I know you all love it when I write long posts with tons of different things. This is what happens after a week of being in a funk due to not running, a sinus infection, and a few other odds and ends.
First of all, thank you all for you enthusiasm about the Chicago marathon. I am going to stick to my guns and make this my next big marathon, but after I run it I am hopeful I can find some other smaller marathons to run and make up for some lost time.
I am getting really excited about running, even though I know I'll be told tomorrow to do something like 1 mile 3 times a week before increasing to 2 miles and then 3 miles, etc. I'm pretty sure I'll be allowed to get on a bike again, so a few spin classes should help fill the void my legs feel from not running as much as I'm used to running.
As much as I hate to say it, I might not run the Country Music Half in April. It's $100!! I think the Elite Racing people are starting to think a little too highly of themselves. I know I could have gotten in cheaper if I signed up sooner, but with the injury I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it. I am realizing that I'll probably be in shape for a half by then, but I don't know if I'd be able to really push myself in the half distance by then. So I might skip out and put the money toward some 5K's over the next few months. Having to start all over with running and having some time to build up until I start marathon training again in June might be the push I need to improve my speed and 5K PR. I need to start trying to plan out what the next few months will look like for my running and racing (and exercising in general since I'm going to learn to love cross training as I rebuild my mileage).
I have a few other things I'm excited about today. For starters, I rebooked my trip to Chicago to visit my best friend. If you've been around for a bit, you know I had to cancel this trip in December because I was on crutches. We managed to find a good weekend for me to head up there in a few weeks, so I'm pumped. AND - I had booked the flight with Southwest yesterday, and then today I got an email about their 3-day sale. I hopped online, went to the Change Reservation page, and changed my reservation to the exact same flights I'd already booked - only today it was $13 cheaper. Score. Now I have $13 to use toward the next flight I book, which may be my marathon trip to Chicago. I love Southwest. If they wanted to pay me to promote them, I'd do it gladly. (Of course, here I am now doing it for free.)
I also bought tickets to see New Kids on the Block in a few weeks with my sister. I know, it's silly, but I just couldn't miss the opportunity. I actually bought them on Friday when they went on sale. When I told the guy at the Kroger counter I needed concert tickets, he guessed if they would be for NKTOB. Apparently a LOT of women my age had been in buying them that day. It was already over halfway sold out. I'm not alone in my desire to see 40-year-old men sing songs that made them famouse over 20 years ago.
I'm not back to 100% after the sinus infection, but I'm feeling up to going to my favorite Arms & Abs class today. I figure it'll be a good way to get myself excited about how after my doctor's appointment tomorrow I should be able to go back to the gym and RUN a mile. Yay!
I'd been a little behind on my Google Reader the past few days, but I've got it under control again. I apologize for my lack of commenting lately. Happy Tuesday to you all.