Monday, October 8, 2007

Goal: March Marathon

I'm really not very good at writing these blogs.....although I love to read other people's blogs, I just don't have the discipline to sit down and write my thoughts or days activities. Or maybe it is just that I lack the time. Right now I have a sink full of dishes and a pile of laundry I should be attending to, but I really don't feel like it.

But I have been inspired by others to start tracking my running achievements, and post my goals for all to see so I can't back out too easy - and maybe I will stay more focused on my training. I just completed my first half marathon last weekend in Lake Tahoe, CA and it was tough for me. Mostly the elevation, I am pretty close to sea level and Lake Tahoe is 6,300 to 6,800 feet elevation (and I did climb that hill in my run too). Needless to say my lungs were struggling for air up there, but it was also a breathtaking view the whole run. The race was also super organized and the staff great - I would highly recommend this run or any of the other runs that they hold in their week of running and sporting events. Their website is I believe next year the events will be held the week of September 24 - 28.

It has taken me a good week to get my shins back to normal after dealing with the steep hills, and now I will be doing a 10K next weekend here in my home town of Loomis, CA. This is the first year they are having the "Mandarun" which will snake through several of the mandarin orchards that are fairly prevalent here. It should be fun, and it benefits our local schools. I'm excited to see how I will do with my time after all the training I did for the half.

My big goal now is to train for a marathon next March in Napa. I turn 40 in January, so I guess this is my midlife crisis - I figure getting in shape is not a bad crisis to have - and trust me, my butt and thighs needed it. I picked this course because it is suppose to be relatively flat and I figure I will be pushing myself enough just doing a marathon, I don't need a big hill to climb too.

I do have a lot on my plate though, so squeezing in my runs will be tough. Three daughters (14, 4 and 3), three dogs, 15 goats, 6 chickens and of course my husband (he will probably read something into the fact that he is last on the list, but he isn't last in my heart).

Today was a rest day for me, I ran 3.5 miles yesterday on my treadmill watching Barbie's Island Princess with my two little ones. Yes, I have to be creative to get my runs in.

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