Anyway, week 1 of marathon training is in the books with just over 33 miles. It proved to be super challenging with 100+ degree heat at the beginning of the week and super humid conditions by Sunday. I feel good so far and I'm looking forward to 8 in the morning as long as mother nature plays nice! The rest of the week plays out with a 10 spot on Thursday most likely and my long run being a trail half marathon up in West Chester on Sunday.
Here's my response to the questions posted on nyflygirl's blog:
1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
Hmm, 1998? Non-existant. I didn't run in high school. I was a band geek and stuck to softball and basketball. I played catcher if you can believe that! One memorable play? I blocked the plate with one of the biggest girls in the league barreling down the line. I held onto the ball and she was out. I was too...
2. What is your best and worst race experience?
Best- I would say either the Marine Corps Marathon in 2005 with my dad or the Philly Distance Run in 2006. The Philly Distance Run because I was probably in the best condition in my life to this point and just ran a great race given the horrendously humid and hot conditions. MCM is easy - my dad and I ran it together!
Worst- the Mini or Coogans 2006. The Mini 2005 and 2007 - ugh. Reason enough for me not to sign up this year!
3. What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?
Best-Listen to your body. It knows when to say "no."
Worst-usually it's more of the issue of not taking the advice;-)
4. Why do you run?
I run to keep my sanity. I run to keep from getting fat by sitting in front of a computer and sitting at meetings daily (you think I'm joking?:-p). I run to eat. I run to be happy.
5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
I came oh-so-close to moving out of New York winter of 2004. After the NYC Marathon my training partner got pregnant and I felt very alone. I also was dealing with the post marathon blues and didn't know very many people. My first roommate was getting ready to move out of the city. It was a very tough time for me and thanks to finding other crazy runners at TRD, here I am 3 1/2 years later still kicking and running strong!