My Favorite Quote:

"There is an inner beauty about a woman who believes in herself, who knows she is capable of anything that she puts her mind to. There is a beauty in the strength and determination of a woman who follows her own path, who isn't thrown off by obstacles along the way. There is a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences; who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and move on."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Change of Plans

Whoa.  I just decided to run my first ultra-marathon in 15 weeks.  I am not in any kind of training right now, so I need to start tomorrow.  The plan is 3 runs, 2 cross training, and 2 strength endurance workouts per week.  I hope I can manage it!  It will merge with my training for WDW 2012, so that will be convenient!  I am registering for the Chicago Lakefront 50K on 10/29.  I am still processing this decision, but I plan to register this week and hit the road!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Taking the Summer Off...Sort Of

It's been a hot one here the past few weeks and it has made me think about how nice it is to not have to be in marathon training during the heat of the summer!  I've been focusing on cleaning up some old PRs at some short fun runs.  Although I have been successful at my efforts, I must say that these short races are rather painful for me!  I cleaned up my 2 mile and 4 mile PRs this past week.  They hurt...I am not a sprinter :-)  But now I can take a few more years off from these and come back when I am feeling like my PRs are slow again.

I have a 5K and Ragnar coming up in August.  I am excited for both.  The 5K is with my dad.  He won an age group trophy last year and I have high hopes for him this year!  And Ragnar just sounds really fun.  This is my first year doing it and my team is awesome!  I might throw in a 10K in October and maybe a half.  Although I am enjoying not having the pressure of training right now, so I might just kick back and not race at all this Fall.

My little brother Paul and I are registered for the Disney World Marathon on January 8th, 2012!  Training begins in September.  I am happy to have a couple more months off, but I am always more "in sync" with myself when I am in training and I look forward to getting back into a routine and enjoying some long runs.  Right now a long run for me is between 7 and 10 miles.  That is almost funny to me.  That was my short run a couple of months ago.

My IT Band continues to tighten up on me.  I am trying to figure out what is weak and causing this problem at the root.  I have given up on my chiropractor at this point and I am trying to figure it out on my own.  I am able to treat the symptoms for now and keep on top of it enough to run without pain.  I have to foam roll EVERY night though.  I am happy to do so.  My plantar faciitis is still there.  It is not getting better, but it is not getting worse.  I am trying some calf stretching and strengthening now to see if that helps!  I am confident that it will not be an issue this Fall, but we will see.

I am pretty lucky to have a husband that fully supports me in my journey.  He understands that running is a part of me.  I understand that it does not take priority over my family.  So, DW2012 will be only 3 runs per week...4 if I am lucky.  I ran Fargo on much less, and it was my best race yet!  I am excited to see what this training will bring!