Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much for all the wonderful comments of encouragement on my last blog entry: Chicago? Or no Chicago?
There were just so many stress factors involved that I felt overwhelmed and like I couldn't do the marathon. Now that I have the plan (thanks to Lauren and Juliette), I feel SO much better. I am a planner by nature (it's even what I do for a living) so feeling like I was floundering around in my training seriously added to my stress.
Not only do I have the plan now, but I've added it to my calendar and set a reminder on my phone to email me the day before reminding how many miles I'm scheduled to run...how's that for organized! Oh, I love organization!
We booked our band last night! The Unnamed Band in Austin, TX! They are going to be so freaking awesome. We're so stoked!
I ran my 4 miles on Tuesday and 4 miles yesterday just liked I planned. I have 5 miles planned for tomorrow; I'll run longer if I feel up to it! 6 or 7 would make me feel invincible, so we'll see...
I mentioned in my last post that I don't like running anymore. What I meant was that I'm not having fun anymore. I feel that the stress of training has taken the joy out of that. I hope I'm a runner for life. It's a great activity that can keep me healthy as long as I continue it, and as long as I'm not forcing myself to do crazy races all the time, it's not that time consuming.
I still plan on racing. I've said several times that I'd like to do the Austin Half Marathon every year...as of now, that's still my plan. With that said...after Chicago, it may be the only race I do for a while...but that's ok!
Can you believe that I don't have a single running outfit? I've run 4 half marathons in the past 15 months and I don't have a single outfit. I have cute shorts, capris, and 1 cute top (not sleeveless tho). I've been running in running shorts and whatever tank-top I find in my workout clothes drawer. I read 5 Miles Past Empty's post today: Cast Your Vote! and decided that I needed at least 1 cute running outfit!
Since it's summer (read "hot, sticky, humid, sunny") I want a cute running tank top. So, this weekend, I might just go pick something up! Probably something matching and totally adorable (read: "pink!").
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!