The Latest Running Adventures of Abby, Queen of Running Skirts

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. :)
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    I didn't skip to the end, but I'm glad I read to the end, because your snot comment was hilarious. I really like the idea of the multi level day. I think I may adopt it. I'm having a foot issue currently, but I still want to do something. I guess it is a low level day for me.

    I'm glad you are back, and thanks for taking the time to comment on all of my blogs that you missed while you were taking that much deserved break. I appreciated all of your sweet words!

    Hope your shins and your head feel better soon!
    2229 days ago
    Glad you are back to sparking! You are going to have a great race!
    2229 days ago
  • SHIRE33
    You've probably heard it all about shin splints, but one thing that really helps a runner is biking. Especially spinning or anything that enables you to lock your foot onto the pedals and pull UP as much as you push DOWN. That pulling up really strengthens the front of your lower leg. I can actually see some muscles there where I didn't think there were any (until, of course, they're barking from splints).

    Love your goals!
    2229 days ago
    Just think of all the twenty something boys out there watching you run your sexy little tush by in your running skirt (you are going to wear the running skirt, right?) and you'll run like the wind.

    I love your goals and one day hope to have goals just as awesome. You are amazing and I officially dub you my running guru. My go-to chicky for all things running. No pressure or anything.

    And though I've already said this ad naseum on your page, I'm so, so glad your back. Spark has been so much less sparky without you.
    2229 days ago
    I wanna see you win this race. Heck, to me, just finishing would be a 'win' for me. I know you can do it, all this positivity (and maybe overflowing snot) is going to send you across that finish line at a time you didn't even consider in your goal tier.

    I am in super awe of your abilities to run the way you do. I hope I can get there, but holy moly just a 5K is terrifying the crap out of me.

    Hope your cold lifts soon!
    2230 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I really like the idea of a 3 level goal also. Go for it!
    2230 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    Woohoo! Lots of ice on those shins and run like the wind!
    2230 days ago
    The 3 level post is a great idea. Enjoy working towards your goals!
    2230 days ago
    Get well soon.
    2230 days ago
    Welcome back!!!
    Woohoo - love the 3 level goals - hope the shins and cold clear up soon so you can go for gold!!! Level 1!!!!
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    2230 days ago
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