Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's Getting Closer

Fall is here! And that might be exciting if you lived somewhere that has seasons, but I don't. So it's still like 110 here. I was all gung-ho to have a great Labor Day weekend filled with awesome long runs, but that didn't happen. I only did one long run on Saturday because Monday was spent feeling sorry for myself on my couch binge watching Vampire Diaries because I had some sort of weird sickness that made me feel like utter crap until about Tuesday.

Seriously, Damen is SUCH an asshole, but so hot.

Saturday I pounded out 12 miles. Thank God we decided to go to a new location to torture ourselves because I'm so sick of that desert trail that I get hostile and angry just pulling into the parking lot. We went to a place that has a path that goes for miles and miles and is known as the Green Belt because there's a whole lot of green and that doesn't happen naturally in the desert unless you run sprinklers every 10 seconds. Also, unlike the NATURE I am forced to endure in the desert, bugs are not allowed on the Green Belt, despite the number of puddles to be found. This is because the Green Belt is in Scottsdale and the bugs can't afford rent. Also, I'm pretty sure there is a whole lotta bug spray to be found in the soil.

Green!

I realize that I, too, live in Scottsdale, but I live in Ghetto Scottsdale. If you don't believe me, check out the Walmart across the street from my house. Full of weirdos.

Annnnyway, I ran 12 miles with Lara in the nasty heat and actually felt pretty damn good all the way until maybe mile 10 or 11. So, I'm feeling pretty positive about my run. I didn't hate life the whole time, so that's a win in my book.

Much better scenery.

Also saw some graffiti art, which I thought was kind of cool, but creepy, too.

Ummm, what?

The NEW YORK CITY MARATHON (EEEEEKKK!!) is less than 2 months away. I keep trying to remind myself to stay motivated by remembering just how cool it was to see the finish line in 2012 when I first attempted to run it.

2012 Finish Line

I'm pretty excited, but also a little scared. I've already got hotel reservations and plane tickets, so at least I can scratch that off of the list.

Less than two months!

I don't know how many full marathons are in my future, but the next one I do needs to be in the winter or spring because training in this heat is just stupid. Why are most of the awesome marathons in the fall? Maybe I'll do the full at Disney again without all of the hoopla of a challenge. At least I'd be training for that in better weather.

Now, if I could just figure out how to pipe Netflix directly into my brain so I can watch Vampire Diaries while on my long runs, life would be grand.

 

6 comments:

  1. I can understand you frustration on running the same old route, especially if there is nothing pretty to look at! You seem to be doing well though! October will be here before we know it and you will be running in NYC!

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    1. I'm so excited for NYC, but SO tired of training for it! Bring on winter!

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  2. I'm getting tired of my route also. It's pretty, but it's getting old. I'm excited for you to do NY! You could do LA sometime. That one is in March.

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    1. Hhhhmmmm...now you've actually gotten me considering it. Being able to train in decent weather might be worth it. I'm going to check it out. :)

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  3. Ha, I feel the same way! I am SOOOOO ridiculously excited to run NYC, but I gotta tell you, the training has been killing me. I don't remember struggling nearly this much when I trained for my first marathon, and I know it has a lot to do with the heat/humidity...I am DYING for cooler temps! But I know it'll be here before we know it!

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    1. It has been terrible! Plus, what kind of idiot runs that kind of mileage?! Crazy marathoners!! ;)

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