Anyway, some updates from life:
Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon in March: Goal met? Oh no, no, no. In fact it was significantly (as in way, way, way, way) over where I wanted to be. You know what though? I had a lot of fun. Running through the city was amazing and I got to see lots of sights that normally I miss because I am driving and cursing traffic. After thinking a lot (way too much) about this race, I realized that I couldn't have expected this run to go well. I didn't put forth the work that I needed to, and as you can see from the majority of the posts I actually got around to writing, I ate like crap. I let myself off way too easily. You live you learn I suppose.
New Year's Resolutions: So far, only one is officially met. This little guy made it to dog school! I am proud to say that he graduated and is ready for the next step up. He is doing so much better on walks.
Despite what you may think, no, you have not seen a cuter dog than this.
I am also signed up for my second half marathon of the year! It will be an October race and I am BEYOND excited! It's also put on by one of my favorite racing companies, J&A Racing! I have been following a training plan for a few weeks now that has been going really well. I am slowly building mileage in, and I am even going to attempt to add speed work. That will be an interesting part of the plan. Basically, the plan goes twice a week running 45 minutes, then once a week a long run or speed work. The 45 minute runs are considered "maintenance runs" and have a few minutes to a mile of "race pace"but I'm still trying to figure out exactly what that should be. I've realized I'm not a very confident runner. I need to work on that. For example, yesterday was BEAUTIFUL out. But, thanks to my friend's wedding, I was feeling reaalllly stiff and tired from a night of dancing and drinking. I decided to stick to the 'mill because obviously it was going to be a hard run and I just knew I was going to have to stop for water every two seconds. Yeah, it turned out to be a pretty great run. Nothing spectacular, but I ended up running my 6 miles in 56:05. I had set the treadmill timer for 62 min. See where I'm going with the confidence thing? On the flip side, I know I push myself harder on the treadmill. I think part of it is secretly knowing I can stop and get water whenever I want. I have also determined that because the bride of the wedding is a triathlete it must mean you can party all night with her and you are destined to have a good run. She is amazing by the way.
On another running note, I am doing the Runner's World Summer Running Streak. I was a little apprehensive because I have never run every day before. I asked friends and my ultimate running advice go to (my dad!) how this was going to work out. I was reassured several times that yes, I can do it. No, running a mile isn't going to wear my body down. I'm twenty something days in now, and have found that my legs have been a lot fresher because of it. I would definitely do this again, although there has been a lot of laundry. I'm an avid sweater and the majority of my clothes I have not been able to re-wear. Speaking of sweating, I am excited because my favorite blogger, Ali, is selling I <3 Sweat shirts to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. I had been thinking of getting one for a while, but I finally made the plunge today. I mean, who doesn't love a good sweat. When I finish the streak, I am thinking of getting myself a "yay, I did it!" prize. I know it's just a mile a day, but running 38 days in a row is a pretty big deal. Not gonna lie, I have definitely written every single workout, but RW streak wise and training plan in my planner. It feels good to check them off and has kept me on track. I am thinking of buying the Nike running watch with the GPS in it. I am obsessed with my Nike+ sportsband, but now that my runs are going to be getting a lot longer I think it would be nice to have a more accurate read. I'm pretty sure it can still upload to my Nike running account, so I can still have all my information up there to see. I love being able to look at my mileage, pace, and overall comments. The new and improved website is pretty cool, too, now that I'm getting used to it.
Ok, this is getting to be a really long post. I guess it was only right, seeing that I have months to make up. Have a happy Monday! :-)