Yea, still alive here... last I checked. I'm so tired and so tired that I don't even sleep well (did I share that I was insane enough to work holiday help at the GAP? Yeah, I know, BLEH! I'm finding out that holiday shoppers, as a whole, are not overly nice during the holidays, and I'll leave it at that. It's utterly exhausting). I am behind on everything....but at least I got the tree up and a few gifts bought. And I managed to make 500 Christmas cookies, and consume 400 of them.
First order of business is the blog exchange: I have received a few emails from blog exchangees that gifts have been sent. It's not a requirement to let me know, but thank you to those that have; I will be on the lookout for the goodies you received. Please, if you haven't sent your gift (you know who you are *ahem*) let's hit the post office asap....rush shipping might even be required. Also, please include your name WITH your gift (if you didn't, please let them who you are once it's arrived.), the "secret" part was just before the gift arrived. There has been some really great gifts I've seen already - so fun! Thanks to all who participated!
Next: my marathon training. Um...it's there, but it is pretty sad. 4 1/2 weeks left; scary! I got so sick after I did that half marathon in the frozen Arctic a couple weeks ago and getting back into it has been one very tough mental challenge. I've also been dealing with a nightmare of a personal situation which has left me just feeling so blaaaah!!! I did manage 52 miles last week but they were pretty much all base miles. I cranked out a 20-miler on Saturday - my first outdoors for this marathon - but I wouldn't have called it easy, nor was it anywhere close to my target of a minute/mile slower than marathon pace. Eh, it's okay. I've given up on any idea of a time goal for Carlsbad and truly I am at peace with that. This is my first marathon in 19 months. I need to get stronger before any miraculous 26.2 miles can occur (I will discuss in a future post) so I will run Carlsbad half trained. As my good friend told me recently on a particularly bad day I had: You know how to overcome adversity. The coach within will show you the way. Yeah, I will be fine.
Finally: Misszippy, who I had the privilege of meeting this summer, asked the blog world to answer the following questions, which pretty much sums up my year, so I thought I'd bite on this one and give my thoughts. Here goes:
- Best Race Experience: I didn't get to race much this year due to my foot fiasco, but I actually have two races that were my "best". First: the fact I finished the Pikes Peak Ascent - a 8000' virtual climb - with pretty much no training and a still bum foot. This was definitely a very proud moment for me and I got a little choked up when I crossed that finish line at 14,115'.
Second: When I far exceeded what I thought I could run at the Denver RnR half marathon. And really not so much that I exceeded my expectations, but more so that I felt incredibly strong the entire race. THIS is something I hope to accomplish for next year.
- Best Run: It had to be just last week. I was having a particularly rough morning and it took me hours to crawl out of bed but when I did, I decided to hit the trails at the state park near my house. It was early afternoon and I didn't see one human on the trails for the whole 9 miles I ran (but did see many deer) and it was the most peaceful and tranquil run I've had in ages. I left all the "bad" stuff for that day at my car and didn't think about anything other than enjoying the run.
- Best New Piece of Gear: This has to be my new road bike I bought during my foot injury (sorry Zippy, but this isn't running related). I never thought I'd ever do a century ride in my life, but this year I did it. I learned so much about the cycling world and found I actually enjoyed it (shhh, don't tell BDD!!!!). Despite the fact it almost killed me.
- Most Inspirational Runner: This will sound pretty vain, I'm sure, but I'm going with me on this one. After 18 months of dealing with so much constant heel pain, I can't believe I never threw in the towel, stuck knitting needles in my eyeballs, and gave up. But I didn't. I believed there was an answer out there and I relentlessly searched to find it. I emailed the masses; I made trips to universities to stalk specialists; I sought out (and fired) my podiatrist; I earned many WebMD degrees; I had needles stuck in my calf by my physical therapist; I made long distance phone calls to Las Vegas to pick the brain of this guy; I considered selling my house to see a specialist in North Carolina. In 18 months, I cried many tears and questioned my determination... but in a few weeks I am running a marathon. I'm actually pretty stunned.
|Boston Marathon 2010. I hope to return, someday!|
- If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be: A year of multiple tests and patience!
How about you? How do you answers these questions?
A very Merry Christmas - or whichever fantastic holiday you observe - from me to you!!