Thursday, December 15, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1. In last week’s informal poll, the Incredibles were the clear winner for my Disney costume.  I’m going to head to the fabric store at some point this weekend and see what I can find to put together the "I logo" for my shirt and make myself an eye mask.  However, if I get there and find a nice dalmatian print, I may be switching to Cruella DeVille.  I ordered some red knee socks yesterday which will work with either costume. Of course after ordering them I noticed that the Incredibles wear tall black boots so I should probably wear black socks, but whatever, I’m going with it.

2. I’m still lacking the motivation I had during marathon training, but I’m still fitting in a workout almost every day. I’ve definitely found it harder to get up in the mornings, but on those days when I've stayed in bed, I’ve managed to rally myself and fit in a run after work. It’s definitely not my regular routine, but I know that at this point there’s not much I can do that will help or hurt my races at Disney (other than an injury). So I'm doing everything possible to avoid injury! I’m aiming for a long run of 16-18 miles this Sunday and I’m optimistic that it will go well.  Then again, if I stop at 14 or 15, it probably won’t matter all that much. I kind of like this "training" philosophy!
3. Despite the fact that I am not feeling highly motivated right now, I spent a fair amount of time last week on the Marathon Guide web site reading about late spring marathons. I think I finally have convinced myself that this is NOT a good idea (but feel free to tell me otherwise). Something like Eugene (April 29) would be too early and a race in late May/early June would mean that I was doing a lot of the longer runs by myself.  In order to set myself up for a strong 2012, I want to make sure that I take plenty of time off post-Goofy to recover and not rush getting back into serious training. 
I found out last week that I got in the Cherry Blossom 10 miler, so I’m thinking that race plus a late spring half seems like a much more reasonable and smart plan. I know I have the potential to crush my current half PR and I think it will be fun to spend the spring focusing on a bit more speed than marathon training allows.  That being said, I’m trying to remind myself that I should really wait until after Goofy is over (and I see how my body handles it), to actually commit to anything.


Katie said...

half PR crushing, no marathon (and no lonely and HOT long runs), yes yes yes. fall marathon. yes. :)

Beth said...

I have black compression socks you could borrow, if you want to have the full outfit!

Otherwise, that sounds like a great strategy for the spring!

Sarah said...

crushing the half is a good idea I think.

And I can't wait to see what your costume looks like :)

amy said...

I tried waiting until after a race to think about what's next. We all know how well that turned out.

You're going to look just like Violet!

Dash said...

I think you should plan on really crushing Cherry Blossom and a later half, then think about a fall marathon to build on after a fast season. :)

YAY DISNEY!! I'm so excited for you, I can't wait to see pictures!

Jon said...

Lemme know if you ever figure out how to do the Violet Force Field effect. Would totally help knocking those slower runners outa the way!

The disappearing act is kinda cool too....

Rachel said...

i've been feeling the same way post-chicago and training for houston. but surprisingly, without the strict training plan i'm enjoying my runs more and actually running just as well as i was before chicago. i think your plan sounds good - plus you could always do a little multisport in the spring/summer ; )

Elizabeth said... is a very dangerous place! I think you are being smart by holding off until the fall for another full. I can't wait to see how your costume turns out.