Life is awesome
I’m pretty stoked to start my new job this week. I’ve been volunteering all summer with the American Liver Foundation – Great Lakes Division. To get paid to drink coffee, talk about and encourage people to run and exercise, and to fundraise for a good cause is my idea of a pretty sweet gig. Plus, I will have health care again for the first time in way too long.
I’ve come to the conclusion, that if you are training for a marathon….you should do so knowing you have the comfort of health care in case something happens. Granted, I haven’t really needed to see a doctor for my various aches and pains…..yet. But I think, it’s pretty safe to say, I’ve been treading a fine line between not being seriously injured and being sore.
In other news, I think I just figured out the next marathon I’m going to do after the Disney Marathon in January. Remember, I’m looking to set a new goal for myself of running two marathons a year.
Yesterday I was Facebook chatting with my cousin and runner extraordinaire, K-Jo, and we’ve always wanted to do a race together. But as she lives in Colorado and I’m in Illinois – it’s tough to match up schedules. Plus, when I see her, we’re usually in the midst of a huge family reunion where races are far from priority and mornings are more or less dedicated to recovery from the previous night.
While we were chatting, she mentioned a great marathon that satisfies both our racing desires. The US Bank Rim Rock Marathon takes place every November in Fruita, Colorado (for those interested: registration is still open for this year’s race). It’s a road race, which is good for me as that’s what I’m used to and it’s at altitude, which is good for K-Jo. Plus, it’s near our grandparent’s house which is always a good meet-up point!
Thank you Liz at Waffles on the Boardwalk for the photos! Follow the link and check out her recap of the 2010 race.
I’m so excited! I’m sure my new supervisor will want me to do Chicago next year but there’s probably a way around it. I will still fundraise for a fall marathon so we’ll just have an extra bib to give away for the 2014 Chicago Marathon (wink wink!). That might actually be necessary, especially as Chicago is switching to some kind of lottery system for next year’s marathon.
While we’re on the subject of charities and running. I have managed to raise 51% of my marathon fundraising goal for the American Liver Foundation in only three weeks! Yipee!Goal: $2,800.00
Luckily, I have until December 6th to hit my goal. The last 49% will most likely be a bit more difficult. But whatever, it’s totally doable. Please donate a few dollars and help me raise money for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. Just click here to donate.
Let’s move on to the next section of this post shall we?
Ok, I haven’t actually been that bad but I have been cross training as opposed to running this past week..
After the disastrous “race” last week where I had to stop at mile 5 of 20 and take care of my IT-Band, I decided time off from running was needed. Yesterday was my first day back to running in 6 days. I put in a 4 mile fartlek yesterday at 7:48 average….not shabby for the first run. My IT felt pretty good until Mile 3 when it tightened a bit.
After some sage advice from some Boston Marathon vet’s I know – I’m going to train a bit harder this week, focus on fartlek runs and then go easy next week.
Oh boy….two weeks from today at this exact moment, I will be heading for the start corral to run the Chicago Marathon.