First off, let me just say THANK YOU to everyone who donated to my fundraiser for the Girls Gotta Run Foundation. I raised over $3225! An extra special thank you to the companies and people who donated prizes - Brooks, Races to Remember, Pro Tec Athletics, Gone for a Run, Yurbuds, RecoFit, i AM Shirts, the Chicago Half Marathon, Pro Compression, Sarah Lorge Butler, Tiger Tail, Sweaty Bands, Tailwind, Nuun, and Allied Medal Hangers. All of the prizes have been claimed and winners have been contacted. Prizes will be shipped out this week and next. Whew! This was a lot of work but well worth supporting a cause I am passionate about.
Big Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend! I know a lot of people ran great races in Hartford and in Chicago! My sweet friend Terzah qualified for Boston after years of training, racing, and dreaming!!! She is such an inspiration for never giving up. I am so excited for her!
And a super fun girl that I coach ran a TWENTY minute marathon PR in Chicago. I had a blast tracking her and cheering her on virtually during the race. It's awesome to see her hard work and dedication pay off.
I managed to keep the pouting to a minimum about not being in Chicago. I am excited for Houston and Boston and I am focusing on where I am at, and being grateful to be running and training again.
We had a pretty stressful weekened thanks to our hot water heater giving up on life. The fact that we live two hours from a real hardware store and that everything in town closes early on Saturday and doesn't open until Monday complicated things further. We went from very little hot water, to only cold water, to no water. NOT GOOD. After Josh made two trips to Idaho Falls in 24 hours (and we spent a small fortune) we have a new hot water heater that is installed and working and the leaks that complicated things have been taken care of.
Tip - don't ever take for granted the ability to flush a toilet or take a hot shower.
I had a decent track workout this morning. 1200's are not my favorite. They are hard to pace right! I need to think of them as short miles instead of long 800's. It was a balmy 21 degrees, snowing, dark and icy on the track, but it still felt good to run fast. After my workout one of my coaching clients came and we did a fun little session on running form, strides, etc. I love coaching!
My feet are doing great! I didn't even think about them during this workout and they weren't sore at all during the cool down. Better and better and better. They are still stiff when I first stand up, but besides that they are feeling good. My confidence is coming back slowly and I am so happy to be doing what I love.
Here is a pic from my porch this morning after I got home. Everything is covered in a layer of ice and snow. It does not feel like October!
How is the weather where you are??