Updates! Woo Hoo!

Hello? Hello? Anybody out there?

It has certainly been awhile! Last time I checked in on this little blog, I was one week off the Santa Rosa Marathon, which was almost FIVE months ago.

Sorry to say, since then running has been relatively…non-existent.

I was doing great for about a month after the race, and I was even considering an attempt to capitalize on a summer’s worth of hard training with a half-marathon PR at the Duke City Marathon. And then my body said NO. Santa Rosa caused some hip issues, and while I could run without incident for a few weeks, by October the things that connect to the other things all decided to do one big pull, causing what I believe were/are shin splints.  In any case, I had minor throbbing pain on my shin bone almost constantly. With nothing major on the racing calender, I decided to just lay off of running for the first time since I started running and do some actual recovery.

Not running did drive me a little crazy for a bit, but truthfully, once it got cold and dark, I lost the desire to put in some miles.  Couple that with new, demanding responsibilities at work that left me exhausted at the end of the day (whatever hour “end of the day” came), and you have someone that really gave up running cold turkey.  SIDENOTE: even though I’ve never thought I had “runner legs” with muscle definition, I’m amazed at how much muscle I lost (that I didn’t even know I had) over the last few months just from not running.

 2015/01/img_2738.jpgOne of our few runs since October, in the snow!

So, in summary, I’m not in running shape and I have no running muscles.

And I have a half-marathon on Sunday.

When I signed up for the inaugural Run Disney Star Wars Half Marathon, I knew I wasn’t going to put much effort into training for it.  There is no point in trying to speed through a race where Darth Goofy is available for photo ops and where light sabers are a common accessory.  But I was at least planning on maintaining the base and getting 12 mile long runs in, and not running so slow that my Athlinks average got completely wonked.

I was able to build up to 9 miles on Sunday, so I guess I’m not completely unprepared, but I really don’t know how this is going to turn out.  I’ve never run any race aside from my very first 5-k without adequately training for it, and I’m kind of worried about how my legs will feel after the fact. I know I’ll be able to finish, and I can probably still come in under 2 hours, but will I be able to walk the next day? Apparently I’m willing to take that risk because no matter what, I’ll be running on  Sunday in my Leia costume.

And after a cold winter so far (and super slushy weather today), I’m REALLY looking forward to spending a few days in 75 degree SoCal heaven.

If you are interested, I am actually far more active on Instagram than I am here lately, so if you want to see the Star Wars Madness and/or wondering just how badly I bonk, then I will likely update there first before I get a race recap up here.

Other news:

1) If you didn’t already know, I decided not the register for the Boston Marathon, but, as expected, it would not have mattered anyway because my time was not fast enough to get me in. I can’t believe it’s been two years since I started training for the 2013 Boston Marathon.  Time is just flying.

2) I do promise to do a post in the near future about Race Raves, the cool new website for race reviews developed by blog friends, but I think most of the people who read here were also part of the beta testing group.

3) We’ve been playing around with “plant based” diet (the less intimidating way of saying vegan). Not exclusively, but during the week, we are mostly going vegan. I don’t want to advocate for this too much right now nor do I want to argue about the benefits, but I will say that this diet choice has really forced us to eat the recommended amount of vegetables for the first time ever while really helping us to think more critically about food choices, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  We’ve also really reduced the amount of times per week that we eat out because the world isn’t exactly on the vegan bandwagon.

Hope everyone is doing wonderfully! I’ve noticed that so many blog friends are either not blogging at all or really reducing the frequency of their posts which does make me sad, but I’m so happy that we’re staying connected through other ways!




9 thoughts on “Updates! Woo Hoo!

  1. There’s so much here! 1) Best of luck this weekend… Katie and I may make it down to Anaheim (we live ~45 min away) on Sunday morning, and if we do then I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for a fast-moving sub-2 runner with her hair in Leia buns. You get to start (albeit at 5:30am) with 4+ miles through the parks, which is good since the surrounding area is suburban boooooring. More importantly though, 70-degree temps await! 2) Thanks so much for your help in getting RaceRaves off the ground and in spreading the word, we couldn’t have made this happen without you. 3) Katie and I are vegetarian with frequent vegan meals thrown in, and while vegetarian is relatively simply here in CA, full-time vegan is another level of commitment. But neither of us can argue with our energy levels, and hopefully you and Aaron will feel the same. Very cool that you two are keeping an open mind and giving it a shot… you can always fine-tune later once you learn how your body responds. (And if it helps, Healthy Junk cafe in Anaheim is supposed to be pretty good!)

  2. So sorry to hear about the shin splints issues. As a survivor of a particularly persistent case a few years back, I feel your pain. Also about running in the cold/dark. Not that it gets particularly cold here, but if I didn’t have the flexibility to get home by 4 or 5 most days, I’m not sure how much running I’d get done either. I don’t mind running in the dark occasionally, but having to do it on a regular basis SUCKS.

    Good luck with the race – I’m sure you’ll surprise yourself!

  3. Hello stranger! It does seem like our old blogging group has completely fallen off the blogosphere… the only thing worse than my posting frequency is the number of comments I leave. From Instagram, it looks like you guys had a good race at Disney. How are you feeling post-race?
    Also, I agree with you and Angela about running in the dark. Unfortunately, my weekday morning runs all start in the dark and it sucks. I hate running with a reflective vest and headlamp! For the first time in my life, I was really bummed about daylight savings time (“fall back”) because that meant that sunrise was delayed by an hour.

  4. Welcome back to blogland!! I’m excited to see your star wars recap. My boys were in Disneyland this weekend as I was in the UK! I’m also keen to see how you’re faring at being plant based. I’m veggie (with a little fish thrown in) and DO like the idea of going vegan but it just intimidates the heck out of me. We eat quite a lot of vegan meals but 100? Woah. Do write a post about it once you’re more settled into it.

  5. It does seem like the usual gang of reliable bloggers was hit by the Life truck all at once. But that’s alright — I know that sooner or later, people decide it’s time to hash out some thoughts on the web-space. Anyway, hope Disney went well! I’ve run three of their races and can’t complain at all (except maybe upon payment), so I’m sure it was a blast. I got into Berlin, so I’ll be chasing a BQ there — first time ever that I’m actually trying to do that instead of just seeing what happens.

    Much love from Chicago — hope all’s well 🙂

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