I guess it's fitting that my first week of training-to-run-a-BQ meant that it has been nearly 2 weeks since I've blogged. In reality, I've been busy drinking beer, enjoying Loopville, and enjoying life--every time I sit down to bloop, I realize I should really go to bed!
I digress. We'll get to the fun later. The backstory of my dream of a
BQ begins with the Grand Canyon. When I was 25, I took a road trip to
the Grand Canyon with my mom and sister. I remember reading a sign
about a girl who had not taken enough precaution taking a hike and ended
up dying of heat stroke. It stated that she was Boston Marathon
finisher--a nod to the active types that she was in great physical
shape. I hadn't run a marathon at that point, but the story stuck with
Flash forward to late 2009 when I ran my first
marathon in seconds over 4 hours. I remember thinking that it was going
to be pretty impossible to run 20 minutes (at the time) faster than
what I had just accomplished. I was satisfied with being a marathon
finisher and happy just to cross the finish line on my own 2 feet.
ran my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th between 3:50 to just under 4:00. At some
point, they reduced the 18-34 year old women's time to 3:35 for a BQ.
March, I ran 3:43:18 on a hilly Atlanta marathon and felt amazing at
the finish. 95% because I had smashed my PR and felt absolutely
physically wonderful and 5% because I knew that I was only 8 minutes
from a BQ.
When the Rehoboth Beach marathon idea started
getting tossed around, I didn't even really think about the BQ thing at
first. It seemed still too fast for me and I didn't want to disappoint
myself by failing. But then I realized that I would never know until I
tried. Just like trying my first marathon, I had no idea if I could,
but I didn't want to live life sitting around wondering if I had it in
me, but never tried.
I still have tremendous self doubt. I
will with every training run. I will with every mile of the race. But
life will go on whether or not I BQ and if I don't, I will likely try
I stepped out the door Tuesday with my training plan in place.
This week's schedule:
Tuesday: 5 easy @ 9:22 Actual: 5.2 @ 8:24
Thursday: Tempo 6 (4 @ 7:56) Actual: 8:19, 7:30, 7:16,7:25, 7:23,7:53
Friday: 5 easy @ 9:22 Actual: 5 @ 9:05
Sunday: 10 LSD @ 9: 22 Actual: 10 @8:01
So.....it was a bit fast. Oops...
other exciting news, Adam liked the idea of a training plan to walk his
5K and so I put together one last week. He is walking a 5K on October
6th, while I run a half-marathon. Last week, we walked 4.9 miles over 4
days and this week, he will start his 'official' training program:
agreed to walk with him whenever I can, so I'll be padding my miles
with some cross-training walks. Good for our bodies and great to talk
to each other without interruptions (re: healthy for marriage too!)!
What exactly have I been up to the past 12 days when I wasn't blogging?
Well, I've been busy helping my sister getting her wedding festivities underway by planning an engagement party for her:
in charge of the food (duh), so I've been pouring over cookbooks and
Pinterest trying to get great gluten-free ideas for the party:
I've been enjoying apples from our (finally) fruitful apple tree in the backyard (with homemade peanut butter to boot!):
And drinking lots of smoothies to compensate for all the beer from the beer challenge:
Which is just silly because I have been eating and drinking like a college kid.
So many nachos:
And jalapeno infused tequila because it was on the menu....
I've mostly been hanging out with my favorite dude, watching the
Braves, Big Bang Theory, and doing fun things like ride our friend
All this fun can be very, very exhausting: