Tuesday, May 23, 2006

4miles. 47.10

I am SO better than that...4 miles in 47.10...UGH. Can you say SLOW??? I am telling you, this running schedule is totally kicking my ass, and I’m not sure why. Prior to joining the training program, I was running 3-4 times a week, so this is nothing out of the ordinary. Perhaps I am pushing myself harder and not just running at my leisurely pace. I think that’s it...I’m pushing myself. I like that. Pushing is good, in moderation...because I am friggin’ exhausted. I was sound asleep on the couch one night last week at 7:00pm. Honestly...

The training is going good. My schedule is a little off this week. I didn’t run yesterday, I had bigger fish to fry, like the Sox/Yanks game. I had tickets to the game last night and didn’t want to fall asleep by the 5th inning, so I pushed my schedule up a day this week. I will run tonight, Wednesday, Friday, and do my long run on Sunday. The training club isn’t meeting this weekend due to the holiday. Next week, I will back on their schedule.

This weeks training consists of a hill(s) workout. Not too bad, my only motivation is knowing that running hills will maybe, kinda, sorta, possibly, firm up my ass. Hey, what ever works to get me up them, that’s what I say! It’s a mind game people!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!

I'm not sure how it is in your neck of the woods, but it has been raining for days here.......and not your normal May showers, I mean torrential down pours. It's friggin' ridiculous. I hate the rain.

I was so proud of myself yesterday. My alarm went off at 6:30AM, I look out the window at the down pour that is taking place and I did not once think about bailing on my marathon training. I went, got dressed and headed out the door. The training group had sent an e-mail out on like Thursday stressing that "runners run in the rain" and that they would only call off the run if it was lightening out. Who are they calling a runner??? They must have me confused!

On the Sat. schedule, it had the red group doing a 3 mile run.....OK fine, I can handle that, no big deal, even in the rain. I get there and the red group leader says, "you have a choice, you can either do a 3 miler or a 4"....WTF. Now I'm feeling like she's guilting me to do 4, but I don't want to, I only want to do 3 and I'm already soaking wet from standing in the rain for a whole 2 minutes.....can we just start already. Both routes start off the same, the 3 just turns off earlier than the 4, so I'm running with some people and their asking me which one I'm going to do...I just tell them I'm going to play it by ear. I'll decide when I get to the turning point, if I turn, I'm doing 3 and if I don't I guess it'll be 4.
By the time we got to the turning point, I was drenched, soaked to the bone, my glasses were foggy and wet, I was running in puddles and wet up to the knees......so I turned.
The run itself was fine, I clocked in at 30:35.....I must of been hoofin' it because of the rain. Nice.
It looks like I will probably only be posting once a week....on the week-end.
My training schedule is running on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. So far so good.

I hope all you Mother's out there have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Day 1

Today was the first official day of my marathon training. yeah!! I got up at 6:30AM, mind you I haven't seen 6:30AM on a Saturday in gawd knows how long, so I dragged my butt out of bed, got dressed and off I went. It is a really nice day out, perfect for running around the Charles. I get there, they had a sign in process, a little bit of a seminar type deal, and then the 3 mile run to figure out what color pace group you will be in. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that I was going to be in the red(=SLOW) colored group.

So lets tawk about the run.......let me just fill you in a minute.....I haven't been running in 3 weeks. My uncle was sick and past away suddenly a little over three weeks ago at the very young age of 57. It's been a very emotional and trying time, and I just haven't been running. I have known I was going to sign up for this particular training group months ago, and their meeting spot is in Cambridge at an American Legion Post. The same American Legion Post that my uncle that past was the Grand Poohbah/Commander at. He ran the place, as well as being a fireman for 30 years. So we had been talking about meeting there and blah blah blah blah......and then he gets sick and dies. So today I go there, and I had to kind of prepare myself to be there, but it didn't work, all I could think about was my uncle. My family is very close. It was terrible. I did everything not to cry, because I didn't want these people to think I was some kind of whack job joining their group. So I pretty much held it together.......until the run. I'm feeling good, I have my i-pod, I'm running at a good pace......and seeing as I haven't been running in awhile, I forgot what songs I had updated my i-pod with....all of sudden, Melissa Ethridge's I run for life comes on (my uncle died of cancer, as well as my grandmother) and I just about lost it. I love that song, and it has never really had an effect on me before, I just kind of liked the sentiment, but today boy....let me tell you, it knocked my socks off. It actually inspired me. I ran a good 3 miles, a little slower than usual, 35:10 but none the less a good three miles. I really just felt great to be alive and healthy. Kind of put things in perspective........

We meet on Sat. mornings and they give us a schedule to follow during the week. Not too bad, I think I can handle it. The people seem really nice and try to make the training fun. I like that. So we'll see. Here's to new beginnings!