Month: December 2013

Race Decisions

After the Santa Barbara Half Marathon a few weeks ago, I was seriously turned off from running after having a pretty bad race (despite my PR), which only lasted about one or two days (not surprisingly). I didn’t want to sign up for another race and I figured I’d just go to bootcamp every day instead. Again, that lasted for a very short amount of time. Now I’m itching to sign up for another half marathon, sometime early next year. I’m actually already registered for the San Diego Half Marathon on March 9 (which I’d love to do since it was my very first half), but like I said before, I’m not sure if Jeremy and I will still be in California in March. I found out about the Mermaid Series Half Marathon on February 8, and it’s an all-women race that’s really close to where my grandma lives in Pacific Beach. I looked at some reviews online of past races, and it seems to be a popular one.

It’s pretty pricey, but seems to be a good fit. There are a slew of other races I’d love to do, but sometimes it’s hard to choose the perfect race. It will be my third half marathon, so I’m still fairly new to running longer races and not 100% confident in my ability to know how much time I need to give myself between them.

February 8 is about two months away, which brings up another issue. Most half marathon plans are 12 weeks long, but I’m looking at about 8 weeks. It seems like that would be plenty of time since my last half was last month, but I’m so paranoid about getting injured that I don’t want to overdo anything. But do I necessarily need to follow a plan from the beginning if I just ran a half? So many questions and things to consider! Not to mention we’re going to Georgia/Tennessee from Christmas Eve-January 11, so I need to consider how much I’ll realistically be able to train during that time. I plan on running a ton when we’re in Athens (especially because we’ll be eating our way through our old favorite restaurants), but we’ll be in the mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for four days in a cabin, and it may be snowy and I don’t know if I’ll be able to run outside. But hopefully I can just plan around it and figure something out!

Can’t wait to be back in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Too bad we’re missing the fall foliage!

Can’t wait to be back in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Too bad we’re missing the fall foliage!

My Body is Weird

I’ve been really wanting to start my morning runs before sunrise so I can see it happen over the ocean. It’s basically the best thing in the entire world, and it’s been forever since I’ve done it. So this morning, that was my plan. Unfortunately, my body had other ideas, and (maybe because I was worried I’d miss my 6:13am alarm? Although that’s never happened) woke me up around 4am. I thought maybe it was time to wake up, but my heart sank a little bit when I looked at my clock. After all that, I ended up not getting out of the house until a little before 7, so I knew I’d already missed the actual sunrise. By the time I got to the beach, this was my view:

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Sooo I’m not complaining. But one of these days I’ll make it before the sun actually rises.

I ran five miles, and it pretty much sucked. It’s so weird that you can feel so incredibly good running and then a couple days later feel like you can’t even pick up your feet.

My Nike+ on my iPod Nano is pretty jacked, so I’m REALLY hoping I’m getting a Garmin for Christmas. If not, I’ll be buying one with my hard-earned money anyway. Christmas is three weeks away? Weird.

Thanksgiving Week

Happy belated Thanksgiving! The past week has been really nice and relaxing, and it seems like Jeremy and I mostly watched movies (Jeremy had never seen Love Actually so obviously we had to watch it ) and ate popcorn and drank hot chocolate. Prettay nice. I usually try to exercise on Thanksgiving so I don’t feel completely horrible after a few days of binge eating, but this year I really upped the ante. I had two really hard bootcamp classes on Monday and Tuesday, then ran five miles Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During Wednesday and Thursday’s runs, my knees and hips began aching a bit and it dawned on me that I needed new shoes. I’m not to the point (yet) where I have a ton of different running shoes, and it always surprises me when I wear out a pair pretty fast. I went to the local running store here (Santa Barbara Running) and had the guy working there help me choose a new pair. I really want to wear Brooks or Mizunos, but whenever I get analyzed by running store employees, they always recommend something different. I ended up going with the newer version of my old shoe, the Asics GT-2000 2. I wore them on Friday and Saturday, and I seriously felt like a completely different runner. I really must have overdone it with my other pair. I also went down half a size per the guy’s recommendation, and that seemed to really help feeling like I was in control and could go faster than usual.

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Eventually I’d love to have a few different pairs of shoes to wear depending on what kind of run I have on the schedule. On Thursday, I panicked for a minute when I realized that I had forgotten one of the silicone pieces on my Yurbuds and had to run without music, which I never do. It turned out MUCH better than expected though, and it was actually really nice.

A few pictures from the last week:

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas my dad and I go down to my favorite beach after we eat. I really savored it this year since Jeremy and I won't be here for Christmas.

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas my dad and I go down to my favorite beach after we eat. I really savored it this year since Jeremy and I won’t be here for Christmas.

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