Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

yellow diamonds in the light

Anyone who knows me well knows that I can get someone obsessive about music. I think a lot of people do, but I will literally listen to the same song on repeat for over a week.

Some recent past obsession songs were:
Bad Romance
Club Can't Handle me Now (this one was seriously bad)
Give me Everything Tonight

This week it is this song:

Anyway, I was informed by a dear friend that my last post was "sad." Yes it was, I apologize for being a downer and realize I am so lucky that I get to spend time with my grandparents, but well... I was sad.

So back to training finally. Tuesday was TOUGH but I was super lucky as the rest of the people in my clinic were just coming off of a 30k race. I was the only slacker who was doing their "recovery" run but not really recovering. I am super sore from that run and have been stretching and foam rolling ever since. I ran with my compression socks on for the first time yesterday, I have to say I dislike running with them and would rather just sit around the house wearing them.

Tonight was an awful speed work night but I have an amazing pacer who is exactly the same speed as me, but for sure more motivated. She keeps me in line.

The best thing though that came out this week was talking to one of my coaches and realizing I need to freaking relax a little. Not running for 2 weeks is not the end of the world! I am a little behind but I know it will come back quick.

I am terrified for Saturdays run.... expect an update full of swear words after I run up Tantalus...which is miles miles straight uphill. I did it once on my bike, I can't imagine running it but people say it's beautiful and super shaded. For those of you not familiar with Tantalus Road, here is the elevation profile.

39 days now until Annie is here to run the marathon!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

remember me?

This update is mainly so you don't forget I exist and stop following my blog. I am finally home from 16 days on the mainland. I spent 11 days in Pittsburgh and 5 in Florida. It was a really fun trip and I accomplished a lot including spending time with my grandparents who are 95 and 94 years old. They have aged a great deal since the last time I saw them and I'm afraid that I have probably seen them for the last time. It is really hard saying goodbye to someone to get on a plane when you are pretty sure you won't see them ever again. Who knows, maybe they'll surprise me but they really aren't doing well.

I hope that you all feel bad for me after reading that because now I can use that as my excuse for why my training suffered so bad. After my pap went into the hospital while I was there the training pretty much went downhill. I am trying not to be too upset about it. 2 weeks is a long time, but it's also not that much time. I might have been set back a few weeks but at least I got to spend time with my grandparents, parents, brother, and friends.

My Nanny (95) and Pap (94). The are pretty amazing people.

Florida was also awesome. I got to spent a lot of time with my best friend of over 20 years. I love that I get the opportunity to see her every few years. While I love all of my friends dearly, there is really nothing like a friend that has known me since you I a kid and through many different phases in my life. Hope is probably the most honest person to me in the world and I love that she can not see me for over a year but still give me awesome advice.

Me and Hope on our last night together. I thought I was tan... her Panamanian skin beats mine! Hopefully next time I see her will be in Hawaii next year.

I am so glad to be home now and get back on track with training and eating healthy again. There really is no place like home.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

cause i'm leavin' on a jet plane

Nothing too eventful to report lately. I've been keeping up mostly with my training. I had to miss masters swim last night because I had to pack. I think it's more important right now to make the running workouts and just appreciate each extra workout I get to do.

Tomorrow I leave for 10 days back home in Pittsburgh and 5 days to visit my childhood best friend Hope in Florida. I'm looking forward to blogging about different run routes and some pretty cool fall weather!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

marathon training recap: week 5

Not a very eventful week. Made all my workouts and I feel stronger and faster. I need to get to yoga more though.

Week 5
miles run: 32
miles on the bike: 1 trainer workout.
masters swims: 1
yoga class: 0