Sunday, November 11, 2012

off the grid

So, it's been about 2 months which is by far the longest that I have ever neglected the blog. It's about freakin time to get back with the program!  I plan to get caught up on all my favorite blogs very soon...

I wish I had more exciting excuses of why I've had no time to blog, but really all I've been up to is working, fitting in some random unstructured training whenever I can, and trying to continue to eat healthy.  I've been working day and night, retardedly long hours (like 55-60 a week, some of that at home), and travelling back and forth to Vancouver.  It's been crazy... all the staff in the Van office quit at the same time (who does that), so I've been helping to fill in the gaps and assist with the workload, and training new people.  Fun times. 

I ran a race as well!  A month ago, now - Oct. 12 - the Fall Classic 10 miler. My buddy Sandra and I decided to sign up at the last minute (she raced the 5 miler), just for fun.  It turned out to be a lovely, crisp fall morning, above zero and no snow.  I had a fab race, feeling strong the whole way through and running a best time by 2.5 min - 1:12.26!  [holding 7:15/mile pace.]  I'm pretty pumped about that, although I know I still have big chunks of time to take off.  During the race, I didn't check my watch till the halfway point (2 lap course), and my 5 mile split was like 35:30, so a bit of a slow down the 2nd half.  Weird because I didn't feel like I fell apart at all and I felt strong the second loop.  Anyway, this is a big improvement for me and I didn't really train accordingly for that particular race.  

As the 2013 season will be creeping up on us before we know it, I've been doing some thinking about what I want to do for next year.  At this point, I'm not actually signed up for anything yet, but I have some ideas.  For sure I'll be racing a 1/2 marathon on Feb. 17 in Phoenix (the IMS Arizona Marathon & 1/2 marathon), and possibly a sprint tri on Feb. 24.  I'll get a rough race schedule drafted up soon and will share that next time.  Now that it's nearly the middle of November, I need to get my butt in gear and start training for that 1/2 marathon!  Doing an hour run today in the snow (i.e. my long run) ain't gonna cut it for a 13.1 mile race! 

A healthy food picture to brighten up the blog...

One of my staple breakfasts now - greek yogurt, berries, and granola... no longer eating bagels every day!