What Next?

So after the Mankato Half Mary I knew I wanted to take it easy (not that I was really working that hard to have to take it easy…) for a little while.  My left foot has been a little sensitive. I say sensitive because it really hasn’t caused me any pain. Just a twinge here or there. The ‘ol left IT band has been a little sensitive too. I also have some goals set for next year, and I am going to take the winter (yes, I shudder at the thought of winter being here already) to strength train, cross train, and HOPEFULLY drop a few pounds.

WHAT?! This doesn't help when trying to drop extra lbs???
WHAT?! This doesn’t help when trying to drop extra lbs???

As much as I would rather run outside, unfortunately the city doesn’t plow or shovel the school track. When it snows, speedwork will be inside. Really for safety reasons. I don’t feel like slipping on a patch of black ice and cracking my noggen. No bueno. Also, hills…I need to work on hills. Those cannot be done on the flat land that surround me. So, those too will be done on the good ‘ol mill.  Strength and flexibility…my goal is to bring yoga into my life once a week, and either a Jillian DVD or Bob DVD a couple times a week.

This happened.
This happened.

And…guess what is now in my basement…aka workout room with a couch and a treadmill?

Lexa!
Lexa!

Lexa gets to roll…inside with her new trainer 🙂 She also got a new seat this fall because I couldn’t go 10 miles without my feet, legs, and girly parts going numb.  Hmmmm…guess it helps to have a seat that actually fits my rear! Turns out the original seat was wayyyyy too narrow for my sitz bones…Makes all the difference in the world! I can spend hours riding now! Century ride next year?! I think so.

I will give you a few more clues as far as what my goals are for next year. I haven’t decided if I really want to say (or write) them publicly yet.  I will tell you that Grandma’s Marathon is involved. NYC Marathon may be on that list as well. I would really really really like to travel to a marathon (or half mary…or hat trick…Runner’s World! Do you hear me?!)

What race plans or goals do you have for next year?

Are you taking it easy this winter? Cross training?

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I thought this was where I write…

So sorry…again..that I have been MIA. Not to make excuses (but I will again anyhow), but school started for me again, and life has been a little overwhelming right now. So…onto a more positive note…

I believe we left off with I was about to run the Women Rock Half Mary on August 31st. Which I did! I didn’t die…although I won’t lie, there was a time or two I thought I wanted too. I will do a full recap when I get off my lazy bum and download some photos. I will tell you, it was probably the hardest half mary I have done (with the exception of my very first one). There was a lot of self talk and mental battles for 13.1 miles. 1:53:14 later, I crossed that finish line, headed directly for the chocolate milk and food (um…which is ALWAYS the first place I go after a race. So if you ever run with me, and you look for me after I finish, chances are, this is where I will be).

So what’s next??!! Because you KNOW there is going to be something next…I’m going to bust out this ol’ thing…

LEXA!!
LEXA!!

And TRY my damndest to NOT fall over. No guarantees though. I will tell you how that turns out. On this coming Sunday, weather permitting, I will be participating in the Mankato River Ramble 40 mile bike ride. It is a fun ride (I’m used to typing Fun Run…which is more fun because run rhythms with fun. What rhythms with ride?!!) No racing here, I just want to finish the miles. Lexa may have to get a new seat on Saturday. Since the current one hurts my girly parts 5 miles into every ride. Sorry…not happening for 40 miles.

And….on October 20th, if you have nothing better to do, you can always cheer me and my sis on at the Mankato Half Mary!! This will be her very first half marathon. And…to be expected, she is nervous!! But I know she will do great! She will be running it with a friend of hers and I cannot wait to see them finish! 

I’ve run that course twice, and it is one of my favorites. It is a relatively new course (it is in its 4th year).  I’m not sure if it’s a favorite because it’s close to home, or because it’s the first half I had under 2 hours, or if I just love the course. I also volunteered the 2nd year they had it. I was a bike medic on the final 3 miles of the course and it was so much fun to encourage runners at that point! Although I now know what most of them were saying as they ran away from me… The course is pretty. Especially in fall. Weather is kinda unpredictable (um…possible tornadoes tomorrow in our weather forecast. In October. Really? And I’m pretty sure a snow storm is on its way.) If you have not done this course, you really should. Because I say so. And because you can have really good celebratory beer afterwards.

I see a lot of this happeningMmmmm…..beeeeeerrrrr.

Believe it or not, I do not have anything on the calendar for running after the Mankato Half. I think I will be taking it easy the rest of the year. Resting my foot. And trying to get my running mojo back. I am going to focus on some strength training and yogaing. I will be running, just not as much. My goal is to get stronger and leaner so I can accomplish a BIG goal next year. Anywho….enough about me.

What are your race plans for the rest of the year??

Are you setting any goals for next year?