I truely hate it when life (ie, work) gets in the way of the things that I really want to do. Thankfully for the past 3 weeks I’ve been able to get my exercise time in, but I haven’t been able to find time to blog. I’ll try to update everyone though.
I had a great time at the Philadelphia Distance Run and I’m already signed up for next year!
So, in the past 3 weeks I did 8 miles in the freezing cold, pouring rain, 10.6 miles on a cool and sunny day in Valley Forge and 8 miles in a misty, drizzly day in Valley Green. I really love the areas that we use for our group runs for Team in Training.
One major decision that I made this week was to switch from the full to the half marathon. It took a lot of soul searching and some discussions with my coaches but I realize at this point in my training weight loss, it makes more sense to me to focus on improving my half time and aiming for a PR in Disney. I do feel a little bit guilty since I have been fundraising and telling people that I will be competing in my first marathon. I figure most people will still be impressed with 13.1 miles though.
A few other things I’ve realized with training:
1) As much as I love snacking on Twizzlers during the day at work, they do not agree with me when I am running. They are usually at our water stops during training and I grabbed some during a group run. My stomach was hurting as soon as I started running again.
2) Pretzles are GOOD. At least in the middle of a long run. I don’t usually snack on pretzles, but they seem to hit the spot after having gone 6-7 miles.
3) Finally, all sports drinks are not vile and disgusting. Apparently, my body has learned to accept when it needs the stuff that a sports drink can provide. I still try to avoid the drinks that have red dye in them so that I don’t get sick, but the yellow stuff is acceptable. My favorite is Powerade’s Artic Blast (or something like that).
I have made it to my tae kwon do classes too and today one of the 2nd degree black belts started teaching me my black belt form! Yay! I will earn my black belt one of these days!