Friday, October 5, 2012

2 Days!

Hello my long lost blog readers!  I hope that I haven't lost all of you due to my lack of posting.  The summer has been crazy busy, work has me traveling a lot and training for marathon #2 was all I could handle on top of it all! 

I have missed writing.  I say that every time I come back from a hiatus.  I should really take a hint. 

So, here is the bottom line.  I am running the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday October 7th.  That is a mere two days away.  I am scared, nervous, excited and happy about it all at the same time.  My training for this marathon was not the same as when I trained for Fargo at the beginning of the year.  I was totally immersed in that training cycle - rarely did I miss a scheduled run.  I can not say the same for this training cycle.  I am trying to come to peace with the fact that I am not as prepared for TCM as I was for Fargo.  I let a lot of things get in the way this time - work travel, heat, early morning workouts without enough daylight, time with kids, the list really could go on.  The biggest lesson I have learned is that I was not prepared for training for two marathons in one year.  It's a lot of work - it's a lot of sacrifice that I just wasn't prepared for.  But, it's okay - after Sunday it will be over.  I will cross that finish line - probably quite a bit slower than I did in Fargo, but I am determined to finish.  I am still battling a lot of leg issues - hips, hip flexors, calves - you name it and they get angry when I run for longer than 6 miles.  I have a great physical therapist who is going to help me tackle my running form after the marathon and see if we can tweak some things so that my glutes, etc start taking on more responsibility when I am out there running. 

I am also already signed up to run the Monster Dash Half Marathon on October 27th.  I intend on having as much fun as possible at that race and running it with a couple of close friends.  I have no aspirations of personal records, etc - I just want to really enjoy running again!  One of the other things I have learned over this summer of training - I don't like running in the heat, not even a little bit.  Note to self - spring marathons are really where it's at for me (if I do another one).  I want to get back to the enjoyment of running and I think not having a strict training schedule will really help with that.  Besides, I am crazy, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE running outside in the winter! 

Sunday morning - 8AM CST - I will start my second journey of 26.2 miles.  I still can't believe I am doing this again.  I can't believe that next Monday I will be able to come back here and report that I have completed my second full marathon and I am still standing!  When I start to get down on myself I need to remember where I have come from over the last couple years and cut myself a little slack. 

That being said - after the marathon - I have work to do.  I have about 15 extra pounds that are going to be receiving an eviction notice, I am going to be in the weight room, outside running, maybe find a class or two that I can join, maybe some yoga.  I really need to get back down to my "fighting" weight and stay there this time.  Losing the weight is the hard part, keeping the weight off - that's the HARDEST part. 

If you are so inclined - please send me your good running mojo vibes for Sunday.  I can use all of the extra mojo I can get my hands on.  And if you are on the course - I will be wearing a black UA short sleeve top, black compression shorts or tights with a blue sparkly skirt!  Yell and I will yell back! 

What?  What's that you say?  You want to see a super cute picture of my daughters?  Well, who am I to deny people of their cuteness!  Here they are - photos are courtesy of my extremely talented photographer father - Jim Bayer, Owner/Operator Bayer Photography!

 Ava is on the right - she is 3, going on 12.  She looks up to her sister and has a blast at her one day at preschool during the week.  She is my snuggly, sweet baby...for now.

Zoe is on the left - she is 4 (5 in Dec), going on 25.  She is our fashionista, she is wildly in love with Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and loves the color purple.  She is my mini-me - except I don't know where she gets the fashion, girly stuff from! 

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