Sunday, February 24, 2013

First Outdoor Run in a LONG Time

There's nothing like a long run and a hot shower to make me feel better about myself.  I was feeling pretty awful about myself and my life this afternoon so I decided to go for a run.  The temps were in the 40s so I figured, why not.

I ran 7 miles in 1:06:14 for an average page of 9:27 per mile.  I was proud of myself that I ran that fast saying that I haven't been doing anything running wise since after my last half marathon in November.  I would have gone faster had there not been areas of sidewalk with snow on them!  I have no idea why those areas weren't cleaned up, but whatever.

And... I fell in love with running again.  I loved feeling the cool breeze on my face, hearing the sound of my feet hitting the sidewalk and taking my tour of all the huge houses in the subdivision that I like to run through.  I also like seeing all the cars pass by since I'm sure some of those people are amazed that someone would be running in the cold.

Hopefully my dad, my brother and I will be able to run the marathon this year!  I have until the 28th to wait and see what the marathon's game plan is for registration.  There are only 15,000 spots left so we shall see what happens.  If not, I'm sure I will put some races on my calendar so I can have something to look forward to once the weather warms up.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I WANT IN - let's give Chicago another go

Ok, so now I want to run the marathon now that there is a chance that I won't be able to run it.  There are only 15,000 spots left.

I decided to postpone signing up Tuesday over my lunch break since I read about people having trouble.  I figured I'd give it a few hours and that it would not sell out by the time I got home around 6:30.  I went to the webpage later that evening and saw that it had been suspended.  My heart dropped a little.  How could all those spots sell out in 3 to 4 hours?! 

Anyway, it's not like I don't have other options if I do decide that my heart's set on running it.  I can run for charity, which could be really beneficial in many ways.  I'd most likely run for one benefiting Alzheimer's since my grandmother who passed 5 years ago suffered from it.  Or, I'd run for Girls on the Run.  The amounts that you need to funraise seem pretty doable.  I just hate having to ask people for money.  But, that's another story.

I've also convinced my little brother to run it with me (if he can).  He said he'd do it if I spotted him the case for the registration fee.  So, I will do that since it would be fun if the three of us ran and finished it.  Plus, I really need to get back into running again since I've fallen so far off the boat.  This will get me motivated to get it done and improve upon my time from last year.

Oh, and I noticed that the corrals changed.  Based on my half times, I can either get into Corral D or Corral E.  You have you have run the time on or after January 1, 2011.  Technically, my marathon time would put me in Corral H, but I'll sign up for G since I think I can improve my time.  I think it'd be too much to go on my half time.  I don't want to start out too fast and pay for it.  Plus, the pace group leaders for the times I want to run it in won't be in that corral anyway.  I'm glad they did away with the lumping all the charity runners into one corral like they did last year.

So, yeah, registration won't open up for a few more days so I've got more time to mull it over, but I think that I am pretty much just going to give it another go. What the hell, right?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

To Chicago or not to Chicago?

So, here's my dilemma: 

I've pretty much been bitten by the lazy bug post marathon (see previous posts).  I'm pretty much unmotivated to do anything save for my 30-45 min cardio workouts at the gym where my mileage pretty much doesn't break a mere 4 miles.  Yep, you all read that right.  I've been sucking BIG TIME with regards to running.

There is no real good excuse or reason for it either.  It's not like I'm hurt - though I am most positive that my ITB never healed fully (due to my laziness in doing the exercises) and will most likely bite my butt like it did last year.

To be completely honest, I think I'm falling out of love with running and I don't know what to do to get myself back on board with it.  It's not that I don't enjoy running - I do enjoy it.  I think I just needed some serious time away after working my butt off to actually finish last year's full.

So this year, my 66 year old Dad is gung-ho about running a marathon and getting it off his bucket list.  He's been a runner for years now and is now finally up to to the challenge.  He ran some halfs last year to get ready for the big one.  So, I'm going to sign him up as soon as I get home tonight.  Though, I'm debating on signing him up now since I've seen posts with people having issues with registering.  Plus, I think I'd just rather run the damn thing again then try to walk around the city trying to spot him.

But, as of right now, the verdict is still out on whether I can or want to even run it again. 

Last week, I was like, "Yeah, I'm going to do it."  I mean, the physical benefits will be great.  I'll be running at least 3-4 times a week.  I enjoyed my running group and made some good friends over the summer.  I will need a buddy to run it with this year since there is no way in hell I'm running it by myself.  My dad and I don't run at the same pace and he's more of a solo runner anyway.

Plus, if my boyfriend does propose (which I'm pretty sure will happen this year), running a marathon will certainly give me a fitness plan that I have to follow.  I obviously can't look fat at my wedding (which won't even be for a year or two from when he proposes anyway).

So yeah, I think I will give myself until about 6:30 before I make the decision.  I don't think it will sell out from then until now.  I wish the damn website would have a tracker as to how many people have signed up so I can figure out if I should sign up sooner.

Arrggh!  I'm not sure if I'm ready to have my weekends spent running hours upon hours.  I'm not sure if I can take the pain of that damn course once more.  But, eh, I've got that stupid time goal hanging over my head and in a sense, I'm a bit of a masochist - I mean, heck, I've worked in retail (by choice no less), I've run it once before and I work for lawyers!  That's kind of masochistic, right?

Any suggestions, comments, motivation to help me make my decision are more than welcome.