Sunday, October 30, 2011

Marathon change of plans

My original plan was to run the Las Vegas marathon (Strip @ Night) on Dec. 4.   For the first time ever, this year's race starts at 4pm, which would have been pretty cool!  But alas, my plans have changed.  The trip was just going to be too pricey, as there have been no good sales on flights, and then add in hotel plus food (and food in Vegas is never cheap!).  So Geoff came up with a new idea last week, and I am all in...

Instead I'm going to race the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona marathon on January 15, in Phoenix!  This will be a lot cheaper as G and I can stay at his parent's house, so we just have to pay for a flight.  Also, I will have 6 more weeks to train and prepare!  It will be more relaxed being there for the race as it's familiar surroundings (we've been there lots) and we can sleep in our "own" bed and cook all of our food.  The only bummer is that I had already gone and registered myself for the Vegas marathon, and they will not transfer my entry or refund any part of it, even though it's the same company (rules are rules!).  Oh well, hopefully part of the entry goes to a charity or something and not all into their deep pockets.

In terms of training, my running has been going well.  The long run today was 2.5 hours build, about 28km.  It was a gorgeous sunny day and I had a super stellar workout.  As usual, I started out really easy and did a build, with the last 60 minutes at close to marathon pace (~5:10-5:15/km).  I finished feeling strong, and my legs and hips did not feel like they were breaking down, like they did 2 years ago when I was training for that other marathon.  Actually back then, my hips and joints would become extremely sore and tight halfway through those long runs. My legs, hips, and core are so much stronger and healthy now than they were back then :)

The afternoon consisted of refueling and couch time (and a 30min walk with H & W), then I dragged myself to a 90min hot yoga session at 5pm.  It was hard to go after that long run, but well worth it.  Today's class was the hot yin version, so all stretching compared to the usual strengthening one I go to, which was perfect for my needs!  

After that workout, some serious food was in order!  Lately I have been exploring my culinary horizons, and actually branching out and cooking some different things in the kitchen.  It's not like I'm making anything fancy, but compared to what I previously used to do in the kitchen (i.e. not much) this is a miracle.  Tonight I made organic burgers [although I didn't make the patties from scratch tonight], pasta with olive oil and lemon pepper/dill seasoning [sorry Julie I don't think I'll ever be able to give up pasta!  Haha!], and greens with olive oil/balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Yum!  And not to mention, a glass of malbec to wash it all down:

Mmm, it was good!  Geoff and I have been eating burgers a lot lately, they're so good!  Last week I actually made the patties myself with extra lean ground beef, an egg, oats, and some oregano and basil - first time ever!  Made a rookie mistake though when freezing the 3 leftover patties - I used tinfoil between the patties!  Whoops, didn't realize there was a reason this shouldn't be done.  I had a heckuva time prying them apart, and peeling off little tiny pieces of tinfoil that got stuck to the frozen burgers!  LOL!  Live and learn!

 I'll leave you with a cute doggie pic where Wylie thought he would use a sleeping Hugo as a chair...


Julie said...

Factoring in travel costs is an important factor -- I htink you made the right decision for sure ! Even with the loss of your registration $$$, you are still going to come out ahead.

It's like travelling to tri races -- when I went to Florida, Continental (and I think the lady gave me a STEAL!) charged me only $25 for my bike case, and then on the way home, US Airways charged me $200!!!!! I'll never fly with them again.

You are going to SLAY that marathon, girlie-girl!!!! :) :)

I was laughing when I read about the pasta -- LOL!!! I truly believe that if you listen to your body, and it wants pasta, then give it some! :) Those burgers sound delicious. I never knew that about the tin foil either -- thanks for that tip!

Andre said...

The Friday night direct flight to Vegas was daylight robbery. I was going to switch to the Seattle marathon but the Mrs wants to go to Vegas for the shopping so we burnt some Airmiles for the flight.

Yes you have 6 more weeks to train, but you also get 6 more weeks of winter training. I ran all last winter and I'm not doing it again. That was enough 'mental toughness' for me!