It doesn’t get much cuter than this, does it?
Back on track – I am half-way through week two of marathon training. Last week was rough. I was unprepared for the combination of extreme humidity, paired with the horrid reality of what a month of laziness did to my running. I can’t even run three miles without walking, gasping for air, and stopping to soak my head in water fountains (this really happens).
Luckily yesterday was a nice cool 75 degrees, and I headed into my run hopeful for some progress. I’ve been blaming the weather, not willing to accept the fact that I just plain suck at running. Yesterday’s test proved a success, as I was able to finish my 3 mile loop in 28:40. We are trying to improve on our ten minute mile pace, and our goal is a 4 hour marathon. This slightly faster pace was a good sign of things to come. I can only imagine that as the miles get longer, we’ll get stronger and more able to handle running through the summer, hopefully at a faster speed. Although once the temps get back to 90 degrees I really am going to have to consider running in the early morning, which I hate.
I read an article in Runner’s World over the weekend about two ladies training for the Nike Women’s Marathon. As a motivator, one of the ladies paid herself $1 for every mile she ran. The rule was that she couldn’t spend any of the money until after the race, and when she did, it had to be guilt-free and ALL for herself. At the end of the marathon, she had over $700 to spend in San Fran! I could definitely get rid of that pretty quickly in Chicago. What do you think of this motivator? Sadly, I probably can’t afford some of my Saturday runs. Maybe my running money can go into the wedding dress fund?
Next week I am off to SEATTLE! Casey is being sent there for a work trip and I am tagging along. Neither one of us has been there before, so we are both really excited. He has training 8-4 each day, which leaves me on my own for exploring the city, shopping, and whatever else people do in Seattle. His company is putting us up in a really nice hotel that is based around a wine theme. Various perks listed on the website are: free wine tastings in the lobby every night, animal print bathrobes, Aveda bath products, and free wi-fi (I can blog from Seattle!). If you’ve been there before, I’d love suggestions for restaurants, activities, etc.! I already found a few running trails around the lakes downtown that I am excited to try out.
Today’s run is 5 miles – lets hope the heat holds off.