Blissful ignorance

I’m running a half marathon this weekend.  I’m terribly undertrained.

Yes, I did run two halfs less than a month ago. And since then, I think I’ve run a max of six miles.  Maybe.  Once.

Having a cold for over two weeks certainly didn’t help, and by the time I kicked that, I managed to tweak my lower back (thanks to tight hips and glutes) so I’m spending more time stretching than anything else.

I’m choosing to not think about the fact that I have to drag my body through 13.1 miles this weekend.  I’m sure it won’t be the worst half marathon I’ve ever run.  If nothing else, the weather should be nice and cool, which always works in my favor.

And hey, maybe all this rest and stretching will magically get me to an awesome finish, right?

Yeah, probably not.  But a girl can dream!

Anyone have suggestions of good hip/glute stretches?

Race Volunteering

Yesterday, I volunteered at the Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon.  This race was definitely touch and go for a long time, with the downfall of TriColumbia.  But as of a few weeks ago, the race was back on, thanks to WTC.

Unfortunately, this meant a HUGE scramble for volunteers very last minute.  And it is one of the times I’m so proud to live in an area with so many active running and triathlon groups.  A number of the water stops for this race were manned by the local triathlon clubs.  A few clubs took on two water stops.  We only had one, but we were passed twice and we also provided all of the pacers for the race.  Which meant that we had to cheer each time a pace group passed us.

Volunteering was so much fun.  This wasn’t a huge race – apparently only 2000 runners, though it seemed like fewer.  But we had a great time cheering on the runners as they passed, giving out water, Gatorade, high fives, and hugs.  I love being able to give back, and since we were a well staffed water stop, it never felt super hectic.  Just a lot of fun.

I’d like to say that the water stops were a huge success.  Because we are all awesome.  I’m looking forward to hearing from the participants of the race though.  The race started about an hour late.  The rumor was that they were clearing the course for safety, some people said something about an accident, others said the course was mismarked.  I’m not sure what ultimately happened there.  And apparently, there wasn’t any real information at the start either.  Not really a good sign, and it does make me a little worried for all of the other former TriColumbia races coming this summer.

I do hope the runners had a good time though!  We volunteers definitely did our best to make their day great!

Catch up, Brain

I’ve been easing back into workouts after being sick.  Yesterday was the first day in almost 2 weeks that I took no cold or cough medicine.  It was glorious.  I have discovered that my new favorite drug is Mucinex Severe Cold.  The liquid is blue, which really threw me off, for no apparent reason.  Somehow, in my brain, cough medicine should be red.  Years of Robitussin have warped my mind.

Yesterday, I hit the pool.  I wanted to swim my normal 2000m, but halfway through, I was feeling the fatigue in my arms.  My own fault for not training like I should be.  So I pushed my way to 1600 and climbed out.  Better than nothing, and I’ve got another swim practice this week.

Of course, then my brain decided to shut off.  My gym has a giant open bay of showers.  No worries, you just strip down and pretend like you’re not all hanging out naked.  I hung my suit on the railing and set to washing the chlorine out of my hair.  Then, two older women come in from the pool, take the shower heads on either side of me, and continue to have a conversation right through me.  Talk about awkward.  Especially since they kept looking over at each other while talking, which meant looking through me.  I’m not terribly worried about what I look like in the locker room, but this was getting to be a bit too much.  So I finished up and hightailed it out of there.  Plus I needed to get to work.  Though I did have to ask a third old lady to get out of the way so I could get my towel from the hook.  No, old lady, I’m not just standing here wet and naked for your enjoyment.

Get home after work and realize hey, I don’t have my bathing suit.  Yep, 12+ hours later, it’s still in the shower at the gym.  Suits aren’t cheap and this was one of my better ones, so I made my way back to the gym to pick it up.  Thankfully, it was still there.

I’m thinking my brain doesn’t know what to do now that it’s not got cold medicine clouding it.  I’ve done a number of stupid things over the past day.  I went to make tea and put the tea leaves directly into my mug of coffee.  Two things wrong with this – I didn’t need tea, I still had coffee, plus I have a different mug with a strainer for tea.

Let’s hope today goes better!

All Eyes on Boston

In less than an hour, all eyes will be on Boston for the start of the Boston marathon.  It’s a day of great joy and great sadness.  But most of all, it’s a day of remembrance and reliance.  I will be streaming live online, like I did last year (though the online coverage cut out after the elites finished – I hope this year we get more coverage).  I will be tracking my friends running.

Here’s to coming together and not letting the bad guys win.  And to never forgetting the four lives lost last year and to those who jumped in to help the injured, making sure that no more lives were lost.

Recovering

I have been under the weather for nearly two weeks.

TWO WEEKS!

I’m going a bit stir crazy.  Which I think means I’m finally getting better.

While running the double half marathons, I was getting a scratchy throat and knew I was getting a cold.  I was not wrong.  Flying home congested was not fun.  But I figured I would get better soon enough.

Didn’t do much working out that week, definitely skipped swim so I wasn’t leaving snot trails behind me.  But apparently, biking this weekend might not have been the best plan.  Suddenly, I was coughing up a storm.  Spent Monday exhausted, took a sick day on Tuesday, and hit up Walgreens to buy all of the OTC medications I could find.  I wasn’t feverish or achy, so I wasn’t too worried.

Finally today, I think I’m on an upswing.  I only took a cough suppressant/expectorant this morning to hopefully help clear out my lungs.  But I’m no longer congested, which is a huge plus.  Going to probably try for an easy run tomorrow and then a bike ride on Easter morning.  Fingers crossed that I am finally on an upswing.  Being sick is no fun!