Hey there friends! Some of you may have noticed I’ve been a little absent these days. I have my reasons. A big of them is that about this time last week, I was actively trying to not die of some horrible strep/ cold/ flu/ sinus infection/ Ebola/ virus of doom. (And yes, I am one of those people that is more than a bit dramatic when I am sick.) The sickness pretty much sidelined all my effort to run or work out, and I felt so horrible last Tuesday night I didn’t even weigh in.
This week I’m feeling much better. I actually didn’t have a Weight Watchers (yet) meeting this week. My usual meeting is at the church my mom attends. This week is the parish retreat so everything that’s usually held at the church during the week (Weight Watchers, scouts, etc.) was cancelled. My usual leader does a meeting a couple blocks from my office at noon on Fridays so I am planning to attend her meeting tomorrow.
I also ran this evening for the first time in 10 days. It was a short and easy paced run. I was trying to determine if I could/ should go ahead and run the half marathon
I never actually told you all I’m signed up for on Saturday. I was already doing the bare minimum as far as training goes, and combined that with the fact that I’ve been sick at least half of this month, I wasn’t entirely confident in my abilities. I was also concerned about over-doing it and undoing all of this week’s recovery. There was also that pesky 3 hour time limit that had me worrying.
After much deliberation this afternoon, I decided that the 3 hours time limit and under training aren’t good enough excuses. I finished my first half in 3 hours, and despite my barely adequate training for this race, I’m still in better shape than I was going into that first 13.1. As far as the making myself sicker goes, I’m feeling almost 100% again. I decided I would run tonight and as long as I was okay, I would race. I didn’t want to die so it’s on. I’m also pretty sure it’s going to be on via 5 minute/ 1 minute run/ walk intervals. Since I am under trained, I think this may be my best approach for a reasonable time and not injury myself or overdoing it.
So there you have it. Saturday morning I will be running the Fucking Freezing Frozen Lake Half Marathon. (And if we’re being perfectly honest here, my decision was at least 57.4% influenced by the fact that I want that finishers medal. Seriously, click the link and check it out.)