I loved reading all of the comments on my Tricia post.....I have some more profiles in mind so stay tuned!
It always amazes me how you can have one great run, and the very next can be lousy. My Mom is here for a visit this week, so I was able to get outside today for a run. It was snowing steadily, but 33 degrees, so I layered up and started looking for my gloves. I figured they were in my Jeep, which is a disgraceful mess. Found one, and was digging around, wasting time, then I looked down and realized I was holding both gloves. Typical me.
The snow was deeper than I thought, and I had to keep stopping to dig out the snow that was packed under my Yak Trax, which got old fast. I've given up using my ipod for outdoor runs, I took Mike's ipod shuffle. Listened to the Beastie Boys for a while, but lost steam when a bunch of mellow songs came on. I'm all for the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, but not when I'm running. After a while I felt like I was just shuffling through the snow, so I switched to the road, but got nervous again about cars sliding into me, so I went back on the trail. It was frustrating, but I ended up doing five miles.
This was such a contrast to my run last Saturday, I met up with the Lake Effect group. I ran with a couple new friends, who run about a 10 minute mile, so we had a great pace going. It was windy at first, but we got right into it, and nailed the scary hill. It was one of those runs where I could have kept going and going, but we headed back, after what I thought was four miles...turned out we did 5.8! I think I'm getting used to this chatting while running thing, it was a fun run.
I won't find out about the NYC Marathon until the end of March, so I decided on a backup plan. If I don't make it into NY, I decided I'll run the Rochester Full Marathon in September. I ran the half last year. Rochester is special to me, I lived there for five years, and go back often to visit friends. The Half was so much fun, I feel like I almost have to do the full. I can start a 26 week training plan in March, to be ready by fall. So that's that! My first full marathon will either be in Rochester, NY in September or I'll follow in my Dad's footsteps and run NYC in November. Whoo hoo!
I haven't posted many pictured of myself lately, so here I am before today's run. I look a little crabby, but I was dealing with flash issues.