Half Marathon, The Flu and Jacksonville Marathon on December 20th, 2009
Posted Oct 20 2009 10:00pm
I did my first half marathon of the season – solo, that is.
My first 13 mile training run for this racing season. It went pretty well. The weather held up – nice and brisk. The knees, though sore now, held up – so I’m icing them down. Next week I do 9 or 10 and then up to 15 in hopes of getting ready for the Jacksonville Marathon in December.
UPDATE One day later:
Daughter began getting sick at noon, as I finished up this post - as you know you don’t have much time once the baby starts throwing up.
She is doing much better today, but we had a rough, rough night. We were up most of it. Her fever has broken and she’s holding food down, but I can tell you this – it is way worse to watch this little person that you love so much it hurts to throw up than it is to do it yourself!
RUNNING NEWS: I ran tonight instead of this AM. I had to get out of the house – 2 kids, one sick and one not, inside all day, it’s tough! I did 5 miles in record time. Why is my time so much better in the night than in the morning, when I am used to running?
UPDATE One day later:
See, when you have kids you can’t get everything done at once. This post has taken two days! It is my off day of running, and I slept in – yay!
I keep getting asked if I am doing the Jacksonville marathon – and the answer is, I hope!
I have learned this when you have kids:
Don’t expect anything. Expect everything!
It is tough to plan for things when you have young kids. So much comes up. I want to run the Jax marathon, but in all honesty I am trying to hold off on making committments with my running right now. I did that with Disney and though I felt I had trained enough, maybe I had not. We moved cross country, kids got the flu, and things changed all during my training. I don’t want to commit to something this time and get injured again.
I want to go in prepared.
After Sunday’s half marathon training run, I know I can do the half. So that’s all I’m commited to at this time.
I’d like to do the full -
It just depends on where life takes me in the next two months!
My new rule of running:
Fit it in when you can, and make it enjoyable.
So often I think we forget running is something we do for enjoyment and stress relief. It’s not supposed to bring us MORE stress. So often in the past I have tried to commit to this, or stick to that strict schedule, and then I’m all stressed out about my runs and things go sour quickly.
I’m trying to take a more relaxed approach to running now. And in all honesty, for the past six months or so this has worked out well for me.
Before that time I would have never considered going for a 5 mile run at 6 PM. Never! If I missed it in the AM, it was gone for the day.
I believe this more relaxed approach has really helped me a lot, and has improved my running. I realize I am a runner – I can run whenever I can go; all I need is my shoes!
SPEAKING OF SHOES: I ordered my new pair last night! Went with Saucony Progrid Guides, wide, again, because damn they work well! I had asked a store to order them for me, since I can’t get to a running store in this town; two weeks later, still no word from them. I called, asked where the shoes could be, and they said they weren’t sure – so I ordered them off of Amazon and got them about twelve dollars cheaper!
Can’t wait until they come in. They will be my Jax shoes, marathon or half.