Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Day late and Dollar Short

I have such trouble keeping up with posting lately. Between work, running, maintaining the house and reading everyone else’s wonderful stories and anecdotes, I seem to be running out of time. Oh well, I can only do so much.

Last weekend, the Chicago area was blessed with a round of more snow. Enough snow to keep me running my 13 miler in the gym again last Saturday. I managed 7 miles on the treadmill then jumped on the indoor track for 3 miles (27 loops) and back onto another treadmill to finish with a 3 miler. I think it helped break the run up by jumping around, but I would rather have been running outside. The good news is that the weather has warmed up and there is not a trace of snow left in site.

Saturday evening Terri and I had dinner plans with some friends and had people over at our house later in the evening. I was a little worn out from the run and cleaning the house afterwards that I ended up falling asleep pretty early Saturday night. I left Terri to entertain our guests while I was sound asleep. Luckily she didn’t say a word to me and hopefully understood I was just wiped out. I also had a few glasses of New Glarus Stone Soup, but that had nothing to do with it, I swear.

Sunday morning Terri and I were pretty tired and we did not do any cross training at the gym as Hal Higdon said was on our schedule. Instead we swapped our rest day with Monday. On Monday evening after work we both headed to the gym and I lifted and rode the bike while Terri did the elliptical and bike.

Tuesday was quite nice when I got home from work and the temps were in the low 60’s. I ran my 3 miler in shorts and a short sleeved shirt. Amazing that just a few days prior it was snowing like crazy. I know I shouldn’t be shocked and this happens every spring but I am so ready for winter to go away. Tonight I have a 7 mile run scheduled and tomorrow a 4 miler. We are also on a taper week and only running 10 miles on Saturday. I think my legs are going to appreciate the break.

Earlier this week, I was talking to a few of my friends who signed up for the Chicago Marathon, scheduled this fall on 10-10-10. I was actually contemplating running this with them, even though I haven’t even completed my first one yet. I knew that the race would fill up fast and I needed to decide soon to secure a spot, but it closed yesterday. I know there are charity spots available but I would have rather just paid my entry fee and trained by myself. I was a little disappointed because it would have been nice to run in Chicago, but I kind of think I need to get one marathon under my belt before I think about running a second. I guess if I still have the bug, I could search for another fall marathon, but I was kind of looking forward to running Chicago. Maybe it’s for the best and I should focus on my current goal before I go looking for trouble elsewhere.

I hope everyone has a splendid week of running!!


  1. The Stone Soup sounds delicious! I wish we got New Glarus products down here in H-Town.

  2. Hi Tony,
    Bummer about the snow but I am sure it has probably already melted. Oh man, I didn't know that the registration closed for the Chicago Marathon yesterday!!! I was really thinking about doing that one!! Now what and the hell am I going to do? I was thinking about doing the Chicago full in the fall and then the R&R half Vegas in December!! Now I am going to have to rethink this one.

    Good luck with your upcoming training runs...I think I have an eight to ten miler scheduled for Saturday too:) Enjoy the rest of your week!

  3. Geesh...Chicago weather sounds a lot like Denver weather. We got a foot of snow dumped on us and it is sunny and nice now and back up into the 60's tomorrow.

    Sorry about Chicago. I actually signed up for the race a few weeks ago. I've been wanting to run this one for awhile now, but it has always capped early. I haven't even ran my first marathon yet either! Oh well.

  4. And now the weekend's supposed to be rainy. Oh joy. I too am more than ready to be done with this winter!
    If you decide you wanna do Chicago we have spots on the Lupus Charity team open. Say the word.
    Another GREAT fall marathon usually a week after Chicago is Grand Rapids. LOVED IT and it doesn't sell out insanely early.

  5. 13 miles indoors? That's impressive! Nice job with the training.

    Bummer about Chicago. I really want to run that one someday too . . .maybe next year!

  6. Tough on indoor runs, when I was at school we had an indoor track 1 mile=8 3/4 about the most annoying length ever. I always rounded up to 9 laps, but ye its tough, I prefer that to treadmill though.

  7. Crazy weather here too. I think it has done some of everything this week and it is only Wednesday!

  8. 13 Miles indoors sounds very tough. Well done. Maybe it's a good idea to finish your 1st marathon and then decide when and where the next one will be. Enjoy your training!

  9. I really wanted to run Chicago last year, and it closed a few days before I was going to sign up (the end of April). I cannot believe it closed a month earlier this year. I didn't want to do a charity team either, just because I hate asking people for things. It would be cool if instead of raising money, you volunteered your time or something!

  10. Thanks for the music suggestions. I always thought Chicago would be a fun race! Spirit of the Marathon is about that one :)

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  12. Hey, interesting blog. How about the Berlin marathon on September 26th?

  13. GOOD LORD. 27 laps = 3 miles?? Wowza that is a little intense. I hate to say it, but I might have just stuck to the treadmill.

  14. I am excited to have found your blog and look forward to following along!

  15. I run out of time too. I spend too much time blogging/reading blogs and other stuff suffers. And yes, I really don't like beer. Never learned to like the stuff. Wine is good and margarita's are even better.

  16. Sounds like the training is going well. Keep it up!

  17. Bummer you didn't get into Chicago. I registered with about a day to spare so gotta get my act together and hope it goes well. Wow, you are the Chinese blog commenter king - congrats ;). Sounds like your training's going well, keep up the great least it's getting warm now!! Have a great week!