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my attitude about half marathon training

20 Apr

I’m going to be in another musical soon, so my life has gone back to:

  • wake up at 6am (been slapping snooze for about 20 minutes lately)
  • leave for work at 7:30am
  • work 8:30-4:30
  • get home at 5:30
  • stuff food in my face
  • rehearsal 7-10pm
  • try to find some social time, get home way too late on a weekday
  • pass out and drool

Sometimes I’ll be able to squeeze a run in at lunch, but the weather has been so craptastic and I’ve been so busy with work that it usually just doesn’t happen. Have I mentioned that I haven’t done a single long run yet? The half is a little over a month away now. I might have to work a bit on Saturday, so womp womp don’t know if I’ll be able to do a 9 miler. Maybe I’ll drop it down to 6 or 7? I definitely want to do well in this half. I just need a couple more hours in each day to adequately prepare. But for real, I need to crack down and get serious about my training so I don’t get hurt.

In other news, I have some fab photos from mile 26 of the Boston Marathon… which I’ll post as soon as I receive a few more of those hours in the day. Hopefully tomorrow, if I have enough time to do a bit of tweaking and uploading tonight.

Finally, I need to figure out what the eff is going on with my right shin/calf. It’s tight to the max and feels fatigued all day long. Maybe because I ran the BAA 5K in my old shoes? (it was pouring when I woke up, and I didn’t want to destroy my new shoes in a downpour) Maybe I need to just stretch some more? A massage? Unsure. It isn’t hindering me from doing anything, but it’s definitely an annoyance when a wild leg cramp appears.

Did I just make a Pokemon reference? I did.

I went there.

Squirtle out.

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Views out of Nowhere

16 Nov

Uhh, hello there, people who stumbled on my blog earlier this month. I was rather surprised to see over 1,200 views in two days. No idea how or why that happened. But cool!

As I mentioned before, it has been an extremely busy month. Between show rehearsals, the dreaded tech week, the first show weekend, and working late… it’s been a little nuts. But at the same time, life is good. Today marked one year of being employed with my company! I do enjoy having a job. It helps to like the majority of what I do, too.

I have a bunch of new projects at home that I simply cannot wait to get started on. Alas, I have to wait until Thanksgiving weekend until I really have the time to devote to actually starting and completing something. I also gave this blog a little facelift and organized my upcoming training schedule. Oh, and I may even audition for another musical to be performed in the springtime! At least this time around I’ll only be prepping for a half marathon while rehearsing, instead of a marathon ;)

Speaking of running, I have some running guilt right now. I get antsy and want to go out running, especially when I see other runners out on the road. But when it comes down to getting myself out the door, I just can’t do it. And it’s really frustrating. I feel like I should want to go out more than anything, but instead I end up being a couch potato. Maybe I’m still exhausted? I’m not positive. Something I’m definitely trying to work through.

As one method of getting my butt back in gear, I’ve signed up once again for Amanda’s Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge. If you’ve never participated before, give it a try! It’s like a big group of friends supporting you in your goals. As of right now, there are 269 people signed up. Wow! Lots of people to help hold you accountable. I need that right now.

Until the next time I can write…

Here, There, Everywhere

12 Aug

The past week has been filled with my longest run ever (15 miles), a bachelorette party, a bridal shower, an amazing Chicago Marathon fundraiser that surpassed the charity goals for myself and my training partner, and allergies so bad I was knocked back on the couch for 12 hours on Monday. Did I say past week? I meant to say that all of that happened in 4 days. Yowza.

I haven’t talked about my little backyard garden in a while. I gave up on the cucumbers. Something happened to the plant that caused the vegetables to grow in odd, bulbous shapes. Gardening fail. I managed to make a few jars of pickles before the purge. The tomatoes, though… oh my goodness, we can’t eat them fast enough. I pick about a cup of cherry tomatoes per day, and a couple big tomatoes each week. Since I haven’t had much time to cook lately, these tomatoes are either prepared the easy way (hello, caprese salads!), or are given away to family and friends. The peppers are slow to grow, but delicious when ready. And the fairytale eggplant are almost ready to be picked. The carrots have a little while to go, but their green tops are getting tall.

Speaking of food, I’m about two thirds done with The Omnivore’s Dilemma aaaaand I’m basically thisclose to almost completely omitting supermarkets from my food-purchasing life. Ideally I wouldn’t have to buy from supermarkets anymore, but let’s be honest. They’re necessary now and again. Though I have been discovering more farm stands and markets near my house, so hopefully soon I can become less reliant.

As I mentioned above, I’ve been knocked down by allergies this week. That means I didn’t run Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. Ouch. I went for a good 4 miles last night and had to stop at 2.5. My chest was in so much pain from coughing that I either couldn’t breathe, or kept coughing as I ran. As much as I wanted to complete the 4 miles, it’s more important to rest up and be healthy for the 16(!) this weekend. As a result, I’ve made Vicks vapo rub my BFFL.

I’m giving 4 miles another attempt right after work. Bring it.