Well, It's Tuesday. Boston is over and I can stop obsessing and get on with my life-ha! Not really, but my thoughts were surely in Boston the past few days with some pretty special people. Now they are back in Minnesota to which I was sharply reminded when I headed outside to run in 19 degrees this morning!!
First of all, a HUGE congratulations to everyone who ran and completed that monster of a race yesterday!!!! Amazed and inspired by so many of you that toughed it out through that sweatfest. DETERMINED to cross that finish line even though it meant breaking away from A goals that were backed by months of training....HUGE amount of respect! If there is any consolation to having to withdraw due to injury, it's the fact that I personally didn't have to run in THAT-ha! Considering that in 2010 I think it was in the 50's maybe for a high and I STILL supersaturated my clothes with sweat and was pouring water over my head, it likely would have not been an enjoyable day for me. ANYWAY, now I'm faced with a little decision as 2013 is dancing in my head.....Odds say not 2 bad weather years in a row-right?? We'll see where my thoughts go with this over the next few months as I've been fairly certain that I don't want to marathon train through the winter for the next couple of years. On the other hand, I sure would like to be in Boston one more time not only to challenge that course once again but to share the experience with some good friends and my sister who will also be running again:):)
EDITING AND ADDING AFTER THE FACT due to a comment. I am ALREADY qualified for the 2013 Boston Marathon with a favorable time cushion in a marathon I ran this past fall. I could run 2013 regardless of whether or not I was in Boston this year. I understand in my now edited paragraph above, it may have sounded as if I was trying to take advantage of the deferral option.
Moving on to the random for old time's sake. Some good friends took me to Happy Hour last night. FIRST, we went to happy hour and then I had committed to going to a Mary Kay party with my daughters. (When you live in a small town, you are CONSTANTLY invited to parties such as Mary Kay, Avon, Traveling wine something....) NOTE TO SELF-do NOT drink before going to a Mary Kay party..... Anyway, I said I would go to the party and bring my girls. It's absolutely official now. I cannot be in public with my 14 year old anymore-EVER. EVER!!! We are the exact same person trapped in 2 different bodies and she climbs RIGHT INSIDE MY MIND and makes me laugh inappropriately....Ughh-the lady putting on this party was just a little bit over the top. Ribbon cutting ceremony with scissors from Paris and a ribbon from Italy with sparkles on it that represented the "Sparkle" she saw in the host of the party.....and then we had to look in a mirror and repeat this phrase....Bahahaha....No disrespect to Mary Kay but Jenn is CLEARLY not mature enough to attend their parties.
TO THE RUNNING.
*I am running. Finished my week with over 40 miles. Wasn't planning for that exactly but it happened and I'm feeling so good! So good and SO happy. Almost all of my miles have been at or below 8 minute pace but NO speed. I am doing a little progression to maybe HM pace on the odd miles when it feels right or interspersing a few faster miles here and there but almost all base running and this is great for me right now. My leg is feeling pretty darn close to 100%.
*I've really done some reflecting the last couple of months about what it is that I actually want FOR ME out of running. Where it fits in MY life and how I personally want to train. How I WANT to train being key. Not the BEST way, or the even the quickest way to get me to the top in the eyes of some, but the way that will allow me to improve in a way that's right for me at THIS stage of my life. This has put me ALL over the map with my thoughts at times so I often hesitate to even put them out there. I am working to separate myself from others and be certain I'm making decisions for myself and gradually I've gotten some clarity. I haven't been the best at adapting my plan these last 2 training cycles. I've written it out in advance and followed it in somewhat strict form...It's become somewhat stressful, I've been injured.....I seemed to thrive both physically and mentally off less structure where I ran much more by feel and adapted my training and decisions daily and weekly around that...not staring at all 16 weeks in front of me. I am treading back that direction and I have a valuable resource that's going to help me work in what I need to do here. Not a coach but a resource:)
*My sweet daughter is now off of her crutches and out of her boot and hitting the road with me sometimes!!! This is SO awesome. I love how excited she is not only to run but to share that with me. She's a middle child and this is really a special thing for us! My husband is also starting to run again and my dad and my sisters and I'm really looking forward to a super summer!!!
A couple of pics:
My little dude in the front center with his hockey team last weekend:)
Off to catch up with you all!