I finally became a member of the NYRR, and with good reason. My crazy little mind decided that 2012 is the year that I will run the ING NYC Marathon…Yep, me. Running 26.2 miles, in 5 boroughs, with thousands upon thousands of other people.
I have my first race of the 9+1 system next weekend - the Fred Lebow 5M in Central Park. (Fred Lebow was the one featured in the documentary, Run For Your Life, that I watched this past weekend.) This also doubles as training for the NYC Half. I’m not expecting anything spectacular given my absolute failure at training over this holiday break, but I think it will be a nice way to scare myself back into being a diligent runner, as well as an introduction to racing in Central Park.
I was lucky enough to catch up and spend an entire day, night, and most of today with my friend Julie. It was so nice to laugh and catch up and have a rip-roarin’ good time with one of my most favorite people. And today, Julie and I grabbed lunch with one of my other favorite people, Rebecca.
This is a picture my mom snapped of me and Julie on her phone before we left to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins downtown with my mom, dad, and baby (16 hardly qualifies as a baby) sister.
And now, all of the Woodruff sisters are home.
All is calm, all is bright.
I love Christmas time and my family, so I’m off! We’re busy getting ready for tomorrow night’s Woodruff Family Reindeer Games (yes, that is a real thing at our house) and planning the festivities. :)
Hearing my dad ask, “how much weight did you lose, Cait?” will never get old…
Though my parents were dubious when I told them about my plan to run a half marathon this past October, they have been nothing but supportive of this endeavor. I didn’t do it to seek their (or anyone else’s) approval, it was really just a realization that I needed to change the way I was living. Looking at pictures of me from high school and early college was a not-so-friendly reminder that I had packed on a few pounds and, more importantly, that I had lost sight of the always-active lifestyle I had once lived. So what did I do? I changed.
Even though I didn’t decide to do the running to lose weight (I recognized that it was a pleasant side effect to the training I would be doing) I am happy with how I have made my health more of a priority and it’s nice to see the fruits of my labor. I didn’t do 2.28 miles tonight and I was frustrated, but all it took was a small reminder from my dad of just how far I have come.
Well, because I forgot my beloved Nike+ adapter that I use to record the times and distances of all of my runs, I headed to mapmyrun.com before I headed out into the cold Michigan night to see how long my planned route was. I decided to go with my 2.28 mile route and had every intention of finishing the distance. My lungs, however, had different plans — as expected.
I’m frustrated because I cut my run back to 1.65 miles and because my iPod died well before I hit 1 mile, leaving me stuck listening to my own wheezy breath. The other reason this frustrates me? My legs felt. so. good.
Now, having stretched and hydrated, I’m sitting in my parents’ living room while my lungs punish me for trying to treat my legs to a much needed run. I know that the cold air was probably not the best thing for me, but I had cabin fever and needed to get out of the house. I guess tonight I will have to treat my lungs, now raw throat, and constricted chest to a steamy shower and hot tea.
Legs, you will get your turn again soon. I promise.
Feeling like a sad Sally… I forgot to pack my Nike+ adapter for my iPod and that really bums me out. I’m considering going for a run even though I may cough up a lung. I know that relaxing and taking it easy are a part of getting better, but all of this sitting around has me feeling blobby and lazy. Plus, I feel like I need to take advantage of the fact that the sun sets later in Michigan than it does in New York, thus giving me time (even on the shortest day of the year) to get an outdoor run in.
Well, maybe not the flu, but a bug nonetheless. I feel like garbage. Like an absolute train wreck.
Having received my Nike purchase, I had grand plans for a 4 mile run on the slippery, snow-covered sidewalks in my parents’ neighborhood and on the gorgeous nature trail nearby. The best laid plans of mice and men… I woke up this morning feeling a little less than stellar and as the day progressed, I steadily began to feel worse. I was able to sit through Black Swan with my mom and sister at the theater (incredible movie - a complete mindfuck and well-worth the $$) and now, I’m sipping some green tea before crawling into bed and hopefully sleeping some of this illness off. I’m not feeling very confident that this will be a short-lived thing. Thinking healthy thoughts.
Ok, so maybe it wasn’t that bad, but considering the fact that Christmas is a mere 10 days away, it probably wasn’t an intelligent or selfless thing to do…
With half marathon training ramping up right after Christmas, I will have plenty of long runs outdoors in the elements and because I live in NYC, none of them will be particularly warm and toasty. In addition, none of the running gear I currently own is very effective in warding off frostbite. So, in an effort to keep myself from turning into an ice cube, I went to the Nike website and I ordered this:
and a jacket that I can’t find a picture of anywhere. I love purple and it’s perfect for Team in Training functions and the jacket is white because nearly everything I own for running is black or gray. (I do realize that white isn’t the smartest choice, especially given my knack for staining all of the white pieces of clothing I own, but I promise to be extra careful. And if not, it will be layered under other things anyway…)
I feel guilty about the purchases but I have consoled myself with the knowledge that they were reasonably priced and I got free shipping. Plus, thinking about how warm I’m going to be while I run around Central Park is enough to make me feel a little less awful for buying something for myself so close to Christmas.
Does anyone else feel guilty for buying things for themselves around the holidays?