I’ve been gone. For a LONG TIME. Longer than ever.
Sometimes you just get sick of the same boring talk, posts, dribble, over and over. I couldn’t bear it any longer and had to step away. Plus, I was going through some personal issues that really aren’t important here but certainly added to my need to get away from bloggerland.
However…I am feeling better and have renewed interest to post.
What’s been new? Aside from 2 teenage daughters, one of whom is driving and making out with her boyfriend, and the other who has transitioned to high school, and the challenges of drama with high school girls, and begging for cars, and cell phones, and a husband who is training for his first marathon, and paying too many damn bills, blah, blah. Nothing much!
With my reentry to blogging, I’ll talk about something I know. RUNNING!
Triathlon season is over. I had a decent season. Nothing stellar but not bad either. I did qualify for the Olympic World Championship triathlon in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and I took the slot. That will be a new adventure!
Fall is here and has always felt like the perfect time to put in a good run focus. The weather is great and, face it, there is no snow for winter sports and it’s too cold for a SANE person to swim or bike outside.
I can’t seem to do anything without a goal or endpoint. My goal for running this fall is to PR my half marathon time. I haven’t ran a stand-alone half marathon in years. My last effort was my PR in 2009 1:39:03. Well, never being one to think 4 years or anything like AGE is going to slow me (stupid), I have decided to go for a new PR of 1:36:??. The big day is 12/08/13 in Tucson, AZ.
So I’m running. I did a 10K in Ashland WI a few weeks ago. 44:01. A PR for me at that distance. Last weekend I finished a 10 mile race in Eau Claire, WI in 72:17. I was tickled with that. However, my body for 2 days after WAS NOT! Wow, I was sore! Of course, every time I race, my first two miles are too fast. I don’t know what I am thinking (probably not!). As anyone who races regularly knows. You are not going to pull some miracle out of your ass that you haven’t been able to achieve in training. This is not a Disney movie! That’s it! Maybe I need to watch a depressing movie right before I run. Would that slow me down?
My goal pace for the half is a 7:20 min/mile. Plugging my numbers into race calculators, this is a realistic goal. I have to stay healthy and uninjured. The 44 year old body has to stretch and rest. My husband will be there running his first full marathon and other family from Nevada will be out running the event as well. I’m really looking forward to it. No matter how the chips fall, I plan to enjoy the race and all that goes with it.