nycmcancellationThis happened yesterday. Even though I had already accepted it and moved on, it definitely hurt to put the final nail in the coffin. I got nervous, sad, and unsure all of a sudden. All I had to do was push a button on the computer and it’s gone, no more New York City Marathon for me.

It sucks to think back when I initially got injured and how I thought I was kind of lucky because I wasn’t going to be missing any races or losing any money, I always thought it could be much worse, and granted it DEFINITELY could have been much worse. But, anyway, how wrong I was. I suppose it was for the better when I think about it. It allowed me to go through my injury period with hope and gratitude, rather than negativity.

Anyway, I’m not going to dwell on this, it’s done and over, I’ve officially cancelled my entry and I WILL be there next year.

What do I have lined up for the Fall? Sadly, not very much. I’m so used to racing so often, and not only all year long, but Fall is the prime racing season, so it makes me kind of sad to not have several races lined up. I’m definitely living vicariously through my friends who are racing the shit out of some marathons this Fall.

I keep considering signing up for one of the many half marathons in the area, but then I remind myself how out of shape I am. I mean, yes, I can cover the distance, but I much prefer to return to racing with some amount of confidence and speed under my belt.

In a little under 3 weeks, I am racing the

Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M)

It will be mixed into a 9 mile training run, but I do plan on racing those 5 miles. I cannot wait to wear this beauty again!

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I haven’t worn my singlet since VCM, which was 4 months ago at this point. I don’t think I’ve ever gone so long without racing before. I’m sure my bank account appreciates it 🙂 Err…minus losing $235 for NYCM.

As of right now, the 5 mile race and the Rehoboth Beach Half are all I’m signed up for. I’m considering the Race To Deliver, which is a 4 mile race put on by NYRR on November 24th. And I am also considering doing the Hot Chocolate 10k put on by NYCRuns on December 15th, the weekend after the Rehoboth Half. We shall see. 🙂

My focus right now is only run races that I plan on racing. Having this goal helps with saving money and learning to appreciate a race again. I love running races as part of training runs, but I’m not in that mindset right now. I want to race these races and start pushing myself again.

Anyone else running these races? What’s your Fall race season looking like? Are you signed up for several races?

I thrive on routine. It’s something that’s been slipping away from me ever since the marathon has been over. It’s also something that tends to change as the seasons change. For me, winter is the hardest season to find a routine in, therefore it’s the hardest to thrive in. I am working on finding what works for me each and every day and sticking to it, I’m a creature of habit and I like it.

Everything from what I eat for breakfast to the scheduled time I leave for work every morning, I like it to be the same.

This morning, I am trying something new. Even though it wasn’t planned, since I slept through my alarms to get up and get my butt out the door for a run (surprise), but once I got up, I realized I had showered last night, so I figured what’s the point of showering again. My hair was literally still wet, so I let it out from it’s bun and styled it accordingly.

My winter breakfast consists of oatmeal. I’m way too lazy to make real oatmeal, so instead I use the “less sugar” Quaker instant oatmeal. I almost always make 2 packets, because come on, one of those is NOT enough, plus it’s only like 160 calories per packet. How is that a whole breakfast? Along side my oatmeal is a nice hot cup of coffee.

Just pretend I’m this little boy, because clearly he doesn’t shower either.

Could this be my new routine? Exercising and showering at night, and waking up to a nice relaxed morning with breakfast and coffee? Sounds nice, right? I kind of like it, although my eyes are definitely feeling the fact that they have yet to be hit with the streams of hot water from the shower.

I also got a sunlight simulated light for Christmas. I think I am going to add this in every morning, use it while I’m eating breakfast and drinking my coffee. It takes regular use to have an effect, so I might as well get that into my routine ASAP.

What is your daily routine? Do you have one, or do you just wing it every day?

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I am on a running streak lately! Derek is partly to thank for it. That’s right, Derek. Derek has been running for the past 3 weeks with me! He bought some running clothes a while back and eventually got around to putting them on and running outside. He also purchased a pair of running shoes and he’s been doing great.

He started to run to train for the Warrior Dash that is coming up in 4 short weeks and also to lose a little weight for the BIG day. He’s already up to 2 miles!

So far, I’ve run 5 days in a row this week! That is a huge accomplishment for me! I’m usually too lazy or tired to keep up with my running every day. I’ve been keeping my runs short (2 – 4 mi) and I’ve been running after work. Now that we aren’t looking for an apartment anymore, I have more free time after work.

I did a nice evening run last night and covered a good 6 miles in about 55 minutes. I am up to 17 miles this week and I hope to do another 2 or 3 tonight.

All this running has already amounted to 2 pounds of weight loss, woo hoo!

I can’t believe the Brooklyn Half was just last weekend, it seems like it was so long ago.

Although there are a ton of fun things happening in June, I can’t help but wish just a little bit that June was already over.


Here is what my schedule looks like:


June 3 – Drive to NH

June 4American Craft Beer Fest (Boston)

June 5 – Drive back to NYC

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ACBF 2010


June 11Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

June 12 – Finish Packing Apt.

 

June 17 – Drive to NH

June 18 – Derek’s brother’s high school graduation/party / Celebrating Kerri’s birthday

June 19 – Drive back to NYC


June 24 – Drive to NH

June 25New England Warrior Dash

June 26 – Drive back to NYC

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Warrior Dash NY 2010


June 29 – July 2 – Move into New Apartment

July 4FINALLY relax, 3 day weekend

 

July 8 – Drive to NH

July 9 – Wedding Dress Fitting

July 10 – Drive back to NYC


July 22 – Drive to NH

July 23 – Wedding Shower

July 24 – Drive back to NYC


Man, creating this schedule makes me realize what exactly lies ahead and it’s quite overwhelming. I feel like the summer is already over. All I can say is I CANNOT WAIT FOR MY HONEYMOON!