Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Big Step

Friday, I felt pretty much back to my old self, which was a good thing considering I was expected to dress like a turkey-fashionista and strut my stuff on the runway.

(The point of the Trashion Fashion Show is to promote environmentally friendly choices and lifestyles. The students create outfits made of recycled/reused materials like bags, soda cans, napkins, etc. to fit the chosen theme. This year's theme was holidays.)

Do you spot Baby New Year and a leprechaun behind me?

I danced to "Turkey Trot" and delivered a few lines to my screaming fans...you'd really never know I'm an introvert. Being a teacher brings out the show-woman in me, I guess.

I had breakfast for dinner last night, and a hearty breakfast this morning, as my appetite is finally coming back. I definitely think breakfast foods are my favorite.
Dinner last night...no ketchup, because eggs and ketchup grosses me out. Just lots of butter, cheese, and an Udi's hamburger bun!
GF rolled oats, cinnamon, honey, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Yum!
But two pieces of news that actually matter to running are:

1) I'm now the owner of a shiny new domain name. In the interest of being easier to find/remember, my blog can now be found at www.abkruns.com. I guess this means I'm truly committed to the blog for at least another year!

2) I sat down, chose a marathon training plan, put it into my reminders, and added each run to my calendar. Oh my gosh. I'm using Hal Higdon's Novice 2. I think I could do the Intermediate, but I've been off running for three weeks now and I felt more comfortable with a step down.

At this point, I'd be crazy to forget to begin training but the reminder provides an official starting gun, so to speak.
Britt was going to run this one with me, but the date changed and she has a scheduling conflict now. I am going to have to really motivate myself to get up early, especially for the 7 and 8 mile runs during the weekday, when I have to be up for work so early.

Even if you're not into a full marathon, Higdon has so many training plans. Check them out here.
So now it's real. I'm going to take time to really evaluate why I'm doing this before training actually starts, because I want to be in the right headspace. I know training for a full is mostly mental, and that's always been my greatest weakness; I have a lot of work to do to get my mind ready for 26.2.

What is your favorite meal of the day?

Which marathon training plan do you swear by?

Do you have any fun events scheduled on your calendar for this summer?

ABK

2 comments:

Annie Crow said...

Love breakfast too. All different kinds.

I use the Runner's World SmartCoach plans (and then adjust the h*** out of them).

Pitchfork music festival with my husband in July (just one day, but still). Then the Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute in September.

Ali K. said...

I think I'm going to have to make week-day adjustments to the Higdon plan. I'm new to all this, so I hope my adjustments don't end up hurting me in the end.

Oktoberfest sounds like a blast! Beer and art...you can't go wrong!