First and foremost I want to thank everyone for their awesome advice regarding the marathon training plan I selected. I was really nervous about it and had been tossing some other option around (namely the FIRST plan), but you all convinced me that it looked sound and should prepare me well. Thanks for the encouragement – it did a lot to ease my nerves. I heart you guys!
So, yesterday was National Running Day. Did I run? Nope. In fact, I haven’t run since Monday. I pulled a groin muscle a couple weeks ago and it’s flared up again. Strangely enough, it was fine for the half marathon – not even and inkling of discomfort – but this weekend there it was again, throbbing and basically being a nuisance. I tried running through it to see if I could work it out, but no dice, so it looks like I’m back to the bike for a while. I’m not too bummed about that though seeing as it’s hot as Hades in Baltimore this week. Besides, I want to start my marathon training injury free and I have a couple of weeks before the programs starts. I have every intention of using this time to focus on rest and rehabilitation so that I’m in tip top shape for week 1 of the training plan.
I just completed my registration for the Annapolis 10 Mile Run in August. I’m still a little disgruntled about the lack of a finisher’s medal (I mean really, I shell out $60 and I don’t even get a medal??), but I have nothing on my race calendar between June and October and it looks like a challenging course which will be good for me. My training schedule has me running 18 miles that day so it looks like I may have to go home and log a few extra after the race, but that’s ok.
Self-proclaimed medal junkie:
I started this on the wall in my gym when I registered for the marathon as inspiration. It doesn’t include my two most recent bibs or medals … I’ve got to get on that! I’ve also seen other bloggers write their finish times on their bibs. I thought that was a really neat idea and one day I’ll get around to that too!
In other news:
- There is a new Y opening up in my neighborhood and … wait for it … it has a POOL! And YOGA! And PILATES! It would be an extra $50 a month for us to switch our memberships there, but if I’m serious about trying my hand at a triathlon (oh, have I not mentioned that yet? My bad) pool access is a must.
- Kirk has been waking in morning before work and logging miles on our stationary bike! At the beginning of the year he set a goal to loose 30lbs by his 30th birthday, but then things took a turn for the worse at work and he became super stressed and unhappy. He wasn’t really in the right mindset to get gung-ho about personal fitness with everything else on his plate and I completely understood that. I’m not sure what changed in the past week, but I am super proud of his new-found commitment to be more active. His birthday is in a month, so I think his “goal” is out the window, but that’s ok. I’m just happy that he’s found his mojo. 🙂
- My BFF from California is coming to the east coast for a weekend in September! Holla! We’re meeting up in NYC… so excited!
- Uncle Paul has sent me a new race to consider – the MCM10K put on my the folks at the Marine Corps Marathon. Finishers get a medal, so I’m pretty much sold. 🙂
1) Does anyone know if breaking up a long run into two segments (in this case 10 miles and 8 miles respectively) would negatively affect the overall goal of a long run? I’m guessing it’s not ideal, but that logging that extra 8 after the fact is better than not logging them at all.
2) Do you have visuals posted around your house/office to keep you motivated? The desktop background on my work computer is running related – gearing me up all day long for the workout to come. I also have my training plan stashed in about 100 different places so that I have no excuse for skipping a work out.