I had planned on keeping a big ol' ZERO in my running odometer for this week...but I can't. Tomorrow it's time to get back at it.
In my post-Grandma doldrums, I signed up for the Fox Cities Marathon. It fit into the schedule relatively well (September 20) and I really really want to run sub 3. I am also signed up for Twin Cities in October, but my goal race, where I want to run really fast, is the North Face 50K, and I don't want to run two races that hard that close together. Thus, Fox Cities it is! It's cheap. It's close. It's a decent event. I'm sold. Last year Fox Cities was the first event in my "1 Month 100 Miles" fundraising effort, and I ended up running the first half conservatively and then blistering home (relatively speaking, of course) for a 10 minute negative split. While I really didn't like the ending (having to dodge 6-wide walking groups from the half marathon and marathon power walk events), the overall Fox Cities Marathon is a well-run event with great crowd support. I wish it were a bit smaller, as then I'd place a little higher, but I'll still take it and am looking forward to a hard summer of training (including some mid-day runs for the heat) that will prepare me for ANYTHING!
And thanks for all the kind words. Looking back, I was really not a good sport about Grandma's, especially if you consider that in the previous post I had mentioned that the weather may not allow a sub-3 time, and that I'd still be happy with running. Apparently, according to the photos from the event, I was NOT HAPPY. I'm not sure I've seen someone more angry while running. See for yourself at MarathonFoto.com and put in Grandma's,Giebler, and 3038 to see the carnage known as Nic in Death March mode. Fantastic.
But I digress. It's onward and upward! Tomorrow I'm heading to the trails without any music, without an HR monitor, without a watch, and I'm shaking out the cobwebs. My shiny new sub-3 pursuit starts tomorrow! (Okay, full disclosure...I'll be wearing a watch for sure, and most likely also an HR monitor. What can I say, I'm addicted.)
Thanks again for the support!
(Especially from Ellie...who even gave me a hug at the end!