Well I know whatโ€™s right, I got just one life…


*Warning* long post and no pictures! But, I did give you some listening enjoyment above! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sooo… My week of being upset about the race is over!!! The clouds have lifted and I am feeling GREAT and super optimistic of things to come. I know that I am better than how I ran at Chicago and I am excited to get back out there. I learned from my experience in Chicago and have some things in mind to change for the next race. I know I am tough- I finished the race with blood dripping down my body for Pete’s sake! I can do this.

Today I met with John to discuss my next block of training and I left our meeting with a renewed sense of (healthy) determination. The plan for this week is to run just a half an hour easy every other day for recovery. And, if I don’t feel like it, I don’t have to. (!!) I originally wanted to try to OTQ right away again at California International Marathon in December. We decided for numerous reasons, that it would be too soon. And I get that. I certainly don’t want to try again before I am ready and have it blow up in my face.ย  Here is my race plan:

November 14th- IronGirl 10 mile run– I won with a 1:03:xx last year and hope to be under 1:00:00 this year. I have dipped under one hour for the 10 mile in the AFC half marathon in August and in my time trial in September, so I am looking forward to seeing how well I can do here.

November 25th- Mesa Mi Amigo’s Turkey Trot 10k– apparently the biggest one in AZ! Have not done this one yet, super excited!

December 12th- Tucson 1/2 marathon came in 2nd last year in the full marathon, so I am excited to hopefully PR for the half marathon on this fast course.

If all feels well and is going smoothly after Tucson then…

January 16th- PF Changs Rock and Roll Marathon This was my very first marathon in 2008. I ran it in 4:36:xx. This time I am looking to OTQ here. My how things have changed… ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that I am running this one because I won’t have the stress of travel. I will be able to sleep in my own bed. I will have support from my friends that live here- I am going to need you guys! And lots of my Bandido friends are running it. Yay!!!

If I am not feeling ready after Tucson, then I will either find a March marathon and run Boston for fun, or wait until Boston. I am going to be honest with how I am feeling and I am going to listen to my coach and his suggestions. I just have to be patient as I want my next full to go really well, and I know it will. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Everything happens for a reason and as hard as it is, you have to rely on your faith. You will do awesome at Changs, but I don’t, for one minute, believe you’ll “run Boston for fun”… but your cute!!! Trust in John, he clearly knows what he’s doing.

  2. “he clearly knows what he is doing”??? She had a bad race. How is it that John “clearly” knows what he is doing?

  3. I didn’t think it necessary to specify myself, but for you Joe, I will. John had nothing to do with her upset stomach or her fall.

  4. My bad race was, exactly as Terri pointed out, because of my over consumption of Gatorade and my fall. Going into the race, if you have been reading this blog for more than this one post, I have had PR after PR. The bottom line is, that I trust my coach fully. In my opinion, he is the best and based on my past results and the results of others, I would say he “clearly” knows what he is doing. Respectfully, please email me if you have any other comment or point that you need to bring up with me.

  5. Thanks for the update – got me my Happy Smile….

    I for sure am not a coach, and in fact if anything a shining example of someone you may want to do the opposite of their training! That said, being an old (ish) man (for perspective: I saw the ‘Damn the Torpedoes Tour…) means my Saucony’s have been around the block a few loops. For me… the most underrated training components are all the mental aspects. And mental ‘speedwork’ is only accomplished through adversity. Getting knocked the frick’ down and getting back up (sorry for the Tub Thumping reference). I think you just did this, both metaphorically and physically. That’s what I call about as good as a training session as can be… Find your inner ornery… OTQ OTQ OTQ…

  6. Can’t wait to keep following your training – you are an inspiration to me… and the OTQ is definitely yours at PF Changs!!

  7. Hope all is going well! Miss seeing you and Terri over on DM. Best…

  8. Are you ever posting again??? I have to admit your posts were one thing I looked forward to on Mondays!! Hope all is well.

  9. Hey girly! I don’t think so. I felt like I didn’t have the time to comment on workouts and felt like a bum because everyone was SO supportive of mine! I also think I need to step back and just stay focused for awhile. I was getting a little too competitive… ๐Ÿ™‚ How are you??? Are you on FB?

  10. I understand about dailymile…I’ve struggled with it for the past 6 months, too!!! I meant blog posts ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you taking a break from those, too? I am on FB – find me!! “cynthia zimmerman posta”

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