Thursday, October 25, 2012

Even the bad days are good now

Today was one of those run days that just stink. I felt good heading out. It was a crazy weather day here that seems to happen every fall. It was about 75 when I headed out at 4:30pm. It was windy and leaves are everywhere. I figured since I felt good and it was nice out I would get in a good 45 minute run. I decided to switch things up and decided to do a distance interval tonight. I was planning on 0.5 miles/0.25. I don't know what made me pick those but it sounded good. The beginning was awesome and I had a great pace. My path led me into the nature center and it went down hill from there.

Once in I decided to do my usual run backwards to switch it up. Mistake 2 in this whole thing. I was just turned around and it was weird (I am a creature of habit). The other issue was I could not get into a rhythm. Either I went off too fast or I was having issues from all the dried leaves but I was miserable. It was like I was running through water even though my pace was OK. I just felt wrong the whole time.

In the end I did 32 minutes and the last 22 SUCKED but at the end I still was glad I did it. I have my eye on the prize and I really want to do this for myself. I know there will be good days and there will be bad ones. I guess I am just glad my bad one is out of the way for this week at least.

Five miles coming up this weekend and I honestly can't wait!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A little regret but a BIG goal

Today is the Detroit Marathon. Over the summer I came across this race and I was excited about it. There are basically 3 races (and a relay) during this race. There is the full marathon that goes over the bridge and back through the tunnel, out to Belle Isle and then done, the International half that does the first half of the marathon course and then the non international half that does the second half including Belle Isle. When I brought it up to Jeff he was the voice of reason. First, it would mean ramping my training up to get ready on time. It would also mean my first half would not be the Princess as I had planned. We had already invested a lot in the Princess and I did want it to be special and I do not want to take away from it.

As today got closer I was more and more disappointed in my choice to not run the half downtown. I have several friends running in it and another Princess friend was making it her first. I just kept telling myself I can do it in 2013 and it will give me another goal to shoot for, plus I can work on a good time finish in Detroit since I know for Princess I am not going for time.

The posts on Facebook started about 2 hours ago as people I know are finishing and showing off their bling. Instead of being jealous (OK, I am 100% jealous) I have decided to turn this into a real goal. I want to run the Detroit FULL MARATHON in 2013. I know I can do it and I have already mentioned it to Jeff since I will need his support to make this happen because it will be a sacrifice for everyone since I know the training is more but it will also mean I can do it at home and I don't have the expense and hassle of traveling (though doing the Disney Full is still a dream--just not a goal yet). So I have 364 days to make this happen. Wish me luck.