Yeah. I'm sorry. Bad blogger! Bad!
Anyway, I am between bathtime and birthday party pickup time and almost-House-Of-Cards time (which is after bedtime) that is also combined with Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream Time and here I am. Standing in the kitchen, ready to give you an update.
Because this is how I roll lately, people.
School = awesome yet crazy. Less than 80 days until the AP U.S. History test. As usual, I am pretty sure I am more worried about it than them, which is saying a lot because they are actually legitimately worried. But I just want them to DO! SO! WELL! and the weather has definitely set us back a bit--to the tune of almost two weeks. So playing catch up right about now!
Running has been going amazing. First, I ran a trail half marathon where I goofed around the first 8 miles and ate lots of grilled cheese and M&Ms at the aid station (standard) and it was a blizzard and I took about 804,402 pictures.
|It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. We pretty much ran in a snow globe.|
|Kim, Lori, Lucia, and I at the start|
|A motion selfie|
|Another moving selfie|
|Lori, the human snowman, eating a delicious grilled cheese|
Two weeks ago it was actually sunny--yay!--but I was actually almost injured, so I backed off and ran an hour on the local high school track. Super boring, but whatever. Got the job done, felt great, and I kicked ass, so that was good.
|Just me on the track, for like, a REALLY long time|
This weekend we met up again and dealt with a TON of black ice/sleet (PLEASE WINTER. GO HOME.) and snow in our faces, but we did this:
12 miles at an average of around 8:55 (pretty awesome considering the sleet and black ice had us literally ice skating in parts)
Then, it went like this:
Mile 13 8:05
Mile 14 7:51
Mile 15 7:45
Mile 16 7:38
Mile 16.01 = felt a little pukey.
That workout was similar to one I did in the buildup for Columbus. Back then, it literally made me cry. This time? I SLAUGHTERED IT. It was amazing. I felt like I could move mountains.
We finished out miles 16-20.67 (yes, an extra 0.67 DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED WE WERE ALL SO MAD) at an average of around 8:55 again, which is pretty impressive considering we were basically running like grannies during mile 17. Average for 20.67 miles = 8:43/mile.
So you know what? Provided I do not get injured, I'm feeling like I can call my shot here for Athens.
People, I think I just might do this thing.
So I'm going to hang on for this crazy ride for the next 4 weeks. I'm sure I'll have a rotten run here soon just to put me in my place, which is a good thing. All marathoners need to be reminded every once in a while that we are not invincible.
But right now? It feels good to know that I'm running stronger than I ever have in my entire life.