Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A New Look, a New Race

Everyone recovered from their candy hangover yet? I've got a good one, it might last all day....

It's a new month and I thought it was time for a new look. I was tired of the black background, so I decided to take the blog lighter for awhile, I'm sure I'll change it again.

If only I could take the hint and clean out my purse and make it lighter, I picked that thing up this morning and just about fell over. Who put the bowling ball in there? I have a bottle of Arnica cream, full size bottle of hairspray, 3 granola bars (you never know when you might need extra fuel), hand sanitizer, mini bottle of Scope, deodorant, 5 tampons (one for me and 4 other women in a time of emergency), $20 in nickels/dimes/quarters, and a Hawaiian spirit stick that says compassion.

One never knows when they might need a spirit stick.

A new month, a new look, a new purse (easier then cleaning out the old one), and a new race to start training and looking forward to.

I've signed up for the Carlsbad half marathon on January 22nd. This will be the first longer running race that I will have done since I screwed up my knee training for the Chicago Marathon last year. I haven't decided my goals for the race yet, but I have several friends doing either the half or full, so it will be a fun girl's weekend. Quite honestly, I don't want to get caught up in the whole goal/pace thing again. I am going to see what I can do in training, how my knee feels, and go from there. My main goal is to have fun and enjoy running again.

So far the training has been rather light and I've been doing most of my workouts in zone 1-2 HR (a.K.a easier), so I feel fresh, rested, recovered, and ready for the new training phase. I am also still swimming and biking for maintenance. I must admit that I am kind of hooked on doing the tris and I have a couple of bigger races in mind for next year.

Speaking of being well rested, last week we took a mini vacation over fall break and stayed in a little cabin in the mountains.

This place had spectacular views and overlooked one of Colorado's 14,000 ft peaks.

While I was there, I did a couple of trail runs and was just in awe of the views. I am so blessed to live here and really should spend more time appreciating the gorgeous mountains and landscape. When I first moved here 4 and a half years ago, I couldn't get enough of them, I could stare all day, but now I realize that I take the mountains for granted that they are "just there". This needs to change. Actually, there many things in my life that I take for granted and that needs to change too.

Off to clean out my purse. Anyone need a tampon? Spirit stick?