Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This Week's Plan

In a normal person's world, this would be a recovery week post half marathon.  I am not a normal person.  This is not a normal week.  I think you could have figured that out, though, if you've been reading my page vomit for very long.

Like the true nutter I am, I'm running another race on November 3rd.  Granted, it's only ten miles (I still laugh that I think of 10 miles as "only" now), and it isn't a goal race.  AND it's one of those automatic PRs because I've never done a 10 mile race before.  That still doesn't mean I don't have my eye on a time, though.  ;)

I'm still planning on taking it easy this week, given the fact that I did just run a half marathon.  I'm not going to be doing a whole lot of extras outside of running, and I'm going to let my body dictate my pace on my runs this week.  If I gotta slog at bit, I'm going to.

I said this on DailyMile and I may as well say it here - this is the best I've felt post any race I've ever done.  Sunday we took the kids to the pumpkin patch and walked all over Hozac Farms.  I was a little stiff and tired, but nothing bad.  That night we walked from our house down to the Point to say goodbye to the Duckie and then walked back home.  All said I probably walked between 4-5 miles that day.  By the end of the night I was feeling it a bit, but no major issues.


Monday I did 20 minutes of upper body focused yoga.  I figured that was good enough.

Today I ran a little over 4 miles.  The run started off well, but some time in mile 2 my legs cramped up almost in protest, but I was able to run through it.  The stiffness subsided for the most part, but the rest of the run my legs (and hips) felt heavy and tired.  I came home and stretched.

This afternoon I had to go take a BCLS refresher at AGH and I walked over there and back.  The walk felt good!

Here's the plan (which is not set in stone because I'm going by feel on this) for the rest of the week:

Wednesday:  6 mile easy run.
Thursday:  4 mile easy run, strength training at the gym
Friday:  REST
Saturday:  10 mile long run
Sunday: REST/Yoga

Oh, and btw, I miss the Duck already.  :(

Farewell friend!  Hope to see you again someday!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Buffalo Creek Half Marathon 2013 Recap

Where to begin with this...

Well obviously I had a really freaking busy week - AGAIN - resulting in a total lack of posting or much internet time at all.  And that's cool with me.

In the days before this race I was waging war inside this brain of mine over what I should set out to do.  Should I really push myself and lay it all out there?  Just go for a PR?  Should I just run a leisurely run and enjoy the sights?  A little of everything?  Admittedly, I was getting a little nervous on how I'd do because my last couple of tempo/speedwork runs were kind of "meh" and I wasn't totally confident that I'd be able to hold a 7:30-7:40 pace for 13.1 miles, as the plan had been.  By the end of the week I'd decided that I was going to start out slow, but within PR range (under 8:19 pace) and just see where the day took me.  I felt pretty good about that decision.  I didn't have to worry about killing myself over a pace I wasn't certain I could sustain and I'd still come out "winning".  But my inner goal maker did still have those 3 goals in the back of my head - A: 1:40, B: 1:45, C: PR.

Then Friday night hit.  Of course Sarah Heinz House decided this was the perfect night for the Family Fall Festival, so we had a later than I would have preferred bedtime.  Oh also, my husband and all 3 kids have been passing around some plague of snots and coughs that *knock on wood* I've been able to stay clear from.  BUT, this makes my husband a noisy sleeper and he snorted, snotted, coughed and flopped around the bed all night long.  Calloway was also having an overly lovey and needy night and was unhappy being anywhere but in my face or trying to lay across my ankles.  I couldn't breathe with him in my face and it hurt to have him on my ankles, so I kept kicking him out of bed.  He responded to this by licking himself very loudly.  This happened on and off all night long.  My Neighbors.  Oh my skinny jeans wearing, jagoff, 20 something, shouldbelivinginafrathouse neighbors.  They thought this was the perfect evening/night/early morning to throw a big drunken party, be loud and obnoxious and keep me up all night long.  When my alarm went off at 5:45 AM I rolled out of bed not having slept even an hour.  Honestly.  Not one stinking hour.  I was exhausted and felt like shit.

So, I stumbled up to the bathroom and just as luck would have it I earned a visit from a raging Aunt Flo as well as wicked diarrhea.  These events have coincided since my last c-section where I was sewn back together in abnormal fashion due to extreme adhesions and unexplained bleeding.  Pretty simply put, a lot of my innards are "stuck together" so they work in crazy ways now.  I spent most of the time I wanted to spend getting ready for the race sitting on the toilet.  Fun!  All I could think was "well, I'll be lucky to even PR now"!

I ate my CoCo Wheats cocktail from times of old (haha).  I know I haven't been doing this lately, but I've had it before the previous HMs and I couldn't bring myself to do something different.  I did have a couple swigs of coffee as well, but here's a little tip:  Do not even bother trying the "Vanilla Heat" coffee creamer, even if you typically like the spicy pepper and vanilla deal.  It takes like you put freaking cough syrup in your coffee.  Nasty.  I didn't finish my cup because I thought I was gonna hurl.

Thank goodness I'm anal retentive and had a list made the night before and most everything already laid out because I was really pressed for time and starting to stress.  I wanted to make it up to Lernerville early because I'd heard horror stories of lines waiting for busses if you got there late.

I made sure to keep sipping on water and Gatorade on the trip up, but my tummy was still in knots and all twisted up.  I didn't feel really well.  Thankfully when we pulled into the speedway, there were lots of busses, and I was able to get my things together, give everyone hugs and kisses and hop right on a bus.  The bus ride was short, taking us up to the Winfield Fire Dept where the starting line was.

The race organizers really knew how to take care of the runners.  They opened up the fire dept so we had a nice big heated building to stay in until the race started at 9.  There could have been more porta potties available, but a few of us discovered a hidden gem inside the actual building that no one knew about (well, until word got out - but at that point I'd already been able to go and was ok).  There was also water available.  I chatted with a few people and when it was around 10 minutes to gun time I headed outside.

I also give the organizers credit for the corral set up.  They had signs for lineup, and this is shocking, but people were actually honest about where they should be because this was the absolute smoothest start I've ever been a part of.  I had to do very little weaving in and out.  Yeah!  I pretty much set myself up right beside the 1:45 or slower sign.

As the race started, we almost immediately went down a big hill.  It was like being on one of those roller coasters where you come out of the gate and just drop down the hill with little warning.  It was very hard to slow down - everyone was flying.  I overheard two guys just ahead of me talking about how their goal was a 1:45 finish and I figured I'd make sure I was in their vicinity to keep myself honest about my pace if they were running steady.  Due to all that downhill, Mile 1 was ridiculously fast.  I had to slow down for Mile 2, but so did just about everyone else, so I didn't feel too bad.  Because it was the hill and not because I was pushing myself, I really didn't feel like I'd expended very much energy.

The 1:45 guys were keeping a pretty steady 7:45-7:50ish pace and I was happy with that so I stuck with it.  My tummy was feeling a bit better and maybe I was finally waking up or catching a second wind or whatever but I didn't feel nearly as exhausted.  I did eventually officially "group up" with the guys a bit and start chatting.  We talked about how gorgeous the trail was, how the downhill grade felt great, snakes (I'd seen a copperhead on this trail just the day before), other half marathons, full marathons, and other things you just get to talking about while running.  The miles passed by quickly and easily.  I felt like I was just trotting along at an easy comfortable pace.  Definitely not slogging, but most certainly not "racing".  A few parts of the trail were slippery and uneven and I almost lost my footing twice, but I was able to steady myself and keep going.

I took a Chocolate Raspberry Roctane at Mile 5 as always, even though I'm not feeling the need to anymore at this point (maybe I could stretch it out to 6 sometime?).    I also did what worked before at the Pittsburgh Half - I alternated water and Gatorade at every fluid station.  I had considered taking my Amphipod handheld due to not knowing or being clear on where the fluid stations were and what they were serving, but at the last minute I decided not to because I didn't have it in me to carry it.  (Lazy!)  I'm glad I didn't have it because the fluid stations were just fine.  Something I did a little different though was made sure I slowed down enough or even walked a couple steps to make sure I actually got to gulp the fluid down instead of just splash it on myself and hope a trickle got in my mouth.  This seemed to work well.

Around mile 8.5 the trail goes across a road.  Here, my family was waiting for me with big neon signs that said things like "Go Mom GO" and had smiley faces on them.  I was able to say hello and give my youngest a high five.

My husband loves the look on my face here.  He snapped this pic as I just realized the kids signs and I was just beaming.

Seeing my family really pumped me up.  I already felt very good (the stomach issues of earlier were gone and I didn't feel like the walking dead), but after seeing them I felt amazing.  It was like the kick in the pants I needed to go from "eh, I'm just going to shuffle along" to "Ok, let's really think about this".  I started to want to push ahead of my new running friends (they were starting to struggle a bit, as the last mile had been a bit slower than we'd been doing) and see how I'd do.  By mile 9 I'd left them behind after a fluid stop.  I took my Espresso Love GU at mile 10 and started to push to the pace where if I'd actually been racing the entire time I would have started with.  I was just trucking along, very strong and passing everyone who was burnt out by starting out faster.  Soon I found myself at the trails end and at the last water stop before heading into town.  I grabbed a quick drink and then headed out onto the road, anticipating this "steep soul crushing hill" I've heard so much about.

WHAT HILL?  Ok, it was a little bit of an incline, but nothing like I've experienced in other races and certainly nothing to write home about.  Or maybe I was just that strong at the end of the race?  At any rate, I believe the words that came flying out of my mouth at the top were "you call that a ***** hill?".  ha!

The downhill that continued into and through Freeport was awesome.  I just kept picking up speed and passing a whole lotta guys.  I didn't see many women once I was out of the trail itself, which was odd.  One dude, when I came up beside him said "Hey girl - look at you showing all us guys up".  To which I replied "aw, come on, I'm just havin' a little fun".  Another older gentleman started chanting "get it girl, get it get it get it" after I passed him.  That was a little weird.  lol  

When we made the turn onto Riverside Drive I put down the hammer.  I could see the gazebo and finish line up ahead and I couldn't believe it.  The race seemed to have flown by, and while I was (finally) at the point where I felt like I was working, I still felt ridiculously strong.  Nothing hurt, nothing was overly exhausted, and I was in good spirits.  Then the "Hey girl" guy went speeding past me.  I sped up again and we had a nice little race to the finish.  He just got me by barely a second!

I crossed the finish line smiling and feeling good in 1:39:55.  Yeah, 5 seconds faster than my A goal.  After getting no sleep, getting the period from hell and terrible diarrhea, having very little coffee, and running over half the race at a comfortable pace and not pushing myself until the last 5K.

I was ok after the finish until about 15 minutes went by and then I started freezing.  Nick texted me that they were stopped on the bridge in traffic and missed my finish but would be there soon.  I told him to please bring my hoodie from the van because I was freezing and was starting not to feel my fingers.  I was so happy when he brought it to me - my lips were purple by the time he got to me!

This was a very well put together race that I am honestly already looking forward to for next year.  The trail was gorgeous, it flowed nicely, the organizers and volunteers were all super sweet, and the crowd that it drew was great too.  There were a lot of first time half marathoners and it was such a positive experience for everyone involved.  The finish line area had a great assortment of food - hot apple cider, chocolate milk, fruit bars, cookies, pizza, fruit, etc.  This was actually the first race where my stomach was too touchy afterward to eat a whole lot.  I had a half cup of chocolate milk and some apple cider.  Then I ate a little fruit bar and half a banana because I felt like I needed something, but that just did not sit well.  I seriously felt like hurling.  I'm guessing it was a variety of factors, including all the intestinal drama I had going on first thing in the morning.  I didn't even eat a lot the rest of the day, really.  Usually I'm ravenous and wanting to eat the world.  I made sure I drank a bunch though so I didn't get dehydrated.

This is me a little further down before I saw my family.  I was high fiving all the little kids.  If a kid has their hand out for a high five, I don't care if I'm trying to PR or whatever I WILL high five that kid.  It's like if a toddler hands you a ringing play phone you answer that thing and have a full conversation.  You just do it.

My fourth time running the 13.1+ distance, and I am so blessed!  Yes, that's my post race hoodie I'm rocking there... ;-)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Workout Schedule for the Week of 10/14/2013-10/20/2013

I apologize for the back to back posts... I originally had this just tagged on to the end of the last one, but I really prefer them separate, just for reference sake.  And it's my blog, I'll do what I want.  ;-)

Monday:  I did Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown Level 2.  I like level 2 better than level 1 on this one.  It seems to have more core work and I love core work!  At first I had it in my mind that I was going to do T25 Upper Focus but then I reminded myself that I have a race on Saturday and I'm supposed to be cutting back and I know for a fact that I will not "cut back" during a T25 workout.
Tuesday:  4 mile easy run.  That'll probably be it.
Wednesday:  30 minute tempo run.  Again, that just might do it for the day.
Thursday:  2 mile easy run.  Now here I'm tempted to throw in some more Yoga or at least T25 Stretch.  We'll see.
Friday:  I SWEAR I'M GOING TO REST!!!!!!!!  haha
Saturday:  Buffalo Creek Half Marathon
Sunday:  10 mile easy run.  Just kidding.... I'll probably rest here or just do some kind of light active recovery.  Active recovery includes laying on the couch watching football, eating chips and salsa and drinking beer, right?

Last Week's Wrap Up

Oh my.  I know I'm late, but here's my post on how the last week went.

As you can probably guess due to my lack of posts, I've been busy.  Crazy schedule.  Tons of stuff happening out of the realm of my fitness world.  Granted, it wasn't all duties and "work".  We spent some good times together as a family.  It's getting close to Halloween - our favorite holiday!  Lots of time has been spent planning and shopping for costumes and decorations and goodies.  I will fully admit as well that when I have had downtime I haven't really wanted to blog.  I've been catching up on all my recorded shows on DVR (getting real tired of Cristina on Grey's), reading, baking, cooking, and playing WoW.

On Saturday, we went out to Living Treasures in Donegal.  We always get a yearly membership because between this one and the one up near Moraine it makes for a nice day trip, plus the October at the Zoo event is awesome.  The kids tend to enjoy it more than other zoos because you can get really close and pet and feed the animals.

The kids love the kangaroos.  They are SO soft and gentle! 
Bison.  I love Bison.  Tastiest burgers and meatloaf ever. 

This cute little guy was literally sitting there begging food, which the kids gave him handful after handful of. 

Turtles just rock. 

Tori made a new friend. 

As did Vincent.

And Garrett.

It was a fun day. :)

So how did my workouts go?
Tuesday: 5 mile easy run that was really just that.  I followed it up with Jillian's 30 Day Shred.  Just level 1, but it felt good as a little "extra".
Wednesday:  I hated every moment of this run.  10 sets of 400s.  I was pretty sure that I failed most of the 400s and got pretty pissed off and almost quit.  Then I turned around and finished after figuring that if I wasn't hitting my pace that at least I was doing some good strides.  I just kept getting more and more mad and was so irate after the intervals that I needed an extra while to cool down (mentally) and ended up running over 7 miles that morning.  Once I got my watch synced to my computer and saw my splits I was shocked to find out that I in fact did meet my paces afterall (a couple just barely) and was all pissy for nothing.  Oh well.  More miles for me!  Since I did run over 7 miles, though I didn't do any other workouts that day.  I figured the run was enough.  ha.
Thursday:  Thankfully after Wednesday's frustration, I had a fantastic easy 3.2 mile run.  I followed it up with Alpha Cardio and then went to the gym.  Since at this point it's less than 10 days out from a half race, I cut back on my weights.  I kept the load the same, but instead I only did 2 sets of every exercise instead of 3.  It worked out well.
Friday:  Glorious rest.
Saturday:  The plan called for 3 miles between 7:30-7:40.  It was hard to keep a steady pace due to the crazy amount of traffic (both pedestrian and motor vehicle), but I did it. 
Sunday:  Last long run before the half!  Admittedly, the first miles were horrible!  My legs just did not want to move.  Seriously, during mile 1 I was begging to just get to a normal pace!  I think I finally felt good around 3.5 miles in.  Then it was like butter.  I don't know what caused the rough start, but I've been around enough to know that it happens and to just not quit.  I ended up feeling good enough toward the end of the run that I picked up the pace quite a bit to judge how much I had left in me just as kind of a tester for the race.  I felt really good, wasn't hurting, wasn't overly tired.  It was nice.  I ended up doing my tradition of going over 12 miles - I did 12.21 this time - just to have in my head "you have less than a mile to go".  Silly, I know.  But I am full of silly.  The good thing is I think I've nailed down my fueling strategy for Buffalo Creek (will be the same as Pittsburgh... not sure why I ever expect things to change if they work).  I did T25 Stretch when I got home.

So this was another over 30 mile week (right around 31), and while I did cut back on some stuff, I still think I did a lot.  I'm feeling really good, and aside from some things I need to get ironed out before race day (where Nick and the kids are going to be, what I should wear in case of rain, should I carry my handheld, etc), I'm pretty confident about the half.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Workout Schedule for the Week of 10/7-10/13/2013

Not this Saturday but next is another half marathon!  Which means... this is the last big week of training before just taking it easy for a few days before the race.  I'm feeling really great and I'm not really nervous or overly concerned about the race at all.  Hopefully this stays true because I'm enjoying being calm about it.

This morning I did Rip'T Circuit.  Admittedly, I kind of half assed it... especially on the one armed burpees and the tuck jumps.  This was really reflected in my calorie burn, but that's ok.  I did give my all on the weights and abs portions.  One of the things that I think is keeping me calm about my next race(s) is that I'm focusing on being kind to myself and taking it easy.  If I don't feel like jumping around doing plank jumps into one armed burpees, I won't!  I'll compensate with rocking the v-holds and the arnold presses, though.

After Rip'T, I threw in Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown and did workout 1.  Now, of course Jillian yoga isn't "real" yoga... Not in that breathy, zen, meditative way.  It's more of a flowing sports stretch mixed with lower body and core exercise.  Which is cool with me and just what I needed today.  :)

Here's the plan for the rest of the week:

Tuesday:  5 mile easy run, maybe 30 Day Shred since I'm feelin' Jillian again
Wednesday:  10x400s.  This is it.  Last chance workout.  lol.  Maybe more yoga after this?
Thursday:  3 mile easy run, Alpha Cardio, Gym Weights
Friday:  REST.
Saturday:  3 miles @ HM Pace
Sunday:  12 mile long run, T25 Stretch

Another goal for the week - more/better sleep.  Well, that's of course if these critters would let me have some space in my own bed:

Calloway and Sweetie.  :)  Calloway is bummed I'm not in bed too, I think.  Although his fascination (10 years now) while I'm trying to sleep is to lay on my head.  Or my neck.  Or at least knead my head and neck.  And purr really really loud.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Week I Could Have Turned Orange.

I'm in full on pumpkin mania.  Pumpkin pie spice?  Goes in everything.  Coffee?  Yes (full fat half & half plus a few dashes of this stuff is better than Starbucks)!  Cottage cheese?  yes!  Greek Yogurt?  Yes!  oatmeal?  definitely!  Ice cream?  Why not?  Pumpkin seeds must go in every salad.  And delicious pumpkin puree - you can put it in much more than a pie.  lol.  I confess that I ate pumpkin oatmeal TWICE yesterday.  Once in the morning as refrigerator oats (Another pinterest recipe.  They were great - but needed some Truvia for me) and then again before bed as my "pre-long run" fuel.  I am now buying multiple cans of pumpkin puree (not the craptastic pie filling) every single time I'm at the store because I'm using that much.  I fully plan on baking pumpkin muffins later.... Why?  because I can!

Oh... and let's not forget:
All the absolutely divine pumpkin beers out there right now.  This one here is one of the best.

Hey, at least I'm getting my vitamin A, right (well, maybe not so much in the beer...)?  

So, other than attempt to turn myself orange this week, here's how my workouts went:

Monday:  in addition to the Upper Focus I already reported in on, I was able to do T25 Stretch after the kids were in bed.  It felt great on my tight legs!

Tuesday:  5 easy miles.  My legs (quads in particular) were very heavy feeling.  It wasn't too bad, and it honestly felt better the more I ran.  The big thing to report about this run was that it is officially really freaking dark when I head out on my early morning runs.  I've started clipping on blinky lights and at least being more aware of wearing bright colored clothing and watching where I run (the really dark park that is covered in acorns in places right now?  Not the best idea... those little bastards cause ouchies).  I don't want to stop running this early until I absolutely have to, so I'm learning to adapt.

I foam rolled more on Tuesday to work some kinks out and instead of doing another big workout, I popped in an old school 10 Minute Solution.  I did the Abs portion and the stretch.  The stretch of course felt great, but the Abs... meh.  After doing T25 this was way too easy.  I don't think I'll be doing it again, so unless Nick decides he wants it for him, this DVD is getting donated.

Wednesday:  I dreaded having to do this run.  45 minute tempo.  My legs still weren't feeling 100% and I told myself (as I always do) that if I head into it and feel too bad to just do an easy run and not worry about the tempo.  I'm not going to lie - I talked myself out of quitting several times during the run.  It wasn't easy AT ALL, but I fought through it, nailed my pace, and then enjoyed a slog back home past PNC park where everyone around was super happy.  ;)  This was one of those runs that proved that sometimes the mental accomplishment is greater than the physical.  This run also proved something else - sometimes I think my legs just need a good hard run after a race to snap back to normal.  After this run I felt perfectly fine.  Still do.  :)

I did Core Cardio after getting the kids out the door for school.  Since I'd just done a hard run and really didn't want to chance anything stupid, I modified the burpees.  There, I said it.  Call me lazy or whatever.

Thursday:  The plan called for a short and easy 3 miler.  I went 3.2 and felt great!  Then I came home and did Lower Focus, which went just fine.  Afterwards I hit the gym for some upper body love and felt really strong!  In fact, I incresased my load on a couple of exercises!  Yes!  Progress is great!

Friday:  REST (also could be termed "recover from hangover".  Oops.)

Saturday:  I was scheduled for a 5 mile run at between 7:30-7:40 pace.  It started off just fine and dandy, but somewhere around halfway I just faded.  It could have been the fact that my rest day wasn't total rest or the fact that it was 70 degrees and humid (93%) or the fact that after a spot on mile 1 I had to take mile 2 like a speed demon and then had to back off... I don't know the why.  What I do know is that I struggled to keep a steady pace and this run was just really hard.  I ended up at 7:30 average, but it wasn't a good run.

Sunday:  So after yesterday I was really craving a slow, relaxing "just run for the love of running" kind of run.  I didn't want to focus on pace, didn't want to obsess over splits or gawk at my watch every tenth of a mile... I just wanted to admire the sunrise, the fall colors starting to pop out everywhere, and just go easy.  And that's exactly what I did.  Surprisingly enough, by doing this I did nearly achieve negative splits and ended up going faster than I was planning.  Even though it didn't feel like it.  I even avoided the half mile to mile long ass cramp I tend to get right around miles 6-7.  It came on for a moment and then I said to myself "oh no, you're not doing this to me today!", fixed my form, focused on my surroundings and it was gone.  Or maybe I'm crazy.  lol  I ran a little over 11 miles and felt really good.  Total comeback from yesterday's stinky pace run.  I was a little sad that they had the area around the duckie gated off so I couldn't run by, but that's ok.  We'll meet again.

Overall this week I ran 30.46 miles.  Wahoo!  I did a few extras throughout the week and I rocked it at the gym.  So far I'm feeling confident heading into the last "long" week of training before my next half marathon at Buffalo Creek.

I'm going to go look for some more pumpkin stuff now.  ha!  But first lemme just say:  LETS GO BUCS!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

When I Can't Decide What to Read...

I just flip back and forth between the top subjects on my mind.

Cooking/Food, WoW, and Running (note my very beaten and well loved copy of Daniels'.  ha!)

If I didn't know any better I'd swear sometimes I have ADD.  But after going chapter for chapter pretty much I felt somehow drawn to dressing up as a Night Elf, cooking ham & cheese, and then running - wishing I could morph into cat form and Dash.

I am aware that I'm strange.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's October! Happy Happy!

I just want to jump in a pile of leaves and throw them all around like confetti.  I love October.

I could do a big dramatic September recap, but I really don't feel like it or see the need.  Bottom line:  it was a good month.  I finished up T25, had great results, and am able to cherry pick it now for the good stuff.  I ran a "Great Race" (hehe, pun intended), and met every goal I worked for.  I came in just under 100 miles for the month - 98.5!  Crap!  Makes me wish I would have went out for a 2 mile shakeout the day before the race or yesterday as recovery.  But oh well... it all averages out in the end.

Now the focus is on endurance as opposed to speed - a half marathon and a 10 mile race all in less than 5 weeks.  I can do it!  I will do it!

Speaking of I will do it and the whole "focus on endurance" thing---

I'm officially going to run my first marathon.  26.2.  The big event.  I actually signed up the other day due to a promotion, but today is the official signup day for the general public so I was waiting to say something until then.  May 4th, 2014.  30 weeks and 5 days from today.

This could quite possibly be the most ridiculous and stupid thing I've ever done.  Or it could be really awesome.  Or all of the above.

I'm looking forward to the challenge.