Howdy...it's been a while since I've written a SparkPeople post, but I'm still in the land of the living. I am blogging daily over at onegoofymotherrunner.blogspot.
com, but can get a bit lazy about copying my posts over to this site. Forgive me :)
What's up with me...
Going on this post title, I am now just under two weeks away from my first full marathon, Space Coast on November 27! I have been training very carefully and conservatively for it, and finished my very last long run, 23.2 miles, over the weekend:
I had been feeling quite nervous about my ability to complete such a distance, not so much because of the physical challenge, but more because of the mental demands. During my 23 miler, my biggest obstacle, surprisingly was BOREDOM! I can definitely see why people often tackle marathon training in groups, since at least that gives them people to talk to! Hopefully this won't be such an issue with the race itself, though, since I'll have a nice change of scenery (the beach!!) and lots of running companions. Although I'm keeping a completely open mind about future plans, I can definitely see that marathon training isn't something I'll do terribly often, maybe just once a year, if that. (Given the right circumstances, my mind could always be changed...but I'm thinking the half is generally going to be my favored distance.)
Space Coast is my last organized race of 2011, but then I'll be kicking of 2012 with a big bang, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge at Disney World! After Goofy, I'll be laying sort of low for a while, but I have a handful of half marathons and a sprint triathlon picked out for 2012. I have all but retired from the 5K/10K business, other than the occasional Disney one or if my friends are running one. They're just not my scene.
I've gotten a little lazy with food tracking and making good nutrition-related choices, but I'm getting back into tracking my food (yet again) and hopefully that will do the trick.
Other than that, work is keeping me quite busy right now, but hopefully I'll get a nice break in the action in time for the holidays and all of my big racing plans!