I meant to write after I got back from NYC and then fell into the dark hole of ones best laid plans. My training cycle leading up to the race was less than stellar for a myriad of reasons from family to life to a set of knees that hate me. So, I did the best I could and ran my worst marathon time ever of 5:06 but had a GREAT experience that day. I came, I ran, I slowly jogged and I walked the marvel, better known as the TCS New York City Marathon. I'm 100% certain that I'll never run another race in my life where it's wall to wall crowds for 26.2 miles. I smiled a lot that day. Especially at the sight of my fleece lined blue poncho that I was bestowed with upon exiting the finishers shoot to immerse myself back into the city masses.
Now that I'm back home, it's been time to rest. I've never really took time off from running. For the better part of 6 years, I've run religiously, with maybe less than 3 weeks off total during this time. I've backed myself down to maybe 10 miles per week since I've been home. I started riding my bike again, swimming lots. To be honest, the pain I've had in my knees has left me sour. I've spent years in PT and with bags of ice strapped to my appendages. Sent home equipped with stretchy bands and lists of rehabilitation exercises. This time around, I want none of that.....so with that said, I've made an executive decision to do what us in the running world, refer to as "jogging". I lope along, singing, taking big deep breaths and trying to locate my love of movement. I sometimes jog 3 miles, I sometimes jog 8. I stop when I'm done and if that's at 4.21 miles, then that's when I stop. It's taken time but I'm starting to like and looking forward to putting my shoes on and heading out the door.
Now that it's Christmas, I've taken on my annual puzzle building bonanza. My 9 year old son, very enthusiastically held up this gem at our local Barnes and Noble and exclaimed "Momma! This one! You have a boat!" Sure, made sense. I got home, hoping his enthusiasm would carry over into the searching-for-edges phase of construction, but alas, no. I was all alone with his older brother at the dining room table. 2 fragmented segments of "WHERE IS THAT PIECE I SAW LAST WEEK!?"
Tree is up. Looks like a cannon full of holiday cheer exploded into the corner of my living room. There are literally no empty branches left. So I ponder....get another tree (+1) or get a bigger tree?
Once the Visa bill arrives I'll be in search of an extra "six hunnit and fiddy dollars".
Races for 2015 (going modest here)
January 31st - Planet Adventure Night Winter Trail Half Marathon
(I think this will be my 3rd or 4th year in a row)
April ? (I'll look it up later) - Abraham Lincoln Half
(I want the medal. Just that simple)
May 18th (drum roll please) - 70.3 IM Chattanooga Half Ironman