I was going through my cabinet of clothes yesterday and came across this shirt I purchased when I paid my race fees for the Portland Marathon this October 7th! I got really excited. Like, kid in a candy store excited.
I had also looked at my board of medals, bib numbers, and my printout of ‘Bushisms’ hilarious, and I was inspired again. A lot of those races I didn’t do as well as I wanted to but, a lot of those races were firsts, PR’s, and memories. I remember all of my races. I remember what I was thinking through all of them. Each one is very special to me regardless of how it went and turned out.
I needed to be reminded of how far I had come. I was a sprinter growing up. I had also taken a 15 year hiatus. I had only run two 5K races before jumping in with the big guys and running my first marathon. I’m a ‘jump in the deep end’ type of gal; all or nothing. I was never good at easing into things. I’m way too impatient for that.
The Portland Marathon will be my first out-of-state marathon and I can’t wait! I’m really looking forward to seeing and staying with my friend ‘L’. I’m extremely excited for her because she will be running her first half marathon! I’m so very proud of her. We are working on her calve issues and we are keeping our fingers crossed that she can race that day. Honestly, I’m more excited about her race than mine. I’m also looking forward to scarfing waffles when we’re done. Waffles are all I want after a race; a beer isn’t bad either.
My runs this week went well. I’m trying to build my base to 10 miles instead of 6. 6 miles was my base during my training for my last marathon. I would like to get it to 10 miles this training season as well as incorporate speed work and hills. ‘G’ said he could help me with hill repeats. I dread that first day but, until then I will continue to swim, lift weights, and build my base.
This week I tried out some new shoes. Brooks Pure Connect. What are my thoughts? I. LOVE. These. Shoes. Seriously LOVE them.
- I love the color purple. It’s my favorite color.
- I like how the lacing of the shoe is off set to naturally go with your foot movement.
- The arch support in this shoes is hands down the BEST I have ever had. I have a high arch.
- I didn’t feel like I was pounding and heavy. I felt light and it felt effortless to run in these shoes.
- The front of the shoe where your toes are is wide enough that I didn’t feel rubbing on any of my toes. I have felt this with all the other shoes I have worn.
I have only worn them for two runs but, I can say that so far I can’t list any ‘cons’ with these shoes. I can’t wait to start training in them when it’s time for my long runs. I’ll know more later, if this is going to be my ‘go to’ shoe.
Thursday: 3.1 miles
Friday: 6.2 miles
Saturday: Rest. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! I’m German/Irish so I’m drinking Irish beer out of a German Stein from West Germany. Drink Up! Be Safe!
I have a passion for running and a drive to test just how far I can push myself. I'm on a journey to qualify for Boston. As fun as trails are I'm a road racer. I've always trained on road or track; it feels like home to me.