Looking for a little success.

If you’ve read my previous posts, you know all about my second marathon experience. I’ve been looking at my summer photo and running schedule, and trying to define my goals just a little more clearly, so I can pull off being both an accomplished artist and athlete this summer. πŸ™‚

My next scheduled shoots in April are a whirlwind of fly-fishing shots in Northern Wisconsin, a series of four engagement portraits, and possibly some fun concert stuff. My next race is the Green Bay Half Marathon on May 15th. I’m watching April’s calendar fill up so quickly, and struggling to balance business with pleasure…

 

Ha. Pleasure. Pleasure=Running. On days like today, where I was able to measure how awesome my run was by how sick I felt at the end, it just seems so funny that I like to run for pleasure. πŸ™‚ I remember when I liked to eat candy and suntan for pleasure.

 

…anyway… I’m working on a plan for speed for Green Bay. I’m ready for a PR! I will be adding a lot more hill training this summer, after my experience in DC and planning ahead for Portland. πŸ™‚ Today’s training run was intervals. After my last real run, the marathon, I had a crazy mess of emotions swirling in my head. I am incredibly proud that I finished the race under such tribulation, but a big part of me is disappointed that I wasn’t able to rock out a solid race, a better time, and a more graceful finish. Due to this, I headed in to the gym with serious resolve. I raced myself to four miles, and did it in 34:11. That’s 35 seconds faster than I’ve run that particular distance in the past. I’m not sure if it’s because of my “fresh” legs, or my determined focus, but I held off the nausea in the last half mile. I wasn’t about to let myself down again. Plus, I came up with the title of my book this morning. I didn’t start writing it yet, but I’m sure I’ll write it one day! It will be called “From Fat to Fast: A Formerly Chubby Girl’s Triumph.” I can’t use that title if I haven’t gotten fast, and the only way to get there is to try! πŸ™‚

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