Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Best Laid Plans...

I'm still here and I'm still running! The only thing is, I'm not running as much as I should be. What gives? I'll tell you what gives- I have been TIRED. So tired that I want to go to bed at 7:00 PM and, even if I sleep ten hours, I'm still tired. So tired that my body wants NOTHING to do with running, or walking, or moving. Hmmm- this is no good.

I'm tired. And I'm worried about it. So, what does any intelligent person do? Google my symptoms, that's what! So, let's see, not only am I tired, but I'm perpetually cold and frequently dizzy. Boom- WebMd tells me I might be anemic and I should add iron to my diet. Sounds like a plan to me!

I got some iron supplements and took started taking them yesterday. Certainly, it's got to be too early to make any difference but, I swear, today has been one of my best days. I woke up and got out of bed with no problem and I was alert at work. I finished up my work day and was actually EXCITED to get a run in today. And, what do you know, my run was great! Again, it's probably just a placebo effect but I hope I keep feeling this energized. I can't slump again like I have if i want to complete my 1000 miles this year.

Speaking of running 1000 miles, I took my lunch hour to create a very detailed plan for the rest of the year that has me running my last miles on December 31, 2011. It's very realistic and I'm excited that I added some structure to this enormous goal.

So, I'm crossing my fingers and my toes that I can keep my energy up and am able to reach my goal. I'm also reminding myself to stay flexible because, you know what they say about the best laid plans.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Oh yeah, I have a blog!

Wow- I guess I took an unintentional break from blogging. What's up with that? Well, frankly, quite a bit is up with that!

First, my hubby, poochie, and I MOVED! We moved to Fort Collins, CO so I could take a position as an Academic Support Coordinator at Colorado State University. We've been living here for about six months and have loved every minute of it. Hubby got a job (!) during the first week that we'd been here and he's enjoying that a great deal. We've also made a number of friends and are loving having other couples to do things with.

Since this blog is essentially about running, let's talk about that.  WAY back, on Halloween weekend, I entered a 5K at the University, thinking, "This will be a nice way to ease back into running and start getting used to the altitude." So, I start the race and glance at my Garmin GPS at one point and see that I'm running at least two minutes faster per mile than I ever ran in San Francisco. Say what?? I thought that my Garmin was broken! So, it wasn't- I finished the race with a 5K PR. Hmmm...interesting.

Moving forward, I kept running and decided to register for the Colorado (Half) Marathon here in Fort Collins that will take place on May 1. I also convinced my new friend, Jen, to train for it as well.  We've been running together every Saturday and, still, my pace is 1.5 to 2.5 minutes faster than my previous training pace. On Valentine's Day weekend, Jen and I entered a 4 miles race in Loveland, CO. Our finishing time was 37:48!!! I got a race PR and a mile PR all on the same day!

Finally, since I was unable to complete 1000 miles last year, I decided to make that my goal again this year. So far, I've finished about 200 miles and I'm on track to meet my goal. I've decided to not only run the CO 1/2 Marathon but to also run the Colfax Denver 1/2 Marathon, and the Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon in December. There's also a strong possibility that I'll run the Denver Rock 'n Roll 1/2 Marathon in October! I've decided that the half marathon is my favorite distance and, instead of fighting that by running full marathons, I'm going to tackle more halves and try for better times.

So, overall, I'm doing great! I'm healthier and happier than I've been in a long time. I'm also excited about rededicating myself to my blog. So, here I am. Let's do this!