I got my number for the Goofy Challenge this week. I am number 20309 for both the half marathon and the full. I believe the Goofy numbers start at 20,000 so I should be in corral A which makes me happy. I can't believe the races are less than a month away! I am hoping to kick some serious butt (details on my race goals coming soon).
I ran a virtual 10K this morning and set a new PR of 41:24 (a 6:40 average pace). My training plan called for a 10K race today (with 12 miles total including warm up and cool down). There are no races around here this time of year, so I just did one on my own. I did an easy three mile warm-up, ran my guts out for 6.2 miles and then cooled down for 2.8 miles. It was a big confidence booster for me to be able to run at an under 7:00 pace for over six miles. Tomorrow I have an easy-paced 17 miler on the schedule.
I am still coughing and coughing and coughing. I do ok during the day for the most part, but at around 8pm it just gets awful. Once I have been laying down for a little while it settles down and then I am able to sleep pretty well without coughing, but getting up in the morning and after a run are rough too. I AM SO SICK OF COUGHING. I get this bug most winters and it drags on and on and on for me. Looking on the bright side - at least it is now and not during the Disney races. I am trying to take it easy when I can.
We have a fun day planned today of decorating our Christmas tree and making gingerbread houses. I will take lots of pics!
Earlier this week I was tagged by the awesome, original Tough Chik, Shannon with the Versatile Blogger award.
1. I have never dyed my hair, I have never had a perm, and I have never had my ears pierced. I also don't get manicures or pedicures. Not sure if that makes me a natural kind of girl or just boring! I do always wear at least eye liner (and usually mascara) and I can't stand to go more than two days without shaving. I like to be neat, clean, well-groomed and pretty, I am just simple about it.
2. I don't wear running skirts. I never have, and I never will. I have nothing against those that do and think a lot of runners look awesome out there in their skirts and socks, but it just isn't my style. I don't wear skirts hardly ever in "real life", so it just doesn't make sense to me to put one on to run.
3. 16 years ago this week I was 18 years old and a freshman in college and I found out I was pregnant. It was THE crossroads in my life. I broke up with my boyfriend (who was not ready to be a father) and planned to be a single mom. Josh was just a friend at that time, but shortly after he found out I was pregnant he told me he was going to marry me. A few months later we started dating, and a couple of months after that he did marry me. A lot of people thought we were crazy and a lot of people thought we'd never last, but here we are, almost 16 years later, and I don't know a more in love or more happily married couple. He is my best friend, my true love, and my soul mate and I am grateful for every day I get to be with him.
4. I used to spend hours and hours and hours every day at a barn. I road horses, taught beginner riding lessons, mucked stalls, exercised other people's horses and did all kinds of work to earn my horse's boarding fees. I rode hunter-jumper and showed a few summers and loved it. I love horses and miss them a lot. I did get crushed by a young thoroughbred that I was riding when I was 17 and needed major surgery to repair a ruptured diaphragm, a hernia, and all kinds of resulting problems. They thought my hip was cracked too but luckily it wasn't. I HATED crutches. I have never broken a bone and have only had stitches once (besides my surgeries). Knock on wood. :)
5. I have given birth three times (one c-section, then two v-bac's.) Josh and I have adopted three infants, three toddlers, and three school aged-kids. We have adopted four kids from the United States, three kids from Ethiopia, one from South Korea and one from Vietnam. I made two trips by myself to Vietnam, I have spent over seven weeks total in Ethiopia, and I was "stuck" in South Carolina for over two weeks (waiting on a judge to sign some paperwork). I could never have planned my family more perfectly or beautifully than God has.
6. I am a chicken about some things. I don't like things that have a risk of falling. I am not afraid of heights or roller coasters (I love theme park rides!) but snow skiing, water skiing, roller blading down a hill, and things that like make me super nervous.
7. I was a total nerd in school (although I had lots of friends, so I wasn't a geeky nerd). I graduated #5 in my high school class of over 500 students and got a $25,000 scholarship to an excellent school (Marist College in New York).
I am no good at tagging, so if you are reading this and want to play along, consider yourself tagged! :)
And... I am hoping to have some super awesome news to share on Monday. I probably could share now, but I want to be 100% sure before I do. (Sorry to tease, but my hopes are so high and it will make it way worse if I share and then find out it isn't really happening).
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Find some time in all the holiday craziness to get some running in. You'll feel better for it! :)