I am very excited for the beginning of a new season: training for a marathon. I spent the majority of 2011 training for triathlons, culminating in my first Olympic distance. While I love the variety of multisport, there’s something about getting out on the road and slogging out a bunch of miles in preparation for a long distance running-only event.
And I was just thinking this morning that if I used my two cross-training workouts a week for biking and swimming, I could even be in triathlon shape by the time the marathon is over!’
I saw this little “Best of 2011″ on RunToTheFinish and liked it so much I’m going to do it:
- Best race experience? It’s a tie between finishing my first Olympic triathlon and busting out major speed in the Denver Rock’n'Roll Half Marathon Relay
- Best run? The most notable one was my trail run in Evergreen
- Best new piece of gear? My 2XU compression tights
- Best piece of running advice you received? Be the best runner you can be and enjoy it.
- Most inspirational runner?The Hungry Runner Girl – her enthusiasm for exercise makes me want to get out there and do it!
- If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Busy but FUN.
What I’m looking forward to in the season of marathon training:
- Mapping out new routes on mapmyrun.com
- Exploring new areas of Denver on foot
- Buying cute new running shoes
- Feeling the good hurt in my legs of running many miles
- Visualizing myself finishing my first marathon
- Calling myself a marathoner
- Eating like a horse and not gaining a pound
- Developing runner’s leg muscles
- Listening to books on tape and sermons while I run
- Seeing my pace get faster (hopefully!)
- Exercising mental endurance and positive thinking (You got this!)
- Spending my Saturdays running a crapton of miles and then taking a nap
I tried to take the dogs on a walk this morning and it was more than a little difficult, what with traffic, a foot of snow and a temperature of 15 degrees. I ended up turning around early because Charlie started limping, showing that her paws had gotten cold. Maybe she could wear the Frankenbooties we bought Katy? If we put them on one of them again, I’ll record a video – that is, if I’m not dying laughing.
Our favorite thing to do lately to joke around with our sweet little pooches is this: if we’re watching TV and a commercial or show has a doorbell ringing in it, Charlie thinks it’s real. So she’ll get all excited, bark and even jump up to see who’s at the door. To prolong the hilarity of the situation, we’ll rewind the DVR to replay the doorbell noise. By the time we do that 4 or 5 more times, I’m seriously crying because I’m laughing so hard. Dogs are an endless source of amusement.
Finally, for your viewing pleasure, I took a picture of this car on our street:
That car is totally plowed in by 3 foot snow banks on both sides. Our neighbor plows our street (since the city never does it, by law – isn’t that ridiculous?!?!) and I think he plowed that car in because it’s been sitting there (in front of our house, mind you) for weeks now. Both Travis and I had a good chuckle over that.
What do you look forward to when starting a new training plan?
Have you ever been plowed in? I haven’t, but there was one time when I wasn’t able to get out of our driveway in college.