Tuesday, January 28, 2014


It was a cold and sunny morning for our Team run on Sunday. Turns out we were NOT training at Fletcher's as the trails were icy and unsafe. So, we did laps on the National Mall instead. Being as I do not often get in to DC, and rarely run there (except race routes!), I really enjoyed having the opportunity to run there and enjoy the chiming of the Smithsonian clock, sun glinting off the very frozen Reflecting Pond in front of the Capitol Building, and dodging a few tourists taking photos in front of the Lincoln Memorial...

(apparently i just missed seeing the park police shuffle across the ice to shoo off a group of people playing hockey on the pond...)

My husband has been nursing a wicked cold all week, and I woke up Sunday morning feeling as though the cold had taken root in my sinuses at last. So I thought I would just go to training and run, but maybe just a few miles. The half marathoners were scheduled to to 10, full marathoners 16...  that's either 2.5 laps around the Mall, or 4 laps. In the end, I ran 14 of the 16 scheduled miles. Further than I had intended, but not as far as I should have if I'm going to run RNR USA in mid-March.

Depending on how training goes over the next few weeks, I may decide to run the half after all...

It's hard to get out and do the mid-week training miles when it's already dark when I get home after work... and harder still when it's cold and dark! But, no where near as hard as it is to go through treatment for cancer. So, I'm committed to getting back on schedule.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kick Off!

Today was the official start of the training season for the Nike Womens Half Marathon that will take place in Washington DC in April.

I have been unofficially attending trainings with my teammates who are running Shamrock and/or Rock &  Roll USA... but now that we have officially started, I shall officially return to posting training updates.

Today, instead of going to Kick Off... I held a fundraiser bake sale with a teammate. It's one of the coldest weeks I have ever experienced in Virginia.. unusually cold. But we stuck it out in the elements for 3 hours, chatting with passersby and selling cookies, cakes and breads.

There are rather a lot of left overs, which will make my husband happy. He was upset when I wouldn't let him sample while I was baking over the past few days.

But we made a little over $100 each at the sale, and if we can just keep chipping away at it little by little... we'll reach our fundraising goals in time.

100 down, 1900 to go.

It's amazing how easy it is to get out of shape... I swore I would not let it slide between finishing Baltimore strong, and starting training for Nike. But, life gets in the way... as it does.

Between my health issues, family health issues, travel, etc... things have slid. But, I'm committed to getting back on track. Back to running regularly.

Starting tomorrow morning, with a Team run at Fletchers Boathouse. It's gonna be cold, and snowy... but it's gonna be good.