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Friday, March 16, 2012

Oh sickness.

I hate strep throat.  I HATE IT!  When I was younger, I was highly susceptible.  I would even joke that someone saying the word "strep" around me would result in my having it....it totally did at least once that I can recall.  Ridiculous.  When I had kids and actually stopped drinking as much and started taking care of myself, I didn't get it...well, ever.  Until 2012.  I've had it twice and it's only March!  Grrr.  I guess I have to build up my immuties against Virginia strep throat.  Must be different from Tennessee strep.

Anyway, all of that to say I am kinda freaking out about having gone 8 days without running and I am entered in the Irish Sprint 10K tomorrow.  I really, really wanted to run this under an hour and I know I totally could have a week ago!  I'm just not sure what a week off my legs will do to me.  Will I be faster because I am so well-rested?  Will I die because I have forgotten how to breath when running?  Also, my throat is flat-out killing me and swallowing has been difficult for several days now.  I started an antibiotic yesterday and got both doses in.  I am already feeling marginally better.  Just nervous.  Truly nervous.  I realize I don't necessarily HAVE to do well in this race...I am only running it to ensure a spot in the Marine Corps Marathon for December.  However, I'm way too competitive to go into anything with the thought of "it doesn't matter how I do".  It's not going to happen for this girl.

On a brighter note, I am taking Conner with me!  We are getting him out of school early today so we can go ahead and drive up to DC...just me and him.  That part is very exciting!  I am staying tonight with a friend who lives closer to the race, and she has a 9 year old son, so I thought it would be a nice excuse to take Conner to see our nation's capitol.  Fun!  What I didn't take in to consideration was that it is cherry blossom season?  Apparently everyone else in the world will be journeying up to DC this weekend?  Yeah, we're not really a big nature family.  :) 

So, along with this sickness kicking me off my running legs, it has made staying on the 24-day challenge very hard.  There are pills to be taken and I have had a couple days where drinking water was next to impossible, so getting a pill in there wasn't going to happen.  I have decided to not kick myself too much over my mess up days and just start fresh today.  I have been drinking the "Spark" energy drink - ever since sweet Allison recommended drinking it hot! - so my energy levels have not been anywhere near as low as usual when I'm sick.  I actually thought I was "curing" it on my own, which is why I didn't go to the doctor until yesterday.  Even the doctor said "I can't believe you didn't come in sooner!"  Well, see, I'm stubborn.  And I equate being "sick" with being "weak".  It's not a healthy mindset, but it's mine.  Sorry.

I really am enjoying the products from AdvoCare.  The cleanse went pretty well.  I feel healthier.  I haven't had coffee (other than 2 times when I just really wanted the flavor and warmth) in over 2 weeks now, and I have way more energy than I think I've had in a long, long time.  I just recently got my order of meal replacement shakes specific for workout recovery, so I'll definitely let you all know how those go soon!  I also ordered some AdvoCare Slim - hopefully to suppress my appetite when I'm at work so I will stop grabbing crostinis every time I go in the darn kitchen.  Ha.

I am revamping my workout routine as soon as I am healthy.  The plan is to really kick it in to gear and get some major time and distance on these legs.  I have just 3 weeks until the Charlottesville Half and then 2 weeks after that is the Blue Ridge Marathon.  I would love to do the half in under 2 hours, but I don't want to hurt myself attaining the goal.  The true goal is to be able to wear the Blue Ridge Marathon shirt proudly...knowing I finished in under the 8 hour time limit.  I have about 2 hours of daylight left once Shaun gets home now, so I can get out there and use that up at least twice a week.  I have started working during the day on Mondays, so I would like to use my first hour of that day for running downtown.  Once I get going at work, it's hard for me to stop for any amount of time (because there is always stuff to do!), so I think it will have to be my first thing.  I'm planning to slow my pace a bit, but go for longer.  I would like to get one 3 1/2 hour jog done before the half.  Regardless of what that distance ends up being, I think it is important for me to see what it's like to be actively moving for that amount of time.  At least! 

I got some new shoes.  Some new super fast beautiful shoes.  :)  I'll post a picture when I get a chance.  I haven't run in them, so I won't be doing the race this weekend in them, but I will do some training runs next week.  They are Brooks.  My first pair of Brooks!  Purple.  Soooo pretty.

That's all for today!  Hopefully this afternoon will be awesome with my oldest son, and then wish me luck for a good run tomorrow.  6 miles is nothin', right?!? 


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