My Reasons

My Reasons

This Is Where It All Begins

This Is Where It All Begins

Thursday, January 15, 2009 life

So, a lot of people have been asking me how post-marathon life has been.
Well, right now Ben is at the gym working out, and he took the kids. There are dishes in the sink and there is laundry waiting to be folded and put away. I am sitting her blogging, eating a KitKat and petting the dog. hhhhmmmm
O.K. so this is an abnormal night, but it still feels so good to just CHILL and not totally freak out that I didn't get to the gym today. (well, maybe I freaked out a little, but I did stay home, and the peace and quiet it so worth it)
I didn't run at all the week after the marathon, and after that it has basically been running 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym 3-4 times a week. I have kept my pace the same. Good ol' 6.5 mph. I am not doing speedwork anymore, and that has been pretty nice. Sometimes after running, I will hop on the bike or the elliptical for a while to get the kinks out.
After training so hard for so long, it is really weird to run without something to look forward to though. I am going to do another marathon, most likely St. George, but not for a while. I am also looking into those mini-triathlons. That way Ben and I could do it together. I just need to learn how to swim for doggy paddling. ;)
My passion will always be running though. Right now, it is a little hairy because of the slick roads. I LOVE LOVE LOVE running outside, and I can do that whether or not I have a goal in mind. I do it because I love it, simple as that. It is the dang treadmill running! BLAH! I stare out a window at the parking lot for almost an hour (that is if the window isn't fogged over with everyones stinky breath) while inhaling everyones body odor and sweat. Not to mention all those guys running next to me that drink protein shakes and fart the whole time. It is not easy to run while holding your breath. It is so gross! I guess if that can't stop me, not much will.
On the up side, the weather has been great the past few days, and if it keeps up, I am grabbing the dog, and we are doing some serious miles OUTSIDE!!!!! Fresh air, feet pounding the pavement, change of scenery, dog next to me, awesome new ipod songs ,aaaahhhh, can you feel it????


Deanna said...

You are my hero!!! I wish I enjoyed running. It's not my passion. Swimming is, though!! I need to get back in the feel a new year's resolution comming on!

Jessica said...

I don't know what you did to get such heavenly blessing as to "love" running. I, too, wish I could join in your enthusiasm of running. I laughed at the guys who let the stinky protein shake farts at the gym! Thats like Tyler ....except the protien shakes....and the gym...

Colleen said...

Stinky farting men...ha! That cracked me up! It is supposed to be nice for at least the next week!

J&E said...

Protein shakes and man farts... that made me laugh! If you can tolerate that voluntarily you can do anything you put your mind to!
Love you guys!

Jaggers Brain said...

Yeah for running! I am so out of shape, but me and my roommate have signed up for a 5k at the end of the month, and someday really soon I want to do a marathon! You really inspire me!

Grandma and Bonka said...

I got so grossed out by this guy on the neighboring treadmill flinging his sweat on me with every pound of his feet that I used that visual in a sacrament meeting talk I gave about fleeing from sin. I likened sin to sweat. Does one flee from flinging sweat or sin - or just take it and get yourself all dirty too. For me, it was easy. I slammed off the on/off button and ran from the sweatflinger. I do the same with sin.
P.S. I ask the attendant to disinfect my treadmill with lysol before I get on.

Stefanie said...

You're probably enjoying running in this beautiful weather, that is if Colorado Springs is in the 60s like Denver. Wish I shared your passion for running!