Oh hey, it’s me. Chicago. Can’t wait to see ya in October! Just fifteen weeks to go! XOXO, your fall marathon.
[Plugging my ears. Closing my eyes. Lalalalalalalalala.]
Frankly, I simply have not accepted the fact that it’s now officially summer (!) and I have an early fall marathon to train for. I was pretty excited about doing Chicago when I signed up for it back in February, and I’m sure at some point I’ll get stoked about it again, but is just seems so….early.
So many things stand between me and this marathon. Many shorter races. My favorite holiday of the year, the 4th of July. And my 30th birthday. Yikes.
But back to those shorter races. I think that’s what I am going to focus on for the next couple of months. I don’t want to be in denial about the marathon, but I don’t know if I have it in me to focus singularly on a marathon for 15+ weeks. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever trained that long for a marathon in the past. NYC training last fall was, like, 7 weeks – thanks to a summer spent traveling in Asia and not running at all – and I still managed a sub-4-hour finish.
Besides. My coach is always saying that summer 5Ks make for fall marathon PRs. I hope he’s right. Because aside from throwing in a longer weekend run on most weekends, I think that the 5Ks are what I’m going to focus on.
So, Chicago. I’m glad you stopped by to say hello. However, I only want to hang with you one day a week for the next few weeks. Like, tops, dude. K, thx, bye. XOXO, Shelby.
Today’s EAT: I’ve been working my retail butt off the last few days. That meant coming home to an empty fridge at 9 PM tonight. Gussied-up frozen pizza to the rescue!
Just take one of these (snore):
Then throw a bunch of tastiness in a skillet with a bit of butter. Such as, onions, chicken-apple sausage, diced apples and chopped walnuts:
Bake pizza for a couple of minutes to crisp up the crust, then add toppings and bake until drool-worthy. I added a little shaved parm, too!
Ok, so it’s a little lacking on the veggie front. But still healthier (and tastier, and much cheaper!) than getting take-out!
Today’s DRINK: Aww, look at the little green man on the label!
Huh, what? The wine? It was okay.
This Fuerza white table wine was decent enough, but I’ll admit that I totally bought it because the label was cute. Sucker, I am.
While it wasn’t bad, it was nothing special either.
Today’s RUN: Another scorcher today. When I dragged my butt out the door at 9 AM, it had already topped 80*.
Five easy, sweaty miles in the morning. Then, work. Then another 3.5 sweaty miles home (still in 80*+ temps). Lots of slow running and sweating today. Okay.
Tomorrow night I have a track meet! It’s the final installment of the NYRR Tuesday Speed Series, and I am definitely gonna run in this one. I haven’t decided which race yet – probably the 1500M or 3000M. In any case, I’m sure it will be interesting – I haven’t raced on a track since college!
Today’s QUESTION: Do you have a big goal or event looming on the horizon? How are you preparing for it? I’m sure my denial strategy isn’t the best, but I suck at long-term focus and planning. 🙂