Though I have been totally lazy and haven’t written in a while, that’s definitely not because of a lack of running and racing. Before I get to the main point of my post I thought I’d give some updates, since I’m sure all two people who probably read my blog are on the edge of their seats.
I’ve been feeling pretty good about my speed this fall so I was really hoping to run a 2:10 or less at the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon in October. Well, my dumb butt decided that eating at Polish Village Café the night before was a good idea. I’m sure you don’t need to be reminded that kielbasa and sauer kraut aren’t recommended fuel for running. After about six visits to porta potties in the last three miles, I finished in a disastrous 2:27. However, my urge to run a faster half still needed to be satisfied and I decided to run the Monroe Half Marathon on November 5th. I finished in just over 2:05, smashing my goal of 2:10.
My performance in Monroe gave me confidence that I could run a possible 4:45 at the Charlotte Marathon on November 11th. However, confidence doesn’t make up for a lack of training and long runs. Charlotte is also not like Monroe in that is has HILLS FOR DAYS. I hung with the 4:45 pace group for a while, and to be honest, I began hanging back due to a very loud and obnoxious woman who was running with the group. Hearing her scream as every passing car to “HONK FOR US!!! HONK!!!!!!” was enough for me to let up on my goal. Well, that and the fact I just didn’t have it in me 😉 Oh well, I was pretty pleased to run a 4:52:51. For my next marathon, the Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson, I will try this whole “training plan” thing out and again try to run a 4:45 or better.
To help me achieve my goal in Jackson, I’ve also committed to participating in a holiday running streak sponsored by the Running Lab in Brighton. The rules are simply to run, walk, or hike at least one mile a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. I’ve tried streaking before unsuccessfully, but the possibility to win prizes and the accountability of posting your workout to their Facebook group every day is very motivating. Something else that is motivating me is how unhappy I am at my current weight. I gained a lot last year with the constant travel my job demanded and it seems to be getting worse lately. I’m tired of making excuses for myself and I know I deserve better. I’m hoping that cutting back on the beer, not eating out at restaurants as much, and committing to my running streak will help shed some of these unwanted pounds.
Have you ever successfully completed a running streak? Have you ever been able to lose weight during the holiday season? Am I an idiot for even trying?