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!

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