Sunday, March 4, 2012

It's Happening...

...whether I'm ready or not...I feel like this is becoming theme in my life lately. But today I am talking about Big Sur 26.2. We got our hotel booked, plane tickets bought...the race is going to happen. I will be there. I hope I will be ready.

My weekly runs have been suffering, for lack of better words. With my schedule it's challenging at best. And I know people say MAKE TIME, or WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY....sure I get it. I I guess right now there is a gap in my willingness to pay a sitter so I can run on a Tuesday or Thursday night (soon to switch to Monday/Wednesday night), and in my willingness to run at 9 PM. By the time I get home at 6 it's time to make dinner, then homework time, the bath, then books, then bed....then I'm ready for a shower, since I do home visits I like to wash some of the filth off. So, you can tell when I am being Negative Nancy because I usually just avoid my blog altogether. I figure it best to not pollute you all with my negativity.

BUT....yes there is a but here....things are a changing! I'm not sure just how this will impact my weekly routine/running/lack of schedule, but I am being optimistic here. Starting this week I will be working in MY town three days a week! That means my commute to work, three days a week will be about 23 minutes, give or take a few, as opposed to the hour plus one way! I may have tie to get up, make breakfast, get LB ready for school and to the bus stop, head out from the bus stop on even a three mile run, maybe 4 or 5, come home, shower and get ready for work and be at work by 8:50. WHAT? Is that possible?! I hope so...oh do I ever hope so! I need this to be so! I am dying here....I am cranky and angry without my weekly runs!

AND.....I took a leap and joined a local running group, Fayetteville Running Club! I have been stalking them for quite some time and finally paid my dues and decided to just give it a try. After all accountability is HUGE for me when it comes to running. Case in point: I RSVP's for a Saturday 5-8 mile run on Friday. It had been raining arms and legs (as LB put it). I RSVP'd and asked "Rain or Shine?" Now in Washington I ran in the rain. I didn't love it but I got used to it. But it was usually a soft, gentle rain. Not the sideways, coming in under the brim of your hat rain that knocks you over or pokes your eye out...and we certainly didn't really worry about lightening. Either way, I was prepared to meet, rain or shine, for a 5 mile run. I got up, or rolled reluctantly out of bed rather, got dressed and ready and then happened to check my email. The run had been canceled due to the weather and lightening and arms and legs falling from the sky. I was willing to go ONLY because I had RSVP'd. So I need accountability to get me out of my warm, cozy bed. I am looking forward to getting involved with the group and meeting some new people and making some new friends. I don't get out much around here...

Except for today...when I met J-Ninja for 16 miles of running fun! We made it with only minimal complaints. Last week we decided 16 was too far and agreed to 13 and called it quits at 11. We both were short of breath and tired and dragging. Not today. We set out for an 8 mile out and back, boring for sure, but the miles kept beeping by. Before we knew it we were turning around at mile 7.25 and agreed to finish up at the track where we parked. It was perfect running weather, slight breeze, cool, not raining, overcast. And whats not to love about running around military shooting ranges where soldiers are firing weapons? The normally quite road was buzzing with Army trucks and HUMVEES and soldiers kept us entertained at least. So today's 16 miler is our longest run to date for this training cycle. Never mind that J-Ninja started the training with a Goofy Challenge 5k, 13.1, and 26.2....Me? Notsomuch.

Well, it's a new week and lets hope I can get at least three weekly runs in this week! I have a half marathon in two weeks!


  1. Running by firing ranges can inspire you to run faster for sure! :) When I run on base, it always freaks me out. Great 16 miles!

  2. I know how you feel. I have a 50k coming up on 4/28 and my longest run has been 14 miles. Just hang in there and it will all come together.

  3. oh, wow- losing that commute is gonna make you feel like THE UNICORN GOD OF RUNNING IS POOPING RAINBOWS all over you!! (My old commute was at least 3 hours a day, when traffic was decent. In Seattle. And you know how lovely our traffic is.)

    Super Jelly for Big Sur! ; )

  4. Accountability is big for me too. I hope things work out with the running club!

  5. I'm sure you'll be FINE for Big Sur! As you know (though it may need a reminder from time to time), most of the 26.2 miles are mental.

    Awesome to hear about working in your town! My roommate talks about how he used to travel 2 hours one way to work and I cringe. I can't think of doing more than 15 minutes. I hand it to you for making it this long. Enjoy the extra free time (aka, runs!).

  6. I just wrote out my training schedule for my first half post baby. Im dreading trying to fit in longer runs with two kids schedules instead of one. The half wont be so difficult but when I go into marathon training and the runs are 2-3 hours it will definately be a struggle.

    Have you read the book Run like a mother... it was a nice read and reminded me I wasnt alone in this craziness of trying to be a fit mom.

    I want to join my local running group but fear still wins - Im not a super fast runner, hell not even alittle fast and will be dragging behind everyone.


  7. So glad you joined the running group! I bet it's just what you'll need to liven things up and get you excited to get out that door again.

  8. You are not negative, .. you work your tail end off and have kids. I am impressed that you even get a shower in! Ha I think you will be fine for Big Sur and having a group to run with is so motivating.

  9. Arms and legs. Hahaha! Love him.

    You're gonna do great. VERY excited about your upcoming improved routine and shorter commute. It makes a huge difference!

  10. Big Sur sounds awesome!! And, congrats on your 16 miles. I'm tossing around the idea of a running club, mostly because I don't have anyone else to run with, & I'd love the social aspect.

  11. Big Sur is my Bucket List Dream Run. It will be awesome.

    I can't wait to read the race report.

  12. Good job on signing up for the running club. It was the best thing I did. I met so many wonderful ladies there and actually started my own group run there :)


You're pretty much awesome!!


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