My Super Sweet 13(.1)

A 1st Half Marathon

96 Days Until… (Brews & Clues)

Cranes in Florida

My beautiful running companions in Florida, along with the sun:)

Aaah! How did we get to less than 100 days until the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon? And how many times will I type that phrase until we get to that faithful day… And is it better to say “mini-marathon” or “half marathon?” I mean, the website says “mini” but it is a half – and a half sounds more half full, I think. But ooh, less than 100 days. Better keep the pavement pounding up. Also considering getting a kettle bell and adding some strength training. I need some strength to assist my endurance.

This week Louisville will be blessed with some decent weather, a.k.a. no snow or ice. That’s good, because I’ve got three training runs scheduled this week with Blue Mile and I spent the past week running in the high 60s and upper 70s in Florida. I did one 30 minute run, a 45 minute run, then a 40 minute one, so I got my three days in, otherwise… I was working. Then my family came into town. Good times ensued.

Speaking of good times (and running) I picked up the latest issue of Runner’s World at the airport and they had an entertaining article about runners and beer. Apparently a lot of people celebrate their big runs with a cold one. While I am definitely a friend of hops and barley, I rarely want a beer after a run – I don’t even want a sports drink, I just want water water water. Later in the day, however, I want to eat crap I shouldn’t, but running a mile only burns around 100 calories. Most (good) beers are more than that. I think my mentality stems from yoga; I’ve been doing yoga for 13 years, so “mindfulness” is also no stranger to my thought processes, and I know beer, while a lovely carbohydrate source, is also a dehydrating source, so I don’t want one after a run. It’s like having a cigarette after yoga – you breathe deep for 75 minutes then inhale smoke? Can’t be a good idea, right? I mean, it’s illogical and counteractive.

Oddly, the article in the magazine said women do better with the beer, but consuming mass quantities doesn’t necessarily make you slower on your next-day run, but since you feel like crap you get slower. Duh? Not so much. Active.com got in on the action with a similar article. They state that “in general, drinking and endurance training don’t mix,” which makes me happy. Heaving through my 40 minute run in 73 degrees, I felt more thick and sluggish than I had running out in the cold. It was hard to switch from hot to cold, but it was damn great to sweat. But I blame the beer I enjoyed in not-really-moderate amounts with my family. But now it’s time to buckle down. I cranked out a lot of work and now get to keep up a pretty tight schedule as we move through the semester. I’m still excited about the race training though.

I like thinking about the race, planning my eventual track listing for my iPod, and I’m actually enjoying trying to find my base pace and doing core work after I stretch from my run – I’m getting clues as to how to improve by my enjoyment of running and just listening to my body. It’s pretty cool and a different experience for me. I really enjoyed running in the sunshine, though one night I ran after it’d rained, and it was about 65 degrees and windy, and I felt really happy to be running. I just breathed and felt the breeze. Isn’t it interesting how we can find pleasure in something that you have to be quite disciplined to do; I guess that’s why beer’s such a staple at the end of big races – you’re celebrating! But when we bump glasses in triumph, mine’ll probably have water… but we can totally go out to the bars on another night if you want:) Which is what I will be doing after the Rhodes City 10k! It’s my first 10k, I’m officially registered, and it’s on St. Patrick’s Day, so the beer that evening will be a given. I mean, I’m part Irish. It’s in me blood:)

PS: Payday is next week (and so is the final leg of the Polar Bear Grand Prix – the Snowman Shuffle! I’ll be signing up for the Papa John’s 10 miler – are ya with me?

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