Monday, December 17, 2007

Welcome Back

Well I'm back at it. Running that is. I took a well deserved week off from, well that's face it, nearly all physical activity. A sloth in front of the computer or TV for a whole week. I did attempt weights and the elliptical machine 2 days but it was a extremely half-hearted attempt. Oh and I ate like crap too. And it felt great until yesterday. Yesterday I realized I needed to get back at it (especially if I wanted to continue to fit into my only pair of jeans). I'm a cold weather wuss so the blistery 20 degrees had me headed to the gym today. BUT I took these last two weeks of December off from work so I can leave whenever I want and not worry about missing a call or important e-mail. Anyways, easy run of 4 miles to get back into the swing of things. It felt good to be back at it. Although I do need to suck it up and run outside soon...

I have been thinking a lot about races in 2008 especially now that I met my goal of finishing a marathon before 2007 ended. I am toying with the idea of the New Orleans half marathon in February. My closest friend and her husband will be running as well so that will be nice to actually have someone to run with as I am nearly always by myself! I would like to PR this time so I'll need to focus more on speed and tempo runs. I've already figured out a new training schedule so all I need to do now is find airfare, hotel, and sign up! Usually I only do a handful of 5K's over a year and sign up very last minute but not the Race to Wrigley 5K in April. It's small and you get to run in the stadium (not on the field) and finish under the big marquee. I love it and have done it each year (this year is the 3rd) but the race fills up fast. I am kicking around either the Lakefront 10 miler or Soldier 10 mile both in May. I have wanted to do both for years but have never been in very good running shape in the spring to run. Plus this year I am a bridesmaid in 2 weddings that month (a freaking week apart!!!) so training is going to be tough during April (showers, bachelorette parties, etc). The race dates aren't finalized and could fall on one of the wedding weekends. The Soldier 10 would be awesome because you finish on the field and post-party there too! This race fills up in days though. As far as another marathon I would love to go somewhere else but I think Chicago and I have some issues to settle. I see payback coming in October (sub 4 anyone!?!) And that's the plan. I'm sure I'll try to squeeze in some more races as soon as the Chicago race calendar is finalized :)

9 comments:

bill carter said...

You definitely deserved some time off after that great performance in Dallas. The whole eating like crap thing?? I've got that one too. After a race I pig out for about a week... and like to drink copious amounts of wine!

If you are going to do a Feb 1/2 at least consider Myrtle Beach. I've done their marathon twice and am heading back for round 3 in 2 months. Nice people, nice race, easy to get to, etc.

Congrats again on your great Dallas Marathon.

Laura said...

Interesting... I'm thinking about either the Myrtle Beach 1/2 or the Mardi Gras 1/2. Tough to figure out which I can do with work, as I'm probably going to be on a cross-country travel project by then. So no plans are getting made yet, but I'm determined to run (even - like you - sucking it up to run in the freezing cold) so I'm ready if I want to do either.

Jamie said...

LOL Bill - my week also included copious amounts of wine and margaritas :)

Moral Victories said...

We had a blast in New Orleans last year. Very very flat course. Not sure I'd do it again. (be prepared for humidity. I wasn't.)

Nat

The Laminator said...

Hi Jamie...I love it that you're not even 2 weeks post-marathon and you're already planning your races for next year. That's great.

I remember how you were asking for speedwork advice not too long ago and look at you now. Looks like it should be a fun season for you next year.

See Zanne Run said...

i LOVE that week off after a marathon! ... and LOVE planning the next race!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Short bouts of sloth-ing are just what you need. I love planning the next race too! I am waiting for the travel schedule to become clearer before I can plan too much. Glad you are thinking about settling the score.

Congrats again on the great marathon!!

Marcy said...

Sounds like an awesome plan to me! Uggghhh I hear you on the jeans bit. After I stopped training for the last HM, I blew up like cra-zay :-X I can only imagine how it will be for me when I finally do a marathon. YIKES!

Sidenote: I saw the JL Spears thing. Good Lord their mother deserves the "Oh Sh*t, I Totally F*d Up My Kids" award. Seriously, their family is s-t-r-a-i-g-h-t out the white trash trailer park. Did you see how Lynne's book on parenting got put on hold too? Ummm yeah, that baby is going straight to the 25 cents bin if it ever does get published LOL

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