I decided to sleep in this morning...... therefore, it was a treadmill or should I say "dreadmill" run for me today! I debated meeting the running group in town, but sleeping in won! 6 miles on a treadmill seems sooooooooo much further than when I run outside!!!! I dislike the treadmill, but I love the treadmill for convenience!!!!
Today marks the day that I MUST get back on my training ..... I have been skipping runs lately on my training plan...... But, it is now officially 3 weeks since I ran the Albany marathon earlier this month!!! YAY!!! I have been on a 21 day recovery with limitations on not running fast or far. For some reason, this totally took my motivation away to run!!! Not sure why..... It has been harder for me to deal with this recovery than when I was injured! Weird, right?!? I mean, when I was injured, I couldn't run at all..... but with recovery from the marathon, I had runs scheduled, but still had no desire! This week, I have literally ran twice and skipped two runs! NO MORE!!! I have to get my crap together and start checking off the runs on my training plan!!!! I am also thinking about my future goals for the next 6-12 months. The coach says that I need to work on speed....but honestly, I thought I had gotten fast for me.... LOL! :D
Soooooo, with my running mojo back, I jumped on the treadmill and knocked out 6 miles in a time of 58:32 with an average pace of 9:44. I listen to my playlist (only time I seem to listen to music is when running on treadmill). It wasn't that easy today..... seemed to take FOREVER! No, my legs weren't tired..... No, my breathing wasn't bad... but yes, running in one place for 58+ min seems to go on, and on, and on, and on...... Seriously, I am such a social runner now! I love to run with people no matter the pace!
Friday, March 25th was my Birthday!!! And, pictured above was my motivation from my runner's world calendar..... must say, it is the truth!!! Seriously, you are the only one that get make yourself better. You must have your own mind right to succeed at your goals!!!
Wowzers!!! I turned 44 yesterday!!!! How is it that I am 44?!?! In my mind, I don't feel 44!!! It really is true... the older you get, the faster time seems to fly!!!!!
It was a GREAT day..... I even received well wishes from my dentist!! LOL! Ok, I know it is an automatic emailing set up thing.... but hey, I did receive the birthday well wishes.....LOL!
Ok, seriously, I had a pretty great birthday although working..... my friend Brandy hooked me up with these FABULOUS shorts from Athleta!!! Can't wait to try them! They are loaded with pocket space!!! And, on long runs, pockets come in handy!!! Check them out HERE at the Athlete website
Brandy also hooked me up with some delicious Smallcake Cupcakes!!!! Delicious..... wish I had a picture prior to them all disappearing.... :()
Below, my friend Arlene hooked my up with Jif to go peanut butter cups and Hershey fun size milk chocolate bars!!!! I always have these in my desk drawer at work along with pretzels!! My favorite snack is dipping a pretzel in the peanut butter and then placing a block of the hershey bar on top!!! YUM!!!!!! And now, I am able to refill my stash thanks to Arlene!!!! Annnnndddd, she gave me lotto tickets!!! my son and husband had a BLAST scratching them off!!! I did win..... 4 dollars that is...... so, no early retiring for me.... LOL!!! It was still fun to watch my son and husband scratch them off with high hopes!!! :D
My friend Lina dropped off a gift for me at work.... literally, I walked out of a patient's exam room and found this bag on my desk!!! Of course, there was chocolate in my gift bag!!!! As all my friend's know, I LOVE chocolate!!!! Not a day goes by that I don't eat a little chocolate!!! LOL! She also hooked me up with these cool compression socks!!! :D
Can you say CARB LOAD?!!! The physician that I work for hooked me up with a $50 Olive Garden gift card, and then my friend La Trice gave me a $25 Olive Garden gift card......... Totally awesome..... I eat there at least once a week!!! What better place to carb load, right?!?!!
Funny thing was that I received the exact same card from my friend Lina and Arlene!!!! LOL!!!!!! :D
Arlene made a special note that I may lie about being 44 whenever I wanted except when dropping my finishing card in the age group baskets at the local 5Ks....... she reminded me that I have one more year until I get in her age group!!!! LOL!! :D
Yes, It blows my mind to really accept that I am 44....... like I said before, time seems to fly the older you get! How fast time goes is really put into perspective when your 6 year old almost 7 year old son places his foot next to one of his first ever running shoes!!! WOW!!! Seems like yesterday that I was awaiting his arrival ........... time really needs to slow down!!!! But, I do feel blessed to see 44 and hope to see many years more.........
Well, gotta run.....................UNTIL LATER!