Monday, January 14, 2008

Potato Salad...

Why you ask...would I name my blog potato salad? BC I MADE SOME AWESOME Potato salad yesterday! Here is a pic! :)
Yummy red skin potatos...dill...celery....onions...were a few of the key ingredients. And get this...my husband said "The best potato salad I've ever had in my life!!!" SCORE!! BETTER than his MOMS!! He never says that...that is a huge ego inflation for me!

SO I've been running everyday since Thursday. Friday 6 miles, Saturday sprint miles, Sunday 3.5, today 3.5. I'm happy to announce yesterday's pace was 8:50. I think that is my best so far. TOday was worse...I ran early in the am for the first time...and half on the dreadmill and half outside and it was FREEZING! I don't run well on treadmills..so bare with it. But here they are..in all their glory!
Funny thing. I couldn't get my ipod to sync up to nikeplus.com. It kept saying check my date on my computer. Well I changed a bunch of things and did a system restore on my computer, call technical support for apple....then realize my calendar does say 2007!!!!!!!! DUH!!!!!!!! Blonde moment...it fixed itself then! haha.


Next bit of affairs.....I NEED SOME ADVICE ON THIS ONE! I am sched to run a half marathon (my first) on March 30 in Atl, GA! Well I'm getting super antsy and just want to run one really bad. THere is one here in town on Feb 2nd. By then my longest run will only be 8 miles...but I'm so tempted to just gut it out. Even if I have to walk some. I have a HUGEEEEEEEE Fear of failure and it holds me back in many ways. I get anxiety about long runs...so I usually gut them out a day or two before I'm supposed to bc I get scared putting it off. With that said....I'm super tempted to just gut out the half marathon Feb 2 to put away my fears that I can finish. THis way I can just focus on my training for atlanta (ill still have about 2 months to train)..so that I can run a good race. Also this race is really cheap (Feb 2nd one) $40...and really flat. So it would be a good first? WHAT DO U THINK?! PLEASE COMMENT!!

ANd lastly...I think I am going to be a triathlon girl this summer. I was born a swimmer...morphed into a runner...and ready for some metamorphosis (think butterfly) into a biker triathlon chick!
NOWWWWWWWWWW....I just need to find a bike!! Any advice would be great for this too...I'm a graduate student low on funds.

PEACE friends :)

*Edit*(wow...I found this pic AFTER i posted the blog...how perfect )

10 comments:

Doug said...

I would hold off on the half marathon. Although you could probably "gut it out" and finish, you'd more than likely "gut it out" and get injured; been there, done that!

As far as bikes, I just bought one a few months ago. Look around at local bike shops and see if they have some of last year's models left over, they'll be at a huge discount. If it helps, here are the three bikes I looked at before ultimately decided on the Specialized: http://endorphiend.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-bike-shop-adventure.html

IronJenny said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - I think you definitely could gut it out if you really have your heart set on getting this goal behind you.
If you walk when you feel like it, you won't get too sore. I worry about that "running every day" thing, though... that's what'll injure you, I think. I run twice a week and never get hurt.
Good luck making your decision! And have fun bike shopping!

Benson said...

Don't gut it out, enjoy it. Walking is fine. Mark Allen says "Unless you test yourself, you stagnate. Unless you try to go way beyond what you've been able to do before, you won't develop and grow. When you go for it 100%, when you don't have the fear of "what if I fail," that's when you learn. That's when you're really living."

So cool that you're metamorphosing into a Triathlete. Bikes are a personal choice so sit on and test ride as many as you can. I have an inside track on bikes. Email me if you're interested. I'll trade you for some potato salad. Yum.

jahowie said...

Red potatoes are my favorite!! :-)

It's a deal on the teaching me to swim and in turn I will teach you to ride. Just bring some of that "yummy" potato salad. ;-)

I say go for it on the half marathon. I'm going to gut my first one out on June 1st. Let's do this thing!!

RazZDoodle said...

I would agree with most here. If you're not worried about an 8:50 mile and your goal is the experience, then go for it! If you're trying to set a PR, then I'd hold off.

I can speak on this because I have NO EXPERIENCE whatsoever! :)

IronGambit said...

I agree for you to do it! I say the best way to train for a half marathon is to run a half marathon! Just only run it slow so that when you do the "real deal" half, you have something to look forward to and a goal to beat. Run Easy to avoid injury!

Also I think that you are taking a screen shot to post your Nike Plus stats?
e-mail me and I'll show you how to post them normally ttyl! ;)
& good luck!

Jess said...

If you just want to do it and have the experience (don't care about time, etc) then do the half on Feb 2. But do try to do a 10 miler or more before then to see what you think. The body really starts to react differently after 8 miles, so making that your longest preparing distance may not fully prepare you for what's in store for 13.1.

Best of luck with the decision!

RunnerGirl said...

I say go for the half in Feb., but make sure you're okay with just finishing and not worrying about your time. Like you said, you can always walk if you need to and it will give you an idea of what to expect for the next one. Good luck!

P.O.M. said...

thanks for the music suggestions. I downloaded Blue Water and Proper Education (Eric Prydz) and Glamorous Life -dirty south remix. Whoo hoo - new music for the morning!

Who is SLB+? said...

You could gut it out but that's a big leap of mileage, typically you should not increase more than 10% per week and even then not every week. If you want to run the distance from a physiological satisfaction then you long runs should look roughly like (the dates are a bit off):

8 1/15
9 1/22
10 1/29
8 2/5
11 2/12
13 2/19
8 2/26
13 3/4

As for a bike nows a good time to get a 2007 or 2006 model cheap