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Monday, March 25, 2013
all over the place
“I could go running and racing and
dancing and chasing and leaping and bounding hair flying heart pounding and
splashing and reeling and finally feeling… now's when my life begins!”
Yeah, that line from my girl, Rapunzel,
pretty much describes this past week of training.Honestly, it’s a fairly accurate picture of any given week
in my life, which is why I love Rapunzel—she’s all over the place with energy
and excitement about what’s ahead!
That’s me—all over the place!
The weekend after finishing the
half marathon, I ran an 8K and a really short (1/8 mile) Kilt Run with a
friend, and then enjoyed some short easy running days.Recovering, I was.Losing focus, I was.I truly enjoy running, but my
life is filled with a wide range of possible distractions and I quickly
realised I need a goal, a target to shoot for, or all the other things creep in
and take over and I start to get squirrely.
I really wasn’t sure what I wanted
to do next, but going through the mail that piled up while I was out of town, I
found this postcard.
I have a bunch of friends who've said
they want to start running, so this looked perfect for us.There are about a dozen of us
registered, and everyone is rocking their training!I’m really looking forward to crossing that finish line with
all these amazing women!
I was also looking at a few
different races trying to decide what was next for me—another half?a full marathon?A friend found a Diva Half Marathon in
Myrtle Beach that promised to be a fun moms’ weekend, but the timing and travel
were going to be tricky for me.Then, in the midst of this interminable NC winter, we were blessed with
a pretty Saturday and my daughter suggested a bike ride.
I posted this photo on Facebook, and a
friend asked if there was a triathlon in my future.
My wheels started turning, and within 24 hours, I was
registered and studying training plans!
Then, I came across this:
I love the medal, I love that is
says “Raleigh Rocks,” the timing works well with my triathlon, it’s local, and
a friend’s band is going to playing along the race route.Could it BE any more perfect???
So, yes, 3 events happening in the
next several weeks.Overlapping
training schedules, and just to keep it interesting, let’s throw in some
swimming and biking.Crazy!Just the way I like it!
This was last week’s challenge:
swim 55 minutes (25 + 30)
bike 75 minutes (30 + 45)
run 55 minutes (25 + 30)
one day= swim 25, bike 30,
two rest days
PLUS, Half Marathon Training
long run = 14 miles (before I start
Triathlon training calls for one swim/bike
day.I also did a run/bike day so
that I could do my long run on its own, and have two rest days afterward.It made for a crazy week for me, taking
off Wednesday and Thursday.I
usually get a little nuts after one day of not running, but that 14 mile run
was clearly the mega-dose of vitamin D (it was an absolutely gorgeous day!) and
endorphins I needed to survive a mid-week 2-day rest.I also do some kind of yoga every day—either an hour-long
class or just 20 minutes at home.
It was all good until Friday. I had
coffee with a dear friend. She’s a teacher at a year-round school, and I only
get to see her 4 times a year—during her school breaks.Coffee lasted 6 hours.(no joke)It was lovely.It was also a really chilly day, and when I started thinking about
running, I also started negotiating with myself.This is what I do when it’s cold.I come up with all sorts of very reasonable arguments and
alternate running plans.But on a
Friday afternoon, when I still had some swimming and biking to fit in, there
was no time for Plan B.(And the
forecast for the weekend wasn’t promising, either!)
Some days, I need to put my inner
voice on mute, lace up my shoes, put in my headphones and GO.
As I was negotiating with myself, I
thought about January, and how happy I would have been to run on a 50 degree
day in January.This particular
January, I would have been happy just to be able to get out and run, regardless
of the weather.I missed a lot of
running days in January.But I
didn’t have to miss this day.I
went, and I’m so glad I did.Because as it turned out, it was beautiful.