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Tired or just plain lazy?

This weekend I am scheduled for a 20 mile run.  I “prepared” for it.  I had spaghetti yesterday for dinner.  I picked my clothes for this morning and went to bed early.  The plan was to wake up at 6 and be at the gym by 7.  Yes, 20 miles on the treadmill.  I don’t want to run outside in the cold weather and snow.

This morning I woke up a little after 6 and instead of getting up I went back to bed.  My conscience kept me from going back to sleep.  I knew I had to get up to run.  However, I just just stayed in bed thinking if I could survive a marathon without a 20 mile run.  This will be my 5th marathon.  I may not have a fast finish time but at least I finished.

As I write this I wonder what is the real reason for not running.  Overworked?  Over trained?  Is it possible to be over trained?  I barely ran 800 miles last year compared to L.A. Runner @ Run Like a Girl, and Mean It who ran 3,056 in 11 months.  Now that girl is AWESOME!!!  She is a teacher like me and still manages to find time to run 3,000 miles.  🙂

I enjoy running.  For me it is not about losing weight but more of a challenge and stress reliever.  You’ll be surprised what a class of 26, 6 and 7 year olds can do to you.  I have a long list of races for this year.  I want to set a PR too.  I want to get and run faster.  I know I can do it.  I’ve kept up with most of my training for the marathon.  So why the blah feeling today?

The forecast for next weekend is “Scattered Snow and Showers”.  Hmm, I was hoping it would be warmer for me to do my long run outside.  Well, for now I’ve decided to rest today.  I’ll see how I feel and maybe I’ll run tomorrow but don’t think I can do 20.

Can I survive a marathon without a 20 mile run?  Have you missed the run during your training?

Run Happy!

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New iPod

As mentioned in a earlier post my iPod died.  I wasn’t happy about it.  That meant no running with music.  Two days I ran this week without music and it made a big difference.

I made an appointment at the Apple store to have a tech check it out.  I knew what he was going to say but I went anyway.  I had an appointment at 1pm on Saturday and it was CROWDED when I walked in.  I had to wait about 1/2 hour before someone assisted me.  The final “diagnosis” was that the iPod came in contact with water.  Really?  How did that happen since it has not rained at all in Chicago.  😀  The only option I had was to buy a replacement for $65.  Is that what I want to do?  ABSOLUTELY!!!  Only $65?  Great deal!  I paid and walked out with a big smile.  So what if I had to wait an extra 30 minutes?  I have a new iPod.  Thanks Apple!!!

Less than 1 month for my first race this year.  Yay!!

R.I.P iPod

I’ve had my iPod for over a year.  I bought it the day before the 2010 Chicago Marathon.  I was so excited!  It was small and cute!!  It was by my side through numerous runs and races.  It traveled with me when last year I traveled to Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, and Canada. 

This wonderful piece of electronic stopped working on Sunday.  It was with me during my 12 mile run.  When I was done I put it in my jacket pocket and went to visit some friends because they invited me to their house for breakfast.  I went and had such a great time with them.  Afterwards I went home to shower and then to wash my stinky clothes.  Yep, you guessed it.  My iPod was in the pocket.  I forgot to take it out.  I did not realize it till Monday evening when I was getting my stuff ready for my runs this week.  I looked everywhere for it and then realized it that I might have left in my jacket.  I looked in the pocket and sure enough it was there.  I tried to turn it on but no luck. 

Right now it is in a container filled with rice.  Is it too late and I should just get another one?  I guess the bigger question is do I need one right now?  I ran 5 miles today on the treadmill and it wasn’t too bad.  I am doing 5 miles again tomorrow and think that I will be OK without it.  I am doing 12 on Saturday and am not so sure about it.  Regardless, I am getting a new one before the marathon next month.

January 2012 in Review

This month I ran 107.22 miles.  Yay!!!  Finally a month over 100 miles.  That is a record for me.  It would have been more but ( excuses, excuses) I only ran 12 on Sunday when I was supposed to do 20 and today I was supposed to do 5 but stayed late at school and by then i was too tired to go to the gym.

No races this month.  Too cold.  Still in training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon on March 4.  So excited but scared too.  I think this is a feeling i will have with every marathon.

I am looking forward to warmer weather so that I can run AND race outside.  I know, I know.  I have might have mentioned that I would rather run in cold weather than in snow but I am still a “chicken” when it comes to running in cold weather.  I cannot handle it.

So far we’ve been really lucky with the weather in Chicago. I hope I did not jinxed it.  I remember last year we had that terrible snowstorm and caused me to miss 3 days of school.  Yes I was happy to be home but I remember being bored and then not happy when I had to make them up at the end of June.  I am hoping this year we do not miss any school days because I am planning to participate in the Ragnar Relay, June 8-9.

I continue to run in my Brooks PureCadence.  I have not experience major pain except in the outer part of my feet.  I don’t know if it’s the shoes, my feet, or increased in mileage.  The pain does go away when I stretch my feet.  Next on my list of shoes to run in are the Brooks Green Silence.  Yay!!!

I bought two running skirts from Zappos:  Brooks PR Mesh Skort II and Skirt Sports Gym Ultra.  I just briefly tried them on but will write about them once I run in them.

Run Happy!!

Happy Belated New Year

I know I am really late with this post.  I hope you are all having a great year so far.  I can’t believe we are halfway through the month!!!

I spent New Year’s in San Antonio.  Love the weather there!  Great times there.  All I did was eat and watched movies.  Yeah, fun times!  I also went downtown a few times but only ran twice.  It is definitely hard to run while on vacation.  How do other people do it?

I got a late start to running this year.  My first run was on the 4th but better late than never.  To date I’ve ran 58.22 miles.  Can I make 100 this month?  I hope so.  The New Orleans Marathon is less than 2 months and I am excited about it.  My goal is to beat my time at the ING Hartford Marathon of 5:25:22.  Can I also aim for 4:59:59 or less?  Hmm, I’ve heard that New Orleans is hilly but anything is possible right?

So far I am signed up for 5 races.  My goal is 20 races this year.   I made a calendar of my races and I have 15.  Yikes!  I need 5 more!!  The names in green are half marathon.  Miriam at 12 Half 12 Club is aiming for 12 half marathons this year.  Awesome right?  However, for some reason not enough of them in the Chicago area.  I guess I can travel to another state right?

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon: March 4, 2012
  2. Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle: March 25, 2012
  3. Chi-Town Half Marathon, April 1, 2012
  4. Wrigley Start Early 5K/10K, April 21, 2012
  5. CARA Lakefront 10 Miler: April 28, 2012
  6. Run to Remember 5K, May 5, 2012
  7. Y-Me Race at Your Pace 5K, May 13, 2012
  8. Alivio y Salud 5K, May 19, 2012
  9. First Midwest Bank Half Marathon, May 6, 2012
  10. Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile: May 26, 2012
  11. Fleet Feet Women’s 5k/10K, July 15, 2012
  12. Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon, July 22, 2012
  13. Oak Brook Half Marathon, September 3, 2012
  14. Marine Corps Marathon, October 28, 2012
  15. Philadelphia Marathon, November 18, 2012