So instead of running the half marathon yesterday, I ran on the treadmill while watching the race on TV. Ironic. Actually a few miles of the race were right next to my gym so I could literally see the runners outside while I was inside. Inside the warm, dry gym. Happy. Looks fun, huh? The winner, a Kenyan of course, finished in 2:17:21. Pretty dang good no matter what the conditions. And one cool thing about the White Rock Marathon is that there is a high school relay involved. Texas' top . . .
- King Henry IV, Shakespeare I'm not racing today. It was a really tough decision and my ego tried really really hard to get in the way. I didn't want to feel like a wimp. I'm a runner. Runners run no matter what the condition. I didn't want to regret not running. But then my dad told me that quote. I can be a runner and still choose not to run sometimes. I signed up to run this race for fun, but today it would not have been fun for me at all. I am not running with a friend, there . . .
Well I'm sick. It happens. I've been waking up with a stuffy nose and a nagging sore throat. Yesterday a combo of sudafed, zicam, and lots of water got me through the day pretty well. I was hoping it might just be a fleeting one-day thing, but today I woke up with worse symptoms. The medicine clears out my sinuses so I can breathe, but my throat still hurts and I generally feel pretty blah. Not trying to complain - everyone gets sick - and in the scheme of things this is nothing. Thankfully I . . .
I've kind of disappeared. I had some pretty crazy days at work Fri - Sunday and today is a much appreciated day off. I have things I mean to blog about, I'm just really enjoying relaxing. Maybe I am in a bit of a slump? Anyway, the professional pictures from my Turkey Trot came out so I thought I'd share. Me & Matt! Me saying "Look happy Matt! Or do something stupid!" The finish. With Matt's gorgeous face right up front because he still had enough energy to sprint at the . . .
Can you set a personal record if it's not a real race? If not, then I am creating a new race: The First Annual Katy Trail Half Marathon Date: October 30, 2011 Time: When I got home from work. Approximately 11:45am Course: Upppp and dowwnn the Katy Trail Registration: Free Participants: One source So yeah. I originally planned on going to Bikram today, but as I sat in church with my yoga outfit underneath my clothes, I realized I had way too much pent up energy to ever be calm in yoga. So . . .
Good Monday Morning! I could definitely use a fresh start after my deadly drinking combo Saturday night and a day of sugar overdosing yesterday. Oh and then I added insult to injury by going out for pizza when I wasn't even remotely hungry. Somehow I managed to get down two slices from Grimaldi's in Dallas' West Village. Some of the best Pizza I've ever had! Did you miss anything from the weekend? I did Yoga on the field at Cowboy's Stadium I shared Dani's Best Life story I showed . . .
Warning: this post is long, but official race pictures are included! I'm going to attempt to get through my entire marathon experience at once. I have divided the post into four sections: Training, The Marathon, Post-race, and Tips. I tried to touch on the physical, emotional, and psychological experience as well as address some of the questions I have been asked. Here we go. Marathon Training Training for a marathon is a huge time commitment. The time involved was my biggest hesitation before . . .
Alright guys. I got a request to post my marathon playlist and I'm going to do it, but not without some caveats. I'm not a huge music person. I love music, and I love all types with the exception of heavy metal and hard-core rap, but I've never been one to seek out new music and follow bands passionately. I mostly just listen to what's popular. In the car I stick to country, but for workouts I'm usually jamming to Top 20 hits. So don't expect much out of this playlist. (5 hours total.) Who . . .
My body is TIRED. I got a good 9 1/2 hours of sleep last night and I am still yawning today. Thankfully my legs are almost 100% back to normal. Well except for the sweet capri tan lines I have. Sexy. But for real, I have a little bit of soreness in my inner thighs but everything else is back to normal. I did a 10 minute stretching video this morning and think I may attempt some light elliptical tomorrow. It's recommended, especially for first time marathoners, to do a sort of "reverse taper" . . .
The Go! St. Louis Marathon Weekend includes a Health and Fitness Expo, a 5K Run/walk, children's fun runs, and a "mature mile" on Saturday and then the half-marathon, marathon, and marathon relay on Sunday. There are over 23,000 participants. Expo: I received my bib number by email a few days before the Expo along with a "virtual goody bag" which essentially was just a website listing the sponsors. The Expo itself was on Friday evening and Saturday during the day. We went on Friday about an . . .