of the girl who won. She runs a 17 something 5K, I was definitely the only 30 something in this heat. Total learning experience as once I got to the starting line, I was completely not concerned about my pace and only concerned about NOT BEING LAST. I finished in 6:11. I know I can do better. I didn't pace myself the best. I was really thrilled with this though! I really thought at 35 years of age the chance of me ever even getting close to running a mile with a 5 in front of it was impossible. I've never believed in my speed. I am SO EXCITED to do this again. I wish they did it twice a week. I can't describe how much fun I had! I also ended up doing a 4X800 relay to fill out a team. OMG-I suck at the 800 but I still had a blast and realized I love running as part of a team as well. I don't even know my split here but we came in second. Again, this was a BLAST!!!! And THANKYOU for the good luck wishes via email!! So fortunate to have some people who I feel genuinely want me to succeed and go out of their way to encourage me! I had two projections and failed on both of them-ha!! Still smilin'
I received my Grandma's marathon packet in the mail today!! I am not able to make it to the expo so I had to pay and have them ship my stuff out ahead of time. Actually, I will be going to a hockey game at 8:00 pm on Friday night (marathon Saturday) for my daughter. I anticipate her being off the ice by around 10 pm in which case we've made arrangements for someone to take care of her and my other two kids overnight so Joe can drive me through the night to get to Duluth so I can hop on the shuttle to get to the race start. Ideal situation for the night before a marathon. I will likely get no sleep but being as my body is accustomed to 4 hours or less, I'm really not worried about this. I also have no choice but to finish this race in 4 hours or less since I have to then hop back in the car IMMEDIATELY and make it back to pick up my kids. I'm slightly bummed not to have them on the course cheering and I'm slightly bummed that I have to miss out on the post race festivities with my high school friends who are running (8 of them)!! Being as I'm not sure when or if I will actually post again, I am staging this picture of my race outfit-ha! (And yes, my visor is all sweaty because I just took it off before the picture)
I'm already looking ahead to my fall marathon in which I am somewhat training with my husband for the first time. We RARELY run together and although we have a fantastic marriage, we've mostly kept our running separate. I'm sure there will be some interesting verbal dialogue during these runs but I am actually really looking forward to it.
I'm also doing my first duathlon in August. I'm a bit of a rookie on the bike as far as knowledge and racing but I've got good leg strength and I actually think I could do well with this. I'm excited to try anyway!
So, this overly interesting post must now come to an end so I can pack up my car to drive roundtrip 8 hours tomorrow for a volleyball tournament and then turn around and drive 6 hours for a hockey tournament on Saturday!
Best of Luck to all those racing this weekend! I'm truly anxious to catch up here. ONE MORE WEEK!!!!!!