Honestly, I have really good intentions of regularly posting here, but life just keeps getting in the way! It takes quite a bit of time to write a blog post – the proofreading is the worst part for me. If you read my blog much you know that I never actually proofread that well. Why am I still horrified when I find a gazillion mistakes after the blog is actually posted?!? (Welcome to the Life of Jen.)
I’ve been doing a fairly decent job of posting running updates. (IF you count race recaps! LOL) Running is going really, really well. I can only give credit where credit is due, and that credit is due to my coach. I find it such a relief that I no longer need to question my training plan (if you could call what I was doing prior to hiring my coach a *plan*). Probably the best part is that I am not constantly wrestling with my ego. It is NO secret that my ego got me into lots of trouble where running was concerned. I am still my own worst enemy, though, as evidenced in yesterday’s bike trainer workout. I had a pretty hard workout in which I needed to get my heart rate up past a certain threshold, but was unable to get it as high as needed. I would get very shaky and just wasn’t able to hold the intensity. Then it hit me – I had not eaten a pre-workout snack. I thought that my during-workout drink would be enough and I was WRONG. I was so disappointed in myself. I SUCK at nutrition in regards to my workouts. I’m not going to dwell on it, though. I’m going to do my best to fix it going forward. Yes, I’ll probably do it again. I’m not there yet but am getting better….I think.
I have another half marathon next weekend – Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas. I’m hoping to drop my time just a bit from Cowtown, but this is also a difficult course and I’ll be relying on me, myself and I to push through this time (no Brent to drag me along)….anything could happen. Right now, the weather looks favorable, but this is Texas and the forecast will change at least 14 times between now and next Sunday. After RnR Dallas, I’ll have just a few weeks until Ragnar Relay in Austin – I am SO EXCITED!!
After that, and I have been keeping this under my hat (I am SO afraid of failure), my main goal is making a 3:45 marathon. I have no idea how close (or far away) I am right now. I know I am loads faster than I was at Dallas, but how much so?? It’s a mystery. I wish I could add a marathon in this Spring to get a good gauge, but Alli’s volleyball schedule makes it virtually impossible to train for a full. I have had trouble keeping up with half marathon training! LOL. I don’t know when I’ll be able to achieve this goal, but they always say if it isn’t just a little bit out of reach, you aren’t dreaming enough. So I’m dreaming big and I try to remind myself during every workout that any slacking won’t get me to my goal. I hope this will be the catalyst that helps me move past the tendency I have to let off the gas a bit when I start feeling fatigue.
So what’s been going on outside of running?
Life has been keeping me very busy! Alli’s volleyball team is really taking shape. They play SO WELL together, which is a direct result of the great coaching staff on the team. This is an 11s team playing in 12 Open (the most difficult division) and our region of USA Volleyball (NTR – North Texas Region) is known for its very competitive level of volleyball. These girls are consistently finishing 3rd or 5th in every tournament. Of course, they would love to finish 1st or 2nd and earn a medal, but the teams that knock us out are very talented teams that will likely go on to Nationals and finish very high. Our team is preparing to travel to the Windy City Qualifier on Easter weekend in hopes of earning a bid to Nationals. Whether we do or don’t, the higher level of competition will prepare us for our own road to Nationals.
Logan’s soccer team has one more game before play-offs, and they are also hitting their stride. Our new coach has been good for this team. I’ll be honest….when I attended the first scrimmage I was a bit worried about the season….but each game they play better and better! I am extremely proud of Logan. He was moved from midfield to defense this season and he has been playing some great soccer. He seems much more at home in defense and I believe he has positively impacted the team more there than he could have in midfield.
Spring Break is almost over 😦
I have enjoyed Spring Break SO MUCH, even though it has rained EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I haven’t even gotten that much stuff done, but Alli and I made time to go shopping, I was able to take my mom to her doctor’s appointment, and even seen Race and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I LOVED Race!!! I highly recommend it to anyone, whether they like running or not! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was good in a different way, but after having just seen Race, it pales in comparison.
And now, I need to get in my strength work and get out for a short run before the rains come once again!