Once in awhile, somewhere around every 10 weeks or so I sit down to write a blog post.....Ahhhhhh!!! Has it really been that long. In my defense, it has been an uncharacteristically HOT summer in Minnesota. One that has yielded high temps and beautiful sunshine nearly EVERY day and one that has torn me from my computer and placed my ass in a lawn chair at the lake or the pool with my family in my downtime! Those who have followed me for a long time know I take "breaks" from my blog time to time. I've been on an EXTENDED break but recent events have somewhat reminded me of what starting this blog has provided me in life and I miss it:)
SO-for old time's sake-some random updates in of course no particular order whatsoever!
I still have 3 kids! They are busy! They are fun and I now have a blogpost forming in my head about the life of a northern Minnesota kid in the summer!
I am currently at a lake cabin on beautiful Lake of the Woods with some good friends. Because we are at the cabin for the weekend it has decided to be miserable rainy weather and we are forced to stay inside at least for tonight. This is not the worst thing in the world as I'm PUMPED to watch the Olympics!!!! I already made up an excuse this afternoon for why I needed to go back to the cabin from the golf course to get something when in reality I only wanted to watch the women's 10,000m. I don't really think it's that unusual for it to take 30 minutes for me to get something from the cabin 15 steps away.......my husband said it was obvious. Wow-beautiful finish Dibaba!! LOVE watching track races! Honestly, if my child was 400 meters away and about to be pulled into a black van with a teardrop window by a strange man, I still couldn't run even one of those 25 laps that fast!
I am running. My body is 100% healthy after what seems like a neverending train of CRAP. Injuries compounded by more injuries and then why not throw in a case of Shingles for good measure. This knocked me out for 3 weeks as I got very sick with not only the Shingles but an infection.
I tried to take a picture to send to my mom before I had gone to the doctor and didn't know what was wrong. Apparently I had the wrong number....
Anyway, I ended up taking a full week break from running and then severely cutting my mileage for 2 weeks and running just easy. I am THANKFUL I had a big girls trip weekend on the horizon and I did NOT want to be sick for this. I think this really helped keep me in check and let me heal properly.
Speaking of girls trip, this is one of the reason's that prompted me to write a blog post. I had the opportunity to travel out to Boston to meet 2 blog friends who I would consider some of my closest friends in life but yet, people I had never met. People I followed through blogging, admired, learned from, trained with, people I had shared MUCH of my life with! Really a very special weekend for me on many counts. I got a chance to run with Ana Maria who is almost a running mentor to me, a friend I met through blogging even before I ran Boston 2010. Those of you who follow her know that she is just slightly faster than me-ha ha! By slightly I mean like 3 minutes in the 5k-ha! Meeting her was SO comfortable that instead of being intimidated by the thought of running with her, I chugged WAY too much wine and then chowed down on Salt and Vinegar chips the night before we ran and didn't think twice about it:) LOVE that!!! I also got a chance to run with Runninghood! This makes me laugh. Amanda is truly like a sister to me and I had a moment at a race on the 4th of July that made me realize that I have a "famous" sister! I was at a hick race in northern MN when I heard local friends talking about running and racing in the heat of July and someone mentioned the fact that "Runninghood" was running a marathon. I think I will get a bumper sticker that says "I ran with Runninghood" Anyway, the weekend was incredibly special. Can't really put thoughts into words. Too short and too much wrapped into one weekend in which I got 10 total hours of sleep combined over 4 nights. I do have a couple of pictures but let's face it, I'm vain and I hate them and as MUCH as I LOVE these girls, I won't post these pictures-ha! Our memories will have to remain in our heads!
Back to running and now getting VERY wordy and losing the couple of readers that I might have left....
I have 9 weeks and 2 days until my marathon. TCM on October 7th. Prior to this I will run one 10K and 2 HM's and I'm anticipating I will walk away with 2 new PR's in the next 9 weeks. Considering the fact that my marathon PR is over 2 years old and my HM PR is from like 2009, I think it's time. I'm motivated, I'm excited, I'm THANKFUL for my health and I'm ready.
I will write a more detailed running post soon!