Tuesday Newsday – 9/18

Running News/Marathon Training Updates:

Monday: Rest Day. I love rest days.

Also: No food = grumpy and moody

Tuesday: (3 miles) I ran 4 miles. I was so stressed/frustrated after work…my friend asked if I wanted to run with her to abs class from her house…and I rudely turned her down (I tried to apologize and explain myself after, hopefully my point got across)….but you know those days that you need a really good run to de-stress? It was one of those. All I wanted was a good, hard, fast run, on the comfort of my normal trail. The trail I know eyes closed. And that’s what I did. And I ran HARD. Then I did end up joining her at abs class with a little bit of climbing after.

Wednesday: (6 miles) All I got out was 5.2. LOL So, It’s 4 miles to the lake, around and back. Being me, I’ve always assumed that meant the lake was right around 3 miles and it was only half a mile to my house…this clearly is not the case. So, since I needed to do 6 miles that day, I thought I would just drive to the lake and run around twice. Well, it turns out the lake is only a little over 2.5 miles. I’ve just lucked out with the fact that the trip to the lake, around and back is a nice even 4 miles all these years. So, I only ran 5.2. Of course, at first, I was sure that my GPS failed me..but sure enough, I mapped my course on the computer when I got back and it was correct. I still find it super funny that I have not known this the whole time I’ve lived here.

Thursday: (3 miles) SO BUSY! I didn’t get this 3 miles in until Saturday.

Friday: (rest day) Yep, I rested alright.

Saturday: (11 miles) I moved my long run to sunday and did the 3 miles this day. Inside. On a stupid treadmill because by the time I got time to run (after work and my best friend’s grad/going away party) it was dark outside.

Sunday: (rest day) But, like I said, I did my long run today. 11 miles!!! phew!! Longest, to date, un-aided run I’ve done. It took me awhile to get out the door because I was double checking to make sure I had everything I would need. Water? Check, I ran with a small plastic bottle in hand since I have yet to get a fuel belt of some kind (keep the suggestions coming!!). Energy? Check, I tucked those Stinger energy chews, half of a bag, into my sports bra. Road ID? Check. Phone/Music? Check – Speaking of..my iPod died. I’m super upset about it. Anyway. Sunscreen? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Gum? Check, I hate when I forget gum! Couple dollars for a gatorade on the way back? Check…hehe, I totally grossed out the  gas station clerk; we have a gas station right on the corner by our house and I purposely planned to grab a gatorade after completing my run. She took my money and said, “they’re kinda wet” and I replied, “well, they were in my sports bra..nothing I can do about it!” Super gross, I know, but kinda funny.

This has been this week’s motivational quote for myself…Hopefully it’ll do the same for you all!

OTHER NEWS:
My next race will be in two weekends…I’m heading up to South Dakota for a half marathon!! I’m running the Crazy Horse Half. I’m super excited…this is my birth state!

I’ve been super stressing lately about career stuff and what I want to be when I grow up…so, to get the ball rolling, I FINALLY registered for the GRE. I shake my head as I type this because I had told myself I was going to take the test back in JANUARY! ugh. But, at least better late than never, right???