Monday, January 26, 2009
A few weeks ago some friends from my bookclub thought it would be fun to do the Snow Joke 1/2 Marathon around Seeley Lake in February... We thought we should also plan our yearly Bookclub Honey getaway that same weekend.
At first I was thinking ...gosh, I haven't done any running since, like, November, and nothing regular since before Astrid was born (early in my pregnancy), what am I thinking... In the next breath ~ about a half second later I was like, what the heck, I can do it, no problem, SIGN ME UP.
I realized I have been looking for an athletic goal (no matter how large or small)... something out on the horizon...a goal I can work toward...and train for. I thought my next athletic goal was going to be Peaks to Prairie Triathlon in April. But this has forced me to start my running, now.
I went on my first official training run a few weeks ago with Sharon (quite the running stud) and Monica (very seasoned runner, as well ~ running with a friend from work on a regular basis). The run was about 8 miles. I ran it without too much trouble...well, except for the occasional slipping on ice and choking on part of my glove. Winter running on pavement is always somewhat of a body shock from running on my trails...
That next week I ran a couple times, and then a 10 miler while we were in Washington for the weekend. It was a rollercoastery route near where Jeff's parents live on Camano Island, WA. Toward the end of the run I was feeling it in my shins...and my quads were burning on that last hill!
Last weekend four of us ran a 10 miler near my house. An 8 mile route that I run in the winter through the Fort, and then added another 2 miles in the neighborhood. I felt so wonderful after that - I just can't tell you how "on top of the world" I felt! It made my day to run with those three gals (Sharon, Monica and Britney).
I'm looking forward to Snow Joke! With a handful of recent runs under my belt, lots of hikes with my twenty-some pounder on my back (thanks Astrid) and most importantly a positive attitude. Hopefully the conditions will be super-rad/super-bad...minus 20 degrees, 12 inches of new snow, tons of ice or something. That would be even better!
I know one thing for sure - dinner is going to taste SO GOOD after that! We are going to the Double Arrow (ummm, I might have to order 2 meals!)
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