Tapering and Cinnamon Rolls

Tapering and Cinnamon Rolls

  I’m happy to say I am almost 100% over my cold—hooray!  I stopped taking the antibiotic on Tuesday, after my sister (who works for a doctor) informed me that it may cause “tendon ruptures.”  Seriously?!  How does anyone develop a medicine that’s supposed to cure a virus but also just happens to cause tendon ruptures?  And how did a girl who is training for a marathon get lucky enough to have it prescribed to her?? At any rate, that’s all gone and out of my system—and good riddance!  My coffee finally tastes good again, and I’m not waking up feeling hung over without the benefit of actually enjoying some alcohol. :p  I skipped one run last Tuesday, but since I’m officially in taper mode now, I figured it couldn’t hurt.  I ran the prescribed 3 on Friday and then,...

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I’m here. I’m weak, but I’m here.

I’m here. I’m weak, but I’m here.

How weak am I? I just had to look at the word “here” above three times to determine if it was supposed to be “here” or “hear.” The journalism minor’s ultimate fail. I feel like such a life-slacker. I honestly can’t remember the last time a cold took me down so hard. Okay, technically, it wasn’t just “a cold,” or so the doctor said.  It was an “upper respiratory and sinus infection.”  But really, isn’t that just fancy doctor-talk for a cold? I don’t know, but all I know is that last Thursday, I actually agreed to a) go to a doctor and b) take medicine (two things I really hate).  I’ve been on this awful antibiotic since Thursday, and I hate it. It makes me sleepy and weak and it makes my tummy very unhappy. And all that just makes me cranky. You know what else...

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Uggggghhhh

Uggggghhhh

I ran 20 miles last Saturday, the last long run of my training before my “taper” period. Should be the happiest day of my life, right? Eat, drink, and be merry, right? Well, maybe… if I hadn’t then contracted THE WORST COLD IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE! I’m pretty sure I’m dyyyyingggg. I’m also pretty sure I’m melodramaaaaaatic. But seriously, you know it’s bad when I earn 34 points for a single run…and then I don’t even use them! Oh, the humanity! I will come back and update you on my training and such, if I survive. As of now, I’ve skipped three runs this week, and I may skip the next 30 if my head doesn’t stop trying to explode. Waaaah. Okay, enough of my whining. Thanks for...

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Pondering Weight Loss

Pondering Weight Loss

  I had two great runs this week, not because I ran fast or long, but because I did them with my two favorite running partners. A week ago today, I ran 19 miles.  I ran that all by myself, and I feel like I did a great job.  There are no pictures from that run, for two reasons: 1) Because I made a conscious effort to not take breaks except at specified times (every 5 miles until 15, and then one more at 17 before finishing), and 2) because Michigan in late March is pretty drab and brown and yucky, and who wants to see pictures of that?   But I ended up with a moving pace of 11:58 pace, but more importantly, my overall pace (including stops) was a 12:27–that’s the first time I’ve had an overall pace for a really long run below 13 minutes per...

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Corktown Race Report!

Corktown Race Report!

Last week, Jamie and I ran the Corktown Race in Detroit.  It was our first race of the year, and also our first time running this particular St. Patrick’s Day themed race.  We’ve done the Shamrock Run in Plymouth for two years in a row, but they moved it up a week this year, causing it to conflict with his last hockey tournament.  Instead, we decided to give Corktown a try…I’d heard many great things about it, and although it was only a 5k (Jamie likes to run 10ks), it sounded like fun. The race didn’t start until 10am, which is awfully late for a race, normally, but it worked out well for us, because it gave me time to stop at the rink and drop off copies of the team DVDs before heading up to Detroit.  Although Jamie had to miss the...

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They’re done!!

They’re done!!

I started my new job last week. So far, it’s going well. I have three projects already assigned to me, but it’s work that I know I can do (though I’ll need to learn some new software), so I’m happy about that. It’s also been much less stressful than my past job, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone, or re-getting to know them, since I used to work there before. Everyone seems to get along very well, and we’ve been having a lot of fun, in addition to getting work done. About the only downside I can see so far is that food is a big component of this job. :/ It seems like someone is bringing in snacks or other goodies every single day. :O On the other hand, the bright side (?) is that it’s a much larger...

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I Skipped A Run

I Skipped A Run

(Please note: I THOUGHT I posted this last night, but it turns out, I forgot to hit the “Publish” button!) Actually, I skipped two. It may not sound like a big deal, but in 10 weeks of training five days a week, I have not skipped a run. I did postpone a run until the evening once, and another one I cut short by half a mile because I ran out of time. But other than that, I have kept my training plan perfectly. That is, until Monday, when I finally decided I needed a break. But first, before talking about Monday, I should back up and tell you about last Friday. This intermediate marathon training program has me doing moderately long runs the day before a long run, and sometimes it has to be done at pace. My marathon pace is 11:04, which shouldn’t...

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