Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Own Podium Celebration

For those of you who have followed our blog, you know that I have decided to stop racing in preparation for the marathon. The truth is, I am too competitive to trust myself not to get hurt. If you look back to my posts following my 10k trail race, you will remember that I hurt myself at that race (an injury that still haunts me on my long runs.) SOOOOOO....I decided to hold my own podium celebration following today's long run. I RAN A HALF MARATHON TODAY, in the solitude of my own basement. There was no finish line to thrust myself across, there were no throngs of encouraging people, there was no one throwing wet sponges at me or offering me bananas and orange slices...but alas, I still imagined that there were. SO, as I stepped of that horrible DREADmill, I decided to pat myself on the back by presenting myself with a medal for finishing my first half-marathon. (please note, the medal is actually a North American Pleasure Driving Championship Medal I won a few years ago with my horse...but you get the idea.) I really wanted to photoshop this picture into a thought bubble coming off another picture of myself, but I am just not that, this is what you get.

I was trying to finish today's long run in the same time as last week's long run (2hours and 1 minute, but I'm happy with my 2 hours and 8 minutes. It is still a faster average pace, and the last mile was hard, so I'm happy)

I went for the whole ice bath today, not just an ice bucket. It was almost harder than the 13.1 miles, but I hope the benefits pay off. (I'm still cold)

I'll be skiing tomorrow in the Western New York cold - I look forward to this form of cross training. The skiing has been amazing this year.
More later folks. Thanks for reading - your posts mean more than you can imagine.


  1. hahaha you go girl! A well deserved medal and pat on your back :-) I'm 'racing' a half tomorrow and will remember you in my moments of 'ouch' :-)

  2. I'm happy that you are healing and continuing to fight for your personal Marathon Metal. Thanks for sharing with us. Please take care in training, you don't need any more set backs. Our blog has a post "The Battle" which links to sites for training care and recovery. Something you may not know about. P. S. What's your next battle?

  3. That is sweet! Next time you should give yourself a sponsorship deal though! Have fun skiing!

  4. So, for those of you who may have missed my rant on Laura's profile, here it is. She is basically apologizing for what she calls bragging about her accoplishments. I call it..Reporting on her journey. ok. what the hell....Brag it up! Keep pushing hard through it all. I know I need a reality check for myself and its good to think....Hey if she can do that then I can do this. You will do whatever you set your mind to...That I am certain of. It takes a ton of training both mentally and physically. The fact that I might be able to offer a smidge of encouragement is great. You keep running, training,and blogging..and shut up about the bragging. Ok, Rant over...get out there and kick soome A*#!
    Congrats on your accomplishment yesterday gal!

  5. I think the real accomplishment here is how you managed to come in first (all the kudos, more orange wedges) AND last (the most applause! Good for you!!!!

  6. Yeah, it was hell out there! I had to throw a few people down as we were getting closer to the finish line. I wasn't going to let anyone, and I mean ANYONE, get between me and my 1st place medal!! It's all practice for Paris.