Wow is all I can say right now.
I am so totally overwhelmed by all of your amazing comments, encouragement and support on my recap from Marine Corp Marathon.
I have had a few days to reflect now on my experience. Yes, I’m still disappointed that the race didn’t go the way I had hoped, but I have now chosen to look at it from a different perspective.
I PR’d!!! And a 15 minute PR to boot. It proves that my training is paying off. For my first marathon last year, MCM, I trained to get the mileage done. I didn’t do speed work, I didn’t do hills, I didn’t crosstrain. I ran 6 days a week and did the miles. I also ran so much that I didn’t even want to think about running for a good month afterwards. The second time around has been different. I changed up my strategy and did 3 days of running and 2 of crosstraining and it made the world of difference. I didn’t hate running by the end of the training. And 3 days post race? I’m excited to go run Paris. In fact…I just bought my plane ticket and booked my lodging!
And can I say I had the most AMAZING BRF for MCM? Did you get those acronyms? That was a lot for one sentence. And not to make people cry again, BUT….I had a comment on my Facebook page that has totally stuck with me.. (Lt. Russell was the name of the solider I wore on my back)
‘I just read the article about Lt. Russell. Here was a quote that really strikes a chord. “He was the kind of person that you would want to serve with. He was that person, that knowing he was on my right or on my left, when it really hits the fan, that I can count on him. That I don’t have to worry,”….Seems fitting…maybe there was a little bit of Lt. Russell in Lisa too! ‘
This is so incredibly true. Lisa is an amazing friend and as I thanked her over and over again today, she said it wasn’t even a question. We are friends and that’s what friends do for each other, so stop thanking her Ok. Done. No more thanks necessary. Moving on. I’ve been really lucky that I have a handful of BRF’s. If you don’t have one….get one. NOW.
I’ve learned a lot from this training cycle. Injury is a bitch. And there is only ONE way to prevent it….STRENGTH TRAINING. And I failed at that again this time around. Paris training starts at the end of December, so I have vowed to myself that between now and then I won’t be doing any big mileage and I’m hitting the weights like I’ve never hit them before. I’m not going to lie though, this is going to be hard for me. I hate the weight room at the gym. I’m intimidated and it makes me cringe to walk in there with a bunch of meat head guys that grunt. I don’t know why..I’m a fairly confident person and I do know my way around the weight room. I know proper form and what exercises to do, but for some reason I can’t get past it. If only I could afford a trainer. Not that it would make a difference….who am I kidding, of course it would make a difference. It would force me to get the job done instead of sneaking out of there after 2 exercises. So this is a HUGE goal for me. I don’t want to go through the injuries that I’ve been dealing with again, who does? They suck. And I’m really excited because at our MRTT Christmas party I won a 20 week training plan with a coach from our local running store! I’ve never worked with a coach, so I’m excited to see how that will work out.
So, over the next few months, you’ll probably be seeing a lot less running posts but hopefully some fun new stuff that you haven’t seen from me yet!
Five Things I Love about Halloween!
1. I love to dress up in costume! It would be more fun if I had a fun, adult Halloween party to go to. But no, we are lame, boring OLD parents now. So sad.
2. The one time of year it’s ok to walk around outside with your kids and your hot beverage of choice….Hot toddy anyone?
3. Going through the candy buckets after the kiddos go to sleep. Safety first people, we need to make sure there is nothing harmful in those buckets…wink, wink.
5. Halloween cupcakes! I made these a couple of Halloween’s ago. They were a huge hit!
Hope you all have a Happy, Safe Halloween!
What is your favorite thing about Halloween?
Is anyone else intimidated by the weight room at the gym?
Any tips for getting past my hate of the weight room?