Weekend To Rest and Run

As I’m writing this, Jon’s cleaning the bathroom. Yep, my guy has spent the last couple of hours cleaning our house to make sure it’s ready for the work week. I, on the other hand, have been trying to think of a good reason not to go for my run today and I can’t think of anything that won’t make me regret my decision. I hate it when that happens. Even now I’m sitting here in my running clothes typing instead of running. What the heck is wrong with me? I know I have a marathon coming up, I need to get my butt into gear.

Sometimes I hate running. I really don’t like running in the afternoon, but this morning I woke up and felt dehydrated so I spent the rest of the day drinking water. I’m on call for my job every Sunday too, so I’m waiting for the moment when my shift is over and then I’ll go for a run. I’m always nervous that I’ll get a call when I’m out and so to prevent that I just wait. It’s lame I know. I even run with my work phone but still I don’t want to spend the 15 minutes it takes to answer a phone call when I get my torture over and done with.

Ok, my shift is over, I can go now. I need to get this over and done with. I don’t want to think about it any more.

(5 Hours Later)

Jon was still cleaning the house when I got home. He wins. Man, he was on a roll this weekend. When that happens I tend to go with it. It was especially nice to see after he completed his first week of work. Yep, he got a job and I’m so happy for him. It was a win that he needed, a position that he was really excited about and at a great company. He was really eager to start. I’m just glad that he’s gonna get a routine now. For the last year and a half I’ve been the one getting out of bed early to go to work, trying not to make any noise. Now, the lights are on, TV is playing and we’re both running around the house trying to get ready for the day.

Ok, so the run. It went well considering I didn’t want to be there. I averaged about a 11:55 pace which is good but not really.  I’m training for the NYC Marathon using the Hanson Marathon Method, which really encourages you to stay close to your easy pace and not try to go faster. I’ve been failing at that. I was suppose to maintain a 12:05 pace the most today and as you can see, I was averaging 10 seconds faster. I start speed drills Tuesday so I’m really nervous that I might be burning out, I really hope I don’t because I do want to go into the NYC marathon with a goal of running a 4:45. I really hope I’m close to that. Ok. I need to stop freaking out. Enough, freaking out. 

So the run actually was better then expected. I have this 6 mile route that I tend to dread since there are a few hills in the last 2 miles. I hate it. But then it’s close to home and takes me down some of my favorite streets in our neighborhood. I love admiring the houses during the run. Fortunately, I had two of my favorite podcasts on the line up, This American Life and Pop Culture Happy Hour to get me through the hour and change. It’s funny, I’ve now gotten into the mood of listening to podcasts instead of songs while running. I think the interesting stories get me through it.

Ugh. I’m already looking at the clock it’s time for bed. I need to sleep. I have 4 miles to run in the morning. Good night!!!

Plugging Along

Seriously, I can’t believe its March already. I swore we just started 2014 yesterday. I’m amazed at how long it’s been. Here are the highlights:

– I got into another war with my Garmin 210. Again, I think the Garmin won. So instead of trying to replace the Garmin that I was frustrated with I decided to go with an upgraded version, the Garmin 620. It’s a bigger investment but so worth it for me. It does have a lot more features that I’m excited to use and some that I need. It’s been pretty awesome!

Nice to see you again, 10:30.

Nice to see you again, 10:30.

– Two weeks ago, I ran one of my best paces in a really, really long time. A 10:30 pace. It’s a time I haven’t seen since the days when I was running 5-6 days a week. Unfortunately afterwards, my left leg started to give me some issues and I decided to give myself some time to recover. The time off helped however now I’m fighting off a cold. A pretty bad one too. I haven’t been this sick in years and so instead of spending my weekend training or enjoying the gorgeous sunshine, I’m laying in bed surrounded by tissues, water, iced tea (my comfort drink) and my Netflix queue.

– I’m officially running the New York City Marathon this year. After the set back of 2012, I’m actually excited to train for the event since I found a new training method thanks to one of my new favorite blogs, Runs for Cookies. Katie ran last year’s Chicago Marathon as well and used the Hanson’s Marathon Method. The training schedule is a lot different from the traditional methods that I’m use to but the great perk is that the longest run is on 16 miles. YEAH! 16!!! The schedule is pretty consistent too with 5-6 days of running. I’m hoping that by using their method, I’ll hit a personal record.

– One of the things that I have avoided talking about on my blog is my weight. I’m not confident about it at all. Actually, I hate it. I’m really embarrassed about how much I weight since I probably haven’t weighed this much since my mom died. I probably weigh more. (I haven’t posted a photo of myself on the Interwebs in a long time, have you noticed?) I’m so sensitive to my weight that I’m not comfortable, still, talking about it here. But I want to be comfortable to do that, I want to feel comfortable with my own skin. Maybe one day I will let you know my starting weight, but right now I’m not there. With that said, my goal is to lose weight, enough that I’m in a healthy range again. I want to be a strong and fast runner and I know to become one I need to change the way that I eat. Because of that, I’ve joined Weight Watchers. I’ve done the program in the past so I’m hoping now I can have it really focus on doing it the healthy way and not freaking out every time I eat something that counts as a point. I just want to be healthy again. I started the program a few days ago and thanks to my cold I’m a little off, but everyday is a new day to get back on the program. Time to start over.

So that’s what my life has been looking like right now. Hope you’re all doing well.