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Monday, September 27, 2010

Rest of the Year Plans

Since I started marathoning in 2006, I've always run one of the races for Disney's Marathon Weekend in January.  This year, we are unable to make it to Disney due to scheduling conflicts, so I've been a little lost with my plans.  I looked past the Philadelphia Half Marathon and saw a big, looming question mark.  I was thinking about signing up for another half marathon, either out of town, or perhaps the NCR Trail Marathon Relay (which we've missed since 2007 due to travel).

I decided to wait until after Philadelphia to make a decision.  I planned to start out the week after the race by hitting the bike hard and starting up my STS Weight Training again.  Monday, I did Disc One of the STS program.  Tuesday, the DOMS were terrible!!  I dutifully loaded the bike into the car before work, but by 1pm I had a sore throat.  That evening, I was feeling terrible and skipped the bike ride.  Disc Two of STS never happened.

So, I ended up spending all last week laid up due to a cold.  I don't get sick very often, but when I do, it knocks me off my ass.  No biking, no weight training, and finally a gentle run on Saturday with the group.  My body was like "NO WAY!" and asked me nicely for a break.  I gave it the break.

So... where does that leave me?  

I am running tonight, to make extra time since I'm doing a scuba class tomorrow night.  This week, I'll restart the STS program.  However, I've made a decision that I'm going to do upper body only, and leave my biking and running to keep my legs strong.  I think that will help me be successful, since I've been having a little trouble committing to the Weight training thing.

As for the rest of the year...  Well, I just am not feeling another half marathon.  I'm signed up to run the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon in May, but that's the only big race I'm going to be prepping for.

This weekend, I'm running the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay, where my friend Lu and I will be running the race as a team!  I'm doing the first half and Lu is doing the second half.  I've never run a relay before and frankly I'm a little confused about how the relay exchange area is going to work.  It seems as if there might be something like a thousand people waiting there to start, and I just don't know how Lu and I are going to find each other.  All and all though, it looks like it's going to be a super-fun race, so I am really looking forward to it!  I admit, there was part of me that really didn't want to do it because we've been so busy, but October is such a nice time to visit Florida.

Once we've done Wine & Dine, my next race is going to be the Cold Turkey 10K.  This will be the first official 10K that I've done besides the Race for Our Kids, so it will be interesting to see how I do.  What's really exciting about this race is that it is run at my high school - which I haven't visited since 1997.  In high school, I would have laughed at the thought that I would be coming back to my school to RUN of all things (I mean, didn't graduation mean I didn't have to take gym again??), so part of me running this race is to kind of give my old high school the finger...

There's one race left for my 2010 racing year!  The Celtic Solstice 5 Mile Run, which we ran in 2008, but we were snowed out with a blizzard in 2009.  I'm looking forward to that one, it is a really nice race when it's not snowing.  

So, that's what I am up to this year.  I'm guessing that after the Celtic Solstice, I won't have another race until the Shamrock 5K in March.  This is the biggest break I've had in quite some time from doing races 10 miles and above, so it's kind of making me nervous (will I lose motivation????).  It will probably be nice to take a little break...


Marlene said...

Sounds like some fun races coming up. I would love to do the Wine & Dine! Hopefully it won't be too crazy at the relay exchange.

Good luck with your STS training!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

The shorter races should keep you motivated and, since they are faster, might help with your marathon pace as well.

marathonmaiden said...

yay for racing! that race sounds like fun. as much as i'm itching to do a marathon i think the short races have some instant gratification and help me focus on bigger things. like dangling a carrot

i really want to do disney but i don't think my wallet will let me. someday though!

onelittletrigirl said...

Taking a break could work to your advantage- I know it has helped me!

My friend is doing celtic solstice!

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