Happy Post Memorial Day! Happy Wednesday that feels like a Tuesday but is really like a Thursday to me! In case you can’t follow that it means I’m off this Friday! I love when I forget that I have time scheduled off, it’s like a surprise vacation for me. I think that’s going to happen a bunch this summer because I have quite a few big events and I’m trying to take them one at a time. I won’t always get that luxury. Sometimes they’ll be two at a time. Like this past weekend, I had my little sister’s 21st and my best friend’s bridal shower. More on these later but let me tell you that I rocked the games at the bridal shower (if I do say so myself).
Fitness is on the brain though (besides packing, food, and all of the other randomness that floats around in my noggin.) I apologize if I’m a little scattered today- I think people would be worried if I ever seriously, solely stuck to one topic. Everything is intermingled, and that’s life, right?
So fitness. Couple of things here. One being the topic of running versus spectating. I recently spectated the Cleveland 10-Miler, I will be running the Rock’n’Roll half marathon in April, and I hybrid watched/faux-ran on Cleveland Marathon Day. I love cheering for runners. Two and a half hours flew by when I was cheering for the 10-mile runners. When I was at mile seven at the Cleveland Marathon, I had butterflies in my stomach while I cheered on the early runners and was waiting for the runners I knew to fly by. When Julie arrived, I ran three miles with her to keep her mind preoccupied and talk her ear off (hopefully not too much!) I was also ready to help her tackle a monster hill that never apparated.
Some random observations at the Cleveland Marathon:
- I’m very excited the Rock’n’Roll Half will have lots of bands! I heard one (meager) marching band and was jubilated
- Cleveland needs a sports bra symposium, I saw a few women running and thought, that can’t be comfortable!
- I saw one very attractive female runner in a tiny little top and matching tiny little shorts and behind her was a group of men and they were very, er, focused. Hey, whatever it takes to run a freaking marathon.
- Lots of little kids offering high fives. This is AWESOME. Why did no one ever take me to a marathon to give out high fives when I was little?
- Best signs ever. They far exceeded my expectations. I thought about taking pictures but decided I wouldn’t possibly forget what they said. I forgot what they said.
Registration for the Cleveland 10k, Half & Full Marathon is up! The question becomes, do I want to run or do I want to spectate? It sounds silly but my birthday is on the day before the races- will I be able to run or will I be wanting to keep the party going on the sidelines? IF the answer to this question is run, the question becomes 10k or half-marathon? A full marathon is completely out of the question. I’m sure I’ll eat my words for this but at the moment, I have no interest in putting my body through that. What’s it going to be?
Speaking of training…the last time I posted I was a week and a half in and I was killing it. I’m happy to say that I absolutely knocked it out of the park last Wednesday but sad to report I dropped the ball since then. The path to recovery is a tough one. I had every intention of not letting a holiday weekend get in the way. The holiday weekend really didn’t, I got in my way. Boyface was not feeling well on Saturday after being the designated drinker with my sister on Friday and I felt hungover by association- probably just from staying up so late. When did I get so old? Oh yeah, last week.
Here’s the past week:
Wednesday- I was supposed to run at race pace for three miles. I’m not even sure what that will be for me. How do I look at a my 5k time and say, without any training, I can run a 30 minute-ish 5k, so in the fall, after twenty weeks of training, I’ll run 13 miles at….? I’m just going with whatever feels comfortable for now. As I start working into my longer runs I hope I’ll have a better idea of what my “race pace” is. Before I even got to the run I went to a yoga class at the new Cleveland Yoga studio is Uptown. It’s right across from the new Chipotle and Mitchell (#fatkiddirections.) I had a free birthday class to use within the week of my birthday and my time was running out! I found a class that looked great and I loved it! It was challenging yet reflective at the same time- not that they can’t be both, I just can normally handle one or the other but this both worked for me. If that makes any sense. When I got home, I still rain the three miles (on the treadmill) and I ran them in 28:44- not too shabby. I was rocking a newly reformed running playlist and watching the Indians (lose.) So Wednesday is darker pink because I went above and beyond.
Thursday- The beginning of the end. I was supposed to run 3 miles and I didn’t. I got out of work late after a crazy day and spent over an hour at the grocery store in heels and I was pooped when I got home. I just want to watch the season finale of Nashville and eat pasta. So I did.
Friday & Monday were rest days, and I did a great job of following my plan on these days.
Saturday– The five mile run- in shameful strike-through and yucky yellow. Shame.
Sunday- Cross train- didn’t happen. I was on my feet a lot at the bridal shower though! My yoga today will be the cross training I didn’t do on Sunday 🙂
Tuesday- I was supposed to run 3 miles and I did. This should be sufficient but I was hoping to run the 5 miles I didn’t get to on Saturday. Boyface volunteered to run with me and the moment we got outside yesterday evening we could feel and see the impending storm headed towards us from over the lake. We were being snarky with each other and I went out too fast, I think I was trying to impress him with my new found running badassery but I didn’t take into account I hadn’t run in nearly a week. We went out way too hard for the first mile- completing it in under 8:30. My feet felt like dead weights for the rest of the run and it took awhile to catch my breath. Because of my sad shape and the threatening cumulus nimbus clouds overhead, we only got three miles in and did get a little wet.
Wednesday- Which brings us to today. I will be running 4 miles, at no particular pace, during my lunch and going back to the yoga class. I also have a goal to make it to a running store today to finally get new shoes. I think the last time I had help picking out a running shoe was my sophomore year of high school.
So what should I do for the Cleveland Marathon next year? Run or Spectate? 10k or half? How do you stay on training schedule during a holiday weekend?