Well, I think I'm marathon training. I hit almost 40 miles this week and I've got my eyes set on the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN in April. Ironic, since I dislike country music. It just times out well since it gives me 2 months to train and it happens during my break between the Spring and Summer terms. I'm not 100% committed to it yet mostly because I'm not sure of the financial side of it, and not knowing who I'd go with (I can't imagine driving home 6.5 hours 1-2 days after a marathon.) I figured it would be fun to start doing long runs on the weekend again anyways so it's a win-win no matter what happens!
Thursday I tried my best to do some speed work. I really, really dislike that stuff. I'm so much more comfortable at running slow and easy. I really feel like I could run 11 minute miles forever (and may test that theory with a 50k next year!)Tuesday I decided I needed a change of scenery and did 8 miles along the beach. It was gorgeous!
Another great view on one of my runs this week. I'm so spoiled here. I despise the heat and humidity in the summer, but it's a pretty sweet spot to live at for runners October-April.
Monday I received this amazing medal from Pace Per Mile! I did an interview with them last month and they gave me their 'people inspiring people' award. I'm so honored!
Yesterday I drove over to my parents house to do laundry and eat all their foods. While I was there I rummaged through Mom's books to grab a few to take home with me and came across this typed biography from one of our ancestors. Mom is uber into genealogy and is slowly turning our house into a museum of our family history. I'm so glad she's doing it as we've learned some incredible stories about our families! Dad's side had a few beheaded in England back in the day. Mom's side had some dude who was pivotal in winning the American Revolution, and some people who were captured by Indians and held hostage for months.
I took this awesome photo with Salem before one of my runs. I wish it hadn't turned out so blurry, but y'all get the idea. He's a psycho, and I sleep with one eye open at night.
I much prefer him when he's like this. Remember when I asked readers to be my Valentine last year? I ended up sending out over 40 handmade cards/gifts to strangers. I wish I would have had time to do it again this year!
As for my Valentines plans. I have a date. A first date. With a friend who I've played a flirtatious tug-of-war with for 5 years now. Imagine a romantic comedy featuring a run-hungry, kinda smart but really weird white girl being matched up with a hilarious, smooth talking Mexican. That's my life right now.
What are your Valentines Day plans?