Belatedly, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (or any holiday/ observation that has meaning to you)
Sometimes I can just talk and talk!
Other times I am quiet!
Things have obviously been quiet for me lately. Some of that is just indecision. There are days that I am convinced that not only can I finish my first half-marathon in less than 2 hours but that I shouldn't even have a problem with it. Then days like yesterday in which doubt is dominant.
There are a few reasons for doubt! Will I be overly tired on race morning because of working the night shift the week before? Will having my family around mean less relaxation and sleep as well? What about my training? I jumped from running 20 miles a week to 30 miles last week and my legs are yelling at me for it. My right achilles/ankle and my left big toe hate me right now.
But there are also reasons for optimism:
- My family will be there! They are a big reason I do triathlon/running. And I just love seeing them as I am finishing a race.
- Many from the blogosphere will be there! Including those who have blogs that I very frequently visit; IronJenny, Trimama, Comm, momo and the RnR blog group.
- My running has dramatically improved. Just over a month ago, when I would slow down from an AT interval, I would slow down for less than a minute then eventually go back to 6mph to get my heart rate back to just below 160. Yesterday, I did this not paying attention to my effort and my heart rate went down to 137 at 6mph. I had to up it to 7 mph, which was awesome. My heart is recovering so much quicker. Of course, it is not so easy on later intervals because I am hot and sweaty. But that shouldn't be a problem in Phoenix.
- I can improve. That is always something to be optimistic about.
- I know that its not what you do with your life, It's what you do with what you got! (bad english on purpose). If I put my best effort in, then I should be happy.
- I came out of the holidays weighing less than when they started. I am solidly at 219 now. Last fall, I had a post about hitting 22o but that turned out to be some random lower weight. I was at 222-224 for the longest time before the last 3 weeks hitting 220,219 and 219. This is the first time I have been under 220 in 15 years.
A week from today, the fam and I fly to Phoenix. Exciting!
What songs have you added to your training lately?
I have particularly been enjoying:
- How Far We've Come by Matchbox Twenty
- I Run for Life by Melissa Etheridge
- The Distance by Cake
- and Turn the Beat Around by Gloria Estefan. You gotta have a little disco in your life.