Posting a little place holder here, ’cause I am, in fact, still alive and running!
Work has been busy and outside of work I’m still training for Miami and attempting to have some semblance of a social life, too. That doesn’t include this past Saturday night, which was spent baking cookies and then reading in bed. Nerd alert.
Since I wrote, the holidays happened, which were a melange of good, bad, and ugly. (Mostly good, though!)
Good included: seeing my awesome family! seeing my awesome friends! sleeping a lot! eating cookies and cheese with reckless abandon! seeing The Silver Linings Playbook! (my girl crush on Miss Jennifer Lawrence has now reached epic proportions) giving and receiving fantastic gifts!
Bad included: snow, (blech, hate winter) coming up 11 miles short for my prescribed 53 miles due to aforementioned snow + laziness + airline shenanigans (more on that to come)
And the ugly: on my way back, airline shenanigans resulted in me being stuck at the Philly airport with no option to get to Laguardia before a flight — with a connection! — the following morning (I said no thank you and took the public transport to the Amtrak station and bought a ticket to Penn.) Said shenanigans also resulted in my bag being transported to Laguardia on the flight that followed my canceled one, even though they didn’t get ME on the flight, (’cause that makes sense) and my bag finally being delivered to me the following morning with one of the beer bottles shattered and everything else in the bag (clothes, which had kept the bottles nice and cushioned– or so I thought) soggy and reeking of beer.
I’m fairly certain that the US Air bag people played hockey with my bag, ’cause I definitely packed everything up very carefully with just this fear in mind. At least my two other special beers survived the perilous journey.
Anwho… more ugly included runs that were derailed due to, er, tummy issues (um, when one survives on a straight diet of cheese and cookies for a week, this is to be expected, no?) and the loss of my ATM card, credit card, ID, and unlimited metro card. And flip phone. I’d rather not get into this, but I will say that I have a new flip phone, so don’t worry! The jabs and jeers shall continue until I’m due for an upgrade in May… Also, word to the wise– do not carry a bag for the first time on New Years Eve because chances are if you are not accustomed to carrying this bag and have
a glass or two some champagne, you will forget to zip it and lose everything in a cab. So yeah, don’t carry a new bag in that instance. Even if the bag is super cute…
Miami training is going pretty well. I did two 60-mile weeks and am officially tapering! I’m still experiencing anxiety prior to every speed workout and am always slightly amazed when I nail them. For instance– yesterday, I was to run 8 miles with 5 of them at tempo pace (7:27.) I had pretty much decided I probably wasn’t going to be able to do it and was surprised when I did and it went well. This is a regular occurrence with MGP runs and Yassos, as well.
In addition to the tempo yesterday, this week has also included a 7 miler with strides and an easy 6 miler. I have a 10-miler with 8 MGP miles (eee!), another easy 6, and a 16 miler. After last week’s 23 miler, the 16 miler is going to feel like a vacation. That will rack up 53 miles total for the week and then next week I only have to do 40!
A few other running-related notes:
-I finally broke down and bought one of those handheld water bottles, even though I’m cheap and it was not.
My reasoning was that I have read a few reports from the Miami marathon and it sounds like the water stations are pretty congested, at least until the half marathoners are done. I’d like to try and avoid that, at least as much as possible, for the first half of the race. However, I’m a little nervous since I’ve also read race reports from 2012 and the humidity level was something crazy, like 89% (barf.) I DIE in humidity, since I sweat so much anyway, so this could get ugly… I’ve been practicing carrying this thing on my long runs and there is nothing to it, though I probably will wind up carrying either it or my phone, but not both on race day. I’ve never run a marathon without my phone on me, but I don’t want to be juggling a bunch of crap while I gun for as close to 3:30 as possible (yep, I said it.)
Anyway, I carried it on Sunday for my 23 miler, but I wound up being pretty dehydrated and feeling ill afterward. It really doesn’t hold that much water, but I did only refill it 3 times. My 13th marathon and I still suck at hydrating. At least I am finally getting the hang of fueling. It’s amazing how much better a long run goes with the help of a few Honey Stingers… who knew?!
-You may recall a little bitch of an injury that plagued me for longer than I care to remember last year. The plantar fasciitis hasn’t reared its ugly head full force or anything close to it, though I feel a little twinge here and there … but I can deal with that. However, the foot ailment du jour is called metatarsalgia and it is no fun. It basically feels like a burning or stabbing sensation on the metatarsal area of my foot and my toes. Good times. The good people at Jackrabbit fitted me for shoes about 4 times before I finally gave up and realized it wasn’t the shoes, but rather, my feet. I’ve been able to keep it at bay during long runs with Advil.
And on a final, unrelated to running note, I’m not a huge “resolution” person, though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have goals in mind at the beginning of every year. However, for the past 2 years, I’ve made the resolution to “read more.” I was a total bookworm growing up and was an English major in college. But somewhere along the way I stopped making time to read. And last year, I read a grand total of something embarrassing like 4 books — the Hunger Games series and Gone Girl. I think I’m better at more concrete goals, so this year I’m going to read a book a month. This month’s selection is I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe and I’m loving it and already almost finished. If anyone has any good books to recommend, toss them my way! I have a HUGE list of books I’ve been wanting to read for years, but I’m always open to suggestions!