Sending Fast Thoughts To:
Sarah who is running a half marathon in Maui. Jealous on so many levels! Did I mention she actually lives in Hawaii?
Fellow Albuquerque Runner Blogger Beth who is running the Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon this weekend. I almost signed up for this race too!
Rachel who is running a half marathon in Scotland! This is her last big race before the big day! And by big day I mean her first marathon next weekend!
Allison who is volunteering for a triathlon with MyTeamTriumph this weekend! While she isn’t technically racing, these events are so awesome, so my fast thoughts are going to the Captains and Angels!
Good luck to you ladies and everyone else racing!
Just by looking around blog land, I can see the excitement building up! Marathons are just around the corner! I’m at the point where I am literally bringing it up in conversations with strangers. Stranger: “this is some weather we’re having.” Amy: “Well, I’m running a marathon in 3 weeks, so I’m LOVING cooler running temperatures!” Different Stranger: “Thanks for choosing Starbucks, how may I help you today?” Amy: “Pumpkin spice latte and I’M RUNNING A MARATHON!!!” You only think I’m kidding. P.S., how awesome are pumpkin spice lattes?
This weekend is the last 30 mile extravaganza before tapering starts on Monday. I’m hoping for a good strong finish to training (we’re on day 4 of the slightly sore throat..UPDATE: sore throat just got worse and now I’m sneezy. NOOO!!!), and especially after some encouraging speed workouts this week that truthfully surprised me both in pace and personal disposition, my hope is renewed for a goal accomplishing marathon!
Also encouraging….The Boston Marathon registration is going on right now. A couple of days ago, they were more than 1,000 registrants below where they were last year, and, qualifying times were slower. Several key qualifiers (including Boston itself), were plagued by the heat wave curse, and it looks like it has made a huge impact. BUT, this hopefully means that qualifying times won’t go down significantly for 2014. I’ve been hoping for a 3:30 marathon, but if I have a 5 minute window, I would not be sad.
So, I’m now officially a 28 year old. While we’ll probably celebrate a little bit more AFTER the 20 miler (I’ve been told to keep my Sunday free for secret plans), my birthday itself was pretty low key. I ran of course because not sucking at the marathon is more important to me right now than taking 28 shots in 28 hours. Not that I’ve ever tried something like that before… But I did have a cupcake! And wine.
I’ve been terrified of birthdays the last few years, but I’m starting to get over it. I’m even kinda starting to be ok with the idea that I will be 30 in 2 short years (trust me, this is Amy progress).
I am very grateful for another year of life, and for the first time I’m actually feeling pretty confident in my skin, and I think I owe much of that to running. For the first time I’m not really concerned with how I look in a bikini, or if my hair looks perfect, or even if I’m caught outside my house without my 4 inch heels (I’m REALLY short. People who are 5’2 make me jealous). It is truthfully an amazing feeling to have that pressure that I’ve had since the age of…10? to be thinner/prettier somewhat off my shoulders.
If I want to cut down weight, it is because I want to be a faster runner. If I eat grilled chicken and skip the french fries (doesn’t happen TOO often, but it does happen), it is because I want to fuel smartly for my run. And half the time that I’m in public now I’m running, so running clothes, sweaty hair, and no make-up. Turns out those things take a lot less work!
Aside from running, this newly discovered self-confidence is my proudest accomplishment of the last year, and I’m looking forward to another year of improvement and growth. And cupcakes. And wine.
And you all, of course! I’m so happy to have “met” all of you within the last year, and thank you for being the awesome, supportive, funny people that you are!
I do however wish getting older didn’t have to come with wrinkles. Because I am still a little bit vain. Though maybe this will be the year that I actually stop raising suspicions when I try and buy myself a bottle of wine…?