Saturday, April 14, 2012
Well, although the title is not original (all copyrights of geniusness go to CINERICIA :D), I am back and alive and still running (well, not currently).
It was a crazy couple of weeks! Between work and kids and the usual day-to-day craziness, there just wasn't even a chance for sparking, except an occasional fitness minutes update and maybe a status update thrown in for good measure. But I know I need to get my butt back on because, let me tell you, I suffered without my good ol' spark friends, and the trackers! The scale has crept up a bit, and I'm feeling grosser and less fit, mainly because I am probably eating too much. But instead of focusing on the negatives, let's move to the fun stuff because not fun stuff is just not very... well, fun!
Oh! Wait! I lied. There is one last thing to check off the "must inform everyone about" list. I have shinsplints. And a nasty head cold (maybe sinus infection...). What a fun weekend. The shinsplints are totally my fault, mainly because I didn't listen to my body when it was telling me for the past couple of weeks that "hello! Your shins hurt when you run!". Instead, I ran 2 40+ mile weeks, and pounded down some intense hills during my race last weekend in an attempt to make up for the time I lost climbing the dang hill. Hopefully I'll learn my lesson... So for now I've taken Thursday, Friday, and today off, and plan to take tomorrow off to hopefully seal the deal that I'm healed and ready to kick my half marathons' butt in 2 weeks (exactly! How scary is that!?). Talk about timing. My first injury in about a year 2 weeks before my first major race. My body sure knows how to plan!
Speaking of the half, that time has set in when there's that mix of excitement/worry that churns in your stomach every time you think of "the big day". The time when you think "well, I trained well and can run fast in training, but oh no, what if something happens on race day or I get a really bad stomach cramp or... or... or...?!?". The time when you think oh goodness, I just took 4 complete days off from running! There goes all my speed I've managed to gain the past 2 months! What if, what if, what if!?! But I am still looking forward to it. Or maybe it's just the unlimited pancakes I will be indulging in after... Just kidding. For you curious beings out there, depending on how my last long run goes (and how my legs feel on race day), I've decided to set up a 3-level goal. One I'm pretty sure I can accomplish as long as I don't get lost, one I'm pretty sure I can do if it's a good day, and one that really might be a stretch that can only be accomplished if I'm feeling really good that day.
Level 3: Go under 1:50 (hours, minutes) which I'm absolutely sure I can do, considering I ran 13.5 miles in 1:44 the other week. This one is if I feel like crap that day.
Level 2: Go under 1:45, which I'm sure I can do for the same reason as level 3. This one is if I'm just feeling mediocre... not good, but not bad, or something not so pleasant happens during the race.
Level 1: Go under 1:40, which I'm pretty sure I can do if I'm feeling good.
Overall, I'm really excited. When I got back from my 13.5 mile run 2 Tuesdays ago, I declared that I was going to win the race - that's how good I felt. Now, I'm questioning if I can do it since that was way back on April 3rd, but hopefully some positive thinking will help (if I can manage to think positive...).
Anyway, I think this sick day was well deserved. I got a chance to catch up with everyone in a marathon sort of fashion (if only it could help my running endurance... :D) and this marathon post was also needed. Oh! That's what else I wanted to say! I'm one going sugar free. No exceptions. No "you can indulge twice a week" or anything. That just leads me to quitting... Based on past experience... which I have a lot of. Two, I'm thinking of ditching the idea of making April goals. Based on past experience, I normally give up on these as well. So I think I'm going to adapt the "damn it, just do the best you can today" approach. We'll see how it goes...
If you made it this far, congratulations. If you skipped to the end, don't worry. I'm not offended. It must be the snot in my head that is contributing to the overflow of thoughts. :)