Monday, August 17, 2009

Potpourri blog post...

Goodness, so much on my mind! I need your help!

Ok, here goes...


First

After my half marathon in February my training sort of slacked off (not making excuses, but here's why):
  1. I am an Association Manager for a large education based state association and our Annual Convention (over 4500 attendees and 200 exhibitors) was 6 weeks after my half marathon. I was working 12 hours days in the office, often working from home nights and weekends. I'm not the actual meeting planner, but I do all registration, exhibitors, printed materials, basically everything other than booking the Convention Center, hotels, AV, rooms, etc. Needless to say, I was VERY busy...
  2. I wanted to work on speed for my 2 planned 5ks later that summer, so my longest runs were 3 or 4 miles.
  3. I didn't have a long distance race to train for in the near future. My next half marathon is in October.
So, with that said, I feel like I need to plan way ahead in my races. I feel like if I plan one long distance race after the other, I'll be more apt to continue training, and not slack off. Therefore leading to me getting in better shape, getting faster, healthier, and losing more weight. Also, since I am a planner by nature, I like knowing what's next, and what's after that, and after that, and so on! To get to my point...I have quite a few races that I know I want to do in the future, ultimately leading to the PF Changs Rock 'N' Roll Marathon (my first!) in January 2011...yes, 2011...too far in advanced? Here are the races I have planned (not necessarily signed up for yet):

Is that too far in advanced? How far in advance do you plan for races? Note: I made it a goal to do a race in at least 2 states a year...


Second
I started a race group called "Race for Strays." Here's a little background. I am the founder of helpsaveastray.com. Basically it's my mission to help raise funds and awareness for animal shelters across the United States. My dog, Winston, is a rescue from Lebanon. Long story short, he was abused in Lebanon, sent to a shelter where it was bombed. He was found wandering the streets of Lebanon when an American soldier picked him up. He was sent to France for vet care, then sent to the US where I fell in love with him! I am a firm believer of adopting pets from animal shelters, so this really is a passion that I hold near and dear to my heart!

It's my goal through the racing team that I raise awareness about adopting from shelters instead of purchases from pet stores or breeders while raising funds for a local animal shelter. For my upcoming race in Austin, I am teaming up with a local shelter (Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions) for the October 11 USA Productions Run Austin Run racing series. Runners on the team can participate in any of the 3 distances: 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Each runner is required to make a minimum donation that goes to the shelter, and is encouraged to raise funds on their own.


Anyways, if you are planning on doing one of the distances in Austin on October 11, I encourage you to think about participating on the team. Or if you find it in your heart to make a donation (large or small...it's all needed in these times and every bit helps) you can visit the website for more information! www.helpsaveastray.com


Third
While getting towards the tail end of your training, do you cut back on anything, like caffeine or alcohol intake? For some reason I have it in my head that I need to cut that out of my diet towards the end of my training. I don't drink that much of it. I have probably 3 coffees a week (skinny vanilla lattes from Starbucks) and maybe 2-3 glasses of alcohol a week (usually red wine or beer).


What are your thoughts? I really look forward to your input! :) Happy running!

2 comments:

  1. I think you had every reason to slack off a little bit. I fell off the wagon after my half in March but it was mostly injury related. I def don't think you're crazy for planning that far out either... I think it's good to have goals and it'll help you stay focused on keeping your base! As for cutting out caffeine and alcohol, I don't drink any caffeine so that isn't a concern but I do cut out alcohol and sugar... not that I drink much these days anyway, maybe one night a week I'll splurge and have two drinks out with friends but once I hit my six week mark to my marathon I plan on nixing all alcohol and unneccessary sugar til race day... then I'm going on a free for all to celebrate Marathon success and my birthday! :)

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  2. You don't have an email when you comment so I'm commenting you back regarding your question about Nuun, no it is not fizzy. I thought it might be too but the directions instruct you to let it dissolve for 2 minutes and then you're in business. No fizzy whatsoever. I seriously recommend testing it ou!

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