One More Mile had a major booth and they had some. Thank goodness because there really wasn't much to see at the expo. They had a whole display of stickers...wait no, they were magnets...who knew that these even existed?...obviously not me. Thrilled, I looked for the best ones to get, 13.1, 26.2 for me and 1 for Jamie, when she finishes her full in November and then a Runner Girl too. I couldn't wait to put them on my van. My husband was OK with the 2 magnets, but not so much with the "Runner Girl"...what, why? So why do I mention all of this you ask? Well the other day I went to open my trunk and was shocked to see my Runner Girl missing...I was worried that someone would steal these and now they had...wait no...it was my HUSBAND! He took it down when he drove it last. My question for you is...does he just want people to think he ran those? I know people look at me differently after seeing those stickers, right? OK so maybe not, but I think my husband is slightly jealous of my AMAZING abilities and wants some of the same notoriety! When people drive by, see the 26.2 they are going to think he ran that if they see him driving! I guess I will let him get away with it...but I need him to know that I'm totally onto him!
In other news! I am worried. The same time every year, as races and goals seem to be over, I start to lose it...not weight (I wish), the running bug. I start to slow down, sleep in, stay home and have more couch time...I also start to gain weight back! I was looking for some local races in the next few months...specifically half's and there are not many....that I can find right now. Last fall I put on some weight and I don't want to do that again. I ran HARD to get that off this year! What is it about this time of year that does it to me? Today I had planned on running since I hadn't run all week, but as the KID FREE morning went on I just wanted to lounge! SIDE NOTE...Why do we not appreciate the years before kids? This morning was so peaceful and quiet. I could get up, flush the toilet without worrying if I was going to wake the kids. I wasn't woken up by my oldest asking for milk, I just got to sleep. I can't believe how everyone morning used to be like this morning...wow I miss that. But really...there is something to be said about silent mornings! Live it up for all of you who don't, yet have kids...L-I-V-E it UP!...back to the post! That all being said...I went on a run. The first mile wasn't that great, but I just kept going. The day was beautiful and a lot warmer then I had expected. The views were breathtaking...loved it. My breathing was a little off...I was tired and felt out of shape. (How did I ever run a marathon...oh yah, with TRAINING! And Running 5 days a week) I finished with 6 miles and was so happy I had got out of the house and ran. Before my run I knew if I didn't go I would totally regret it and if I went...I would feel so much better the rest of the day...which totally held true.
Now with nothing on the horizon, unless I find a half to do, which I hope I do because it would be great to achieve Half Maniac status. I am evaluating what I want to do next. I really need to get back to the weight room and firm up, work on my core and mix-it up a bit. Next summer I would love to do more triathlons. I'm so torn with what to do..focus only on running or mix-it up with the bike and swimming? I feel so partial to running! It's way easier to focus on one thing and give it your all, when you mix-it up it gets more complicated. To be honest...because running doesn't come easy to me, I feel like it's a constant challenge. I also don't feel like I have fulfilled my running duties yet...I really want to run another marathon and see if I could do better, I don't feel great about my marathon and feel like I could do better, so I guess you could see I still have something to prove to myself. On the other hand...training for a marathon is a lot of work...and time. Not sure if I want to commit to that right now. I love swimming...really love it and it comes way easier to me! The problem with swimming is the limited time I can swim in the pool, they don't have a great schedule for lap swim. Oh and the bike...I need a new road bike! Which is not cheap! I need to figure it out and get a plan together...I really feel lost at the moment. Is it weird to think if I do something else...that I'm cheating on running? I have thought of weights 2-3 times a week and running 3 times a week which would include a long run. Maybe join the masters swim team, do some kick-boxing classes.
What to do...what to do!
- What do you think?
- What have you done to keep, keeping on?
- Do you do something else to keep it interesting?